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National Assisted Living Week Begins Sunday

A week long celebration kicks off this Sunday, September 9, and Maple Glen Senior Living Community in Shelton is joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country for the festivities. National Assisted Living Week® continues through Saturday, September 15, and Mason County is honoring this year’s theme, “Capture the Moment.”

Both the Mason County Commission and the Shelton City Council have proclaimed the week National Assisted Living Week.

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County Lifts Ban on Recreational Fires

Mason County has relaxed burn restrictions and is now allowing recreational fires. A news release says the revised burn restrictions are effective as of 8 AM Friday, September 7, 2018 until further notice.

The following is the news release:

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City Construction Schedule 9/4 to 9/7

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction currently includes the Downtown Connector Project as work on the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project has been halted by a strike and the Turner Avenue Project has been completed. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working September 4th to September 7th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Highway North will be open. The roadway is reduced to two lanes, one in each direction.
  • The intersection of 1st and Alder will be closed. Northcliff Road will remain accessible from Birch St.
  • Alder will be closed between 1st St. and 3rd. St.
  • Intermittent closures from 3rd St. to 6th St. between Alder and Birch.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

Due to a Laborers Union Strike, construction has been suspended on the Basin 3 project. Once a deal has been reached, construction will resume and the following traffic revisions and lane closures will be implemented:

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State Highway Road Construction 9/2 to 9/8

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from September 1, 2018 to September 8, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)  352.5
Description: Crews will make roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101.

Crews will make the following improvements:
• build a 1,200-foot-long acceleration lane for Lynch Road drivers merging onto northbound US 101 (heading toward Shelton);
• build a 1,140-foot-long acceleration lane for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101 (heading toward Olympia).

The acceleration lanes will enhance drivers’ ability to reach highway speeds before merging onto the highway.

Work Schedule: See below: 

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City Relaxes Burn Restrictions – Recreational Fires Allowed

The City of Shelton has relaxed burn restrictions and now recreational fires are allowed in the City.

A news release says the City’s Fire Marshal has determined that current weather conditions have reduced substantial fire dangers and that there is a desire to relax restrictions on outdoor recreational burning on all lands located within the City of Shelton. The ban on recreational outdoor burning was relaxed effective Friday, August 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM.

This action regarding burn ban restrictions applies to recreational fires only,

Licensing to Shut Down Labor Day Weekend

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) has announced they will be upgrading the driver licensing system at the end of the month.  As a result, all licensing offices throughout the state will be shut down starting August 31 (Friday before Labor Day) through September 3 (Labor Day).  This will include the three licensing offices in Mason County; North Mason Chamber of Commerce Licensing, Mountain View Licensing, and the Auditor’s Office Licensing department. 

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Maple Fire Continues Burning West

The Maple Fire’s activity increased somewhat with recent warm weather and relative low humidity. As of 9 AM Thursday, the wildfire burning five miles west of U.S. Highway 101 near Hamma Hamma is now estimated at 3,000 acres in size and 39% contained. Officials say the Maple Fire continues to burn slowly and steadily west in steep inaccessible terrain. It is NOT spreading NE or south. Crews are holding and improving roads, rivers and creeks where the fire is currently held in check.

Closures remain in effect.

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Boat Sewage Management Leads to Shellfish Upgrades

The Washington State Department of Health announced Thursday that portions of commercial shellfish areas around 20 Puget Sound marinas would no longer be classified as prohibited. Two of those marinas are in Mason County.

Improved sewage management has allowed DOH to remove shellfish harvest restrictions on nearly 700 acres of commercial shellfish beds. This includes 43 acres in Hood Canal and Jarrell Cove. 

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Fish & Wildlife Commission Revises License Fee Increase

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing a 15-percent boost in recreational hunting and fishing license fees for 2019, with caps on the increase for people who buy multiple licenses in “bundled” packages.

The commission, a citizen board appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will include the recommendation with other proposals designed to eliminate a $31 million gap between projected revenue and expenses during the two-year state budget cycle that begins next July.

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Former Administrator Appointed Interim City Manager

The Shelton City Council has appointed a former City Administrator to serve as Interim City Manager. Wednesday, the City Council announced the appointment of Michael McCarty as the new Interim City Manager, effective September 17, 2018.

McCarty has had a long career serving cities and local government in Washington State for over forty years. Most recently, he retired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in 2016. AWC is a state municipal league that lobbies on behalf of Washington’s cities and towns, trains and educates municipal elected officials and staff, and provides a variety of insurance services to municipalities across the state.

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