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Squaxin Child Center Getting Commerce Funds

The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded over $5.6 million to 17 state-licensed early learning providers across the state. The grants will help address a severe shortage of early learning facilities across the state and increase opportunities for low-income children. The Squaxin Island Tribe will be getting $73,000 to add ten slots to the Squaxin Island Child Development Center.

Grants were awarded through a competitive process led by Commerce and the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Funds can be used to plan, renovate, construct or purchase early learning facilities.

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City Construction Schedule 10/29 to 11/2

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Downtown Connector Project and the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area which can change without notice. Here is where crews are scheduled to work October 29th to November 2nd.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Hwy North will be closed during working hours between C St. and 7th St. from Monday, Oct. 29th through Friday, Nov. 2nd. The roadway will be open nights and weekends.
  • Alder St. will be closed between 6th St. and 7th St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • Intermittent closures on 2nd St. between Alder St. and Laurel St.
  • Expect intermittent closures throughout the project area.

State Highway Road Construction 10/28 to 11/3

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from October 28, 2018 to November 3, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Description: Crews finalized roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101 and opened new acceleration lanes on Sunday, Oct. 21. Remaining work elements include installing cable barrier and shoulder repairs.
Work Schedule: While acceleration lanes are now open, minor work will continue through the end of October. Drivers can expect daytime single-lane closures in both directions of US 101 and a reduced speed limit of 40 mph.

  • A single lane of northbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the afternoon commute from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A single lane of southbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the morning commute from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Project web page

US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 356.5
Description: Crews will repair supports that elevate both US 101 bridges over Kennedy Creek.
Work Schedule: Drivers may encounter day and night shoulder closures and right lane closures in both directions. The project is scheduled to be complete fall 2018.

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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

This Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its local law enforcement, community and tribal partners in the Pacific Northwest will collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications at one of 209 collection sites. There are 19 collection sites in Alaska, 35 in Idaho, 60 in Oregon, and 95 in Washington State. One of those locations is the Belfair QFC. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.

There are prescription drug take back boxes located in front of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, 322 North 3rd Street in Shelton and at the North Mason Regional Fire Authority, 460 NE Old Belfair Highway in Belfair. Those boxes are available 24 hours a day. 

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Fire District 11 Holding Budget Workshop

The commissioners of Mason County Fire District #11 will be holding a working on the Fire District’s 2019 Budget. The meeting will be held 6 PM Monday October 29, 2018 at the Fire Station located at 130 E. Island Lake Road. The meeting is open to the public.

Drivers Urged to Slow Down & Plan for Wet Roads

Washington State Patrol District 8 troopers have responded to 341 collisions through September this year involving speed too fast for roadway conditions, with more wet weather on the way.

Speed too fast for conditions references Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.61.400, which states drivers will not drive a vehicle at a speed “greater than is reasonable and prudent” based on the “actual and potential hazards” on the roadway necessary to avoid a collision.

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County Recognizes Employees for Service

In a ceremony held October 16, 2018 at the Colonial House in downtown Shelton, 27 Mason County employees were recognized for celebrating work anniversaries of 10 or more years of service to Mason County.

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Annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest Saturday

Hundreds will gather to witness pumpkins flying through the sky at the North Mason Chamber Catapult Contest presented by the Chamber and Hunter Farms in Union.  Saturday, Oct. 27, 12-1:30 p.m., Shelton High School, West Sound Tech and Rainier High School will again compete for prizes at this popular fall event.

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Utility Work Brings Lane Closures to SR 108

State Route 108 travelers just south of Shelton are advised to plan extra time into their morning and afternoon commutes for the next several months.

Weather permitting, utility crews for Mason County will raise existing power lines along SR 108 between Hurley Waldrip Road and the US 101 interchange beginning later this month. Drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic with flaggers between the roughly two-mile work zone.

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Ron Pannell Memorialized at Northcliff Park

Pictured left to right: Margaret Taylor, Ron Pannell Jr., Dawn Pannell, Leroy Valley, Mike Gill, Julie Rowen, Mark Ziegler

Ron Pannell, known by many as “Mr. Kiwanis”, was memorialized at Northcliff Neighborhood Park last week with a sign and garbage can installed by Kristmas Town Kiwanis.

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