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PUD Commissions Support Lower Snake River Dams

The Boards of Commissioners for Mason County PUD No. 1 and No. 3 passed resolutions this week to protect the four Lower Snake River Dams from destruction.

The four dams are Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite, and Lower Monumental. They are on the Snake River in the southeast corner of Washington state and provide nearly 11 percent of the federally generated hydro power in the Pacific Northwest.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drugs & Guns

A traffic stop led Shelton Police to drugs and guns Thursday.

A news release says an officer pulled over a vehicle in the downtown area of Shelton for a traffic offense and arrested the driver for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. During the stop, officers could see items in the car that led them to believe there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.

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Fish Barrier Removal Begins Monday

Travelers who use the US Highway 101/Shelton-Matlock interchange will notice orange signs and construction activities beginning Monday, July 15. Design-build contractor Parsons/Scarsella will begin efforts to remove fish barriers along Coffee Creek and rebuild two ramps at the US 101/Shelton-Matlock Road interchange.

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Sheldon Named to Energy Strategy Advisory Committee

On Tuesday, Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib appointed Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch) to the Energy Strategy Advisory Committee, as established by Senate Bill 5116 (Washington state clean energy standard) that was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 7. The committee is comprised of 26 members and is charged with reviewing the state’s energy strategy to maintain alignment with the requirements entailed in S.B. 5116.

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State Highway Construction 7/7 to 7/13

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from July 7, 2019 to July 13, 2019.


US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Kitsap Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Crews will realign a portion of Coffee Creek in order to remove barriers to fish. This project also will rebuild the southbound exit to Shelton-Matlock Road. 
Work Schedule: Crews will soon install orange signs before and after the work zone on Shelton-Matlock Road and West Railroad Avenue. The majority of the work will have little effect on travelers. 


Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 19.2 to 20.2
Description: One-way alternating traffic as crews conduct tree trimming under powerlines. 
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday through Thursday through Thursday, Aug. 1. 

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Emergency Route for Highland Road During Closure

Mason County Public Works has released a map that shows an Emergency Services/Evacuation route for the residents on the Highland Road.

Conway Construction will begin the replacement of a deteriorated culvert on Highland Road at milepost 1.47 on Monday, July 8th. All traffic will be restricted from entering the work zone. According to public works, this closure will help expedite the replacement, minimizing the inconvenience to the traveling public. Roadway is expected to be reopen on August 16th.

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2019 Shelton Cleanup Program

The City of Shelton is pleased to introduce the 2019 Shelton Cleanup Program. On or around July 9, 2019, Shelton residents will receive a cleanup voucher in the mail, good for free disposal of accumulated household garbage and trash during ONE visit to a designated collection site during the designated collection time for their Collection Zone. The collection zone, date, time, and location is listed on the voucher for each of the eight Collection Zones throughout the City.

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Fireworks Safety Tips

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) would like to provide residents with fireworks safety tips that will keep the holiday safe, enjoyable, and memorable.

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Simple Measures for Shellfish Harvesting

With low tides expected through this holiday week, Washington State Department of Health officials are reminding recreational shellfish harvesters to take extra precautions to prevent illness from shellfish.

Follow the Three Cs – check, chill and cook.

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Police Chief Addresses Recent Violence

In an effort to provide as much information as possible regarding the recent increase in assaults and retaliations that have occurred within a segment of our community, Police Chief Darrin Moody has issued the following message:

These acts have been perpetrated by a select few who have had previous contacts with law enforcement and are familiar with our criminal justice system. One of the many difficulties regarding these investigations is the fact that victims and suspects have become increasingly inter-changeable.

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