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Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 23, 2019 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 6 PM: hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website (co.mason.wa.us.) You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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County Unemployment Drops in March

After increases in November, December, January and February, Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped in March. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 7.3 percent. That’s down seven-tenths of a percentage point from February’s revised rate of 8 percent but a half percent higher than the March 2018 rate of 6.8 percent.

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Setting Salaries for Elected Officials

[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission plans to increase the salaries of other county elected officials. The question is what is the best method to be fair and equitable especially when it comes to the Sheriff.

In 2016, the Auditor’s, Assessor’s, Clerk’s, Coroner’s and Treasurer’s salaries were amended to 95% of the highest paid Mason County Commissioner and the Sheriff’s salary was increased to 22% above the Elected Official’s salary.

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Wins for NM Baseball & Softball, Loss for Shelton Softball

North Mason‘s Brenden Kimball pitched a one-hitter Monday as the Bulldogs’ baseball team shutout Kingston 16 to 0. In seven innings, Kimball struck out 13 and walk two. Offensively, the boys from Belfair pounded out 16 hits and exploded for 10 runs in the top of the 7th inning. Preston Macomber led the way going 2 for 5 at the plate, batting in four runs. Mason Fisher was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Blake Heagele was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Troy McCormick and Jacob Stark batted in two runs each. Ethan Smith, Trevor Deardorff and Spencer Davis each had an RBI. North Mason improved to 9-and-8 on the season, 6-and-4 in the Olympic League. The Bulldogs host Olympic Wednesday.

The North Mason fast pitch softball team held off Kingston Monday 19 to 7. The Lady Bulldogs scored four runs in the 1st inning, six runs in the 2nd, three in the 3rd and 6 in the 4th. Taylor Hendrickson led the girls from Belfair, batting in five runs and hit a triple. Carlie Craig batted in four runs. Tuesday Palmer was 3 for 5 at the plate with a triple, two RBI and four runs scored. Natalie Mathews hit a triple and batted in two runs. Amber Johnson was 2 for 3 with a triple and three runs scored. Emma Crabtree went 2 for 4 with an RBI. And Kaylee Huffman had an RBI. North Mason improved to 6-and-7 on the season, 4-and-4 in the Olympic League. They host North Kitsap Friday.

The Shelton fast pitch softball team lost at South Sound Conference leading Yelm Monday 14 to 4. The Lady Highclimbers were led in the loss by Kamryn Hyland who was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and three RBI. Kayla Zembas was 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored. Maleah Walsh walked three times and scored three runs. Shelton drops to 3-and-9 on the season, 1-and-7 in the SSC. The ‘Climbers travel to Gig Harbor Wednesday.

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Weather Postpones Shelton Baseball

Weather has postponed today’s Yelm at Shelton baseball game. The South Sound Conference game between the Highclimbers and Tornados has been rescheduled for Thursday. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast the rescheduled game beginning at 4 PM Thursday.

Public Safety Sales Tax Moving Ahead

[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission is moving ahead with plans to ask voters to approve a three-tenths of a percent Public Safety Sales Tax. This increase in sales tax is estimated to general $1.3 Million in additional revenue for Criminal Justice purposes only. The funds would be split between the County and the City of Shelton. Under state law, 60 percent of the funds go the County and 40 percent goes to the City. During a briefing Monday morning, the County Commissioners voiced support with placing the measure on the August Primary Ballot.

Although not required, the County Commission will be scheduling a public hearing on placing the measure on the ballot for May 7th.

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MMK, Shelton & NM Track Results plus NM Baseball

MMK’s Sowle & Fries, Shelton Girls shine in Chehalis while NM baseball falls at home

Mary M. Knight’s Kaylee Sowle won four events and Austin Fries won two events at the Chehalis Activators Classic. Sowle won the girls’ 100 meters (with a season record time of 12.91 seconds), the high jump, the long jump and the triple jump (with a personal record distance of 36 feet, 3 inches). The Fries won the boys’ high jump with a personal record height of 5-foot-8 and took the triple jump with a season record distance of 39 feet, 3 inches. Fries also placed 2nd in the long jump with a person record distance of 19-feet 2.5 inches.

Also placing for the Owls were was Zack Thompson who finished 4th in the boys’ javelin and Isaiah Compton who was 7th in the discus.

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Wins for NM Baseball & Softball

The North Mason baseball team exploded for 10 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 13 to 7 win over Bremerton Friday. The Bulldogs pounded out 17 hits. Caden North led the way going 2 for 5 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI. Mason Fisher wasg 5 for 5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Troy McCormick was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Trevor Deardorff was 3 for 4 batting in two runs and scoring a run. Ethan Collins went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Gabe Navarro had two RBI. And Jakob Stark and Spencer Davis also batted in runs. The boys from Belfair improved to 8-and-7 on the season, 5-and-4 in the Olympic League. North Mason moved into 3rd place in the standings after Sequim lost to Port Angeles 7 to 1 Friday. The Bulldogs have a non-league game against Napavine Saturday.

The North Mason fast pitch softball team pounded Bremerton 17 to 2 Friday. The Lady Bulldogs jump on the Knights early scoring three runs in the 1st inning, eight in the 2nd, four in the 3rd and two in the 4th. The girls from Belfair had seven players with two RBI each. Amber Johnson was 3 for 3 at the plate with a double, two RBI and four runs scored. Jill Maiuri was 2 for 2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Tuesday Palmer was 1 for 2 with two RBI and a run scored. Taylor Hendrickson was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kaylee Huffman was 2 for 2 with two RBI and a run scored. Carlie Craig went 2 for 4 with two RBI and 2 runs scored. Natalie Mathews was 1 for 2 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. And Emma Butler was 1 for 1 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. North Mason improved to 4-and-7 on the season, 3-and-4 in the Olympic League. They travel to Kingston Monday.

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NM Track Results, Win for Shelton Soccer

The North Mason boys’ track team split a dual meet with North Kitsap and Sequim Thursday beating the Vikings 75 to 70 but falling to the Wolves 88 to 53. On the girls’ side, North Mason lost to North Kitsap 116 to 30 and Sequim 75 to 44.

Top placers from Belfair:
Christopher Ramsey won the boys’ long jump and the triple jump.
Carli Durbin won the girls’ javelin.
Ryan Crookshank took the boys’ high jump.
Posiulai Tupolo won the boys’ discus and was 3rd in the boys’ shot put.
The relay team of Kira Schwerzler, Sierra Morin, Morgan Shumaker and Savannah Knutson won the girls’ 4×400.
The relay team of Jacob Anderson, Christopher Ramsey, Anthoney Arreola and Reese Smelcer won the boys’ 4×100.
Savannah Knutson placed 2nd in the girls’ 800 meters
Noah Hasselblad was 2nd in the boys’ 1600 meters.
Grady Durbin placed 2nd in the boys’ shot put.
Miller Campbell was 2nd in the boys javelin.
Reese Smelcer finished 2nd in the boys’ long jump.
Averie Dupont took 2nd in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles and 3rd in the 300-meter hurdles.
The relay team of Seth Conner, Reese Smelcer, Ryan Crookshank and Dion Nanez finished 2nd in the boys’ 4×400.
Kira Schwerzler was 3rd in the girls’ 200 meters.
Morgan Shumaker took 3rd in the girls’ 400 meters.
Kylan Slayton placed 3rd in the girls’ discus.
Ryan Crookshank finished 3rd in the boys’ 800 meters.
James Burch placed 3rd in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles.

North Mason travels to Kingston next Thursday to take on the Buccaneers, Olympic and Chimacum.

The Shelton boys’ soccer team blanked Timberline three-nil (3 to 0) Thursday. The Highclimbers have now won five straight and improved to 8-and-4 on the season, 7-and-4 in the South Sound Conference. They host North Thurston Tuesday.

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Watch Road Construction Presentation

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Road Work & Construction Projects presentation at the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Hear about the current and upcoming construction projects in Mason County. Guest speakers are WSDOT Assistant Region Administrator for Multi Modal Development and Delivery JoAnn Schueler, Mason County Public Works Interim Deputy Director Loretta Swanson, and City of Shelton Public Works Director Craig Gregory.