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PUD 1 Welcomes New Water Customers

Mason County PUD No. 1 is welcoming more than 650 customers of 32 water systems to their utility. PUD 1 is buying the water systems from Thurston PUD for just over $1.118 Million. The PUDs signed a purchase and sale agreement on May 1st. PUD 1 financed the purchase through Heritage Bank and the transfer of ownership is expected to be complete on July 1st.

Now, Mason County PUD No. 1 is contacting the customers of those systems and getting them signed up with the Potlatch-based public utility district.

Thursday night, PUD 1 officials held a public meeting at Pioneer Middle School to introduce the utility, discuss the transition process and answer questions.

Here is a list of the water systems being acquired by PUD 1:

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Watch 2018 Mason County Budget Workshop

Watch the December 12, 2018 workshop on Mason County’s 2018 budget. This is a follow up to Monday’s workshop.

Adoption of the 2018 budget is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 19th.

County Discusses Revenue & Reserves

The Mason County Commission Wednesday was briefed on ways to increase revenue coming to the County. The County’s Director of Support Services, Frank Pinter, explained the possible options for increasing sales tax and property taxes (some tax increases require a vote of the people), mentioned increases to fees for county services, and possibly creating new policies which could lead to fees for responding to false alarms and nuisances. The Commissioners also discussed options to reduce costs including reconsidering eligibility for medical benefits.

The Commissioners are dealing with limited cash reserves, a topic that was also discussed Wednesday.  

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State Lawmakers Resume Push for Voting Rights Act

This could be the year the Washington Voting Rights Act finally becomes law.  Dan Frizzell has that story.

It’s a relatively simple bill, as laws go.  The Washington Voting Rights Act is intended to level the electoral playing field in cities, counties, and various districts where a substantial minority community is effectively left voiceless because of the way voting boundaries are drawn. 

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Woman Found Dead on Beach in Lilliwaup

The Mason County Coroner has released the name of a woman who was found dead on a Hood Canal beach, Monday, February 6 at 4:40 PM.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell identified the deceased woman as Laura Renee Jackson, age 65, from Port Angeles.

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North Mason Bowlers Place at State; Shelton Particapates

After winning the West Central District Tournament, the North Mason bowling team placed sixth at the 2017 1A/2A State Bowling Championships. The Bulldogs’ two-day score was 6190 behind Selah, Mark Morris, Klahowya, Columbia River and Olympic.

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Shelton Dance Team Takes 1st Place

The Shelton High School dance team took 1st place at the Bonney Lake competition on Saturday.

Team members are Jenelle Beem, Jillian Beem, Brittani Caldwell, Elizabeth Cook, Madison Cullens, Eryn Earsley, Alexandra Howe, Hailey Jenkins, Keagan Leach, Aubrielle Ledgerwood(Captain), Karlee Manke, Tracey McGrew, Adriana Pacheco, Kaitlyn Paller, Alissa Rhoades, Sammie Ross, Hannah Salapka, Hannah Thompson, Krystyna Tullar, and Molly Ye.

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Burn Ban Called for Thurston County

A Stage One Burn Ban is being called for Thurston County effective 2 PM Friday, January 13, 2017 and continuing until conditions warrant a change.

While pollution levels in Thurston County warrants the Stage One Ban, other counties within the jurisdiction of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) haven’t reached that level. To avoid bans in their areas, the residents of Mason, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Clallam and Jefferson Counties are asked to voluntarily refrain from all outdoor burning, and to use safe alternatives to wood heat if possible.

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CPEG Presents Check to Shelton School Board

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the Community Partner Education Grant (CPEG) program  presented the Shelton School Board with a check for $9,761.00 to fund several educational grants for various teachers.

The CPEG mission is to enrich local classrooms and schools by funding educational material and/or programs that directly enhance the students learning experience.

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