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School Buses Back on Regular Routes Monday

With Mason County and the City of Shelton lifting load restrictions, school buses will be back on their regular routes beginning Monday.

The Shelton School District released the following statement:
Road restrictions have been lifted and all buses will run on normal routes beginning Monday, January 23rd. Thank you for your patience and understanding and for being flexible during the restriction. Continue reading School Buses Back on Regular Routes Monday

Road Construction on State Highways 1/22/17 to 1/28/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from January 22, 2017 to January 28, 2017.

CONSTRUCTION

SR 3 – Belfair Area – Widening and Safety Improvements

Highway: SR 3   Region: Olympic   County: Mason  Location: Milepost(s) 25.3 to 27
Description: This widening project will extend the center turn lane and provide paved shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of SR 3. The improvements are intended to be built in two separate stages. Continue reading Road Construction on State Highways 1/22/17 to 1/28/17

Proposal to Help Wounded Warriors Transition to Civilian Life

A freshman lawmaker in Olympia has a novel idea to help wounded warriors transition to civilian life.  Dan Frizzell has more.

REEVES: “When we think about our commitment to military families and veterans, it’s more than just saying that we care.  It’s actually fixing the system in a way that demonstrates to them that we’re committed to their service and thanking them for it.”  Continue reading Proposal to Help Wounded Warriors Transition to Civilian Life

County to Lift Load Restrictions

Beginning Monday, January 23, 2017 emergency gross load weight restrictions will be lifted with the exception of all county maintained gravel roads. The gravel road restrictions are applicable to vehicles with conventional or tubeless tires sized 7.00 and up.

EMERGENCY VEHICLES ARE EXEMPT FROM RESTRICTIONS.

Public Works will continue to monitor the County’s road infrastructure (both paved and gravel roads); if significant damage is noted, restrictions will be imposed on those routes. Continue reading County to Lift Load Restrictions

Flood Warning for Skokomish Extended

The flood warning for the Skokomish River has been extended until late tonight (Friday). The River crested at 17.5 feet at 1 AM Thursday and has remained near that level since. Forecasters says the Skokomish will slowly recede today falling below flood stage late in the day.

Minor flooding continues in the Skokomish Valley. At last report, Skokomish Valley Road and West Bourgault Road remain closed due to flooding.

Bill Aims to Lessen Hardship of Federal REAL ID Act

After this year, your standard driver’s license won’t get you on an airliner, but a lawmaker in Olympia is hoping to ease the sting of that new federal law. Dan Frizzell has that story.

Just over a year from now the Federal REAL ID Act takes effect.  If that makes you say, “Huh?” you’re not alone.  But if you plan to hop on a domestic flight, enter a federal courtroom, visit a military base or nuclear plant or do a number of other things covered in the REAL ID Act, you’ll need a form of ID that’s REAL ID compliant.  Continue reading Bill Aims to Lessen Hardship of Federal REAL ID Act

Watch North Mason School Board

Watch the January 19, 2017 North Mason School Board meeting live on MasonWebTV Powered by HCC beginning at 6:30 PM.

Top item on the meeting’s agenda was a public hearing and approval to issue $4 Million in non-voted general obligation bonds. Continue reading Watch North Mason School Board

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Bill to End Statutes of Limitations on Sex Crimes Gets Committee OK

Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, recently introduced a bill that would eliminate the statutes of limitations for certain felony sex offenses. Members of the House Public Safety Committee, of which Griffey is a member, unanimously passed the bill out of committee Thursday.

House Bill 1155 would allow prosecutors to bring charges at any time after the commission of some sex crimes, including rape and rape of a child, child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and voyeurism. Continue reading Bill to End Statutes of Limitations on Sex Crimes Gets Committee OK

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Legislators Recognize Miss & Mr. Mason Area Pageant

During floor ceremonies Monday, the Legislature recognized the Miss and Mr. Mason Area Pageant with resolutions thanking participants for their community service in Mason County. 

Reps. Dan Griffey and Drew MacEwen sponsored the House resolution, HR 4603, and Sen. Tim Sheldon sponsored the Senate resolution, SR 8601. Continue reading Legislators Recognize Miss & Mr. Mason Area Pageant