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Olympia budgeteers zero in on easing disparity between rich, poor school districts

audio iconHouse budget leaders in Olympia held a work session on a key factor in Washington’s education funding crisis Thursday morning.  Continue reading Olympia budgeteers zero in on easing disparity between rich, poor school districts

SR 3 reopens early after successful culvert work

DOT sealFollowing successful culvert replacement work on State Route 3 south of Shelton, crews reopened both lanes to traffic at milepost 1 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Continue reading SR 3 reopens early after successful culvert work

Idaho Amber Alert Ends in Washington

wsp logo3An Amber Alert issued in Nampa, Idaho Tuesday ended Wednesday when the children were recovered and suspect arrested in Castle Rock, Washington.  Continue reading Idaho Amber Alert Ends in Washington

PUD 1’s Jocelyne Gray President-Elect for Washington Society of Professional Engineers

Jocelyne GrayIn April, Mason County PUD No. 1 director Jocelyne Gray was voted president-elect of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) by her association peers. Her term will run from July 1st of this year through June 30th 2016, when she will then become president of the state society. In addition to WSPE, she has also been very active in the Society of Women Engineers since 1996, encouraging young females to enter the profession. Continue reading PUD 1’s Jocelyne Gray President-Elect for Washington Society of Professional Engineers

Washington’s jobs outlook closer to national average

employment securityWashington’s unemployment rate for April dropped to 5.5 percent, on a preliminary, seasonally adjusted basis, according to estimates by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent. Continue reading Washington’s jobs outlook closer to national average

Applications Sought for Mason County Heritage Grants

The Mason County Commissioners and the Mason County Historic Preservation Commission are accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Mason County Heritage Grant cycle. Michael MacSems explains:

The grant guidelines can be found by clicking hereContinue reading Applications Sought for Mason County Heritage Grants

National Health & Safe Swimming Week

This week, the week before Memorial Day, is designated as National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Formerly know as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, this will be the 11th year that the nation comes together to learn simple ways to ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Allie Perline from Mason County Public Health and Human Services has more:

Mason County has plenty opportunities for water recreation with nealy 100 lakes and hundreds of miles of shoreline. For more information about healthy swimming, visit the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Swimming website at www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming. Continue reading National Health & Safe Swimming Week

PUD 1 Power Outage Scheduled

pud 1 80 yrs logoA power outage is scheduled for Mason County PUD No. 1 customers from Mike’s Beach north to Walker Mountain in Jefferson County. Bonneville Power Administration, who provides PUD 1’s power, will perform system maintenance and shut off power overnight to the Duckabush Substation. The power will be off from 11:30 PM on Thursday, May 28th until 8:00 AM Friday, May 29th. Continue reading PUD 1 Power Outage Scheduled

Brush Fires Close Highway 3

SR3 brush fire 051915 AThree separate small brush fires along the side of Highway 3, forced the closure of the highway for about an hour Tuesday. The fires were reported about 5 PM near milepost 9. Firefighters from Central Mason Fire & EMS had the blazes contained and extinguished with in minutes but lingering smoke and apparatus on the highway prompted the closure of SR between Agate Road and Pickering Road. Continue reading Brush Fires Close Highway 3

New law puts more “tension” in home detention, tightens electronic monitoring rules

audio iconBill-signings in Olympia continued Monday with a new get-tough policy for some prisoners awaiting trial. Continue reading New law puts more “tension” in home detention, tightens electronic monitoring rules