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Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the June 19, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: or Mason County’s website: You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s 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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Man Found Dead after Firing Shots at Police

A man was found deceased with a self inflicted gunshot wound after a three-hour standoff with law enforcement on Johns Prairie Monday night.

Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home in the area of Johns Prairie Road and Aloha Lane outside Shelton about 5 PM after the man called 9-1-1. When deputies arrived, the man started yelling and discharging his firearm.

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Three Meetings for City Council Tuesday

The Shelton City Council has three meetings scheduled for Tuesday, June 19th.

This morning, the City announced a special meeting of the City Council. This workshop runs 9 AM to 4 PM. A more specific agenda has not been released.

At 6:50 PM, the City Council will meet as the Shelton Metropolitan Park District Board.

At 7 PM, the City Council will hold its regular meeting.

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State Highway Road Construction 6/17 to 6/23

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from June 17, 2018 to June 23, 2018.


SR 102, WA ST Corrections Center St to US 101 – Chip Seal
Highway: Dayton Airport Road (SR 102) Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0.01 to 2.9
Description: Crews will resurface the highway between US 101 and the Washington Correction Center.
Work Schedule: Construction is scheduled to begin after Memorial Day. 

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Extended Comment Period Sought for Geoduck Farm Lease

The Port of Grapeview is asking the State Department of Natural Resources to extend the comment period on a proposed lease of five-acres of tideland off Stretch Island for a geoduck farm. According to a news release, the Port of Grapeview Commissioners learned about the proposed lease at 9 AM Friday and held an emergency meeting at 1 PM after many Grapeview residents asked the Port what they could do to stop this lease.

The DNR proposes to lease the state-owned tidelands in Case Inlet off Stretch Island to Allen Shellfish, LLC. The 10-year lease would allow planting, maintenance, grow out, and harvest of geoduck clams.

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Police Blotter 6/15/18

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Sunday, June 10, 2018 through Thursday, June 15, 2018. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Construction Schedule for Shelton Projects 6/18 to 6/22

Crews continue working on several infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Downtown Connector Project, upgrades to the Cascade Natural Gas system and restoration of Wilson Street. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Here are where crews are working during the week of June 18th to June 22nd.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Alder/Olympic Highway North will be limited to two lanes of traffic, one lane in each direction.
  • Crews will be demoing on 6th and 7th between Alder and Birch, closures between Alder and Birch on both 6th and 7th.
  • Expect periodic closures throughout Alder. Majority of work will take place behind the jersey barriers on Olympic Highway North.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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Meetings on Proposed Dewatto Conservation Area Set

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold two public meetings on a proposed Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) in the Hood Canal area.
The proposed Dewatto Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) seeks protection for approximately five miles of Hood Canal shoreline, including Dewatto Bay and Little Dewatto Bay. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with our partners at the Trust for Public Land, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, and Great Peninsula Conservancy, are proposing a 1,700 acre NRCA to ensure conservation of important Hood Canal features for enjoyment by future generations. Features include lowland forests, high-functioning riparian areas, and vital nearshore and estuary habitat for fish and wildlife.

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Labor Market Strengthens Further in May

Washington’s economy added 8,500 jobs in May and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The May unemployment rate was slightly lower than the April 2018 unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

“Payroll growth stepped up in May,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Gains were widespread across industries with most adding jobs.”

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EDC Hires New Executive Director

The Economic Development Council of Mason County has appointed Jennifer Baria as its new executive director. Jennifer joined the EDC 13 years ago and has been managing the organization’s day-to-day activities through the departure of two executive directors.

“While we spoke and met with a number of qualified individuals, we quickly realized that Jennifer was the right person for the job,” said EDC Board of Directors Chair James Thomas.

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