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State Highway Construction 12/15 to 12/21

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from December 15, 2019 to December 21, 2019.

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Due to a revised contractor schedule, the new southbound US 101 exit to Shelton Matlock Road may not open until mid-January. WSDOT will provide advance notification when the opening of the new exit is scheduled. The new exit is roughly 1500 feet before the existing exit. After the new ramp opens, crews will shift Shelton-Matlock Road traffic onto a temporary two-lane bypass road. This allows travelers to bypass construction around-the-clock while crews build a new stream channel under the Shelton-Matlock Road.
Work Schedule: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekdayBrief traffic stops and shoulder closures on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 interchange. No traffic affects for US 101.

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Kilmer Supports Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Thursday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, to lower prescription drug prices and make investments in Medicare and public health. The bill, which was supported by 230 Members of the House, allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate to lower the price of drugs and caps annual out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Part D.

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Two Injured in Potlatch Crash

A 29-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl were injured Wednesday night following a single-car crash on U.S. Highway 101 just north of Potlatch.

The State Patrol says a 1995 Buick Riviera was southbound on 101 about 10:30 PM. At milepost 333, the card fish-tailed, left the roadway to the right and rolled. The Buick came to rest on its top in the ditch.

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Kilmer Backs National Defense Authorization Act

Wednesday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense, the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, the Overseas Contingency Operations, and emergency disaster recovery to restore installations damaged by extreme weather or earthquakes. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives 377-48.

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling

Mason County announces free Christmas tree recycling available at the following locations starting December 26th to January 12th:

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2020 United Way Day of Caring – Free Dump Day

In partnership with Mason County Public Works and Republic Services, United Way of Mason County will be handing out vouchers for the first Mason County free dump day of 2020.

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Mason County Heritage Grant Cycle

The Mason County Commissioners and the Mason County Historic Preservation Commission are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020 annual Mason County Heritage Grant cycle.

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Bill to Help Coastal Tribes Passes House

Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a package of bipartisan bills to protect vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by climate change. The package includes bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) that would provide dedicated resources to Native American tribes living in coastal areas to support their efforts to mitigate threats caused by climate change and sea level rise. In addition, the bill creates programs to support Tribal, State, and local community projects that protect, restore, and preserve coastal zones and working waterfronts; helps communities prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change; and improves data collection and monitoring to strengthen coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes management.

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