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Heck Appointed to Economic Committee

Thursday, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, appointed Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) to the Joint Economic Committee. The reviews economic conditions and recommends improvements in economic policy

Heck’s priorities on the Joint Economic Committee will be to pursue policies that encourage economic growth, higher wages, trade deals that benefit the American worker, investments in transportation, and housing construction so more middle class Americans can afford to buy homes.

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One Dead after Trailer Fire

One person died in a travel trailer fire Thursday off Mason Lake Road. According to Central Mason Fire & EMS, crews responded to the scene about 5 PM and found the trailer, which was being used as a residence, fully involved. Two people were in the trailer at the time of the fire but only one person was able to escape.

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School Report for Friday

Updated 10:30 PM 2/14/19 for Friday, February 15, 2019:

All Shelton School District Schools will be opening on time Friday, February 15.

North Mason schools will remain closed on Friday, February 15. Students will now return to school on Tuesday, February 19th. This was a scheduled snow makeup day that will now be a regular school day in place of February 12th.

Mary M. Knight School District: Closed (For tomorrow – Fri Feb 15th)

Pioneer School District: Closed. snow make up day on Tuesday 2/19 (Effective tomorrow – Fri, Feb 15th)

Hood Canal School District: Closed, No out-of-district transportation (For tomorrow – Fri Feb 15th)

Grapeview School District: No out-of-district transportation. No pickup at Dawn Dr. & Port of Allyn. School starting on time at 8:45 AM. (For tomorrow – Fri Feb 15th)

Southside School District: regular bell schedule, please check email and website for alternate stops (Effective tomorrow – Fri, Feb 15th)

School Districts in Adjacent Counties:

Griffin School District: 2 Hours Late. Please check district website/app for transportation information. (For tomorrow – Fri Feb 15th)

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PUD 3 Details Snowstorm Outages

Mason PUD 3 has released details on the outages the utilities experienced during the recent snowstorm. According to officials, this week’s snowstorm is perhaps one of the most damaging storms Mason PUD 3 has experienced since the Hanukkah Eve windstorm of 2006, which left nearly 20,000 PUD 3 customers without power, and it took a week or more to restore all service.

During the snowstorm this week, about 9,000 customers were out, nearly two thirds represented by outages in the Matlock area, N Shore Road, and the substation that serves much of the Tahuya Peninsula west of Belfair.

As of 10:30 AM, February 14 we have 94 customers left. Most are single-customer outages.

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Winter Safety Tips from State Fire Marshal

With the recent and projected winter weather, Washingtonians have their hands full dealing with Mother Nature.  The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages residents to take a few extra precautions while trying to stay warm and safe.

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County Offices Open

All Mason County offices are operating on regular schedule today, Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Some Libraries Closed

Most Timberland libraries and the Administrative Service Center are back to normal operating hours with the following exceptions:

In Mason county:

  • Shelton will be open limited hours from Noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Hoodsport and North Mason (Belfair) will be closed on Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Increased Threat of Landslides from Snow Melt/Rain

There is an increased threat of landslides for the lowlands from Snohomish to Jefferson Counties southward. Areas where there is melting snow and rainfall is saturating the soil. The landslide threat will increase through the week and expand northward to the Canadian border and upward in elevation into the foothills as warmer weather continues to move into the region.

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Capital Levies Failing

The three capital levies sent to voters in Southside, Pioneer and Hood Canal school districts to pay for each district’s share of the cost to expand and renovate Shelton High School are failing.

After ballots were counted Tuesday night, the capital levies in Southside and Pioneer failed to reach 50 percent approval while Hood Canal’s two levies were above 50 percent, the capital levy didn’t reach the 60 percent required to pass.

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What You Should Know about Storm Damage

A winter storm has hit Washington state hard, with record levels of snowfall in Western Washington and it may not be over yet. Forecasts call for continuing rain or rain/snow mix and possible freezing temperatures overnight in some areas. 

Here are some tips about winter storm prevention and damage. 

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