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PUD 1 Commission Formally Opposes Carbon Tax Initiative

pud 1 80 yrs logoAt their regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 24th, the board
of commissioners for Mason County PUD No. 1 followed the path of neighboring PUD commissions including Mason PUD No. 3, Cowlitz PUD and Clallam PUD by passing a resolution to formally oppose Initiative 732 which is commonly known as the “Carbon Tax Initiative”. State legislators failed to act on the proposal so the initiative is scheduled to go to a vote of the people on the ballot this fall. If passed, PUD 1 commissioners warn that it will have serious implications to the District’s finances with no real impact on carbon reduction. Continue reading PUD 1 Commission Formally Opposes Carbon Tax Initiative

Big Creek Campground Grand Re-Opening Celebration June 2

us forest service logoThe U.S. Forest Service and Tacoma Power will host a grand re-opening celebration at Big Creek Campground in Mason County at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 2. The event is open to the public.

The campground has been closed for three years while the organizations worked together to make improvements, including doubling the number of sites, adding power and water access, walking trails, fire rings, larger RV parking spaces and more. Continue reading Big Creek Campground Grand Re-Opening Celebration June 2

Puget Sound Salmon Seasons Set to Re-Open Soon

fish & wildlife logoState and tribal leaders Thursday reached an agreement on Puget Sound fisheries that is expected to pave the way toward opening summer salmon seasons and waters recently closed to recreational fishing. Continue reading Puget Sound Salmon Seasons Set to Re-Open Soon

Police Blotter 5/26/16

police blotterThe following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Sunday May 22, 2016 through Wednesday May 25, 2016. Specific details have not been released.

4A4.ASLT/OTHRWP
200 Block E EASTLAKE DR in Timberlakes
Assault with Deadly Weapon
May 23, 2016
around 7 AM

Continue reading Police Blotter 5/26/16

Bear Cub Rescued in Shelton Returns Home

Sparky, the orphaned bear who took refuge in a Bonneville Power Administration substation in Shelton last year, returned to the wild earlier this month.

Left: Sparky after being rescued from substation Right: Sparky now
Left: Sparky after being rescued from substation; Right: Sparky now

“Folks really took to the little fellow,” said Joel Myer, spokesman for Mason County Public Utility District No. 3, the local utility that affectionately named the bear cub Sparky after he narrowly avoided electrocution. “We’re thrilled to hear Sparky is healthy and back home in the woods.” Continue reading Bear Cub Rescued in Shelton Returns Home

Updated Presidential Primary Numbers

election 2016 cThere are no changes in the latest statewide results from Tuesday’s Presidential Primary. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders with nearly 53% of the vote (52.95% to 47.05%). Donald Trump has garnered nearly 76% (75.82%) of the Republican vote.

In Mason County, however, the gap between Clinton and Sanders has closed to 13 votes. Continue reading Updated Presidential Primary Numbers

New Leadership at Mason County

Mason County LOGOMason County Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Windom as the new Director of Community Services Department and Jerry Hauth as the new Director of Public Works/Utilities & Waste Management Department. Continue reading New Leadership at Mason County

Reception Held for Dave O’Leary

Dave O'LearyAfter 12 years with the City of Shelton, Dave O’Leary has retired and Wednesday people came out to wish the City Administrator well.

Dave O'leary cake

 

 

 

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Tips for a Fire Safe & Enjoyable Memorial Day

WA state fire marshal_logo3Whether camping out or enjoying a backyard barbecue, the State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone to be careful with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire.  “It doesn’t take much for a small fire to turn into a large blaze.” says State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy, “Knowing a few fire safety tips will help everyone have a fire safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.” Continue reading Tips for a Fire Safe & Enjoyable Memorial Day

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Kilmer-Backed Provisions Included in Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Bill

Derek_Kilmer_113th_CongressWednesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that includes several provisions authored by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), a member of the committee. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Commerce, Justice, & Science Appropriations Bill contains measures from Kilmer that encourage innovation and advancement in ocean acidification research, boost efforts to recover endangered salmon populations in Washington state, and increase trade enforcement.   Continue reading Kilmer-Backed Provisions Included in Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Bill