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WIAA Classifications Approved for 2020-24 Cycle; Shelton Dropping to 2A

The WIAA Executive Board finalized classification numbers for the 2020-24 cycle at its January 26 meeting. Under the classification process, Shelton will be a 2A school next school year. North Mason remains 2A and Mary M. Knight remains 1B.

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Firearm Discharge Aboard Ferry/Impaired driver

January 25, 2020 at approximately 9:30 pm Washington State Patrol Vessel and Terminal Security Troopers responded to the MV Kaleetan upon its arrival at Colman Dock.  Washington State Ferry Crew had secured a male that had discharged his firearm into the open waters of the Puget Sound.  The 38-year-old male had boarded the vessel by vehicle leaving Bremerton.  At some point during the sailing the male walked to the edge of the car deck and discharged his revolver into the water.  WSF crew quickly separated the male from the firearm and called for WSP assistance.  The shot was not specifically directed at anyone or anything.

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Two Injured in Roll Over on SR-108

Two Elma women were treated at the scene of a one-car roll over crash on Highway 108 Sunday morning.

The Washington State Patrol says the 1997 Honda Civic was westbound on State Route 108 about 3:15 AM. At milepost 7, the car failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the highway to the right and rolled.

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Mason Health January Employee of Month: Andrea Welander

For the past 19 years, Andrea Welander, RN, has helped shepherd patients through what can be a daunting process as they come in for surgeries at Mason General Hospital. Through it all, she remains calm and positive, treating patients with care and respect because she feels deeply connected to this community. Mason Health is proud to name her the January Employee of the Month.

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State Highway Construction 1/26 to 2/1

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from January 26, 2020 to February 1, 2020.

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: If the weather cooperates, the new southbound US 101 exit to Shelton Matlock Road will open mid-February. 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.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 338.5 to 339
Description:  One-way alternating traffic for routine bridge inspection. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Jan 27-30. 

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 323
Description:  Northbound shoulder closure for utility work. 
Work Schedule: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 4.9 to 9.7
Description: One-way alternating traffic for Mason County PUD #3 power pole replacement. 
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday through Thursday, Feb 28.

Highway: SR 119 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 7.2
Description: One-way alternating traffic for utility work. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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Property Owners Against Proposed Rent Control Legislation

A House committee took public testimony Friday on three bills that rental property owners say could put them out of business and increase rent and homelessness. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast talked to citizens waiting in the hallway for that hearing and reports from the state Capitol.

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Shelton Police Receive 2 Bicycles from SPI Grant

The Shelton Police Department has added two new patrol bicycles to their fleet after obtaining a grant from the Sierra Pacific Foundation (SPI).

The bikes are both Specialized Rockhopper Expert 20’s.

The two bikes will be primarily used in Shelton’s downtown business area, but will be moved to other neighborhoods based on crime activity. The bikes will help officers address criminal activity, aid in code enforcement and community policing, and increase department visibility. They will also be used at Shelton schools.

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‘HIVE’ Patrol Results in 80+ Traffic Stops

The Washington State Patrol (WSP), Bremerton Police Department (BPD) and Port Orchard Police Department (POPD) teamed up Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to reduce injury, serious injury and fatality collisions during a “High Visibility Enforcement” (HIVE) patrol.

The HIVE patrol took place between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. along state Route 16 in Gorst and state Route 160 in Port Orchard, resulting in the following:

  • 83 traffic stops, including 20 drivers contacted for exceeding the speed limit
  • Two drug arrests (one felony, one misdemeanor)
  • Six drivers with suspended licenses
  • Zero collisions reported within emphasis area
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Mason Health Hires Primary Care Manager

With the Grand Opening of Mason Clinic scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, and Mason Clinic opening for services on Monday, Feb. 24, Mason Health continues to create new jobs to meet the health care needs of our growing district. Mason Health is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly North as the new Primary Care Manager. North will oversee primary care services at Mason Clinic and Hoodsport Family Clinic.

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Increased Threat of Landslides

Heavy rainfall today into Friday will lead to an increased threat of landslides. Lowland snowmelt last week and recent rainfall has increased soil moisture to high levels across western Washington. With the ground at threshold levels of saturation, the moderate to heavy rainfall of 1 to 5 inches inches that is expected through Friday will put extra pressure on soil instability, leading to an increased threat of landslides.

At least one landslide has already been reported at the coast yesterday and two today including a slide on Highway 106 near Union. More landslides are possible.

Areas above 6000 feet in elevation will see mostly snow and not be affected.