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Mason County Unemployment Rises Again

countyunemploymentratemap-July-2016The unemployment rate in Mason County rose again in July but by only one-tenth of a percentage point. According to preliminary numbers from the Washington State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 8.1% up from June’s revised rate of 8% which was seven-tenths of a percent higher than May’s unemployment of 7.3% – the lowest rate so far this year. July 2016’s 8.1% is a half percent higher than July 2015’s 7.6%. However, the average unemployment in Mason County is 8.1%. The highest unemployment rate in 2016 was in January at 8.6%. Continue reading Mason County Unemployment Rises Again

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Shelton School Board Changes Meeting Location

shelton School District Logo 2The Shelton School Board meets tonight (Tues. Aug. 23, 2016) at 6 PM in the Library at the Shelton High School. This location change is due to a request from CHOICE High School. In order to improve classroom and program availability, the school board agreed to move school board meetings from CHOICE High School to the Shelton High School library. The former school board room is now an instructional space.  Continue reading Shelton School Board Changes Meeting Location

U.S. Marshals Warn of Jury Duty Phone Scam

United-States-Marshals-Service-Star-BadgeThe U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of an ongoing jury-duty phone scam where the scammer poses as a U.S. Marshal, deputy marshal, or other law enforcement officer. The scammer calls the victim to advise that he or she has missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine immediately. Continue reading U.S. Marshals Warn of Jury Duty Phone Scam

Police Blotter 8/23/16

police blotterThe following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Tuesday August 16, 2016 through Monday August 22, 2016. Specific details have not been released.

1 Block W QUILLAYUTE TRL near Lake Arrowhead
Continue reading Police Blotter 8/23/16

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Port of Grapeview Gets RCO Grant for Boat Launch

Washington grapeview boat rampState’s Recreation Conservation Office (RCO) has informed the Port of Grapeview that the Port has been awarded grant funding for a new boat ramp, gangway and public restroom.  The funding level is $528,279 from the RCO’s Boating Facilities Fund which will be matched by the Port of Grapeview and others in the amount of $177,000. Continue reading Port of Grapeview Gets RCO Grant for Boat Launch

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Watch Shelton City Commission

Watch the August 22, 2016 Shelton City Commission meeting.  There are three ways to watch live at 2 PM: Hood Canal Communication’s local channel (46),, or You can also watch on demand on or Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Wednesday at 11 AM, Thursday at 3 PM, and Saturday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda: Continue reading Watch Shelton City Commission

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Port of Shelton Commission Special Meeting Tuesday

portofsheltonlogoThe Port of Shelton Commission is holding a special meeting Tuesday at 2 PM.   Items on the meeting’s agenda include the usual items such as Commission Meeting Minutes from August 9, 2016 and the August 2016 Check control report but also a discussion on the topic of R. Williams Enterprises, Inc.  Continue reading Port of Shelton Commission Special Meeting Tuesday

Realtors Hold Annual Housing Issues Briefing

MCHI1The Mason County Association of Realtors held their annual Housing Issue Briefing Friday. During the presentation at the Mason County PUD 3 Auditorium, Realtors and officials from Mason County, the City of Shelton, the Port of Shelton and PUD 3 first heard from Mike Luis, Executive Director of the Center for Wooden Boats. Before joining the Center, Mr. Luis operated a public affairs and communications consulting practice with a focus on housing and economic development.

Next up, was Andy Conklin, Cvideo iconhairman of the Quality of Life committee for the Mason County Association of REALTORS, who presented the local statistics for Mason County based on the NWMLS information.

And 10th District U.S. Congressman Denny Heck wrapped things up. Continue reading Realtors Hold Annual Housing Issues Briefing

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MGH Named 2016 Most Wired

MGH logoEarly July, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics was named a “Most Wired Hospital” in 2016. This is the ninth straight year MGH&FC has received this prestigious designation given by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Continue reading MGH Named 2016 Most Wired

Old Belfair Cafe Building Torn Down

082016 Belfair cafe beforeOne of the oldest buildings in Belfair was demolished Saturday.

Built in 1942, the building on Highway 3 originally housed the Belfair Cafe but also Ray’s Barbara Shop, Belfair Drug 082016 Belfair Cafe tear down(which also had a small library), the Glow Room and more recently the International House of Prayer and the Guatemalan Church of the Living Water.

video iconThe building’s owner, Judy Scott, sat in the building the day before its demolition and told Canal Communication about her plans for the property, and adjacent properties, which is to build a four-building, 54-unit apartment complex. Continue reading Old Belfair Cafe Building Torn Down

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