Category Archives: News

Earthquake Near Dewatto

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred Wednesday night near Dewatto. The USGS says the quake occurred just before 9 PM at a depth of 1.6 miles. The epicenter was 2.6 miles east-northeast of Dewatto; west of Larson Lake.

The quake was felt as far west as Hoquiam; as far south as Tenino; as far north as Kingston; and as far east as Redmond. No damage has been reported. Continue reading Earthquake Near Dewatto

House OK’s K-12 Reform Bill, Calls for Negotiations with Senate

In Olympia Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers took a big step toward fully funding K-12 schools. Dan Frizzell has that story.

Continue reading House OK’s K-12 Reform Bill, Calls for Negotiations with Senate

Tacoma Power Releasing Water

Tacoma Power is releasing between 500-1000 cfs (cubic feet per second) into the North Fork Skokomish River. The release started at 1 PM today (Wednesday, Febrary 22nd). Officials say the flow will return to 240 cfs by Sunday morning.

Shutty Proposes Biennial Budget for County

Mason County Commissioner Kevin Shutty is proposing the County change its budget to a biennial budget. He explains in this letter to MasonWebTV Powered by HCC:

Budgeting for Mason County’s Future

As commissioner, my top priority is to write, pass and implement a responsible, balanced budget that meets the needs of Mason County’s residents. Continue reading Shutty Proposes Biennial Budget for County

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Watch Mason County Commission Retreat

Watch the February 22, 2017 Mason County Commission retreat live beginning at 9 AM:

Here is the meeting’s agenda: Continue reading Watch Mason County Commission Retreat

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Senate Inaction on Levy Cliff Frightens, Frustrates School Districts

School districts throughout the state are nervously watching the state Senate, hoping for action on a particular piece of legislation that seems to be going nowhere. Dan Frizzell has that story.

Continue reading Senate Inaction on Levy Cliff Frightens, Frustrates School Districts

PAC Appointment Made; Additional Applications Sought

The Mason County Commission filled one spot on the Mason County Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) but there are still openings.

Tuesday, the Commissioners unanimously appointed Aaron Cleveland to the PAC representing Commissioner District 3. His term ends March 31, 2021. Cleveland was one of five residents from District 3 to apply for the position on the seven member board.

The County is now seeking applicants from Commissioner District 1 and District 2 interested in serving on the Mason County Planning Advisory Commission. Continue reading PAC Appointment Made; Additional Applications Sought

One Day Closure for Eells Hill Transfer Station

Mason County Public Works says that the Eells Hill Transfer Station is will be closed Monday, February 27, 2017. The closure will allow the installation of a new grizzly crane which is considered essential to the operation of the Transfer Station. Continue reading One Day Closure for Eells Hill Transfer Station

Watch Shelton City Commission

Watch the Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Shelton City Commission meeting.  There are three ways to watch live at 2 PM: Hood Canal Communication’s local channel (46), hcc.net/news, or  MasonWebTV.com. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news or MasonWebTV.com. 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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Sheriff’s Office News Release: Body of Missing Kayaker Found

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following news release on the body of a missing kayaker found on Friday:

On Friday February 17th, a body was found by a kayaker floating offshore of Stretch Island. The body was recovered by the Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Unit.

Autopsy results released by the Mason County Coroner confirmed the body was that of 31 year old Andrew Aldrich. Coroner Wes Stockwell says Aldrich likely died of saltwater drowning; the final piece to conclude the Sheriff’s Office investigation. Continue reading Sheriff’s Office News Release: Body of Missing Kayaker Found