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MGH Foundation Auxiliary Awards Annual Scholarships

Scholarship winners: Marissa Hubble, Kelsey Albaugh and Molly Mackintosh

Every year, Mason General Hospital Foundation’s Auxiliary awards scholarships to individuals in the community who would like to pursue careers in the field of health care. The awards are made possible from proceeds raised by the Foundation’s Gift Shop and donations.The Gift Shop is completely staffed by volunteers. It has been raising funds to provide scholarships for students entering the medical profession since 1968, and this year’s scholarships are the largest given to date, totaling $30,000. Categories for this year’s award recipients included: High School, Adult Community, Employees of MGH&FC, Renewable Awards, and the Kristi Armstrong Scholarship.

Five scholarships, each in the amount of $3,000, went to 2017 Shelton High School graduates planning to pursue a career in various aspects of the medical field. This year they went to Julia Goodale, Seth Nacht, Matthew Rossow, Jacob Schreiber, and Sierra Semanko.

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Shelton Police Officers Could Be Charged for Using Excessive Force

Two Shelton Police officers could face charges for using excessive force during an incident in late May that was caught on video. Both officers involved were wearing body cameras and the Shelton Police Department released the videos Wednesday. The videos show the officers going up stairs leading to the back of of St. David’s Parish/Community Lifeline in the 200 block of North 3rd Street to contact a man reported sleeping on the landing. You can hear the officers identifying themselves, commanding the man to show his hands several times before using pepper spray. The man still didn’t comply and instead started to rise. That is when the officers became physical in order to subdue him.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation into the incident.

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Agreement Reached on State’s Capital Budget

Negotiators representing all four legislative caucuses reached an agreement on Tuesday evening on a proposed $4 billion capital budget, which funds construction projects for schools, colleges, parks, and the environment around the state. Tens of thousands of jobs are at risk—and a construction season lost—if the budget is not approved by Thursday.

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Port Sets Lower Surety for Lynch Creek Farms

The Port of Shelton unanimously approved a lower surety for Lynch Creek Farms Tuesday. Lynch Creek leases what used to be a mill at the Port’s John’s Prairie Industrial Park. According to Executive Director Wendy Smith, Lynch Creek has completed substantial work at a substantial cost to them making the site suitable for their needs and that should be considered when determining surety.

The Port Commission agreed with Smith and decided to set surety for Lynch Creek Farms for their current lease with the Port at $37,000 which equals approximately three months rent.

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Police Blotter 7/19/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County on Monday, July 17, 2017 and Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

Disorder
23900 Block N US HIGHWAY 101
19D3.SUSPICIOUS
Jul 18, 2017
around 9 PM

Emergency
N US HIGHWAY 101

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PUD 1 Recognizes Employee Service Milestones

At Mason County PUD 1’s all-employee meeting last Friday, July 14th, nine employees were recognized for achieving service milestones with the District. “I appreciate the work you all do every day to serve our customers and help each other be the best utility we can be”, praised general manager Steven Taylor, before he and board president Jack Janda recognized each employee individually. Janda also thanked the employees on behalf of the board for their service to the ratepayers.

Employees recognized in 2017 (pictured above) included: water technician Marty Crossan (10 years), lineman Tim Brown (15 years), credit and collections specialist Julie Gray (30 years), general manager Steve Taylor (10 years), lead water system operator TJ Goos (10 years), water engineering technician Brandy Milroy (10 years) with Brandy’s son Kyler Jimenez, commissioner Ron Gold (15 years), customer service representative Teresa Hummer (15 years) and lineman Mike Rose (20 years, not pictured).

Senate Ultimatum Puts Construction Projects, Jobs, in Jeopardy

With less than 48 hours left in their third overtime period, lawmakers in Olympia are locked in a stalemate that could result in pink slips for workers throughout the state. Dan Frizzell has that story in this audio report produced by the Washington State House Democratic Caucus.

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County Commission Approves Budget Cuts

On a 2 to 1 vote Tuesday, the Mason County Commission cut more than $1.8 Million from the County’s 2017 Current Expense Budget. This action followed about two hours of testimony from 26 people out of an crowd that filled the Commission chambers, the lobby of the County’s Building One and a separate conference room set up with the video feed from MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.

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Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the July 18, 2017 Mason County Commission meeting. There are four ways to watch live at 9 AM:  Hood Canal Communication’s local channel, hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us.  Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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Petition to Ask Voters to Change to Council; Not City

The Shelton City Commission will NOT place a measure on the November General Election Ballot asking voters to change from a three-member commission to a seven-member council; a citizen petition will.

Monday night, Commissioner Tracy Moore’s motion to have the City put the measure on the ballot failed to get a second and died. 

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