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A Dozen COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reports a dozen (12) new cases of COVID-19 in the County Wednesday, April 21, 2021. One resident remains hospitalized with coronavirus. With 95 cases in the last 14 days, Mason County’s rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 has increased to 146. That’s up from Tuesday’s rate of 134.

Coast Guard Urges Paddle Craft Labeling this Spring

The Coast Guard and its agency partners urge the labeling of paddle craft and owner responsibility as spring arrives across the Pacific Northwest.

Reports of unmanned and adrift paddle craft continue to divert federal, state, and local response boat and air crews on hundreds of dangerous and costly searches that turn out to be false alarms. Since 2016, 13th Coast Guard District aircraft and vessels have launched on 746 individual cases of vessels reported adrift or capsized.

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Shelton School Board Study Session Thursday

The Shelton School Board is holding a study session Thursday. The meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing beginning at 4:30 PM. During the study session, School Board members will discuss the current status of in-person learning, be updated on the 2020-2021 budget, talk about development of the 2021-2022 budget, and talk about CARES Act grants.

The meeting is open to the public but there is not a public comment period since this is a study session for the board. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will provide a live video stream of the meeting or those interested can call into the meeting at 1-253-215-8782 and enter meeting ID # 869 3550 7479.

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Watch the WRIA 14 Committee Meeting

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the WRIA 14 Kennedy-Goldsborough Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee Meeting. This meeting is being held virtually beginning at 9 AM. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC has been asked to broadcast the meeting to approve a plan setting water use from permit-exempt wells and identifies projects to offset that consumptive use for the next 20 years. This committee has representatives from Mason County, Thurston County, the City of Shelton, the Skokomish Indian Tribe, the Squaxin Island Tribe, Mason County PUD No. 1, Washington State Chapter Sierra Club, Building Industry Association of Washington, Mason-Kitsap Farm Bureau, Mason Conservation District, Green Diamond Resource Company, and the State Departments of Ecology, Health, and Fish and Wildlife.

Click here for the meeting’s agenda.

Three COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Tuesday

Mason County Public Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. One person remains hospitalized with coronavirus. With 87 cases in the last 14 days, Mason County’s rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over two weeks is now 134, down from Monday’s rate of 135.

Watch Shelton City Council

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 20, 2021 Shelton City Council meeting. Council members and City staff are meeting via Zoom video conferencing. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC is providing a live video stream of that Zoom meeting beginning at 6 PM. There are two ways to watch the council meeting live: hcc.net/news and MasonWebTV.com. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news or MasonWebTV.com. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 3 PM and Saturday at 9 AM.

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Mason County Unemployment Down Slightly

Mason County’s unemployment rate was down slightly in March. According to preliminary data from Washington State Employment Security, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 7.7 percent. That’s down two-tenths of a percentage point from February’s revised rate of 7.9 percent. March 2021’s rate is a half percent higher than March 2020 rate of 7.2 percent.

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Watch Mason County Jail Needs Study Briefing

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 20, 2021 Mason County Jail Needs Study briefing with KMB Architects. Officials are meeting via Zoom video conferencing. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC is providing a live video stream of that Zoom meeting beginning at 2 PM. There are three ways to watch live: hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website (co.mason.wa.us.) You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us.

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Burn Restrictions Now in Place

At 12:01 AM Tuesday, April 20, 2021, burn restrictions were put in place for Mason County. These “temporary county-wide outdoor burn restrictions” are in effect until further notice.

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