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Police Blotter 8/4/15

police blotterThe following is a summary of police and emergency calls in Mason County from Monday, August 3, 2015. Specific details have not been released (unless otherwise indicated). Continue reading Police Blotter 8/4/15

Port Considering New Accounting Method

The Port of Shelton is considering changing its accounting method. Currently, the Port uses Accrual Accounting and at the prompting of the State Auditor, is now considering Cash Accounting. The Port’s Auditor, Jan Fancher, explains the benefits of making the change:

The Port Commissioners present at Tuesday’s meeting voiced their support of changing to Cash: Continue reading Port Considering New Accounting Method

Port Terminates Lease with Simpson; Opens Up 140,000 Square Feet

The Port of Shelton has terminated its lease with Simpson Timber Company and that opens up 140,000 square feet at the Port’s John’s Prairie Industrial Park. The lease termination is another part of the sale of Simpson’s assets to Sierra Pacific Industries which is responsible for removing equipment from the Port’s five structures on 32 acres at 30 East Export Road. The Port’s Executive Director, John Dobson, explains:

Once the equipment is gone, the Port plans to divide the structures and acreage, and lease the property. Continue reading Port Terminates Lease with Simpson; Opens Up 140,000 Square Feet

Primary Election Results

vote2013The initial unofficial results from the Primary Election show fire district levies passing by overwhelming margins and one incumbent out of her school board race.

In the race for Shelton City Commissioner of Finance, Kathy McDowell leads with 48.57% (491 votes) followed by incumbent Mike Olsen with 29.18% (296 votes) then Erick Onsiko with 21.76% (220 votes).

Mason County Fire District 4’s Emergency Medical Services Levy is passing with just over 73% (73.02%) voting in favor. That’s 1,123 voting “Yes” and 415 voting “No”.

The numbers are even better for Mason County Fire District 5 (Central Mason Fire & EMS) with close to 74% approval rate: 73.76% voted in favor of Central Mason’s EMS Levy. That’s 2,641 voting “Yes” and 944 voting “No”.  Continue reading Primary Election Results

Opening on Lodging Tax Committee

Mason County is seeking an individual to serve on the Mason County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee who represents a business that is required to collect lodging tax (generator). According to Commissioner Terri Jeffreys, this person will fill a vacated position with the term ending May 2016:

Those interested must fill out an application. Applications are available from the Mason County Commissioners’ office (360-427-9670 or 360-275-4467, extension 419), or on the County’s website: Continue reading Opening on Lodging Tax Committee

Primary Ballots Due by 8 PM

Ballots for the 2015 Primary Election need to be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office by 8 PM tonight (Tuesday, August 4, 2015). Karen Herr is Mason County Auditor:

Ballot drop boxes are located at the Mason County Offices, Building 1, 411 N. Fifth Street in Shelton; John L Scott Building, 23910 NE State Route 3 in Belfair; and the Port of Allyn, 18560 E State Route 3 in Allyn. Continue reading Primary Ballots Due by 8 PM

Final Update on Deckerville Fire

Here is the final update on the Deckerville Fire – August 3, 2015 – 5:00 PM:




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Reports of Drifting Smoke:  On Sunday and Monday, people noticing hazy, drifting smoke in Mason, Grays Harbor, and Thurston counties have been concerned it may indicate increased fire activity at the Deckerville Fire. The Deckerville fire is fully contained in the mop-up stage and creating very little, if any smoke. Continue reading Final Update on Deckerville Fire

City Sewer Plant Receives Award

The City of Shelton’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has received the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award. Commissioner Tracy Moore made the announcement Monday night:

Moore also announced the plant’s longtime operator, John Ozga, recently left the City.

Reps. Griffey & MacEwen praise first responders, pledge support in wake of Deckerville wildfire

Rep. Dan Griffey
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Rep. Drew MacEwen

Reps. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, and Drew MacEwen, R-Union, are pledging support for those affected by the Deckerville Fire in the Matlock area of Mason County. The fire burned more than 150 acres in the rural area west of Shelton, and was brought under control late Sunday. Continue reading Reps. Griffey & MacEwen praise first responders, pledge support in wake of Deckerville wildfire

County Recognizes Employees for Years of Service

Mason County LOGOIn a ceremony held Tuesday, July 21 at the Colonial House in downtown Shelton, 37 Mason County employees, including elected officials, were recognized for 10 or more to the County. Of special note were four employees who are celebrating 35 years of service: Lisa Frazier, Patsy Robinson, Becky Rogers and David Sushak.

Employees Recognized: Continue reading County Recognizes Employees for Years of Service