Category Archives: News

Bills to Stop Special Sessions Introduced

After years of special sessions that have often pushed the state to the brink of shutdown, Reps. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, and Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, have joined forces to bring an end to the problem, introducing two budget process reform bills Thursday.

MacEwen’s bill would change the state’s fiscal year to coincide with the end of regular session. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the fiscal year would begin May 1 in long, 105-day sessions and April 30 in short, 60-day sessions. The 35th District lawmaker says this simple change would prevent the Legislature from relying on additional sessions to finish its work.

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Watch North Mason School Board

Watch the December 7, 2017 North Mason School Board special meeting. Purpose of this 6:30 PM study session is to discuss the impact of EHB-2242 on the district’s budget and staffing. Click here for the meeting’s agenda. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC provides a live video stream of the meeting online only.

The North Mason School Board usually meets on the third Thursday of each month.The board’s next business meeting is Thursday, December 21, 2017.

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Police Blotter 12/7/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Saturday, December 2, 2017 through Wednesday, December 6, 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.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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State Action on Local Healthcare Providers

The Washington State Department of Health recently took action in cases involving local healthcare providers. The following information came from DOH news releases and actions occurred in November.

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‘Tis the Season to Practice Fire Safety

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that along with the joys of the holiday season comes a greater risk for fire.  For your safety and the safety of your family, make sure you have working smoke alarms inside and outside all sleeping area, and on every level of your home.  Be fire smart as you deck the halls this season with these safety tips:

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Next Olympic College President Selected

After conducting an extensive nationwide search, the Olympic College Board of Trustees has named the successful candidate in its Presidential Search. The Board of Trustees offered the position to Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi, President of Pierce College Puyallup, who has accepted the offer pending completion of contract negotiations.

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County Approves Comp Plan

The Mason County Commission, Tuesday, approved several updates to the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Some specific actions included in the 2016-2036 Comp Pan are removing approximately an acre from the Befair Urban Growth Area and rezoning it to Rural Residential 5; rezoning approximately 2.24 acres from Medium Density Residential (R-5) to General Commercial and Business Industrial (GC-BI); permitting electric vehicle charging stations in all zones except residential, resource or critical areas; and revisions to water adequacy regulations.

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County-line Crash Injures Two from Belfair

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 3 at the Mason/Kitsap County Line injured two people from Belfair Tuesday afternoon. According to a State Patrol press memo, a 2010 Honda Fit and a 2000 Honda Odyssey Van were northbound on State Route 3 about 3 PM. The van was behind the car at “an unsafe distance.” At milepost 28, which is about a mile north of Belfair, the Fit slowed suddenly and the Odyssey struck it. The car then crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2015 Buick Encore SUV.

The highway was fully blocked for two hours and 20 minutes as the van came to rest on the northbound shoulder, the Fit ended up on the center line, and the SUV stopped on the southbound shoulder.

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Distracted Driving Emphasis Underway in Shelton

In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions and associated injuries, Shelton Police Officers have already dedicated thirty-two hours this month targeting distracted drivers. In the first few days of December alone, officers made over 109 traffic stops, resulting in 53 distracted driver infractions, 2 DUI citations, and 7 arrests. Shelton PD will be applying for additional grant funding in 2018 to continue targeted traffic safety patrols.

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New Phone Scam Targets Businesses

The Washington Department of Revenue is warning businesses to be aware of a new telephone scam.

The scammers fraudulently claim to be from Revenue and request over-the-phone payment to renew expired business licenses.

Revenue will never ask for or take payment for license renewals over the phone. The department mails businesses a notice about six weeks before their renewal is due and a delinquent notice a week after the license expires.

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