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Kilmer Supports September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act

Friday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which takes long-overdue action to provide the financial security and support that 9/11 first responders, survivors and families deserve.

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WSP Urges Drivers to Fasten Seatbelts

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is imploring drivers to fasten their seatbelts before hitting the roads this summer in light of multiple serious injury and one fatality collision in District 8.

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State Highway Construction 7/14 to 7/20

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019.

Construction

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic  County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Travelers who use the US 101 Shelton-Matlock interchange will notice orange signs and construction activities beginning Monday, July 15. Crews will begin efforts to remove fish barriers along Coffee Creek and rebuild two ramps at the US 101/Shelton-Matlock Road interchange. While the initial work will have little effect on travelers, drivers are encouraged to watch for trucks entering and exiting the construction zone.  As work progresses, the project later will require a temporary traffic shift on Shelton-Matlock Road west of US 101 near the interchange. This project also will rebuild the southbound US 101 ramps to and from the Shelton-Matlock Road. 
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Monday through Thursday.

Maintenance

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DOH Disciplines Local Massage Therapist

The Washington State Department of Health, through it’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division, has taken disciplinary action against a local health care provider and withdrawn charges against another.

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Kilmer Backs Defense Authorization Bill

Friday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA). The bill authorizes $733 billion for the Department of Defense and the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, as well as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The legislation passed the House of Representatives 220-197.

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PUD Commissions Support Lower Snake River Dams

The Boards of Commissioners for Mason County PUD No. 1 and No. 3 passed resolutions this week to protect the four Lower Snake River Dams from destruction.

The four dams are Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite, and Lower Monumental. They are on the Snake River in the southeast corner of Washington state and provide nearly 11 percent of the federally generated hydro power in the Pacific Northwest.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drugs & Guns

A traffic stop led Shelton Police to drugs and guns Thursday.

A news release says an officer pulled over a vehicle in the downtown area of Shelton for a traffic offense and arrested the driver for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. During the stop, officers could see items in the car that led them to believe there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.

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Fish Barrier Removal Begins Monday

Travelers who use the US Highway 101/Shelton-Matlock interchange will notice orange signs and construction activities beginning Monday, July 15. Design-build contractor Parsons/Scarsella will begin efforts to remove fish barriers along Coffee Creek and rebuild two ramps at the US 101/Shelton-Matlock Road interchange.

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Sheldon Named to Energy Strategy Advisory Committee

On Tuesday, Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib appointed Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch) to the Energy Strategy Advisory Committee, as established by Senate Bill 5116 (Washington state clean energy standard) that was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 7. The committee is comprised of 26 members and is charged with reviewing the state’s energy strategy to maintain alignment with the requirements entailed in S.B. 5116.

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One Injured in Chain Reaction Crash

One person was injured in a three-car chain reaction crash on U.S. Highway 101 near the Cloquallum Road overpass Wednesday morning.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the cars (a 1992 Honda Accord, a 2000 Saturn LS1 & a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu) were northbound on 101 about 10 AM. At milepost 347, the Saturn and the Chevy came to a stop while the Honda did not. The Accord hit the rear of the Saturn which was pushed into the rear of the Malibu. The highway was partially blocked for an hour.

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