Category Archives: News

Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the October 9, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: or Mason County’s website ( You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ 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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Car Strikes Truck on 101

A car struck a truck on U.S. Highway 101 near Shelton Matlock Road Sunday. A State Patrol press memo says a 1996 Ford Mustang was on the ramp from Shelton Matlock Road to southbound 101 just before noon. The driver of the Mustang lost control of the car while accelerating on the ramp. The Ford then crossed the center line and struck a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup that was northbound on 101.

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Sheriff’s Office Looking for Furloughed Inmate

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a furloughed inmate who went missing from his treatment facility. 50-year-old Paul E. White had been on a court order furlough for inpatient treatment which started August 27th. The treatment center discovered that White was missing Sunday morning.

Paul E. White is 5-foot-10, weighs 190 pounds, has hazel eyes and brown hair.

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City Construction Schedule 10/8 to 10/12

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Downtown Connector Project and the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project as well as residential street paving. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working October 8th to October 12th.


Downtown Connector Project:

  • Late in the week, Olympic Highway North will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic directions between 7th St. and C St. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic through the work area.
  • 1st Street will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction, at the intersection of 1st. St. and Alder St.
  • Alder will be closed between 1st St. and 2nd St., and 6th St. and 7th St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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State Highway Road Construction 10/7 to 10/13

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from October 7, 2018 to October 13, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Description: Crews are finalizing work to make roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101. WSDOT anticipates both new acceleration lanes will open to traffic by late October.

Some work is weather-dependent and could change that schedule. Remaining work elements include final lane striping, installing new highway lighting, reinstalling cable barrier as well as regrading and seeding the median.

Work Schedule: Until work is complete, drivers can expect daytime single-lane closures in both directions of US 101.

  • A single lane of northbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the afternoon commute from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A single lane of southbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the morning commute from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The speed limit in both directions will be reduced to 40 mph during work activities.

Project web page

US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair

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Deadline for Pioneer School Board Applications Extended

Due to scheduling difficulties, the application deadline for the open Pioneer School Board position has been extended to Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  Interested individuals need to submit a cover letter, resume and completed school board application form.

Interviews for the position will be on Thursday, October 11th with the swearing in ceremony scheduled for October 30, 2018.

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Community Partners Restore Log Monument

SH Log Monument Recognition
Left to Right: Mike Deseguirant and Dan Dixon of Sierra Pacific Industries, Leroy Valley of Kristmas Town Kiwanis, and Andrew Spear, Julie Nichols, and Patti Tupper of Mason County Master Builders.

The Shelton City Council recognized several members of the community Tuesday evening for their work on the restoration of the iconic Shelton Log Monument at Overlook Park.

In July, crews started the much needed restoration, including sanding off excess dirt and graffiti, applying various protective sealers, and repainting the routed text. This effort was funded by a generous donation from the Mason County Master Builders. Builders FirstSource of Shelton donated the marine grade varnish and other supplies used to restore the log, which are critical to protecting the monument from the elements and harmful water intrusion.

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Watch Speed Dating Candidates Forum

Watch the League of Women Voters of Mason County’s Speed Dating Candidates Forum. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will be broadcasting from one table. Opening statements from each candidate will begin at 6:30 PM.

The candidates: 

Mason County Commission District 3
Kevin Schmelzlen
Sharon Trask

Mason County Assessor
Melody Peterson
Patti McLean

Mason County Sheriff
Casey Salisbury
Darin Holland

Mason County District Court Judge
George A. Steele
Eric Valley

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Administrative Changes for Shelton Schools

There has been some changes in the administrative structure for some Shelton schools. According to a news release, due to the resignation of Steven Torres, Principal at Olympic Middle School, the Shelton School District will be making the following administrative changes on October 8, 2018.

  • Carey Murray will move from the position of Principal at Bordeaux Elementary to Principal of Olympic Middle School.
  • Maryann Marshall will transition from the Assistant Principal position at Olympic Middle School to Principal of Bordeaux Elementary.

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October 7-13 Is Fire Prevention Week

In collaboration with fire agencies and safety advocates nationwide, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018, to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

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