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More Flu Expected

Preliminary data released Thursday estimates the 2017-2018 flu vaccine to be 36 percent overall effective at preventing flu illness. Washington’s health officials want everyone to know it isn’t too late to get a flu shot since flu activity is still expected to be high for several more weeks.

This year is a reminder of how unpredictable and serious flu can be. Every flu season is different based on many factors including the circulating viruses and how well the flu shot protects against those viruses.

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Regional Rock Acts to Perform at OC Shelton

The students in Carmen Hoover’s Rock N’ Roll Music History class are enthusiastically planning to host two bands this year as part of their interactive learning classwork. Students play an integral role in this event, conducting research, making booking arrangements, serving as roadies, preparing savvy interview questions and providing refreshments and hospitality for the bands. Performances are on the Olympic College Shelton campus in the Johnson Library Reading Room, 937 W. Alpine Way in Shelton.

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Watch Active Shooter and Emergency Situations Luncheon

Watch the Active Shooter and Emergency Situations Luncheon put on by the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Shelton Police Department’s Lt. Mike Fiola and MACECOM 911 Deputy Director Mary Ransier Garrett walked some 80 chamber members through what to do, what not to do, and how you can call on them in emergency situations such as an active shooter or other emergency situation.

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Linda Myers Appointed Love INC. Executive Director

Linda Myers, a longtime business owner in Mason County, is the new Executive Director for Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ).  She most recently retired from the Shelton School District. For many years she and her husband, Ben, were partners in Parsons & Myers Construction and owned Ben Myers Construction, building many custom homes in Mason County. Linda was born and raised in Shelton. “I am thrilled to be able to continue to give back to this community,” said Linda after taking the job. “My work at CHOICE High School and owning a business for many years with Ben prepared me with a skillset that is very useful as ED of Love INC.”

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Updated Election Results as of 12 PM 2/14/18

Wednesday, the Elections Department in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted 654 additional ballots from Tuesday’s election and there were slight changes in the results.

For Shelton City Council Member No. 4, Eric Onisko picked up a few votes and now leads with 606 votes or 46.4 percent. Jason Coots follows with 404 votes or 30.93 percent. And Jess Mosely now 296 votes or 22.66 percent.

The top two candidates for Shetlon City Council Member No. 5 are still Marilyn Vogler (now with 35.23% or 458 votes) and Deidre Peterson (now with 28.77% or 374 votes). Josh Johnson now trails Peterson by 74 votes (23.08% or 300 votes). And the fourth candidate in the race, David Brown, now has 12.82% or 168 votes.

The latest number for the five running for Shelton City Council Member No. 6 still shows Bailee Syrek as the leader now with 30.18 percent of the vote (379 votes). Followed by Joe Schmit who now has 26.75 percent (336 votes). Sam Pettis trails Schmitt by 57 votes with 22.21 percent (279 votes). Steve Thompson has 12.74 percent (160 votes). And Charles Orthmann has 8.12 percent (102 votes).

Tracy Moore has increased her lead on Bob Rogers to 41-votes in the race for Shelton City Council Member No. 7. Moore now has 44.86 percent (581 votes) to Rogers’ 41.7 percent (540 votes). The third candidate in the race, Mary Eagleson, now has 13.44 percent (174 votes).

WIth few ballots remaining to be counted, Onsiko and Coots will advance to the April General Election in the Council Member No. 4 race; Vogler and Peterson will face off for Council Member No. 5; Syrek will take on Schmitt for Council Member No. 6; and Moore and Rogers are the top two candidates in the race for Council Member No. 7.

There is still an even split in the Hood Canal and Pioneer school districts when it comes to building a fourth high school in the county but the construction bonds for a cooperative high school are coming up short of the 60 percent needed to pass.
The latest numbers now show Pioneer voters are slightly in favor of the measure with 1,586 voting to approve (50.91%) and 1,529 voting to reject (49.09%).
In the Hood Canal School District, 51.9 percent of the voters (1,009 votes) are in favor of the construction bond while 48.1 percent (935 votes) are against.
But again the measure needs 60 percent from both Districts to pass.

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Bill Allows Unions to Automatically Deduct Dues

A bill that would allow public employee unions to deduct union dues from employees’ paychecks without their authorization passed the House of Representatives Monday. But not without a fight from House Republicans. Rachel Case from the Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol..

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Election Results for Schools and City Council

Initial results from Tuesday’s election show the proposed cooperative high school and Southside’s levy failing, Mary M. Knight’s levy passing and close races for Shelton City Council.

For Shelton City Council Member No. 4, Eric Onisko leads with 47.06 percent of the vote or 529 votes. Jason Coots follows with 29.54 percent or 332 votes. And Jess Mosely trails Coots by 69 votes, garnering 23.4 percent or 263.

The top two candidates for Shetlon City Council Member No. 5 are Marilyn Vogler (36.05% or 403 votes) and Deidre Peterson (28.89% or 323 votes). Josh Johnson trails Peterson by 82 votes (21.56% or 241 votes). And the fourth candidate in the race, David Brown, has 13.51% or 151 votes.

Of the five running for Shelton City Council Member No. 6, Bailee Syrek is the leader with 30.9 percent of the vote (335 votes). Followed by Joe Schmit with 27.03 percent (293 votes). Sam Pettis trails Schmitt by 62 votes with 21.31 percent (231 votes). Steve Thompson has 12.83 percent (139 votes). And Charles Orthmann has 7.93 percent (86 votes).

Tracy Moore has a 32-vote lead on Bob Rogers in the race for Shelton City Council Member No. 7. Moore has 44.53 percent (497 votes) to Rogers’ 41.67 percent (465 votes). The third candidate in the race, Mary Eagleson, has 13.8 percent (154 votes).

If the numbers stand, Onsiko and Coots will advance to the April General Election in the Council Member No. 4 race; Vogler and Peterson will face off for Council Member No. 5; Syrek will take on Schmitt for Council Member No. 6; and Moore and Rogers are the top two candidates in the race for Council Member No. 7.

There is a close to even split in the Hood Canal and Pioneer school districts when it comes to building a fourth high school in the county but the construction bonds for a cooperative high school are coming up short of the 60 percent needed to pass.
Initial numbers show Pioneer voters are slightly against the measure with 1,433 voting to approve (49.93%) and 1,437 voting to reject (50.07%). That is a four-vote difference.
In the Hood Canal School District, 51.09 percent of the voters (913 votes) are in favor of the construction bond while 48.94 percent (875 votes) are against.
But again the measure needs 60 percent from both Districts to pass.

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Attempt to Put People’s Interests Ahead of Marbled Murrelet

Forty years of raw nerves over the devastation caused to the state’s timber industry by protection of the spotted owl came to the surface Monday night on the floor of the state House of Representatives as lawmakers debated a different endangered species bill. John Sattgast from the Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.

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