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League Talks Elections, Census and Redistricting

[VIDEO] The League of Women Voters of Mason County heard about elections, the 2020 census and redistricting Tuesday at Harmony Hill. Guest speakers for the League’s monthly membership meeting were Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire and the League’s Lobby Team Issue Chair on Census and Redistricting, Alison McCaffree.

During McGuire’s presentation “For the People: Free, Fair and Accessible Elections”, the Auditor discussed the process of counting ballots and some of the challenges facing election officials including signatures on ballots, keeping election results secure and redistricting. McCaffree talked about next year’s census (which will be conducted mostly online) and the issues surrounding making sure everyone is counted including the question about citizenship. She also discussed redistricting, the types of gerrymandering (racial, prison and partisan) and how it ties into the census.

Next month, the League of Women Voters of Mason County is holding a meeting on Mental Health. That meeting will be held in the auditorium at Mason PUD 3 beginning at 6 PM May 21st.

Nonfarm Payroll Employment Soars Back in March

Washington’s economy gained 27,900 jobs in March and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for March rose slightly to 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The revised estimated February 2019 unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent.

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Top Employers in Mason County

The Economic Development Council of Mason County has compiled a list of the companies in the county with the most employees. Topping the 2019 list with 782 employees is Little Creek Casino. Mason General Hospital follows with 701. The Shelton School District sits third with 694. The Washington Correction Center is fourth with 684 employees. Taylor Shellfish rounds out the top five, employing 400 full time.

Mason County is sixth on the list with 393, followed by the North Mason School District (367), Sierra Pacific Industries (280), the Squaxin Island Tribe (273) and Wal-Mart (271) wraps up the top ten.

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PUD 3 Wins 2nd Safety Honor This Month

A commitment to safety paid off for Mason PUD 3 and its customers in the form of regional recognition in the Northwest Public Power Association’s 2018 Safety Contest. This is the second honor for safety received this month by PUD 3. The PUD earlier collected the 2018 American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices.

L-R: Mason PUD 3 employees Laurie Hall, Nick Earsley, Dennis Simon, Tina Ward, Chris Jorgensen

In the NWPPA competition, PUD 3 placed first in the category of public utilities whose employees worked between 200,001 and 300,000 total hours in 2018. There was a three-way tie for second place: Homer Electric (AK), Roseville Electric (CA), and Silicon Valley Power (CA). Third place was awarded to Clallam PUD (WA).

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One Day Closure for County Community Services

Mason County’ s Community Services Department located at 615 West Alder Street and 415 N 6th Street, building # 8 will be closed for-business Friday, April 26th, 2019. The departments biannual all staff training will be conducted at the county public works building. These trainings are essential for meeting local, state, and federal standards.

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Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Four Washington residents were sickened as part of the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to frozen, ground raw tuna announced today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The four ill people include residents of Grays Harbor (1), King (2) and Spokane (1) counties. All have recovered and none were hospitalized.

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Bill Regulates Use of Toxic Chemicals

In Olympia, lawmakers have voted to give the departments of Ecology and Health authority to take the lead on getting toxic chemicals out of consumer products. Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

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Watch Shelton City Council

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 15, 2019 Shelton City Council study session and business meeting. There are two ways to watch the council meeting live with the study session beginning at 5 PM and the business meeting beginning at 6 PM: and You can also watch on demand on or Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 3 PM and Saturday at 9 AM.

Click here for the meetings’ agendas.

Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 16, 2019 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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