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Area gas prices rise 15 cents in week, 35 cents in year

Gasoline prices have spiked in recent weeks, both in South Sound and nationally, because of Middle East tensions. An oil-refinery fire in Whatcom County also is a factor here.

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City Commission Briefed on SAVER Suggestions

The Shelton City Commission was briefed Monday night on five suggestions from SAVER (Shelton Alliance for Viable Economic Revitalization), a subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee from the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce. In order to help attract new businesses to the downtown area of Shelton, SAVER suggested the City put a moratorium on its sign requirement for 180 days; waive the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax for the first year of operation; waive the Traffic Impact Fee for new businesses locating to existing buildings; create low rent incubator space as an incentive for businesses to locate downtown; and work with the Chamber and the Economic Development Council of Mason County on marketing available spaces.

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Police Blotter

The following is police activity in Mason County reported on Monday, February 20, 2012 and Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

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CDBG Application for Senior Center Getting Closer

The application for a $1 Million Community Development Block Grant for the Mason County Senior Activities Association is getting closer to completion. Monday night, the Shelton City Commission was briefed on the latest draft of the application the City will be submitting to the State Department of Commerce on behalf of the Association for funds to purchase the Mason County PUD No. 3 complex on Cota Street.

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New Art at the Civic Center

There is new art on display at the Shelton Civic Center. The pieces by Dixie Higby, Gary Bushnell, Gaylene Wiseman, Terri Thompson, Xuefang Snyder, and Steve Talbott were installed on the wall between the Municipal Court Room and the Shelton Police Department entrances Tuesday.

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Port Working with Shelton Hills Investors

The Port of Shelton said Tuesday it is working with Hall Equities on a potential land swap in the Shelton Hills development that will help protect Sanderson Field from encroachment by incompatible use. This statement comes on the heels of last week’s reversal of the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board invalidity order on the City of Shelton’s rezone of 160 acres in the Hall property from Commercial/Industrial to Residential.

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Port Looking into Logging John’s Prairie

The Port of Shelton is looking into logging some of its land on John’s Prairie. Tuesday, the Port Commissioners were presented with a possible plan to remove trees from about 100 acres in the John’s Prairie Industrial Park and take advantage of favorable timber prices. The trees proposed to be logged are in the area where ADAGE once proposed to build a biomass plant.

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