The Mason County Commission has appointed 11 people to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee. This Committee will make recommendations to the Commissioners annually on the use of the funds collected from the 1/10th of 1% sales tax imposed for mental health, substance abuse and therapeutic courts.
Mason County has a “threatened” shellfish growing area and five areas where the water quality is “of concern.” According to Debbie Riley, Environmental Health Manager of Mason County Public Health and Human Services, every year the State Department of Health evaluates shellfish growing areas to make sure they still meet their classification status, by analyzing water sample data collected in the previous year and assessing potential sources of pollution.
Mason County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in March. The State Employment Security Department says the County’s unemployment rate last month was 11.6%. That’s up one-tenth of a percent from the revised rate for February but still more than a half percent less than March 2011’s 12.2% unemployment.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board released the names of the successful bidders in last Friday’s auction for the 167 state-run liquor stores. The winning bidder for the Shelton Liquor Store – Store #30 – was Richard Gates of Kirkland for $103,100. The liquor store in Belfair – Store #162 – went to Eugene K. Sung of Kent for $75,200.