Regarding the county budget, it seems everyone is in an all-fired hurry to move forward before learning from past mistakes. But without stopping to contemplate those lessons, our economic future holds no better outlook than our past. We all know this, yet there still appears to be no appetite for introspection. So here’s what needs to be done:
US 101 – Hoodsport Vicinity – Slide Debris Fence Repair
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)331.4
Description: Crews will repair a debris fence.
Work schedule: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Monday, Nov. 13 through December, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic. No work scheduled on Thanksgiving.
Fatalities from distracted driving have increased 32% in Washington State during 2017. Mason County alone has had two fatalities, and five people that were seriously injured, in auto collisions related to distracted driving. With the passage and signing of the statewide E-DUI Act in July, the Shelton Police Department is taking action locally to address the rise in distracted driving collisions.
Firefighters from Mason County designed and created a Christmas Tree for the 23rd Annual Mason General Hospital Foundation’s Fantasy Forest. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC spoke with Firefighter/Paramedic Don Entus, one of the designers, Thursday after the “First Responder Tree” was set up at Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Union.
The Foundation’s Holiday celebration is the fundraiser that supports the purchase of medical and healthcare related equipment for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics. Other trees on the auction block this year have themes including Seahawks, bird houses and a dream catcher.
The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Sunday, November 12, 2017 through Thursday, November 16, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.
Chamberlain’s watercolors have been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum and The Seattle Center. And he has been featured in one-man shows at The State Historical Museum in Tacoma and Olympia as well as at several colleges.
Mason County elected officials and department heads are being asked to redraft and submit their budget requests for 2018. The Mason County Commissioners held a budget workshop Wednesday morning to discuss the county’s budget for next year in the wake of the failure of a property tax levy lid lift.
There is a $5.1 Million difference between the requests for 2018 ($36,473,478) and expected revenues ($31,373,174). Each elected and department head is now being asked to reduce their expenditure requests and submit a revised preliminary 2018 budget by Wednesday, November 22nd.
Washington’s unemployment rate fell from 4.6 to 4.5 percent in October – equaling the state’s all-time low for unemployment set earlier this year, according to the state Employment Security Department.
Miss Thurston County 2018, Ashley Engstrom, actually lives in Shelton. The Miss Washington hopeful attended Tuesday’s Mason County Commission meeting and explained how she became Miss Thurston County.
The Miss Thurston County Scholarship Program is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America programs. For more information check out www.missthurstoncounty.com.
Watch the November 14, 2017 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.