A historic house will get a new lease on life after it is moved from an Oakland Bay nature preserve. Capitol Land Trust, an Olympia-based non-profit land conservation organization, is working with Nickel Bros. house moving of Vancouver, BC to move the historic house off Capitol Land Trust’s Twin Rivers Ranch preserve at the north end of Oakland Bay, near Shelton, WA. The work to prepare the house for moving has already started, but the actual move – getting the house off the property and loaded on a barge destined for Sequim, WA., – will take place in the early morning hours of September 23rd.
With the continued fall weather conditions bringing an increase in humidity and wildland fuel moistures, Mason County Department of Community Development in conjunction with the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association is lifting the Stage II Fire Restrictions. The burn ban now reverts to Stage I as follows:
This burn ban applies to OUDOOR BURNING, including land clearing and yard debris; with the exception of recreational fires in approved concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban.
Two people were arrested Wednesday after a high speed chase, crash and foot pursuit. The chase began about 10:30 AM on U.S. Highway 101 when a State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a car for speeding and passing on the shoulder. The driver of the car, a silver Lexus, fled, reaching speeds of 120 MPH before pulling onto Highway 108.
Shelton Police Department added extra patrol officers to each school zone Wednesday in an effort to improve traffic and pedestrian safety. Several drivers were contacted, and citations were issued for a variety of offences – most were for speed violations in the school zones.
Officers also went downtown to focus on pedestrian safety along Railroad Avenue. An officer dressed in plain clothes – posing as a pedestrian – repeatedly crossed the street in the designated crosswalks.
The City of Shelton has lifted it complete ban on burning and now recreational fires are allowed effective 8 AM Thursday. According to a news release, the Fire Marshal has determined that current weather conditions have eliminated the need to continue the complete burn ban enacted in the City of Shelton. Effective Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., restrictions on recreational fires will be lifted.
Mary M. Knight football player, Austin Fries, was named one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athletes of the Week for September 10-September 16, 2017. The WIAA announced the winners for week three on Wednesday.
Fries rushed for 309 yards on 13 attempts and four touchdowns in last week’s game. He also had one reception, good for an 84 yard touchdown. (MasonWebTV Powered by HCC was at the game against Evergreen Lutheran and counted six TDs by Fries.)
The unemployment rate in Mason County dropped slightly in August but has hit the lowest mark since 1999. According to the State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.7 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised July rate of 5.8 percent and down more than two percentage points from August 2016’s rate of 8 percent. This marks the seventh month in a row Mason County has seen a decrease in unemployment and is the lowest rate since October 2007. The last time the County saw an unemployment rate at 5.7 percent was August of 1999.
Watch the September 19, 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.