State Highway Road Construction 11/19 to 11/25

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from November 19, 2017 to November 25, 2017.


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. 

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Shelton PD to Increase Distracted Driving Patrols

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.

During the month of December, Shelton PD will have additional officers on overtime looking specifically for distracted driving violations.

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First Responders Create Tree for Fantasy Forest

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.

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Maritime History in Water Colors

Local artist Robert Chamberlain presented Washington’s maritime history in water colors Wednesday at Maple Glen.

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.

County Officials to Resubmit 2018 Budget Requests

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.

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Miss Thurston County is from Shelton

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

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Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the November 14, 2017 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 Communication’s 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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