State Unemployment Falls to New Low

Washington’s economy added 4,500 jobs in September and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for September was 4.4 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The September unemployment rate decreased slightly from the August 2018 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, making it the lowest rate recorded based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data series dating back to 1976.

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Daytime Lane Closures Set for 101/Lynch Road Improvements

Thanks to good weather, crews have recently completed paving and other work to build new acceleration lanes at the US 101/Lynch Road intersection near Taylor Towne in Mason County. Now that asphalt has cured, crews will stripe the roadway into final lane configurations after installing new highway lighting, reinstalling cable barrier, and seeding the median.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 and 28, travelers will encounter single lane closures on US 101 and median closures that will limit turns to and from Lynch Road. Detours using State Route 3 and SR 108 will be provided for drivers affected by the median closures.

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YouTube Experiences Global Outage

YouTube experienced a global outage Tuesday night. The second most visited website in the world experienced the outage across its various platforms for more than an hour. The Google-owned streaming site took to Twitter to thank users for reporting issues.

Users who tried to access videos or upload content were greeted with an error message. The outage apparently began about 6 PM locally and services were restored after 7:30.

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Watch Shelton City Council

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the October 16, 2018 Shelton City Council regular meeting. There are two ways to watch the council meeting live at 6 PM: and You can also watch on demand on or Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 3 PM and Saturday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the October 16, 2018 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 Communications’ 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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City Council Holds Study Session

[VIDEO] The Shelton City Council held a study session Friday afternoon.

Discussion during the meeting included raising the city business license fee from $35 to $50, creating a policy for granting street vacations, whether to waive the reversion clause on for city deeded parcels under Oakland Bay Marina, and the several open positions (City Manager, Finance Director, City Clerk and Human Resources Manager). The Council also determined the should hold study sessions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Official action on these items will likely take place during the Council’s next meeting, 6 PM Tuesday, October 16th.

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City Construction Schedule 10/15 to 10/19

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Downtown Connector Project and the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working October 15th to October 19th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Hwy North will be closed between C St. and 7th St. on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 18& 19) during work hours.
  • Alder will be closed between 1st St. and 2nd St., and 6th St. and 7th St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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State Highway Road Construction 10/14 to 10/20

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from October 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Description: Crews are finalizing work to make roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101. WSDOT anticipates both new acceleration lanes will open to traffic by late October.

Some work is weather-dependent and could change that schedule. Remaining work elements include final lane striping, installing new highway lighting, reinstalling cable barrier as well as regrading and seeding the median.

Work Schedule: Until work is complete, drivers can expect daytime single-lane closures in both directions of US 101.

  • A single lane of northbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the afternoon commute from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A single lane of southbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the morning commute from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The speed limit in both directions will be reduced to 40 mph during work activities.

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US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair

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Watch Shelton Football at Gig Harbor

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Shelton football team play Gig Harbor at Roy Anderson Field. The South Sound Conference game between the Highclimbers and the Tides kicks off at 7 PM. Dedrick Allan will start the Maple Glen Senior Living Pregame Show at 6:50 PM.

Shelton is 0-and-6 while Gig Harbor is 2-and-4 overall, 1-and-3 in the SSC.

NOTE: This broadcast relies on mobile/cellular broadband connection as wired or Wi-Fi connections are not available. Failure of connection or slow speeds due to limited or poor cellular signal may cause buffering, interruptions and/or poor picture quality.  We apologize for any inconvenience. If there is a failure, MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will post a complete game video as soon as possible.

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