Agate Road Lane Closure Thursday

Mason County Public Works will be closing one lane of Agate Road near Highway 3 Thursday. Crews will be repairing defective pavement on Agate at milepost 0.055 in preparation for chip sealing. Due to this location’s proximity to the intersection with Highway 3, those traveling northbound on Agate Road (driving toward Highway 3) and wanting access to SR-3 will be detoured onto Spencer Lake Road and Pickering Road.

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Traffic going from northbound Highway 3 onto Agate Road will NOT be impeded. This lane closure and detour will be in effect from 7 AM to 4 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Wildfire Burning Off Brockdale Road

Firefighters are battling a wildfire burning on Green Diamond Resource land under the power lines off Brockdale Road.

powerline 3 fire 6-16-13

According to a news release, Mason County Fire District 11 was called to the fire at 3:25 PM Sunday. The blaze was originally reported as roughly 100 feet by 100 feet in size. At last report, the fire was about two acres in size and is burning in heavy timber. All fire districts in Mason County, the State Department of Natural Resources and Green Diamond have crews working to contain the blaze.

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PUD 3 Named 2012 Conservation Steward of the Year

John Bolender (L), Mason Conservation District manager and Tom Farmer (R), PUD 3 Commission president show off stewardship sign and award certificate.
John Bolender (L), Mason Conservation District manager and Tom Farmer (R), PUD 3 Commission president show off stewardship sign and award certificate.

Mason County PUD No. 3 has been named 2012 Conservation Steward of the Year by the Mason Conservation District. Citing sustainable design, care for the environment, and intergovernmental teamwork, Conservation District Manager John Bolender, made the announcement at the June 11 PUD 3 commission meeting. The district worked closely with the PUD design team to introduce native plants into the area around the Johns Prairie operations center, and adopt ways to manage stormwater runoff in a manner that reduced environmental impacts.

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2013 Reed Scholarship Award Winners

The eight recipients of 2013 Mark E. Reed Scholarships were recently named by the program’s Washington Board. According to Kevin Lyle, board chairman and controller for Green Diamond Resource Company’s Northwest Timberlands Division, the winners each received $3,000 awards on June 13, 2013, after an afternoon tour of Green Diamond’s working forest lands and a dinner celebration at the historic Colonial House.

Reed scholarship winners gathered at the Colonial House.  Left to right, front row: Lacey Schauberger, Madilyn Sayler, Sarah Myers, Kathryn Myers. 2nd row: Laurel Gordon, Sam Baderdeen, Tessa Blackstad. Back row:  Mark E. Reed Scholarship Board Members Kevin Lyle, Diana Goldy, Jason Goldsby, Skip Morrison and John Ison. Stephanie Howard, scholarship winner, is not pictured.
Reed scholarship winners gathered at the Colonial House. Left to right, front row: Lacey Schauberger, Madilyn Sayler, Sarah Myers, Kathryn Myers. 2nd row: Laurel Gordon, Sam Baderdeen, Tessa Blackstad. Back row: Mark E. Reed Scholarship Board Members Kevin Lyle, Diana Goldy, Jason Goldsby, Skip Morrison and John Ison. Stephanie Howard, scholarship winner, is not pictured.

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Road Work on State Highways 6/16/13 to 6/22/13

DOT sealHere is road work scheduled on State Highways that will impact travel in the coming week.

According to the State Department of Transportation, crews working for Mason County PUD No. 1 continue to install a new water main and services along Highway 106 near Dalby Road in Union. This work near between milepost 6.7 and milepost 6.9 will close the eastbound lane daily causing single alternating lane of travel controlled by flaggers from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

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