Mason County PUD No. 1 Commissioner Carl Denison elected President of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association for 2012-2013. Denison has served as Vice President of the association for the last year and will now lead WPUDA in their strategic advocacy efforts to support and promote public power in Washington State.
Officials with the gas price watchdog website GasBuddy.com are warning of a spike in gas prices this holiday weekend. The site’s Senior Petroleum Analyst, Patrick DeHaan expects prices to increase 10 to 35 cents a gallon in the next few days as more people plan to hit the road between Thursday and Monday for Memorial Day weekend. Nearly 35 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more this weekend which will increase demand for fuel and raise prices. The average price of gas in Washington has dropped a couple of cents this week to $4.22 a gallon but prices usually start increasing as the summer travel season begins with Memorial Day.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced the closure schedule for most remaining state liquor stores before the first day of private liquor sales on June 1. The board is using a phased closure method, spreading out store shutdowns over four days. According to the schedule, the Shelton Liquor Store will be closing on May 28 and the Belfair Liquor Store will be closing on May 31.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has postponed action on a possible land exchange on Harstine Island. The Commission is considering its options for obtaining property adjacent to the waterfront property known as Fudge Point as well as purchasing the waterfront property. One of the options is to trade a portion of Harstine Island State Park for the upland property, developing that into a campground that could generate funds to buy Fudge Point for $2.2 million.
The Mason County Commission is once again seeking applications from interested residents who would like to serve on the recently created Belfair Urban Growth Area Advisory Committee. This committee will assess the Belfair community’s needs and provide recommendations to the Commissioners and other Commissioner appointed groups.
Mason County PUD No. 3 and Simpson Lumber Company to improve the lighting at the Company’s operations in Mason County while improving energy efficiency. Justin Holzgrove, the PUD’s Conservation Manager, worked with Tony Enslow, Simpson’s Project Engineer and Environmental Specialist, on the project at the waterfront in Shelton and at the company’s mill on John’s Prairie.