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Flood Watch for Skokomish

The Flood Warning for the Skokomish River near Potlatch has ended and a flood watch is now in effect. According to forecasters, a break in the rain today (Saturday) will allow the Skokomish river to remain slightly below flood stage. Another round of rain over the south slopes of the Olympics later tonight into Sunday will drive the river back above flood stage Sunday morning.

The river is expected to rise back above the 16.5-foot flood stage around 10 AM Sunday and crest near 17.3 feet around 4 PM Sunday. Minor flooding is forecast with flowing into pasture lands and over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road. The evacuation route will be opened to the west end of the Skokomish Valley Road.

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City Construction Schedule 12/17 to 12/21

Work on one of the two remaining infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton has stopped for the winter. Crews have stopped working on the Downtown Connector Project but work continues on Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation. There are still several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Here is what motorists will encounter December 17th through December 21st.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Construction on the Downtown Connector Project will be put on hold for the winter season starting Saturday, December 1st. Olympic Highway North with remain open. Alder street will remain closed through the winter between 1st. St. & 2nd St. and 6th St. & 7th St. It is anticipated that construction will resume on April 1, 2019.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • Intermittent closures between Alder and Birch from 3rd St. to 7th St.
  • Intermittent closures between Birch and Henry from 2nd St. to 4th St.
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State Highway Road Construction 12/16 to 12/22

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from December 16, 2018 to December 22, 2018.


 US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 324.4
Description: One-way alternating traffic for utility work. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

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Basketball: SHS Teams Fall; NM Games Postponed

The Shelton boys’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Friday falling to Timberline 79 to 65.

The Highclimbers started fast building a nine-point first quarter lead but the Blazers rallied late in the quarter and led by 15 at the half. Timberline kept the pressure on the ‘Climbers and maintained that double digit lead through the second half.

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City Council Discusses Marina

[VIDEO] The Shelton City Council discussed the Oakland Bay Marina this week. At the center of the discussion were the tideland parcels the City deeded to the Port of Shelton for the marina in 1950, the rights of way (ROW) for city streets under the marina, and a 99-year lease for the ROW proposed by the Shelton Yacht Club which is negotiating with the Port to buy the marina. The Yacht Club also made a brief presentation to the Council during Tuesday night’s study session.

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31 State Patrol Troopers Sworn In

At a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, 31 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court. They were presented their commission cards by Governor Jay Inslee and Chief John R. Batiste, who welcomed them into an organization known and trusted by the citizens of Washington State.

WSP Graduates 31 New Troopers

Posted by Washington State Patrol on Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Lighted Boat Parade Fri. & Sat.

The Shelton Yacht Club’s annual lighted boat holiday parade is Friday and Saturday nights. As in past years, several lighted and decorated boats will depart the Oakland Bay Marina in Shelton at 6:30 PM (December 14th and 15th). Weather permitting the parade will go down Hammersley Inlet and travel just beyond Libby Point before turning around and returning to the marina.

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