Mason County News

Week-Long Closure of 302 near Victor Begins Oct. 25

sr-302-project-map-091616If the weather cooperates, drivers who use State Route 302 can expect an around-the-clock week-long closure of a small section of the highway near the Pierce/Mason county line near Victor. During the closure, crews will excavate the roadway at milepost 4.5 in an effort to stabilize this portion of SR 302. This section of roadway has seen repeated damage due to a slow-moving landslide under the surface of the highway. Workers also will replace two failed culverts. Continue reading Week-Long Closure of 302 near Victor Begins Oct. 25

North Mason School Board Meeting Video Available

The video of the October 20, 2016 North Mason School Board meeting is now available. Some of the more notable items during the meeting,  under their consent agenda, the School Directors discussed and adopted new policies relating to excused and unexcused absences, suicide prevention, and the rights of homeless students. The Board was als presented with the school success plan for Belfair Elementary and Sand Hill Elementary. And one of the two new student board members, Megan Jackson, was given the oath of office.

The next meeting of the North Mason School Board is 6:30 PM Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

unused drugsNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday October 22nd. The public can dispose of their unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of 4,700 collection sites nationwide, operated by 3,800 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked. In Mason County, there are two Drug Take Back Boxes: in front of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, 322 North 3rd Street in Shelton; and at the North Mason Regional Fire Authority, 460 NE Old Belfair Highway, in Belfair. Continue reading Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Shelton School District Community Forum

The Shelton School District held a community forum Wednesday night. During the forum, Superintendent Dr. Alex Apostle explained the bond and levy the District will ask voters to approve on February 14, 2017. Also in attendance was John Gore from DA Davidson who explained the interest rates for the bond, the District’s bond rating, how assessed value work for a school district, and the structure of the bond.

The Shelton School District will be asking voters to approve a $64,778,906 construction bond and a three-year replacement maintenance and operations levy.  Continue reading Shelton School District Community Forum

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Ballots Out; Voter Resources Available

election 2016 cBallots for the November 8th General Election have been mailed to registered voters and most should already have them in hand or will be receiving them in the next few days. Here are some resources to help voters make informed decisions as the ballot includes nine statewide measures, the President and Vice President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, and all State offices. Continue reading Ballots Out; Voter Resources Available

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League Talks Initiatives

Tuesday afternoon, the League of Women Voters of Mason County discuss the pros and cons of the initiatives and referendums that are on the November 8th General Election Ballot. This included Proposition 1 – the formation of a Metropolitan Parks District (MPD) in unincorporated Mason County. League President, Cheryl Williams, spoke against the measure while Neal Winders from the Friends of Mason County Parks, spoke in favor.

For more information on the MPD go to There is opposition to the measure and that information can be found on Continue reading League Talks Initiatives

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New Initiatives for Puget Sound Recovery Announced

Seal_of_the_United_States_Congress.svgTuesday officials from the Obama administration and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Reps. Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Rick Larsen announced new federal actions to help protect and recover the health of Puget Sound, one of the nation’s largest estuaries. These actions demonstrate a firm commitment from the federal government to help restore Puget Sound, and are similar to federal actions taken in recent years to protect other large aquatic ecosystems, such as the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes. Continue reading New Initiatives for Puget Sound Recovery Announced

County Commission Discusses Salary Formula for Electeds

The Mason County Commission is getting close to a formula for setting salaries for other elected officials. During a briefing Monday, the Commissioners discussed how best to calculate those salaries while bringing them more inline with the salaries of elected officials in comparable counties.

The concept that the Commission seems to agree upon is to use the average of the salaries from the comparable counties and tie future salary increases to the 1% increase the Commissioners currently receive annually. Continue reading County Commission Discusses Salary Formula for Electeds

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