Mason County News

Republicans Respond to State of the State Address

In Olympia, Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address touched on climate change, mental health, saving orcas, education and affordable housing. However, as Republicans pointed out, the governor said nothing in the address about his three-point-seven-billion dollar tax increase plan to help pay for doing more. John Sattgast with Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.

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League Talks Mason County Budget

[VIDEO] The League of Women Voters of Mason County discussed Mason County’s budget Tuesday. The League recently completed a study of the County’s budget and compared the current budget to their study from 2010. The League members to complete the two studies are Michelle Bell, Lynda Links and Brenda Hirschi.

Mason County Commissioners Kevin Shutty, Randy Neatherlin and Sharon Trask, Mason County Treasurer Lisa Fraser and Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire were on hand for the discussion along with the County’s Director of Support Services, Frank Pinter, the County’s Budget Manager, Jennifer Beierle, and members of the County’s Budget Advisory Committee as Mrs. Hirschi led the discussion.

Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the January 15, 2019 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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Watch Shelton Girls Play Mercer Island

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Shelton girls’ basketball team play Mercer Island. Tip off for this non-conference game has been delayed at least 45 minutes. Originally scheduled for 7 PM, tip off is now anticipated around 7:45 (or 15 minutes after the JV game wraps up). Dedrick Allan will start the Maple Glen Senior Living Pregame Show ten minutes before tip off for the varsity game.

The Highclimbers are 3-and-10 on the season. The Islanders are 0-and-14.

Local Teachers Awarded $23,000

The Community Partner Education Grant (CPEG) committee announces that it awarded $23,850 in grants to thirty-seven teachers in both Grays Harbor and Mason Counties in Washington State.

2019 CPEG committee members from left to right: Chris Pfeiffer (Our Community Credit Union), Kristi Templeton (Our Community Credit Union), Julie Rowan (Belco Forest Products), Darren Eisele (Our Community Credit Union), Dick Case (Green Diamond Resource Company), and Billy Thomas (Hood Canal Communications).  Not pictured are Jacquelin Earley (Sierra Pacific Foundation), Stacie Tobey (Vaughan Co, Inc), Allison Barnes (Simpson Door Company), and Kelly Almonte (Shelton Dental Center & Elma Family Dentistry).

A wide variety of unique projects and programs were funded, such as a trip to a vertical wind tunnel, digital cameras and 3D printers, and learning expeditions in the great outdoors*.  Usually teachers would have to pay for these items or programs themselves, as typically funds are not available through regular school district resources.  A complete list of approved grants is available at

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