Mason County News

The Maxwell Quartet to Perform In Shelton

Live On Stage, Inc. and Mason County Community Concert Association announce Scottish String Quartet as part of their 2019 – 2020 Concert Season.

Glasgow-based string quartet, The Maxwell Quartet, is bringing the sounds and stories of bonnie Scotland to Shelton High School Auditorium in Shelton, Washington on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Single tickets to this performance are $30 (adults), children under 18 admitted FREE. Tickets for the rest of the 2019-2020 Season are available at a special rate of $60!

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State Highway Construction 1/19 to 1/25

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from January 19, 2020 to January 25, 2020.

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: If the weather cooperates, the new southbound US 101 exit to Shelton Matlock Road will open mid-February. WSDOT will provide advance notification when the opening of the new exit is scheduled. The new exit is roughly 1500 feet before the existing exit. After the new ramp opens, crews will shift Shelton-Matlock Road traffic onto a temporary two-lane bypass road. This allows travelers to bypass construction around-the-clock while crews build a new stream channel under the Shelton-Matlock Road.
Work Schedule: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekdayBrief traffic stops and shoulder closures on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 interchange. No traffic affects for US 101.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 338.5 to 339
Description:  One-way alternating traffic for routine bridge inspection. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Jan 21-23. 

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 319
Description:  Alternating northbound and southbound shoulder closures and shifted lanes for guardrail installation. 
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan 21-22. 

Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 4.9 to 9.7
Description: One-way alternating traffic for Mason County PUD #3 power pole replacement. 
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday through Thursday, Feb 28.

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Kilmer Receives “A” Rating

Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received an “A” rating on the 2019 legislative scorecard released this week by End Citizens United Action Fund on behalf of their four million members. Announced ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the scorecard tracks Members’ support for legislation to reduce the role of big money and special interests in politics, restore ethics in Washington, and protect and expand the right to vote.

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One Injured in Belfair Tahuya Road Crash

A 20-year-old Tahuya man was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Belfair Tahuya Road Thursday.

The Washington State Patrol says a 2008 Dodge Truck was westbound on Belfair Tahuya Road about 6 PM. At Elfendahl Pass Road, the truck passed another westbound vehicle. When the Dodge reentered the westbound lane, the driver lost control. The truck spun, went down an embankment and struck several trees.

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Sheldon Measure Addresses Sticky Homeless Problem

Sen. Tim Sheldon is stepping into the one of the stickiest problems of homelessness – human waste in the streets.

Sheldon, D-Potlatch, this week introduced Senate Bill 6283, which would require state regulation of the urban-camping trend that has swept Seattle and other Puget Sound cities, lining the streets with dilapidated RVs and campers. Sheldon’s bill would require their occupants to apply for discharge permits from the state Department of Ecology.

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Skokomish River Flooding Possible this Weekend

River flooding is possible Saturday into Sunday for the Skokomish River. According to forecasters, a period of heavy rainfall Friday night into Saturday will cause rises on the rivers flowing off the Olympics. Total rainfall during this time frame could be as high as 2 to 3 inches in the Olympics. This amount of rain will drive the Skokomish River up near flood stage but is likely to stay just below. The snow level will also be marginal for flooding as it will start very low but rise as high as 4000 feet by the end of the storm. Depending on the rainfall total, high enough snow level, and potential melting of low elevation snow in the valleys, minor flooding is possible on the river as a result.

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