Mason County News

State Highway Road Construction 10/7 to 10/13

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from October 7, 2018 to October 13, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Description: Crews are finalizing work to make roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101. WSDOT anticipates both new acceleration lanes will open to traffic by late October.

Some work is weather-dependent and could change that schedule. Remaining work elements include final lane striping, installing new highway lighting, reinstalling cable barrier as well as regrading and seeding the median.

Work Schedule: Until work is complete, drivers can expect daytime single-lane closures in both directions of US 101.

  • A single lane of northbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the afternoon commute from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A single lane of southbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the morning commute from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The speed limit in both directions will be reduced to 40 mph during work activities.

Project web page

US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair Continue reading State Highway Road Construction 10/7 to 10/13

Deadline for Pioneer School Board Applications Extended

Due to scheduling difficulties, the application deadline for the open Pioneer School Board position has been extended to Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  Interested individuals need to submit a cover letter, resume and completed school board application form.

Interviews for the position will be on Thursday, October 11th with the swearing in ceremony scheduled for October 30, 2018. Continue reading Deadline for Pioneer School Board Applications Extended

Community Partners Restore Log Monument

SH Log Monument Recognition
Left to Right: Mike Deseguirant and Dan Dixon of Sierra Pacific Industries, Leroy Valley of Kristmas Town Kiwanis, and Andrew Spear, Julie Nichols, and Patti Tupper of Mason County Master Builders.

The Shelton City Council recognized several members of the community Tuesday evening for their work on the restoration of the iconic Shelton Log Monument at Overlook Park.

In July, crews started the much needed restoration, including sanding off excess dirt and graffiti, applying various protective sealers, and repainting the routed text. This effort was funded by a generous donation from the Mason County Master Builders. Builders FirstSource of Shelton donated the marine grade varnish and other supplies used to restore the log, which are critical to protecting the monument from the elements and harmful water intrusion. Continue reading Community Partners Restore Log Monument

Watch Speed Dating Candidates Forum

Watch the League of Women Voters of Mason County’s Speed Dating Candidates Forum. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will be broadcasting from one table. Opening statements from each candidate will begin at 6:30 PM.

The candidates: 

Mason County Commission District 3
Kevin Schmelzlen
Sharon Trask

Mason County Assessor
Melody Peterson
Patti McLean

Mason County Sheriff
Casey Salisbury
Darin Holland

Mason County District Court Judge
George A. Steele
Eric Valley

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Administrative Changes for Shelton Schools

There has been some changes in the administrative structure for some Shelton schools. According to a news release, due to the resignation of Steven Torres, Principal at Olympic Middle School, the Shelton School District will be making the following administrative changes on October 8, 2018.

  • Carey Murray will move from the position of Principal at Bordeaux Elementary to Principal of Olympic Middle School.
  • Maryann Marshall will transition from the Assistant Principal position at Olympic Middle School to Principal of Bordeaux Elementary.

Continue reading Administrative Changes for Shelton Schools

Experts Recommend Families Get Flu Shots

Flu illness has begun circulating in Washington communities and flu vaccine is now widely available to protect everyone in the family throughout the season.

“Getting vaccinated every year against the flu is essential to protecting yourself and your family from this very serious illness,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer. “Flu vaccines to protect you this fall and winter are available at many pharmacies and healthcare providers. Everyone 6 months and older, even healthy teens and young adults, should get vaccinated.” Continue reading Experts Recommend Families Get Flu Shots

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Basic's getting an upgrade

Beginning Tuesday, October 2, channels 2-70 are moving to digital only. A DTA will be required on each TV in order to continue to receive the full basic lineup. DTAs are available now at both HCC offices. Learn more at