Mason County News

Watch Mason County Commission Briefings

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the July 6, 2020 Mason County Commission briefings. 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:

Here is the schedule (subject to change):

9: 00 A.M. Support Services — Frank Pinter
9: 45 A.M. Therapeutic Courts — Renee Cullop
Criminal Justice Treatment Fund
10: 00 A.M. Community Services — Dave Windom
10: 30 A.M. BREAK
10: 35 A.M. Public Works — Loretta Swanson
Utilities & Waste Management
Commissioner Discussion — as needed

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Watch St. David Episcopal Church Service

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Sunday service from Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton, WA. Live video stream begins 10 to 15 minutes before the 10:30 AM July 5, 2020 service starts.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-729717.

To support Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton, WA, please consider a financial donation. You can donate online through the church’s website:

You can also donate by mail:

St. David of Wales
324 W. Cedar
P.O. Box 339
Shelton, WA 98584

For more information call the office: (360) 426-8472; or email:

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State Highway Construction 7/5 to 7/11

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from July 5, 2020 to July 11, 2020.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 317.5 – 321
Description: One-way alternating traffic for roadway repair. 
Work Schedule:  8 a.m. until 4 p.m Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7-8.

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description:  Crews are building a new alignment for Coffee Creek as part of a WSDOT fish barrier removal project. 
Work Schedule: See below:

Shelton-Matlock Road 

  • Travelers on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 are using a temporary two-lane bypass road around the work zone. Travelers can expect a reduced speed limit to 25 mph and occasional traffic stops of up to 15 minutes during work hours between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • The bypass road will allow crews to build a new stream channel and install an approximately 96-foot-long box culvert to eventually connect a realigned Coffee Creek under the Shelton-Matlock Road. The channel will link to a replicated natural streambed, which was previously built between Shelton-Matlock Road and the area approaching Goldsborough Creek.
  • ?Crews expect to fully reopen the Shelton-Matlock Road by mid-summer. 

Highway: SR 106 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 11.5 to 19
Description: One-way alternating traffic for utility work. 
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Monday through Thursday through Thursday, July 30.

Highway: SR 119 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 2.4 – 2.5
Description: One-way alternating traffic for utility work. 
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m each weekday from July 6 through July 17. 

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Face Covering Requirement Extended for Businesses Statewide

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers.

Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order.

The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state, and after last week’s proclamation mandating the same requirement of businesses in Yakima County.

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Two More COVID-19 Case in Mason County

Two Mason County men in their 50’s have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Mason County Public Health was notified of the additional positive cases in the county on Thursday, July 2, 2020. One man is a direct contact of a previous positive case and is currently isolating at home. The other man was exposed and hospitalized outside of Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews.

The latest positive tests brings Mason County’s number of COVID-19 cases to 54. However, there are only eight active cases.

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Claims for Unemployment Increase Again

During the week of June 21 through June 27, there were 31,911 initial regular unemployment claims (up 7.8% from the prior week) and 696,272 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 3.1% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).  

  • Initial regular claims applications remain at unprecedented elevated levels and are at 473 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims as well as continued/ongoing claims all declined over the previous week.

In Mason County last week (June 21 to June 27), there were 185 new claims for unemployment; up from 164 week before (June 14 to June 20).

ESD paid out over $477.3 million for 394,910 individual claims – a decrease of $55.5 million and 15,942 less individual claims from the prior week.

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Operation Dry Water this July Fourth Weekend

Coast Guard and local law enforcement officers will participate in Operation Dry Water Friday through Sunday in a joint effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence.

During the operation, Coast Guard members and local law enforcement throughout the Pacific Northwest will focus on detecting impaired boaters and educating the public about the dangers of boating under the influence.

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New AutoPulse Resuscitation System at Mason Health

Mason Health has increased survival rate for cardiac patients with a new AutoPulse Resuscitation System.

From left, Dr. Joseph Hoffman, MD, Unit Secretary Donna Berg, Patricia Renee Byrd, RN, RN Team Manager Kristyn Criss and Director of Emergency Department and Trauma Services Sabrina Nelson pose in the Emergency Department with a ZOLL AutoPulse Resuscitation System. Photo by Arla Shephard Bull, Marketing Coordinator.

When a person goes into cardiac arrest, every moment counts.

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