Mason County News
The Mason County Public Health Division has issued a health advisory for Mason County and is investigating reports of people experiencing gastrointestinal illness after visiting the Lake on August 8th and 9th. Environmental Health has secured water samples from the lake and is testing those samples.
As of August 10, the Green Diamond swimming area at Mason Lake has been closed. There is no indication that any other parts of the lake need to be closed at this time. Continue reading Health Advisory Issued for Mason Lake
Crews continue working on several infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Downtown Connector Project, Turner Avenue Revitalization Project, and preparations for roadway paving. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working August 13 to August 17.
Downtown Connector Project:
- Olympic Highway North will be open. The roadway is reduced to two lanes, one in each direction.
- Work Areas:
- Along Alder St. between 3rd St. and 7th St., no anticipated closures.
- Between Alder St. and Birch St. from 3rd. St. to 7th St., no anticipated closures.
Traffic revisions at the intersection of Olympic Highway North/W Alder St. and N 7th St. remain in effect until further notice
Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project: Continue reading City Construction Schedule 8/13 to 8/17
The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from August 5, 2018 to August 18, 2018.
US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost 356.5
Description: Crews will repair supports that elevate both US 101 bridges over Kennedy Creek.
Work Schedule: Drivers may encounter right shoulder closures in both directions and short-term right lane closures. The project is scheduled from Tuesday, Sept. 4, through early October 2018. Continue reading State Highway Road Construction 8/12 to 8/18
[VIDEO] Fire officials held a public meeting Friday night to update residents on the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near the Hamma Hamma community. A standing room only crowd filed into the Hamma Hamma Fire Station to hear what is being done to fight the Maple Fire while keeping people safe.
The fire, which is 995 acres in size and 12% contained, is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. Continue reading Public Meeting Held on Maple Fire
A ban on all burning including recreational fires goes into effect in Mason County at 8 AM Saturday, August 11, 2018. The use of Charcoal briguettes, gas and propane barbecues will continue. The burn ban will be in effect until further notice.
This ban also applies to the City of Shelton. Continue reading County-Wide Burn Ban Effective Saturday
More Primary Election ballots were counted Thursday and there are no changes in the latest unofficial numbers.
Democrat Kevin Schmelzlen and Republican Sharon Trask will face off for Mason County Commissioner District 3. George Steele and Eric Valley are the top two candidates for Mason County District Court Judge. Write-in results for Mason County Auditor will be released next week. And two Democrats (Irene Bowling and Tim Sheldon) will face off for 35th District State Senator. Continue reading No Change in Primary Election Numbers
The Maple Fire (the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest above the community of Hamma Hamma and northwest of Eldon) is burning in steep terrain on the Jefferson Ridge Line and North of Jefferson Creek. Elk Lake trail runs through the middle of the fire.
The Maple Fire has burned 810 acres, is 5 percent contained and there are 163 personnel currently battling the fire. Crews and equipment ordered earlier in the week are now beginning to arrive and officials expect to have around 300 personnel on the fire by Friday with more equipment also expected. Priorities are to keep the fire from spreading further East, North and South. Continue reading Update on Maple Fire; Public Meeting Friday
Law enforcement agencies across Washington will increase DUI (Driving Under the Influence) patrols August 17 through September 3 to keep drivers safe during what is typically the deadliest time of the year on the state’s roadways.
More than 160 local law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will participate in the emphasis patrols in search of drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Continue reading Expect More DUI Patrols Leading Up to Labor Day Weekend
The search for the next City Manager for the City of Shelton continues. The Shelton City Council has yet to make a selection but a news release explains the Council remains motivated to find a new City Manager. The following is that news release:
Following a thorough two day interview process of three finalists on July 30th and 31st, the City Council has decided to continue their search to fill the City’s top position.
“We are grateful to the community leaders, members of the public, and staff who participated in the interview process last week,” said Mayor Bob Rogers. “At this point, the City Manager recruitment is still open and the process in on-going. The Council is motivated to find the best possible candidate to lead the City of Shelton.”
More ballots from Tuesday’s Primary Election were counted Wednesday. No significant changes in the lasted unofficial numbers.
In the race for Mason County Commissioner District 3, Democrat Kevin Schmelzlen remains at the top with 40.04% of the vote (1,526 votes) followed by Republican Sharon Trask with 30.94% (1,170 votes). The others in the race are Mary Jo Cady (15.82% or 603 votes) and Kathy Chaussee (13.2% or 503 votes). Schmelzlen will face Trask in the November election for the seat currently held by Terri Drexler who is retiring.
The leaders in the race for Mason County District Court Judge are George Steele with 31.69% (3,499 votes) and Eric Valley with 25.7% (2,838 votes). Continue reading Updated Primary Election Results as of 5 PM 8/8/18