Mason County News

PUGET SOS Act Passes House

Wednesday, the Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act, H.R. 2247, passed the House by voice vote, unopposed and with bipartisan support.

Puget Sound is the nation’s largest estuary by volume and the heart of Washington state’s identity and economic engine. But four native fish stocks are listed as endangered or threatened; the iconic Southern Resident orcas are on the verge of extinction; and the shellfish industry faces growing threats of ocean acidification and water pollution. State, tribal, and local entities need a strong partner in the federal government if we are to save our Sound.

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Skokomish Valley Residents Voice Flooding Concerns

[VIDEO] Resident of the Skokomish Valley packed the Mason County Commission Chambers Tuesday to express concerns over flooding, road closures and lack of evacuation route during flood events.

The discussion began with updates from Mason County Public Works and Mason County Emergency Management.

Residents then voiced their frustrations with the recent flooding. This testimony also included comments from Green Diamond Resource Company and West Mason Fire.

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County Settles Public Records Lawsuit

[VIDEO} Tuesday, the Mason County Commission settled a public records lawsuit with Brad Carey for $30,000.

In April of last year, Carey filed a public records request seeking information on a proposed gravel mine application on Hood Canal. According to the suit, the County provided Carey with an electronic file containing a copy of a signed State of Washington form “SM 6” and the application for the gravel mine which was originally filed in July 2018 and withdrawn days later. However, in December, Carey learned of existence of additional documents relating to the proposed gravel mine which were not provided.

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I attended the regularly scheduled meeting of the BOCC today to try and stop our commissioners from giving away $30,000 to a private citizen who filed a lawsuit against the county that included the following allegation: “On April 10, 2019 Plaintiff made a request for public records from Defendant for which the Defendant intentionally and in bad faith, denied said records in an effort to conceal from Plaintiff records of significant importance relating to a proposed gravel mine application on Hood Canal.”


Hoops Results from 2/4/2020

SHS Falls to Capital; NM beats PT

The Shelton boys’ basketball team came up short against Capital Tuesday 35 to 33. This low scoring game was broadcast live by MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.

The Cougars led 4 to 2 after the first quarter and were up seven early in the second but the Highclimbers rallied and had a seven point lead late in the first half and led 17 to 12 at halftime.

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Watch Shelton Boys' Basketball Host Capital

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Shelton boys’ basketball team host Capital. The South Sound Conference game between the Highclimbers and the Cougars is set to tip off in the Mini Dome at 7 PM. Dedrick Allan and Gerry Apple will start the Our Community Credit Union Pregame Show at 6:45 PM.

It’s senior night for Shelton and nine players will be recognized before the game. The Highclimbers come into the game in 5th place with a 5-and-7 SSC record (7-and-11 overall). Capital is 3rd in the conference standings at 8-and-4 (12-and-6 overall). The Cougars beat the ‘Climbers 51 to 38 on January 10th.

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Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for portions of northwest Washington and west central Washington, including Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom. King, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties. The Flood Watch is effective from Wednesday morning through Friday afternoon as another round of moderate to heavy rainfall is expected tonight into early Friday. Rivers and streams are expected rise again, with some rivers reaching flood stage as early as Wednesday afternoon. The current forecast puts the heaviest precipitation over the central Cascades with the highest potential for flooding on rivers flowing out of the Cascades in Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties but other rivers may also reach flood stage. In addition, heavy rainfall may cause urban and small stream flooding.

The Skokomish River is expected to rise above the 16.5-foot flood Stage Thursday evening.

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