Mason County News

Janda & Gott Elected Energy NW Board Officers

The Energy Northwest Executive Board elected officers at its public meeting this week in Portland, Ore.

Sid Morrison of Zillah will continue in his role as chair of the board; Jack Janda of Hoodsport will continue to serve as vice chair; Linda Gott of Shelton will serve as board secretary; and Terry Brewer of Soap Lake will serve as assistant secretary. All will serve one-year terms effective immediately. Continue reading Janda & Gott Elected Energy NW Board Officers

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Watch Shelton School District's Groundbreaking Ceremonies

The Shelton School District held two groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday to celebrate the construction of their new buildings. Students, families and the community attended the festivities at Shelton High School and Mt. View Elementary. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will provide live video streams of both ceremonies.


Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the June 26, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 6 PM: or Mason County’s website: You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda: Continue reading Watch Mason County Commission

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PUD Customers Paying for Experimental Spill at Dams

The Bonneville Power Administration has notified its public power customers in the Pacific Northwest that the cost of a recently completed experimental spill to test salmon passage is $10.2 million. That cost will start showing up soon in wholesale power bills to regional utilities. This topic was discuss at Tuesday’s Mason County PUD 3 Commission meeting.

Here is a news release from Mason County PUD 1 and PUD 3: 

Bill for Experimental Spill at Columbia River Dams Comes Due

Federal judge’s demand for trial spilling of extra water for fish comes with $10.2 million price tag for Pacific Northwest electricity customers.

Electric utilities throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Mason County’s two Public Utility Districts, are on the hook for $10.2 million…the cost of a federal judge’s order for an experimental water spill program…at Columbia and Snake River dams.

Federal Judge Michael Simon ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the spill experiment at Snake River dams April 3 to June 20. The trial was run at Columbia River dams April 10 through June 15.

The experiment was aimed at determining if sending more water through dam spillways instead of using it for power generation would help the passage of salmon in the Columbia River Basin. Continue reading PUD Customers Paying for Experimental Spill at Dams

Police Blotter 6/26/18

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Thursday, June 21, 2018 through Monday, June 25, 2018. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

Monday, June 25, 2018
Continue reading Police Blotter 6/26/18

Assault Suspect Arrested after Fleeing in Stolen Vehicle

An Adams County man was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, stealing a truck, and fleeing police. According to a news release, at approximately 11 AM, Shelton Police officers were investigating a domestic violence incident that occurred Sunday night on Fairmount Avenue. While officers were speaking with the female victim about her boyfriend who had committed the assault, they noticed the suspect at the apartment complex. Before officers could detain him, he fled the scene.

At approximately 12:45 PM, officers located the suspect riding a bicycle on Walker Park Road. As the officers approached him, the suspect jumped in a large truck that had been left running in a driveway with a trailer attached. The suspect then fled in the stolen vehicle pulling the trailer. Continue reading Assault Suspect Arrested after Fleeing in Stolen Vehicle

District Court Judge Candidates Face Off

The Mason County Republicans hosted a Judicial Candidates Forum Monday night at Mason PUD 3’s Auditorium. All five candidates running for Mason County District Court Judge attended. The candidates are Eugene C. Austin, John R. Bonin, Stephen D. Greer, George A. Steele and Eric Valley. Each candidate had two minutes for opening statements, answered questions, and gave two-minute closing statements.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC broadcast the forum live. However, due to limited internet speed and improper use of microphones and the in-house sound system, this video may be difficult to watch. The video may skip and the audio may be hard to hear from time to time.These issues were out of our control.

Unfortunately, MasonWebTV Powered by HCC was not able to record the full forum but did record the candidates’ closing statements, uninterrupted.

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