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 By Matt Baide    News    December 1, 2022 

Physician's assistant program coming to North Mason

The North Mason Regional Fire Authority is launching a physician’s assistant program in 2023, hoping to fill a need for medical services in the community. NMRFA Chief Beau Bakken said the authority was looking to start a similar program before COVI...

 

Mason Health gears up for illness season

Washington’s COVID state of emergency ended Oct. 31, but for Mason Health and General, not much has changed. “There’s a big health care exclusion. We have to continue masking … patients, visitors, staff — we all continue to mask,” Chief...

 

Commission Briefs

Commission OKs budget public hearing County commissioners approved a public hearing for 9:15 a.m. Dec. 20 to consider approving the supplemental budget requests and budget transfers to the 2022 budget. According to the information packet, this is...

 

County Briefs

Shelton gets grant for crisis responder The City of Shelton is implementing a pilot program for a crisis responder for Shelton and Mason County. According to a news release, the city was awarded a grant from the Association of Washington Cities and...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

3 arrested in child sex sting

Three Mason County residents were among 12 arrested in Lewis County last weekend as part of “Operation Net Nanny,” a multi-agency operation identifying people allegedly involved in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. According to a...

 

County Briefs

North Mason, Bremerton issue statement about incident The North Mason and Bremerton school districts issued a joint statement in regard to a Oct. 18 incident following a volleyball match at North Mason High School in Belfair. According to the...

 

Commission Briefs

Sheriff’s Office orders four vehicles The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was approved to place an order for four police interceptor utility vehicles to replace two canceled Interceptor Utility and Tahoe Canine vehicles for the 2023 Sheriff’s...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

Brothers plead guilty

Almost two years after the crime, Jordan and Jareau Afo each pled guilty to criminal charges Nov. 8 in Mason County Superior Court. The Afos are scheduled for a sentencing hearing Dec. 20. According to court records, Jareau U. Afo, 28, pled guilty...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

Post-election day surge lifts Rhodes in clerk race

Mason County appears to be in line for a new clerk as Charles Rhodes leads in the race for clerk against incumbent Sharon Moore-Fogo on Monday’s updated vote count. Rhodes, a Republican challenger, has received 13,761 votes for 50.64% and leads by...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    November 17, 2022

Shelton finishes ninth at state swimming

After the final event of the state 2A girls swim meet in Federal Way, the Shelton relay team of Lelia Ollenburg, Madeline Allred, Kaylin Mutoli and Abbi Sachs jumped into the pool to celebrate their 2...

 

Prep Roundup

North Mason volleyball North Mason’s season ended on Friday in a three-set loss to Orting in the West Central District III volleyball tournament at Franklin Pierce High School. Orting won with set scores of 25-21, 25-7 and 25-18. North Mason senior...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Rhodes takes lead in Clerk's race

WEB UPDATE: Republican challenger Charles Rhodes leads incumbent Democrat Sharon Moore-Fogo by 124 votes after Wednesday’s second ballot count in the race for Mason County clerk. With Wednesday’s totals added in, Rhodes has 12,359 votes for...

 

Commission Briefs

Pitching machine complex at Sandhill Mason County commissioners approved a pitching machine complex at Sandhill Park in Belfair at the Oct. 25 meeting. According to the information packet, the Belfair Little League constructed batting cages at its...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

Fire 12 recall petitions move forward

Recall petitions for Mason County Fire Protection District 12 were allowed to proceed after a motion hearing on Nov. 3 in Mason County Superior Court. Judge Monty Cobb presided over the hearing....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

Quiet fire season in Mason County

Mason County Fire Marshal Randy Collins said the 2022 fire season was “quieter than most” regarding wildfires within the county. Collins said he thinks most of that has to do with the late spring rains and not having any mega heat waves, like...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    November 3, 2022

Postseason bound!

What a difference a year makes. The Shelton Highclimbers football team was back in a Kansas tiebreaker once again on Monday at Tumwater District Stadium with Black Hills and Aberdeen, with two spots...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 3, 2022

North Mason investigation uncovers policy violations

North Mason students and parents violated North Mason's civil conduct policy in an incident after the North Mason volleyball match against Bremerton on Oct. 18 in Belfair. North Mason School District...

 

County Briefs

CMFE promotes Fox to battalion chief Central Mason Fire & EMS promoted lieutenant and paramedic Samantha Fox to battalion chief. According to a news release, Fox joined CMFE in 2011 as a...

 

Commission Briefs

ARPA money allocations approved Mason County commissioners approved the American Rescue Plan Act money allocations at the Oct. 25 meeting. According to the information packet, the commissioners allocated a total of $6,238,667 to 13 projects from 34...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 3, 2022

Conservation District provides project updates

The Mason Conservation District updated the public on nine upcoming Skokomish Habitat projects, with two projects planning to begin construction in the summer. The Skokomish Valley Road "Dips"...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    November 3, 2022

Shelton boys qualify for state cross country meet

The Shelton boys cross country team qualified for the state tournament with a fourth-place finish at the District IV cross country meet Oct. 27 at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland. Jacob Miller...

 

Prep Roundup

Shelton boys tennis Shelton’s Jayden Lovingfoss and Wyatt Wagner finished fourth in the District 4 boys tennis tournament Oct. 27 and 28 at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver to earn a state tournament berth. The duo started the tournament as the top...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    October 27, 2022

North Mason investigates alleged acts of racism

The North Mason School District is investigating alleged racist behavior during and after a volleyball game against Bremerton on Oct. 18 in Belfair. The allegations were against North Mason students and parents. According to a news release,...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    October 27, 2022

Court dismisses Union Fire recall petitions

Recall petitions for Mason County Fire Protection District 6 commissioners Richard Heinrich, Mike Sheetz and Troy Woodard didn’t move forward after a hearing Oct. 4 in Mason County Superior Court. Fire 6 is also known as Union Fire. The case was...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    October 27, 2022

Fire District 12 hearing set for Nov. 1

The motion hearing for the recall petition for Mason County Fire Protection District 12 commissioners is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in Mason County Superior Court. Judge Monty Cobb will be presiding over the hearing. Fire commissioners John Pais, Brian...

 

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