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 By Matt Baide    News    October 14, 2021 

Annual sheriff's report released

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office released its annual report for 2020. According to the report, the traffic enforcement division made 5,370 traffic stops and contacts compared to 5,458 in 2019....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    October 14, 2021 

Fire departments comply with mandate

The Oct. 18 deadline for Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is fast approaching, but Central Mason Fire and EMS and the North Mason Regional Fire Authority are prepared. CMFEMS Chief Mike Pa...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 30, 2021

Mason County businesses still feeling COVID strain

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to learn how to adapt, and almost 18 months later, those pandemic changes keep coming and businesses are getting used to having to adjust at a moment’s...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 30, 2021

COVID cases slow, eviction moratorium extended

Mason County recorded 124 in the past week, a decrease of 11 cases from the previous week. The county recorded two more deaths, bringing the total in Mason County to 55. As of Tuesday, there are six...

 

Students in Kilmer's district urged to apply for service academies

Rep. Kilmer encourages students to apply for military service academy nominations U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, encourages students in Washington’s 5th Congressional District to apply for the nation’s military service...

 

Hilyard is Mason Health employee of the month

Candi Hilyard named September 2021 Mason Health employee of the month Candi Hilyard has been named the Mason Health employee of the month for September 2021. Hilyard, a technician with environmental services at Mason Health, joined Mason Health in...

 

Washington State Patrol trooper dies of COVID-19

Washington State Patrol’s Eric Gunderson died of COVID-19 on Sunday morning in Olympia. According to a news release, Gunderson contracted COVID while in service to the state of Washington. He was 38 and had served the patrol for almost 16 years....

 

Shelton Timberland Library closed for remodeling

The Shelton Timberland Library closed Monday until Oct. 18 for remodeling. The library will be providing “takeout” during the closure, which means the library can bring you’re your books, movies and print jobs. Other “takeout” services...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

Stabbing puts student in hospital

An altercation between two students at Shelton High School on Monday afternoon resulted in one student being hospitalized with stab wounds, according to Shelton Police. A news release from Shelton...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

Sports betting coming soon

You will soon be able to place a wager on professional and NCAA sports at Little Creek Casino. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a sports betting bill into law in March 2020 that permits sports wagering at...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

Kilmer visits county, hears business concerns

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, paid a visit to Mason County last Thursday to check-in on his constituents. Kilmer, who represents Washington's sixth congressional district that includes Mason...

 

County sewer contract amended

Mason County commissioners amended a contract with Kennedy-Jenks for two projects extending sewer service to the Puget Sound Industrial Center at the Sept. 14 meeting. According to the information packet, the two projects are the sewer system...

 

County purchases two reader boards

Mason County commissioners approved the purchase of two electronic reader boards. According to the information packet, Public Works authorized the purchase of two trailer-mounted electronic message reader boards in 2009. Both reader boards are no...

 

Public Works buys retro-reflectometer

Mason County Public Works has been authorized by the county commissioners to purchase a handheld sign retro-reflectometer with an extension pole. According to the information packet, the retro-reflectometer is designed to measure the...

 

Land for future county jail location

The Mason County commissioners approved the purchase of a 16.2-acre parcel of property from Mason PUD 3. According to the information packet, the property is on West Dayton Airport Road between the Washington Corrections Center and Shelton Auto...

 

Agreement for jail keying system

Mason County commissioners approved a sole source agreement to purchase a keying system for the Mason County Jail from Morse Watchman. According to the information packet, the current system for tracking keys at the jail is a manual system that...

 

County sells property to Skokomish Tribe

County commissioners approved a sale of property to the Skokomish Tribe for $1,664. According to the information packet, the property is on U.S. Highway 101....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

COVID cases continue downward trend, but deaths rise

Mason County recorded 135 cases of COVID-19 last week, once again decreasing from the previous week. Five deaths occurred in the past week, an increase from one death the previous week, bringing the...

 

State lands free day Saturday, Sept. 25

State lands free day Saturday, Sept. 25 Free entrance to state lands will be permitted Saturday in recognition of National and Washington Public Lands Day. According to a news release, Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural...

 

Campfire ban lifted for Olympic and North Cascades National Park

Interagency fire managers announced the campfire ban in Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and North Cascades National Park Service Complex has been lifted. According to a news release, the ban was lifted last Thursday, and the decision...

 

Owls take down Terriers 44-2 in home opener

Mary M. Knight opened its home season right after school Thursday afternoon, and the fans in Matlock were treated to a 44-2 win against the Washington School for the Deaf. The game was close early...

 

Washington State football needs leader

WSU football needs a true leader and it's not Nick Rolovich. I am a Washington State Cougar, Class of 2012 (Go Cougs!). I went to WSU in Pullman from 2008 to 2012 and earned my bachelor's degree in...

 

Shelton football earns first win against Centralia

The Shelton High School football team earned its first win of the season in a 33-6 win against Centralia in the Evergreen Conference opener at Jack Stark Field in Shelton. Shelton quarterback Mason Go...

 

Prep Roundup

North Mason Girls soccer The North Mason High School girls soccer team leveled its record at 1-1 with a 3-1 win over visiting Bremerton on Sept. 16 at Phil Pugh Stadium in Belfair. Senior forward Abigail Green scored twice in the final 10 minutes of...

 

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