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 By Matt Baide    News    June 30, 2022 

Toddler dies at Cushman

A 2-year-old child died after being submerged in a car that plunged down an embankment into Lake Cushman on Monday. “This is still under investigation and the cause is still under investigation,” MCSO Chief Criminal Deputy of Patrol Operations...

 

Commission Briefs

Mason County included in settlement Mason County commissioners approved a proposed settlement between multiple parties, including Mason County, and the state Department of Natural Resources regarding DNR-managed forest lands. According to the...

 

County Briefs

State Parks urge Fourth of July responsibility The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission encourages safe gatherings in state parks during the Fourth of July weekend. According to a news release, the commission urges visitors to check for c...

 

News Briefs

Preliminary county budget guidelines approved Mason County 2023 and 2024 preliminary budget guidelines were approved by county commissioners at the June 21 meeting. According to the information packet, the calls for budget from county departments...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    June 23, 2022

City, county recognize Pride

The Mason County Board of Commissioners and the Shelton City Council each signed proclamations recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-plus month, commonly known as Pride Month. According to the Library of Congress, LGBTQ+ Pride...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    June 16, 2022

River project money at risk

The Skokomish River Ecosystem Restoration Project money is at risk due to inaction by Mason County in acquiring the land necessary to complete the project. The project was the topic of a special Mason County commissioners meeting June 2 over Zoom wit...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    June 16, 2022

Wildfire risk low - so far

People in Mason County can be cautiously optimistic about this year's wildfire and fire season, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. "Fires on the west side, especially really bad...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    June 16, 2022

Booster group provides library support, money

If you see some art or participate in a program at the North Mason Timberland Library, chances are the Friends of the Library helped provide it in some way. The Friends of the Library is a group that...

 

News Briefs

National LGBTQ+ Pride Month proclamation Mason County commissioners signed a National LGBTQ+ Pride Month proclamation at their June 7 meeting. According to the information packet, the proclamation recognizes the diverse LGBTQ+ community in Mason...

 

Commission Briefs

East Agate Loop Road closure starts June 27 Mason County commissioners approved a county road closure of East Agate Loop Road to replace the upper Uncle Johns Creek culvert on East Agate Loop Road. According to the information packet, the culvert...

 

County Briefs

U.S. 101 bridge repairs scheduled for June 17-20 U.S. Highway 101 over Shelton-Matlock Road will be repaired June 17 to 20 in both directions. According to a state Department of Transportation news release, the repairs will begin at 8 p.m. June 17...

 

Commission Briefs

County administrator approved to sign services agreement County Administrator Mark Neary has been approved by Mason County commissioners to sign a professional services agreement with Cabot Dow Associates for labor employment services. According to...

 

County Briefs

Tahuya Peninsula outage will affect 2,300 customers Mason PUD 3 announced an outage on June 14 that will affect about 2,300 customers on the Tahuya Peninsula for 10 hours. According to a news...

 

Great Bend Center for Music creates community

It's never too late to join a choir or learn an instrument, and the Great Bend Center for Music in Union is an organization that hopes to help kids and adults find their sound. Founder and general...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    June 2, 2022

Logging show and competition set for Saturday

The Forest Festival logging show and chainsaw exhibition is staged from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Loop Field. The logging show is hosting the STIHL Timbersports Western Qualifier for men and...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    June 2, 2022

Carstens captures state titles

Shelton's Alauna Carstens ended her senior year with an exclamation point, winning the State 2A 1,600- and 3,200-meter races Thursday and Saturday at the state 2A, 3A and 4A track and field meets at...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    June 2, 2022

Bulldogs' Varick second in javelin

North Mason senior Addilyn Varick saved her best for last to earn second place in the state 2A girls javelin throw Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School. Varick's final throw of her high school career...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    June 2, 2022

Belfair Park & Ride officially open

After many delays, Mason Transit Authority’s Belfair Park & Ride officially opened May 23 on Northeast Log Yard Road. “I’ve been hearing from a couple of drivers that have been up here that they’re really enjoying having a space to work out...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    May 26, 2022

County sees rise in COVID cases

Pandemic restrictions might be mostly gone, but COVID-19 is still prominent throughout Mason County. Director of Community Services Dave Windom updated the Board of Health during Tuesday’s meeting. Mason County Division of Emergency Management...

 

County Briefs

Central Mason Fire & EMS graduates five members Central Mason Fire & EMS celebrated the graduation of five members from its annual Firefighter Recruit Academy. According to a news release,...

 

Commission Briefs

Career incentive pay policy approved Mason County commissioners approved the adoption of a new pay and benefit policy and added it into the Mason County Personnel Policy. According to the information packet, the budget will be affected for Public...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    May 26, 2022

Fire 12 votes to temporarily retain chief

Mason County Fire District 12 decided to keep on fire chief Kelli Walsworth pro tem in order to help the district transition to a new fire chief. At the May 17 fire commissioners meeting, commissioner Albert Wilder said after talking as a board and...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    May 26, 2022

Shelton's Carstens wins two races at districts

Shelton's Alauna Carstens continued her record-breaking senior season, winning the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter race at the District 4 2A track and field meet Friday at Highclimber Stadium in Shelton....

 

Prep Roundup

Shelton baseball falls to Ellensburg to end season The Highclimbers had a lead against Ellensburg on May 21, but were unable to hang on as Ellensburg won 6-5 to end Shelton’s season in the State 2A baseball tournament at Davis High School in...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    May 19, 2022

Details emerge about pedestrian death in Shelton

A 32-year-old Shelton woman has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide after striking and killing a pedestrian in the road just prior to midnight April 30 on the 1400 block of West Railroad Avenue in Shelton. According to court documents,...

 

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