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County responds to tribe’s letter on water rights Mason County commissioners approved a letter in response to the Squaxin Island Tribe’s letter about a Memorandum of Agreement on water rights between the county and tribe signed in February 2019....

 

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141 county residents contract COVID-19 Mason County recorded 141 COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the Division of Emergency Management. Two people died in the past week, including a woman in her 40s and a man in his 60s. The seven-day...

 

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141 county residents contract COVID-19 Mason County recorded 141 COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the Division of Emergency Management. Two people died in the past week, including a woman in her 40s and a man in his 60s. The seven-day...

 

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Car drives off state Route 106 into Hood Canal A 76-year-old McCleary man drove off state Route 106 into Hood Canal on Dec. 15. According to a news release, the man was driving east and suffered a medical emergency and drove off the road to the right...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 16, 2021

Coroner steps down

After a 16-year career as the Mason County Coroner, Wes Stockwell resigned from his position Nov. 29. Stockwell, 63, worked for the Washington State Patrol for 27 years before being appointed the...

 

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Mason County records 10 COVID-19 deaths Maso County reported 10 deaths from COVID-19 in the past week, according to Mason County Emergency Management. The deaths were a man and woman in their 50’s, a man and woman in their 60’s, two men and a...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 9, 2021

Belfair Sewer Project enters new construction phase

Mason County Public Works plans to solicit bids this month for the next phase of the Belfair Sewer project a project that has cost the county millions with a long and tumultuous history that is...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 2, 2021

Meet Mason County's first county administrator

Mark Neary is excited to be in Mason County and see what the county can accomplish after being hired as the county administrator. Neary was born in Walla Walla and graduated from Oregon State...

 

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Christmas tree permits available online and through local vendors Olympic National Forest holiday tree permits are available to purchase online through recreation.gov and in-person at vendors around the peninsula. According to a news release,...

 

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COVID cases declining in Mason County Mason County recorded 230 COVID-19 cases in the past 13 days and the case rates have dropped in recent weeks. According to the Mason County Emergency Management data, the county has seen four additional deaths...

 

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County awarded Public Services community development block grant Mason County commissioners signed a sub-recipient agreement with Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties at the Nov. 8 commissioner’s meeting. According to the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 18, 2021

Pinter retires after long career with Mason County

After working for Mason County for a decade, Frank Pinter has decided it is time to spend more time with his friends and family. Pinter started working for the county in October 2011. He started as...

 

County roads designated as primitive

County commissioners approved Primitive Road designations at the Oct. 12 meeting. According to the information packet, the designation provides lower liability for warning signing on low volume unpaved access roads. Roads with 100 vehicles or fewer...

 

Load limits, one-lane travel change to county bridges

Seven bridges had designation changes at the Oct. 12 commissioners meeting after Mason County Public Works inspections. According to the information, Stretch Island and Rossmaier bridges each had maximum load limits established. Hliboki, Gosnell...

 
 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...

 

Former Washington Fish and Wildlife employees argue against Chinook salmon ocean harvesting

Former Washington Department of Fish Wildlife employees have released a paper, arguing for the halting of current levels of harvesting Chinook salmon populations in the Pacific Ocean. The paper is co-authored by Ed Wickersham and Jack Tipping....

 

League of Women Voters hears wildlife presentation

Research ecologist Chad Hanson, author of “Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate,” addressed the Mason County League of Women Voters about his book during its...

 

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....

 

Two local students excelling at SNHU

Devyn Anunta of Tahuya and Desolee Bang of Shelton earned spots on the President’s List for the summer quarter at Southern New Hampshire University. To be eligible, a full-time student must earn a GPA of 3.7 or better....

 

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