Mason County Pot: More Changes

medmariChanges were recently made (as early as today) to Title 17 of the Mason County Code regulating recreational Marijuana. This code encompasses building codes requirements for the recreational marijuana production, processing and retail sales. This industry is constantly changing, and the changes have had big effects on the investors still in the process of setting up their operations.

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MTA's New Transit Center Has Big Goals

M-OliverTransitCtrThis week KMAS had the opportunity to tour the construction site of the Mason County Transit Authority's Transit-Community Center Project, located at 601 W. Franklin Street. MTA Development Manager Mike Oliver led a tour which showed off many of the features intended to convert the old National Guard bunker into a centerpiece not only for local public transportation, but of the community of Shelton as a whole.

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Shelton School Board - A Lesson In Behavior?

hirschi carnahanThe Shelton school board is under public fire for not wanting to openly discuss what caused former superintendent Wayne Massie to resign recently. Even though the decision was made in an open special meeting, the board has declined comment. In a recent discussion of another controversial item on the transgender rights of students, school board behavior is shown in a personal video shot on Tuesday and placed on YouTube. In the video, Shelton School Board Chair Brenda Hirschi attempts to control the board meeting from Carnahan's emotional outburst.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

MC logo moneyTwo important public hearings have been set for the next Mason County Commission meeting. According to the Draft Meeting Agenda sent out by the Board of Mason County Commissioners, public hearings for amendments to Title 17 of regulating marijuana and budget transfers in the Current Expense Budget will be taking place. If you want your voice heard on these two items – attend the meeting at the Commission Chambers – 9AM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Chambers are located at 411 North Fifth Street, Shelton WA 98584.

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Know Your Candidates: Profiles & Campaign Finances

ballotboxAs part of our ongoing effort to provide the public with balaced, fact-based information on local politics KMAS has posted a Voter's Guide for 2014. The guide not only features detailed biographies for each candidate, but also recordings of in-studio interviews conducted by our very own Dale Hubbard. The 2014 Voter's Guide was just recently updated to include links to each candidate's Public Disclosure Commission and Federal Election Commission profiles.

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Prison Investigates Apparent Suicide Of Inmate

The state Department of Corrections says officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 31-year-old inmate at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. Nicholas White was found hanging in his cell Thursday morning. According to a news release from the agency, White's cell mate alerted staff during recreation time that White had been acting strange. When staff went to check on him at about 10 a.m., they found him hanging. Medical staff was unable to revive him. White, who was serving a 12-month sentence on a firearm charge, was scheduled to be released on April 1. The department says that no foul play is suspected, but that prison administrators and the Mason County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death. OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – October 16, 2014

September Food Establishment Report

kitchen2Recently released inspection reports from Environmental Health Specialist/Food Program, Mason County Public Health. Food establishments are routinely inspected one or two times a year, depending on the complexity of their menu. During the inspection process, the inspector looks for critical violations (Red) as well as non-critical violations (Blue).

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