Local Officials Recognized For Professional Excellence

TheresiaEhrichTheresia Ehrich, currently the Chief Administrative Deputy for the Mason County sheriff's Department and Cathy Beierle, Finance Director for the City of Shelton, two financial services professions, have earned the "Professional Officer Award" for the State of Washington from the Washington Finance Officers Association.

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Thurston County Resident Returns From Liberia

wafrica 3Local resident agrees to limit social activity, self-monitor for 21 days after trip to Liberia. A Thurston County resident recently returned to the area after spending three weeks in Liberia. While the individual had no contact with anyone suffering from Ebola or being monitored for the disease while in Liberia, the person has agreed to self-monitor for fever and other symptoms of Ebola for 21 days and work closely with public health officials.

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Shelton Resident Graduates from FEMA’s EMI

burbridge gradChief Bob Burbridge, Mason Fire District #4, graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Emergency Management Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on September 18, 2014. EMI has created the National Emergency Basic Academy to produce a comprehensive curriculum that provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to support the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management. Additionally, for those who are new to emergency management or for those who are transferring from another profession, this Academy provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie and establish professional contacts.

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National Weather Service Confirms Tornado In Longview

storm oct2314The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado which began near Safeway on 15th Ave in Longview,WA, then travelled six blocks down Vandercook Way. Video taken by a citizen shows a roof being blown off a building. Longview police are asking people to avoid a section of the city because of damaged property and downed power lines.

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Vice-President Of The Shelton School Board Resigns

carnahanA special meeting of the Shelton School district was held Wednesday night and the agenda consisted of a discussion of the school board, followed by an executive session. Board President Brenda Hirshi reminded those in attendance the session was a "Special Board Meeting" and comments from the audience would not be allowed, comments would be allowed at the next board meeting scheduled for October 28, 2014.

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Flood Warning Extends Through Thursday Morning

skok floodThe flood warning continues for the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County, Olympic Peninsula Region. While showers will continue over the south slopes of the Olympics, heavy rain has come to an end. The three to five inches of rain that has fallen over the south slopes of the Olympics since midday Wednesday has driven the Skokomish River in Mason County above flood stage, and minor flooding is occurring.

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Bi-Partisan Cookies, Partisan Answers

sr forum tshawThe Mason County Senior Center had a chance to host their version of yet another political forum in Mason County; and this one was a whopper with over 100 people, mostly seniors in attendance.  Terri Shaw, Executive Director for the Senior Center partnered with Sandra Herndon of the League of Women Voters, Adrienne Amar from the Mason County Democrats and April Pruitt of the Mason County Republicans for this forum. The focus was on issues important to Mason County Seniors.  Emcee for the forum, Sandra Herndon promised the candidates and the audience bi-partisan cookies after the forum. Before the questions got started, Terri Shaw informed the panel of politicians the seniors of Mason County are "not a Special Interest Group", but instead are a "Cycle of Life".

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