Regional News Nov. 27

aroundthesoundliteMason County election results are final, certified Tuesday with a 51.25% voter turnout. The new Shelton City Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvement will be Tracy Moore. Moore beat Kathy McDowell by 13 votes. Moore received 836 votes to McDowell’s 823 votes.

Thurston County Smoking Rules Take Effect Soon
The new rules banning smoking, e-cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products at Thurston County buildings go into effect on January 1st. County staffers have been hard at work since the county Board of Health approved the new policies back in May, and many county employees and visitors to county buildings have been reminded of the change in recent weeks as blue and white signs with the new policy information are appearing near doors and walkways on county properties. A similar policy was enacted in Mason County in 2006.

 

Mason County And Thurston County Take Part In Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign
The Shelton and Squaxin Police Departments, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across Thurston County kick off their extra holiday DUI patrols by participating in the 2013  Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The Mason County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort. These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Target Zero. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

 

Giant Christmas Tree Opens Friday
The Extreme Christmas Tree at the Washington State Fair Events Center opens Friday. The lighted display in Puyallup is 185 feet tall, or twice as tall as the famous Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center. The artificial Christmas tree utilizes the framework of the Extreme Scream thrill ride, and is the tallest structure in the Puyallup Valley. It is a precursor for the start of the holiday season, as well as A Victorian Country Christmas, which runs Dec. 4–8.

This year an enhancement has been made to the original tree. Red lights have been added, swirling around the green and white lit tree, adding an authentic touch like many holiday trees. In total 4,800 lights create the Extreme Christmas Tree. Other statistics include:

  • 185 feet high (or 18 stories high)
  • 2,050 white LED lights
  • 2,050 green LED lights
  • 700 red LED lights
  • 12 cables of lights, placed in a wide circular base meeting at the top
  • 4,800+ feet of cable (nearly one mile)
  • Blinking red light at top doubles as aircraft warning beacon and tree topper
  • Two Washington state and two American flags also top the tree
  • Will stay lit throughout holiday season
  • LED (light-emitting diode) lights were selected as they are 90% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

November 27, 2013/KMAS News