Local News - KMAS NewsRadio http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:15:39 -0800 i1 mediaworks CMS en-gb admin@kmasnewsradio.com (KMAS NewsRadio) Dependable Water Supply Needed For Shelton http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25726-dependable-water-supply-needed-for-shelton http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25726-dependable-water-supply-needed-for-shelton gregclark citysheltonIn 2014, the City was confronted by the Washington Department of Health (DOH) regarding the City's Water System and improvements required in the system. Failure to improve the existing Water System may result in a building moratorium.  The DOH at that time offered up a matching grant ($2.1M) and $9.0 M 1% DOH loan to repair the city's water system. The total seemed outrageous; however the problems with the city's water system have issues. Not all of the issues are immediate; however, they are needed to supply water to meet the city's comprehensive plan for future economic development. It is important to note some conditions have changed since this original presentation. Some for the better some for the worst.  Additional issues with well #1 may require a new well to support existing requirements and a request by Sierra Pacific for city water.

The City's Engineers, after studying the city's water system, compiled a spreadsheet to understand the cost of the improvements meet current needs as well as meet future needs and growth requirements. 

KMAS News wants to share the city engineer's presentation (PDF) and the cost analysis with our readers in an effort to understand the impact of the project. Continued or discontinued, the readers need to know how and why decisions were made. 

In conjunction with the power point presentation Public Works Manager Greg Clark put together, a spreadsheet (PDF) to demonstrate the impact of the total project, showing the cost of doing a partial build out of the water system (i.e. using all of the 1% loan verses only the loan match portion). The difference in using the 1% loan verses not using it, appear to be the time for completion and the future higher interest rate.  Readers should review, ask questions and must get involved. This is their money and their city.

Clark based his cost analysis on the following;

Financial Model and Calculation Assumptions: 

KEY:   We must build everything by 2028 to meet  the City's Comprehensive Plan

  • Shelton Growth Rate is estimated at 1% annually;
  • Inflation for construction cost is at 4% annually;
  • The earlier we can build infrastructure to REDUCE OUR RISK for Public Safety, Fire Flow, and System Reliability;
  • The earlier we can build infrastructure the MORE READY we are for Growth & Development.

November 25, 2015 - KMAS Newsradio

Photo - City of Shelton Public Works Manager Greg Clark

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:49:37 -0800
County Raises Disposal Rates http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25723-county-raises-disposal-rates-2 http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25723-county-raises-disposal-rates-2 wasteboxesDisposal rates at all Mason County Transfer and Drop Box stations will increase by 1% beginning January 1, 2016. As directed by Resolution #105-07, this increase corresponds to the July 2014 consumer price increase (CPl-U) for the Olympia area for the one year period ending in July 2014. This increase is to cover the annual cost increase experienced by the county to operate and maintain the Shelton, Hoodsport, Union and Belfair transfer and drop box station locations.

The increase offsets inflation costs for the referenced period. (Press Release PDF)

Map of transfer stations. Information from Mason County Government - November 25, 2015

admin@kmasnewsradio.com () Local News Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:44:00 -0800
Shelton City Manager To Retire http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25706-shelton-city-manager-to-retire http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25706-shelton-city-manager-to-retire DaveOLearyShelton City Administrator Dave O'Leary announced his retirement at this weeks City of Shelton commission meeting. He said he would be retiring at the end of May in 2016.

He said a seasoned manager once told him he would know when it’s time to retire, and he said at 66, he feels it is time to move on.

O’Leary said he is looking forward to helping the commission transition to the new leadership.

O’Leary has been the Shelton city manager for the past 12 years.

November 24, 2015 – KMAS Newsradio

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:32:19 -0800
MACECOM asking Homeowners and Businesses To Report Storm Damage http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25705-macecom-asking-homeowners-and-businesses-to-report-storm-damage http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25705-macecom-asking-homeowners-and-businesses-to-report-storm-damage skokflood111715Mason County Department of Emergency Management is asking citizens and business owners to report storm damages from the severe storms that started on November 14, 2015.  The initial damage estimates are needed by December 1, 2015 and will determine if the county qualifies for Small Business Administration (SBA) loan assistance.  

Governor Jay Inslee declared a Sate of Emergency for all Washington counties who experienced wind, extreme rainfall, and flood damage.

Home and business owners should file a report with MACECOM. Call 360-427-7535 from 8AM to 5PM. If calling after hours, leave a voice mail with your contact information.

MACECOM also reminds you to contact your insurance agent to check on your coverage and report damages. Have the following information on hand:

  • Name and address of the affected property
  • A description of damage, even if it is insured.
  • A personal estimate of losses that will be uninsured.
  • An estimate of the fair market value of the damage home or business.
  • Keep records of all clean-up and repair costs and, if possible, document with photographs.

For business owners only:
Small business owners should consider physical and economic damages. The state of Washington must certify that at least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury and need financial assistance not otherwise available to qualify.

November 24, 2015 – KMAS Newsradio

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:15:10 -0800
Commission And Sheriff Start Talking http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25707-commission-and-sheriff-start-talking http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25707-commission-and-sheriff-start-talking sheriff comm112415The Mason County Sheriff and county commissioners met face to face to hammer out their differences in the 2016 budget.  The Sheriff is responsible for informing, through the budget process, the citizens of the county, and the county commission, what he needs to provide public safety services to the county and the citizens in a safe and reliable manner.

After a month of not seeing eye to eye on the format and delivery of the budget information, the two groups met to discuss their issues and determine the budget authority for the sheriff's office.  The budget items/ drivers of the $4.3 M increase requested by the sheriff's Office are; patrol cars ($1M), care (Inmate medical & dental) and custody (jail space and outsourcing @ $2.3M), and another $1.1M in wages and benefits. 

Other issues in the budget were portable radios for the deputies and two vans for transport to and from the offsite jail facilities.  The commission asked for alternatives to the two new vans; could they be leased or could they use a refurbished van or bus. The radios, a safety requirement, could be purchased out of ER&R and leased to the sheriff's office, avoiding an immediate hit to an already strained budget and a shrinking ending fund balance. 

Other issues discussed were patrol vehicle cameras.  Both agreed from a public safety and information standpoint the cameras should be employed. The subtle issue with the cameras comes from the administrative time required to support the requirements for record retention. The requirements are much different, requiring editing, photo copy frame by from of the footage, and the multiple agency requests typical of all record requests. All agreed they would work toward employing the cameras again as soon as possible.

Commissioner Jeffreys wanted to reiterate the importance of gathering data and establishing measurements to establish what it takes to support the sheriff’s office operations (i.e.  Labor, Equipment, Tools).  Undersheriff Jim Barrett agreed and stated the new budget format employed by the sheriff's office this year actually set the base for future budgeting exercises.  

At the end of the meeting the group was talking and appeared to be on the same page.  The one piece that was not discussed (while this reporter was there) was the sheriff's salary, which is typically done by an outside independent group, not the budget process.

November 24, 2015 - Jerry Eckenrode, Community Correspondent

Photo: l-r Sheriff Casey Salisbury, Chief Administrative Deputy Theresia Ehrich, Undersheriff Jim Barrett, Commissioner Tim Sheldon, Commissioner Terri Jeffreys, Commission Randy Neatherlin.

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:27:53 -0800
Les Watson Retiring From SPD http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25700-les-watson-retiring-from-spd http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25700-les-watson-retiring-from-spd dale watson moody jeff11241Les Watson is retiring from the Shelton Police Department and Tuesday he stopped by Daybreak to reflect on his time with SPD. He talked about a project he worked on while still at junior college in Bremerton, just after his time with the Navy, that predicted his rise through the ranks.  Les talked about one of the most memorable times on the beat and current police chief Darrin Moody came by to talk about how invaluable Les was to him as a new member of the community and the benefits to having someone like Les with all the experience of living here for 30 years. There is an open house tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 at the civic center.


Photo: (l-r) Daybreak Broadcaster Dale Hubbard, Shelton Police Lieutenant Les Watson, Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody, and Daybreak Broadcaster Jeff Slakey

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Jeff Slakey) Local News Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:50:21 -0800
Long Time City Employee To Retire http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25699-long-time-city-employee-to-retire http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25699-long-time-city-employee-to-retire LesleannKangas retire2015An Administrative Support Assistant, who has been with the city of Shelton for more than 15 years, has announced her retirement. Lesleann Kangas's last day will be December 1st. In the announcement to the press, Tracy Wilson, the city's Administrative Clerk says Lesleann has been an outstanding addition to the City and her unconditional dedication, exceptional customer service, and outgoing personality will be greatly missed by employees and citizens alike. The public is invited to attend a reception to celebrate Lesleann's service and wish her all the best in her retirement. It will be held on Monday, November 30th at the Shelton Civic Center, immediately following the 2PM City Commission meeting.


November 24, 2015 - Mary-Lynn Foster, KMAS Newsradio

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:54:58 -0800
Tumwater Company To Build New Mental Health Triage Center http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25685-tumwater-company-to-build-new-mental-health-triage-center http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25685-tumwater-company-to-build-new-mental-health-triage-center arcOLYMPIA –  Thurston County Commissioners have awarded a construction contract to a Tumwater firm for conversion of existing office space into a Mental Health Triage Center.

The Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization (TMBHO), a program of Thurston and Mason Counties, is set to open the new ten-bed facility at 3285 Ferguson St. SW in Tumwater in 2016.  An existing single-story structure adjacent to the new Thurston County Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) will be renovated to house the triage program. It will operate as a secure 24‐hour, 7-day-per-week treatment facility licensed by the state Department of Health to assist individuals with mental illness who are in crisis.

Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says the facility will help with the goal of keeping those with mental challenges out of the corrections facility.  “This type of mental health treatment facility will allow greater access to services for the impacted individuals.  At the same time, it will cut down on the number of inmates at the ARC and should help keep people from re-offending.”

The triage facility will be staffed 24-hours per day by medical, clinical, and security personnel.  Individuals will be transported to the facility by emergency personnel or family members and they will be assisted with transportation when discharged.  . 

County Social Services Director Mark Freedman says, “Our priority is to develop and maintain a safe and successful project that benefits individuals with mental illness.  Our goal with this facility is to eliminate the use of jail as a psychiatric holding facility.” 

The existing building is approximately 11,000 square feet. Big Rock Construction Inc. of Tumwater will convert about 7,500 square feet into the triage facility at a cost of approximately


November 23, 2015 - Thurston County News Release

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:11:13 -0800
City Commission Talks About Possible Sewer Line Installation http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25633-city-commission-talks-about-possible-sewer-line-installation http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25633-city-commission-talks-about-possible-sewer-line-installation mikemichael citySHELTON — Shelton city commissioners discussed installing sewer lines along Lake Boulevard before construction is complete. The mayor said he was uncomfortable with the city spending $470,000 to install sewer lines on the mile-long stretch that’s scheduled for repaving next year. He says the spending would put the city further in debt, and said “I don’t see a real immediate need out there.”

Homes in that area are on septic systems but within the city’s urban growth area. City Engineer Mike Michaels said some of the 30+ year old septic systems are failing, and this is the last infrastructure project in the city’s urban growth area.

The $3.4 million road project began in September and runs to the city limit. Battleground-based Tapani Road Construction is the contractor, and according to Bob Taush, City project manager, the project is expected to be completed sometime in June.

City Engineer Mike Michael, when asked if the sewer lines could be placed under the pavement and not connected, said about $80,000 in spending would be temporarily avoided. However, the rework to connect the lines later would be an additional expense, and would result in tearing up some of the new pavement to hook up services to the city’s water treatment system.

The money used for this project is city money, not an additional loan. City Finance Director Kathy Bieirle said the city moved money from another scheduled project to complete this sewer line project on Lake Boulevard.  Bierle warned of the need to watch the spending closely as there was little room for error, and reserves were eroding. 

Cronce said “Folks, we are borrowing from our reserves”, he doesn’t see a pollution risk to Oakland Bay from these failing septic systems along Lake Boulevard, it's a long way from the bay.

City Commissioner Tracy Moore stated she supported installing sewer lines on Lake Boulevard. “Common sense is that you do not put a new road on ground where you need to dig for (infrastructure)”.  Commissioner Mike Olsen agreed.

Shelton Public Works Director Greg Clark recently told the commissioners that installing sewer lines at a later date could cost the city three times the amount of the project today.

Cronce said he was reluctant to raise sewer rates next year, and indicated he might remove the upcoming scheduled rate increases. City Administrator Dave O’Leary warned that taking such action (removing or reducing the rate increases) would be “a bad, bad scene” and would lead to the city defaulting on its bond payments.

November 18, 2015 - KMAS Newsradio/IMAGE, City Engineer Mike Michael

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:55:27 -0800
Update: Mason PUD 3 Nearing the Home Stretch in Restoring Power after Tuesday’s Storm http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25624-update-mason-pud-3-nearing-the-home-stretch-in-restoring-power-after-tuesday-s-storm http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25624-update-mason-pud-3-nearing-the-home-stretch-in-restoring-power-after-tuesday-s-storm Poweroutpic PUDUPDATE 3:55PM 11/18/15) – (SHELTON, WA) – Mason PUD 3 is working to restore electricity to an estimated 100 customers remaining without power in the aftermath of Tuesday’s storm.

This is the most time consuming part of power restoration for electrical utilities. PUD 3 crews are mopping up repairs for scattered isolated outages throughout the PUD’s 600 square mile service territory.

Yesterday’s storm produced wind gusts as high as 53 miles per hour near Shelton and 51 miles per hour at Belfair.

Nearly 8,000 customers were affected at some time during the day by storm related damage to power lines and equipment.

PUD 3 is working to restore electricity in the following areas:

South Mason County

  • Benson Loop
  • Cole Road
  • Lynch Road

North Mason County

  • Craig Sorger Lane
  • Creekside Drive
  • Galley Way
  • Highway 106
  • Lucky Lane/Lake Deveraux
  • Old Belfair Highway
  • Raintree Lane
  • Riverhill Drive
  • Terrace Drive
  • Tiger Lake

In north Mason County power to a substation was cut when trees fell onto high voltage power lines. Nearly 3,400 customers were affected. Power was also lost to a substation west of Shelton, affecting about 2,600 customers.

PUD 3 recommends unplugging sensitive appliances and electronic equipment until power has been restored for approximately 20 minutes. In addition, especially with electronics, it is important to consider using surge protection.

Customers can report outages any time on the outage hotline at 360-432-1533, 360-275-2833 (Belfair), or 360-861-4247 (Elma).

Online Updates Available on Mason PUD 3’s Twitter Feed & Facebook Page

November 18, 2015 - by Joel Myer, PIO, PUD#3/IMAGE from PUD3- Damage to lines near Lk Nahwatzel on Shelton Matlock Rd & a tree down on Satsop Cloquallum Rd near Schaefer St Park.

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:39:41 -0800
Public Comment Address Public Health Issues http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25625-public-comment-address-public-health-issues http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25625-public-comment-address-public-health-issues Citizens tell Mason County Commission certain property owners are not being held accountable for creating public health issues. 

Brad Morris, a Christmas Tree Farmer has lived in the county for 52 years on the family farm, and conditions have never been worse. Morris said the next door property owner is allowing people to live in motor homes and dump raw sewage near his well head, contaminating his well. They are tearing up his tree farm with 4-wheelers, and he has been assaulted. Per Morris, calls to the health department and to the sheriff's office have not helped to solve the problems. While the sheriff's office has made arrests, the offenders are released and come back to harass him further. Complaints to the health and planning departments are limited, as the “need a sheriff deputy" to assist. Morris asked what is the process?

The next comments came from Pat Burk, he lives on Golden Pheasant Road, complaining about bio hazards (raw sewage form RV's and squatters) on the old junk yard property, caused by junkies and squatters on the property. Calls to the health department provide no answers. Burk identified a lot next to the Golden Pheasant tavern has trailers and motor homes, is selling all kinds of drugs, and nothing is being done about it. Burk said it is time to do something about the problem to stop the growing crime.  Burk said he pays over$10,000 a year in property taxes and in his estimation he gets nothing. He has good roads, but also expects action to be taken to address the crime in the county, Burk suggested the county "take a lesson from Sheriff Joe Arpaio", he has solutions for locking people up, He encourages getting  the abatement process working and finding a solution to holding the property owners accountable. 

Commissioner Sheldon, attending the commission meeting by phone, thanked Burk for his articulate explanation of the problem as he expressed the feelings of the people in the county.  Sheldon said the county is addressing the problem by adding a Code Enforcement Officer qualified to research the problem and address the issue with the true owners (banks) of the property.  

This problem is not new as proven by the number of Code Enforcement issues on record.  What is lacking from the county; and the commission holds the responsibility to ensure problems are actually addressed and resolved; is action and a process that defines job responsibilities and actually addresses and resolves the issue at hand.

November 18, 2015 – Community Correspondent, Jerry Eckenrode


admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:37:56 -0800
Garbage Pickup Postponed In Skokomish Valley Due To Flooding http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25622-garbage-pickup-postponed-in-skokomish-valley-due-to-flooding http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25622-garbage-pickup-postponed-in-skokomish-valley-due-to-flooding skokflood111715Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Flooding in the Skokomish Valley prevented all garbage and recycling pick-ups. Garbage customers please double up your regular service for Tuesday, November 24th.  Recycle customers please bag up all extras and they will be picked up on the next scheduled pick up day on Tuesday, December 1st. Thank you for your patience.

Missed pick-ups due to weather or road conditions. Under our tariff from the Washington State Department of Utilities and Transportation, pick ups may be missed due to weather or road conditions. If the accumulated material (solid waste or recyclables) is collected on the next scheduled or available pick up date, the company is not obligated to extend credit for the missed pick up. Customers will not be charged for overfilled receptacles or for materials set out in bags on top of or next to the customer’s normal receptacles if the amount of extra material does not exceed the amount that would have reasonably been expected to accumulate due to the missed pick ups.

Mason County Garbage and Recycling News Release – November 17, 2015/IMAGE from the Mason County Sheriff's Office Twitter Feed

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:30:01 -0800
Sheldon To Pass Buck To Voters http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25615-sheldon-to-pass-buck-to-voters http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25615-sheldon-to-pass-buck-to-voters timsheldon2015Sheldon proposes sales tax for Sheriff pay raise.

SHELTON — Mason County voters may get to decide on increasing the sales tax to pay for an increase in the sheriff’s budget and to give him a raise. The county commissioners decided to put a request for a 0.3 percent sales tax increase on a 2016 ballot. The tax would increase the sheriff’s office budget and provide a $29,000 raise in the sheriff’s annual salary.

Commissioner Tim Sheldon proposed the tax levy with Commissioner Randy Neatherlin agreeing during a meeting on Monday. The commissioners directed county Budget Manager Frank Pinter to come up with a proposal for the sales tax levy for discussion.

Sheriff Casey Salisbury was attending the annual Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs conference in Chelan with his command staff.

“It’s funny that they’ve never talked to me about that,” Salisbury said Monday by phone. “It’s going to put me in a position of – if I want a raise I’m going to have to go out and sell it. I’m going to have to beg for my own pay increase.”

A sales tax increase would raise $1.2 million in additional revenue for Shelton and Mason County law enforcement. The city would receive 0.1 percent, county officials said.

“The citizens have to have a chance to weigh in,” Sheldon said. “Would they vote for a $29,000 increase for the sheriff?”

The sheriff said he didn’t know they were going to propose using a ballot to increase the budget, “It would be nice if they would come over and talk to us about this kind of thing,” said Salisbury. The sheriff is paid $86,000 a year to oversee 109 full-time employees and a $12.8 million budget. Salisbury hasn’t received a salary increase since he took office in 2004.

He said he wants his pay to be more in line with the sheriff of Grays Harbor, who is paid an annual salary of $113,000 a year. Grays Harbor Sheriff Rick Scott oversees 80 full-time deputies and support staff.

The commissioners agreed during their briefing that they would propose maintaining Salisbury’s budget at its existing level with cost of living increases and retirement plans, plus $300,000 for jail expenses and $750,000 for 15 new sheriff’s office vehicles.

The older patrol vehicles have been driven at least 150,000 miles.

Salisbury said he was not prepared to discuss the proposal further until he meets with his staff.

November 17, 2015 - Jeff Chew, iFIBER One News

According to the preliminary Mason County budget, dated September 15, 2015, the Sheriff is making $84,346 with a proposed increase to 113, 905, without a pay increase since 2007.(corrected from 2004 to 2007, 11/18/15)

The three county commissioners are each making 80,743. The position has had a 3% increase every year from 2004 to 2014 and a 1% increase from 2014 to the present.

The county commission position is considered a part-time position.

The commissioner will be having a public hearing on Monday, December 7, 2015 to consider adoption of the 2016 budget for Mason County.  Copies of the 2016 preliminary budget will be available to the public on November 23, 2015.  A budget hearing set on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. to consider budget adjustments to the 2015 budget was approved by the Mason County Commisson during the regular meeting, November 17, 2015.

KMAS Newsradio

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:03:54 -0800
Two Strong Weather Systems Moving Through Western Washington http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25601-two-strong-weather-systems-moving-through-western-washington http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25601-two-strong-weather-systems-moving-through-western-washington weather 111615The first will carry heavy rain with breezy conditions. The wind will pick up later on Monday and continue into the night. Wind will be from the southwest at between 15-30 MPH with occasional gusts of 40 MPH or higher.

The second will have much stronger wind, along with heavy rain. South Mason County wind will be from the southwest at 25-40 MPH with possible gusts up to 50 MPH or higher. North Mason County/Hood Canal area winds will be less, but not by much: 20-30 MPH with gusts in the upper 40 MPH range. Checking the University of Washington weather model, it looks as if the real action could begin sometime between 10 AM and Noon.

Forecast rainfall amounts through tomorrow night are significant:

  • Olympics NW of Lake Cushman – 5.31 inches
  • Matlock/SW Mason – 3.81 inches
  • Shelton – 2.62 inches
  • Belfair – 1.14 inches

The big issues:

  • High winds Monday…but higher wind speeds on Tuesday, mid-day through the afternoon.
  • Many deciduous trees still have some leaves. Combined with wet soil at the roots and gusty winds, pressure on the trees will be greater, with a chance of some of them being knocked down.
  • Soils are saturated. Additional rain will create the potential of landslides.
  • Flooding danger continues for the Skokomish River. Urban and small stream flooding is possible; especially if storm drains are not cleared.

What weather statements have been issued?



The forecast over the next few days (wind speeds vary a bit from the weather briefing, but they’re still in range):

Monday Afternoon

Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 46. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 46. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming southwest 18 to 23 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.


Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 57. Windy, with a southwest wind 28 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Rain before 10pm, then showers after 10pm. Low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

November 16, 2015 - Information from NOAA and Joel Myer, Public Information & Gov’t Relations Mgr, Mason PUD 3

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:00:51 -0800
The Society of Women Engineers Recognizes Local Engineer http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25600-the-society-of-women-engineers-recognizes-local-engineer http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25600-the-society-of-women-engineers-recognizes-local-engineer Jocelyne Gray SWE Award2015Director of Operations-Water for Mason County PUD No. 1 Accepts Emerging Leader Award

Potlatch, WA – The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) awarded Jocelyne Gray, PE, director of operations-water for Mason County Public Utility District No. 1, with their Emerging Leader award for her impact on the Society and the engineering community. Gray accepted the award at SWE’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee on October 23, 2015.

The Emerging Leader award recognizes Gray for her remarkable generosity and initiative in her public, private, and professional life; specifically for educating the public about water safety and quality and for encouraging future engineers. From nearly 100 nominations, only 10 were selected for this year's honor including engineers from The Boeing Company, Intel Corporation, Caterpillar, Bank of America, and other large corporations with over 5,000 employees. Mason County PUD 1, by comparison, has 23 total employees, five of whom work in the water department. Gray was the only engineer from a small organization selected for this award. Recipients were judged on criteria and qualifications in areas including: engineering experience, engagement in engineering or technology professions, demonstrated leadership, and personal recommendations from industry peers.

“Having my work in our small corner of the world be recognized by a national organization is a great honor. The safety, quality, and availability of drinking water is important to me and to the citizens of Mason County. To be chosen among engineers from large, mainly international companies shows that the work I am doing for all of Mason County, not just PUD 1 customers, is important,” said Gray.

Originally from Kennewick, WA, Gray is a civil engineer licensed in the state of Washington. She graduated from Washington State University in 2000 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. She has been with Mason County PUD No. 1 since 2009 and was previously recognized by our state's Department of Health Office of Drinking Water with their 2011 Grace Under Pressure award.

The Emerging Leader award also recognizes Gray’s continuing dedication to SWE’s mission of "striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background" according to a statement from SWE. Colleen Layman, president of SWE also noted, “the accomplishments of Jocelyne and the other women of SWE have contributed to or directly led to some of the most important advances in numerous engineering fields."

About SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

(Pictured above: Jocelyne Gray poses in front of her photo on the wall of award winners.)       

PUD#1 News Release - November 16, 2015         

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:48:43 -0800
TBD Passed With Flying Colors http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25573-tbd-passed-with-flying-colors http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25573-tbd-passed-with-flying-colors 5th Street wideshotThe Transportation Benefit District (TBD) originally proposed and driven by  Mike Olsen, a Shelton City Commissioner, passed with a 60% acceptance by the voters who actually voted in the General Election.  The TBD  will increase the city's Sales and Use Tax by 2/10ths of a percent and is expected to bring in $400K in revenues annually to fund transportation improvements. The added tax in itself may not be enough to fund projects immediately, but does allow the city a fund to collect money to use as matching funds (leverage)  when applying for grants to fund future transportation improvements.

Community Correspondenet, Jerry Eckenrode - KMAS Newsradio, November 13, 2015/IMAGES- Top is current state of 5th street in front of the Mason County Courthouse. 2nd image is close up of road damage.

5th street closeup

admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:38:47 -0800
Elevation: First Pot Store Opens On Squaxin Land http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25571-elevation-first-pot-store-opens-on-squaxin-land http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/25571-elevation-first-pot-store-opens-on-squaxin-land elevation collageA ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the first tribal pot store took place Thursday afternoon across the street from the Little Creek Casino.  

Travis Nabahe, the new CEO for Island Enterprises, Inc., spoke about the tribes newest business venture, Elevation, a retail marijuana store under the Tribe’s jurisdiction.  Nabahe spoke of how the business fits into the Squaxin Tribe's mission, ”to the development, acquisition, and/or attraction of economic ventures that will enable the Squaxin Island Tribe to realize its dream of self-sufficiency and self-governance".

Tribal Council Member Jim Peters spoke of the care and total involvement by the Squaxin Tribe to ensure all aspects of this venture were covered, "The store represents years of discussion with the Liquor and Cannabis Board following the 2012 voters decision to legalize marijuana in Washington State.”

Peters was followed by Tribal Council Member Charlene Krise, as she told of the difficult time the various council members and tribal members had in dealing with the “product” and the legality of it. Various backgrounds and experience became very emotional while trying to find the right answer.  


Senator Sheldon spoke how the tribe has been an economic driver for themselves and the county in being a "first class destination" for tourist and visitors to Mason County. 

When asked if the new store would contribute to the tax revenue for Mason County, the answer was no, as the tribal land is a Sovereign Nation. Currently they do not grow (produce) the product. They will be purchasing it locally, thus helping with jobs and revenues for Mason County.

The Ribbon Cutting Presentation included a drum song by Tribal Members blessing the event.

elevation2Community Correspondent, Jerry Eckenrode – KMAS Newsradio, November 13, 2015

TOP Picture:   (right to left) Ribbon Cutting, Tribal Council Member Jim Peters, CEO for Island Enterprises, Travis Nabahe & Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Heidi McCutcheon., and Senator Tim Sheldon.


admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:11:02 -0800