Local News - KMAS NewsRadio http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:44:32 -0700 i1 mediaworks CMS en-gb admin@kmasnewsradio.com (KMAS NewsRadio) Sunnyside Fire - 100% Contained http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24636-sunnyside-fire-100-contained http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24636-sunnyside-fire-100-contained sunnysidefire map2The area burned by the fire is approximately 59 acres in size and burned a power line corridor and heavy timber. There are no reports of damage to structures in the area, but the fire damaged several wooden power poles. Crews from DNR, the Forest Service, local fire districts, and the Skokomish Tribe are working in partnership to manage the fire.

Dozers completed a fire containment line around the northern edge of the fire. Crews completed a hand dug containment line around the western and eastern perimeter of the fire. Due to these efforts and the continued wet weather the fire is now 100% contained. Fire-fighting crews continue to engaged in full fire suppression and mop-up efforts within the contained area.  The local community can expect to experience ongoing smoky conditions from smoldering material.  

The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned the area underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley west of highway 101. The fire started at the bottom of the hill next to Sunnyside Road and burned north up the hill to the top of the ridge and east towards highway 101. MAP of Sunnyside Fire (PDF)

Road Closures: The Sunnyside Road is closed to all traffic, except local traffic.  Local traffic should use extreme caution when using Sunnyside Road, and watch for fire fighting equipment and burned / rolling debris on the roadway. The Skokomish River Road between Highway 101 and Sunnyside Road is also closed to traffic. Highway 101 traffic is being slowed through the area to avoid accidents while trucks are entering and exiting the Sunnyside Road. All other roads are open but the traveling public is asked to use caution while traveling through the area.

Evacuations: Residents were put on alert about the fire burning in the area but there are currently no evacuation orders in place.

Incident Commander Charley Burns, the local fire chiefs, and other overhead staff appreciate the support from all the hard working crews, assisting agencies, and the public during fire suppression efforts on the Sunnyside Fire.

DNR Press Release - August 31, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:39:57 -0700
Safety And Service Highlighted At Sheriff’s Breakfast http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24635-safety-and-service-highlighted-at-sheriff-s-breakfast http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24635-safety-and-service-highlighted-at-sheriff-s-breakfast Lt. Cindy KastenSheriff Casey Salisbury invited school officials from across the county to attend this month’s Sheriff’s Breakfast featuring a program linking schools with critical response units.

Sheriff Casey Salisbury said, “One of our core values is partnerships and it is important that our school and law enforcement leaders build face-to-face relationships so we can more effectively respond together during critical incidents.”

Rapid Responder is an emergency response interface that supports critical incident planning and mapping for the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC.)  Bruce Kuennen, Tactical Operations Support Manager for WASPIC, demonstrated the program’s capabilities which can include real-time video feeds, site plans, contact information for on-scene personnel, and custom designed critical response plans.

Kuennen also featured the newer Rapid Response Easy Alert which allows select school personnel to create individualized alert “buttons” which can be installed on one or more computers, tablets, or smartphones.  Easy Alert allows personnel to communicate directly with anyone who has access to the Rapid Responder interface including law enforcement and fire communications personnel.

Other speakers about Rapid Responder included Cathy Field from MACECOM and Martin Brewer, Superintendent of Pioneer School District.  Cathy Field, a MACECOM dispatcher, also does education outreach and spoke about how she directly works with school officials to better complete their profiles in the Rapid Responder system.  Martin Brewer discussed the value of the cloud-based camera system in place at Pioneer Intermediate School and how it can be directly accessed by MACECOM personnel during a critical incident.

Sheriff Salisbury recognized two individuals for their distinguished service to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Cindy Kasten was presented a plaque recognizing 30 years of service in the Mason County Jail.  During her tenure, Lt. Kasten has served under 5 sheriffs, and became the first female lieutenant in Mason County Sheriff’s Office history as well as the first lieutenant to serve in the jail.

Sheriff Salisbury also recognized Special Agent Scott Saxon, FBI, with an Award of Appreciation for his service and assistance with special investigations for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

The monthly Law Enforcement Breakfast draws together first responders from multiple agencies in the region including fire, medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel as well as retirees and public-minded citizens.  Keynote speakers are invited to address topics affecting communities, public service, and current trends. Special Agent Scott Saxon

MCSO News Release - August 31, 2015/IMAGE top:  Sheriff Casey Salisbury presenting award to Lt. Cindy Kasten. Bottom: Sheriff Casey Salisbury presenting award to Special Agent Scott Saxone.

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:13:10 -0700
Suicide In The Skokomish Valley http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24634-suicide-in-the-skokomish-valley http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24634-suicide-in-the-skokomish-valley policelineyellowOn Thursday night, 08/27/2015 around 8:00 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1000 block of W. Skokomish Valley Road to the report of an unresponsive man in a parked vehicle.  Upon further investigation it appeared that the person was deceased due to a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Even though the vehicle and deceased person were in close proximity of the Skokomish fire, an investigation revealed that there was nothing to associate the person to the fire at this time.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell released the name of the deceased man as 59 year old Ray Brian Coleman from Rochester, WA.  No further information is available at this time.

Mason County Sheriff's Office News Release - August 31, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:56:23 -0700
Latest Sunnyside Fire Update http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24618-latest-sunnyside-fire-update http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24618-latest-sunnyside-fire-update sunnysidefire4(DNR News Release) - The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned the area underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley. The fire started at the bottom of the hill just off the Sunnyside Road and burned north up the hill toward the top of the ridge and east toward highway 101. As of early Sunday morning the fire is estimated at 70 acres in size, burning in heavy timber and is 65% contained. There are no reports of damage to structures in the area but the fire damaged some of the wooden power poles. Crews from DNR, the Forest Service, local fire districts, and the Skokomish Tribe are working in partnership to control the fire. MAP of Sunnyside Fire (PDF)

Dozers completed a fire containment line around the northern edge of the fire. Crews completed a hand dug containment line around the western edge of the fire.  Crews are assessing the uncontained eastern edge of the fire.  Containment along the eastern side of the fire faces several challenges including steep slopes with dense trees and a thick bush understory. These challenges, in addition to wind and rain, present safety risks to fire fighting efforts. Fire-fighting crews have reengaged in full fire suppression and mop-up efforts.  The local community can expect to experience ongoing smoky conditions from smoldering material.  

Crews will continue working to contain the easterly expansion of the fire onto erosion prone steep slopes while maintaining firefighter safety. The crews are employing Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) for the eastern area. These MIST techniques include minimizing the cutting of trees and allowing large diameter logs and stumps to burn out.

Road Closures: The Sunnyside Road is closed to all traffic, except local traffic.  Local traffic should use extreme caution when using Sunnyside Road, and watch for fire fighting equipment and burned and rolling debris on the roadway. The Skokomish River Road between Highway 101 and Sunnyside Road is also closed to traffic. Highway 101 traffic is being slowed through the area to avoid accidents while trucks are entering and exiting the Sunnyside Road. All other roads are open but the traveling public is asked to use caution while traveling through the area.

Evacuations: Residents were put on alert about the fire burning in the area but there are currently no evacuation orders in place.

Incident Commander is Charley Burns.

August 30, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:24:39 -0700
Sunnyside Fire Update August 29 http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24607-sunnyside-fire-update-august-29 http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24607-sunnyside-fire-update-august-29 sunnysidefire3(CMF&EMS/DNR News Release) - Fire is 70 acres and at 65% containment. The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned the area underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley. The fire started at the bottom of the hill just off the Sunnyside Road and burned north up the hill toward the top of the ridge and east toward highway 101. As of early Saturday morning the fire is estimated at 70 acres in size and is burning in heavy timber. There are no reports of damage to structures in the area but the fire damaged some of the wooden power poles. Crews from DNR, the Forest Service, local fire districts, and the Skokomish Tribe are working in partnership to control the fire.

Dozers completed a fire containment line around the northern edge of the fire. Crews completed a hand dug containment line around the western edge of the fire.  Crews are assessing the uncontained eastern edge of the fire.  Containment along the eastern side of the fire faces several challenges including steep slopes with dense trees and a thick bush understory. These challenges, in addition to wind and rain, present significant safety risks to fire fighting efforts. Although resources and personnel addressing the Sunnyside fire have been reduced from 100 to 68, fire-fighting crews will remain in the area to monitor the weather and address ongoing spot fires.  The local community can expect to experience ongoing smoky conditions from smoldering material.  With the forecast for continued rain and wind crews will remain onsite to address future conditions.

Crews will continue working to contain the easterly expansion of the fire onto erosion prone steep slopes while maintaining firefighter safety. The crews will employ Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) for the eastern area. These MIST techniques include minimizing the cutting of trees and allowing large diameter logs and stumps to burn out.

Road Closures: The Sunnyside Road is closed to all traffic except local traffic. The Skokomish River Road between Highway 101 and Sunnyside Road is also closed to traffic. Highway 101 traffic is being slowed through the area to avoid accidents while trucks are entering and exiting the Sunnyside Road. All other roads are open but the traveling public is asked to use caution while traveling through the area.

Evacuations: Residents were put on alert about the fire burning in the area but there are currently no evacuation orders in place.

Incident Commander Charley Burns, the local fire chiefs, and other overhead staff appreciate the support from all the hard working crews, assisting agencies, and the public during fire suppression efforts on the Sunnyside Fire.

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:48:33 -0700
Arson Suspect Arrested In Connection With Arcadia Area Fires http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24606-arson-suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-arcadia-area-fires http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24606-arson-suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-arcadia-area-fires (MCSO News release) - A suspect has been arrested for 3 counts of 2nd degree Arson and 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd degree proceeding a joint investigation by the Department of Natural Resources and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Several callers reported fires in the Arcadia area on August 23, 2015 around 11:00 PM.  Mason County Fire crews and the DNR successfully extinguished three separate fires and later investigations determined that these fires were intentionally set.  

Sheriff Casey Salisbury said, “These fires were set in bone-dry conditions in close proximity to multiple homes during late evening hours when many people are already turned-in for the night.  The success of this investigation has been a top priority due to the potentially deadly consequences the timing and location of these fires could have had for many of our citizens.”

A suspect was identified during the course of the investigation and was contacted by DNR Fire Investigators and MCSO Detectives at his residence.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence and several pieces of evidence were recovered from the home.  The suspect was interviewed by MCSO Detectives.

After the interview the suspect was placed under arrest and booked into the Mason County Jail.

August 28, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:43:31 -0700
Skokomish Valley Fire http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24586-skokomish-valley-fire http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24586-skokomish-valley-fire sunnysidefire1UPDATE 1:35PM: 65 acres. 30% contained. 100 personnel. via PIO CMF&EMS

Around 7:30PM, Thursday (8/27/15), a fire was reported under BPA’s transmission lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley. Power outages were reported from PUD#1 along Hood Canal.

Norma King, PIO CMF&EMS stated in a press release, the fire started at the bottom of a hill off the sunnyside Rd. and burned north to the top of a ridge and east toward Highway 101. The fire was burning in heavy timber. There have been no reports of damage to structures in the area.

A fire line was established around the perimeter and fire crews are hopeful cooler temperatures and rain will help keep the fire from flaring up.

Crews from DNR, the Forest Service, local fire districts, and the Skokomish Tribe are working in partnership to fight this fire. The fire is about 50 acres in size and about 30% contained.

Road Closures: The Sunnyside Road is closed to all traffic except local traffic. The Skokomish River Road between Highway 101 and Sunnyside Road is also closed to traffic.

Evacuations: Residents were put on alert about the fire burning in the area but there are currently no evacuation orders in place.

Incident Commander Charlie Burns, the local fire chiefs, and other overhead staff appreciate the support from all the hard working crews, assisting agencies, and the public during fire suppression efforts on the Sunnyside Fire.

About 9:30PM, Bonneville Power Administration re-routed power to PUD#1 substations.

PUD#1 reported at 8:30AM Friday, August 28, all customers should have power except Sunnyside Rd. They suggested customers should check their breakers if they don’t have power.

Time line for power restored reported by PUD#1:
10:17PM: Brinnon to Mike’s Beach Resort
10:27PM: Union/Alderbrook
10:41PM:  Potlatch and Hoodsport
10:42PM: Lilliwaup
11:47PM: Eagle Point and Skokomish Valley

KMAS News Radio – August 29, 2015/IMAGE from MACECOM 082715

When we receive more information -  we will post it.

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:15:31 -0700
Commissioner Moore Receives Certificate Of Municipal Leadership Award http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24583-commissioner-moore-receives-certificate-of-municipal-leadership-award http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24583-commissioner-moore-receives-certificate-of-municipal-leadership-award TMoore500Commissioner of Public Works Tracy Moore recently received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Commissioner Moore completed over 30 hours of training credits to earn this distinction.

The CML Program is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials by providing knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. To earn this certificate, officials attend a variety of AWC sponsored municipal workshops. The courses help the mayors, commissioners and council members learn the essentials of municipal service and improve their ability to work with their colleagues, city staff, and citizens.

Tracy Moore has served the City of Shelton as the Commissioner of Public Works from January 1, 2014 to the present. Commissioner Moore serves on several local boards and committees, and always welcomes the opportunity to hear from the public on matters concerning this community.

AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation the represents Washington’s cities and towns before the State Legislature, the State Executive Branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary; however, AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state.

City of Shelton News Release - August 27, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:26:35 -0700
Public Comment Wanted: Food Trucks & More http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24550-public-comment-wanted-food-trucks-more http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24550-public-comment-wanted-food-trucks-more foodtruckA public hearing to allow citizen comment on the recent increase of temporary establishments, including food vendors, garage/yard sales, Christmas tree lots, generally referred to as "pop-ups" was requested by Community Development Director Steve Goins. Currently the most popular use is food trucks, which park in vacant lots or parking lots. 

Goins said the current regulations do not address this changing element of our society. For example the current regulations limit the amount of time to two hours that a "Temporary Establishment" (food vendors) can stay in one location and Goins says it is time to address this issue.

Goins hopes to update the regulations for temporary retail services within downtown, general commercial zones.  The regulation could be viewed as a means for entrepreneurs to be able to try out a business idea without requiring a substantial investment, accommodate seasonal sales, and at the same time incorporate certain health and safety standards.

October 5, 2015 the City of Shelton Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding Draft Ordinance  #1873-0815;  an ordinance relating to temporary uses, including food trucks within the city limits.  The hearing will be at a regularly scheduled City of Shelton Commission Meeting, set for 6:00PM. The meetings are held at the Shelton Civic Center, located at 525 West Cota Street in Shelton, Washington.

Community Correspondent, Jerry Eckenrode – KMAS Newsradio, August 25, 2015/IMAGE is  Kern's Food Truck, parked to serve lunch at 7th and Railroad.

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:25:41 -0700
Mayor Votes Against Lake Boulevard/Pioneer Way Improvements http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24548-mayor-votes-against-lake-boulevard-pioneer-way-improvements http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24548-mayor-votes-against-lake-boulevard-pioneer-way-improvements mayorcronceThe City of Shelton Commission awarded the Lake Boulevard/ Pioneer Way construction contract, in the amount of $4,089,606.23, to Tapani, Inc., in a 2 to 1 vote, Mayor Cronce voted against the improvements/spending. 

This project consists of an improvement of 1.2 miles of Lake Boulevard/Pioneer Way from the south city limits to Harvard Avenue in Shelton. The project cost not only paves the streets and improves the curb appeal of the area, but also addresses infrastructure (ecological) requirements for stormwater conveyance/water quality facility installation, water main installation, and sanitary sewer installation. City Engineer Mike Michael included in the project and additional $400k to extend a portion of the sewer line that was not covered by the TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) for the rest of the project. 

At last week's City of Shelton’s Commission meeting, Michael was sent back to ensure the funding for the sewer line improvement ($400k), would be available without the need for additional loans. Per Michael, the work is eligible for TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) and utility funds. The remainder of the project ($400K) will be covered by matching city sewer funds (derived from the current sewer rates). 

Approval of this project allows the city to make the sewer improvements, which has the potential to add an additional 40 hookups to the sewer, prior to paving the streets. Without including the sewer line in the current project, future sewer work would require the road to be dug up to install the sewer line and additional cost to repair the pavement.

At the last city commission meeting, Commissioner Olsen was against going forward with the sewer addition did more research and met with property owners who felt the improvements would benefit them and the city. Olsen wants to have the infrastructure in place and ready to build.  He citing improved sales tax revenues and better housing market as positive signs, and wants to the city to be ready.

Mayor Cronce wants to put the money into Basin 3 instead of the sewer. Cronce continues to relate the payment of the additional expense as a loan, and the two commissioners remind him there are no loans to make this improvement. The improvement will be paid through funds from the existing rate structure. Cronce also made reference several times to changing the current five year rate structure.  "He said he would stop the planned rate increases."  Cronce did not comment on the impact/result of changing the rates and the city's ability or inability to repay existing loans, maintenance/operations and future infrastructure improvements. 

Commissioner Moore admitted she too was skeptical about the project and wanted to ensure no new loans. After hearing the report and validation of funding she wants to go forward.  She feels the improvements promote growth in the city. She stated her concern with Cronce's statement to stop future planned rate increases, and the potential impact to the city and the future of the city.

The vote: Olsen and Moore voted for, Cronce voted against.  The contract/project was approved.

Community Correspondent, Jerry Eckenrode – KMAS Newsradio, August 25, 2015/IMAGE: Mayor Gary Cronce (2012)

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:42:33 -0700
This is your Final Offer! http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24542-this-is-your-final-offer http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24542-this-is-your-final-offer markzieglerParks and Recreation Manager Mark Zeigler presented for the 2nd time PUD3's alternative to hanging banners for the City of Shelton, Zeigler reminded the Commission effective 12/31/2015, the PUD will no longer hang banners with community information.  PUD offered to provide LED signs to the City to advertise community information.  There were no "hooks”, all the City needed to do is agree to take the signs.

PUD's Conservation Manager Justin Holzgrove made the final offer to the City Commission.  Holzgrove has been working with Zeigler for the past two years to find a way to get the PUD out of the sign business.  There have been multiple suggestions, none that the City would accept.  Holzgrove stated this offering of the LED signs is the PUD's "final offer" to help resolve the City's signage problem.

Along with the sign was discussion of the type of structure to support the sign. Zeigler suggested the design be the same as the one for the Pear Orchard signs, the City owns the design and could, for consistency use it on the led sign.  The other issue was where to locate the signs; one location 90 feet from the band saw at the south end of the Overlook Park view point and turnout, as the location provides a flat building site, a reasonable visual for north bound traffic and is close to a power source.  The other sign location would be on Olympic Hwy North.

The Commissioned vote 3-0 to accept the signs, and the locations.  Actual determination of the housing design will be determined, with the Pear Orchard Sign design considered.

Community Correspondent, Jerry Eckenrode – August 25, 2015/IMAGE: Mark Ziegler at KMAS during Focus on Shelton, July 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:20:45 -0700
KMAS Is Moving From 104.1FM To 102.1FM http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24533-kmas-is-moving-from-104-1fm-to-102-1fm http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24533-kmas-is-moving-from-104-1fm-to-102-1fm kmasmovingfrequencyIn an effort to enhance the quality and range of the KMAS Newsradio signal, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, we will be moving our Mason County 104.1FM frequency to 102.1FM. We are switching antennas so there may be a few hours when there will be NO Mason County FM. When we return on the air, we will be on 102.1.

Please adjust any pre-sets and tell your friends we will now be on 102.1 in Mason County.

You can hear us on AM at 1030 in Mason and Thurston counties. On FM, you will be able to hear us on 102.1 in Mason County; and at 92.9 in Thurston County.

You can also stream us online at kmas.com; or download our android or IOS app.

Thanks for your patience, KMAS

ONLINE– kmas.com
AM: 1030
FM: 102.1 Mason County
FM:  92.9 Thurston County

August 24, 2015 – KMAS News Radio

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:33:49 -0700
Planned Power Outage – Wooten & Haven Lake Area http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24512-planned-power-outage-wooten-haven-lake-area http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24512-planned-power-outage-wooten-haven-lake-area PUD3 2014J(TAHUYA, WA) Mason County PUD No. 3 will be upgrading electrical facilities on August 26, 2015, in the Haven and Wooten Lake areas. Customers in the area will have a temporary interruption of electrical service. Two-hundred thirty customers will be affected. The outage will begin August 26 at approximately 9:00 a.m. and is estimated to last four hours.

Affected areas include:

  • Mountain View Drive
  • Tahuya-Blacksmith Road
  • Lake Christine
  • Haven Way

 Customer affected by the outage have been notified by mail.

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

If customers have questions or concerns regarding this project, they may contact Scott Peterson, PUD 3 operations manager, at (360) 275-2833, extension 3233.

August 24, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:52:25 -0700
Navy Seaman Richard Cassube Of Roy, WA, Receives Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24511-navy-seaman-richard-cassube-of-roy-wa-receives-recruit-honor-graduate-ribbon http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24511-navy-seaman-richard-cassube-of-roy-wa-receives-recruit-honor-graduate-ribbon navyseamen 082415(Navy News) - Seaman Recruit Richard Cassube, of Roy, Wash., left, assists Seaman Recruit Jeremy Cryer, of Gilbert, Ariz., with the proper measurements of the ribbons on his dress uniform in preparation for their upcoming graduation at Recruit Training Command (RTC). Cassube and Cryer are among the first 15 recruits to receive the Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon. The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the award to recognize initial accession enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior performance throughout basic military training in the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit leadership and commitment to the Navy Core Values. Honor Graduates earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it during the PIR graduation ceremony held on most Friday during the year. No more than three percent of graduates from each training group will be designated as Honor Graduates.

August 24, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:39:02 -0700
Honoring New Citizens – A Special Naturalization Ceremony http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24510-honoring-new-citizens-a-special-naturalization-ceremony http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24510-honoring-new-citizens-a-special-naturalization-ceremony OLYMPIA, WA – Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall and the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) invite our community to join the celebration, as soon-to-be United States citizens take the oath of naturalization, administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on Tuesday, August 25. Official check-in starts at 1:30 p.m.; the ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Minneart Performing Arts Center, 2011 Mottman Road SW, on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College.

Congressman Denny Heck will deliver keynote remarks, TRL Director Cheryl Heywood will share her experiences as a naturalized citizen and Auditor Mary Hall will offer closing congratulatory comments. Olympia resident Derik Nelson, a cast member of the hit television show “Glee,” will perform the national anthem.

According to Auditor Hall, “this event represents the basis of our democracy.  I am honored to be a part of the ceremony, and look forward to welcoming our newest citizens.”

The Thurston County Elections team will be onsite to register citizens to vote, and provide information about voting. Library staff members will be on hand to help people sign up for library cards, and demonstrate library resources for English language instruction, practice citizenship tests and other valuable tools for those working towards citizenship.

August 24, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:36:47 -0700
Man Fatally Shot By Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24503-man-fatally-shot-by-mason-county-sheriff-s-deputy http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24503-man-fatally-shot-by-mason-county-sheriff-s-deputy MCSOinvolvedshootingUPDATED with the MCSO press release: Armed Man Shot By Deputy

On Friday morning, August 21, 2015, at 11:46 AM, Deputies responded to the report of a man with a gun at a residence located within the 1 to 100 block of E. Huckleberry Drive, Grapeview, WA.

Upon arrival, the first Deputy on the scene was confronted by the armed man and the man was shot by the Deputy.  The armed man succumbed to a gunshot wound.  The Deputy was uninjured.

Mason County Coroner completed next of kin contacts and released the name of the deceased man identified as 57 year old Timmy L. Walling from Grapeview, WA.

The Region 3 Shooting Investigation Team made up of Detectives from the Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific County Sheriff’s Offices are investigating the entire incident.  No other information is available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

The Deputy involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is a common practice followed by law enforcement agencies in WA State and the USA. August 24, 2015

 

UPDATE:  UPDATE:  MCSO says a Critical Incident Investigation Team will be made from three nearby Sheriff’s Offices: Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.

Earlier:  The Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a call near Grapeview about a man who had a shotgun. When deputies arrived, they confronted the man and shots were fired. The officer was uninjured and the suspect was reported ‘down’. Later the MCSO pronounced the suspect had died. No other details are available at this time. -

 

Timeline via Twitter:

@MasonCoSheriff  12:26PM - 8/21/15
Just arriving at an Officer Involved Shooting scene. More to follow

 ‏@MasonCoSheriff  12:50PM - 8/21/15
A call of a man with a shotgun. Officer arrived and confronted the suspect, shots were fired and the suspect is down

@MasonCoSheriff  1:26PM - 8/21/15
Update: the man with the shotgun is deceased.

KMAS Newsradio - August 21, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:24:52 -0700
Mason County Sends Additional Resources To Eastern WA http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24502-mason-county-sends-additional-resources-to-eastern-wa http://kmasnewsradio.com/news/local-state-news/24502-mason-county-sends-additional-resources-to-eastern-wa nasa smoke082115Three additional Mason County firefighters were dispatched to Okanogan County Thursday to assist in efforts to protect lives and homes in Eastern Washington. The three firefighters (fire officers from Fire District #4 and Central Mason Fire & EMS, and a firefighter from District #4) arrived at the Okanogan Fairgrounds and began the check-in process late last night. Other Mason County fire resources have been fighting on the fire line for the past week. For the first time in state history, there is a call to action from the public. Volunteers wishing to assist with firefighting activities are encouraged to contact Washington DNR.

“Our firefighters leave with heavy hearts, and focused attention on what is in store for them.” following the death of three wildland firefighters.

Statement from Bob Burbridge, Mason Fire 4 - /IMAGE from NASA Aqua satellite showing smoke from fires 08/21/15

Listen -  Central Mason Fire  & EMS Chief McKern, talked to KMAS about Mason County resources sent over to Central and Eastern Washington. Chief McKern is the Mobilization Coordinator.

 

 

August 21, 2015

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admin@kmasnewsradio.com (Carol Gardner) Local News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:26:41 -0700