Washington Service Corps Needs People Now

 OLYMPIA –Tutoring and mentoring children, helping youths and adults live healthier lifestyles, connecting veterans and their families to community resources, helping the unemployed get jobs: these are the kinds of meaningful work available to those who join the Washington Service Corps to help make Washington a better place to live and work.

Those 18 years and older interested in helping to meet pressing educational, health and economic needs in communities around the state still can apply for several open AmeriCorps positions with the Washington Service Corps.

Applicants do not have to live in Washington to apply for the chance to join more than 500 community minded adults for the Washington Service Corps’ 2015-16 program year.

Positions are open in Spokane, Tacoma, Tukwila, Federal Way, Everett, Bellevue, Edgewood, Randle, Wenatchee, Yakima, Whidbey Island, Seattle and Redmond. Positions start on Oct. 1.

The deadline is approaching quickly! Those interested must apply by Sept. 17. Learn how at washingtonservicecorps.org.

Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps members commit to 10-and-a-half-month terms of community service. In return, they receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, training and an educational scholarship. Eligible members with children also can receive help with childcare.

Employment Security Department News Release - Sept. 8, 2015

Sept 10 - Mason County Board Of Commissioners Housing Authority

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Mason County Commissioners’ Chambers
411 North Fifth Street
Shelton, WA 98584

    1. Approval of the September 2, 2015 regular meeting minutes. Motion
  3. PUBLIC COMMENT - Open Forum for Citizen Input (5 minutes per person, 15 minute time limit). If you have an issue to address on any item not included on the agenda at this time before the Commissioners, please raise your hand to be recognized by the Chairperson. Those wishing to address the Commission are requested to state their name and address for the record.
    1. Kneeland Park & Pine Garden Refinance & Redevelopment Report – Cascade Management, Inc. -Terri Silvis, Contract Mgr.

11. FUTURE MEETINGS - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Summit Pacific Hosting Community Barbecue & Wellness Celebration September 9th

Community members are invited to attend Summit Pacific Medical Center’s Community Barbecue and Wellness Celebration Wednesday, September 9th at 5 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to take an evening walk around the new Health & Wellness Trail, participate in family-friendly outdoor games and activities, visit educational booths along the trail, enter to win prizes, collect giveaways and wrap up the night with a free barbecue dinner by Chef Brandon of the hospital’s Café Salute.  

 “Summit Pacific Health & Wellness Trail is now open to the public and ready for use! We are excited to provide a healthy meal and fun activities to busy families and community members. This event is a fun way to get people using our trail and at the same time, let them know about some of the new and exciting services that are available to them,” said Lauren Day, Director of Development and Community Relations.

The new health and wellness trail is a third of a mile in length, five feet wide, wheelchair accessible and paved so it can be utilized year-round. The trail was made possible by funds raised at the 2015 Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Summit Pacific Medical Foundation. In the future, the trail will also be equipped with benches and other attractions. Summit Pacific encourages members of the community to use the trail to accomplish their own health and wellness goals.

Eastern Washington Dust Storms Trigger Report To EPA; Public Comments Wanted

OLYMPIA – Outdoor dust occurs throughout Washington, but in dry areas like Eastern Washington, dust is a significant air pollution problem.

Throughout the Columbia Plateau high winds can sweep up dust from farm fields and other unstable areas, and produce fierce dust storms. These dust storms can lead to extremely high levels of particle pollution and impact the community’s health and safety.

In 2013, three exceptional storms in Kennewick created high winds and excessive amounts of blowing dust. During these storms, Kennewick’s air pollution levels exceeded the national air quality standard. 

 The Washington Department of Ecology has developed a report showing the dust storms were uncontrollable events. Ecology will submit the report to the Environmental Protection Agency and ask to exclude the high-pollution levels from calculations used to determine if the area exceeded standards.

When standards are exceeded more than three times in a three-year period, local and state air quality agencies are required to take steps to reduce air pollution. The violations may also cause federal impacts that complicate transportation planning and cause stricter business permitting requirements. Plus if plans to return the area to compliance are not adequate, federal highway funds could be at risk.

Members of the public can access the report on Ecology’s Outdoor Dust web page and comment on the report.

How to comment

Comments are being accepted Sept. 3 through Oct. 5, 2015. Submit comments by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Laurie Hulse-Moyer, Washington State Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504.