Thurston County Seeks Citizen Volunteers

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is looking for volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on important issues to the Board of County Commissioners.  

Current vacancies include the following:


I-90 Rock Blasting Closures Start At 7PM Next Week

 Closures Monday through Wednesday due to Labor Day Holiday. HYAK – Rock blasting closures start 30 minutes earlier next week on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Aug. 25 through Wednesday, Aug. 27. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns are planned Monday through Wednesday during the day four miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit around Keechelus Lake.

Drivers will experience minor delays due to single lane closures from Denny Creek (milepost 47) to the Hyak vicinity (milepost 55) Monday through Friday morning.

It’s a busy construction season and drivers need to use the following resources to help plan their trips over I-90 this summer:


First Aid/CPR/AED Course Hosted By MGH&FC In October

SHELTON, Wash. – Learn the basic skills to assist in a medical emergency and you could save a life! The next First Aid/CPR/AED course hosted by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will be held on Thursday evening, October 9, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hospital’s Learning Center, located next to the Shelton McDonald’s on Olympic Highway North. Combining First Aid, CPR, and AED training in a four-hour course, the class is open to anyone in the community and provides a “course completion card” at the end. A non-refundable fee of $35 (exact cash or check) is required in advance to cover the cost of books and materials, and a Spanish interpreter can be assigned, if needed. Class size is limited to 16 persons and comfortable clothing is recommended. Early registration must be made by October 1 by calling the Learning Center at (360) 427-3609. MGH&FC is approved by the Joint Commission, and MGH is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. For more information go to

Board of Equalization Begins 2014 Regular Convened Session

The Mason County Board of Equalization convened on July 15, 2014 at Shelton, Washington and met at least three (3) days within the following twenty-eight (28) days as required by state law. Following the 28- day time period, the Board will continue their work to hear appeals.