LWVMC -September Meeting

The Mason County League of Women Voters will hold the first meeting of the 2014 - 2015 year, Tuesday, September 16, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the library at Olympic College.  An important element toward building a healthy community, is civic engagement.  This means reconciling citizen activism and government responsiveness within the context of an anti-government era.  "We the people" is the new rallying cry of both the right and the left.  The pervasiveness of special interests, outside money, and hidden agendas. has elicited a cautionary attitude, if not outright mistrust of elected officials.

Our speaker, Cheryl Simrell King, PhD is a member of the faculty in the Master of Public Administration Program at Evergreen State College in Olympia.  She will discuss the dilemma of citizen participation in this anti-government era, with an emphasis on engaging young people as they attempt to establish their place in the community.

Please remember, we collect annual dues in September.  
For dues schedule, you may go to our website:  www.lwvmasoncounty.org and look under "Form"

September 15, 2014

WDFW Seeks Public’s Assistance To Monitor Hoof Disease In Elk

OLYMPIA – State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washington.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) asks that anyone who spots an elk with hoof deformities in the area that is limping or dead report their observations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_disease/. A map on that website shows the department’s primary focus of interest.

Sandra Jonker, WDFW regional wildlife manager, said the department is primarily interested in receiving reports outside the primary area of infection around Cowlitz County, where the disease is already well documented.

“Our focus now is on assessing the spread of the disease to other parts of the region,” Jonker said. “Gaining more information about the incidence and geographical distribution of the disease will help determine how best to manage it.”


FREE Septic System Maintenance Class: Avoid Flushing Money down the Drain Sept. 18

WSU Extension will be presenting a free septic maintenance workshop in partnership with Mason County Public Health. Every participant will receive a free manual and coupon for discounted septic system pumping or operation and maintenance service. The workshop is Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Grapeview Fire Hall located at 4350 Grapeview Loop Rd, Grapeview, WA 98546.

To help homeowners avoid flushing money down the drain, experts will explain what can be flushed safely, how septic systems work, and what to do to protect this very valuable feature of every rural home. The workshop describes the basic components of septic systems and provides participants a chance to ask questions specific to their own needs. Those attending will receive straightforward information on a variety of topics to help maintain their septic systems. Attendees will learn what they can do on their own and when to call in the experts.


New SR 520 HOV Lanes Open For Business

BELLEVUE – This morning’s commute greeted carpoolers and bus riders with brand new HOV lanes on State Route 520 between Bellevue and Medina. Crews working on the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project placed the final lane striping over the weekend for the new HOV lanes. At 5 a.m. this morning, Sept. 15, the lanes opened to carpools of three or more people and transit for the first time.

“With these new lanes, we get closer to finishing extensive improvements to SR 520 on the Eastside,” said Julie Meredith, SR 520 Program Administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “HOV lanes not only mean faster trips for those riding in them, but they can cut commute times for all users. This is exciting for everyone traveling the corridor.”