Executive Director Lynn Longan Elected to WEDA Board of Directors

The Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) announced their newly elected Board members at their recent Spring‐Summer Conference in Richland, Washington on June 9‐ 10. Economic Development Council of Mason County’s Executive Director Lynn Longan was elected to the Board of Directors to serve a three‐year term.

WEDA is a state‐wide, non‐profit association of nearly 140 private businesses, economic development councils, ports, governments and other partners committed to enhancing the state's climate for economic development. Their mission is to serve as the statewide professional association committed to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Washington State.

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July 5th Beach Cleanup

GREAT BAG GIVEAWAY. Help reduce the amount of 4th of July debris left on the beach by handing out bags to beachgoers as they enter the beach at each major beach approach the night of the 4th. Groups can show their spirit and businesses can show their support and goodwill. Bags, A-Boards and safety vests are provided. Bring your own organization banners if you like. We NEED HELP! Pick the time that works best for you (4-6 and 6–8). We still need help at Klipsan and Surfside beach approaches. If you can help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 5th, Community Beach Cleanup – it’s the typical drill. We need upward of 1000 volunteers to come out and join the organized one-day cleanup on Thursday, July 5th. Volunteers will be stationed at all the major beach approaches at 9:30 to hand out bags and help direct you where your help is most needed. If you can come, and are flexible on location to clean, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you can adopt a section of beach – even better!

Soup feed for volunteers - end your day enjoying the soup feed at the Peninsula Senior Center off the highway at 117th in Klipsan from noon until the pots run dry.

For more information please visit www.ourbeach.org or find us at www.Facebook.com/GrassRootsGarbageGang

July 1, 2014

Fireworks Impact Air Quality

Each year we celebrate our national birthday with colorful bursts of black powder—fireworks which ignite around American neighborhoods on the Fourth of July.
These pyrotechnical displays provide brilliant light shows each Independence Day, but they also cause spikes in air pollution levels that may be hazardous to the health of individuals. The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) has noticed elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution at many of its monitoring stations during previous Independence Days. In some cases, levels at the monitoring sites reached Moderate Air Quality for more than a full day after the Fourth.

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Expect Paving On US 101 At Rock Crusher Hill

ARTIC – Drivers traveling on US 101 near Artic may encounter one-way alternating traffic while crews repave a section of highway at milepost 72.6 next week. The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 7. The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled. The road surface will be rehabilitated after heavy rains and earth movement last March caused a section of the roadway to slump about six inches. At that time, crews made temporary repairs to the slide-prone section of US 101.This section of highway is located on an active landslide and has a history of pavement settlement.

Work is underway to design a permanent repair, however construction funds have yet to be identified. Motorists should expect future roadway slumping to occur until permanent repairs are completed. Until then, WSDOT maintenance crews will closely monitor the road and perform spot repairs as needed.

WSDOT Press Release/July 1, 2014