Weight Restrictions On Thurston County Roads Lifted

Based on field observation and weather predictions, Thurston County will be lifting the emergency load restrictions on all unincorporated roads with in the county at 12:01 am Monday December 16, 2013. Current restrictions will remain in effect until that time.

The restrictions were put in place earlier this week when the area began to thaw after weeks of freezing temperatures. The conditions created the threat of severe damage to county roads from heavy trucks as they put pressure on thawing pavement with frozen roadbeds beneath. December 16, 2013/Thurston County Public Notice

Forest Practices Board reduces landowners’ paperwork for water-related projects on forestland

New rule for hydraulic permit applications is effective December 30, 2013. Beginning December 30, 2013, forest landowners will only need one permit, instead of two, to conduct their hydraulic projects on forest lands. Hydraulic projects are activities carried out in water, such as the construction, removal, or replacement of a culvert or bridge.

In 2012, the Washington State Legislature shifted the responsibility for approving hydraulic projects on forestland from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As a result, the Hydraulic Project Approval permit will no longer be necessary for such projects if they are on forestland. The Forest Practices Application/ Notification (FPA/N) form will be the means for permitting forest practices-related hydraulic work.

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WA Ranks AMong Top Peace Corp States

The Peace Corps today released the 2013 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the country. Washington ranked No. 4 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers, with 328 volunteers currently serving worldwide.

“Americans from all across our great country and all walks of life are drawn to the Peace Corps by a spirit of service and a passion for helping others,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “No matter where they start their journey, through their experience Peace Corps volunteers show the world the compassion, tolerance and dedication to service that has always characterized the American people.”

Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 8,975 Peace Corps volunteers from Washington have traveled abroad to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.

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NMSD School Board Meeting

The North Mason School District Board of Directors will be having a regular business meeting Thursday, December 19, 2013. Meetings are held at the District Administration Office, 71 E Campus Drive, in Belfair. The regular business meeting will begin at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome! The agenda and supporting documents are available by clicking here School Board Meeting Material or you may request them at the district office.