Fire Marshal Calls For Burn Ban In Kitsap County

As hot and dry weather conditions continue the outdoor fire danger has increased. In response Kitsap County is issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the County effective July 14, 2013. This is a Phase 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

Recreational fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches; and
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

This ban remains in effect until further notice.

July 14, 2014

Multi-Family Housing Tax Incentive Program

Under the authority of Chapter 84.14 RCW, Mason County is seeking to adopt a MultiFamily Housing Tax Incentive Program for additional affordable housing opportunities by offering an exemption from ad valorem property taxation for a period of up to 8 years. Information on Mason County Government website.

Denim & Diamonds” Fundraising Event For Breast/Cervical Cancer In September

SHELTON, Wash. – The 11th annual “Denim & Diamonds” fundraising event presented by the Karen Hilburn Breast & Cervical Cancer Fund (KHB&CCF), a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, will be held at the exquisite Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Union, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 4 p.m. Normally this is held in October but the event has been moved this year back to September.

In partnership with Alderbrook Resort & Spa, KHB&CCF will host an evening of fun, food, and entertainment that includes a pasta bar dinner, wine, beer, live music, and live and silent auctions in the prestigious Grand Ballroom at the Alderbrook.

Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds to benefit women in the community needing assistance in paying for their diagnoses and treatment of breast and cervical cancers. Dress is casual, with denim and diamonds optional. Reservations are required by Saturday, September 20 by calling (360) 427-3623 for tickets. For more information on the KHB& CC Fund, go online to

MGH is approved by the Joint Commission, and 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


ONF Seeks Input On Sustainable Road System

The Olympic National Forest is hosting open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest.  This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable road system that meets diverse access needs, minimizes environmental harm, and is safe and dependable because it is scaled to available resources. 

“Your participation will help us understand your access needs,” said Forest Supervisor Reta Laford.  “It would be particularly helpful to know what areas you use on the Forest and what roads you use to get there.”

The open houses will be held around the Olympic Peninsula during the summer of 2014: