Sports-themed Union River Grille opens in time for summer rush

Belfair, Wash. Ever since the doors opened on July 1, co-owners Robert Simpson and Ray Flynn have been at the top of their game at the new Union River Grille in Belfair. Crowds began checking out the new dining establishment at high noon with a North Mason Chamber official ribbon cutting and the restaurant’s Grand Opening at the same time. “Ever since that moment, it has been a steady stream,” said Linda Flynn, spouse of co-owner Ray Flynn. Chamber members and guests welcomed the new business to Belfair in May as they geared up for the summer season. Union River Grille is located at 24171 State Route 3 in Belfair, and is open seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (the lounge is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday).

Caption Ribbon Cutting: From left, Melody Simpson, Meggan Simpson, Robert Simpson, Ian Simpson, Ray Flynn, Linda Flynn and Crystal Flynn Reyes celebrate the opening of the Union River Grille in Belfair on July 1, 2014. Photo courtesy North Mason Chamber of Commerce.

ur opening


 Caption Chefs: It’s “game on” for Chefs Ian Simpson (left) and Chad Coughtry at Belfair’s new sports-themed restaurant, the Union River Grille. Photo courtesy North Mason Chamber of Commerce


ur chefs

Public hearing: 7/15 & 7/22 to consider amendments to Title 16

07/01/2014 - New - Public hearing on July 15 @ 9:30 a.m. and July 22 @ 6:30 p.m. to take public testimony to consider amendments to Title 16 amending Chapters 16.08 and 16.21 revising the deinitition of "cluster" excepting performance subdivisions from its application and a new section is proposed for Chapter 16.21 allowing for discretionary non-contiguous open space in performance subdivisions. Please see news release.

July 3, 2014/Mason County News Release

City of Tumwater's Annual Independence Day Event


Led by parade Grand Marshal, Stephanie Hemphill, representing this year's parade theme: "We are the Champions!" The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Parade line-up is now closed to new entries.

•    Traffic on Linderson Way and West Lee Street will be restricted to emergency access only, beginning at around 8:30 a.m. on July 4. If you need access to these streets after 8:30 a.m. and prior to 12:30 p.m., please make advance arrangements for your vehicle in the event that you need to travel.
•    From 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., vehicular access to and from properties along the parade route will be restricted due to street closures.
•    Parade route begins at the corner of Capitol Blvd and Lee Street, moves south on Capitol Blvd to Israel Rd, then turns west (right) onto Israel Rd and continues past City Hall, ending at the Linderson Way/Israel Rd intersection. The parade route map is available online at


Olympia City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Update

The Olympia City Council will hold a public hearing on the City’s Draft Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Olympia City Council Chambers, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia, Washington. The community is invited to attend and share comments with Councilmembers regarding the Draft Comprehensive Plan, available at .

Written comments may also be submitted until 5:00 p.m., August 5, 2014. Written comments may be submitted online at , or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments may be mailed to Imagine Olympia, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967, or hand-delivered to City Hall, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia, Washington.

Informational open houses will be held July 9 and 10, also in the Olympia City Council Chambers, with display materials and staff available to answer questions from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each evening.