Veterans Advisory Board Vacancy

Mason County is Seeking applicants who are veterans and residents of Mason County to fill a single vacancy on the Mason County Veterans Advisory Board for a member-at-large positon.

Please see the Mason County website for more information and an application.

PNSC Seeking Landowners for Septic System Project

(Belfair, WA) In support of a Washington State Department of Ecology grant, lower Hood Canal shoreline landowners interested in Hood Canal water quality are invited to participate in a project to determine the effectiveness of a new onsite septic nitrogen removal system.

A  recently completed research project by the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington has shown that a low cost, two-stage Recirculating Gravel Filter (RGF) and Woodchip Bed System can reduce nitrogen output by greater than 90% and fecal coliform bacteria by greater than 96%. This project will include design and installation of a RGF and woodchip bed system between existing septic tanks and drain fields for three homeowner shoreline residences or businesses to evaluate actual site performance and landowner acceptance during two years of operation. Public education, communication and site visits will be a key component of the program.  A final report will include nitrogen and fecal coliform removal effectiveness, costs, landowner maintenance considerations, public acceptance evaluation and define benefits if this technology were applied across the lower Hood Canal shoreline.  

Selected sites must be shoreline properties on the north or south shores of the lower Hood Canal from Union and Tahuya to Belfair and have a permitted, operating on-site septic system. Landowners interested in participating in the project should contact Dave Kangiser at (360) 275-3575, extension 25, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 2nd, 2013.

About the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center
The Pacific Northwest Salmon Center strives to deepen the connection of land, people, and salmon through research, education, habitat restoration, and demonstration sustainable agricultural practices at the edge of salmon habitat. For more information, visit

November 14, 2013/Pacific Northwest Salmon Center Public Notice

Southbound I-5 traffic shifting west Nov. 5 in Centralia

Watch for narrower lanes, reduced speed limit through 2015. CENTRALIA – Construction crews widening Interstate 5 in Centralia will make room for building a new bridge over Reynolds Avenue by shifting and narrowing the southbound lanes Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Crews start the complicated process of shifting live traffic at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All southbound lanes will be shifted by 6 a.m. Wednesday. The speed limit for both directions of I-5 will also be reduced from 60 mph to 50 mph.

“Southbound I-5 will still be two lanes once we shift them over, but there won’t be quite as much wiggle room as before,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Colin Newell. “So, while traffic is shifted, we’re going to slow things down a bit to help keep drivers safe.”

Shifting southbound I-5 is a big step towards construction of a new, wider northbound I-5 bridge over Reynolds Avenue. By early next year, crews will shift the northbound I-5 lanes and begin demolishing the existing bridges.

At three lanes and 58 feet wide, the new northbound I-5 bridge over Reynolds Avenue will be one lane and 22 feet wider than the existing bridge.

WSDOT contractor Cascade Bridge LLC built the new southbound I-5 bridge over Reynolds Avenue during the first phase of the I-5 Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project. The first phase was completed earlier this year.

Scarsella Brothers is building the current, final phase of the project, scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Shifting traffic on I-5 is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

WSDOT is overhauling four miles of I-5 in Centralia. The I-5 Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project constructs new collector-distributor lanes, a couplet system at Mellen Street, safety improvements north of Blakeslee Junction, congestion relief at the Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue interchanges, and a new local travel option via the Louisiana Avenue-Airport Road connection.

The project is the last in an eight-year-long, $168 million effort to improve safety and congestion on I-5 in Lewis and south Thurston counties.

CMF&EMS Meeting Nov. 21

The Board of Commissioners for Central Mason Fire & EMS has moved its regular meeting from Wednesday the 20th of November to Thursday the 21st. 4:00PM at 122 W Franklin St, Shelton