PUD 3 Closed Tuesday Morning Jan 7

Mason County PUD 3 will be closed briefly on the morning of Tuesday, January 7, 2014 for an all-employee, in-house training. The Johns Prairie office will open at 9:30 a.m., while the downtown Shelton payment center will open at 10:00 a.m. and the Belfair office will open at 10:30 to allow for travel time. During this closure, customers may pay their electric bills online at www.masonpud3.org, at one of the payment drop-boxes at each PUD branch or at any of the following locations:

Heritage Bank at 301 E. Wallace Kneeland Boulevard
Key Bank at 410 W. Railroad Avenue

Key Bank at 23731 NE Highway 3

To report an outage during this time, customers may call 360-426-8255 in Shelton or 360-275-6518 in Belfair and follow the outage reporting instructions.

January 3, 2014

Underground Tank Leak In Lacey

An underground tank that is used to treat wastewater for the City of Lacey has developed a crack, resulting in leakage of wastewater treatment material into soil surrounding the tank. The tank is located in the Avonlea Park area.

Lacey Public Works discovered the leak during a routine inspection of the tank, which is the size of a typical septic tank. The material is widely used to neutralize odor from wastewater, and has high nitrogen content, similar in composition to fertilizer. In certain concentrations, the product could be classified as Class D , the lowest toxicity classification that exists. The City is taking immediate steps to contain the leakage and isolate the affected soil.

The leak poses no public health threat to residents in the area or visitors to the park. Mitigation work will include the excavation of the tank and surrounding soil, which is expected to last approximately two weeks. Sewer services are not expected to be impacted.

January 4, 2013/Lacey Public Works Press Release

Stage 1 Burn Ban LIFTED In Thurston County

Due to improved air quality conditions and changing weather, the Stage One Burn Ban was been LIFTED in Thurston County effective at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. A substantial reduction in smoke output due at least in part to the great public response to the called ban, has moved Air Quality conditions back into the "Green" on the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) scale (see real-time air quality conditions HERE). To stay up-to-date on burn bans throughout Washington, visit waburnbans.net and for all air quality issues, visit ORCAA at www.orcaa.org.

Spring Arts Walk 2014 Registration

Registration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLVIII are now available:
• Online at olympiawa.gov/artswalk
• In person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW
• Or by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380

Early Bird registration deadline is Saturday, February 8, 2014, and the standard registration deadline is Saturday, February 15, 2014. Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, Arts Walk attracts over 15,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia. Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 25, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 26, 12-8pm. The spring event includes the Procession of the Species Celebration, more information at www.procession.org.