Planned Outage for Maggie Lake PUD 3

Repairs to a power pole at the entrance to Maggie Lake mean that a four-hour planned power outage is necessary Wednesday morning, October 30, 2013 beginning at 10 AM. 184 customers around the lake on the Tahuya Peninsula will be affected by this outage. Electricity should be restored by 2:00 PM. PUD 3 recommends that during planned outages such as this that customers unplug sensitive appliances and electronic equipment until power has been restored for approximately 20 minutes. In addition, especially with electronics, it is important to consider using surge protection.

For questions or concerns regarding this project, customers may contact Nick Earsley, maintenance engineering supervisor, at (360) 275-2833, extension 2250.

Customers may report outages any time by calling 360-432-1533 from Shelton; 360-275-2833 from Belfair; and 360-861-4247, Elma.

Customers may also receive text updates via Twitter by signing up to follow PUD 3’s feed at or by visiting the PUD’s Facebook page at

Customers may monitor the status of outages using PUD 3’s social media services, but the best way to report outages is via the outage hotline at 360-432-1533.

October 30, 2013/PUD 3 Public Notice

WSP Applicant Testing

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will be holding applicant testing for the position of Trooper on November 2, 2013. The testing will be held at the Southwest Washington WSP Headquarters located at 11018 NE 51st Street in Vancouver at 7:00 AM. Applicants with a desire to be a Washington State Trooper should come prepared to complete a physical agility test and written examination.

“If you are looking to make a difference, now is the time to see if you have what it takes,” says Trooper Bennie Taylor, District Five Recruiter. The WSP is seeking to fill several trooper vacancies across the state.

The WSP only accepts online applications and will no longer test walk-in applicants. Once an application is submitted, applicants will be sent a confirmation email with a testing date. Those wishing to test on November 2nd must pre-register HERE.

Applicants should arrive dressed in appropriate attire to complete the following physical agility tests:

  • One minute sit-up test
  • One minute push-up test
  • One and one half mile run

Applicants who successfully complete the test and meet WSP requirements will advance to a written examination following the physical agility tests. Physical requirements can be found at HERE

For questions about becoming a Washington State Trooper or information on the testing process, please contact Trooper Bennie Taylor at 360-852-1948.

October 29, 2013/WSP Press Release

Halloween Night Safety

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers to use extra caution on Halloween night. Allow for extra stopping time as roadways are still susceptible to being slippery from the extended dry weather we just experienced. As you are aware, many children and their families will be in our residential neighborhoods going door to door. They will be wearing costumes that can restrict their vision and may be excited and less cautious while crossing streets.

We highly encourage parents to accompany their younger children at all times. All children should be in a group. Make sure their costumes or treat bags are highly visible and at least one in the group should be carrying a flashlight. Parents should inspect all treats that their children collect to ensure they have not been tampered with and are safe.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will have our Community Service Volunteers and Deputies patrolling neighborhoods as much as possible during the evening.

Please make sure to report any activity that endangers the safety of anyone out enjoying Halloween activities.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!! October 29, 2013/TCSO Public Notice

Lacey Seeks Public Input On Potential Plastic Bag Ban

The City of Lacey is conducting a public outreach campaign to provide information and gather feedback regarding the proposed plastic bag ban ordinance. The effort kicks off with an open house on Tuesday, November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Chinook Middle School, 4301 6th Avenue NE. The open house will feature a display of plastic bags, including examples of those to be banned under the proposed ordinance and those that would still be allowed. Additional information will also be available, including an outline of how and why the ordinance was developed and the intended goal of the proposed regulation. The open house is informal. Interested parties are encouraged to drop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Representatives from the city will be on hand throughout the event to answer questions and accept comments from Lacey residents and business owners.

The proposed plastic bag ban ordinance has not yet been decided in Lacey. The City Council continues to study the issue and solicit input from citizens. The outreach campaign will continue through the end of November, at which time a comment card regarding the potential ban will be included with utility bills to customers inside Lacey’s city limits. Residents and business owners are encouraged to return their comment cards for review and consideration before the council takes further action.

For more information, visit or call (360) 491-3214.

October 29, 2013/ City of Lacey Press Release