WDFW Seeks Comments On Land Acquisition Proposals

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comment through Jan. 31 on current proposals to acquire land for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation.

Thirteen proposed land acquisitions, identified by the department as priorities for potential future funding, are currently available for review. To review the proposed acquisitions, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions/. Previous acquisitions and those already under way are not included on the webpage.

Written comments on the proposed acquisitions may be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to Lauri Vigue, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.


I-405 express toll lanes and Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates to be discussed


The Washington State Transportation Commission will discuss toll rates and policies for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and future I-405 express toll lanes at its meeting 9 a.m. each day, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21 and 22, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled at the end of each day.

Tuesday’s agenda begins with briefings on two studies recently completed by the Joint Transportation Committee. One study examined opportunities for efficiencies in constructing and operating state transportation projects and the other explored whether Tacoma Narrows Bridge debt could be refinanced.


Highlights of the January 16 NMSD School Board Meeting

Transportation Department
Superintendent Peterson expressed appreciation for the District's Transportation Department having earned yet another 100% inspection.

Capital Projects
Superintendent Peterson provided an update on capital projects work. Click here to get the latest status updates. The Board approved documents to be included in the next step of the construction process.

Theler Center Budget Presentation
Theler Board President Kendy Myers and Interim Director Stanton explained how the budget was arrived at and how it differed from previous years. Following positive audience and Board discussion, the Board approved the Theler 2014 budget as presented.

Community Linkage
The board values the opinion and input of the community and is very interested in hearing how the community views the district. The board is provided a calendar of current community meetings and events so that they have additional opportunities to interact with the community, in addition to school board meetings.

Letters From the Board
In an effort to efficiently and effectively communicate with community, the school board publishes a letter every month in the North Mason Life. Those letters are now posted on the school district web site. Please click here to read current and past letters.

Upcoming Meetings
The next regular business meeting of the Board of Directors is Thursday, February 20, 2014. We have gone to a paperless system and therefore there will not be any handouts at the meeting. Meeting materials are projected onto a video screen for the audience to see. The agenda and supporting documents are available by clicking here School Board Meeting Material or you may request them at the district office.

Stay Connected
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District web site: www.nmsd.wednet.edu

CMF&EMS and MFD3 Joint Meeting Jan. 20

Central Mason Fire & EMS is hosting a special joint meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Central Mason Fire & EMS (Dist 5) and Mason Fire District 3, the purpose of the meeting is to allow the commissioners to engage in a discussion regarding continuity of service between the districts. The meeting will be at 122 W Franklin St, Shelton WA at 7:00 PM. on January 20, 2014.

The Boards will not be accepting public comments at this meeting but there will be many opportunities to comment to the individual boards during their regular meetings.