MTA: Public Hearings On Proposed 2014 Budget

Mason Transit Authority’s Board of Directors will hold public hearings to receive comments on the proposed 2014 Budget at meetings on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm and on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Final comments and adoption of the 2014 Budget will be held at the Authority Board meeting on December 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm. All meetings will be held at 790 East John’s Prairie Road, Shelton, WA.

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MACECOM Governance & Legislative Board

MACECOM Governance Board Meeting: October 8, 2013, Shelton Civic Center, 3:00 PM MACECOM Legislative Board Meeting: Upon completion of Gov Board

Amber Alert System In Full Operation

-Federal Government Shutdown Does Not Affect AMBER Alerts-

(Olympia)—The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.

“We’re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,” said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. “The system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.”

Although there is some federal coordination of the overall AMBER Alert program, each state has its own distribution system for alerts. Washington’s alerts are distributed by a private contractor that is in no way affected by the federal government shutdown.

Newly available in Washington are two additional alerts:
•    Endangered Missing Person Advisories – allow law enforcement to seek the public’s assistance in locating missing persons when the disappearance does not fit the criteria for an AMBER Alert.
•    Blue Alerts – provide information to the public to help locate suspects involved in assaulting or killing a police officer.

You can sign up to receive AMBER Alerts in Washington by going to Those who sign up will also receive EMPAs and Blue Alerts.

WA Archives Month

This year’s theme is “Hearing History,” and focuses on the goal of preserving Washington voices through oral histories and other audio recordings preserved by the State Archives and other institutions across the state.

See website for more information.