Chris Madill Appointed Traffic Safety Commission; Deputy Director

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) announced today that Chris Madill has been appointed Deputy Director, effective July 1. Mr. Madill began with the agency in January 2005 as a program manager and has served as Director of the Programs and Services Division since 2012. "We are pleased to welcome Chris into his new role as Deputy Director. He has unparalleled dedication to public service and is committed to our goal of Target Zero," said Darrin Grondel, Director of WTSC. Mr. Madill graduated with a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and received his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit Olympia, WA — July 2, 2014

New Laws For Long, Older Vessels

For vessels 65 feet or greater and 40 years or older. With the goal of avoiding costly taxpayer-funded clean-up of large sunken vessels and their contamination of public waterways, starting today a new state law requires owners to have insurance for vessels 65 feet or longer and 40 years or older.

The new law, approved by the state legislature and announced today by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), also requires an inspection of a vessel’s condition before sale. The law applies to both commercial and private vessel owners.

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Executive Director Lynn Longan Elected to WEDA Board of Directors

The Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) announced their newly elected Board members at their recent Spring‐Summer Conference in Richland, Washington on June 9‐ 10. Economic Development Council of Mason County’s Executive Director Lynn Longan was elected to the Board of Directors to serve a three‐year term.

WEDA is a state‐wide, non‐profit association of nearly 140 private businesses, economic development councils, ports, governments and other partners committed to enhancing the state's climate for economic development. Their mission is to serve as the statewide professional association committed to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Washington State.

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July 5th Beach Cleanup

GREAT BAG GIVEAWAY. Help reduce the amount of 4th of July debris left on the beach by handing out bags to beachgoers as they enter the beach at each major beach approach the night of the 4th. Groups can show their spirit and businesses can show their support and goodwill. Bags, A-Boards and safety vests are provided. Bring your own organization banners if you like. We NEED HELP! Pick the time that works best for you (4-6 and 6–8). We still need help at Klipsan and Surfside beach approaches. If you can help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 5th, Community Beach Cleanup – it’s the typical drill. We need upward of 1000 volunteers to come out and join the organized one-day cleanup on Thursday, July 5th. Volunteers will be stationed at all the major beach approaches at 9:30 to hand out bags and help direct you where your help is most needed. If you can come, and are flexible on location to clean, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you can adopt a section of beach – even better!

Soup feed for volunteers - end your day enjoying the soup feed at the Peninsula Senior Center off the highway at 117th in Klipsan from noon until the pots run dry.

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July 1, 2014