Planning Advisory Commission Vacancy

Mason County is seeking applicants from Commissioner Districts 1, 2, & 3 to fill a single vacancy on the Mason County Planning Advisory Commission.


NMSD School Board Meeting Highlights

From the meeting on October 17, 2013
Special Recognition
President Boad recognized the accomplishments of NMSD Transportation Department Mechanic Jerry Rowley for so ably representing himself, his department and our district in the “America’s Best” national mechanics competition. After winning the Washington State competition, Jerry took sixth place overall while having the top score in one area and a top-3 score in two other areas in the national competition. The Board applauded Jerry for his dedication to his job and for keeping our busses running with ongoing exceptional inspections. She and all of the board appreciate that he is an awesome employee and representative for North Mason School District.
Public Comments
Linda Bollock from Mason County Public Health Dept applauded North Mason School District and our Board Members for their dedication to providing wrap around services for students with extenuating difficulties so they can complete their education. Four young women with babies whom Linda has been working with were recently graduated in our district, and all four are in college or have plans to return to schooling in the near future. Staff facilitate her interaction with these young people by providing space for her and supporting the students in all ways necessary.


Gas Pipeline Expansion: Western Washington

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is continuing its review of a proposal from Williams Northwest Pipeline and Oregon LNG to expand an existing natural gas pipeline in Western Washington.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, held a series of public meetings and accepted public comment on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement in late 2012. FERC staff is in the midst of preparing the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review, which details the period when the public will be invited to review and comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal.

The existing liquid natural gas pipeline runs from the Canadian border south into Oregon, including a 24-mile stretch through eastern Thurston County. Williams Northwest Pipeline and Oregon LNG propose expanding that existing pipeline in 10 areas between the Canadian border and Oregon, including a segment about eight miles long in Northwest Pipeline’s existing right-of-way in southeastern Thurston County. The proposal also includes upgrades to five compressor stations along the pipeline, including the existing station in Chehalis. If the project is approved, construction in Washington is not expected to begin until 2016.

To send written comments about the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal, go to the FERC website at and submit comments using the “eComment” feature. All comments should include the Washington Expansion Project Docket Number, CP13-507.

The FERC website also includes the “eLibrary” feature where you can view all of the public documents related to the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal, and the “eSubscription” feature where you can sign up to receive notification of when documents like the Draft Environmental Impact Statement are published and open for comment. You can search and sign up using the Washington Expansion Project Docket Number, CP13-507.

Additional information about the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal is available through Williams, the parent company of Williams Northwest Pipeline, HERE.

To see the notice sent from FERC to Thurston County and other local jurisdictions, go HERE and click on “Federal Review of Pipeline Expansion.”

October 21, 2013/Thurston County Public Notice


Tacoma Narrows Bridge Maintenance Oct. 23

Nighttime drivers traveling on eastbound State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge should plan for lane closures Wednesday, Oct. 23, as crews perform annual tolling equipment maintenance.

Before starting work at the toll plaza, crews will close the on-ramp from 24th Street Northwest to eastbound SR 16 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Crews will then close all of the Good To Go! electronic toll lanes beginning at 10 p.m. All of the lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. During the closure all vehicles will be detoured through the toll booths.

October 22, 2013/WSDOT Public Notice