Certify Organic - New USDA Cost Share Program

Mason County Farmers,

Are you considering organic certification? Now is a great time to act on your interest because the USDA is offering organic cost share programs which will reimburse individual organic operators up to 75% of their 2014 certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. WA State has been allocated over $800,000 for this program (3rd highest funding level in the nation), but the offer is set to end September 31, 2014, so you need to act quickly! More on the cost share program. Get in touch with the WA State Dept. of Agriculture Organic Food Program immediately to explore this cost share program.


MCFD#16 Meeting Schedule

Mason County Fire District #16 commissioner meetings will move from 7 PM to 6 PM starting on August 2, 2014 meeting. Commissioner meetings are held the first and 3rd Wednesday of every month at station 16-1 (corner of Shelton-Matlock and Dayton Airport Road).

Horseshoe Lake Park Opens Saturday

Tests run by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta found no norovirus particles in the water samples taken from Horseshoe Lake County Park swimming beach. As a result, Horseshoe Lake County Park reopens tomorrow (Saturday), July 19. Follow the link below to read the complete news release from the Health District. Click HERE for more information

Night US 101 ramp closures scheduled July 21-25

Drivers traveling northbound on US 101 from Evergreen Parkway NW to Mud Bay Road may encounter nighttime ramp closures next week. Weather permitting, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install permanent striping at the following intersections of northbound US 101:

Tuesday, July 22:
•    8 p.m. – Crews will close the northbound off-ramp to Evergreen Parkway NW.
•    9 p.m. - Crews will close the northbound ramps at the Mud Bay interchange.  
•    9 p.m. – Crews will close the northbound ramps at Steamboat Island Road.
•    All ramps will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 23.

Wednesday, July 23:
•    9 p.m. – Crews will close the northbound ramps at Steamboat Island Road.
•    All ramps will reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 24.


OLYMPIA – July 18, 2014