Turning Pointe Open House

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Shelter's Open House - Saturday, August 24th, 11 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: Turning Pointe DV Shelter, 210 Pacific Court, Shelton (off of 1541 W. Railroad Ave.)
WHAT: Open House, children's activities, free BBQ hot dogs, and tours of the shelter
WHY: Thank you for those who have supported the shelter and the clients who stayed with us!

Salal Permit Sales

Chris Dowling, Special Forest Products Program Manager, announced today that permit sales for salal will begin in September. Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is an understory shrub commonly used in the floral industry. It grows in dense thickets throughout western Washington and Oregon.

At least one piece of high-visibility clothing is highly recommended while harvesting salal. Permit holders will be limited to no more than 200 hands per day in possession. Harvest unit boundaries are defined by roads or recognizable land features and a map of the harvest areas will be distributed with the sale of each permit.

Permits will be issued from the Forks, Quinault, and Quilcene offices during business hours on the following dates:

  • September 4, 2013
  • October 30, 2013
  • January 8, 2014
  • March 5, 2014

A total of one-hundred permits will be issued with a maximum of fifteen permits for each harvest unit. Fifty permits will be offered from Quilcene for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Twenty-five permits will be offered from Forks for the west-side of Clallam County. Twenty-five permits will be offered from Lake Quinault for harvest areas within Grays Harbor County and the west side of Jefferson County.

A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply. Each permit will cost $150 and can be used for up to two months. A valid United States picture identification will be required at the time of purchase and those buying the permits must be at least 18 years of age. Cash or checks will be accepted, but no credit cards or debit cards will be accepted.

For additional information about salal permit sales, please contact Chris Dowling at 360-956-2272.

August 16, 2013/ Press Release Submitted From Olympic National Forest

Mason County Road Work

The following construction and maintenance activities are scheduled for the week of August 17-24, 2013. It is a busy year for construction on roadways in the Olympic Region. WSDOT has several projects to improve safety, ease congestion and maintain infrastructure. View the region-wide interactive map.


Southbound US 101 Paving Work

At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, construction crews will close all lanes of southbound US 101 for two miles between Steamboat Island Road and State Route 8 to restripe a newly-paved section of highway. Motorists will be routed around the closure on a detour that uses State Routes 108 and 8. The detour is 26 miles long and adds about 30 minutes to drivers’ trips. Southbound US 101 will reopen by 4 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. The closure is part of the final work in a project to pave and rehabilitate the right lane of southbound US 101 for a 10-mile stretch between SR 108 and Evergreen Parkway north of Olympia. The striping work is weather-dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the work and closures will be postponed.

Press Release submitted by WSDOT