Computer Software for Students/Teachers

OLYMPIA — State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced Wednesday that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Microsoft Corp. are teaming together to provide many Washington state students and teachers with computer software at a low cost.
Developed by Microsoft, the program will help students gain the technology experience and skills they need to be successful in college or the workforce.
The program consists of two main components. First, the Windows operating system preinstalled on new devices purchased by schools and districts will be discounted. Second, Microsoft will provide services back to OSPI. The services will include professional development for educators, as directed by OSPI and in line with their broader goals of student achievement.
“This is another great example of how working together really benefits our students,” Dorn said. “It’s pretty well established that students with computer access get better grades than those without. So we want to try to get that access for every student.


TC Commissioners Award Treatment Sales Tax Funds

Grants Will Assist Youth And Adults With Mental Health And Substance Abuse Issues. OLYMPIA – The Board of Thurston County Commissioners recently awarded financial grants from the Treatment Sales Tax (TST) fund to three community organizations located in Thurston County. Grants are focused on assisting youth or adults in the county with mental health and/or chemical dependency issues.  The funds are a result of a recent Request for Proposals.

To qualify for TST funds organizations must use evidenced-based practices and services that have consistently demonstrated their effectiveness in helping people with substance abuse or mental illness challenges achieve their goals. Effectiveness is established by people who have conducted rigorous studies and obtained similar outcomes.


WSP Seeks Witnesses

Port Angeles—Detectives are seeking additional witnesses to the collision which occurred on October 7, 2013 at approximately 8:18 PM on US101 at 2001 E 1st St in Port Angeles. A female pedestrian was crossing US101 from South to North. She was struck in the outside lane of West Bound US101 by a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta that was travelling West Bound. This vehicle stopped at the scene. The female victim was wearing dark clothing and was using the assistance of a walker with a small basket attached. Detective Joi Haner is asking anyone who may have witnessed the victim crossing the roadway at any point or may have seen the actual collision, to call and speak with him. Detective Haner can be reached at 360-473-0147.

Skokomish Flood Control Zone (FCZD) Advisory Committee

Mason County is seeking two applicants that reside or own property within the Skokomish Flood Control Zone District to serve on a five-member Advisory Committee.  Three members were appointed during the FCZD meeting held October 1, 2013.  The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to develop funding and boundary recommendations for the Skokomish FCZD Board of Supervisors by March 1, 2014 and specifically whether to:

  • revise the FCZD boundary to remove Lake Cushman platted lots; or
  • abolish the FCZD then re-establish a boundary that excludes Lake Cushman platted lots.

It is anticipated that Advisory Committee members will attend a total of 5 - 6 meetings supported by Mason County Public Works staff.  Members should represent each of five Skokomish watershed sub-basins depicted in the map below, varying stakeholder perspectives and work constructively together.
Applications to serve on the Skokomish FCZD Advisory Committee will be accepted until November 8, 2013, and should be submitted to Mason County Commissioners, 411 North 5th Street, Shelton, WA  98584.  For an application, please contact the Commissioners’ office at 427-9670 ext. 419 or visit the website at