Mason County Commission Meeting

There are no briefings or Commissioner meetings scheduled for the week of July 28.

Active Shooter Training to occur at The Evergreen State College

Details: On Wednesday, July 23rd 2014, The Evergreen State College will be hosting Active Shooter Response Training involving multiple Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies from within Thurston County. The training, which is a joint effort between The Evergreen State College Police Services and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, will focus on the collaboration necessary to effectively respond to an active shooter(s) incident. The college will also be testing its own emergency response protocols and communications channels.

While the training should not affect traffic around the campus, neighbors should be aware that police and fire vehicles and personnel will be on campus for the training, which will run from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is part of a larger, county-wide effort to increase preparedness that will include additional training opportunities for first responders and two informational forums for families and community members. Those community forums will take place in September.

Thurston County Sheriff's Office Press Release - July 22, 2014

Businesses Sought For Energy-Efficiency Program

Work supports Governor’s push to reduce toxics. OLYMPIA – Fifty-four Washington businesses saved millions by reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas they use. These businesses increased their bottom lines by collaborating with Department of Ecology engineers in the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) program.

Since 2008, Ecology has offered energy-efficiency consulting and is now seeking new projects for late 2014 through the first half of 2015. Participating businesses have collectively saved $2.78 million in annual energy savings from reducing electricity usage by 25 million kilowatt-hours and cutting natural gas consumption by 141 billion BTU. Taken together, those projects prevent 22,500 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.

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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.