State to fine owners of Mason County water system for neglect

The Washington State Department of Health intends to issue a $17,640 penalty to the investor-owners of Ripplewood Tracts water system in Mason County. The planned fine is for violating a state

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Additional trout releases to focus on lakes in Seven Western Washington counties

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is stocking 47 western Washington lakes with 340,000 catchable-size trout this fall.

This is nearly four times more fish than were released

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State and local police asking the public to “Tweet Smart” at crime scenes

Social media has become the tool of choice for sharing life events, from mundane things like family dinners to major, life-changing, emergencies

Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking

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$11 million in grants from Ecology to help prevent flood damage upriver

OLYMPIA – Floods cause more damage than any other natural disasters in Washington. The Department of Ecology has awarded nearly $11 million in grants to recipients across the state to help

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Motorist calls about erratically driven vehicles pay off big for Washington State Patrol

The question is often asked, “Do the police actually do anything about motorist calls to law enforcement concerning erratically driven vehicles?” The answer is a big YES.  The Washington

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Measles update: WA case count grows to 12, extending to third county

Measles continues to spread in Washington as cases in San Juan County have extended to a Kitsap County resident. A man in his 40s from Kitsap visited several places in Friday Harbor, including

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State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality

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Burglary suspect with multiple felony warrants sought in Mason County

DOB: 12/26/1963 – 6’-00” – 168 LBS.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Blaine Whitehead, 50, who is a burglary suspect and who has multiple bench warrants for his arrest. 

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Mason County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct dedicated to former sheriff

On Saturday morning, February 22, 2014, over 200 people gathered at the new Sheriff’s Office North Precinct to attend the building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremonies where the new

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Missing motorcycle rider located in Mason County forest

BELFAIR, Wash. - On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 1921 hours, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a missing/overdue dirt biker riding the trails from the Mission Creek trail head off of Belfair Tahuya, which is west of Belfair, WA.

Jill Venturi from Vashon, WA, had called 911 to report that at 1645 hours, she had received a text message from her 44 year old brother Darren Dysart, that he was riding his dirt bike and ran out of gas and he was walking out. After not hearing from her brother for a couple of hours, she called for our help.

Mason County Sheriff Deputies, Department of Natural Resources Officers and Fire District #2 Firefighters searched began searching the trails on quads. At 2330 hours, Darren Dysart’s motorcycle was found, but Darren was nowhere to be seen. At 0130 hours, within minutes of search and rescue resources from Kitsap County arriving, search teams found Darren walking in the forest about one mile from where they had found his motorcycle.

Darren was escorted to safety where he was found in good health. After recovering his motorcycle, Darren returned to his Vashon, WA home.