Mason County Sheriff swears in Jail Officer and Deputy Sheriff

On Monday, October 27, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Jail Officer Trenton Latch and Deputy Sheriff Alfonso Mercado, the newest employees of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to hire Officer Latch and Deputy Mercado. Both will be very worthy additions to our agency!  Officer Latch and Deputy Mercado also fill much needed positions within our short handed Jail and Patrol divisions.

Mason County Sheriff swears in new Jail Officer

On Monday, August 18, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Hector Diaz, the newest Jail Officer of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to hire Officer Diaz and that he will be a worthy addition to our agency!  Officer Diaz also fills a much needed position within our short handed Jail staff ranks.

Officer Diaz lives in Olympia with his girlfriend and is looking forward to working within the Mason County Jail and serving the citizens of Mason County.  Officer Diaz is a former United States Marine and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

New home construction to begin in East Hoquiam, Summerhaven is also hiring

There’s some new developers at Summerhaven in East Hoquiam, Mayor Jack Durney told his city council last night “They have brought contractors down interested in investing and building some houses. It’s the first – really substantial housing development in Hoquiam since the 60’s or 70’s.”

The unfinished housing development past Hoquiam Plywood was once a senior-living community. Developer Michael Zblewski explained before the city council meeting “It was 55 and older, and now we’re developing single family homes. We’re just finishing the financing on Wednesday and hopefully we’ll begin construction within the next two weeks.
Co-Developer Michael Velanni said they’re also looking to hire as much local workers as possible on the new homes. They plan to launch a website with more details soon.

Mason County search crews find missing 10-year old safe Friday morning

Search-and-rescue crews have located the 10-year old boy missing in Mason County overnight, spotted by helicopter around 9:30, he was reported safe shortly after.
Searchers from Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce and Mason counties searched for the boy after he disappeared while picking berries with his sister near Lake Cushman in Mason County. The family searched for him until dark and then called for help. Ground searchers found a footprint earlier that morning.

Over 30 Search and Rescue ground volunteers as well as 4 K-9 teams from Mason County, Pierce County and Thurston County were called and responded to the area. Searchers worked throughout Thursday night. King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter “Guardian One” responded and attempted to check the area, but was forced to discontinue due to heavy cloud cover.

Hernandez recovery missionFriday morning, July 25, 2014, 30 more Search & Rescue volunteers as well as 4 more K-9 teams were called to replace the workers from the night. “Guardian One” also returned and began searching.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were called in and began checking out abandoned cabins, questioning local area residents, and contacting registered sex offenders living in and around the area.

Around 10:00 AM, “Guardian One” spotted a boy in the thick woods on a small mountain above where Search & Rescue teams were searching. “Guardian One” directed a K-9 team to the boy’s location and confirmed that the boy was, in fact, the lost boy Nathan.

Nathan was provided food and drink, checked out by Fire District #18 Medics, and then was returned to his family safe and sound.

The family was vacationing from Uvalde, Texas and wanted to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the Deputies, Troopers, Fire Fighters, Dispatchers and Search & Rescue volunteers who worked to find Nathan and return him back to his family.

Hernandez recovery mission

 

Washington Crab expanding capacity, adding cold storage in Westport

Long-time Port tenant Washington Crab Producers, a subsidiary of Pacific Seafood, is nearing completion of a 9,000 square-foot processing and cold storage addition to its Westport facility. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to create an additional 90 jobs related to the processing and storage of shrimp.  The expansion will include modernized, state of art equipment for processing as well as additional cold storage. JH Kelly is the general contractor on the project and has employed approximately 40 union laborers, carpenters, millwrights, iron workers and electricians during construction.  “We are thrilled Washington Crab continues to grow their business and create jobs for the Westport community. Investments like this will ensure Westport remains the number one seafood landing port in the state”, commented Commissioner Jack Thompson. “Both the Port and Washington Crab greatly appreciate the City of Westport’s support and cooperation throughout the expansion process.”  The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-July.

Old Willapa River Bridge to rest in pieces starting this week

Drivers crossing the Willapa River on State Route 6 will soon bear witness to a piece of history, as crews begin laying the original, 85-year-old structure to rest this week. 

This week, daytime drivers can expect intermittent delays of up to 20 minutes while crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation dismantle the old bridge from the top down. One-lane traffic has been using the new SR 6 Willapa River Bridge since April 30.

Removing the steel superstructure requires two large cranes working in tandem: One crane will hold the superstructure steady while crews cut it into manageable sections, while the second will swing the cut sections over SR 6 and onto a flatbed truck. The steel will then be hauled to a location where it can be safely dismantled. 

Once the superstructure is removed, crews will demolish the concrete-and-steel piers. Demolition is expected to be complete in late June. 

While some workers dismantle the old bridge, their colleagues continue to reconstruct SR 6. Contractor Rotschy Inc. is scheduled to finish paving the highway and open both lanes on the new bridge in mid-June. All construction is expected to be complete in July, although crews will return in October to plant additional landscaping, causing possible shoulder and lane closures. 

The new, 36-foot-wide Willapa River Bridge will better meet the needs of today’s drivers and help improve traffic flow on this key connection between Interstate 5 and coastal communities. 

The $6.3 million SR 6 Willapa River Bridge Replacement project is funded by the 2005 gas tax and other state highway-improvement funds. It’s one of five WSDOT bridge-replacement projects currently underway in Pacific and Lewis counties.

Mason County Sheriff promotes 2 Lieutenants & swears in new Reserve Deputy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury promoted a new Patrol Lieutenant & a new Jail Lieutenant, as well as giving the oath of office and swearing in a new Reserve Deputy Sheriff.

For the first time since 1996 when former Lieutenant Howard Armfield was promoted to Chief Civil Deputy, a new Patrol Lieutenant position was finally filled today.  Travis Adams was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant and becomes the newest member of Sheriff Salisbury’s administrative staff.

For the very first time in the history of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the position of Jail Lieutenant was created.  Cindy Kasten was promoted from Jail Sergeant to Jail Lieutenant and also becomes a new member of Sheriff Salisbury’s administrative staff.

Both Lieutenants had their badges and their new lieutenant bars pinned onto their uniforms by family members.

Sheriff Salisbury stated to a room full of family, friends and fellow Sheriff’s Office employees, that today is a very important day in the history of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office as well as for all citizens, for on this day we now have another layer of supervision and administrative support that directly contributes to the service we provide and helps us accomplish our mission to serve the citizens of Mason County.

Before the promotion ceremony began, Clayton Marcheen was sworn in and administered the oath of office as the newest Reserve Deputy Sheriff.  His son pinned his badge on while his wife looked on.  Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are fortunate to have people like Reserve Deputy Marcheen, who take an active part in volunteering to help protect and serve the community they live in.

The attached photos show Sheriff Casey Salisbury with Lt. Adams, Lt. Kasten & Reserve Dep. Marcheen.

Mason County Sheriff swears in a new Deputy Sheriff

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Patrick Lopez, the newest Deputy Sheriff of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Patrick Lopez
Deputy Lopez has his mother pin his Sheriff Star badge on his chest.

Deputy Lopez was hired as a regular Deputy Sheriff in 2008, but then was laid off due to budget cuts. Deputy Lopez was then hired by the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department and served with distinction until he re-applied to again work as a Mason County Deputy Sheriff when a position opened this year.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to re-hire Deputy Lopez and that he will be a worthy addition to our agency.

Deputy Lopez lives in Mason County with his wife & family, and is looking forward to being on patrol and serving the citizens of Mason County.

Plan for 15-minute delays over Chehalis River Bridge

ABERDEEN – Drivers who cross the US 101 Chehalis River Bridge should plan some extra time for their Wednesday morning commute. Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will close the 59-year old bridge repeatedly to repair the bridge’s drive system.

The work is scheduled between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 19. During the repair, traffic in both directions of US 101 will be held for fifteen-minute increments while workers make the repairs.

WSDOT recaps 2013 pontoon progress, raises 12th man flag for Seahawks

The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking back at 2013, and tells KBKW crews made major progress building the new SR 520 corridor last year. From multiple pontoon float-outs in Aberdeen and Tacoma to nearing completion of the highway’s Eastside enhancements to preparing for the next phase of construction in Seattle, the past year was busy.

The department has compiled all the 2013 highlights in a year-in-review newsletter. You can find several notable accomplishments “By The Numbers,” from bridge anchors set on the bed of Lake Washington (58) to girders set for new Eastside overpasses (more than 300!). You’ll also see the key milestones reached each month, from January through December.

2014 promises to be just as busy. This spring, the fourth cycle of completed pontoons from Aberdeen is expected to float out. In the summer, the new Eastside corridor should open to drivers, and construction is set to begin for the highway’s next phase in Seattle, the West Approach Bridge North. Bridge assembly will continue all year on Lake Washington, as pontoons are joined to one another to form the new floating bridge.

Crews working to build the new SR 520 floating bridge show their support for the Seahawks at the construction work zone in Medina.
Crews working to build the new SR 520 floating bridge show their support for the Seahawks at the construction work zone in Medina.

Crews working on the new SR 520 floating bridge took a brief pause on Jan. 14 to show their spirited support of the Seattle Seahawks and their playoff run. Workers stood atop a pier for the new east approach bridge structure in Medina and proudly draped the “12th Man” flag. Best of luck to the Seahawks this weekend as they take on the 49ers at Century Link field. Go Hawks!