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County digs out

Torrential rain on top of significant snowfall a week earlier led to flooding and collapsed structures in northern portions of Mason County last week. Rain gauges at Sanderson Field in Shelton...

New Shelton mayor 'the face of the city'

The new mayor of Shelton said he sees his role as being "the face of the city." At the Jan. 4 Shelton City Council meeting, Eric Onisko was elected to be the new mayor by a 5-2 vote, with Joe Schmit...

How far is too far to drive to a dive bar?

I heard about the Brooklyn Tavern 10 years ago from a guy who grew up in Raymond. He was never much for description, and he didn't let me down this time, either; he just managed to convey that it was...

COVID cases hit record high

Mason County recordwed 657 COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the Division of Emergency Management. There were 362 cases recorded from Jan. 7 to 9. The county recorded five died last week,...

City wants to make dangerous roads safer

The Shelton City Council will pursue federal money to improve the safety on some of its most dangerous roads, which include the East Wallace Kneeland Boulevard business corridor and the North 13th...

Retired teacher becomes 'Paladin' for climate change

Retired teacher Nancy Snyder has found a way to educate people about the causes of extreme weather, and the Climate Change Committee of the League of Women Voters of Mason County is but one of the...

Connecting legendary novelist to Hoodsport

Did one of the country's greatest novelists, John Steinbeck, spend a week in Hoodsport during the 1940s? And did a Hoodsport logger named Ernie Dahman teach the author of "Grapes of Wrath," "Of Mice...

Mary stays home while Sam goes to California

Sam takes off for San Francisco to a convention for 10 days so Mary has her time to herself. She keeps very busy with Chapter and goes to Seattle with Lovey. You've got to love that name. Her new...

Inslee proposes criminalizing lying about election results

One year to the day after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he supports legislation criminalizing lying about election results. “It should not be legal in the state of Washington for elected officials or candidates...

Commissioners declare state of emergency

Mason County commissioners declared a state of emergency due to the snowstorm and low temperatures at an emergency meeting Jan. 5. According to the declaration of emergency, designated departments...

Infrastructure among Sheldon's top priorities

The 2022 legislative session kicked off Monday, and it is another virtual session due to COVID-19. The Journal sent questionnaires to Sen. Tim Sheldon and Reps. Drew MacEwen and Dan Griffey, with...

Port of Allyn previews 2022 legislative session

The Port of Allyn received a recap of what to expect from its upcoming legislative session during its board of commissioners’ Jan. 3 regular meeting, thanks to a presentation by port governmental...

Nonprofit briefs

Al-Anon Family Group meets in Shelton Serenity in Shelton Al-Anon Family Group meets at noon Jan. 20 at 1900 King St. in Shelton. Blood donations needed The weather conditions have caused canceled appointments to donate blood, and Bloodworks...

What is the soil food web?

This week, I started writing a column on massaging a water extract out of compost. Halfway through, I realized you might wonder why I'd bother with all that. It's been an odyssey for me to realize...

Shelton School Board proposes field trip rules

The Shelton School Board had a first reading on a proposed change to the out-of-state field trip rules at its meeting Tuesday. According to the information packet, the most notable change regards...

Port of Dewatto adopts $119,500 budget for 2022

The Port of Dewatto adopted a 2022 budget of $119,500 after commissioners conducted a public hearing on its revenue sources prior to the winter holidays. Port of Dewatto Commission Chair Ray Mow...

County Briefs

County responds to tribe’s letter on water rights Mason County commissioners approved a letter in response to the Squaxin Island Tribe’s letter about a Memorandum of Agreement on water rights between the county and tribe signed in February...

Legislators speak at 2022 legislative sendoff

State representatives Drew MacEwen and Dan Griffey and state senator Tim Sheldon were given a Mason County sendoff at the Shelton Yacht Club last Friday before the 2022 legislative session. The...

The Seahawks season is done. What comes next?

The NFL regular season ended Sunday and the Seahawks are getting ready for another postseason run. Just kidding! Seattle didn’t have a good season, finishing 7-10, last in the NFC West, and the...

Prep Roundup

Shelton Girls basketball The Shelton girls were finally back in action and fell 45-31 at home to Rochester on Monday at Terry Gregg Court. Climbers’ junior Gabi Munro led Shelton with 11 points. Ana Pinon and Jasmine Rivera each added five for...

Journal Letter Policy

The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer’s... Full story

Washington can't wait

Call it climate change, or global warming: we are seeing the effect of carbon we put into Earth’s atmosphere with our industrial emissions, traffic and razing of tropical rainforests. Warming is coming far more quickly than scientists predicted...

The night of breaking trees

This is the second time I’ve written the headline “The night of breaking trees” for a newspaper. The first was for a story in The Olympian about an ice storm that hit in the final week of 1996....

Letters to the Editor

Thank your school board Editor, the Journal, January is School Board Recognition Month. It is a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our...

Harlequin postpones productions until March

Harlequin Productions in Olympia is postponing further production until March because of the surge in COVID-19. “Murder for Two” is now scheduled for March 11 to April 2. The production initially planned for that period, “Samuel Beckett’s...

'Boba Fett' charts former lone wolf's social evolution

Is it possible to evolve (or retain) a social conscience while remaining an unrepentant criminal? Gangster fables have contemplated that question for generations, with "The Godfather," "Pulp...

Belfair Self-Storage hosts 'Art From My Living Room'

Sunday promises to see Belfair Self-Storage test out a new approach as owner and manager Barbara Treick invites the public to enjoy “Art From My Living Room” at 2 p.m.at the business’ location...

DEATH NOTICES

DEATH NOTICES Patricia A. Creamer, 72, a resident of Elma, passed away December 29, 2021, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Steven... Full story

David Carow, Jr.

David Carow, Jr., passed away at home, on December 12, 2021. David was 47...a life not lived long enough. He was born June 13, 1974 to David, Sr. and Cynthia Carow in Portland, Oregon. When he was... Full story

Clyde Medley

Clyde (Jerry) Medley, 92, died January 4, 2022 at Mason General Hospital with his family by his side. He was born November 7, 1929 in Pikeville Tennessee to Parker and Myrtle (Myers) Medley. He... Full story

Angus 'Gus' Lester

Angus (Gus) Lester, 80, a 76 year Shelton resident, passed away November 5th, 2021 at home. He was born May 30, 1941 in Bland, VA, to Cora Johnston and William Lester. He served in the Army from... Full story

Nancy S. 'Nan' Cornehl

"Because you lived, the world is a much better place." With a heavy heart we announce the passing of our beloved mother and dear friend, Nancy S. Cornehl. Nan was born in Seattle, Washington to... Full story

Patrick Henry Getty

Patrick Henry Getty, age 84, passed away on November 9th, 2021, ending his battle with dementia. He is back in the arms of his beloved Joy, his wife of 42 years. Pat was born to David and Violet... Full story

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