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  • North Mason Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Mar 30, 2023

    Snow day extends district school year To meet state requirements of 180 school days, the North Mason School District has added one snow day to extend the school year. Students in the district will attend a full day school day on Friday, June 16. Monday, June 19 is the Juneteenth holiday and there is no school. June 20 is a half day of class, and the last day of the school year. The district states reminders will be sent to parents and guardians. Celebration of Life Saturday for Clarke-Look A memorial and a celebration of life for Sheri Lynn...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Jan 5, 2023

    Olympic College offers courses Olympic College Shelton is offering courses in creative writing, flagger certification and forklift certification. The class Creative Writing — Making Scenes is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25 through Feb. 23. The class explores how to develop scenes through selling, exposition, action, conversation, pacing and clarity. Sign up by calling 360-432-5400 or go to The class on flagger certification is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14. Become a certified flagger by learning safety for e...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Aug 25, 2022

    Heinrich resigns from Union Fire Mason County Fire District 6 commission chair Richard Heinrich has resigned with the intent to retire Aug. 31 at midnight. According to Mason County Fire District 6, he gave his resignation verbally Aug. 16 at the regular commissioner meeting. “Commissioner Richard Heinrich has served the citizens of Mason County for over 40 years as a member of the fire service,” Chief Clint Volk said in an email to the Journal. “Starting as a volunteer firefighter with Mason County Fire District 5, next as a career firef...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Aug 18, 2022

    One dead in Timberlake fire A person died Aug. 11 in a single-family residence fire at Timberlakes near Shelton, according to Central Mason Fire & EMS. According to a news release, another resident was hospitalized at Mason General Hospital with severe smoke inhalation. The victim was found on the floor of a bedroom near the window by firefighters while firefighters were extinguishing the blaze. Central Mason Fire was dispatched at 2:50 p.m. and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believe to be an accidental equipment...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Jan 6, 2022

    Parkinson’s support group in Shelton The Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Mason County Senior Activities Association Center at 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton, behind Gillis Motors. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear a face mask. You do not need to be a member to attend. For more information, call Carroll or Marilyn at 360-462-0230. Blood donations needed at Shelton church The winter weather conditions have caused canceled appointments to donate blood, and Bloodworks Northwest is accepting blood don...

  • Year in Review

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Dec 30, 2021

    JANUARY Sanderson Field in Shelton is one of six western Washington airports being considered to become a hub for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The state's Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission (CACC) announced on Jan. 15 that Sanderson Field could be selected to help alleviate cargo and passenger traffic at Sea-Tac, the eighth busiest airport in the country with 24 million passengers in 2020. The other five finalists are Bremerton National Airport, Arlington Municipal Airport,...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Nov 11, 2021

    Mason County Public Works discovers loss of funds The Mason County Public Works and Utilities department discovered a loss of funds relating to refuse transfer stations. According to a news release from County Administrator Mark Neary, the county has notified the state Auditor’s Office and are working with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office on an investigation. Full details will be released when the investigation is complete. Mason County Sheriff’s Office tracks down truck responsible for damage The Mason County Sheriff’s Office tracked down a...