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 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 13, 2022 

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...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 13, 2022 

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...

 

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...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 13, 2022 

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...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 6, 2022

Four sworn in to council

On Tuesday evening, four members of the Shelton City Council were sworn in for new terms. Eric Onisko and Joe Schmit are beginning their second four-year terms. Onisko ran unopposed as council member...

 

City crews plowed snow 24/7 during storms

For more than a week, City of Shelton public works crews worked around the clock de-icing streets, plowing snow and dropping sand to help motorists navigate an extended snap of snow, freezing rain...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

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...

 

Year in Review

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...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 23, 2021

Shelton backs off new logo

A mountainous landscape line featuring a single tree received the most votes for the City of Shelton’s new logo, but the Shelton City Council has decided to go back to the drawing board. In online voting on the city’s website from Nov. 3 through...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 23, 2021

Wingsuit manufacturers coming to Sanderson Field

Skydive Kapowsin soon won't be the only Sanderson Field tenant to enable people to plummet thousands of feet to Earth. The Seattle-based company SQRL has leased land at the Shelton airport, and plans...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 23, 2021

Teachers say 'no confidence' in Pioneer superintendent

A majority of teachers in the Pioneer School District have given a vote of "no confidence" to Superintendent Jill Diehl, and have asked her to resign. The Pioneer Education Association submitted the...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 23, 2021

Shelton district hiring will begin earlier

The Shelton School District plans to begin recruiting employees for the 2022-2023 school year in February, a few months earlier than usual. "We'll know what we're doing early on, and that's going to m...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 16, 2021

COVID claims beloved driver

Among the Mason County school bus drivers, James L. McCallister was known as a joker and prankster who was great with kids and took new drivers under his wing. COVID claimed the life of the...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Nonprofits can apply for vans Nonprofit organizations can apply for a Mason Transit Authority grant for two used 12-passenger vans. Jan. 10 is the deadline to apply for the grant. The grant application, selection criteria and other information is at...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 16, 2021

Shelton replacing meters with updated technology

City of Shelton residents can prepare to say goodbye to monthly visits from water meter readers. The city is in the process of exchanging aging Sensus brass water meters, which are read manually monthly by city employees, for new Sensus Imperl...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 9, 2021

Gutierrez, Shephard Bull remain recount winners

The recount of two close races in the Nov. 2 general election did not change the results, with Miguel Gutierrez beating George W. Blush by five votes for a seat on the Shelton City Council, and Arla Shephard Bull defeating Michael Curtin for another...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 9, 2021

Shelter hopes to expand to 50 beds

A city hearings examiner is considering Community Lifeline's request to expand the capacity of its downtown Shelton shelter from 35 beds to 50. On Monday evening, city hearings examiner Terrace McCart...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 9, 2021

A respite from the cold

A 20-year addiction to methamphetamine left Jared Lee homeless, sleeping on the streets of Shelton or inside the Community Lifeline shelter. "You're just surviving, making sure your stuff doesn't get...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Register to receive Toys for Tots gifts Mason County families in need can register until Friday to receive holiday items from Mason County Toys for Tots. Shelton families can register online at http://shelton-wa.toysfortots.org, and click on “Apply...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 2, 2021

City aims to muffle nighttime noise

Repeatedly blasting loud music, continuously revving your engine, or allowing your dog to bark excessively at night could land you a ticket if the City of Shelton passes a new noise ordinance. The Shelton City Council discussed the proposed new...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 2, 2021

Two Sallys leave the Shelton School Board

Sally Brownfield and Sally Karr bid farewell to the Shelton School Board after serving for six years. The Nov. 23 regular meeting was the last for the two Sallys. At that meeting, Marilyn Stevenson...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 2, 2021

Deadline nears for comments on ex-C Street dump

Tuesday is the deadline to comment on the state's proposed cleanup of the city's former C Street dump. The state Department of Ecology's draft cleanup plan calls for adding a soil cap to the site to...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 2, 2021

Holiday Magic hosted in downtown Shelton

A "reverse" parade, Christmas karaoke, photos with Santa Claus, and performances by the Shel-Town Strummers are among the highlights of the Holiday Magic event staged from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 2, 2021

No change with two ballot recounts

The recount of two close races in the Nov. 2 general election did not change the results, with Miguel Gutierrez beating George W. Blush by five votes for a seat on the Shelton City Council, and Arla Bull Shephard defeating Michael Curtin for another...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 25, 2021

Holiday Magic arriving

A “reverse” parade, Christmas karaoke, photos with Santa Claus, and performances by the Shel-Town Strummers are among the highlights of the Holiday Magic event staged from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 in downtown Shelton. The Kristmas Town Kiwanis Cl...

 

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