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  • Post Office Park tree may stay lit

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    Shelton's annual Christmas tree might illuminate downtown again after all. The City of Shelton is considering a draft lease agreement with the U.S. Postal Service regarding Post Office Park that was sent to the city Monday. The federal agency's proposal comes almost three months after the U.S. Postal Service withdrew from discussions to sell Post Office Park to the city, or to trade it for the city's Brewer Park. The city's eviction from the park would have meant the end of the annual Christmas...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    Scholarships from MGH Foundation Auxiliary Guild The Mason General Hospital Foundation Auxiliary Guild awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 11 people pursuing higher education in medical and computer science fields. Five graduating Shelton High School students received $2,500 scholarships. Lily Bennett will attend Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She will work to earn a bachelor's degree in radiographic science to become an X-ray and MRI technician. She graduates Shelton High School...

  • Law enforcement gives tips on being prepared

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    A fire extinguisher might be the most effective way to drop a home intruder. Put yourself in the shoes of the agitated person confronting you while recognizing signs they are about to attack. Be aware of your own body language and tone of voice in the midst of a potential conflict. Those are among the pieces of advice Mason County Sheriff Ryan Spurling and Shelton Police Captain Daniel Patton shared at a forum on emergency preparedness May 28 in the Shelton Civic Center. About 75 people...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    Poetry reading June 22 at library Poet Pamela Mitchell will read from her book of poetry, “Finding Lost Pond,” at 5 p.m. June 22 at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder St. Mitchell is a retired nurse, and “Finding Lost Pond,” published in 2021 by Finishing Line Press, is the story of a nurse’s life as she is bearing witness to and holding the suffering of her patients, her parents and her own life. Her current work is a memoir “Bequeathed,” a book of essays about her work for Kitsap County Health Department in founding the AIDS prog...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    City passes new 6-year transportation plan The Shelton City Council at its June 4 meeting unanimously passed the city's updated 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The plan received preliminary approval at its May 21 meeting. With the plan, the city is required by the state to prioritize its transportation projects it anticipates doing in the next six years. The plan lets the state Department of Transportation know what projects are anticipated, which have federal and/or state funding...

  • CHOICE graduates celebrate commencement

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    Twenty-nine graduates of CHOICE High School accepted their diplomas in front of friends and family at a commencement ceremony June 6 in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. The commencement ceremony also noted the 40th anniversary of CHOICE, which is housed next to Evergreen Elementary School in downtown Shelton. Vernon Bruni noted he has been principal for two years and started at the same time he was becoming a father to triplets. He reminded the graduates of the alternative school...

  • Cedar graduates parade in style

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 13, 2024

    The 2024 graduates of Cedar High School on Friday paraded in classic cars with a police escort from the campus they share with Olympic College Shelton through town and to their commencement ceremony at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. That's the kind of individual attention you get when you're in a class of 13 students, and you've been adopted by the members of the Yesteryear Car Club. The alternative school specializes in project-based learning. Principal Amber Hosford lauded...

  • 80th annual Mason County Forest Festival

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 6, 2024

    Heavy rainfall didn't prevent thousands of people from converging on Shelton for the 80th annual Mason County Forest Festival from Thursday through Sunday. "Overall, I think it was a fantastic event," said Amy Cooper, vice president of the Mason County Forest Festival Association. The inaugural Smokey's Birthday Party event Friday evening in the Shelton Civic Center parking lot, co-hosted by KMAS, drew a large crowd that enjoyed birthday cake, axe throwing and photo opportunities with Smokey...

  • Graduation in Mason County

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 6, 2024

    Hundreds of Mason County high school seniors will march in gowns before cheering parents, guardians and friends to pick up their diplomas at five graduation ceremonies hosted in the next three days. The CHOICE High School ceremony is hosted from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. The graduates of Cedar High School, which is housed at the Olympic College Shelton campus, will be transported in classic cars to their ceremony from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the same venue. The North Mason High School...

  • Shelton Rotary extends Huff'n'Puff adoption

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 6, 2024

    In April 2023, the Shelton Rotary Club adopted the City of Shelton's Huff'n'Puff Trail through the city's Adopt-A-Park program. Last month, the group formally committed to another year collecting trash, cleaning up graffiti, maintaining the trails and adding to a student memorial to the site across the street from Shelton High School. "The city was very excited," Kristin French, the group's co-director, said Friday at the group's community walk/Jog and public outreach event at the Huff'n'Puff....

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 6, 2024

    Spell-E-Bration June 29 at senior center The Shelton-based nonprofit Sound Learning hosts its annual fundraiser Spell-E-Bration from 4 to 8 p.m. June 29 at The Pavilion at Sentry Park at the Mason County Senior Activities Center at 190 W. Sentry Drive. The event features three-member teams competing in a community spelling bee, a silent auction, dessert buffet and live music. The event raises money to help adults become more literate. To join a team for the event, call Sound Learning at 360-426-9733 or email [email protected]. The...

  • Flurry of summer projects in Shelton schools

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 6, 2024

    School's out for summer for Shelton School District students on June 17, but a flurry of activities will continue inside and outside the buildings. "This summer we have a lot of work planned," Robert Herron, the district's director of facilities management and construction, told the Shelton School Board at its regular meeting May 28 in the Mountain View Elementary School cafeteria. Herron shared the projects in motion for this summer. "Some of these things may not come to full fruition,...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    Shelton has a new deputy mayor Sharon Schirman is the new deputy mayor of Shelton. The Shelton City Council voted to award her the office at its regular meeting May 21. Schirman is the majority owner of ISW PNW in downtown Shelton and was elected to the council in 2022. Schirman replaces Joe Schmit as deputy mayor. Schmit resigned in April. In the election of the deputy mayor, council member George Blush nominated Schirman and Tom Gilmore nominated Miguel Gutierrez. Schirman won with four votes....

  • World War II vet celebrates a century

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    Fern Kinsey Jacobson was a high school senior in Grants Pass, Oregon when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Fawn Lake resident, who turns 100 tomorrow, remembers listening to the radio while President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his "day that will live in infamy" speech and declare war on Japan. "I determined at that time I'd help my country," Jacobson said in an interview with the Journal. Jacobson would have to wait a year before she came of age to join the war effort,...

  • Donations needed to expand Huff'n'Puff memorial

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    The names of 21 Shelton-area youths who died young will be added to memorials at the trailhead of the City of Shelton's Huff'n'Puff Trail across the street from Shelton High School. Abe Gardner, who led the campaign to create the memorial as his Eagle Scout project 25 years ago, and fellow Shelton Rotary Club member Kristin French gave an update on the student memorial to the Shelton City Council at its regular meeting May 21. The Shelton Rotary Club just signed up for a second year adopting...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    Annual Dessert and Silent Auction at Shelton church Mason County Care Net Pregnancy Resource Clinic hosts its annual Dessert and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church, 601 C St., downtown Shelton. Information: 360-427-9171. Mental health fundraising walk in Shelton The goals of National Alliance on Mental Illness’ NAMIWalks Thurston-Mason fundraiser Saturday in Shelton are to promote awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma, raise money for NAMI’s free mental health programs, and to build community and let peo...

  • Getting Out

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    The musical "Little Shop of Horrors" spotlights a mutating plant in a skid row florist shop that feeds on human blood and flesh while commanding "Feed me!!" and a sadistic dentist who saves the laughing gas for himself. But the heart of the musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is the love between the hapless florist Seymour Krelborn and his co-worker Audrey, a pretty blonde with a colorful fashion sense who's dating the abusive dentist. "There's authenticity, but with the touch of ridiculous...

  • Four-day Forest Festival kicks off today

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    "Believe in Bunyan and Babe" is the theme of the 80th annual Mason County Forest Festival, which kicked off with the carnival at the intersection of First and Grove streets in downtown Shelton and concludes with fireworks Saturday night above Oakland Bay Junior High School. The carnival is open from 4 to 9 p.m. today, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Goldsborough Creek Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning features a 7-mile walk, a 7-mile run and a 2-mile...

  • City plan taking shape

    Gordon Weeks|May 23, 2024

    Like other cities, Shelton is required every 10 years through the Growth Management Act to create a comprehensive plan that develops a vision for the community. Jae Hill, the city's community and economic development director, talked about the city's evolving comprehensive plan May 16 at a Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Mason County Public Works headquarters. The completed plan is due Dec. 31, 2025. The consulting group working with the city on the plan, SCJ Alliance,...

  • Sapp sworn in as City Council member

    Gordon Weeks|May 23, 2024

    Lyndsey Sapp, a mother of five studying for a real estate license, on Tuesday evening was sworn in as the new member of the Shelton City Council. The council chose Sapp from four candidates following interviews at a work session May 14 at the Shelton Civic Center. The other candidates were Tiffany Anderson, Kathy McDowell and Dave Pierik. Schmit’s resignation was announced at the April 2 council meeting, giving the city 90 days to find a replacement. The term expires at the end of 2025, so the seat will be up for grabs in the November 2025 elec...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 23, 2024

    Learn about active threat training Tuesday The Shelton Police Department, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the Economic Development Council of Mason County host a free active threat training from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelton Civic Center. Information: Tiana Dunbar, 360-426-2276. Annual Dessert and Silent Auction at Shelton church Mason County Care Net Pregnancy Resource Clinic hosts its annual Dessert and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. May 31 at St. Edward Catholic Church, 601 C St., downtown Shelton. Information: 360-427-9171. Support g...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 23, 2024

    Goldsborough Creek Fun Run & Walk on June 1 The annual Goldsborough Creek Fun Run and Walk, a Mason County Forest Festival Event, takes place June 1. Day of race registration begins at 6 a.m. at South 2nd Street and West Railroad Avenue. All registered participants must pick up their competitor number 30 minutes before their scheduled event at the registration desk. Bus transport from downtown to the start line at Shelton Valley is provided. Scheduled events include: the 7-mile walk beginning at 7 a.m. The 7-mile run, 2-mile run and walk begin...

  • County auditor talks about election process

    Gordon Weeks|May 23, 2024

    Mason County Auditor Steve Duenkel talked about seeking security at the county's 13 ballot drop boxes, encouraged people to observe the election process, and said he believes his position should remain a partisan office Tuesday at a meeting of the League of Women Voters of Mason County in the Olympic College Shelton library meeting room. The League submitted eight questions in advance to Duenkel, who was elected in 2022. He presented his answers in a Powerpoint presentation and then elaborated...

  • Getting Out

    Gordon Weeks|May 23, 2024

    The Shelton-based choir Women of Note, joined by classical pianist Dilyara Oliver, perform classic and modern choral music at two "Origins" concerts this week. The concerts are staged at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bridge Community Church, 500 E. N. Island Drive on Harstine Island, and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 324 W. Cedar St. in downtown Shelton. Admission is free and donations are accepted. In a news release, the nonprofit states the audiences will hear different vocal...

  • Police chief gives annual report

    Gordon Weeks|May 16, 2024

    In the City of Shelton in 2023, sexual and aggravated assaults increased from the previous year, while burglaries, thefts and larcenies, hit-and-run incidents and criminal traffic citations decreased. But no big trends emerged from the figures compiled in the Shelton Police Department’s annual report, Chief Chris Kostad told the Shelton City Council May 7 at its regular meeting. “Everything is pretty much consistent with the past couple years,” said Kostad, who replaced the retiring Carole Beason in November. The department’s call for service...

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