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 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 14, 2021 

Monday deadline for school employee vaccinations

Ninety-one percent of Shelton School District employees have received COVID vaccinations as the deadline for state’s mandate approaches on Monday. That’s the figure Superintendent Wyeth Jessee announced Tuesday evening at the Shelton School...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 14, 2021 

Schmit, Elliott compete for council seat

The Nov. 5 general election ballot pits incumbent Joe Schmit against challenger Tyler “Mad Dog” Elliott for a four-year term as member No. 6 on the Shelton City Council. Schmit, the technical service and operations officer for construction for...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 14, 2021 

Solo candidates for two city council seats

Only one name appears on the Nov. 2 general election ballot for two Shelton City Council seats. Eric Onisko is seeking a second four-year term as position No. 2 on the seven-member council. Sharon Schirman is the only listed candidate running for a...

 

COVID outbreak closes Pioneer schools

Coronavirus surging through the students and staff at Pioneer Schools prompted the district on Monday to close its elementary and middle schools for five school days. As of Tuesday afternoon, 11 students and four staff members have tested positive...

 

Grants target salmon recovery

Fish in Oakland Bay, the Skokomish River, Kennedy Creek and Hood Canal will benefit from more than $1 million in state grants. The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board last week announced...

 

Bus driver shortages challenging districts

Some students in Mason County are arriving to school late or not at all due to the shortage of bus drivers in local districts. The shortage of drivers is forcing the Shelton School District to cancel...

 

Report gives some Shelton High buildings poor HVAC ratings

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reports that 787 school buildings in the state receive “poor” ratings for their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including 11 buildings at Shelton High School....

 

Waste flown out of park

Hikers in the Olympic National Park use 92 "privies" to relieve their bodily functions, 72 of them pit toilets. The other 20 are eight vault toilets and 12 Romtech toilets, which are emptied once a ye...

 

Activities at senior center in Shelton

The Mason County Senior Activities Center hosts games, classes and other events at the Pavilion at 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. The activities on Sept. 27 are cribbage at 8:15 a.m., tai chi at 8:15 a.m., line dance at 9 a.m., Mexican train dominoe...

 

Peninsula Arts Association gathers at city hall

The Peninsula Arts Association will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St....

 

Hood Canal superintendent talks at Zoom forum

The Hood Canal Improvement Club will host a Zoom presentation featuring Hood Canal School Superintendent Nikki Grubbs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Grubbs will offer updates on such topics as the bond and levy proposal for February, school attendance,...

 

Plotting a garden in Callanan Park

A triangle of land in the City of Shelton's Callanan Park could bloom into a community garden that produces food for local people in need. The Shelton City Council on Tuesday evening gave preliminary...

 

City seeks comments on dump cleanup plan

The public has one month to comment on a proposed cleanup plan for the city's toxic former C Street dump after the Shelton City Council on Tuesday approved a new agreed order with the state...

 

Helping homeless stay warm

Nighttime temperatures are dropping into the 40's, leaving homeless people and others in need in the cold. Two Shelton-based nonprofit groups are trying to help. The Mason County Warming Center, opera...

 

Shelton schools seeks interpreter for Q'anjob'al, Mam language

The Shelton School District is looking for people who are fluent in Mam or Q’anjob’al and English, and who can help with interpretations. The district will pay an hourly wage. For more information, contact Betty Uriostegui at 360-426-2151, ext....

 

Two local students excelling at SNHU

Devyn Anunta of Tahuya and Desolee Bang of Shelton earned spots on the President’s List for the summer quarter at Southern New Hampshire University. To be eligible, a full-time student must earn a GPA of 3.7 or better....

 

Shelton School Board welcomes new member

Marty Best was sworn in as the newest member of the Shelton School Board at its Sept. 14 meeting. “Congratulations Marty, we’re pleased to have you on the board,” said School Board President Sally Karr. Best, a Shelton resident who works as...

 

Shelton church offers help after death of a loved one

Faith Lutheran Church in Shelton offers a 12-week course that focuses on healing after a loved one dies. The sessions are hosted online and in person. An in-person introduction to the program will be presented at 2 p.m. today at the church at 1212...

 

Games, classes at senior center

The Mason County Senior Activities Center hosts games, classes and other events at the Pavilion at 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. The activities Sept. 27 are cribbage at 8:15 a.m., tai chi at 8:15 a.m., line dance at 9 a.m., Mexican train dominoes...

 

Get help paying your heating bill

The nonprofit Community Action Council in Shelton is scheduling appointments Tuesday for requests for assistance paying heating hills. Phones open at 7 a.m. at 360-426-9726 and the online schedule opens at 9 a.m. for self-scheduling at...

 

40 et 8 offering nursing scholarships

The 40 et 8 Veterans Club in Shelton offers nursing scholarships to applicants in the nursing field who want to expand their education to become a registered nurse. Interested applicants can email [email protected]

 

HUB hosts zombie apocalypse story contest

People ages 16 and younger are invited to enter the HUB Center for Seniors' zombie apocalypse story contest, and the winning entry will be broadcast during the nonprofit's second Zombie Apocalypse...

 

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