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 By Justin Johnson    News    August 4, 2022 

Four EMS levies passing safely

NOTE: This story was updated to include Wednesday's 4:30 p.m. second ballot count. Four levies supporting emergency medical services in Mason County are passing after the initial ballot count of...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    June 23, 2022

Heat Wave Coming

After a mild and wet spring, temperatures are expected to rise dramatically this weekend. On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement that temerperatures...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    May 12, 2022

Journal columnist dies

Longtime Mason County resident and Shelton-Mason County Journal outdoors columnist Mark Woytowich died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. Woytowich wrote the Journal's popular column...

 

Community Briefs

Fundraiser aims to honor victims of large 1907 fire Shelton Memorial Park is planning a May 28 fundraiser to raise money to go toward a memorial wall at the cemetary in tribute to the unmarked graves...

 
 By Justin Johnson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Knowing when to own up to a mistake

As the editor of the Shelton-Mason County Journal, with the knowledge that 2022 was a major local election year - nearly all countywide offices will be on the ballot - I made a decision at the start...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    April 28, 2022

Canvassing draws attention

People associated with a group called the Mason County Election Integrity Committee have been canvassing door-to-door in the county and aren’t associated with the Mason County Auditor’s Office or...

 

Opening day

The calendar said it was Saturday, but at Highclimber Field, it was undoubtedly Tuesday. Senior right-hander Tuesday Palmer had a first-inning home run and five RBI, and threw a complete game...

 

Shining during winter's cold

The 2021-22 winter high school sports season looked much closer to normal after nearly two years of pandemic restrictions. Many teams qualified for postseason play, as did several Mason County...

 

County track legend Dittmer inducted into Hall of Fame

In 1960, three teachers at Central Grade School in Snohomish created an elementary play day that include 50- and 75-yard dash races. Dan Dittmer finished third in both events. "Little did I realize...

 

Bound for state

Shelton High School senior Ryan Mackiewicz's commanding 2A regional victory at 170 pounds led the way as six Mason County wrestlers advanced to this week's Mat Classic XXXIII at the Tacoma Dome. In...

 

Shelton's Mackiewicz wins at 170 pounds; 9 Climber boys regionals-bound

Led by senior Ryan Mackiewicz's commanding win in the 170-pound final, the Shelton High School boys wrestling team finished third overall at the Evergreen League subregional wrestling tournament on...

 

'Dogs get back on the court

The North Mason High School girls basketball team returned from an 11-day layoff to face rival Bermerton on Jan. 18 in Belfair. It was just the second game since Dec. 20 for the Bulldogs after the...

 

Don't call 911 for COVID tests

A surge of COVID-19 cases primarily related to the omicron variant is putting additional pressure on hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and 911 emergency medical services systems, North M...

 

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...

 

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 the...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    January 6, 2022

Storm snarls county

Extreme weather wreaked havoc throughout Mason County this week. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice and rain contributed to power outages, road and school closures, delayed garbage pickups and other...

 

Clear goal for senior 'Dog

Entering her senior year on the hardwood for North Mason High School, Rachel Youngman had a clear goal. "This year, I was hoping for a better year than last year," the 5-foot-9 guard/forward said. "I...

 

Check the weather before heading out this weekend

Beginning today, a series of storms could affect much of the Northwest through the weekend and into next week. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of the Olympic Peninu...

 

Gingerbread Town

Intricately detailed creations in the third annual Christmastown Gingerbread Challenge are on display in businesses along West Railroad Avenue between South Second and South Third streets through...

 

Get out and vote

In a short email conversation with Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire, I learned that as of Monday afternoon the turnout of the 2021 General Election is just 13.5 percent. McGuire wrote that was...

 

A damnable, detestable comparison

Imagine a crisp, cool fall morning, much like this one. Blue skies mingle with a patchwork of clouds, a slight breeze stirs the air. In the streets, families gather. It's the first week of September...

 

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