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 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    January 13, 2022 

Retired teacher becomes 'Paladin' for climate change

Retired teacher Nancy Snyder has found a way to educate people about the causes of extreme weather, and the Climate Change Committee of the League of Women Voters of Mason County is but one of the...

 

'Boba Fett' charts former lone wolf's social evolution

Is it possible to evolve (or retain) a social conscience while remaining an unrepentant criminal? Gangster fables have contemplated that question for generations, with "The Godfather," "Pulp...

 

Belfair Self-Storage hosts 'Art From My Living Room'

Sunday promises to see Belfair Self-Storage test out a new approach as owner and manager Barbara Treick invites the public to enjoy “Art From My Living Room” at 2 p.m.at the business’ location...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    January 13, 2022 

Port of Dewatto adopts $119,500 budget for 2022

The Port of Dewatto adopted a 2022 budget of $119,500 after commissioners conducted a public hearing on its revenue sources prior to the winter holidays. Port of Dewatto Commission Chair Ray Mow...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    January 13, 2022 

Port of Allyn previews 2022 legislative session

The Port of Allyn received a recap of what to expect from its upcoming legislative session during its board of commissioners’ Jan. 3 regular meeting, thanks to a presentation by port governmental...

 

'Don't Look Up' manages to feel life-affirming

I've seen a few folks review writer-director-producer Adam McKay's "Don't Look Up" under the assumption it was intended as a response to COVID-19, even though enough of its pre-production was...

 

Chamber conducts focus groups for school district

The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce’s Zoom meeting split into focus groups Dec. 16 to answer several questions designed to help the Shelton School District develop a five-year plan. When as...

 

Community Lifeline addresses handling COVID

The Rev. Barbra Weza, development director of Community Lifeline, addressed the League of Women Voters of Mason County on Dec. 21 about how the pandemic has affected the 501(c)(3) nonprofit...

 

'Less Than Zero' echoes upcoming New Year's hangovers

The new year is almost upon us, and you are pretty much done with holiday spirit. You need a palate cleanser to wash the taste of holly-jolly cheer out of your mouth. Just as "Die Hard" is the...

 

Area art exhibitors look back on local art scene in 2021

Exhibitors of area artists offered their thoughts on what the past year has meant for the local art scene and what the year ahead could bring. Elizabeth Bennett, operational manager of the...

 

Port of Grapeview bids farewell to two commissioners

The Port of Grapeview’s final regular meeting of the year Dec. 21 was an evening of farewells. District 2 Commissioner Glenn Carlson read aloud from his letter of resignation, which takes effect...

 

Expand environmental rights, author says

Hed: ‘Green Amendment’ proponent recaps history of environmental movement Word count: 964. By Kirk Boxleitner [email protected] The League of Women Voters of Mason County’s Climate...

 

'Hawkeye' closes out a year of fascinating changes

Although 2020 was the year COVID first struck, 2021 has been more of a year of transition for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Disney+ shows like "WandaVision" and "Loki" took established characters...

 

Belfair Self-Storage hosts local artworks through February

In the wake of Belfair Self-Storage hosting Native American musician Vince Redhouse and painter Tai Connell for a holiday reception before Thanksgiving, Belfair Self-Storage owner and manager Barbara...

 

'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' finally resurrects franchise

The last time we got an attempted big-screen resurrection of the "Ghostbusters" franchise, back in 2016, online trolls started review-bombing it for sexist reasons before the film even premiered in...

 

'Eternals' fails to live up to the potential of its Marvel Comics inspiration

In one important sense, filmmaker Chloé Zhao's cinematic adaptation of comics creator Jack Kirby's "Eternals" is incredibly faithful, in that both tried to establish a semi-independent universe-in-mi...

 

Niten, Dorcy discuss state of city at Chamber event

Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten opened the State of the City address for the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 21 by reviewing how the pandemic continues to affect the city. Shelton is...

 

Villeneuve's 'Dune' made for lifelong fans, newcomers

They finally got it right. As a nearly lifelong fan of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel “Dune,” I can’t pretend to be coming to director Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 movie adaptation of...

 

Belfair Self-Storage hosts Native American holiday music in November

Barbara Treick’s rotating art gallery at Belfair Self-Storage is preparing to welcome back two of her previously appearing artists next month for a seasonally themed reception. The Sunday before...

 

'If it Ain't Country, I Ain't Drinking'

In my spare time, I think up titles for country-western songs. The practice provides an opportunity to explore the themes that country-western music is known for. Here are some: “My Boyfriend’s a...

 

Port of Hoodsport considers hosting electric vehicle charging stations

Port of Hoodsport commissioners heard about the transportation electrification movement when Tonia Buell of the state Department of Transportation gave a briefing on grant money for installing...

 

Halloween Kills more uneven than 2018's Halloween

Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew into a multiverse through “Loki” and “What If …?” on Disney+, fans of the “Halloween” horror films were already well-acquainted with the...

 

Crazy Hill nursery in Belfair showcases South Sound artists

After a first year that wound up being a “dress rehearsal” due to COVID-19, not only is Ethan Busby and Michael Kerkes’ Crazy Hill Garden & Botanicals boutique nursery up and running in...

 

Journal of record

The Journal of Record is produced using 911 call information Mason County Emergency Communications, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Shelton Police Department and tribal police provide. MACECOM does not provide the Shelton-Mason County...

 

League of Women Voters hears wildlife presentation

Research ecologist Chad Hanson, author of “Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate,” addressed the Mason County League of Women Voters about his book during its...

 

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