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'Thor' balances between punchlines, pathos

Quirky comedic New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has more than earned my love over the years, but after watching "Thor: Love & Thunder," I'm starting to wonder whether someone should be...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    July 14, 2022

Allyn Days returns to its three-day lineup this weekend

Last year's Allyn Days was reduced to a single day due to COVID-19, but this year will see the full three-day weekend lineup run from Friday through Sunday. Allyn Community Association President...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    July 14, 2022

North Mason schools aim to upgrade student computers

The North Mason School Board heard from Director of Information Technology Clint Forsythe on June 16 about this year’s technology uses and upcoming plans for technology for the district. Forsythe said while the district has gained more computers,...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    July 7, 2022

Port of Hoodsport removes park's hazardous trees

As the summer recreation season gets underway, the Port of Hoodsport is ensuring its park facilities are safe for visitors after the damage caused by last winter’s storms. Port of Hoodsport Commissioner Lori Kincannon told the Shelton-Mason County...

 

'Stranger Things,' 'Strange New Worlds' rousing resolutions

June 30 and July 1 were some rough streaming viewing days for fans as the ninth episodes of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” Season 1 and “Stranger Things” Season 4 bid final farewell to a pair of fan-favorite characters. As much as I miss...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    July 7, 2022

Port of Allyn agrees to lawsuit settlement

The Port of Allyn and Mason County resident Bradley Carey agreed to settle lawsuits June 9 concerning alleged violations of Washington’s Public Records Act, Open Public Meetings Act and related claims, according to port Operations Manager LeAnn...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    July 7, 2022

Dewatto River Campground deals with vandalism

The Port of Dewatto continues to cope with vandalism at its Dewatto River Campground. The most recent incident of vandalism was “the carving of racist comments” on the campground’s trees, the port announced on its Facebook page June 8. The...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 30, 2022

Dog park approved near Lake Cushman

After three years of searching for a suitable location for a dog park, members of the nonprofit organization “Friends of Lake Cushman Dog Park” have found a home. Bill Long, secretary of the organization, pursued options that included a proposed...

 

'Stranger Things' season 4 still has plenty to say

After four seasons on Netflix, and six years at the forefront of pop culture consciousness, I'm suddenly hearing a lot of people ask what "Stranger Things" is all about, even though its focus has...

 

Skyline Drive-In screens Evergreen student films

Anyone who swings by the Skyline Drive-In Theater in Shelton tonight (June 9) can catch a two-hour-long screening of 22 short student films from The Evergreen State College Mediaworks department, all for free. Gates to the theater open for “Stars...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 9, 2022

North Mason commemorates passings, service

North Mason School Board members marked the deaths of two people before recognizing the civil service of two others during their May 19 meeting. District 4 Director John Campbell moved to amend the meeting’s agenda to discuss sending the board’s...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 9, 2022

Youngberg named North Mason schools' WIAA representative

Erik Youngberg, the new director of District 1 on the North Mason School District Board of Directors, assumed another role during the board’s May 19 when District 3 Director Laura Boad nominated him to be the board’s Washington Interscholastic...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

Dog park proposal near Lake Cushman tabled

A resident’s proposal to work with the Port of Hoodsport on creating a public dog park was tabled after port commissioners voted 2-1 on May 11 not to proceed with investigating the proposal. While Port Commissioner Terry Brazil said he intended to...

 

'Maverick' delivers crowd-pleasing adrenaline rush

My review of "Stranger Things" Season 4, Part 1, will be forthcoming next week. I wasn't about to binge seven episodes in a single weekend. Instead, we'll be looking at another recently released tribu...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

School Board moves into next phase of redistricting

The North Mason School Board reviewed the redistricting reports and maps produced by Sammamish Data Systems so it could approve moving to the next phase of the school district’s redistricting. North Mason School District Superintendent Dana...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

North Mason schools upgrade bus fleet

North Mason School District Transportation Director Maurine Simons shared with the school board May 19 details about the return of the “Fill the Bus” event, scheduled to take place Aug. 20 at the QFC parking lot in Belfair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

Port of Dewatto watches funds as camping season begins

The Port of Dewatto has been ensuring it maintains enough money in the bank to address expenses. During the port’s April 13 meeting, campground coordinator Joe Newman reported the campground’s initial turnout numbered “just a few” campers,...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    June 2, 2022

'Tree' Smith photos showcased in Belfair

Two months after Barbara Treick's art wall at Belfair Self-Storage showcased multimedia artist Alice Durrie, that same space is devoted in June to Durrie's wife, professional photographer Teresa...

 

'Essex Serpent' creates atmospheric gothic mystery

So, after reprioritizing my entertainment expenses, I'm subscribed to Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+ and Peacock. Remember when streaming was supposed to be simpler than cable?...

 

Rest-A-While art & music fairs open Sunday

The summer and fall series of art and music fairs at the Rest-A-While RV Park in Hoodsport kicks off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It will include a memorial to recently deceased Journal columnist and writer Mark Woytowich at 2 p.m. “Mark was...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 26, 2022

Hawkins eighth-graders seek to stop school shootings

Hawkins Middle School eighth-graders Bradley Williams, Dylan Prideaux, Sophia Mairs, Owen Oblizalo and Yariel Barajas presented their "Project Citizen" to the North Mason School Board on May 19....

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 19, 2022

North Mason Fire moves to new home

The North Mason Regional Fire Authority spoke with the Shelton-Mason County Journal on Monday about its new headquarters building at 490 NE Old Belfair Highway. "It's been a crazy morning," North Maso...

 

'Moon Knight' and 'Picard' wrap up well

I'm trying something different for this week's reviews. Please let me know if it works for you. I often review the start of new shows (or the start of new seasons of returning shows), but unless the...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 19, 2022

North Mason School Board selects Youngberg

The North Mason School District selected Erik Youngberg on May 10 to fill the District 1 School Board position left vacant by Art Wightman, whose resignation was accepted at the board's March 24...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

Community dog park proposed for Port of Hoodsport

A proposed community dog park was put before the Port of Hoodsport for consideration on April 13. Resident Bill Long, who moved to the area several years ago from University Place in Pierce County, is the founding member and president of SUN (Safe,...

 

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