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  • Registration for Goldsborough Creek run/walk open

    Staff report|May 16, 2024

    Time is running short to people to register for the Goldsborough Creek Fun Run and Walk, a Mason County Forest Festival event, scheduled to kick off at 7 a.m. June 1, with the 7-mile walk event. The 7-mile run, 2-mile run and walk begin at 8 a.m. The quarter-mile Junior Jog will begin at 9:30 a.m. prior to the Kiddie Parade and Paul Bunyan Parade at 11 a.m. All participants must pick up their competitor number and Forest Festival button at the registration desk in front of the Shelton Post Office beginning at 6 a.m. before boarding the bus to...

  • Seasonal wildlife gates open in Olympic National Forest

    Staff report|May 2, 2024

    The Olympic National Forest opened seasonal forest service road vehicle access gates in the southern part of the forest on Wednesday. The seasonal openings provide vehicle access to the following forest road systems and areas: ■ FSR-2451 access to North Fork Skokomish River Watershed. ■ FSR-2354, FSR-2353 and FSR-2361 access to South Fork Skokomish River Watershed. ■ FSR-2294 and FSR-2270 access to Wynoochee River Watershed. The access gates will remain open to vehicle traffic until Sept. 30. The closing of vehicle access between Oct. 1 and Apr...

  • Assessor's Office mails exemption renewal applications

    Staff report|Apr 25, 2024

    Mason County’s Assessor’s Office mailed renewal applications this week to exempt recipients of the Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities Exemption from Real Property Taxes program. The intended recipients reside in the current inspection area, which includes Lake Limerick, Brockdale, McReavy, Hanks Lake, Eells Hill, California Road, Highland Road, Dayton Trails, Fawn Lake, Lynch Road, Kamilche, Cloquallum Road, Isabella Lake, Lost Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Star Lake, and Lake Nahwatzel out to Matlock, as well as parts of Tahuya, Belfair and...

  • First half 2024 property taxes are due Tuesday

    Staff report|Apr 25, 2024

    Property-tax payments for the first half of 2024 are due Tuesday, according to a news release from the Mason Couny Treasurer’s Office. Payments can be made in person at the office at 411 N 5th St., Bldg. 1 (second floor) and pay in person between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or can be deposited in the drive-up payment drop box located in the alley. Payments must be postmarked no later than Tuesday to be considered on time and avoid interest charges. Postmarks and delivery can be delayed when using USPS to mail payment, so the Treasurer’s Off...

  • New commodore at Shelton Yacht Club

    Staff report|Apr 11, 2024

    Terry Mehl is this year's Shelton Yacht Club commodore. Mehl chose the theme for this year's cruise schedule: "Doing More in 24." He and his wife, Donna, cruise in a Bayliner 3688 motor yacht, named Weather Wizard in homage to Mehl's Marine Corps career. They travel with a Shih Tzu, Rocky, and an African grey, Merlin. After graduating from Redmond High School in 1972, Mehl joined the Marine Corps and married Donna after boot camp. The couple moved to Lakehurst, New Jersey, for Mehl's schooling....

  • Skyline Drive house fire

    Staff report|Apr 11, 2024

    Around 12:30 a.m. April 5, Central Mason Fire & EMS responded a house fire in the Shorecrest area. Crews arrived to find a fire in the attic. During firefighting efforts, a section of the home's ceiling collapsed striking firefighters and one firefighter was transported by ambulance to Mason General Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The homeowner along with firefighters were able to rescue a mother cat and several kittens from the home. Crews remained on scene for several hours...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    Trio of bluegrass bands at Shelton High on Friday The groups Runaway Train Bluegrass Band, the Union City Council Bluegrass Band and The Rank Strangers perform at the ninth annual Bluegrass from the Forest Midwinter Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, 3737 N. Shelton Springs Road. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door and at www.bluegrassfromtheforest.com. Children ages 15 and younger are admitted for free. Kristmas Town Kiwanis hosts the concert. The group also presents the 19th...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - FEBRUARY

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    FEBRUARY 2023 A profile on an anti-government and law enforcement extremist set to air on NBC's "Dateline" on Feb. 4 featured the recollections of his former wife, a longtime Shelton resident, and his son, a 2002 Shelton High School graduate. Lloyd Barrus is serving three concurrent life sentences without parole in a Billings, Montana prison. He was in the driver's seat when he and his now deceased son Marshall Barrus lured Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore into chasing them, and Marshall...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - MARCH

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    MARCH 2023 Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten will leave his position to be the new city manager of Mountlake Terrace. Niten made the announcement March 7 at the Shelton City Council meeting. His last day is March 31. Niten prefaced his remarks by saying his departure was in "the rumor mill." "It's bittersweet," he said. "I really enjoyed my time here and I can't tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to work with council to address the issues we wanted to address." Niten said he will set...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - APRIL

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    APRIL 2023 The Shelton City Council gave final approval for the annexation of 40-acres of land, known as “Meadows Edge,” into the city at the April 4 meeting. According to the background information, the city of Shelton received notice in February of intent to petition for annexation. The property being annexed is in the Shelton urban growth area and is north of the Shelton Springs subdivision and south of Island Lake. The property is owned by one person and is the subject of a 36-lot subdivision, which is under review by Mason County staff. Th...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - MAY

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    MAY 2023 Lance Gibbon, a former superintendent of the Oak Harbor and Snoqualmie Valley school districts, will be the new superintendent of the Hood Canal School District, pending a contract agreement. On May 1, the Hood Canal School Board voted unanimously to hire Gibbon. He replaces Jose-de-Jesus Melendez, who resigned in February after seven months on the job to return to his family in Oregon. According to the district at the time, he was to complete the remainder of his contract on...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - JUNE

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    JUNE 2023 A former Shelton High School freshman counselor was arrested June 2 at his Shelton residence by Mason County Sheriff's Office deputies after a two-month investigation. Samuel Martin Caffey, 29, faces charges of child rape, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of child pornography. Caffey was booked into Mason County Jail on Friday afternoon and made his initial court appearance Monday in Mason County Superior Court, where...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - JULY

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    JULY 2023 A brush fire about 4 miles northeast of Shelton forced the evacuation of 200 structures July 4. The fire, driven by wind, began at about 2 p.m., just west of the Rainbow Lake community near the intersection of East McEwan Prairie Road and East Mason Lake Road. According to a news release from Central Mason Fire & EMS, the fire is burning on industrial timberland and private land that is flat and accessible terrain. "The crews did an outstanding job of protecting life and structures,"...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - AUGUST

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    AUGUST 2023 George Blush and Tristen Smith will compete for a seat on the Shelton City Council in the November general election, and voters solidly support increasing the size of the Mason County Fire District 5 board of commissioners from three to five. Those are among the preliminary results of the Aug. 1 primary election posted at 8 p.m. The initial voter turnout was 28.17%. The results are scheduled to be certified Aug. 15. In the contest to whittle the Shelton City Council member No. 1 seat race from three candidates to two, Blush...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - SEPTEMBER

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    SEPTEMBER 2023 Chris Kostad, who has worked for the Shelton Police Department since 2002, will be the city's new police chief starting in November. The city in early September announced that Kostad will replace Carole Beason, who recently announced her intention to retire. She has served in that position since January 2021. Kostad is currently serving as a captain, a position he has held since 2021. He has also served in the department as a corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. A news release from...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - OCTOBER

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    OCTOBER 2023 After more than 40 years of prodding and mandating by Mason County and the state, the City of Shelton signed off on the final cleanup of the toxic C Street landfill. The Shelton City Council on Oct. 3 voted unanimously to close out the contract on the construction part of the cleanup of the 17-acre landfill west of downtown Shelton and U.S. Highway 101, which was completed in June. "Staff does not expect any additional action on the City's part pertaining to this project and can be...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - NOVEMBER

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    NOVEMBER 2023 In three Shelton City Council races on Nov. 7's ballot, the longest-serving member was handily defeated by a fellow lifelong Shelton resident, a downtown businessman was elected after losing a council race two years ago by five votes, and a third contest was too close to call on the initial count. Melissa Stearns, a local Realtor and lifelong resident Shelton, defeated eight-year incumbent Kathy McDowell for a four-year term as council member 2. On the first ballot count, Stearns...

  • YEAR IN REVIEW 2023 - DECEMBER

    Staff report|Dec 28, 2023

    DECEMBER 2023 An “atmospheric river” of torrential rain over several days caused the Skokomish River to crest at its second-highest recorded point Dec. 5 and flooded and closed roads throughout Mason County. The National Weather Service on Dec. 5 issued flood warnings in parts of western Washington, including much of the Olympic Peninsula. Flooding and hazardous conditions prompted the state Department of Transportation to close state Route 106 from U.S. Highway 101 to Alderbrook at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5. Other roads closed that day included Skokom...

  • Home opener heartbreak

    Staff report|Sep 14, 2023

    The Shelton High School football team opened the home portion of its 2023 schedule Friday night against the Bremerton Knights. The Highclimbers led 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, but the Knights scored in the final minute to escape with the win. The Climbers trailed 14-0 and 21-7 before mounting a comeback. A 4-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter made it 21-14 at the break. A safety and a fourth-quarter touchdown gave Shelton the lead before Bremerton scored with 38 seconds left...

  • Fuddpuckers draft

    Staff report|Aug 31, 2023

    A co-ed softball team representing tournament sponsors Hanson Excavation and Maples Excavation and Septic went undefeated during the 25th annual Fuddpuckers Draft co-ed softball tournament held Saturday and Sunday at Callanan Park in Shelton. Players for the winning team were James Reyes, Adam Beeler, Kobe Bogh, Audra Oien, Hailey Mentzer, Hannah Wells, Louis Rodriguez, Jorge Zambrano, Chelsey Ceniza, Guy Sarson, Andrew Wilson and Izzy Wilson. Dillon Walker was named male tourament most...

  • Shelton falls to Ridgefield in District opener

    Staff report|May 11, 2023

    The Highclimbers lost 3-2 to Ridgefield on Tuesday in the opening round of the District IV baseball tournament in Ridgefield. Shelton took an early lead but was unable to hang on. The Highclimbers had the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh inning. The Highclimbers faced Mark Morris on Wednesday in Ridgefield in a loser-out game. If Shelton wins, they will play the loser of Tumwater-Columbia River on Friday at 3 p.m. in Ridgefield with a spot in the state tournament on the line....

  • Shelton police need help

    Staff report|Apr 27, 2023

    Shelton police are asking for help identifying three suspects in the fatal April 15 shooting at the intersection of Fir and Otter streets in Shelton’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. According to a social media post by the City of Shelton, camera footage was used to capture a still image of three people walking away from the scene of the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Belleville at 360-426-4441 or email at james.belleville@ sheltonwa.gov. When reached by phone Wednesday, Belleville said he was unable to give f...

  • County labor rate improves

    Staff report|Apr 27, 2023

    The unemployment rate in Mason County continued to fall in March, according to a report released Tuesday morning by the state Economic Security Department. Mason County’s resident civilian labor force employment rate was 6.4% in March, down nearly 2% from February’s rate of 8.1%. The data in the report is not seasonally adjusted at the county level. Statewide, the rate was 4.5% and the national rate was 3.5% Both of those numbers, however, are seasonally adjusted and aren’t directly comparable to the county-by-county rate, which the depar...

  • Aberdeen wins Shelton's Sibley Scramble golf tournament

    Staff report|Apr 27, 2023

    Aberdeen recorded a team score of 154 to earn a victory at the Sibley Scramble on Monday at Alderbrook Golf Course in Union. Shelton finished ninth. Alena Hall from Shelton and Lexie DeLisle from W.F. West paired up as a team and carded a 98. Shelton's Ali Sorley and Morgen Shrum shot a 105 and Andrea Fogo and Savannah Oliver recorded a 122. Aberdeen's Britt Raicich and Kaitlyn McCracken won the tournament with a 68. Elma's Olivia Moore recorded the closest to the pin on hole 12 and Tumwater's...

  • North Mason's Skjonsby signs with Linfield volleyball

    Staff report|Mar 16, 2023

    North Mason High School's Teegan Skjonsby is taking her volleyball talent to the next level. Skjonsby signed last week with Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon, to compete for Wildcat volleyball. Skjonsby, who was a team captain for the Bulldogs, helped North Mason earn a third-place finish at the Olympic League postseason tournament and a berth in the West Central District III tournament in the fall. Linfield competes at the NCAA Division III level in the Northwest Conference, which...

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