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Articles from the January 19, 2023 edition

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  • County utilities keep eye on threats to power grid

    Matt Baide|Jan 19, 2023

    Four power stations were attacked on Christmas, leaving thousands without power in Pierce County. Those attacks have put local PUDs on alert, including Mason County PUD 1 and 3. “Vulnerabilities of the electrical grid is something that all power providers, from the large power market administrations like BPA, to the local power companies that deliver the electricity to the customers, are all cognizant of and continue to address in various ways,” PUD 1 General Manager Kristin Masteller wrote the...

  • Hometown sheriff: Retiring the badge

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    Before he served four terms as Mason County sheriff, Casey Salisbury was a hometown boy who played guitar in a rock band, caught passes and returned kicks for the Shelton High School Highclimbers, cruised Evergreen Square in his cherry red 1968 Mustang, and was inspired by Shelton coaches, cops and teachers. Being the top law enforcement officer in a community where you grew up is a "yin and yang" experience, says Salisbury, who retired this month after 16 years as sheriff. He recognizes most...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    City awards contract to resurface Brockdale The Shelton City Council on Tuesday awarded a $267,322 contract to Miles Resources to resurface the pavement and separate lanes on Brockdale Road from Wallace Kneeland Boulevard to Batstone Cutoff Road. The city received six bids for the project, ranging from Miles Resource's low bid to the highest bid of $546,285 from Central Paving. The project is funded by $278,000 in federal funding from the Surface Transportation Block Grant program allocated to...

  • Pioneer district seeks replacement levy

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    The Pioneer School District is asking district residents on the Feb. 14 general election ballot to approve a replacement levy that will cover educational programs and operations. If passed by a simple majority, property owners would be assessed an estimated $1.28 for every $1,000 of assessed property value from 2024 through 2027. The owner of a home valued at $300,000 would pay about $384 per year, or about $32 per month, the district states. If passed, the levy would collect $2,802,110 in...

  • Constance 'Connie' Elaine (Fredson) Johnson

    Jan 19, 2023

    Constance 'Connie' Elaine (Fredson) Johnson passed away at home on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at the age of 69. She was born on April 23rd, 1953, in Shelton, Washington, to Ken and Alice (Greenwalt) Fredson. Connie never hesitated to open her heart and home to those in need, offering love and support unconditionally. She always put herself last, giving her heart and soul to help someone. Her ability to comfort those around her by accepting and loving them as they were, without judgment, was sp... Full story

  • Johny Baltimore, the Hawks and Nirvana

    Kirk Ericson|Jan 19, 2023

    I watched Saturday’s Seahawks’ playoff game with a friend, Johny Baltimore. “Baltimore” isn’t his birth surname, but it’s what people call him, mostly because he rarely appears without a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap. He became a fan of the Orioles in 1988 when the team started the season with 21 straight losses. “I was intrigued by the idea that a team could go an entire year without winning a game,” he told me. Thus, a fan, and a name, were born. I’ve known Johny for 20 years, but I didn...

  • Mary Catherine Rogers

    Jan 19, 2023

    Mary Catherine Rogers went to be with our Lord on January 6, 2023. Mary was born to George and Frances Welsh on June 23, 1919, in Omaha, Nebraska. She grew up in Omaha, graduated from Benson High School, and raised her family there. During her early years, she was a professional dancer supporting her family during the depression and war years. Mary also lived in Libby, Montana after retirement and then spent the last 30 years in Shelton. Mary was always active in her community, as a Den Mother,... Full story

  • Floyd Eugene Wiseman

    Jan 19, 2023

    Floyd Eugene Wiseman passed away at his beloved Lost Lake home on January 6, 2023. He was born in Hill City, Kansas on November 12, 1928, to Paul and Lottie Wiseman. Floyd's family moved to Washington in the early 1940's. First to the Olympia area and then settled in Anacortes in 1944. Floyd graduated from Anacortes High School in 1947. He went on to Washington State College. Floyd met his wife, Dorothy Keith, while attending Anacortes High School. They married May 21, 1949. Floyd and Dot went... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jan 19, 2023

    Support Pioneer School Editor, the Journal, I am in support of the levy for Pioneer School. This is a replacement levy, not a new one. The levy is about 20% of the district’s budget. It supports transportation costs not covered by the state, after-school academic tutoring for students, athletic programs, reading and math specialists, support staff not covered by the state and other programs. I am retired and do not have children in school, but education is important for the children’s and our future. Pamela Harrell, Shelton Vote for sch...

  • Emma M. takes to the sea

    Jan Parker|Jan 19, 2023

    The idea for this story came from Jerry Sheldon, who as a boy, watched a boat being built in a shed near his home on Hillcrest. The details are from issues of the Shelton-Mason County Journal. Over a period of three days in May 1942, a homemade fishing boat called Emma M. made the 2-mile trip down the highway from a backyard shed on Arcadia Street, Hillcrest, through downtown Shelton to a successful launch at Bedell's Moorage on Oakland Bay. Emma M. was the creation of brothers Art and Bill...

  • Stephen Emory Knutzen

    Jan 19, 2023

    Stephen Emory Knutzen, 74, a longtime Kennewick resident passed away on January 8th, 2023. He was born on February 19, 1948, in Shelton, Washington. After graduating high school in 1966, he enlisted in the Army and bravely served our country in the Vietnam War. Steve's older brother Charlie convinced him to move to the Tri-Cities area after returning from Vietnam. He held various jobs until his cousin, Mike Dronen, convinced him to give meatpacking a try. While working at the Cudahy meat plant... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Jan 19, 2023

    Doris M. Bailey, 94, a resident of Lacey, passed away January 9, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Connie C. Ritter, 86, a resident of Winlock, WA passed away January 10, 2023, at Caregivers Four Mom & Dad, in Winlock. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. John L. Patrick, 75, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 11, 2023, at Shelton Health & Rehab. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.... Full story

  • Richard Gibson (hometown spelling correction)

    Jan 19, 2023

    Correction on the spelling of Richard Gibson's hometown in his obituary of December 29, 2022 is Valier, MT... Full story

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    Learn more about Medicare at senior center programs Seniors new to Medicare are welcome to learn more about the program in person from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today at the Mason County Senior Activities Center, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton. The center also offers Zoom “Welcome to Medicare” presentations by appointment, today 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 19. To register to reserve a Zoom spot, email [email protected]. Free trauma course Love INC of Mason County is offering a free community workshop designed to help any...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jan 19, 2023

    Commissioners approve WSU agreement Mason County commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement with the Washington State University Extension for 2023. According to the information packet, the MOA provides money for the extension to provide programs in Mason County based on the 2023 budget. The amount approved for the agreement is $90,072 and is in the 2023 budget. Suppressor purchase approved County commissioners approved the sole-source purchase of a R556I Integral Suppressed Upper through Federal Eastern International to upgrade the...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    OC Shelton offers courses Olympic College Shelton is offering courses in creative writing and forklift certification. The class “Creative Writing — Making Scenes” is conducted from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25 through Feb. 23. The class explores how to develop scenes through selling, exposition, action, conversation, pacing and clarity. Sign up by calling 360-432-5400 or online at The class on forklift certification is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Learn to maneuver a forklift through an obstacle course. The inst...

  • Foothills off-leash dog park could open as early as spring

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jan 19, 2023

    The Friends of Lake Cushman Dog Park spoke to the Shelton-Mason County Journal about what lies ahead for the nonprofit group in the wake of its recent progress. Bill Long, treasurer for the group, said the group’s efforts to create an off-leash dog park in Mason County yielded the signing of an agreement by members of the Friends of Lake Cushman Dog Park, a 501(c)(3) organization, and Mason County to provide such a dog park at the county’s current Foothills Park, at 241 Foothills Park Road nea...

  • Fire 17 disputes lack of district coverage

    Matt Baide|Jan 19, 2023

    Editor’s Note: Fire 17 responded to a story in last week’s edition with a letter to the editor that can be found on page 5 of this week's PDF (above). Mason County Fire District 17 disputes a claim that the district cannot respond to calls. According to Jenni Glasco, a resident of Mason County Fire District 17 who works at Brinnon Fire, the point of concern was forgotten by Fire 17 in an email response to last week’s Journal story about the dispute between the two districts. “I started this with...

  • 'Last of Us' succeeds, 'Slow Horses' shines, 'Velma' stinks

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jan 19, 2023

    Recommended viewing: 'The Last of Us' on HBO I have noted before that I am not an avid video game player, but I have several friends who are, and they all recommended I check out the TV series adaptation of "The Last of Us" on HBO. I'm glad they did, because what the first episode on Jan. 15 delivered was a genuinely novel twist on the zombie apocalypse genre, that managed to be both surprisingly plausible and all too relevant to our modern era of global pandemics and ongoing climate change....