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Articles from the January 20, 2022 edition

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 By Matt Baide    News    January 20, 2022

COVID surging through county

Two years after the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Washington, Mason General Hospital is the lone facility in the county handling the medical treatment of hospitalized COVID patients. With...


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 Mason Regional Fire Authority Chief Beau Bakken tol...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 20, 2022

Hood Canal ballots coming

Residents in the Hood Canal School District as early as tomorrow could receive ballots for the district's replacement levy and a building bond that would create a new junior high school building,...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 20, 2022

Infrastructure money for bridge

In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt won the first of four elections for president of the United States. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. Zippo lighters,...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 20, 2022

City of Shelton seeks to make its roads safer

Of the 16 fatal and serious vehicle accidents that occurred in Shelton from 2016 to 2020, 10 involved pedestrians and bicyclists. “This was a startling percentage of the crashes,” consultant Ryan Shea of SCJ Alliance of Lacey on Tuesday told the...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 20, 2022

Expect SR3 delays north of Shelton through Feb. 18

For about the next six weeks, drivers can expect daytime lane closures on state Route 3 north of Shelton from Bell Road to about a mile north. Mason PUD 3 crews are replacing aging underground facilities. The work began Monday. Flaggers are...


Nonprofit Briefs

Donate Blood today or Friday in Shelton Winter weather conditions have caused canceled appointments to donate blood, and Bloodworks Northwest is accepting blood donations today and Friday at the Shelton Church of Nazarene, 1331 E. Shelton Springs Roa...


A political fable for our troubled times

Once upon a time, two aardvarks named Donny and Danny lived and hunted in the scrubland of their native territory. They were the best of friends, sharing their food and happiness equally. Sometimes th...


Letters to the Editor

Support our kids Editor, the Journal, Ballots will soon arrive by mail for the renewal of the Hood Canal School District’s educational programs and operations levy and approving a capital bond. I know it sounds bureaucratic, but it’s important...

 By Alex Fethiere    News    January 20, 2022

Compost extract: Liberation versus libertinage

Last year, I wrote in these pages about making compost tea. This water extraction of compost, combined with foods to fuel the procreation of its beneficial organisms, is but one way to make the most...

 By Matt Baide    News    January 20, 2022

Shelton High NJROTC program seeks new members

Chief Stephen Gonczi provided an update on the NJROTC program to the Shelton School Board at the Jan. 11 meeting. Gonczi, in his first year at Shelton High, said the program is doing well. He's in...


School Briefs

Pioneer School Board meets Tuesday The Pioneer School Board will meet for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A virtual link will be included in the board agenda on the district’s website 24 hours before the meeting. According to School Board...


Commission Briefs

Commissioners approve Homeland Security Program contract amendment Mason County commissioners approved a contract amendment with a state Homeland Security Program from the Washington State Military Department through the U.S. Department of Homeland...


Beverly Fuller Taylor Wallace

Beverly Fuller Taylor Wallace, passed away January 10, 2022, in Walla Walla, WA. She was born November 26, 1934, in McCleary, WA, to Howard and Ruth Fuller. Beverly was born and raised in Shelton but... Full story


David Lee Ledbetter

David Lee Ledbetter, a resident of Shelton, passed away peacefully, with his wife and family by his side, on January 8, 2022. He was born in Decatur, IL, on January 28, 1963, to Ronald and Carolyn... Full story


Michael R. Louderback

Michael, known to his friends and family as Mike, was born in Aberdeen, WA, and raised in Grapeview, WA. As a long time resident of Mason County, Mike spent his childhood fishing at Mason Lake, and... Full story


Catherine L. Rhodes

Catherine (Cathie) L. Rhodes was surrounded by family when she was called home by the Lord on January 12, 2022. She was 89 years old. Cathie was born and raised in Olympia, Washington and graduated fr... Full story


Robert Allen, Sr.

Robert Allen, Sr., was born September 29, 1940, in Shelton, WA, to William and Rosie Allen (Pulsifer). Robert passed away on January 7, 2022, in Shelton, WA. Robert married Gracie A. Bean, January... Full story


Alice Marie Coffin

Alice Marie Coffin, 71, of Belfair, went to Heaven on Sunday, January 9th, 2022, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. She was born May 7, 1950 in Salem, OR, to Alfred and Elnora Wyatt. She is... Full story


Stephen Lee Solene

Stephen passed away unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism. He was much loved and leaves behind his partner of more than 21 years (John Trow-Smith of London), his sister (Kim Neff of Bremerton), his bro... Full story


Death Notices

Rosemarie Olson, 77, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 6, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Gail L. Ryan, 64, a resident of Olympia, passed away January 12, 2022, at Mason General Hospital... Full story


Thomas picked as new NMHS head football coach

North Mason High School has hired Rob Thomas as its new head football coach, athletic director Lexi Hadfield announced in a Friday news release. Thomas was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinated and...

 By Jan Parker    News    January 20, 2022

Roberta Wilcox Welch

Part 1 of a two-part series....

 By Mary Dessel    News    January 20, 2022

Planning pollinator-friendly gardens

Midwinter is known for its rainy and cold days, with darkness descending by late afternoon. But amid the dark, there is light. It is a good time to pull back, go within and plan your 2022 garden. I...


Legislative Update

Griffey introduces bills on crime, transportation The 2022 legislative session began Jan. 10, and state Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, has introduced bills to address crime and transportation in the state. According to a news release, Griffey introduced...


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