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Articles from the January 26, 2023 edition


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  • Water blowout

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Jerry Shumate, Jr.

    Jan 26, 2023

    To Honor the Memory of Jerry Shumate, Jr. August 16, 1985 - December 28, 2022 A Memorial Sevrice and Potluck will be held Saturday, January 28th at 1:30 p.m. Central Park Neighborhood Church in Aberdeen, WA 98520 Potluck Shortly After.Please, no nut dishes due to allergies. If you wish to help lay Jerry to rest, donations can be made to TwinStar Credit Union donation account #580054...

  • Don Kozlowske

    Jan 26, 2023

    Don Kozlowske, 56, a resident of Shelton, was unexpectedly called home on October 19, 2022. Born in Shelton, Washington, to Dave and Sandy Kozlowske, on January 16, 1966. He graduated from Mary M. Knight in 1984 and went on to be a wood crafter by day and amateur chef by night. He had a love for the simple life, family, friends, cooking/baking and his pups. He was a kind-hearted gentle soul with a calming presence, whom loved with his whole heart. Always wore a smile on his face and that smile...

  • James K. Sells

    Jan 26, 2023

    Our dear father, James Sells, of Gig Harbor, WA passed away on December 30, 2022. Jim was born in Shelton, WA to Karl and Evelyn Sells and grew up on the family ranch with his brother John. Jim graduated from Irene S. Reed High School, where he was active in the Thespian Society and Track and Field, where he held the class record for the long jump. After graduation he attended Olympic Junior College, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Barb. Jim and Barb went on to attend and grad...

  • Death Notices

    Jan 26, 2023

    Jennifer Hawley, 50, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 19, 2023, at Fir Lane Health & Rehab in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Barbara Henderson, 80, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 21, 2023, at Fir Lane Health & Rehab in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Hubert D. Graves, 82, a resident of Grapeview, passed away January 21, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family...

  • Sharon Lenore Cromley (Smith)

    Jan 26, 2023

    Sharon Lenore Cromley (Smith), 88, a resident of Belfair, WA, sadly passed away at her home on December 20, 2022, of natural causes. She was born to William P. and Alice G. Smith (Guerrier) on June 17, 1935 in Seattle, WA. She was in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas and Mt. Charleston, NV. Sharon was a 'people person' and loved talking to people, she never met a stranger! She was a volunteer at Peninsula Health Community Services for ten years. She enjoyed reading, thrift shopping, the...

  • LaVerne "Frankie" Ann Zehrung

    Jan 26, 2023

    LaVerne "Frankie" Ann (Frankenstein) Zehrung passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 at the age of 79. She was born on Jan 2, 1944, to Nile and Betty Jane Frankenstein in Seattle, Washington, and was raised in Sonora California. A graduate of Sonora High School in 1957, she met her future husband Bob at a burger joint. She studied nursing at a local Junior College and is a proud Alumnus of the Chico State University Nursing Program, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursin...

  • Dana Joleene Dederick

    Jan 26, 2023

    On January 6, 2023 Dana Joleene Dederick passed away peacefully after a long battle with endometrial cancer. She was 63 years young. Dana's pride and joy was her daughter, Melissa Dederick. Their unconditional love and enjoyment of each other was beautiful and brought joy to all around them. Melissa moved back to Olympia in 2021 to be near Dana and help her during her illness. No one could have been more loving or devoted to Dana's care. In 2022 Dana retired from her 35-year career with Olympia...

  • Christine De Moncada

    Jan 26, 2023

    Christine De Moncada passed away on January 8, 2023. She was born on April 17, 1954 in Manhattan, New York City, New York The funeral will be held on January 27, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Shelton, WA. Donations can be made to your favorite charity if you would like to honor Christine's memory....

  • School levies on Feb. 14

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    Valentine's Day is the deadline to cast ballots for replacement levies in the Shelton and Pioneer school districts. Both would replace existing levies that expire at the end of 2023 and both need a simple majority to pass. Ballots were mailed last week. The Shelton School District's three-year levy would be $2.09 per $1,000 of assessed property value. If passed, the levy will collect $7.1 million in 2024, $7.6 million in 2025 and $8.2 million in 2026. The levy money provides about 11% of the dis...

  • North Mason girls pulled from basketball game

    Matt Baide|Jan 26, 2023

    The North Mason girls basketball game against Crescent on Saturday in Crescent was ruled a no-contest after Bulldog coach Alex Fitzhugh pulled his players and left after the game got aggressive and parents started getting involved. According to Fitzhugh, Crescent was “playing dirty” and the North Mason players reacted. “I was telling the refs to watch out and the girls felt defeated,” Fitzhugh told the Journal on Monday. “One sister defended the other and I called the game. The crowd started com...

  • City to consolidate public works

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    The City of Shelton is planning to move its congested public works yard from behind Loop Field and Evergreen Elementary School to a wooded 5-acre site that houses Well No. 1 at Shelton Springs Road and North 13th Street. The "laydown yard" would just be the start for the transformation of the triangle-shaped piece of land just north of Mason General Hospital. "All public works would be combined in one center," Public Works Director Jay Harris told the Shelton City Council on Jan. 17. The...

  • King tide

    Jan 26, 2023

  • State of education in Mason County

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    Three school district superintendents, two with replacement levies on the Feb. 14 ballot, shared what's going on in their classrooms at an "Education in Mason County" forum sponsored by the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce Jan. 19 at the Mason County Public Works building. Shelton Superintendent Wyeth Jessee, Hood Canal Superintendent Jose-de-Jesus Melendez and Pioneer Superintendent Jeff Davis took turns talking about their districts. Jesse outlined his district's replacement levy on...

  • MacEwen wants to keep UW, WSU together

    Matt Baide|Jan 26, 2023

    Sen. Drew MacEwen and Rep. Dan Griffey and Travis Couture are in Olympia representing Mason County residents. Here is what the three Mason County representatives have been working on so far: MacEwen MacEwen is the primary sponsor of 15 bills in the Senate, according to the Legislature’s website. Among the bills are Senate Bill 5206 in the Senate High Education and Workforce Development committee, which would keep the University of Washington and Washington State University in the same a...

  • Holy smokes! Look what we can do!

    Kirk Ericson|Jan 26, 2023

    Some of you former school kids might remember when the most reliable place to find the information required to write a book report was the World Book Encyclopedia. Those volumes, whose spines in the 1970s were tinted hunter green and linen white, and whose page edges were gilded in gold, were popular back in the days when you could go months without hearing someone use the word “virtual” or “artificial intelligence,” or ask “Where’s my phone?” The collection had several volumes, from A to Z,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jan 26, 2023

    Reply to Mr. Pfender Editor, the Journal, Dear Mr. Pfender - Shortly after taking office, I invited the new chair of the nonpartisan Mason County Voter Research Project to meet with the elections team and discuss how to collaborate efforts. The Voter Research Project was created with the intent to help auditors keep voter rolls current and correct. The local group in Mason County has a list of potential voter anomalies from the 2022 election that they plan to investigate through canvassing. The elections team will then work through the next...

  • Harstine program Sunday spotlights 'Rumrunning King'

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    Roy Olmstead evolved from the youngest lieutenant in Seattle Police Department history to the leader of a gang that took over bootlegging operations during Prohibition in the Northwest. Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston will talk about the “Rumrunning King” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Harstine Island Community Club as part of the Inquiring Minds/Humanities Washington program. This is the 14th year the two entities have presented the programs, which are staged at 1:30 p.m. on the last Sunday in January, February and March at the Community Clu...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser Feb. 11 The Hood Canal Lions Club hosts the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Plungers collect donations to help the club provide for the Mason County Sheriff’s Department’s chaplain fund, K-Team and Marine Patrol, and the Mason County volunteer fire departments in Union and Hoodsport/Lake Cushman. The 2022 Polar Bear Plunge raised more than $10,000 local emergency services. Businesses that donate $300 or more will have their name/logo on the back of this yea...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jan 26, 2023

    Belfair man dies in motorcycle accident Belfair resident Erik D. Vaubel, 52, was killed in a motorcycle accident on state Route 16 on Sunday evening near Port Orchard. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Vaubel was traveling west on Route 16 near milepost 17. He was on a curve when his motorcycle struck the concrete barrier and then hit a guardrail. He fell off his motorcycle and ended up in the road. Man arrested after standoff with Sheriff’s Office The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronald Matthew Stromberg over the...

  • Ten old school buses surplussed

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    The Shelton School Board on Tuesday evening surplussed 10 school buses used by the Mason County Transportation Cooperative due to age and wear. The request came from Don Hall, the director of the district's transportation department. "The repairs required to maintain the buses for presentation to the Washington State Patrol for annual inspection have become labor intensive and cost prohibitive," Hall wrote in a report to the school board members. Five of the surplussed buses are Bluebird models...

  • Regional filmmaker's work draws fans in Bremerton

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jan 26, 2023

    Western Washington filmmaker Brion Rockwell, and Don Manning, with whom he's worked on three of his films, found themselves overwhelmed by the bustling turnout for a Jan. 21 afternoon screening at the Roxy Theater in Bremerton. The screening included the Rockwell-directed, Tacoma-based "Till I Reach You" and selected scenes from the still-under-production "We All Got Up to Dance," which Rockwell wrote and directed, and filmed in Bremerton. "We got about 100 folks on Facebook who said they'd be...

  • WSU Master Gardeners Workshop Series back for 2023

    Teri King, Mason County Master Gardener|Jan 26, 2023

    The annual Through The Garden Gate series organized by Mason County Master Gardeners brings new and resourceful information to community members. The program led by Mason County Master Gardeners has hit the ball out of the park with its 2023 workshop series. The sessions will be in person at the Mason County Public Works Building, 100 West Public Works Drive, Shelton, and on Zoom to accommodate all who want to attend. There are a couple of hands-on activities exclusive for those attending in person, including creation of a native “seed b...

  • New 'Night Court' finding its footing

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jan 26, 2023

    I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about a sitcom that has arguably always been designed to be entirely disposable. I was a huge fan of the original "Night Court," which ran for nine seasons from 1984-92 on what became known as NBC's "Must See TV" Thursday night primetime lineup, and I was far from alone. John Larroquette, who played the unrepentantly randy and acerbic prosecutor Dan Fielding, won four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series...

  • Climbing to new heights

    Justin Johnson|Jan 26, 2023

    Gabi Munro admits having modest expectations for her senior year. "My goal was to win at least four games this season. That was my goal," Munro said. "Now, since we've made it this far as a team, we haven't won this many games in a while, but now my goal is to go further as a team and make it to the playoffs and to work together and just achieve that big goal." On Saturday afternoon, Munro scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Shelton High School girls basketball team to a 54-38 win over King...

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