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Articles from the January 27, 2022 edition

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 By Matt Baide    News    January 27, 2022

North Mason closed for threat

The North Mason School District closed Hawkins Middle School, James A. Taylor and North Mason high schools on Tuesday due to a recommendation from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office investigated threats of violence Monday and...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 27, 2022

Shelton orator heading to state

Shelton High School senior Katherine Peck said her friends and relatives call her a "poli-sci nerd," and that knowledge and her presentation skills are propelling her to a statewide contest. Peck is...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 27, 2022

'She's ghosted us,' Pioneer teacher says of superintendent

On Jan. 11, Pioneer Elementary and Middle School students and teachers were given about 20 minutes notice to evacuate the schools due to an outbreak of COVID and staff shortages. For seven school...

 

School Briefs

Students achieve honor at Spokane college Shelton natives Jael Adams and Gregory Jenney earned spots on the honor roll for the fall quarter at Spokane Community College. To be eligible, a student must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better. Roberton has...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 27, 2022

Fire District 12 answers community questions

its monthly commissioners meeting Jan. 18 and responded to questions submitted by the community, which may have brought up more community questions than before. The Journal attempted to schedule an interview with the commissioners and chief Kelli...

 

Stories told, questions asked in Sunday school

Figurative language confounds children. The first time I heard “Put some elbow grease into it,” I imagined it came in a can, like 3-In-One oil. I checked the cupboard. We were out. In the...

 

Letters to the Editor

Support our children Editor, the Journal, I would like to urge you to vote “yes” on the upcoming Hood Canal School District Renewal Levy and capital bond on Feb. 8. Please note that the new rate will be lower than the current rate. The current...

 

My thoughts on the Belfair sewer project

More than 10 years ago, the Mason County Board of Commissioners burdened Belfair business owners and all of Mason County with a sewer system nobody could afford. All of Mason County has been subsidizing this burden ever since. Last year alone, Mason...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    January 27, 2022

Gnatty dread

No matter the season, something always landed in my wine. In summer it was fruit flies and in winter it was fungus gnats. That took a little while to figure out. Plants overwintering in the breakfast...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 27, 2022

HOPE Garden beds available at Callanan Park

Twenty raised garden beds are available at Shelton's Callanan Park to low-income families who want to grow their own fruits and vegetables. The community garden is collaboration between Hands on Perso...

 

Commission Briefs

Belfair sewer hearing Monday The Belfair Sewer Project public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday through Zoom. The link to join the Zoom call for public comment can be found at masoncountywa.gov. Questions and comments can be emailed ahead of...

 

Salmon habitat rules would affect agricultural uses

Advocates hope mandatory conservation of key habitat areas will help salmon runs recover, but opponents worry farmers will pay a price. House Bill 1838, to be known as the Lorraine Loomis Act in honor of the deceased Northwest Indian Fisheries...

 

Employment test for marijuana use questioned

Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test, if a proposal under consideration in the Legislature wins approval. Senate Bill 5517 would update the Washington law that allows employers to turn away job applicants...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    January 27, 2022

Bill promotes housing variety in single-family neighborhoods

Creating higher densities in Washington’s cities will help reduce housing costs, cut fuel emissions and put an end to exclusionary zoning, supporters of House Bill 1782 say. Critics of the idea, however, say it will require significant overhauls...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 27, 2022

Rep. Griffey talks about House bills, priorities

Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, sent out a newsletter Jan. 21 to update constituents about the 2022 legislative session. In his newsletter, Griffey wrote one of his biggest priorities is to address the governor’s emergency powers. House Bill 1772 would...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 27, 2022

Rep. Drew MacEwen provides legislative update

Representative Drew MacEwen, R-Union, sent out a newsletter highlighting some of the bills House Republicans are working on. According to the newsletter, five bills are aimed at providing tax relief, including House Bills 1898 to reduce state...

 

County Briefs

Little Creek Casino hosting vaccine clinic Friday Little Creek Casino is hosting a vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. According to a Mason Health Facebook post, Moderna and Pfizer boosters and Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 27, 2022

Mason County residents' health among worst in state

Mason County’s health outcomes are ranked in the lower middle range of counties in the state and the health factors are ranked as one of the least healthy counties in the state, according to the 2021 community health assessment released by the boar...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Polar Bear Plunge benefits emergency services The Hood Canal Lions Club hosts the 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Proceeds benefit Mason County Emergency Services. The plunge...

 
 By Erika Stewart    News    January 27, 2022

It's almost time to start your vegetable gardens

We are moving toward that wonderful time of year when we can start our vegetable gardens. Considering the price of produce, growing your own vegetables from seed is good economy. I'll share some tips...

 

Embrace change, or limited to the sum of your parts?

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Start fresh. Follow through on your dreams." That message greets me at the front door. The words are printed on a thin strip of white paper taped...

 

'SMASH!' takes '90s kids on twisted flashback

You can tell a lot about someone by who their favorite "Saturday Night Live" performers are. Folks who still swear by the original "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" are staunchly loyal...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    January 27, 2022

Top 'Dog

Rob Thomas is the new head football coach at North Mason High School. "I really can't put into words how excited I am to lead the Bulldogs," Thomas told the Journal in an email. "We have all the piece...

 

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