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Articles from the February 2, 2023 edition

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  • Halftime performance

    Feb 2, 2023

  • Charles G. "Chuck" Fisher

    Feb 2, 2023

    Charles G. "Chuck" Fisher, age 82, passed away December 6, 2022, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA after a fierce battle with severe sepsis/septic shock and staphylococcus bacteria. Chuck was born January 11, 1940, to Gordon Nehring and Cleo (Butler) Nehring in Shelton, WA. They later divorced. He was adopted by Lawrence Fisher upon his marriage to Chuck's mother. Chuck attended Shelton grade schools, junior high, and Irene S. Reed High School with the Class of 1958. He went on to... Full story

  • Paul Raymond Zachry

    Feb 2, 2023

    Paul Raymond Zachry was born in Shelton, WA on October 8, 1969. A lifelong resident of Shelton, he passed away on January 18, 2023. Paul was the youngest child of the late DeLoss & amp; Ethel Zachry. He is survived by his siblings: DeLoss Zachry, Jr. WA, MeLinda (Bobby) Wentz, OR, Melonie (Dana) Carroll, FL, and Robert (Donna) Zachry, WA. Paul graduated from Shelton High School in 1988. In 1989, Paul had an accident that left him a quadriplegic. During the days following the accident, Paul... Full story

  • Larry L. Frahman

    Feb 2, 2023

    Larry L. Frahman, was born May 3, 1959, to Les and Annette Frahmann in Medford, WI. Larry attended school in the Owen-Withee school system, until relocating with his family to Shelton, WA in April, 1969, where he completed his education, and graduated in 1977. In 1979, Larry married Vauny G. Gaither, and joined the Marine Corps. Larry served four years as a military police specialist, and expert rifleman for the Marines at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA before retiring from service and returnin... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Feb 2, 2023

    Berry Leon Richards, 59, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 14, 2023, at Olympic Hwy North and H Street in Shelton. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. William R. Ells, Jr., 72, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 26, 2023, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Evalyn Jane Liss, 88, a resident of Shelton, passed away January 26, 2023, at Alpine Way in Shelton. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Lynne M. Robbins, 79, a resident of Sh... Full story

  • New school board member

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    Lauren Gilmore, a research analyst for the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the new member of the Shelton School Board. At a special meeting Tuesday night at CHOICE High School, the school board voted 3-1 to choose Gilmore from five applicants to replace Marty Best on the five-member board. Best was vice chairman of the board when he died Nov. 20. He was 67. Best joined the board in 2021 and represented District 2. Best was appointed to the five-member board in September...

  • Two arrested for Kneeland assault

    Matt Baide|Feb 2, 2023

    The Shelton Police department arrested two suspects Jan. 27 for an assault at Kneeland Park. According to police documents obtained through a public records request, Officer Warren Ohlson stated he arrived at Kneeland Park for a disturbance call and found a man who was bleeding from the left side of his face. The man said he was walking downtown and came across two women, whom he did not know, and exchanged combative words. The women followed the man to Kneeland Park, where the verbal...

  • 'Tale of survival'

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    A profile on an anti-government and anti-law enforcement extremist set to air on NBC's "Dateline" at 9 p.m. Friday will feature the recollections of his former wife, a longtime Shelton resident, and his son, a 2002 Shelton High School graduate. Lloyd Barrus, 67, 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...

  • Local reps introduce legislation for public notice

    Matt Baide|Feb 2, 2023

    A proposed sex-offender home in Tenino, which is in the 35th Legislative District has drawn the attention and action of Reps. Dan Griffey and Travis Couture and Sen. Drew MacEwen after outrage from the community. According to a news release, MacEwen introduced Senate bill 5544, which closes a loophole in state law by imposing public notice requirements for the state Department of Social and Health Services when it puts former sex offenders into low-security adult group homes operated by private...

  • Paging MacEwen

    Feb 2, 2023

  • Random thoughts for a February day

    Kirk Ericson|Feb 2, 2023

    A good message for a reader board in front of an Episcopalian church: Jesus is woke. Our given name is the second gift we receive in this world, after being given the gift of life … or maybe our name is the third gift, after the belly button. What time of day do Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam take a nap? In the after-toon. Bad name for a cake shop: Operation Dessert Storm. I’m glad the cryptocurrency phenomenon is waning because I couldn’t figure it out, and now I don’t have to feel guilty about n...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Feb 2, 2023

    Document lesson Editor, the Journal, In anticipation of more nonsense from some willfully misinformed letter writers (AA and RG come immediately to mind), I respectfully submit important differences between what may be inappropriate document retention by President Joe Biden and what is clearly inappropriate document retention by ex-President Donald Trump. On Nov. 2, lawyers for Biden found a batch of documents at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, dating from his time as vice president. Biden’s attorneys immediately c...

  • Rough flu season, new strategy

    Matt Baide|Feb 2, 2023

    The Mason County Board of Health met Jan. 24 and talked about the rough flu season and a new strategic health plan for the county. Public Health Officer Dr. Keri Gardner said it has been a rough season for the “tripledemic,” which includes influenza, COVID-19 and RSV. Gardner said this year’s influenza was mostly influenza A, and it is an H1N1 virus, similar to what caused the swine flu in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The flu vaccine does help, and she recommends people get their flu shot....

  • Third-grade class learns traditional skills

    Jan Parker|Feb 2, 2023

    In January 1973, the students in Virginia Pill's third-grade class at Hood Canal School, who had recently studied early Indians and pioneers, had a visit from two women who demonstrated how the early natives and pioneers made baskets and clothing. "Grandma" Louisa Pulsifer, a 91-year-old Skokomish basket-weaver, brought a basket full of cattails, sweet grass and bear grass. The children gathered around as she showed them how to split the cattails, then roll them on their knees so they would...

  • Fire 12 internal investigation almost completed

    Matt Baide|Feb 2, 2023

    The internal investigation into Mason County Fire District 12 will wrap up by the middle of February, according to lawyer Brian Snure. Snure, part of the law office conducting the investigation, told the Journal in an email he anticipates receiving the investigators report on or sometime near Feb. 13. “I will need some time to review it and any supporting documentation and will need to discuss with my client before a decision is made regarding releasing a summary (or the report itself),” Snu...

  • Port of Hoodsport ensures finances in order

    Kirk Boxleitner|Feb 2, 2023

    The Port of Hoodsport opened 2023 by ensuring its finances were in order. Port of Hoodsport Operations Manager Kathleen Wyatt noted Jan. 18 that Port Commissioner Lori Kincannon, during the previous month’s port meeting, had tasked Wyatt with doing “a real comparison, with real numbers, on the end-of-year, and it turns out, we did go over budget,” by $15,230, before she went into further detail about how it was offset. “We did put in the $20,000 from January 22nd’s resolution to cover the Hoods...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    OCCU offers scholarships April 30 is the deadline for local graduating high school seniors to apply for seven $1,000 scholarships offered by Our Community Credit Union. The scholarships are open to graduating 2023 high school seniors who attend school in Mason, Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, and on Vashon Island. The students must be a member of OCCU to be eligible. Applications and guidelines for the scholarship are available for download at The winners will be announced in May. For more information,...

  • Mark's legacy lives on

    Feb 2, 2023

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    Love INC workshop focuses on trauma Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of Mason County offers a free 12-week workshop on healing from trauma that began Wednesday at the Mountain View Alliance Church, 314 J. St., Shelton. The faith-based “Reboot Recovery” class is presented from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, with a light dinner at 6 p.m. Roy Harrington, a retired Army Reserve colonel who is in the process of becoming a Washington State Patrol field chaplain, wife Diana, and Andrea Sehmel teach the course. For more information, contact Roy Har...

  • Books, not candy, from school vending machine

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    The Parent Teacher Student Organization at Mountain View Elementary School in Shelton last week surprised the students by unveiling a book vending machine in the school's lobby. The group spent about $8,000 on the custom-made machine, which features the school's logo on the side. Students earn tokens, which they can deposit into machine and make their selection. On Jan. 25, students dressed for Pajama Day assembled in the lobby and were asked to guess the concealed gift. The first students to...

  • A comical look at impending doom

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    Shelton High School's theater, drama club and entertainment production students stage two one-act plays "10 Ways to Survive: The End of the World" and "The Zombie Apocalypse" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the school's Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, with donations accepted to support the performing arts program. Doors open a half-hour before each show. Don Zolidis wrote both short comedies. The show takes an absurd look at the fears of impending doom....

  • 'Poker Face' is worthy spiritual successor to 'Columbo'

    Compiled by reporter Kirk Boxleitner|Feb 2, 2023

    Ever since COVID reacquainted me in 2020 with Peter Falk's "Columbo," I've considered how neat it would be to see the murder-mystery genre diversified by creating a female version of the Columbo character. Until recently, one niche of character portrayals where women have been underrepresented, especially outside of relationship-oriented dramedies, is the "clever mess" category. You'd recognize this character as a man, because he's Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House and Peter Falk as LAPD Lt....

  • Sand Hill Elementary attests to 'vision of inclusion'

    Kirk Boxleitner|Feb 2, 2023

    Sand Hill Elementary Principal Jason Swaser, Assistant Principal Rosanna Lampano and special education teachers Aurora Tollestrup and Rachel Caraway addressed the North Mason School District Board on Jan. 19 about their school’s inclusionary practices. “Our vision of inclusion at Sand Hill Elementary is that we are engaging and challenging every student, in every classroom, every day,” Lampano said. “How are we going to address that goal within our building? We identified three main areas of stu...

  • Thelers shop, dine, sightsee in Southern California

    Clydene Hostetler|Feb 2, 2023

    Mary and Sam drive to Los Angeles and visit friends. After spending several days, they head to Belfair. I remember when most communications were done through mail. When traveling, you could forward mail to a post office in the city you were headed to. That is rare these days. My sister has moved several times this past year and she would always fill out a new address form and she is lucky if she sees her mail within two weeks. This could be a problem when you are expecting medications coming...