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Articles from the February 3, 2022 edition

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 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 3, 2022

A 'shared vision' in county

Members of the Shelton City Council, the Mason County Board of Commissioners and the Port of Shelton Commission gathered to discuss annexation, economic opportunities, sewer-capacity expansion and...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 3, 2022

Sewer hearing goes overtime

More than 50 people fired up their computers, tablets or phones to join a Zoom room for a public hearing about the Belfair sewer project Monday evening.  The hearing lasted more than four hours,...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 3, 2022

Mary M. Knight levy on Tuesday ballot

Voters in the Mary M. Knight School District have until Tuesday to cast their ballots for the district's proposed replacement levy. The district is asking for the passage of a two-year school...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 3, 2022

Cast your ballots for Annie's Quilt Shoppe

Quilters, seamstresses and garment makers who adore the offerings at Annie's Quilt Shoppe in Shelton can share their love by voting for the business in an annual international contest. Last year, the...

 

A reason to root during the Winter Olympics

The Olympics opening ceremony starts Friday at 3:30 a.m. That’s the middle of the night for most of us, including me. Still, I’m getting up to watch this one so I can see members of a particular t...

 

Steering lawmakers toward consensus, not conflict

Turn on the news, open a newspaper or scroll through social media and you are likely to encounter some form of outrage involving Congress. Polarization in Congress feels like it’s at an all-time high, because it is. But beneath all the bickering...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    February 3, 2022

Take a forest bath

Science has a way of validating the obvious. Consider how often psychologists are quoted in the news to prove something everyone knows. In the case of "shinrin-yoku," translated as "forest bathing,"...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 3, 2022

City considers replacing 38 downtown trees

The City of Shelton is considering removing and replacing 38 downtown trees whose expanding roots are lifting and breaking sidewalks and pushing up grates. The Shelton City Council talked about the tr...

 

Port of Hoodsport welcomes new commissioner

The Port of Hoodsport welcomed its newest commissioner at its Jan. 26 meeting, and OK'd the trimming of "hazard trees" and other trees to ensure its trail park and disc golf course are cleared and safe before spring starts. Cody Morris was welcomed t...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 3, 2022

Sheldon bill would open up recreational shooting

Sen. Tim Shelton, D-Potlatch, has proposed a bill that would allow target shooting on state Department of Natural Resources land. According to a news release, Senate Bill 5865 bill would clear up liability issues for recreational target shooting on...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 3, 2022

Inslee signs bills to delay WA Cares tax

Washington’s highly touted and highly contentious long-term care program will be delayed by at least 18 months while lawmakers work amend the program. Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills last week to delay the WA Cares payroll tax on Washington workers...

 
 By Jan Parker    News    February 3, 2022

Roberta Wilcox Welch's story

This is part two of a two-part story on the recollections of Shelton-area resident Roberta Wilcox Welch. The first installment ran in the Shelton-Mason County Journal on Jan. 20. At Christmas season,...

 

School Briefs

Belfair student excelling at Seton Hall Amber Johnson of Belfair earned a spot on the dean’s list for the fall semester at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must complete all courses with a...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Activities aplenty at Shelton senior center Activities at the Mason County Senior Activities Center at the Pavilion, 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton include tai chi, yoga, line dancing, quilting, machine knitting, crafters, Monday art workshops,...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 3, 2022

'Ranking member'

Kathy McDowell is a survivor. The 68-year-old McDowell is the last active member from the three-member Shelton City Commission, and hence the longest serving member of the seven-member Shelton City Co...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 3, 2022

Construction company buys mortuary building

From 1897 until recent years, the structure at the corner of West Railroad Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Shelton has been home to mortuaries. Frank Willey established Mason County's first...

 

Commission Briefs

Four appointed to MTA board Mason County commissioners appointed four new Mason Transit Authority Board members at the Feb. 1 commissioners meeting. According to the information packet, John Sheridan, Sandy Tarzwell, Wes Martin and John Campbell...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 3, 2022

Health board has good hospitalization news

The Mason County Board of Health met on Jan. 24 to provide updates on COVID-19, environmental health and social service programs. Mason County Health Officer Dr. Keri Gardner provided her report about the COVID-19 omicron variant, stating she has...

 

Be safe during National Burn Awareness Week

Next week is National Burn Awareness Week, an event sponsored by the American Burn Association that’s designed to educate people about the dangers of burn injuries. This year’s theme is cooking burns. According to the National Fire Prevention Ass...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 3, 2022

Shelton Matlock Park and Ride reopens

The Mason Transit Authority has officially reopened the Shelton Matlock Park and Ride (shown at right) following expansion and improvements. Shelton Matlock serves bus Route 7, which is the Shelton...

 

Offbeat romantic movies that are highly underrated

Maybe it's Valentine's Day and you're looking to get into the spirit of the occasion. Maybe it's date night, whether it's with someone new, with whom you're looking to take things further, or with a...

 

Artists sought for 'Keep Music in Schools' month

Belfair Self-Storage doesn’t have shows scheduled for February, but manager Barbara Treick hopes area artists will think ahead to her March fundraiser for “Keep Music in Schools” month. She wants artists to create and display their works at...

 

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