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  • Levies edge ahead early

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 16, 2023

    The Shelton School District's replacement levy was narrowly passing at 51.6% on the initial ballot count Tuesday evening, while the Pioneer School District's replacement levy was passing at 54.55%. The results of the second ballot count were scheduled to be released at 4 p.m. Wednesday, after the Journal had gone to print. The results are available at the Mason County auditor's website under "Elections." For approval, the levies need a simple majority of 50%, plus one. Voter turnout in the...

  • City to vote on annexation

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 16, 2023

    The Shelton City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday evening on annexing 370 acres of Peacock Ridge into the city. Four property owners have petitioned the city to annex forested Mason County land behind Olympic College Shelton. Green Diamond Resources owns two parcels totaling 240 acres, JPS Properties has almost 40 acres, Alpine Evergreen owns 50 acres and Bence Parcels 41 acres. The neighborhoods bordering the properties are Terrace Heights, Manke's Alpine View, Hiawatha Park and Capital...

  • Major house fire

    Staff report|Feb 16, 2023

    A multifamily house fire early Wednesday morning in Shelton displaced 22 people. Central Mason Fire & EMS responded to a call at 2:45 a.m. at the corner of North First and West Pine streets where dispatch reported more than 20 people lived. "Crews arrived in minutes and found a working fire with several occupants located on second-floor balconies," a news release from CMFE state. "Crews conducted a search of the first and second floor in black smoke conditions. All occupants have been accounted...

  • Champion

    Feb 16, 2023

  • Thomas E. Ortis

    Feb 16, 2023

    Thomas E. Ortis, also known as Tom to those who knew him, age 65, passed away on February 2nd, 2023, in Shelton, WA. Tom was an avid Seahawk’s and Mariner’s fan, and he loved blackberry picking in the Summer, working on cars, and being out in nature. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kim Ortis, of Shelton, WA, and his daughter, Christine Repine, of Everett, WA....

  • Pauline Barrom

    Feb 16, 2023

    Our dear mother Pauline Barrom passed away on January 22, 2023, at the noble age of 99 at her home in Alpine Way in Shelton, Washington. Pauline was born August 26, 1923 in Centralia, WA and spent her childhood in the nearby community of Fords Prairie with parents, Horace and Helen VanLiew, and sister, Nadine. Following her graduation from Centralia High School in 1940, Pauline moved to Shelton to live with her aunt, Bertha Cameron, who owned and operated the Cameron Hotel. Fate led her to a...

  • Death Notices

    Feb 16, 2023

    Lindsay Brionna Childress, 30, a resident of Shelton, passed away February 8, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Karl L. Clark, 53, a resident of Shelton, passed away February 8, 2023, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Rose P. Cuzick, 88, a resident of Shelton, passed away February 8, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. William Webster, 61, a resident of Shelton, passed away...

  • The many manifestations of water

    Kirk Ericson|Feb 16, 2023

    “The sea refuses no river And the river is where I am.” — Pete Townshend, “All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes” When water molecules gather, their identities are surrendered to the whole. We have names for these communities of water molecules: ponds, oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, streams, brooks, waterfalls, pools, puddles, fjords, covers, geysers, creeks, rainfall, bays and inlets. We also have sewer channels, tsunamis, king tides, deluges, avalanches and ice storms. Water groups have thei...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Feb 16, 2023

    Election questions Editor, the Journal, Thank you Mr. Duenkel for your reply to my previous inquiries. While you may not have accused anyone of voter fraud, your campaign rhetoric certainly accused our election system of being subject to fraud. Three months post-election, the question you have failed to, answer is how much voter fraud have you uncovered? I'll restate the questions I believe the voters of Mason County are entitled to. In the November '22 election, how many ballots were rejected...

  • Shelton, Central Mason join for fire inspections

    Matt Baide|Feb 16, 2023

    The City of Shelton, in partnership with Central Mason Fire & EMS, and CMFE Fire Marshal Keith Reitz, will create fire inspection permits using EnerGov, an online permitting portal, beginning Feb. 21. According to a news release, Shelton will send invoices to business and commercial property owners identified on an inspection schedule, which includes about 120 businesses per quarter. Businesses identified as “business offices” need to be inspected every three years, and other businesses wil...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Feb 16, 2023

    Sheriff purchases pistol upgrades County commissioners approved the Mason County Sheriff’s Office purchase of new pistol systems from Oregon Rifleworks, LLC. According to the information packet, money was requested for the upgrades in 2022 with American Rescue Plan Act money, but it was declined. County commissioners approved the project in the Sheriff’s Office 2023 budget. The amount funded was $90,928, and Oregon Rifleworks provided the best quote at $96,321.96 with tax. The budget effect to the county is $5,394. A budget transfer from the...

  • Oxbow rain

    Jan Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    The following story is from the Feb. 2, 1939, edition of the Shelton-Mason County Journal. Oxbow is in the Wynoochee River drainage area. At Simpson Logging Company's Camp 5, about as far from the famous Wynoochee Oxbow as a big scowling rain cloud can blow in two minutes, twin tanks perch beside the railroad track. Offhand, you'd say they were water tanks, but loggers up in that neck of the woods will chuckle and tell you you're wrong .... they're "rain gauges" ... Oxbow rain gauges. And after...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Feb 16, 2023

    Coast Guard rescues people in rowboat The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people who were unable to maneuver their rowboat due to weather in Hood Canal on Sunday. According to a news release, a report was received at 6:18 p.m. of two people in a rowboat in Hood Canal struggling to maneuver the boat for more than two hours due to strong currents and wind. It prompted the launch of a rescue boat from Seattle and a helicopter from Port Angeles. The helicopter arrived at 7:45 p.m. A rescue swimmer hoisted both people into the helicopter before...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 16, 2023

    Hood Canal Food Bank annual meeting Monday The Hood Canal Food Bank hosts its annual meeting at 3 p.m. Monday at the Hoodsport Community Hall, 331 N. Finch Creek Road, Hoodsport. Reports on 2022 operations and finances will be presented and new board directors will be elected. For more information, contact Lou Bedingfield, the food bank’s president, at 360-877-6086. Pioneer Kiwanis seafood dinner/auction March 25 The Pioneer Kiwanis Foundation hosts its annual seafood dinner and auction March 25 to benefit youths of the Pioneer School D...

  • 'Reservation Dogs' offers empathetic, quirky depiction

    Kirk Boxleitner|Feb 16, 2023

    It took me a while, in the midst of other assignments and recommendations, but I finally finished watching both seasons of "Reservation Dogs" on Hulu, per the suggestion of reader John Skans, and I find myself wishing I'd made more time for this show before. Like "Northern Exposure" did with its fictional small town of Cicely, Alaska, "Reservation Dogs" depicts the amusing and occasionally discouraging idiosyncrasies of everyday life in its isolated rural community, trading traditional sitcom st...

  • Regional champion

    Justin Johnson|Feb 16, 2023

    She held it in as long as she could. In the seconds after EliBeth Cervantes became the first girls wrestler from Shelton High School to win a regional title in 14 years, she danced her way through congratulatory fist bumps and short hugs from her teammates and coaches until she reached her father, Henry. As father and daughter embraced, the emotion flowed. A dream realized, but a tale not quite finished. "It feels great; Being able to feel like I've accomplished more and that I'm being a better...

  • Shelton boys finish fifth at regionals

    Matt Baide|Feb 16, 2023

    Shelton had five wrestlers finish second in their weight classes to lead the Highclimbers to a fifth-place finish at the Region 3 wrestling tournament Saturday in Aberdeen. "This team has been incredibly steady all season," Shelton coach Chris Lacy told the Journal in an email. "We have had a consistent mental approach and readiness all season. We wrestled well at subregionals, but some of our wrestlers felt too much pressure. Our regional wrestlers seemed to be poised, this allowed them to...

  • Climbers bow out of districts

    Justin Johnson|Feb 16, 2023

    The Shelton High School boys basketball season saw its season end with a 65-49 loss to Columbia River on Feb. 9 in a 2A District IV Pigtail game at Terry Gregg Court in Shelton. Mason Goos led Shelton with 17 points, while Weetly Cordova added 11 for the Climbers, who finished their season 11-9 overall. Shelton went 11-4 in its final 15 games after starting the season 0-5....

  • Shelton boys second at district swim meet

    Matt Baide|Feb 16, 2023

    Shelton freshman Tawan Benedict was the district champion in the 100-yard butterfly as the boys swim team finished second at the District IV 2A Championships at Dick Mealy Pool at Mark Morris High School in Longview. Benedict finished the 100-yard butterfly in 55.72 seconds, two seconds faster than the second-place finisher. He finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.33. Charlie Morson finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.51 and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:41....

  • Owls fall at district tourney

    Justin Johnson|Feb 16, 2023

    The Mary M. Knight High School girls basketball team saw its season come to a close with a 42-32 loss to Three Rivers Christian during the 1B District IV touranment Feb. 7 in Matlock. Hailey Morris scored 12 points to lead MMK (9-11)....

  • Mathews claims 152-pound regional title

    Matt Baide|Feb 16, 2023

    North Mason senior Jake Mathews won the 152-pound tournament at the Region 2 2A wrestling tournament Saturday in Belfair. Mathews won his opening match by pin in 18 seconds against Washington's Kai'lee Hale before earning a technical fall win against Orting's Talgat Aldabergen. Mathews defeated Bremerton's Brennan Galloway by a 14-4 major decision to capture the title. North Mason junior Pedro Salvador finished second in the 145-pound tournament. Salvador earned an opening victory by pin...

  • Port of Allyn sorting through a pile of projects

    Kirk Boxleitner|Feb 16, 2023

    Dock damage, pier replacement, potential surplussing of property and some unexpected new developments on long-standing projects kept Port of Allyn commissioners busy during the Feb. 8 board meeting. After the port’s Hood Canal Marina dock was damaged between Christmas and New Year’s, port insurer Enduris hired a consultant and marine surveyor, with whom Port Executive Director Lary Coppola met while inspecting the dock. Of the port’s two bids to repair the dock, Coppola expected the port to sele...

  • Regional wrestling

    Feb 16, 2023

  • Snowy roads make driving tough for Mary and Sam

    Clydene Hostetler|Feb 16, 2023

    Mary is home from their trip and taking care of business and catching up on her socializing. The weather seems to be very similar to what we are having. Cold! I don’t go out unless I absolutely must. I like warmth. Friday, Feb. 4, 1949 Today I awoke early so got up. We left for Seattle at 8:45 a.m. and made it alright without chains. To Conductresses meeting and it was nice. Learned a lot, too. The decorations were hearts trimmed with lace. 23 were there. Bought material for Valentine addenda f...

  • Forest Festival coronation

    Feb 16, 2023

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