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Articles from the February 17, 2022 edition

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 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 17, 2022

City aims for quiet nights

The Shelton City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to new and amended noise ordinances that would outlaw repetitive squealing tires, revving car engines, continuous noise from pets and off-...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 17, 2022

Kilmer visits PUD 3, talks rural broadband

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, visited Mason County PUD 3 on Monday with U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small and USDA state director Helen...

 

Statewide COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax

With data showing a decline in cases and COVID-related hospitalizations, the state is entering a period when restrictions can be lifted, Gov. Jay Inslee said last week. A date to end the indoor mask requirement hasn’t been set, but Inslee said the...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 17, 2022

City awards two street design contracts

The Shelton City Council on Tuesday awarded two design contracts to a Tacoma company to design the repaving of Brockdale Road, and Safe Routes to School to help students walking near Oakland Bay...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 17, 2022

Pioneer puts superintendent on leave until June

The Pioneer School District is parting ways with Superintendent Jill Diehl. In a special meeting Feb. 11, the Pioneer School Board voted 5-0 to let Diehl remain on leave with pay for the remainder of the contract year in June. On Feb. 4, the board...

 

Democrats push $16 billion transportation plan

A $16 billion plan to fund hybrid ferries, high-speed rail and highway maintenance is gaining speed in the Legislature. “‘Move Ahead Washington’ is a promise to put Washingtonians first,” said Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, chairman of the House Tr...

 

Twenty-one life tips for happiness and longevity

When you’re cleaning the fridge and you can’t identify a substance, toss it. If anyone complains, say you ate it. Never comment on a woman’s pregnancy unless you have indisputable confirmation t...

 

On-ramps

The real estate saw that a property's value is in three things: "location, location, location" applies even more to woodland perennials. Perennials won't perennialize if they aren't in the right...

 

Commissioners request Fire 12 share audit information

Sewer hearing moved to 6 p.m. Mason County commissioners approved moving the time of a Belfair sewer public hearing to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. During the meeting, county resident Ken Vanbuskirk asked commissioners why the meeting was moved from...

 

Commission Briefs

Sewer hearing moved to 6 p.m. Mason County commissioners approved moving the time of a Belfair sewer public hearing to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. During the meeting, county resident Ken Vanbuskirk asked commissioners why the meeting was moved from...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Activities 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, pool,...

 

School Briefs

Grant for woman to continue schooling The Shelton Chapter GQ of P.E.O. is offering a $1,500 grant to a local woman to continue her education. To qualify, the woman must be a Mason County resident; a high school graduate or equivalent education; and...

 

County Briefs

Mason County COVID-19 cases continue to decrease The county saw a decline in COVID-19 cases, recording 284 cases from Feb. 7 to Sunday. According to Mason County Division of Emergency Management, the seven-day case rate per 100,000 is 1,075.4 and...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 17, 2022

Turning 100 on Valentine's Day

Pinky Neuharth turned 100 years old on Valentine's Day, with his thoughts on his late wife, Gladys, who died four years ago. Her ashes are in a box on a shelf, next to a rose, in his room at Maple...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 17, 2022

House passes Griffey's safety rest areas bill

Rep. Dan Griffey’s bill to reopen safety rest areas throughout the state as soon as possible passed the House unanimously. According to a news release, House Bill 1655 passed Feb. 9. The bill would keep roads safe by allowing all drivers to use saf...

 

Discover intriguing ways to grow vegetables

Vegetables are usually planted in rows. That’s tried-and-true, but we have other ways to plant a garden. Gardeners are experimenters, so maybe you’d like to try one or more of the following...

 
 By Jan Parker    News    February 17, 2022

A story of early Tahuya

The first settler of record in the Tahuya area was Enoch Willey, who acquired a claim in 1865. Willey sold his claim in 1875 and eventually settled at Oakland. Among the homesteaders who followed him...

 

Streaming series committed to storytelling

Amazon Prime and Netflix recently released two eight-part direct-to-streaming miniseries whose respective target audiences are far apart, but whose commitment to their genre formulas of storytelling...

 

Bound for state

Shelton High School senior Ryan Mackiewicz's commanding 2A regional victory at 170 pounds led the way as six Mason County wrestlers advanced to this week's Mat Classic XXXIII at the Tacoma Dome. In...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    February 17, 2022

Shelton's Thompson named all-Evergreen Conference 1st team

Shelton senior Chuckie Thompson was named a first team all-Evergreen Conference boys basketball player. Senior Tyler Ireland was named to the all-EvCo second team. Matai Lei Sam and Bo Blacketer were...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    February 17, 2022

Shelton loses to W.F. West, R.A. Long to end season

The Shelton boys basketball team battled W.F. West in Rochester in a loser-out game in the district tournament and came up short in a 45-42 loss to end the Highclimbers' season. Mason Goos led...

 

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