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Articles from the February 23, 2023 edition

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 By Matt Baide    News    February 23, 2023

Mayhem in Shelton

A suspected arsonist who authorities believe started two structure fires in the county last week was arrested after a standoff with police Friday at the Shelton Inn in downtown Shelton. The suspect,...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 23, 2023

City offers land swap with port

The City of Shelton is offering to trade 3 or 4 acres of wooded land north of the Huff'n'Puff Trail to the Port of Shelton for 25 acres on the south end of Sanderson Field to expand its satellite...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 23, 2023

School levies pass

Voters approved replacement levies in the Shelton and Pioneer school districts on the Valentine’s Day ballot. The Shelton levy received 2,539 “yes” votes for 51.87%, and 2,356 “no” votes for 48.13%. The Pioneer levy received 1,810...


Melvin "Tony" Darel Welfringer

Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Tony graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953 and married Betty Robey April 27, 1957, and transferred from Army reserves to enlist as a Civil Engineer and Radio... Full story


David A. Eichhorn

Dave was born January 7, 1943, in Chelan, WA to Arthur and Faye Eichhorn. He attended Chelan High School, graduating in 1961 and married Jackie Edmunds, also of Chelan, in 1962. After Dave's... Full story


Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith passed away peacefully at her home in Christmas Village in Shelton, WA on February 13, 2023 at the age of 89. She was born January 29, 1934 in Fresno, CA, the only child of Kenneth... Full story


Death Notices

Ruth A. Nickell, 87, a resident of Shelton, passed away February 15, 2023, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Robert Dooley, 81, a resident Hoodsport, passed away February 16, 2023, at Ma... Full story

 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 23, 2023

Hood Canal schools superintendent resigns

Less than a year after he was hired, the Hood Canal School Board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Jose-de-Jesus Melendez. The district announced the decision Monday in a news release...


School Briefs

School choirs perform March 7 The Shelton High School and Oakland Bay Junior High School choirs perform the concert “Women of Word and Song” at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Paul Nakhla directs all the choirs,...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 23, 2023

Kilmer hears constituents at town hall meeting

U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, lauded the achievements of President Joe Biden's administration, called Medicare and Social Security "the most successful public policy programs of all...


Keeping an eye on skater girl and child

It’s hard to watch humans without judging, but it can be a liberating activity. Be the observer. Drop your ego, shut up, turn off the sensors that require you to criticize. Let a scene play out in...

 By Matt Baide    News    February 23, 2023

Legislators campaign against sex offender housing

Legislation by Mason County legislators to restrict sex offender housing failed to pass out of committee Friday, the final day for policy bills to advance. According to a news release, Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, and seatmate Rep. Travis Couture,...


Hoodsport debuts website

Forest McCullough of Northwest Land & Tree told the Port of Hoodsport Commission on Feb. 8 that tree and debris removal at the port’s parklands was almost done, despite “Mother Nature giving us headaches.” As soon as a stretch of dry weather ar...


Nonprofit Briefs

Presentation on atomic Washington Steve Olson will talk about “Atomic Washington: Our Nuclear Past, Present and Future” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Harstine Island Community Club as part of the Inquiring Minds/Humanities Washington program. This...

 By Matt Baide    News    February 23, 2023

Long road to Mason County

Cadine Ferguson-Brown began her tenure as Mason County Superior Court judge in May, filling the shoes of Amber Finlay. Ferguson-Brown's road to Shelton was long, but she said she enjoyed it. "I don't...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 23, 2023

City postpones vote on Peacock Ridge annexation

The Shelton City Council on Tuesday evening postponed a vote on annexing 370 acres of Peacock Ridge into the city because about a dozen nearby residences hadn’t received notices from the city on the proposal. The council voted unanimously to move...


'Ant-Man,' 'Hello Tomorrow!' explore alternate universes

The third and ostensibly final season of "Star Trek: Picard" premiered on Paramount+ on Feb. 16, but with only one episode released as of press time, I'm waiting for another episode or two to drop...


Allyn photographer seeks to capture 'slivers of serenity'

There's a good chance you can soon see Allyn photographer Brent McCallister's work displayed on Belfair Self-Storage's art wall. McCallister and Barbara Treick, manager of the self-storage business,...


Mat Classic

It was a good day to be odd. Six of the 12 wrestlers representing Mason County high schools at Mat Classic XXXIV on Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome earned odd-number state placings, signifying...

 By Matt Baide    Sports    February 23, 2023

Climbers' Cervantes, Bulldogs' Evans take third at state championship

Shelton freshman Tawan Benedict made his first appearance at state a memorable one, placing sixth in the 100-yard butterfly at the State 2A swimming championships on Saturday at King County Aquatic...


Hawkins' students headed to robotics championship

At North Mason School Board’s Feb. 16 meeting, Hawkins Middle School Principal Robert Kalahan and Vice Principal Kevin Pattison introduced the robotics club and teacher Sommer Landers, who presented the robotics project that will compete at the...


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