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Articles from the May 19, 2022 edition


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  • Burning it down

    Gordon Weeks|May 19, 2022

    About 100 residents turned out Saturday to watch 25 firefighters from Central Mason Fire & EMS and Fire Districts 6 and 17 battle flames inside an old house next to the Shelton Civic Center, and then let it burn to the ground. The live fire training exercise started at 9 a.m., with fires lit inside the dilapidated house at 218 S. 5th St., and then extinguished. By 1 p.m., the house was engulfed in flames as firefighters watched the structure collapse. The house was owned by the City of Shelton,...

  • North Mason Fire moves to new home

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 19, 2022

    The North Mason Regional Fire Authority spoke with the Shelton-Mason County Journal on Monday about its new headquarters building at 490 NE Old Belfair Highway. "It's been a crazy morning," North Mason RFA Chief Beau Bakken said. "We spent all of last week making the move into this facility. By the afternoon of Friday, May 13, we knew we had to have everything over here that we would need in order to function." Bakken deemed Friday night the station's "special soft grand opening," leading into t...

  • Mason Health awards three scholarships, jobs

    Gordon Weeks|May 19, 2022

    Mason Health, in collaboration with the Shelton School High School Health Sciences Academy, awarded scholarships to three graduating seniors who hope to pursue careers in the medical field. Eryka Delgado-Hernandez, 17, and Carly VanAagten, 18, received full-ride scholarships from Mason Health to the registered nursing program at South Puget Sound Community College this fall. At the same time, they will work as nurse technicians at Mason General Hospital. If Mason Health has open job positions...

  • Damon Point, home of the streaked homed lady

    Kirk Ericson|May 19, 2022

    I spent the summer of my 19th year working outside the northern Washington town of Republic on a cattle and alfalfa ranch along the Sanpoil River, a river that drains into the Columbia. It was there that the ranch owner, Stephen Konz, told me one sunny day to build a ladder, with rungs 12 inches apart. When I finished the ladder, a couple of the rungs were 12 inches apart, but other rungs were more and less than 12 inches apart. Rung uniformity matters in ladders, as it turns out. Mr. Konz was...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 19, 2022

    EDITOR'S NOTE The Journal will begin publishing letters supporting or opposing candidates in the 2022 primary election in early June, approximately eight weeks prior to the August primary. Voter registrations Editor, the Journal, I am the County Election superintendent and I would like to respond to the letters to the editor in the May 5 edition. My staff received phone calls from voters who experienced a visit from canvassers. One voter was under the impression that election staff was going doo...

  • Nature bats last

    Alex Fethiere|May 19, 2022

    Readers of this column from February of last year may recall my trials of beer traps combined with Sluggo to thin slug populations. Favorite tipples were chosen, innumerable slugs died, and their population hasn't fully recovered in 2022. Three species of garter snakes (Thamnophis spp.) and the narrow-collared snail-eating beetle (Scaphinotus angusticollis) have proliferated as well. I have created habitats for them after reading about their needs. I have seen these predators eating slugs, and...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 19, 2022

    Public invited to academy opening The Shelton School District hosts the official opening of its Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Academy building at Shelton High School from 4 to 6 p.m. May 25. Staff will offer tours of the new building. The Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce will present a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Students will demonstrate the equipment at 5:10 and 5:35 p.m. Translation services are available. The Shelton High School Band will perform. While supplies last, free books...

  • Details emerge about pedestrian death in Shelton

    Matt Baide|May 19, 2022

    A 32-year-old Shelton woman has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide after striking and killing a pedestrian in the road just prior to midnight April 30 on the 1400 block of West Railroad Avenue in Shelton. According to court documents, Lindsay Ray Hartman is charged in the death of 35-yard-old Rocael Perez Pablo, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by Hartman’s car. Hartman’s initial arraignment was Monday in Mason County Superior Court before Judge Daniel Goo...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 19, 2022

    PUD 1 plans Bellwood water outage Thursday Mason County PUD 1 announced a water outage for Bellwood A&B system users from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday to do electrical work to install a generator. According to a Twitter post, PUD 1 is asking people to have extra drinking water on hand and turn off the breaker to their hot water heater. If you have any questions, call the district office at 360-877-5249. PUD 1 also asked people to share the notice with others who might not have heard about the outage. Candidate filing period ends Friday Mason...

  • 100 years

    May 19, 2022

  • Friday Fun Night returns to the Pavilion

    Gordon Weeks|May 19, 2022

    The Mason County Senior Activities Association hosts monthly evenings of dancing, dining, game playing and socializing with the return of Friday Fun Night at The Pavilion, 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month, with the next gathering June 10. The Pavilion hosted its second event last Friday. "We're coming back to life here," said Will Adams, the group's activities director and volunteer coordinator. "We're slowly coming back after the...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 19, 2022

    Shelton native, writer speaks at museum Shelton native Gary Strankman - a writer and former attorney, judge and law professor - speaks at 6 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mason County Historical Museum, 427 W. Railroad Ave., downtown Shelton. Admission is free, but reservations are requested by calling 360-426-1020. Strankman was born in Shelton General Hospital in 1941 and graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1959. From 1968 to 1980, he worked in the District Attorney's Office...

  • 'Moon Knight' and 'Picard' wrap up well

    Compiled by reporter Kirk Boxleitner|May 19, 2022

    I'm trying something different for this week's reviews. Please let me know if it works for you. I often review the start of new shows (or the start of new seasons of returning shows), but unless the entire season dumps at once, rarely do I review the conclusions of those season-long arcs. This matters because most modern television and streaming shows are written as season-long arcs, which was absolutely not the case with TV shows when I was growing up in the 1980s. Eighties TV had notable...

  • Climber baseball bound for state

    Matt Baide|May 19, 2022

    The Highclimbers are competing in the state tournament after punching their ticket with two wins in the District 4 2A baseball tournament last week. Shelton started the tournament as the No. 3 seed out of the Evergreen Conference and faced the No. 2 seed out of the Greater St. Helen's League, the Mark Morris Monarchs. The Highclimbers traveled to Longview and came away with a 4-3 win. "It was an amazing game because they were the higher seed on us and they were a great hitting team but we had...

  • Shelton High powerlifters win titles

    May 19, 2022

  • Shelton golfers just short of state

    May 19, 2022

  • Final outs

    May 19, 2022

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 19, 2022

    Shelton softball The Highclimber softball team lost its final three games of the regular season last week in Evergreen Conference games. Shelton traveled to Chehalis and fell 15-5 to W.F. West on May 10. The Highclimbers went to Aberdeen on May 11 and lost 15-11. Rochester came to Shelton on May 13 for senior day, with the Highclimbers falling 16-4. Shelton ended its season 5-16 overall and 4-14 in Evergreen Conference games. Shelton Track The Shelton girls finished fourth in the Evergreen Conference Championships on May 13 at Tiger Stadium in...

  • Local Golf

    May 19, 2022

    Lake Limerick Ladies Golf May 4, 2022 18-Holes (Low Gross/Low Net) Low Gross: Elen Gaschet DeLisle (94) 1st Low Net: Sue Ingersol (77); 2nd Low Net: Susan Darling (81); 3rd Low Net: Marilyn Waldrop (82) Birdie: Elen G. (No. 1) Chip-in: Marilyn Waldrop (No. 12) Low Putts: Marilyn Waldrop (29) 9-Holes (Low Gross/Low Net) Flight 1: Low Gross: Robbi Alberts (53); 1st Low Net: Joyce Reynolds (38); 2nd Low Net: Mary Lou Trautmann (42) Flight 2: Low Gross: Betty Kintz (65); 1st Low Net: Elaine Ducken (40); 2nd Low Net: Sheila Nokes (44) Chip-ins: Deb...

  • North Mason School Board selects Youngberg

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 19, 2022

    The North Mason School District selected Erik Youngberg on May 10 to fill the District 1 School Board position left vacant by Art Wightman, whose resignation was accepted at the board's March 24 meeting. In his letter to the board, Youngberg described himself as a fifth-generation resident of Mason County who wants to make a difference in the community by doing what he can to ensure future residents "continue to have a great school system." Youngberg said he learned to cope with childhood...

  • Mary and Sam busy with visitors and events

    Clydene Hostetler|May 19, 2022

    Spring work is being done on the homestead. Planting, trimming the lawn and washing windows are on the list. Sam washed both cars. Friday, May 14, 1948 This morning Doug was down here before we had breakfast talking about a piece of land he is planning on buying from Rose Wolfe behind our brick store. Sam went to Bellingham with Steve Smith and will return Sunday eve. I cleaned house and then went over to Skene’s, and we walked up the creek. Saw all her flowers. Mrs. McGee is weaving drapes. T...

  • Nadia Marie Hovind

    May 19, 2022

    Nadia Marie Hovind peacefully passed away in her sleep at 2:05 a.m. April 28, 2022, in the Moana Valley on the island of Oahu. She was holding her daughter, Wendy's hand. Although she started her next journey from Oahu, she was a dyed-in-the-wool Shelton girl. Nadia loved movies. Her favorite was Out of Africa. The beautiful words "...I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills" could easily read, I raised a family in Shelton, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains...and end with"...I...

  • John Richard Hill

    May 19, 2022

    While COVID kept us apart when we lost John on December 28, 2020, it is now time to come together to remember this great man. The Celebration of Life for John will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Shelton Civic Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: UW Brain Lab / UW Foundation Attn: Gift Services / Box 359505 / Seattle,WA with "John Hill NEUROR" in the memo line. Also, Mason County Fire District #13 / 13375 W. Cloquallum Rd....

  • D. Jean Lee

    May 19, 2022

    D. Jean Lee passed away on May 13, 2002 at the age of 96. Hers was a life well lived. Born in Quilcene, Washington in 1925, she was the youngest of four children. Her family weathered the Great Depression by subsistence living and through cooperative community efforts. After graduating from Quilcene High School she worked at First National Bank in Port Townsend, where she met Stanley Parker. They were married in 1944, and moved to Shelton in 1946 when Stan went to work in his cousin's men's...

  • Laura Ann Pinter

    May 19, 2022

    Laura Ann Pinter, 59, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her husband, Frank, and daughters, Madison and Ella on March 6th, 2022. On December 26th, 2019, Laura was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. For a little over two years, she tirelessly and valiantly battled this monster of cancer. Laura was born on November 30th, 1962 to the late Charles Edwin (Ed) and Cynthia (Cindy) Marie Roberts in Taft, California. She moved to Shelton with her soon-to-be husband, Frank, and their...

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