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  • Details emerge from shooting

    Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    Chantel Dawn Peterson, 29, was charged with first-degree assault, a Class A felony, for shooting Elijah Gossett in the early morning Feb. 12 in Shelton. Peterson had her initial arraignment in court Monday. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for April 10 and the trial is scheduled for May 24. She was released on $5,000 bail while awaiting her trial date. According to Shelton Police reports obtained through a public records request, Officer Mike DeRoche recounted that dispatch received a call from...

  • Aurora shines bright

    Mar 2, 2023

  • Peste name returns to Sanderson land

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 2, 2023

    The name of Peste, a storied family in the history of Shelton, will once again adorn the land where the family once homesteaded and farmed. The Port of Shelton Commission on Feb. 21 voted to change the name of Business Park North at its business park on U.S. Highway 101 to Peste Business Park. The name change came at the request of family members, who also asked the commission to rename the road leading to the business park as Peste Way, and retain the Peste name on major roads to the business...

  • Fire district merger on April ballot

    Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    If voters approve, Island Lake Fire, also know as Mason County Fire Protection District 11, will merge with Central Mason Fire & EMS on June 1. The measure was submited to the county Elections Department Feb. 23 for placement on the ballot during an April 25 special election. According to Resolution No. 23-03, the commissioners of both fire districts have approved a plan to merge. “The boards of commissioners believe that it is in the best interests of the two districts and the citizens they...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 2, 2023

    Solo photographer show at civic center The Rotating Art Gallery in the Shelton Civic Center usually features works by two or three local artists, but the new exhibit spotlights the works of one, photographer Deborah Chava Singer. The Shelton City Council approved the exhibit at its Feb. 21 meeting. Her five nature photos were installed Tuesday and will remain on display through May 31 on the first floor of the Civic Center. Singer was the only artist to submit works for consideration by the...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 2, 2023

    Shelton High, Oakland Bay 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. Tuesday at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Paul Nakhla directs all the choirs, and Anne-Marie Nakhla is the accompanist. The high school groups performing are the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Shades and Illusions. Donations will be accepted at the door. Learn about OC Shelton construction, welding programs...

  • Random thoughts for a day in March

    Kirk Ericson|Mar 2, 2023

    What if it turns out, despite all evidence to the contrary, that life is fair? If the president of the United States and the pope were figures in the board game Stratego, which one would have the higher rank? Here’s a line to use on people arguing with you: “I’m getting too much static from your attic!” I heard a fellow on the radio who was a professor of … I can’t remember exactly what, but he definitely was a professor of some really smart stuff. When former Fox personality Bill...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 2, 2023

  • Snow days extend school year for districts

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 2, 2023

    Snow and icy roads have extended the school year for students in Mason County. Snow prompted the Shelton School District to close its eight schools Feb. 23, and then delay school openings by two hours Feb. 24. Schools were again closed Feb. 27, followed by a two-hour delay Feb. 28. That means the district's school year has been extended to June 13, said Katie Diamond, the district's communications specialist. The updated calendar is at sheltonschools.org. In the Mary M. Knight School District,...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    Shelton officers find 21-year-old man shot to death Shelton Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Tuesday evening on the 2300 block of Jefferson Street. According to a news release, a male had been reportedly shot and when police arrived, officers found a dead 21-year-old man. Shelton Police and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office are investigating and are asking the public to call MACECOM at 360-426-4441 with any information. Mason County Sheriff’s Office assists arrest The Mason County Sheriff’s Office helped in an...

  • Fire 12 internal investigation nearly complete

    Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    The internal investigation into Mason County Fire Protection District 12 in Matlock is nearing completion, according to the law firm handing the investigation. Attorney Brian Snure of Snure Law Office told the Journal on Feb. 15 "the investigation is not yet complete and I will have to review and discuss with my client before anything can be released so check back in about two weeks." The Journal followed up to get a copy of the internal investigation, but Snure replied to the Journal's records...

  • Dumpster fire

    Mar 2, 2023

  • 1949 earthquake

    Jan Parker|Mar 2, 2023

    Most people who've lived in Mason County for several years have experienced at least one significant earthquake. One of them occurred at 11:57 a.m. on April 13, 1949. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake, centered between Olympia and Tacoma, affected all of Washington, northwest Oregon, southwest British Columbia, the Idaho Panhandle and northwest Montana. Eight people were killed, and dozens were seriously injured. Although damage in Mason County was not severe, some people who were teenagers at the...

  • Commission tables residential density vote

    Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    Mason County commissioners tabled a vote on Title 15 and 17 amendments related to the Shelton urban growth area after a public hearing at the Feb. 28 meeting. According to the information packet, the Title 17 amendments are related to the Shelton urban growth area to allow higher residential densities within the Shelton urban growth area by use of the City of Shelton’s planned unit development standards. Title 15 amendments include amending the development code to add to the hearing examiner...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    One hurt in Route 106 crash A Port Orchard man was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after a two-car accident on state Route 106. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, the 61-year-old Port Orchard man was stopped while eastbound on Route 106 trying to make a left turn at milepost 17. A 45-year-old eastbound Port Orchard man rear-ended the other car as he was waiting to turn left. The 61-year-old man was injured and transported to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Silverdale. The 45-year-old was not injured in the accident and was...

  • Netflix offers thrillers, goofy stories worth watching

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 2, 2023

    Last week saw two compelling releases from Netflix, plus a friend's recommendation of a streaming release that premiered last year, in which the ghost story was the most lighthearted and family-friendly. 'The Strays' The racial commentary of "The Strays" is as confrontational as "Get Out," but stripped of Jordan Peele's satirical edge, while also infused with a distinctly British flavor of internalized racism. Ashley Madekwe plays a dual protagonist role that takes cultural code-switching to...

  • The Y turns two

    Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    The Shelton Family YMCA opened March 1, 2021, and it is continuing to grow with each passing year. YMCA Senior Director Claudia Suastegui has been with the Shelton YMCA since September, but has worked for the YMCA for at least 20 years. "I moved here from a larger YMCA association in Idaho, and this association has been like a breath of fresh air because every association has a different community," Suastegui said. "It is so small so you can deepen relationships with people here and you immerse...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    Three Owls make coastal all-league Mary M. Knight High School has three players on the 1B Coastal League all-league girls basketball team. Sophomore guard Hailey Morris was named to the all-league first team, just three points shy of being named the league MVP. Sophomore Cloey Fletcher earned first team recognition, coming in third place in the MVP voting. Senior Hailey Lohman was named an honorable mention. MMK coach Mike Bateman was named the girls coach of the year. The Owl boys did not have...

  • Carol Annette Elliott

    Mar 2, 2023

    Carol Annette Elliott (Christian), age 88, of Kennewick, Washington, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2023. Carol was born on October 10, 1934, in Aberdeen, WA to William and Rose Christian. She was raised in Hoquiam, WA, graduating from Hoquiam High School in 1952. Carol married Pat Elliott of Hoquiam in 1955. After raising their family, Carol worked at the ITT Rayonier Vanilla Plant as the executive secretary until her retirement. Pat and Carol moved from Hoquiam to Lake Nahwatzel, near... Full story

  • Kathleen Rene McFarlane

    Mar 2, 2023

    Kathleen Rene McFarlane passed away on February 12th, 2023, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, WA. Kathy was born on July 23rd, 1951. Kathy lived in Belfair, WA most of her life. She loved her family so deeply and made everyone of them feel so special. Kathy loved drinking coffee with family and friends and telling her stories. About six years ago, Kathy starting dating Eric Olson, he was definitely the light in her eyes. Kathy is survived by two sisters, Sally and Tammy, two brothers,... Full story

  • Tammie Marie (Blackwell) Mason

    Mar 2, 2023

    Tammie Marie (Blackwell) Mason of Hoquiam, WA passed away on November 12, 2022 at the age of 65. She was born in Flint, Michigan on October 7, 1957. She moved to Shelton with her mother and sister when she was only a month old. She was raised in the Skokomish Valley and graduated from Shelton High School in 1975. She is survived by her daughter Rhonda of Hoquiam, WA and her son Rich (Danielle) of Pennsylvania, her mother Beverly Godwin of Shelton, and sister, Michelle Schreiber of Shelton. She... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Mar 2, 2023

    Carwen Gylling, 71, a resident of Union, WA, passed away February 21, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Johnny Frazier, 78, a resident of Union, passed away February 22, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Larry D. McFarlane, 73, a resident of Shelton, passed away February 24, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Philip Barnett, 71, a resident of Shelton, passed away February 25, 2023, at home.... Full story

  • Carl L. Kvarnstrom

    Mar 2, 2023

    Carl L. Kvarnstrom, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2019 and prior to that, he was a lifelong resident of Mason-Kitsap Counties, passed away in Albuquerque on October 19, 2022. Carl was born in Bremerton to Roy and Lois (Sackman) Kvarnstrom on June 15, 1934. He was a fourth-generation descendent of Chief Seattle. He attended Bremerton schools and graduated from Bremerton High School in 1953. He was a proud Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. Carl worked for Boeing and for the Washington State Department of Transportation,... Full story

  • Olympic blues

    Mar 2, 2023

  • Port of Grapeview looks at social media, Wi-Fi

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 2, 2023

    Port of Grapeview Commissioner Mike Blaisdell shared his findings on having the port use social media, one of several online matters commissioners addressed at their Feb. 21 meeting. A recent port workshop included a suggestion that the port create a Facebook page, but no action was taken on it. Blaisdell has since discovered the port must adopt policies on how it would administer and manage such social media accounts. Due to open public meeting laws that cover government entities such as...

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