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Articles from the March 10, 2022 edition

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 By Gordon Weeks    News    March 10, 2022

'The earth is the ultimate classroom'

On Friday morning, Pioneer Elementary first-graders planted pea seeds in the garden behind their school. Their classmates followed suit in the following days, the second-graders feeling the soil on...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 10, 2022

WSDOT, residents debate traffic

State Route 3 runs through Belfair and is the main artery connecting north Mason County communities. In Belfair, the intersection of Route 3 and Ridgepoint Boulevard has become a contentious topic of conversation between residents and the state. The...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    March 10, 2022

Groundbreaking soon for veterans village

Five years after receiving state money, ground is finally set to be broken this summer for a village for homeless veterans in Shelton. The Shelton Veteran's Village will feature seven four-plexes,...

 

City Briefs

Four receive parks advisory board terms The Shelton City Council on March 1 appointed four people to its Parks and Recreation Committee, two of them continuing their service and two new to the group. Debra Dozier and Sue Patterson will continue with...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 10, 2022

Random thoughts for a day in March

Was it Bruce Jenner or Caitlyn Jenner who won the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics? You can’t really be a lifelong resident of a place until you die there. Here’s a trait of some recently...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    March 10, 2022

In the meadow

The "Savannah hypothesis" holds that human evolution started in the woods but moved to meadows and grasslands. It's been used to explain everything from our stress levels to humans' love affair with...

 

Commission Briefs

Commissioners sign SR3 Freight Corridor funding letter County commissioners signed a letter to the legislative transportation committees regarding the state Route 3 Freight Corridor. According to the information packet, the letter is addressed to...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 10, 2022

Flemming talks mental health at Sheriff's Breakfast

The Mason County Sheriff's Office breakfast featured retired Brig. Gen. Stan Flemming as the guest speaker Feb. 25 at Little Creek Casino Resort. The Shelton NJROTC program presented the colors...

 

News Briefs

Pioneer Schools seek old photos of school buildings Pioneer School District seeks old photos of the schools – and former schools such as Grant, Oakland Bay and Harstine Island — and the community in general so they can be posted March 19 at the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 10, 2022

Mask mandate ends Saturday

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state mask mandate will end Saturday. Inslee announced the new end date Feb. 28 after receiving new guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and continued decreases in hospitalization rates in the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 10, 2022

Fire 6 penalized in records case

Mason County Superior Court penalized Fire District 6 $94,300 on Monday for violating the state’s Public Records Act. Judge Amber Finlay reviewed the courts findings, saying this was “a challenging case for a variety of factors.” Finlay said...

 

County Briefs

State Route 302 near Victor closed until further notice Heavy rainfall triggered roadway settlement and sloughing, causing state Route 302 to close east of Victor in Mason County. According to a state Department of Transportation news release, An 80-...

 

Legislative Briefs

MacEwen introduces bill to divest public funds from Russia Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, has introduced a bill that would require state agencies in the state to cancel outstanding contracts with Russian companies. Because the legislative session is...

 
 By Azeb Tuji    News    March 10, 2022

Gun magazine ban moves to governor's desk

Since September 2016, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been working toward implementing gun changes that would prevent acts like the Mukilteo mass shooting July 30, 2016. Now, a ban on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds is...

 
 By Mark Woytowich    News    March 10, 2022

Aging: Climbing a mountain, chasing a high

In the early 1990s, when I lived in an apartment on Olympia's west side, I loved looking west to the southern peaks of the Olympics. You had a great view of them from Budd Inlet over the marina when w...

 

'The Batman' presents a different Dark Knight

With 2022's "The Batman," writer-director Matt Reeves has achieved something unusual within the broad field of big-screen adaptations of DC Comics' Dark Knight. In a story that spans Oct. 31 through...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 10, 2022

Sewer hearing highlights pros, cons of project

The Belfair sewer public hearing March 1 went into more detail about how the project will affect Belfair residents. County Administrator Mark Neary highlighted the ways the county can pay for sewer debt. Neary talked about the rural county public...

 

Mary and Sam extra active as spring grows near

Mary has been writing about this large plot of land that she and Sam were purchasing and I wonder if this is the Theler wetlands? As time has gone on in this diary, one can see how the Thelers became prosperous. They had rentals, the mercantile...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 10, 2022

North Mason fire looking for community art

As the North Mason Regional Fire Authority's headquarters building at Fire Station 21 nears completion, the district aims to make it a place where they can get business done while also providing a...

 

Helping a neighbor

The HUB Center for Seniors in Belfair on Friday hosted a fundraiser for Belfair resident Cindy Signal, who lost her home in a fire in January and is staying at a motel. The spaghetti dinner and...

 

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