Articles from the March 24, 2022 edition

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 By Gordon Weeks    News    March 24, 2022

Music man

Stan Yantis is laying down his baton in June after teaching music to Hawkins Middle School students for 39 years. That doesn't mean North Mason's music man will be packing his trumpet into its case....

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    March 24, 2022

Festival court crowned

The Mason County Forest Festival court was crowned Saturday at Gateway Christian Fellowship in Shelton. Gabriela Lepe is the new Queen of the Forest, and Joshua Brennan is Paul Bunyan. Shawna Lacy is...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 24, 2022

Trio reviews 2022 legislative session

The 35th Legislative District trio of Rep. Drew MacEwen, Rep. Dan Griffey and Sen. Tim Sheldon spoke at a legislative wrap-up event hosted by the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce, the...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    March 24, 2022

County's first electric school bus in Matlock

The Mary M. Knight School District has received the first electric school bus in Mason County, a $275,000 gift from the state Department of Ecology. The bus was delivered last week, and should be...

 

School Briefs

Pioneer School Board adds member The Pioneer School Board appointed Ellory Rowe to fill a board vacancy at its March 15 meeting. Rowe will assume Position 4, which opened up when Dwayne Kipple resigned. Rowe is a lifelong resident of Mason County, an...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Our amazing modern technology

When people remark about how amazing our modern technology is — sometimes after discovering something else their cellphones can do — I wonder what time in human history they’re comparing “mode...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 24, 2022

League of Women Voters discusses local journalism

The League of Women Voters of Mason County heard from a pair of veteran journalists on "The Decline of Local Journalism and Its Impact on Democracy" during its March 15 meeting. Sally Carpenter Hale retired in 2019 after 40 years with The Associated...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    March 24, 2022

Drill baby, drill

Clay soil is commonplace in Mason County. I've got various mixtures from almost soil to practically pottery. People put a lot of effort into fluffing up that clay soil for planting purposes....

 

County Briefs

President signs Kilmer’s legislation President Joe Biden signed a 12-bill spending package into law that provides money for Derek Kilmer-supported priorities. According to a news release, Kilmer, D-Gig Harvor, the legislation included the Ukraine S...

 

Commission Briefs

County seeking planning applicants The Mason County Planning Advisory Commission is taking applications for the Commissioner District 2 open seat. According to a news release, District 2 represents the areas of Kamilche, Matlock, Hoodsport and...

 
 By Marie Swanson    News    March 24, 2022

Community gardening

Imagine taking home fresh tomatoes, lettuce, beets, peas and carrots that you grew yourself. If you are new to growing, lack garden space or have not gardened in a while, consider joining a community garden. It is amazing what you can learn to grow....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    March 24, 2022

Fire District 12 hears about state Public Record Act

Mason County Fire District 12 commissioners received a lesson about the state Public Records Act at their March 15 meeting.  State Assistant Attorney General Morgan Damerow was on the agenda to talk about the Public Records Act. Damerow spoke for...

 
 By Mark Woytowich    News    March 24, 2022

Two different versions of 'covering the spread'

This week, no matter the weather, you need to visit Lake Cushman while the lake water is low. At the far end of the lake, just before the Staircase entrance gate to Olympic National Park, is a small...

 

Belfair Self-Storage showcases Alice Durrie

Artist Alice Durrie has embraced an eclectic variety of media in her attempts to capture and convey the beauty she sees in seemingly insignificant and naturally occurring phenomena around her....

 

'Servant of the People' is an inspiring winner

Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger were able to lean on their movie careers to get elected governor of California, which led Reagan to higher office and Schwarzenegger back to Hollywood. Donald...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    March 24, 2022

Staying hot

The Highclimbers have started off hot, earning wins against North Thurston and Port Angeles last week. Shelton defeated North Thurston 9-0 on March 18 at home. The Highclimbers hosted and beat Port...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    March 24, 2022

Shelton High dance team competes at state Saturday

The Shelton High School dance team will be competing in the state competition Saturday at the Yakima SunDome. Competition begins at 12:30 p.m., and Shelton is scheduled to dance 16th in set five with...

 

Junietta Louise Milam

Junietta Louise Milam, 76, died February 25th, 2022, surrounded by family in Matlock, WA. A celebration of life will be held at Matlock Community Church at 11 AM on March 26th. June was born December... Full story

 

Carl J. Petri, Jr.

Carl J. Petri, Jr. was a big man with a big heart. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 25th, 1946, and passed away at Mason General Hospital in Shelton, Washington on March 1st, 2022. Carl is... Full story

 

Darlene Diane Gosser

Darlene Diane Gosser (Ortiz) went to be with the Lord in the early hours of March 20, 2022, at Billings Clinic in Billings, MT. Darlene was born to David and Ercinia Ortiz on January 4, 1957, in Espan... Full story

 

Death Notices

Junietta Louise Milam, 76, a resident of Matlock, passed away February 25, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Tiffany Hunt, 38, a resident of Olympia, passed away March 8, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by McComb... Full story

 

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