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Articles from the April 14, 2022 edition


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  • Road project sparks debate

    Matt Baide|Apr 14, 2022

    The Uncle John Creek lower culvert fish barrier correction project on Agate Loop Road was the subject of an open house April 7 at The Agate Grange No. 275. About 30 people attended, including Mason County Public Works employees, to explain the two options for the culvert. The first option is to replace the culvert with a bridge. Option two is to remove the bridge to allow salmon to swim through the culvert freely. According to a flier for the open house, alternative two is the preferred option...

  • Easter Bunny Special

    Apr 14, 2022

  • City, county consider annexation request

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 14, 2022

    Two companies have petitioned the City of Shelton to annex a combined 280 acres east of Olympic College Shelton into the city limits. Both properties are in unincorporated Mason County in the Peacock Ridge area, and are in the city's Urban Growth Area. Green Diamond Resources owns 240 of the acres, and JPS Properties owns almost 40 acres. The Shelton City Council accepted the proposed annexation at its April 5 meeting. In the city's Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map, the two properties are...

  • EMS measure likely to be on ballot

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 14, 2022

    The Shelton City Council will vote Tuesday on placing an emergency medical services replacement levy on the Aug. 9 ballot. The council unanimously gave preliminary approval at its April 5 meeting. If passed, the replacement levy would collect 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value No one from the public spoke about the proposal at the April 5 meeting. Shelton voters approved similar levies for EMS in 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016, City Manager Jeff Niten told the council members. The levy...

  • Bertrand sentenced to 83 months in molestation case

    Matt Baide|Apr 14, 2022

    Andrew Wesley Bertrand was sentenced to 83 months April 6 after being found guilty of two counts of first-degree child molestation in Mason County Superior Court. According to court documents, Shelton Police took a report March 7, 2021, of two girls who had been touched under their clothes by Bertrand. Both girls had a forensic interview March 11. One girl said Bertrand was dating her mom in 2020. The girl and Bertrand would stay up to watch the television show “Umbrella Academy” after her mom went to sleep, and Bertrand would slide his...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Apr 14, 2022

    Rep. Kilmer tests positive for COVID-19 U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 6. “Late this afternoon I tested positive for COVID-19 after testing negative as recently as yesterday,” Kilmer said in a news release. “I am currently asymptomatic — and I am grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted. I will follow CDC guidance and isolate for the next several days. My office will remain fully operational and I will continue working virtually on behalf of the folks I represent.” Belfair marijuana...

  • Having historical figures over for dinner

    Kirk Ericson|Apr 14, 2022

    If you could have four dead people of historical importance to dinner, who would you invite? The rules are they wouldn’t be dead at dinner, you can’t invite Hitler (who wants to hear “Hitler’s here!”) and they would leave by 9 so you’d have time to clean and get to bed at a proper hour. Let’s imagine our guests are William Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, Franz Kafka and Socrates … Joan of Arc arrives at the house first, followed by Shakespeare and Kafka, who came in an Uber. Both...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 14, 2022

  • 'It's been a wonderful life'

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 14, 2022

    Betty Olson is living proof that longevity resides in the genes. The Shelton woman's mother reached the age of 100 years and three months. Two of Olson's sisters lived until they were 100 years, seven months. Olson passed the century milestone April 6. Friends and family joined her for a celebration at Alpine Way Continuing Care Community in Shelton, where she has lived since 2017. "It's been a wonderful life," she said on April 5, the day before her birthday. "I've been blessed with friends and...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 14, 2022

    Pioneer Kiwanis Club clam/crab dinner returns The Pioneer Kiwanis Club hosts a crab and clam dinner, with a live and silent auction, May 21 at Pioneer Elementary School. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for Pioneer School District students and for programs that benefit Mason County children. Tickets are $40 for adults, and $20 for children ages 2 to 12; kids under 2 are admitted free. The meal also includes spaghetti and coleslaw. Tickets are available from any Pioneer Kiwanis member. For questions or to donate an auction item, call...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 14, 2022

    Students Fitzmorris, Boothe excelling at Oregon State Two students from Mason County earned spots on the honor roll for the winter quarter at Oregon State University in Corvallis. To be eligible, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or better while taking at least 12 graded hours. The students are Lindsay S. Fitzmorris of Belfair, a senior majoring in agricultural science, and Aaron J. Boothe of Shelton, a senior majoring in computer science. Scholarships available to Pioneer students The Pioneer Kiwanis Club is offering scholarships to high school...

  • From March to May 1959 in the Journal

    Jan Parker|Apr 14, 2022

    The feature story March 5 included a photo of a car that had been blown apart on a county road when dynamite in the trunk exploded. The driver, who was killed, had been transporting the dynamite to his home to use for blasting stumps. The city of Shelton immediately began to draw up an ordinance that would ban the purchase, transport and storing of explosives within city limits - the driver had been parked at a local grocery store only 30 minutes earlier. The March 12 issue...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Apr 14, 2022

    DNR plans public hearing on proposed boundary expansion The state Department of Natural Resources is having a public hearing April 20 at Mason County Fire Hall District No. 4 about a proposed expansion of the boundary of the Skookum Inlet Natural Area Preserve. According to a DNR letter addressed to county commissioners, the proposed expansion area is adjacent to the 165 acres Skookum Inlet NAP (Natural Area Preserve) boundary. The preserve was appointed to the Natural Heritage Advisory Council in 1985 to protect three salt-marsh ecosystems,...

  • Commemorating Bruce Willis' career with his best roles

    Kirk Boxleitner|Apr 14, 2022

    On March 30, Bruce Willis' family announced his retirement from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia, which impairs the ability to comprehend language and communicate. The Los Angeles Times reported that speculation about Willis' condition circulated through the film industry for years prior to his family's announcement. Willis' receding hairline and solid jawline lent themselves to the many crimefighters, criminals and military men he played over the decades, while his stare could switch...

  • Gunar Dean Tranum

    Apr 14, 2022

    1940-2022 Gunar Dean Tranum was born in Olympia, WA, on February 14th, St. Valentine's Day 1940, and died following a long illness on April 7, 2022, at age 82. His parents were Gunar H. and Irma Mae Tranum (deceased) and his three older sisters were Beverly Mae Knutzen, Shirley Joanne Tranum (deceased), and Paula Jean Hill. They lived in Chimacum, WA, at the time of his birth, and graduated from high school in Friday Harbor, WA. He completed his collegiate education at Pacific Lutheran... Full story

  • Paul Wuestner

    Apr 14, 2022

    Paul Wuestner 1936-2022 Sadly we are announcing that Paul Wuestner has passed away, peacefully on April 6, 2022, in Shelton, WA. Paul was a volunteer firefighter, a Battalion Chief for Mason Dist. 5 for over 25 years. He is survived by his three children, Pam, Mark and Todd; and three grandchildren Curtis, Nick and Dane. A Memorial and graveside service will be held next Saturday, April 23rd. Watch for final details in next weeks Shelton-Mason County Journal.... Full story

  • Remembering Bill Timm

    Apr 14, 2022

    Remembering Bill Timm A memorial gathering honoring Bill Timm will be held on Saturday, May 14th at noon. Shelton Memorial Park 1605 Van Buren Street in Shelton Followed by a picnic at Union County Park on Port Townsend Street (left off of 5th Street) with grilled burgers and optional potluck.... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Apr 14, 2022

    Gordon Leslie Costa, 84, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 6, 2022, at Providence St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Joan Darlene Finn, 80, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 7, 2022, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Mildred Irene Nicholas, 84, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 7, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Floyd Marsh, 43, a... Full story