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Articles from the April 27, 2023 edition


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  • Shelton police need help

    Staff report|Apr 27, 2023

    Shelton police are asking for help identifying three suspects in the fatal April 15 shooting at the intersection of Fir and Otter streets in Shelton’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. According to a social media post by the City of Shelton, camera footage was used to capture a still image of three people walking away from the scene of the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Belleville at 360-426-4441 or email at james.belleville@ sheltonwa.gov. When reached by phone Wednesday, Belleville said he was unable to give f...

  • 'Last Dance'

    Apr 27, 2023

  • Island Lake fire merger passing

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    Initial results of Tuesday's special election show voters approving the merger of Mason County Fire Protection District 11 based at Island Lake with Central Mason Fire & EMS based in downtown Shelton. The proposal to renew of a property tax levy for Mason County Fire Protection District 3 in Grapeview is also passing. The merger was passing with 283 "yes" votes for 65.66%, with 148 "no" votes for 34.34%. Grapeview's renewal levy had 573 "yes" votes for 73.56%, and 206 "no" votes for 26.44%. Both...

  • County labor rate improves

    Staff report|Apr 27, 2023

    The unemployment rate in Mason County continued to fall in March, according to a report released Tuesday morning by the state Economic Security Department. Mason County’s resident civilian labor force employment rate was 6.4% in March, down nearly 2% from February’s rate of 8.1%. The data in the report is not seasonally adjusted at the county level. Statewide, the rate was 4.5% and the national rate was 3.5% Both of those numbers, however, are seasonally adjusted and aren’t directly comparable to the county-by-county rate, which the depar...

  • House honors local WWII vet, Pioneer volunteer

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    A 95-year-old decorated World War II veteran who later tutored Pioneer Schools students was recently honored by the state House of Representatives. State Rep. Travis Couture, R-Allyn, introduced House Resolution 4639, which honors Burton Stoltz, who lives in the Agate area. The House unanimously passed the resolution April 7. In a news release, Couture said it was "an honor and a pleasure" to present the resolution to Stoltz on his 95th birthday. "Burt is a WWII Navy veteran and treasured in...

  • Shelton-Mason County Chamber announces awards

    Matt Baide|Apr 27, 2023

    The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards gala on Friday at Little Creek Casino Resort. Winners of each category were announced, including Bradley Air Co. winning Business of the Year. Boss of the Year went to Gina Finley of Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center and Citizen of the Year was awarded to Justin Baze and Rookie of the Year went to O'Connell Archery. Nonprofit of the Year was awarded to Shelton Family YMCA and Volunteer of the Year went to John Lester of...

  • Fishing Derby!

    Apr 27, 2023

  • Find, fix, kill: How we acquire what we own

    Kirk Ericson|Apr 27, 2023

    Let’s you and I agree — for purposes of the point I hope to make here — that the U.S. economy has two groups: One is the group that buys new items, items like clothes, Post-it notes, push pins, ping-pong paddles, slot screwdrivers, French presses and automobiles. And the other group is the one downstream from the first group, maybe enjoying a swim while they wait for those items to float by. When wireless earbuds became popular in the 2010s, I thought, “What a swell idea.” You can listen to...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 27, 2023

    Ka-ching, ka-ching Editor, the Journal, If I may be so bold as to slightly edit Mr. R.E. Graham's letter of April 20 by lining through some of his words and replacing them with [mine]: "This was very difficult for me [but not nearly enough that prevented me from writing this letter]. I confess to having a very, very dim view of today's Democratic [Republican] Party, from its reckless spending [after Donald Trump trashed the economy by disregarding pandemic warnings] to its recent lurch to the...

  • Earth Day

    Apr 27, 2023

  • Steven Bliner

    Apr 27, 2023

    Steven George Bliner, born in Tacoma, WA to Horace Frank Bliner (Skokomish Tribe) and Margaret Hazel (Blogett) Pulsifer (Yakama/Wintu) on January 8, 1940. He passed away on March 26, 2023 of natural causes, he was 82 years old. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Edward "Eddie" Bliner, and survived by brother, Horace Alfred Bliner and sisters Frankie Margaret Mork and Viola Ann Rouse and husband Lloyd. Preceded in death by sister-in-law Bobbie Bliner and brother-in-law Cy... Full story

  • Rodney B.Mann

    Apr 27, 2023

    Rodney B. Mann passed away April 5, 2023 in Shelton, WA. He was 81 years young! Rod’s family moved several times as he was growing up, from Wisconsin to Minnesota and back again. Rod graduated from high school in Grand Rapids, MN and entered college at Mankato State College for a short time. He joined the U.S. Air Force September 13, 1960, and went on to spend 23 years in the service of his country, retiring at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, starting with basic training at Lackland AFB Texas. From there, he went on to Gunther AFB for l... Full story

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    Pioneer students, alumni eligible for scholarships The Pioneer Kiwanis Club will award $10,000 in scholarships to students who live in the Pioneer School District or attended Pioneer schools. Eligible are students who are graduating this year from high school or completed a GED, and have been accepted to college or trade school. May 5 is the deadline to apply, and application forms are available at the counseling offices at Shelton, CHOICE, North Mason and Cedar high schools. Information: Lee Strohm at 206-755-4652 or Pamela Harrell at 360-490-...

  • Roger M. Alberts

    Apr 27, 2023

    Roger Alberts, age 75, passed away April 23rd in the Memory Care unit at Alpine Way, of cardiac arrest. He had been suffering from dementia during recent years. Born and raised in Renton, WA, he graduated from Renton High School and went on to attend several colleges, graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of WA. He worked as a Purchasing Agent, first at Sears from 1967-80, then at The Boeing Company from 1980-2004. He was well-respected among his peers. He also... Full story

  • Sandra "Sandy" Ann Deyette

    Apr 27, 2023

    Sandra Ann Deyette "Sandy", 74, died peacefully in her sleep on April 16, 2023. Sandy was a life-long Shelton resident. She was well known and a respected member of the community. Sandy was a natural people person. She enjoyed her work at Evergreen Elementary School and her many years at The Pine Tree. Sandy did not know a stranger and loved going around town to visit with and share stories with all. Her favorite time was spent under her gazebo enjoying the revolving door of family and friends w... Full story

  • Harrison David Lofthus

    Apr 27, 2023

    Harrison David Lofthus, age 35, passed away on April 17, 2023 in his hometown of Shelton, WA. He is survived by his parents, Scot and Mary, brother, Danny, sister-in-law, Rachel, and nephew Stellan, sister and her partner, Sarah and Nathan Kamsler, and sister Gabby. Harrison is survived by his grandmothers, Linda Lofthus and Ruth Harrison, and preceded in death by his grandfathers, Arnold Lofthus and David Harrison. Harrison was an artist who as a teen loved making claymation videos, clay... Full story

  • Betty Welfringer

    Apr 27, 2023

    Betty was an avid traveler, and adventurer. Married to the love of her life, Melvin (Tony) Welfringer, who was called home in January, 2023 the family is at peace they are now reunited to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary April 27th. Betty was the proud mom of Kevin (and Gail) of Edmonds, WA. Dean (Cindi) of Surprise, AZ. Grandchildren; Kelsie (Adam), Nolan, Judson (Alex) and Dillon; Great-grandchildren; Masyn, Aiden and Adalyn. The family extends heartfelt appreciation to all the... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Apr 27, 2023

    Abelino Pablo Calmo, 25, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 15, 2023, in Shelton. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Robert W. McEndoo, IV, 44, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 15, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Harrison Lofthus, 35, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 17, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Cathern C. Leeds, 89, a resident of Olympia, passed away April 18, 2023, at Canterood Estates... Full story

  • Education Briefs

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    Pioneer students, alumni eligible for scholarships The Pioneer Kiwanis Club will award $10,000 in scholarships to students who live in the Pioneer School District or attended Pioneer schools. Eligible are students who are graduating this year from high school or completed a GED, and have been accepted to college or trade school. May 5 is the deadline to apply, and application forms are available at the counseling offices at Shelton, CHOICE, North Mason and Cedar high schools. Information: Lee Strohm at 206-755-4652 or Pamela Harrell at 360-490-...

  • The brief life of Shelton's Lake Farley

    Jan Parker|Apr 27, 2023

    This story is from a series of articles in 1936-1938 issues of the Shelton Daily Spokesman. In June 1936, Shelton Postmistress Jessie Knight received a telegraph from Congressman Martin Smith announcing a federal allocation of $80,000 for a new Shelton post office. After several months were spent on selecting and preparing a site on Railroad Avenue, a contract was awarded to A. F. Mowatt of Seattle, and on Oct. 26, 1937, Mowatt's crew began excavation for the building's basement. November 1937...

  • Olympic College Shelton hosts Resource Fair

    Matt Baide|Apr 27, 2023

    Olympic College Shelton hosted a resource fair for current and potential students April 19 throughout the campus. Booths were spread out between the main building, library and outside, with many community groups in attendance. "I was pleasantly surprised at the number of attendants that we had at the Resource Fair," OC Shelton Director Allison Smith wrote in an email to the Journal. "I saw numerous community members who were unfamiliar to me on campus that day and that is one of the objectives o...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    Mount St. Helens geology talk tonight Steve Cox, retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, presents a free seminar on the dynamics of Mount St. Helens and the geology connected with it at 7 tonight at Shelton Christian Church, 115 W. Arcadia Ave. The Shelton Rock and Mineral Society presents the event at its regular monthly meeting. Hood Canal Improvement Club hosts speaker Hollie Stark from the Washington Emergency Management Division will talk about "Preparing for the First 72 Hours of an Emerg...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Apr 27, 2023

    Geist appointed to parks board Mason County commissioners appointed Kathleen Geist to the Parks Advisory Board at the April 11 meeting. According to the information packet, the Parks & Trails Advisory Board consists of seven members serving four-year terms with one alternate appointed by county commissioners, with an effort to fill the board with two members from each of the three commissioner districts and one "at-large" member. The purpose of the board is to provide guidance, direction and...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Apr 27, 2023

    CMFE extinguishes residential fire Central Mason Fire and EMS extinguished a residential structure fire off of Anthony Road in Shelton early Sunday morning. According to a news release, crews arrived on scene to find a double-wide mobile home engulfed. After an interior search and fire attack, crews were able to confine the fire and stop flames from spreading. The fire caused flame and smoke damage throughout the structure and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under...

  • Rally car showcase

    Apr 27, 2023

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