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  • Oakland Bay permit application

    Matt Baide|May 4, 2023

    A public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 24 by the Mason County Hearing Examiner for Taylor Shellfish’s application for a permit to grow Pacific oysters and install a floating oyster bag array in Oakland Bay. According to a notice of application and public hearing document from Mason County Community Development, the permit would allow Taylor Shellfish to use an estimated 9.1 acres of surface water. The 9.1 acres would be part of 50 acres of land on two underwater parcels in Oakland Bay. T...

  • Shelton Invitational

    May 4, 2023

  • Hood Canal selects leader

    Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    Lance Gibbon, a former superintendent of the Oak Harbor and Snoqualmie Valley school districts, will be the superintendent of the Hood Canal School District, pending a contract agreement. On Monday evening, the Hood Canal School Board voted unanimously to hire Gibbon. He replaces Jose-de-Jesus Melendez, who resigned in February after seven months on the job to return to his family in Oregon. According to the district at the time, he was to complete the remainder of his contract on...

  • Candidates eyeing council openings

    Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    So, you want to serve on the Shelton City Council? May 15 to 19 is the time to file for one of the three council positions open on the November election ballot. On April 25, about two dozen potential candidates attended a "City Government 101" presentation at the Shelton Civic Center to get a better understanding about the position, and how the city departments function. Seven city officials gave presentations on their duties. Interim City Manager Mark Ziegler began by outlining some basics...

  • Duenkel shakes up election office

    Matt Baide|May 4, 2023

    Mason County Auditor Steve Duenkel made some changes after taking office in January, including moving the Auditor's offices upstairs in Building 1 of the county downtown campus. "Everybody has their workstation and office upstairs, allowed us to reorganize and redesign the ballot processing center to really make things more efficient and to accommodate more election observers," Duenkel told the Journal. "(Upstairs), we just wanted to get everyone more integrated with an eye toward better...

  • Meet the Addams family

    May 4, 2023

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    Free trash disposal for city residents City of Shelton residents can dispose of household garbage and trash for free between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 13 and 20 at the intersection of First and Grove streets, the former Mell’s lot in downtown Shelton. Dumpers must show identification with home address or a utility bill to prove they live in the city limits. Prohibited items include construction materials, mattresses, box springs, tires, medication, hazardous waste, and such bulky appliances as refrigerators, air conditioners, washers and driers. Ci...

  • Random thoughts for a day in May

    Kirk Ericson|May 4, 2023

    What do golf and life have in common? The fewer the strokes, the better. I don’t worry about computers acting like humans. The bigger threat to humanity is humans acting like robots. The best part about living a long life is you get more opportunities to become a better person. An outdoor loveseat covered in moss has forfeited any claim to being a loveseat. If you tell a person on the street that you don’t have spare change for them, it’s not a good time to also mention that you own two homes...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 4, 2023

    Sherwood Forest Editor, the Journal, In response to the "Save Sherwood Forest" letter to the editor printed on April 23: The proposed timber sale is harvesting second-growth trees on school trust land. Monies derived from the sale of timber from lands held in trust for schools go into the school construction fund. If you haven't had a chance take a tour of the fairly new North Mason High School - if it wasn't for monies from the sale of timber the levy rate would have been twice as much for the...

  • What local legislators achieved this session

    Matt Baide|May 4, 2023

    State Reps. Dan Griffey and Travis Couture, Republicans from Allyn, and Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, wrapped up the regular legislative session April 23. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he intends to call a special session on May 16 to address the state’s drug possession law. Child malnutrition Couture’s bill, House Bill 1274, to help prevent child malnutrition was signed into law by Inslee on April 13. The bill is the first from Couture, in his first year as a representative, to pass bot...

  • Hoodsport cleanup party May 13, reopening May 27

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 4, 2023

    The Port of Hoodsport commission invites people to join a reopening ceremony for the 80-acre Hoodsport Trail Park at the end of the month and join other volunteers to help clean the park two weeks before its opening. The park’s yearlong project to remove all of its diseased, dying and fallen hazardous trees should be completed by the end of May. The grand reopening is scheduled at 10 a.m. on May 27. The volunteer work party has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13, rain or shine. The p...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 4, 2023

    Central Mason has training exercise Central Mason Fire and EMS participated in a training burn Saturday at 920 Dearborn Ave. in Shelton. According to a news release, the burn occurred at an old building that belonged to Harvest Foursquare Church. It was an opportunity for CMFE staff and volunteers to train on a live fire and learn how unpredictable fire in a building can be. To have a training burn, guidelines set by the state include permitting through the City of Shelton and the Olympic...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 4, 2023

    Grants rejected for two area ballfields Mason County commissioners approved withdrawing from two Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant requests for Union and Sandhill Park multipurpose field and to not accept the Youth Athletic Facilities program grant request at the April 25 meeting. According to the information packet, county parks and trails applied for a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office grant May 1, 2022, to assist with adding a synthetic ball field to Sandhill...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    Deadline Friday for Pioneer 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. Friday 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 360-490-0954....

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    Truss Show and Plant Sale May 13-14 The Shelton Rhododendron Society hosts its annual Truss Show and Plant Sale May 13 and 14 at Outdoors by Design, 221 state Route 3, Shelton. Information: [email protected]. Grant School hosts plant, art, bake sale The Pickering Community Club hosts its annual Plant, Art & Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at the Grant School, 151 E. Community Club Road. Annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, succulents, ornamentals and native plants are on sale....

  • WSU, Sea Grant offer training to spot invasive crabs

    Submitted|May 4, 2023

    A new program will enable anyone who walks the shorelines of Puget Sound to identify one of Washington’s most concerning invasive species: European green crab. In response to the shore crab’s booming population, Washington State University Extension and Washington Sea Grant outreach specialists are rolling out the Molt Search program in May. WSU Extension and Sea Grant are recruiting volunteers for training to support early detection efforts along Washington’s inland shorelines by searching for European green crab shells and reporting evide...

  • Matlock Old-Timers Fair this weekend

    Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    The Matlock Old-Timers Historical Fair is hosted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mary M. Knight School. Engine enthusiasts can marvel at the Steam Donley and antique tractors. Inside the gym, patrons can find bargains at the swap meet tables, listen to live music and create crafts. Thrill-seekers can plummet down the giant pink slider. Admission is free. The school is at 2987 Matlock-Brady Road. The displays include World War II vehicles, some of them still...

  • Edward Immel

    May 4, 2023

    Edward Immel was born June 22, 1925, to Victor and Katherine Immel in San Francisco, CA. He grew up in Yakima with his sister Fern his best friend before becoming a Marine at age 17. In WWII he served in the Pacific Theater as an Aircraft Mechanic. Ed worked for Boeing for 37 years. His title was Experimental Preflight Mechanic "B" before retiring and moving to Shelton where he built his home next to his sister Fern. Ed liked to take a picture of a house and build a very detailed miniature for... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    May 4, 2023

    Otis Devoe Villines, 78, a resident of Elma, passed away April 20, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Geralyn Rose, 52, a resident of Shelton, passed away April 26, 2023, at St. Petes Hospital in Olympia. No funeral home information available at this time. Robert R. Rogriguez, 76, a resident of Lacey, passed away April 27, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Alan E. Zimmerman, 81, a resident of Elma, passed away April 27,... Full story

  • Otis Devoe Villines

    May 4, 2023

    Otis Devoe "O.D." Villines passed peacefully April 20, 2023, surrounded by family at his home in Elma Washington. He was 78 years old. O.D. was born on May 2, 1944 in Compton Arkansas, the fifth of seven children of H.O. and Delphia Villines. O.D. moved to Washington with his family and settled in the Yakima Valley for several years before moving to Shelton Washington. O.D.'s early years moving from various fruit and vegetable farms helped to shape his education and career in public service. O.D... Full story

  • Nancy Renee Trucksess (née Herrington)

    May 4, 2023

    On the morning of March 3, 2023, Nancy Renee Trucksess passed peacefully in her sleep with her family at her bedside. Nancy was 82 years old. Nancy was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in December 1940 to Irene and Roscoe Herrington. Nancy graduated from Boulder High School where she met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart and future husband Mark E. Trucksess. She attended the University of Colorado with Mark and was his stalwart companion as he graduated from University of Colorado... Full story

  • Clarriene Attalie Hamilton (née Powell)

    May 4, 2023

    Clarriene Attalie Hamilton, born in Seattle, July 22, 1929, to Howard and Mabel Powell, died April 24, 2023, in Olympia at Puget Sound Healthcare. Most recently resided at Maple Glen in Shelton and before that on Mason Lake in Grapeview. Preceded in death by her husband, the Honorable Jay W. Hamilton Jr., she is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (wife Becky), David (wife Paddy), daughter Irene Herold (husband Chris), and grandchildren Caitlyn Hamilton (partner Brian), Nyssa Hamilton, and Henry Herold. By her request there will be no service or... Full story

  • Creepy, kooky, mysterious, ooky

    Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    After members of the Shelton High School Drama Club considered possible plays to stage this spring, they whittled their choices to "Beetlejuice" or "The Addams Family Musical." This illustrates their current mood for black comedy, said Wendy Burr, adviser to the group and an arts and CTE instructor at the school. Burr directs the school's production of "The Addams Family Musical" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the school's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for...

  • 'Mrs. Davis' succeeds so far; 'Peter Pan' fails to fly

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 4, 2023

    'Mrs. Davis' on Peacock I should have suspected I'd encounter this problem with a miniseries co-created by Damon Lindelof. Between co-creating the ultimately disappointing TV series "Lost," co-writing some of the worst installments in the "Alien" and "Star Trek" film series, and helming the controversial TV adaptation of the "Watchmen" comic, Lindelof has a checkered record. But "Mrs. Davis," which he co-created for the Peacock streaming service, came with positive recommendations from folks I...

  • Shelton powerlifters ready for state

    Matt Baide|May 4, 2023

    The Highclimbers host the state powerlifting championships at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Mini-Dome. The Shelton girls powerlifting team finished second and the boys placed third at a competition April 15 at Snohomish High School. According to Shelton High School's Betsy Haskins, Nevaeh Haskins and Amanda Cruz-Santos won their weight classes. Judy Gaze, Raquel Ruiz and Aurora Marcy finished second and Ali Cheatham placed third. Shelton boys Johnny Morales, Scott Jordan and Noah Wilbur each placed sec...

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