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  • Election field takes shape

    Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    State Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, is running to represent District 6 in Congress. Monday was the first day candidates could file for positions up for grabs in the Aug. 6 primary election. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file. Lots then will be drawn for the order of the candidates on the ballot. May 13 is the deadline for people to withdraw their candidacy. MacEwen, who represents the 35th District in the state Senate, is a Republican. The only other candidate who has filed as of Wednesday morning is Democrat Hilary Franz. They hope...

  • Honoring community legends

    May 9, 2024

  • New Patrol troopers

    June Williams|May 9, 2024

    After 26 weeks of training and 10 weeks of coaching, Mason County has two new Washington State Patrol troopers. A.J. Gomez and C.B. Zimmerman are now patrolling county roads from busy U.S. Highway 101 to remote Forest Service Road 23. Both troopers spoke to the Journal about the job from the Shelton detachment office on the grounds of the WSP Academy. The 190-acre academy, at 631 W Dayton Airport Road, has been a training facility since 1969. The campus has dorms, classrooms, a gym, water...

  • Duckabush project moves ahead

    Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    A project design that includes a 1,613-foot-long bridge over the Duckabush River Estuary on U.S. Highway 101, 5 miles north of the Jefferson-Mason County line, is about 65% complete, and people interested in the project's progress got a preview at an open house Saturday at the Brinnon Community Center. Feasibility studies for the project to reconnect the Duckabush River to its historic floodplain began in 2016. The project is led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of...

  • Spellers wanted for fun literacy fundraiser

    Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    The date of Sound Learning's Spell-E-Bration fundraiser was changed from early May to June 29 because the Shelton-based nonprofit is seeking more spellers for the 28th annual event. Six three-member teams have signed up for the event that features a community spelling bee, silent auction, dessert buffet and live music, hosted 4 to 8 p.m. June 29 at The Pavilion at Sentry Park at the Mason County Senior Activities Center at 190 W. Sentry Drive. Sound Learning has plenty of sponsors for the teams...

  • These Times

    Kirk Ericson|May 9, 2024

    “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” — Clive James, author When I was a youngster growing up among the sticks and hicks of Eastern Washington, an adult volunteered some of his precious time to tell me I didn’t have any common sense. I can’t remember what behavior prompted the comment, but I do remember wondering what “common sense” could mean. I wondered for so long that I finally decided that...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 9, 2024

    Editor's note: The following letter appeared in last week's Journal with an incorrect headline. The Journal regrets the error and is re-running the letter with the correct headline. Belfair Masons say thanks Editor, the Journal, The Belfair Masons who meet at the hall of Hood Canal Lodge hosted the 71st annual Easter dinner on Sunday, March 31. They have held this annual dinner every year since 1951 and it's open to the public. The only years this dinner has not been held were the periods not...

  • History at a Glance

    Jan Parker, Mason County Historical Museum|May 9, 2024

    On May 11, 1939, the Journal announced Shelton's annual cleanup effort. "With the city offering its cooperation next week, Shelton's annual Cleanup Week will be from Monday May 15 through Saturday May 20. So, this little logging and rayon center should wake up and find itself all spic and span a week from Sunday morning." City residents were asked to clean up their yards, clear out attics and basements, and scrub up the garage and woodshed. The resulting accumulation of unwanted junk and...

  • Paving safer routes for students

    May 9, 2024

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|May 9, 2024

    Shelton man headed to prison for crash A former Shelton resident will be spending up to 12 years in prison for driving drunk and killing a pregnant woman and her son in Olympia. Draedon James Jorgenson, 28, pleaded guilty in Thurston County Superior Court on May 3 to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Jorgenson caused the wrong-way collision that killed Samantha Denney, 31, and Adonis Denney, 2, on Interstate 5 north of U.S. Highway 101 on Nov. 10, 2023. Prosecutors said Jorgenson had a blood alcohol content...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    Book signing, reading at Shelton Library Shelton author Mary May will read from her autographical book “Sheltered by Hope: My Journey Out of Homelessness” at noon May 18 at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder St. As an advocate for people living on the street, May created the Harvest for the Hungry program that is used in 20 communities. In Shelton, she is involved with Crazy Love Ministries. Copies of her book will be available for $20. May wrote the book in 2009, a year after she mov...

  • Scholarships

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    Harstine Island Women’s Club The Harstine Island Women’s Club through its Charles and Judy Chase Scholarship Fund is offering scholarships to full-time residents of Harstine Island who are entering or continuing a post-high school education, including adult continuing education or technical training. Applicants must have obtained a diploma from an accredited high school program or earned a GED. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, and the winners will be announced by May 31. The number and amount of the scholarships will be det...

  • Shelton District & Community Hall of Fame inducts 6

    Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    Six people who inspired local youths in the classroom and on the playing field were inducted into the Shelton School District & Community Hall of Fame at a ceremony Tuesday in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. The inductees are Sheryal Balding, Brian Fairbrother, Mike Fox, Dann Gagnon, Leslie Orme and Dick Wentz. The hall recognizes students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, benefactors and residents who have contributed to the success, tradition, integrity, development and promotion of the district, and/or excelled in athletics,...

  • Getting Out

    Gordon Weeks|May 9, 2024

    Set in 1595, the musical "Something Rotten!" follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare. "They'll lose their financial support if they don't write a hit play," said Michelle Whittaker, who directs the Connection Street Theatre production that opens Saturday in Shelton. "And Shakespeare is like the Elvis of his day." But the brothers are sidetracked by...

  • In the Dark Reviews

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 9, 2024

    It looks like Forks won't be the only corner of the Olympic Peninsula to gain fame from a supernatural entertainment franchise, given the critical and audience acclaim that Netflix's "Dead Boy Detectives" have garnered since all eight episodes of their first season began streaming April 25. The original "Dead Boy Detectives" were co-created by writer Neil Gaiman for his DC Comics Vertigo imprint series, "The Sandman," and just as Netflix began adapting that 75-issue, 1989-96 comic book title wit...

  • Happy Moment

    May 9, 2024

  • Prep Roundup

    May 9, 2024

    Shelton baseball Shelton lost 8-2 to Columbia River in the first round of the 2A District 4 baseball tournament Tuesday at Columbia River High School in Vancouver. The Highclimbers played against Mark Morris on Wednesday at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex to try to keep the season alive. If Shelton won, the Highclimbers would play against the loser of the Tumwater-Ridgefield district semifinal game at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Recreation Complex in Ridgefield. Shelton wrapped up the regular season with a 5-3 loss against the Warriors...

  • Sea lions still hanging around on Allyn dock

    June Williams|May 9, 2024

    Port of Allyn commissioners continued to discuss ways to get sea lions, who have taken up residence on the port's dock, to leave. At the May 7 regular meeting, Commissioner Michael Curtin, who was also elected secretary, suggested purchasing a float to be moored away from the dock, so the sea lions would have an alternate perch. "It's not going to work," Commissioner John Sheridan said. "If you give them more platforms, they'll just take it up." Sheridan said he's spent decades working on...

  • Mary's Memoirs

    Clydene Hostetler|May 9, 2024

    Sam goes to Boise, Idaho, for a couple of days. People do not go out and look at each other's flowers like that anymore. People do not go outdoors that much anymore either. Especially kids. Sunday, May 1, 1950 Today I cleaned the house and left for Cleora's before Sam got out of bed. He was so tired from the trip. Called on Alice Duckwiler and found her not at all well. She must have a nurse all the time, so I stayed but a short time. Then to Cleora's and we had a lovely lunch together. Saw her...

  • Arden John Pierce

    May 9, 2024

    Arden John Pierce, 92, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Arden was born on December 27, 1931 in Hoquiam, WA to Ruel Pierce and Catherine Frodl. Arden was a lifetime resident of Mason County. During his early years of growing up on the Hood Canal, he developed his love of the great outdoors. He served in the U.S. Army, as a medic in the Korean War and went on to have a successful career as a Christmas tree grower, owner and operator of his own tree farms. In... Full story

  • Ann Elizabeth McGrady Kimball (Lennox)

    May 9, 2024

    Ann Elizabeth McGrady Kimball (Lennox) was born May 11, 1941, in Somers Point, NJ where she lived with her mother, Ruth, grandmother, Irma, and her aunt, Sandra, who was like a sister to her until the age of 15. Following Ruth's marriage to Daniel Sullivan, they moved to Long Island, where Ann became the big sister to five siblings: Daniel, Sandra, Colleen, James, and Ruth. They considered her a second mother and enjoyed a unique and special bond. Ann graduated from Hauppauge High School on... Full story

  • Donald Corliss

    May 9, 2024

    Donald Corliss, of Shelton, WA, born April 28, 1941 passed away April 27, 2024, from cancer. He is survived by his wife Susan of 37 years and three stepchildren, Wendy Guinn of North Carolina, Joseph Weber of Belfair and David Weber of Key Peninsula, also, two sons from a previous marriage, Bryan Corliss of Sammamish, and Aaron Corliss of Belfair, ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, David Corliss and a stepson, Philip Weber. In his accomplish... Full story

  • Gary Val Jackson

    May 9, 2024

    Gary Val Jackson, of Lake Cushman, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2024, surrounded by his children, Gary Jr., Kevin and Tracy. Gary was born November 11, 1938 to Gus V. and Betty (Millar) Jackson in Seattle, WA and spent his childhood in Ballard, graduating from Ballard High School. He joined the U.S. Army in September 1960 and served four years and was part of the U.S. Army Reserves until January 1966. Gary moved to Hoquiam after leaving the Army and began working for Lambs Grays Harbor in 1964 as a welder. He moved to Olympia in 1984 where... Full story

  • Robert "Bob" Michael Whitmarsh

    May 9, 2024

    Robert Michael Whitmarsh was born January 23, 1946. He passed away on March 26, 2024. He was born to Robert and Doris Whitmarsh, who preceded him in death. He was their only son and was raised with his four sisters. He grew up in Shelton, WA, and graduated from Shelton High School in 1964. He went on to graduate from Western Washington University. Bob worked in California, Alaska and Oregon in the insurance business before retiring and buying the Yakima Watermill from his uncle. He recently... Full story

  • Willie Jefferson Cuzick, Jr.

    May 9, 2024

    Willie "Wiley" Jefferson Cuzick, Jr. was born on June 22, 1946, to Willie "Bill" Cuzick, Sr. and Eva (Bearden) Cuzick, in Shelton, WA and passed away peacefully, in his home, on March 28th, 2024. Wiley joined the U.S. Army as a young man in 1969. He was honorably discharged in 1971 as a Sergeant E5 and received a bronze medal for his heroism in the Vietnam War. He was born and raised in Shelton, WA. He worked in the woods and logging industry for over 50 years and drove log truck for more than... Full story

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