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Articles from the May 11, 2023 edition


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  • County group sues over timber sale

    Matt Baide|May 11, 2023

    Mason County Climate Justice and the Legacy Forest Defense Coalition are suing the state Department of Natural Resources over two timber sales in Mason County. The lawsuit alleges that DNR, agency director Hilary Franz and the Board of Natural Resources failed to comply with the State Environmental Policy Act. According to attorney Jennifer Calkins, who is representing the parties pro bono, the lawsuit was filed May 3 in Mason County Superior Court. The two timber sales include Sherwood Forest,...

  • Community airs permit concerns

    Matt Baide|May 11, 2023

    Residents can make their voices heard about Taylor Shellfish’s proposal for an oyster-growing operation in Oakland Bay at a public hearing at 1 p.m. May 24. The meeting is with Mason County hearing examiner at the Commission Chambers at 411 North 5th St. in Shelton. Commissioner Sharon Trask, who represents the area where the proposed oyster bag farm would be sited, has directed people to make their voices heard by attending the public hearing or by emailing the county and Taylor Shellfish. Jeff...

  • Giving thanks

    May 11, 2023

  • Massive fire draws big response

    Matt Baide|May 11, 2023

    Central Mason Fire and EMS received an "all call" dispatch May 3 after a commercial structure fire broke out at All West Coast Auto Wrecking north of Shelton on state Route 3. According to a news release from CMFE, crews arrived within minutes to a 60-by-150 foot automotive warehouse with heavy fire and black smoke. The fire burned about 40 vehicles and several hundred tires, and was fueled by 3,500 gallons of waste fuel including gas, diesel and oil. "I've been in the business for 36 years....

  • Swatting locks down Shelton High School Thursday

    Matt Baide|May 11, 2023

    Shelton High School was put into lockdown on Thursday due to a swatting call. According to a City of Shelton Facebook post, Shelton Police along with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Squaxin Island Police and Skokomish Police responded to an apparent swatting call Thursday morning at the high school. The original call that was received was a student in the parking lot had an AR-15. After a search of the campus by authorities, there was nothing found and no signs of a shooting. There were s... Full story

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 11, 2023

    Hurricane Ridge Lodge fire Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge went up in flames Sunday afternoon. According to a National Park Service news release, nobody was in the structure at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Clallam County Fire District 2 and Port Angeles Fire Department responded to the fire. The lodge was being renovated since March 27 and was closed to visitors. The 17-mile mountain road leading up to the building was closed since construction began. Park officials say the structure appears to be a complete loss. The building...

  • I know the right way to do the dishes

    Kirk Ericson|May 11, 2023

    I remember this. I was around 5 years old the first time I did the dishes. It happened at the kitchen sink in my family’s house, a home that was built on the then-expanding edge of the city limits of Spokane in the 1950s. I stood on a stool. Light from the sun streamed through the windows. That is my origin story. I learned early, and I learned well. I entered the professional dishwashing ranks when I was age 17, working in a steamy, fetid, after-thought of a space next to the kitchen at Clinker...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 11, 2023

    Electromagnetic evil Editor, the Journal, Thank you, Mr. Duenkel. The voters of Mason County can sleep easier now that you have insulated our vote counting machines in Faraday fabric [expensive, hope you got it on sale at Joann Fabric and Craft]. The chips are now safe from being flipped by those sinister electromagnetic forces. But how do we protect our vulnerable brain cells from being flipped by Elon Musk filling the skies with his satellites beaming down on us and filling the streets with his electric cars charging at us? Or our phones...

  • Couture: 'I was proud to be your voice'

    Travis Couture|May 11, 2023

    It has been the honor and privilege of my life to serve you and to be your voice in the House of Representatives. In my freshman year there was a certain level of uncertainty going into session. However, I was absolutely blessed to be surrounded by Rep. Dan Griffey and Sen. Drew MacEwen. They made me feel comfortable and supported throughout the entire session, and their experience was invaluable as I navigated those rocky waters. Although in many ways the session was a disappointment regarding...

  • Farm Marketing Special Train comes to Shelton

    Jan Parker|May 11, 2023

    In spring 1929, the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Washington State College (now WSU) entered into a joint venture to "demonstrate to farmers and other residents the last word in marketing of all farm products." They assembled a collection of livestock, poultry and various farm products grown in Western Washington, enlisted the expertise of several agricultural specialists, railroad officials and livestock attendants, and put the show on the road, or rather, the tracks. The Farm Marketing...

  • Old-Time fun

    May 11, 2023

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 11, 2023

    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. Saturday at the Grant School, 151 E. Community Club Road. Annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, succulents, ornamentals, native plants and more are on sale. Local artists will sell their works. Desserts will be on sale. New this year is a free seed and bulb exchange. Bring your leftover seeds or bulbs or pick up some free for your garden. Proceeds will benefit the Grant School, a former one-room schoolhouse and...

  • Shelton troupe stages 'Pirates of Penzance'

    Gordon Weeks|May 11, 2023

    Consider the rapid-fire lyrics that kickstart the Gilbert and Sullivan tune "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," probably the best-known song in the duo's 1879 operatta "The Pirates of Penzance": "I am the very model of a modern Major-General I've information, vegetable, animal and mineral. I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical From Marathon to Waterloo, on order categorical" That's the kind of flight of fancy you can expect when Shelton's Connection Street...

  • Education Briefs

    Gordon Weeks|May 11, 2023

    Deadline Monday for Harstine scholarships The Harstine Island Women’s Club and the Judy and Charles Chase Scholarship Fund Management Committee are offering scholarships to full-time residents of Harstine Island who are entering or continuing their post high school education. Applicants must have obtained a diploma with an accredited high school program or earned a GED. Applications will be accepted through Monday. Winners will be announced by May 31. Applications and scholarship details are available at Shelton, CHOICE, Cedar and North M...

  • Shelton Farmers Market Opens

    May 11, 2023
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  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has satisfying closure

    Compiled by reporter Kirk Boxleitner|May 11, 2023

    In retrospect, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" feels like the true capstone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe up through "Infinity War," because it finally addresses the last loose plot threads left untied after Thanos (and Bruce Banner and Tony Stark) snapped their fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos' brief mid-credits appearance at the end of the first "Avengers" film in 2012 obscures the fact that his first full, substantive role was in the first "Guardians of the Galaxy"...

  • Community events along Hood Canal in May, June

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 11, 2023

    Hoodsport, Union and Belfair’s calendars are active with arts, entertainment and community events in the coming weeks, starting with the Hood Canal Improvement Club’s community market at the New Community Church of Union, at 951 E. Dalby Road in Union on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kerry Meyers, vice president of the Hood Canal Improvement Club, anticipates one to two dozen vendors, and hopes for clear skies, since that’s enough vendors to fill the church and start to spill outside, even bef...

  • Raising the bar

    May 11, 2023

  • Shelton falls to Ridgefield in District opener

    Staff report|May 11, 2023

    The Highclimbers lost 3-2 to Ridgefield on Tuesday in the opening round of the District IV baseball tournament in Ridgefield. Shelton took an early lead but was unable to hang on. The Highclimbers had the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh inning. The Highclimbers faced Mark Morris on Wednesday in Ridgefield in a loser-out game. If Shelton wins, they will play the loser of Tumwater-Columbia River on Friday at 3 p.m. in Ridgefield with a spot in the state tournament on the line....

  • Cindy Ann Roush

    May 11, 2023

    Cindy Ann Roush was a caring mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed suddenly on April 30, 2023, at age 69, after a long battle with cancer. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends making and enjoying meals and sharing stories. She enjoyed mushroom picking, reading, crocheting, visiting the casino and attending Sunday service. She was the most caring and loving person you would ever meet. Cindy is survived by her five children, Dina Huston, Desirae Roush, Denise Roush,... Full story

  • Ronald A. Dunham

    May 11, 2023

    Ronald A. Dunham passed away peacefully on February 5th, 2023. There will be a Celebration of Life on May 20th at the Mason Benson Center at 5971 E. Mason Lake Drive W., Grapeview, WA from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.... Full story

  • Tom Nelson

    May 11, 2023

    Tom Nelson’s Celebration of Life will be held May 13th, 2023, at the Mason County Senior Center(The Pavilion) at 2:00 p.m.... Full story

  • Lynn Patrice Allen

    May 11, 2023

    Lynn Patrice Allen, beloved mother and sister, passed away on April 14, 2023, at the age of 75. She was the youngest daughter of Dr. Edwin and Mary Lovell of Shelton, who preceded her in death. Lynn was born and raised in Shelton and was a graduate of Irene S. Reed High School. Lynn is survived by her husband Ken Allen, her elder sister Coco Lomas, her three daughters, Andrea Coulter, Deidra Altman-Dott, and Kerri Altman as well as her grandson Alexander Arcaya. Lynn had a passion for Hawaiian... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    May 11, 2023

    John Lee Goetsch, 86, a resident of Shelton, passed away at Fir Lane Assisted Living in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Tom Ashley Dale, 77, a resident of Elma, passed away April 28, 2023, at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. James R. Oakes, 81, a resident of Olympia, passed away May 1, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Marjorie Howlett, 84, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 2... Full story