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Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition

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  • Shelton High targeted in shooting hoax

    Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    Shelton Police, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Squaxin Island Police and Skokomish Police responded to what turned out to be a false account of a student with a gun at Shelton High School. According to the City of Shelton social media, the original call Thursday morning stated a student was in the parking lot with an AR-15. Police responded, searched the area and found no sign of a suspect or a shooting. The Shelton School District was given the all-clear just before noon. There were similar ...

  • Weekend fires erupt

    Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    A fire that began Saturday on Kamilche Point Road just south of Shelton spread to 41 acres before it was contained and extinguished by the state Department of Natural Resources. According to DNR spokesperson Janet Pearce, the fire is in "mop-up mode," which means DNR crews are ensuring there are no hot spots that could reignite the fire. "People may see a little smoke when we do mop-up and getting all the hot spots that are left," Pearce told the Journal. "It's always a good sign doing a...

  • Dolores M. Murphy

    May 18, 2023

    Dolores M. Murphy (Kelly) passed away August 26, 2022, with her family by her side, in Olympia, WA. She was born May 21, 1925 in Tacoma, WA to Albert and Hazel Kelly. Family meant everything to Dolores. As a homemaker, she devoted her lifetime and energy to her family members, and many friends. She also enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Dolores is survived by her husband Robert Murphy (married in 1980), four sons: David (Patty), Dayle, Byron and Terry, two daughters: Marjory (Mike) and... Full story

  • Thomas B. Howe

    May 18, 2023

    Thomas B. Howe, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away May 9, 2023, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA due to complications with Diabetes. He was born January 15, 1963 in Shelton, and lived here most of his life with the exception of living in Portland, Oregon for a short time. He also lived in Westport, WA for few years. Thomas was loved and cherished by so many people. He had a personality that you would remember. He loved his family, animals, music, and was an all... Full story

  • George Samuel "Sam" Sevier

    May 18, 2023

    George Samuel "Sam" Sevier passed away on Thursday May 11, 2023 in Shelton, WA. Sam was born on December 28, 1937 in Bellingham, WA to George and Lucille (Fisher) Sevier. Sam has been a resident of Shelton for 18 years. He moved to Shelton from Dunkirk, MD in 2005. Sam graduated from Mount Baker High School in Deming, WA in 1956, and then joined the U.S. Air Force. While Sam was stationed in Othello, WA where met the love of his life, Ida Mae Skogley. They married on July 2, 1959. Sam left the... Full story

  • Charles A. Pede

    May 18, 2023

    Charles A. Pede, born January 23, 1931 in Seattle, WA and passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2023. Charles is always with us and never will be forgotten. Charles lived an amazing life and has an amazing family to carry on his legacy. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran. We will hold a piece of him in ourselves. We all will love and celebrate his life. Charles is survived by his wife Beverly of 50 years. Children; Cheryl Forcier, David Pede, Jeanette Nuetzmann, Tammy Setty, Brien Pede Brenda... Full story

  • Vernal Franklin Stratton

    May 18, 2023

    Vernal Franklin Stratton, 98, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 7, 2023 at Providence Rehabilitation in Olympia, WA. He was a wonderful husband, father and provider. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Vernal embraced the Bible Hope of living on a paradise earth, free of sorrow. To hear about that hope, please attend his memorial service on Friday, May 19th, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 11:00 a.m. on W. Sentry Ct., Shelton, WA.... Full story

  • Olive Lanman

    May 18, 2023

    With Great sorrow and bittersweet gratitude, the Lanman family announces the passing of our lovely and sweet mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Olive Lanman. Olive sadly passed away in the early morning hours of May 9th, 2023, at the age of 91 just four days before her 92nd birthday. Olive was born May 13th, 1931, in Ardenhurst Township Minnesota to her parents Ray and Iva Parr. As a child, Olive moved to Washington with her family and lived in Bremerton as a teenager. Later the family... Full story

  • Legislators tout state project money

    Gordon Weeks|May 18, 2023

    Keeping state Route 3 Freight Corridor construction on track and securing $1.5 million for Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center in Shelton are among the gains for the 35th District in the state's $70-billion budget, the district's three legislators said Friday. State Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton and state Republican Reps. Dan Griffey and Travis Couture, both of Allyn, offered their thoughts on the recently completed legislative session at an event sponsored by the Economic Development...

  • Recently Passed

    May 18, 2023

    Julie Joy Waldrop, 83, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 8, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Donna Kerry Ellis, 72, a resident of Des Moines, WA, passed away May 9, 2023, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Michael Nelson, 76, a resident of Olympia, passed away May 9, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb and Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Thomas B. Howe, 60, a resident of Shelton, passed away May 10, 2023, at Harborview Medical... Full story

  • Nine receive Mason Health scholarships

    Gordon Weeks|May 18, 2023

    Mason Health awarded full-ride medical pathways scholarships to nine students from Shelton High School's Health Sciences Academy. The students were honored at a presentation May 10 at Mason General Hospital. The number of scholarships increased from the six presented last year in the first year of the program. Mason Health and the Shelton School District have partnered to increase the number of health care workers in Mason County, and help students continue their education. The scholarship...

  • Commission hesitant of Sherwood Forest opposition

    Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    The state Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to sell timber in the Sherwood Forest at 10 a.m. May 23 at the South Puget Sound Region Office in Enumclaw. Mason County commissioners addressed the topic at their Monday briefing. Commissioners were asked by people attending the regular commission meeting May 9 to write a letter to the state DNR asking them to cancel or postpone the sale, known as the "Sure Wood Timber Sale." It appears unlikely the commission will write such a letter. At...

  • YSS Dive's Hood Canal cleanup doubles participation

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 18, 2023

    When John and Katherine Yackel founded the YSS Dive Shop in Hoodsport in 2020, they saw it as their responsibility to protect and advocate for Hood Canal. Hood Canal - technically a fjord - includes what John said is "a very special underwater world," with its own diverse selection of life. Educating divers and nondivers about the need to shrink their carbon output became a priority for the Yackels. "Most people had no idea how much debris was at the Port of Hoodsport, until we started hosting...

  • Sheriff's Office arrests two for domestic violence

    Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler John Lagasa, 28, and Hope Bates, 21, for assault in the first degree with domestic violence on Thursday evening on East Sleaford Road near Shelton. According to MCSO Chief Deputy of Operations Jason Dracobly, neighbors reported hearing screaming, yelling and shots fired. When deputies arrived, Lagasa and Bates went into the house and barricaded themselves inside. According to the probable cause affidavit, after they went into the house, MCSO spoke...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    Central Mason fire has busy weekend Central Mason Fire and EMS responded to 62 calls last weekend. According to a news release, CMFE fought a brushfire Sunday morning off Ritz Road on Harstine Island. The fire was 100-by-20 feet burning in clear-cut, and crews were able to contain the fire and hand it to state Department of Resources crews for mop-up. On Sunday afternoon, CMFE responded to a separate brush fire off of Pickering Road that featured burning powerlines overhead. Crews arrived to find a 66-by-33 foot brush fire with flames up to 20...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 18, 2023

    Spring plant sale The Harstine Island Garden Club hosts its Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 371 E. Harstine Island Road N. Last weekend for ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Shelton’s Connection Street Theatre stages the two-act comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Faith Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1212 Connection St., Shelton. Tickets are $5, and are sold at the door, which opens 30 minutes before each performance. Information:

  • Evangelical musical this weekend at Shelton High

    Gordon Weeks|May 18, 2023

    Clearly Focused Productions stages the evangelical musical drama "Moment of Truth" at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, 3737 N. Shelton Springs Road. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 10, and church youth groups can get in for $5 each with a minimum group of 10. Information: and 360-789-7917. Laura Lee (Johnston) Roznowski directs a cast of about 30 in the show, which she co-wrote...

  • 'Still' uses Fox's career to capture travails, triumphs

    Compiled by reporter Kirk Boxleitner|May 18, 2023

    It's hard to convey to those who didn't experience the 1980s firsthand what a huge deal Michael J. Fox was, and how much he seemed to remain a down-to-earth guy. I'd say (as a compliment to both men) that he was the Will Smith of his day, except Smith and Fox's heydays weren't that far removed - "Family Ties" ran from 1982-89, while "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" ran from 1990-96. And of course, Smith was never diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The title of the Michael J. Fox biopic on Apple TV...

  • Shelton girls win powerlifting title

    Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    The Shelton High Scholl girls powerlifting team won its fifth state powerlifting championship May 6 at the Mini-Dome in Shelton. Madison Gill at 181 pounds, Neveah Haskins at 198 pounds and Amanda Cruz Santos each won the state championship in their respective weight classes. Raquel Ruiz at 165 pounds, Aurora Marcy at 198 pounds and Brooke Sheetz in the unlimited class each finished second. Judy Gaze at 220 pounds and Alexandra Cheatham at 123 pounds finished third. Mylee Cuzick finished fifth...

  • Shelton Springs hosts Cascade Challenge

    Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    The Shelton Springs Disc Golf Course is hosting the Cascade Challenge on Memorial Day Weekend. This is the first Disc Golf Pro Tour event held in the state. The 150 pros will be playing from the hardest tees, which are called Misery Whip at Shelton Springs, which has a few defensive elements and more mandatory rules and additional out of bounds. First round passes sold out quickly but there are additional tickets available and Mason County Disc Golf Club secretary Justin Holzgrove said they are...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|May 18, 2023

    Shelton baseball Shelton’s season came to an end on May 10 with a 7-2 loss to Mark Morris in the 2A District IV baseball tournament in Ridgefield. The Highclimbers finished the season 10-10 overall. Shelton track The Shelton boys and girls track teams each finished fourth at the Evergreen Conference Championships on Friday at Tiger Stadium in Centralia. In girls results, Shelton junior Lily Bennett won the 3,200-meter race in 12 minutes, 30 seconds. Shelton junior Moa Skold won the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 7 inches. Shelton junior Mar...

  • 'Grease' at North Mason

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 18, 2023

    North Mason High School Theatre presents "Grease" at 7 p.m. on the Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of May 18, 19 and 20, and June 1, 2 and 3, at the school in Belfair. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ASB members and children aged 12 years and younger. North Mason High School Drama Club adviser Hilary Gennaro said "Grease" is "a rather expensive and large production, so it is often difficult for smaller schools like North Mason to produce," but fortunately, this year saw "a wonderful...

  • Dewatto searching for candidates for commissioner seat

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 18, 2023

    Port of Dewatto Manager Jeana Crosby talked about the search to replace Port Commission Chair Ray Mow, a port commissioner since 2017. Mow died April 8. “We have not had anyone apply as of yet,” Crosby told the Herald on May 12. “We do have a few people whom we are going to ask.” Crosby was not able to release those people’s names, she did note the replacement needs to be from Mow’s district. Mow represented Port of Dewatto District No. 2, which includes Haven Lake, Wooten Lake and the surroun...

  • Mary has low-energy day: 'I was not worth a cent'

    Clydene Hostetler|May 18, 2023

    Tulips were coming up a bit late 74 years ago, just like today. I think Mary is a sun worshipper. What do you think? It is only May and I bet she has a head start on that tan of hers. Saturday, May 7, 1949 Today I got up early and washed all the clothes. Then scrubbed the cabin good and to Belfair. We saw Kreislers at Belfair and had a nice talk. Bought our groceries and went to the locker and home. Cleaned the house and then laid out in the sun. Oh, it is surely nice out! So warm. The crab...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 18, 2023

    ‘Suspect’ responds Editor, the Journal, Since I was one of the subjects of Mr. Graham’s letter of May 11 “The Usual Suspects,” I would like to respond. I’ll try to make my points quickly. As I said in my letter of May 4, I will always defend Mr. Thomas’ right to be heard, just as I said the same for Mr. Graham. Mr. Graham has said that I do not want to discuss or debate issues. Actually I have said before these letters are opinions and discussions of issues. Let’s learn how and why we think th...

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