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Articles from the May 30, 2024 edition


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  • Salute to the fallen

    May 30, 2024

  • Rescue at bridge

    June Williams|May 30, 2024

    Mason County emergency responders rescued a teenager who fell by the High Steel Bridge on Saturday, May 25. The 19-year-old man was apparently hiking in the closed area underneath the bridge and fell 400 feet down the side of the canyon, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s office. “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Special Operations Rescue Team, he was rescued and sustained only minimal injuries,” MCSO said in a Facebook post. MCSO, West Mason Fire and Fire District 6 assisted in the rescue. The post shows a rescuer pulling himse...

  • New Fire 12 commissioners

    June Williams|May 30, 2024

    Mason County commissioners appointed Trina Young and Dave Persell as commissioners for Fire District 12, positions 1 and 3 respectively, on May 24. In their first action, Young and Persell quickly called an emergency meeting May 25 to suspend District 12 Fire Chief Bryan Walsworth and appoint Mike Brown as acting chief. They also approved hiring attorney Eric Quinn as the district’s legal representative for $500 a month. Young will serve as the commission’s chair and Persell will act as secretary. Last week, Fire District 12 lost insurance cov...

  • Defenders need more money

    June Williams|May 30, 2024

    Mason County Chief Public Defender Peter Jones advised commissioners on a huge budget increase his office will be seeking in 2025 and got preliminary approval to pursue contract attorneys at the May 20 briefing. Jones said “to continue to operate” at current levels, the public defender’s office will seek over a half a million dollar increase in its budget next year. “That has a total budget impact of almost $580,000. I figured before we got to the budget I would present that to you and let you know,” Jones said. The commissioners signed of...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    Shelton has a new deputy mayor Sharon Schirman is the new deputy mayor of Shelton. The Shelton City Council voted to award her the office at its regular meeting May 21. Schirman is the majority owner of ISW PNW in downtown Shelton and was elected to the council in 2022. Schirman replaces Joe Schmit as deputy mayor. Schmit resigned in April. In the election of the deputy mayor, council member George Blush nominated Schirman and Tom Gilmore nominated Miguel Gutierrez. Schirman won with four votes....

  • These Times

    Kirk Ericson|May 30, 2024

    Carrie Brownstein, a singer and the guitarist for the punk group Sleater-Kinney, and the co-creator and co-star of the off-kilter TV series “Portlandia,” lived four homes down from us for a few years in Olympia. You know how hard it can be to find a movie or show that anyone of any age in your house will watch on TV? Mrs. Ericson and I discovered, when our youngest son was about 14, that we all liked “Portlandia.” For a couple of years on New Year’s Eve, we watched “Portlandia” episodes all...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 30, 2024

    Thanks for aiding Fire District 12 Editor, the Journal, I commend our elected Mason County commissioners Randy Neatherlin, Kevin Shutty, Sharon Trask, Sheriff Ryan Spurling and Auditor Steve Duenkel and staff at Mason County for their actions to stabilize Fire District 12. I was impressed seeing the auditor, sheriff and our county commissioners at community meetings regarding the fire district where they offered support and answered questions from the public. Our state Reps. Dan Griffey and...

  • World War II vet celebrates a century

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    Fern Kinsey Jacobson was a high school senior in Grants Pass, Oregon when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Fawn Lake resident, who turns 100 tomorrow, remembers listening to the radio while President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his "day that will live in infamy" speech and declare war on Japan. "I determined at that time I'd help my country," Jacobson said in an interview with the Journal. Jacobson would have to wait a year before she came of age to join the war effort,...

  • Courts & Crime

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|May 30, 2024

    Airbnb guests find banana thief A couple staying at an Airbnb rental in Union awoke May 13 to find a thief stealing a banana. The suspect later told police he was looking for a house his friend had rented, “but was unable to provide any information about the residence or his friend,” Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy S. Fischer wrote in a probable cause document. Clay McKennell was staying at the rental on state Route 106 when the “unknown subject broke in and took a banana and started going through the bedrooms,” according to the document....

  • Donations needed to expand Huff'n'Puff memorial

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    The names of 21 Shelton-area youths who died young will be added to memorials at the trailhead of the City of Shelton's Huff'n'Puff Trail across the street from Shelton High School. Abe Gardner, who led the campaign to create the memorial as his Eagle Scout project 25 years ago, and fellow Shelton Rotary Club member Kristin French gave an update on the student memorial to the Shelton City Council at its regular meeting May 21. The Shelton Rotary Club just signed up for a second year adopting...

  • Belfair woman dies in crash

    June Williams|May 30, 2024

    Belfair resident Letricia Macomber, 50, died in a single-car crash May 22 on state Route 106 when her Tesla left the road and hit multiple trees and a power box, according to the Washington State Patrol. Macomber was driving west in a red Tesla at 7:30 p.m. near Alderwood Road when she veered off the canal-side of the highway. Macomber’s vehicle caught on fire after the crash and she died at the scene, according to Katherine Weatherwax, State Patrol spokesperson for WSP’s District 8. Detectives will not be investigating because there are no...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    Annual Dessert and Silent Auction at Shelton church Mason County Care Net Pregnancy Resource Clinic hosts its annual Dessert and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church, 601 C St., downtown Shelton. Information: 360-427-9171. Mental health fundraising walk in Shelton The goals of National Alliance on Mental Illness’ NAMIWalks Thurston-Mason fundraiser Saturday in Shelton are to promote awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma, raise money for NAMI’s free mental health programs, and to build community and let peo...

  • Getting Out

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    The musical "Little Shop of Horrors" spotlights a mutating plant in a skid row florist shop that feeds on human blood and flesh while commanding "Feed me!!" and a sadistic dentist who saves the laughing gas for himself. But the heart of the musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is the love between the hapless florist Seymour Krelborn and his co-worker Audrey, a pretty blonde with a colorful fashion sense who's dating the abusive dentist. "There's authenticity, but with the touch of ridiculous...

  • In the Dark Reviews

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 30, 2024

    "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" is the direct sequel to 2015's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and the fifth installment in writer-director George Miller's "Mad Max" series, which started with the first "Mad Max" film in 1979. Reports of its apparently underwhelming box office over the Memorial Day weekend leave me wondering whether audiences have grown weary of this 45-year-old franchise. If so, it would be a shame, because "Furiosa" sees Miller firing on all cylinders, not only in staging engagingly elaborate...

  • Tupolo is 2A discus champion

    Justin Johnson|May 30, 2024

    North Mason High School junior Adrianna Tupolo became the first Bulldog to win a state girls track title in 30 years Friday. Tupolo won the discus event at the 2A state Track & Field Championship meet Thursday to Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. "Coming back from finishing 8th in the discus last year at the state championship, I knew from the beginning of this season that Adrianna was ready to put in the work to make some serious progress," North Mason girls coach Lily Campbell...

  • Four-day Forest Festival kicks off today

    Gordon Weeks|May 30, 2024

    "Believe in Bunyan and Babe" is the theme of the 80th annual Mason County Forest Festival, which kicked off with the carnival at the intersection of First and Grove streets in downtown Shelton and concludes with fireworks Saturday night above Oakland Bay Junior High School. The carnival is open from 4 to 9 p.m. today, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Goldsborough Creek Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning features a 7-mile walk, a 7-mile run and a 2-mile...

  • Logging show features top competitors

    June Williams|May 30, 2024

    Some of the top logging sport athletes will compete this weekend at the Forest Festival Logging Show at Loop Field. While the competition is no longer a STIHL Timbersports qualifier event, the company still supports the contest and athletes will use results to "build their resume," Branden Sirguy, an organizer and former competitor, told the Journal. The event will have up to 16 men competing in the "Super Six" championship and 12 women in the "Featured 4" championship. The Super Six events are...

  • Meet the Forest Festival Court

    May 30, 2024

  • Carnival fun includes rides, games and food

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|May 30, 2024

    The Forest Festival carnival is open early this year at 1st and Grove streets in downtown Shelton. The company that runs the carnival had a cancellation, so it set up May 24 and will continue operating through Sunday, according to Forest Festival organizers. The carnival has a mini-Ferris wheel, rides "that make your head spin," games with stuffed animal prizes, and food booths offering cotton candy, candy apples and churros. Hours are 5-9 p.m. tonight, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday...

  • County engineer weighs in on Stretch Island Bridge

    June Williams|May 30, 2024

    County officials say the Stretch Island Bridge is in better shape than a group of island property owners claim. Mason County Public Works deputy director and county engineer Michael Collins told the Herald Stretch Island Bridge is not "structurally deficient" and that term is no longer used in describing structures. "Bridges are rated as Good, Fair, or Poor. Stretch Island Bridge is rated Good," Collins said in an email. The Stretch Island Property Owners wrote a letter lamenting the state of...

  • Ornithology in action

    May 30, 2024

  • Flowers, meetings and 'all kinds of weather'

    Clydene Hostetler|May 30, 2024

    Pretty much a typical week for Mary and Sam. Johnnie Pope got married this week. Monday, May 22, 1950 Today was warm and I cleaned house good. Made potato salad to take to White Shrine. Sam washed clothes and now this evening he is mowing the lawn. It surely looks good. Mrs. Rose Mann and Mr. and Mrs. Irish of San Diego came down to see the flowers. Eddie Fischler and Al Orie were down also. Rec'd our pictures of installation so officers can have them Thursday. Wrote quite a few invitations to p...

  • Herbert Phelps Smith, Jr.

    May 30, 2024

    Herbert Phelps Smith, Jr., 77, born June 2, 1946 - died on May 8, 2024. Herb grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a boy, he hunted and fished to help provide for his family. At the age of 19, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam running rivers as a radar man. After serving in the Navy, he settled in the Pacific Northwest where he met and married his wife, Sharon (Martin) Smith. He worked various jobs in construction as a Shipfitter at Todd Shipyard and eventually as a Steelworker for...

  • Alice "Corrinne" Clary

    May 30, 2024

    Alice "Corrinne" Clary born June 13, 1925 in Forest Lake, Minnesota, to Theodore Manning Corey and Geraldine Catherine (Hawkins) Corey, passed away on May 27, 2024, in Shelton, WA. Corrinne was the third child born to a family of nine children. When she was very young, the family moved to Montana and then eventually Washington. During WWII, she worked at the shipyard in Bremerton, WA where she met, and eventually married, Russell F. Clary, Jr. on February 22, 1946. The couple was then stationed...

  • Nadene Arlene Schad

    May 30, 2024

    Nadene Schad passed peacefully on May 24, 2024, surrounded by her loving children. Nadene was born in Jackson, Minnesota on February 3, 1924, to William and Johanna Ambrose. Nadene turned 100 this year and was an inspiration to her family and friends. Following her marriage to Leslie J. Schad in1949, the couple made their first home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1954, Leslie was transferred with Northwest Airlines, and they moved to Normandy Park, Washington, where they raised three children. Sh...

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