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Articles from the June 15, 2023 edition


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  • Fatal SR3 accident Sunday

    Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    A 35-year-old Port Orchard motorcycle rider died Sunday in a head-on collision south of Allyn on state Route 3. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Kenneth M. Speers died at the scene of the crash. His next of kin was notified. A 2002 Suzuki sport utility vehicle, driven by a 34-year-old Allyn man, was southbound on Route 3 while the motorcycle was northbound. The Suzuki crossed the centerline and struck the motorcyclist. The Suzuki rolled onto its top into the northbound...

  • Christian Boad

    Jun 15, 2023

    Christian was born in Shelton, WA on June 2, 1969 to Pamela (Robb) Boad and Stevenson L. Boad, both of Shelton. He passed away at his parents' home from cancer on May 25, 2023. Christian graduated from Shelton High School in 1987 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his service he went on to obtain an Associate's Degree in Horticulture at SPSCC. While there, he met his wife Teresa Snyder of New York. They had two sons and later divorced. He later became a partner in his family's...

  • Jerry Owen Glavin

    Jun 15, 2023

    Jerry Owen Glavin, 80 passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on Sunday May 14th, 2023 in Shelton WA. Jerry was born November 1st, 1942, in McMinville, Oregon to John (Jack) Joseph Glavin and Betty Louella Kingrey. He met JoAnn Ulery in Olympia, WA and they married in 1963. They had five children. Throughout his life Jerry worked as a brush picker, mushroom picker, master cook and restaurateur. He prided himself in preparing and serving great food in his family run restaurants...

  • Celebration of Life for Barbara Strickland

    Jun 15, 2023

    The Celebration of Life for Barbara Strickland location has been changed to: The Simpson Recreation area at Mason Lake (has small kitchen) Saturday, June 24th, 2023 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lite lunch provided. Any questions call Tina (360) 280-2609 "A special thank you to Nora for all your kindness, friendship and love"...

  • Celebration of Life Willobelle Valentine

    Jun 15, 2023

    Willobelle's Celebration of Life Service will take place at the Montesano Church of God on June 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow....

  • Recently passed

    Jun 15, 2023

    Robert Boschee, 74, a resident of Olympia, passed away May 31, 2023, at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb and Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Christopher Lee Mehl, 22, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 3, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Jeffery Leo Peters, 70, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 4, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Thomas Tempel, 85, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 5, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by...

  • In remembrance

    Jun 15, 2023

  • City seeks to end vaping in parks

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 15, 2023

    Vaping will be banned in all city parks, if the Shelton City Council approves the change Tuesday. The council gave preliminary approval to the ban by unanimous vote at its June 6 meeting. Banning vaping at the city’s 10 parks is one of the recommendations from the city’s parks advisory board, said Jordanne Krumpols, recreation coordinator for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Another recommendation was to clarify that alcohol is only allowed if part of a special event permit, shelter or field use that requires a reservation,...

  • Pride proclamations draw ire, support

    Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Jun 15, 2023

    City councils and county commissions routinely sign proclamations noting monthlong observances, which this month in the United States include African-American Music Appreciation Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month and National Safety Month. The proclamations are usually noted briefly at a meeting and signed by council and commission members without a vote or comment. But when the Mason County Board of Commissioners and Shelton City Council both signed national LGBTQ+ Pride Month proclamations June 6, they were greeted with calls of support...

  • Pais quits Fire 12 commission

    Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    Mason County Fire District 12 commissioner John Pais resigned at a special meeting Friday in Matlock. Fire 12 called the special meeting to tell the community the internal investigation, conducted by an attorney retained by district commissioners, will be posted to the website this week. The attorney was paid with taxpayer money. Prior to the end of the meeting, Pais announced his resignation, effective immediately. “Now that the investigation is over, and it will be posted and it did what it...

  • Public hearing Tuesday on proposed annexation

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 15, 2023

    The Shelton City Council hosts a public hearing Tuesday evening on the proposed annexation of 40 wooded acres south of Island Lake known as "Meadows Edge" into the city. The single owner of the property wants to build a 36-lot subdivision, which was recently approved by Mason County, contingent on the city providing roads and utilities. The land is located within the Shelton Urban Growth Area, north of the Shelton Springs Subdivision and south of Frog Acres. The City Council accepted the...

  • THESE TIMES

    Kirk Ericson|Jun 15, 2023

    File this one under “Beware of trucks bought from Canadian mines.” Mrs. Ericson and I were nearing her car in a parking lot a couple of weeks ago. She was several steps ahead of me when she depressed the button on her key fob several times to unlock the car door, to no effect. A fellow standing on the running board of a utility truck about 50 feet away started making noise, directed at us. The man’s truck was a working person’s rig, not one of those spotless Ford F-150s people buy to ...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Jun 15, 2023

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    Missing backpacker in Olympic found A Stanford University professor who was backpacking and had been missing since June 7 was found near the Dosewallips River Trail with the assistance of other hikers. According to a news release, Hunter Fraser was driven to Quilcene where his family, park personnel and medical responders were waiting for him. Fraser had planned a 40-mile backpacking trip and intended to be back in Seattle on June 7. He was reported overdue by a family member and the search for...

  • County returning unused COVID vaccine money

    Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    Mason County will be returning “several hundred thousand dollars” of COVID-19 relief money to the state at the end of the month. Mason County Director of Community Services Dave Windom provided the information to the county Board of Health at their May 23 meeting. “It’s for COVID vaccine. We’re just not getting demands for COVID vaccine work so I talked to the hospital and they aren’t getting a big demand either,” Windom told the board. The Board of Health talked about ways to use...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 15, 2023

    Shelton grad excels at eastern university Emmett Anderson of Shelton earned a spot on the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lasell University in Newton, Massachussets. To be eligible, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better while completing at least 12 credits as a full-time student that semester. Harstine students get scholarships The Harstine Island Women’s Club and the Judy and Charles Chase Scholarship Fund Management Committee awarded five scholarships to full-time Harstine Island residents who are starting their post...

  • MAKING A DIFFERENCE

    Tessa Halloran|Jun 15, 2023

    Mason County is the largest producer of shellfish in Washington and is home to more than 700 miles of shoreline, nearly 100 freshwater lakes, and two major rivers among many other smaller creeks and tributaries. Preservation of the county's natural resources is incredibly important for our local economy and for the health of all our residents, including our local flora and fauna. Our septic systems naturally recycle wastewater by allowing it to safely return to groundwater and re-enter the...

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    Three week closure on state Route 106 Drivers will need to plan for closures on a segment of state Route 106 at Twanoh State Park to remove and replace an outdated culvert. According to a news release from the state Department of Transportation, between July 10 and 30, WSDOT will close state Route 106 at Twanoh State Park and a signed detour will direct traffic around the closure onto U.S. 101 and state Route 3 through Shelton. The total closure reduces the overall construction timeline and reduces the project’s effect on the environmental...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 15, 2023

    Shelton team seeking Relay for Life donors Shelton is not hosting an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser this year, but a group of people from Shelton will participate June 24 at the North Thurston High School track at the Thurston County Relay for Life. Debbie Hill is the captain of the team Shelton Buddy Battalion. At the event, the team will host a silent auction with gift certificates and items donated by Builders FirstSource, Cut Rate Auto, Shelton Veterinarian Hospital, Les...

  • GETTING OUT

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 15, 2023

    Many amateur — or “ham” — radio hobbyists develop their skills to provide lines of communication when other avenues of communication have failed, and they need to practice to keep those skills current. During the weekend of June 24-25, hams across the country will set up operations to make as many contacts as possible within 24 hours for this year’s American Radio Relay League Field Day. The Mason County Amateur Radio Club, which operates under the Amateur Radio Emergency Service,...

  • IN THE DARK REVIEWS

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 15, 2023

    Seeing the Michael J. Fox biopic "Still" on Apple TV+ last month stuck with me, so I skipped the latest "Transformers" film to raid Fox's catalog for a couple of his lesser-loved films to see how they hold up in retrospect. Writer-director Paul Schrader's "Light of Day" cast Fox alongside rock 'n' roll musician Joan Jett in 1987, while Jay McInerney wrote the screenplay for the 1988 movie adaptation of his own novel, "Bright Lights, Big City," which starred Fox in 1988. Both films were released...

  • GETTING OUT

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 15, 2023

    Cody Morris, head brewer and founder of Potlatch Brewing Co. in Hoodsport, credited Kelli Kohout, co-founder of the Hoodstock Music and Arts Festival on the Hood Canal, with inspiring him to brew custom ales for community events. It started with a recipe for last year's Hoodstock, and expanded for this year's Hoodstock and Fjordin Crossin events. Morris debuted his farmhouse ale, which employs a largely traditional Scandinavian recipe and kviek yeast, May 19 at Potlatch Brewing to lead into the...

  • Mary M. Knight athletics 'projecting well'

    Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    The state of Mary M. Knight athletics is "projecting well," according to athletic director Tom Kerr. MMK had some trouble getting participation in some sports, including football and boys basketball. Kerr said that a lot of youth are in the varsity programs and participation numbers are expected to go on an upward trend after this year. "The majority of our athletes - both boys and girls - will be freshmen and sophomores next year so the future is bright for MMK," Kerr told the Journal in an...

  • Thygesen off to Spokane

    Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    North Mason's Kezlie Thygesen has signed her letter of intent to run at Whitworth University in Spokane next year. Thygesen wrapped up her senior year in cross country with a 41st-place finish in the 2A state race in November at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Thygesen placed sixth in the 3,200-meter race and 11th in the 1,600-meter race at the state 2A track and field championships at the end of May at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma....

  • Blackburn to St. Martin's

    Matt Baide|Jun 15, 2023

    Shelton's Jaydon Blackburn signed his letter of intent to run at Saint Martin's University in Lacey next year. Blackburn finished his senior season in cross country with a 47th-place finish at the 2A state race in November at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Blackburn finished 17th in the 3,200-meter race at the state 2A track and field champioinships at the end of May at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. He finished third in the 3,200-meter race at districts....

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