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Articles from the June 20, 2024 edition

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  • Running for a good cause

    Jun 20, 2024

  • Downtown creative district

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 20, 2024

    Imagine strolling through a downtown creative district in Shelton where you can browse galleries, attend concerts, dine at a restaurant on well-lit streets made friendly for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Shelton City Council discussed creating such a district at a work study session June 11 at the Shelton Civic Center. Jae Hill, the city's community and economic development director, said the city's Downtown Visioning Plan in 2025 envisioned an arts district on Cota Street, but not much has...

  • City looks at stolen shopping carts

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 20, 2024

    Stores in Shelton lose more than 300 shopping carts a year, which end up in alleys, ravines and homeless encampments. It costs the City of Shelton staff time and money to retrieve them from its parks and when they become a nuisance. At a study session on June 11, the members of the Shelton City Council and city staff spent an hour discussing ways to mitigate the problem. Jae Hill, the city's community and economic development director, said he reached out to stores in Shelton about their...

  • Public defender updates

    June Williams|Jun 20, 2024

    Mason County Chief Public Defender Peter Jones briefed commissioners June 17 on how preparations are going for presumed changes to his office. The Washington Supreme Court is accepting comments on updated standards through October, Jones said. It’s the first step in passing the standards and making them mandatory, according to Jones. The new proposed rules have been alarming for Mason and other smaller counties that will have to dramatically increase their budgets for indigent defense. Potentially updated Washington State Bar standards will d...

  • Sun Dog

    Jun 20, 2024

  • These Times

    Kirk Ericson|Jun 20, 2024

    Note: I’m taking three weeks off of paid labor, so this space will be filled with reruns of some favorite columns. The following ran in the Jan. 14, 2021, edition. Fresh, unfocused-group content returns June 27. “It’s coming to America first, The cradle of the best and of the worst.” — “Democracy,” Leonard Cohen OLYMPIA — In the midafternoon of Jan. 6, a day that will live in infamy — and reverence — across our schizoid nation, I was in the parking lot on the south side of the state Capitol h...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 20, 2024

    Wrong message Editor, the Journal, I read Theresa Murray's Kid's Message each week. This week I'm wondering why she sent our kids the wrong message. In America there is a plethora of Christian churches across these fruited plains, especially in Shelton and surrounding Mason County there's a church on nearly every corner. Shelton has a variety of 27 Christian churches catering to as many different denominations. Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal, Foursquare, Lutheran, Jehovah Witness,...

  • History at a Glance

    Jan Parker|Jun 20, 2024

    The following items are from the "Local and Personal" pages from June, July, and August issues of the 1920 Journal. June 11: J. Y. Waldrip recently installed a new milking machine on his dairy farm at the head of Oakland Bay, and it is reported to be a great labor saver in the milking of some 30 cows. The county commissioners have been in session this week disposing of the usual routine business. A franchise for distributing electric current over the roads of Mason County was granted to the Olym...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Jun 20, 2024

    Jackson resigns from United Way United Way of Mason County Executive Director Ted Jackson resigned June 6, the organization said in a news release. "Mr. Jackson has served UWMC with dedication, and the Board of Directors extends its gratitude for his service," according to the statement. UWMC Board President Dani Cook told the Journal in an email the group is "taking time to evaluate the program," and will not currently be seeking a replacement executive director. Jackson was a Port of Allyn commissioner until his resignation Jan. 19. He is...

  • Crime & Courts

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Jun 20, 2024

    Fight outside CHOICE graduation ends with arrests Shelton police arrested three men fighting outside the June 6 CHOICE High School graduation at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, according to court documents. Damien Castellane, 21, James Elmund, 19, and Malique Ekstein, 20, were arrested for assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer, according to a probable cause document. Shelton Police Officer M. Mullins got called for a “verbal disturbance” at the center at 6:10 p.m. and en route, MACECOM told him it escalated to a “ph...

  • Fjordin Crossin this weekend in Hoodsport

    June Williams|Jun 20, 2024

    A bit of old Norway is coming to Hoodsport this weekend with the Fjordin Crossin festival. The event celebrates a Nordic tradition of “sending a barrel of aquavit in a ship from Norway across the equator and back again,” according to the event’s website. The local version will send a barrel of the Hardware Distillery’s dill aquavit across the Hood Canal and back to Hoodsport. It happens Saturday at the Hoodsport Dock and is sponsored by the Hardware Distillery and Be the Traveler/Hood Canal Events. Starting at 11 a.m., food booths and other v...

  • Moving on

    Jun 20, 2024

  • Mason Health wins three awards for sustainability

    Staff report|Jun 20, 2024

    Mason Health has again demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship by winning three awards this year from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for sustainable health care systems. For the fourth consecutive year, Mason Health earned the Practice Greenhealth Excellence Partner for Change Award, recognizing superior performance in environmental sustainability in programs and services. For the second year in a row, Mason Health also won the Greening the Operating Room Award. For the first time,...

  • Busy weeks for Central Mason

    Staff report|Jun 20, 2024

    Crews from Central Mason Fire & EMS responded to several major fires in the past two weeks, including this June 5 fire at a home on the 1900 block of Laurel Street. The fire was reported by a passerby at 7:21 p.m., and units arrived on scene within four minutes to find active fire in the attic of the residence. Crews made entry to conduct a search of the home, and to extinguish the fire. Central Mason also responded to fires on the 200 West block of Seattle Avenue on June 3 and a hopper fire at...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 20, 2024

    Market on the Hill Saturdays in Hoodsport St. Germain Episcopal Church hosts its Market on the Hill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29, July 27, Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 14 and 28 at 600 Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport. The July 13 market is combined with the food bank annual fundraiser at the Hoodsport Fire Station at 331 N. Finch Creek Road in Hoodsport. Poetry reading Saturday at Shelton Library Poet Pamela Mitchell will read from her book of poetry, “Finding Lost Pond,” at 5 p.m. June 22 at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder St. Mit...

  • Comic murder mystery on Harstine Island

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 20, 2024

    The Harstine Island Theatre Club stages the comic murder mystery "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. July 5-6 and 2 p.m. July 7 at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E. Harstine Island Road N. Admission is $10. Tickets are sold at the door, at Olympic Bakery on Pickering Road and Williams Gifts and Flowers in downtown Shelton. To get to the theater, take a left after driving off the bridge to the island and drive about 3 miles. In the...

  • In the Dark Reviews

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 20, 2024

    For a concept that was coined by a 1985 New York magazine cover story, the appeal of "The Brat Pack" has proven more enduring than a number of major political movements, and now, nearly 40 years later, "Brat Pack" member Andrew McCarthy has returned to the well, to wonder what it all meant, by directing the documentary "Brats" for Hulu. The good news is that McCarthy, who was notable for his characters' kvetching introspection, weaponizes that contemplative streak really effectively as a...

  • Sunset on Hood Canal

    Jun 20, 2024

  • Port of Allyn commission approves water system plan

    June Williams|Jun 20, 2024

    Port of Allyn commissioners approved a contract with WestSound Engineering to redesign a plan to incorporate the Allyn Carey Water System into the port’s system at a special meeting June 10. Commissioner Judy Scott said she’d worked with WestSound Engineering before. “I’ve been pleased with their work,” Scott said. Scott and Commissioner Michael Curtain approved the $14,922 contract. Commissioner John Sheridan did not attend the meeting. Interim Executive Director Travis Merrill said that he and Jeff Carey met with WestSound engineer Michael J...

  • Mary's Memoirs

    Clydene Hostetler|Jun 20, 2024

    Sam leaves for Los Angeles. Alice Duckwiler passed away this week. Lots of Chapter meetings. The weather is dry and so Mary does lots of watering. Monday, June 12, 1950 Today Squires boy came down and planted annuals. I cleaned house and cabin good and threw out all the old flowers. Looks very good. To Bremerton and called on Bertha Zoe Els and delivered her a baby cup in the name of the chapter. Met Eliza Jane and Helen Hanberg there so heard all about the weddings, etc. To Maimee Gould's but...

  • Charles O. "Chuck" Dahman

    Jun 20, 2024

    Charles O. "Chuck" Dahman passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday May 21st 2024, at the age of 68. He was born to Ernest A. and Virginia Dahman on Feb 4th 1956, in Seattle WA. Memorial Service will be held at Skookum Community Hall in Shelton, WA on June 27th 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Potluck to follow, and a Graveside service at Shelton Memorial Park. Chuck lived in Quilcene, WA with his family until he was eight years old and then they moved to Shelton, WA. His early summers were spent...

  • Mary Janet Swanson Vail

    Jun 20, 2024

    Mary Janet Swanson Vail, on Sunday June 16, 2024, slipped peacefully into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father at the age of 91. She was born December 15, 1932, on a snowy day to Frank and Rachel Swanson at Mason County General Hospital in Shelton, Washington. Janet graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton, Washington with many of the same students she had attended school all her life. Life in a small logging town was fun and at five years of age she insisted that she wanted to take piano lessons which started her musical career wh...

  • Charley "Bud" Doolittle

    Jun 20, 2024

    Charley "Bud" Doolittle left us on February 17, 2024 at the age of 66 from a long illness. Bud was born in Ohio to Charley and Linda Doolittle and lived a full and vibrant life from beginning to end and touched the lives of many people along the way. His family moved often for his father's construction work living in Ohio, Alabama, Florida and Washington State. He loved spending time in Florida with his paternal grandparents and traveling the country on his motorcycle to visit family and...

  • James Willis

    Jun 20, 2024

    James Roger Willis, 84, passed away peacefully on May 10th, 2024 in Shelton, Washington, holding the hands of his three children. The loving son of Clyde and Dixie Willis, Jim was born February 6th, 1940 in Clintwood, Virginia. The youngest of three children, his family moved to Washington State during WWII, when Jim was a young child. He graduated with honors from Raymond High School in 1958, lettering on the football, basketball and baseball teams while serving as the ASB President. He earned...

  • Charlotte J. "Char" Faulkner

    Jun 20, 2024

    Charlotte J. Faulkner passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Mason General Hospital. Char was a lifetime Shelton resident and beloved Shelton High School employee at the time of her passing. Char is survived by four children, Jim Tobin, Jr. of Shelton, Julie Mix (Ralph) of Puyallup, Jeff Faulkner of Bonney Lake and Lana Faulkner of Kennewick, daughter Michelle Faulkner preceded her in death. She is also survived her siblings, Guy Miller of Skokomish, Mary Dawson of Shelton, Robert Miller of...

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