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Articles from the June 22, 2023 edition


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  • Ziegler is city manager

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    The Shelton City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to remove the "interim" title from Mark Ziegler and appoint him city manager. After meeting in an executive session following its regular meeting, the council reconvened and voted unanimously for the appointment of Ziegler, a Shelton native who has worked for the city for 29 years. Mayor Eric Onisko and Deputy Mayor Joe Schmit will now negotiate a contract with Ziegler. Ziegler was named interim manager three months ago following the...

  • Weldon "Butch" Depoe

    Jun 22, 2023

    Weldon "Butch" Depoe was born on May 23, 1957, to Weldon and Pauline Depoe in Shelton, WA, he was the fourth of seven children. He graduated from Shelton High School and soon after moved to Astoria, OR where the family also had ties. That is where he met his wife of 45 years, his soul-mate and best friend, Cynthia. She walked into the restaurant where he was working in Astoria and told his boss and coworker, "Do you see that woman right there, she's going to be my wife. Either hire her or bring... Full story

  • Paul Brown

    Jun 22, 2023

    Paul Brown died at home with family April 8, 2023. Paul was born to Kenneth and Dora Brown in Shelton, December 11, 1944. He grew up with five brothers and one sister. His parents and his brothers preceded him in death. He was an avid hunter and hiker when he was young. His greatest love outside of his family was the mountains. He grew up fishing in local lakes and tromping around mountain trails. He excelled in sports, especially track and wrestling. He began working at a local tire shop while... Full story

  • Barbara Anne Skillman

    Jun 22, 2023

    Barbara Anne Skillman, 76, passed away in her home on May 28, 2023. Barbara was born on May 13, 1947 in Shelton, WA to Floyd and Virginia Fuller. She was an Irene S. Reed High School Graduate, Class of 1965. She met her husband Larry Skillman, also from Shelton, in 1965 and they married in Berkeley, CA in September 1965. Barbara retired from the Shelton School district where she worked as a Para-Educator and Homeless Liaison. Barbara loved spending time at the ocean, camping, working in her... Full story

  • Mardi DeMiero

    Jun 22, 2023

    Mardi DeMiero, a longtime resident of Shelton, passed away in her sleep on June 14, 2023, in Edgewood, WA. Martha Ann Gomez who went by Mardi was born on July 29, 1951 in Trinidad, Colorado. She was the ninth of twelve children born to Beningo and Feliciana Gomez. Her father was a coal miner and her mother a homemaker. She grew up in Segundo and graduated from Primero High School in 1969. Mardi was known for her beauty and her free spirit. In her youth she hitchhiked across the country and... Full story

  • Carol Anne Spracklin

    Jun 22, 2023

    Anchor Point resident, Mrs. Carol Ann Spracklin, 57, died Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Anchor Point, AK. She was born August 21, 1965, in Auburn, Washington. She graduated high school and attended college courses for a few years before moving on. She moved to Alaska in 2021 to live in Anchor Point. Carol worked at O'Reilly's in Homer for a few years. She loved fishing, going outdoors, going to the beach, clamming, oyster shucking, collecting bells, and collecting spoons. The family wrote,... Full story

  • Tom Frank Tempel

    Jun 22, 2023

    Thomas "Tom" Tempel passed away on June 5th, 2023 at his Shelton, Washington home. He was born on August 24th, 1937 in South Dakota to Otto and Laura Tempel. He is survived by his children, Holly Tempel and Jeffrey Tempel of Henderson, Nevada, and his family and friends. He had a passion for golf and was an avid poker player as well as a great teller of stories. Following his military service, he resided in Alaska, Nevada and Washington State. He will be greatly missed.... Full story

  • Melvin Riley

    Jun 22, 2023

    Melvin is survived by his wife Barbara Riley, three daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He also has two sisters in Oregon State. Melvin was born in Maryville, Missouri and resided in Washington State most of his life. He lived on Hartstine Island for 20 years and recently moved to Gig Harbor. Melvin was a registered nurse and a contractor. He built many houses in Mason and Pierce Counties. In memory of Melvin, donations are gladly accepted at Lifeline for Vets, 5777... Full story

  • Willobelle Valentine

    Jun 22, 2023

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

  • Donald Vaughn Anderson

    Jun 22, 2023

    Donald Vaughn Anderson, our beloved father, love of our mother's life, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and brother went to be with our Lord on June 3, 2023, at the age of 93. Donald was born in Tacoma, WA on April 1, 1930, to Eugenia and Virgil Anderson. He had a brother, Robert Abel Anderson two years later and another brother, Wesley Anderson who lived for just two years. When he was a boy of about seven years, his parents purchased a homestead in Allyn, WA where the family moved to... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Jun 22, 2023

    Aaron Charles Lewis, 43, a resident of Hoquiam, passed away June 10, 2023, in Aberdeen, WA. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Laurie Katherine Metzcus Olenik, 67, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 12, 2023, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, WA. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Joel Sampson, 70, a resident of Allyn, passed away June 12, 2023, at St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, WA. Arrangements are by McComb and Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Sharon Rhodes, 81, a resident... Full story

  • Bucket list

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    After his wife of 75 years died in December, 94-year-old LakeLand Village resident Albert Stabler penned a bucket list that included skydiving for the first time. Stabler had always stayed inside the plane. He took his first solo flight at age 16. He piloted his own Cessna 140. He designed and constructed a plane, Fly Baby IA, that hangs prominently in the Museum of Flight in Seattle. "When we were flying, it was the old saying, 'Why would you jump out of a perfectly good plane?' " said his...

  • Former counselor pleads not guilty

    Matt Baide|Jun 22, 2023

    Samuel Martin Caffey pleaded not guilty to three charges at his arraignment hearing Tuesday in Mason County Superior Court. Caffey's lawyer asked Superior Court Judge Daniel Goodell if he would entertain an argument on bail reduction at the arraignment and a motion to reduce bail was heard Wednesday after the Journal's print deadline. The former Shelton High School freshmen counselor's omnibus hearing is scheduled for July 3, the pretrial hearing July 24, the trial term will begin Aug. 1 and...

  • Police chief retiring

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Shelton Police Chief Carole Beason will retire in November. In an email to the Journal, Mary Ricker, the city’s communications specialist, said Beason had given the city notice of her retirement, effective Nov. 2. The city had not yet decided on a recruitment process to replace her, she said. Beason was hired in November 2020 to replace the retiring Darrin Moody and started the job in January 2021. The other two finalists for the position were Ronald Schaub, a lieutenant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, and Ton Phan, former deputy pol...

  • THESE TIMES

    Kirk Ericson|Jun 22, 2023

    “Everybody says how easy it is to cook, but it isn’t any easier than not cooking.” — Maria Bamford “Did you ever hear about the Norwegian who loved his wife so much he almost told her?” — Author unknown “Bob Dylan always told me, don’t be a name-dropper.” — Chrissie Hynde “I would start a revolution, but I just bought a hammock.” — Zach Galifianakis “I wear this St. Christopher medal sometimes because I’m Jewish and my boyfriend’s Catholic. It was cute the way he gave it to me. He said if it d...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Jun 22, 2023

    Doing good work Editor, the Journal, Thanks to the volunteers from the Shelton Rotary Club for the condition of the Huff’n’Puff Trail. It is clean, friendly and welcoming and feels safe. Once again, local people here do something very good for the community. If you haven’t been for a while, you will be impressed. We couldn’t understand how it had become so exceptional until we happened to hear about the Rotary members’ work. Also, thanks to the Mount Rose trail crew. For almost 40 years, they have been doing great work on many local trails, s...

  • HISTORY AT A GLANCE

    Jan Parker|Jun 22, 2023

    Immediately after the Savoy Hotel was destroyed by fire in September 1925, the Shelton Kiwanis Club, the Active Club and the town council held a meeting to discuss the need for better firefighting capabilities. At that time, Shelton had three hose carts, which had been delayed in arriving at the fire due to lack of practice on the part of the firefighting volunteers. It was decided that the town needed to acquire better equipment, including a motorized apparatus and a larger supply of hose, and...

  • Fire 12 releases report

    Matt Baide|Jun 22, 2023

    After multiple delays, Fire District 12 commissioners have released a report on the results of an internal investigation. The investigation, posted last week on the district’s website, was conducted in response to an accountability audit and fraud investigation reports released by the state Auditor’s Office in September 2022. Attorney Thomas G. Burke compiled a 26-page report. The summary of the report says Fire 12’s “consistent failure to provide supporting data is an ‘unwilling or unable’ s...

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jun 22, 2023

    Belfair woman injured in SR 3 crash A 63-year-old Belfair woman was injured in a state Route 3 crash Tuesday morning near Bremerton. According to a news release, a 20-year-old Bremerton woman driving a 2006 Dodge was entering Route 3 as the Belfair woman, driving a 2004 Saturn, was northbound in the right lane on Route 3. The Dodge left the road, crossed the onramp gore point and struck the Saturn. Both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder. The Bremerton woman was not injured in the accident. The Belfair woman was transported to St....

  • A Shelton Saturday

    Jun 22, 2023

  • Hoodsport celebrates open park after year-long project

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 22, 2023

    The Port of Hoodsport Commission took a moment at its June 7 meeting to review the May 27 grand reopening for the Hoodsport Community Trail Park and the accompanying disc golf course. Port of Hoodsport Executive Director Kathleen Wyatt noted that tables had been stocked with discs and packages of pine tree seeds, stamped with the Port of Hoodsport logo, which were given to the public, along with an assortment of drinks and snacks Port Commissioner Terry Brazil had prepared near the entrance of...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Scholarships for women returning to college Shelton's Chapter B of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) is offering three $1,000 scholarships to women who have returned to college to continue or finish their education. The Mary M. Knight Achievement Award honors the Mason County pioneer educator who was a member of Chapter B. The award has supported women's education in Mason County since 1936. To qualify, a student must have graduated from high school or earned a GED; be a Mason...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Shelton team seeking donations for Relay for Life Shelton is not hosting an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser this year, but a group of people from Shelton will participate Saturday 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 Schwab, Shelton Athletic Club, Annie’s Q...

  • GETTING OUT

    Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Meet the women who jumpstart their lives in the comic play "The Savannah Sipping Society." Boisterous Texan Marlafaye has blasted unto Savannah after losing her tom-cattin' husband to a 23-year-old dental hygienist. Also new to town is Jinx, a spunky ball of fire offering her services as a life coach. Randa is a perfectionist and workaholic without a job or a life. Dot is also alone after the death of her husband and the loss of her plans for an idyllic retirement. Fate throws these four Souther...

  • IN THE DARK REVIEWS

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jun 22, 2023

    Last week in streaming, the 21st century's best "Star Trek" series returned for a second season on Paramount+, and the honorary godfather of superhero comics was treated to a highly sympathetic documentary on Disney+. In some corners of the internet, I saw the second-season premiere of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" described as "underwhelming," and I can only wonder what alternate timeline version of this show those people were watching. Just as its first season did, the return of "Strange...

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