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Articles from the July 6, 2023 edition


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  • Route 106 closing for four weeks

    Matt Baide|Jul 6, 2023

    State Route 106 between Belfair and Union will be closed beginning 7 a.m. Monday through 4 a.m. July 30. Route 106 will close, except for local access, for about 9 miles from Dalby Road to Trails Road, which includes access to Twanoh State Park. The full closure will have a detour to U.S. Highway 101 and state Route 3 through Shelton. Emergency responders will have access through the work zone. The closure will allow crews to work on removing and replacing a barrier to fish at Twanoh Creek. The...

  • Philip Aubry Hamlin

    Jul 6, 2023

    Philip Aubry Hamlin, passed away at home from pneumonia on June 20, 2023. He was born on February 15, 1935, in Peyton, Colorado as the eighth child of Art Hamlin and Clara Hamlin (Zimmerman). After graduating from Peyton High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving his time in Germany. He acquired B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Colorado State University and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Kansas State University. Phil taught chemistry at Panhandle State University in... Full story

  • Etta Mae Spring

    Jul 6, 2023

    On June 21, 2023, Etta (Mae) Spring of Hoodsport, WA peacefully passed away in her sleep at the age of 83. Etta Mae Spring, popularly known as Mae Spring was born to Tory and Etta Mae Phipps on March 5, 1940, in Boise Idaho. Mae was their first child; she had four sisters and one brother. Mae moved to Hoodsport in 1967, with her three children. In 1971 Mae met her beloved husband Hans Spring they were happily married for 32 years; he passed on in 2003. Mae's work history included owning a few businesses and was the bookkeeper and manager. She... Full story

  • Josephine Evelyn (Justus) Workman

    Jul 6, 2023

    Josephine Workman passed away June 27, 2023, at her home in Morton, Washington at the age of 95. She was born February 28, 1928, in Blackey, (Buchanan County) Virginia to Paris and Virgie (Stacy) Justus. Josephine married Dewey Workman in Montesano, Washington on August 23, 1947. They both enjoyed gardening, canning green beans and shared produce with family and friends. Josephine had three children, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and numerous... Full story

  • Remembering Thomas B. Howe

    Jul 6, 2023

    Thomas B. Howe, born January 15, 1963, died May 9, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 11 W. Sentry Ct., Shelton, WA 98584. It will also be available over Zoom. Send an email to: [email protected] for login information.... Full story

  • Eva Blue-Davidson

    Jul 6, 2023

    My Mother, Eva Blue-Davidson was born in Canatlan Durango, Mexico, and lived in Hoodsport, Washington for the last twenty years. Eva passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the age of 83 on April 3, 2023, in Round Rock, Texas. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren attribute their success to Eva's love for nature, adventurous spirit, entrepreneurial, and thirst for knowledge.... Full story

  • Kenny Lee Marshall

    Jul 6, 2023

    Kenny Lee Marshall, born July 9, 1953, passed away January 27, 2019. It's the fourth year we've been celebrating Kenny's birthday without him. I decided last Saturday that I was ready to put a short Memoriam in the Journal. Ken played music at more than 20 weddings in Washington State. Most were in Mason County venues. I'm hoping to be able to gather any form of "home movies" of his wedding song(s) for his grandchildren, and the rest of us who love him. Any other movies of him, whether he's... Full story

  • Andrew William Nacht

    Jul 6, 2023

    Andrew "Andy" William Nacht, 49, passed away May 27, 2023. Andy was born January 24, 1974 in Chehalis, WA to William Nacht and Christine Judah. Andy's family moved to Shelton where he attended elementary school and high school. He later furthered his education and became a State Certified Millwright. Andy met his wife Heather through some mutual friends and after dating for a few years, they were married on June 8, 1995. Any worked in the timber industry. He worked for Simpson Timber Co. for... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Jul 6, 2023

    Ervin LaPlante, 80, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 21, 2023, at Firlane Health and Rehab in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb and Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Kimbery Ann Vilter, 53, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 27, 2023, in Shelton. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Kathleen Margaret Carlsen, 72, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 27, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Cynthia Perry, 76, a resident of Shelton, passed away June 27, 2023, at home.... Full story

  • Suspect at large after standoff

    Matt Baide|Jul 6, 2023

    The Shelton Police Department and Mason County Sheriff's Office had a 12-hour standoff Friday on Railroad Avenue in Shelton. According to a news release, David Thomas Sanchez, 27, is still at large and anyone who has information should contact Shelton Police. Sanchez was known by law enforcement prior to the incident. Law enforcement responded at 2:15 p.m. to a radio call in the 1400 block of West Railroad Avenue, according to the release. Officers contacted a domestic violence victim and...

  • Wildfire hits central county

    Justin Johnson|Jul 6, 2023

    A brush fire about 4 miles northeast of Shelton forced the mandatory evacuation of 200 structures, including homes and businesses, July 4. The mandatory order was downgraded to voluntary at noon Wednesday. The fire, driven by wind, began about 2 p.m., just west of the Rainbow Lake community near the intersection of East McEwan Prairie Road and East Mason Lake Road. According to a news release from Central Mason Fire & EMS, the fire is burning on industrial timberland and private land that's on...

  • County Housing Authority audit finds problems

    Matt Baide|Jul 6, 2023

    The state Auditor’s Office released an accountability audit of the Housing Authority of Mason County, finding problems in the organization and offering recommendations on how to fix them. The accountability audit was released May 25, and examines the Housing Authority from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2021. In the areas examined, the audit states the Housing Authority operations did not comply in all material respects with state laws, regulations or its own policies. The Housing Authority also d...

  • THESE TIMES

    Kirk Ericson|Jul 6, 2023

    I hate know-it-alls, but I really hate mass murderers. We need to get to the point in our nation where we can dislike people solely for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. My 95-year-old mother-in-law recently asked what I thought of her grandson’s girlfriend’s hairdo. “Actually,” she corrected herself, “her head is shaved, so it’s more like a head-do.” Do you ever say something to your child that you could never have imagined coming out of your mouth? It happened to m...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Jul 6, 2023

    Defense of 300 words Editor, the Journal, Unlike Scott Peterson and others who are not happy with the 300-word limit, I am. My high school journalist teacher taught, in the mid-1970s, if you could not catch the attention and make your point in the first 50 words you have lost your reader. I appreciate the 300-word limit because it will limit the superfluous comments and name-calling. Writers will have to take a hard look at what they are writing and decide if the insult is worth the loss of...

  • HISTORY AT A GLANCE

    Jan Parker|Jul 6, 2023

    A front-page story in the May 1, 1938, Shelton Daily Spokesman began: "As the surprise feature of National Air Mail Week comes word today from Shelton Postmaster Jessie Knight that the first-ever flight of mail would take off from Shelton between 4 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Well-known local pilot Walter Graham, who will have the honor of taking Shelton's first and only air mail load from Sanderson Field, is in Seattle today to get final instructions." A civic group led by Mayor L. D. Hack...

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jul 6, 2023

    Shelton customer hours change The second-floor customer service desk at the Shelton Civic Center has new and reduced operation hours that began Saturday. According to a news release, customer service will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays with appointment only availability 1 to 4:30 p.m. With the change in hours, customers will experience longer wait times. The new customer services operating hours will not affect police or municipal court. Death on Route 3 A one-car accident resulted in the...

  • COMMISSION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Jul 6, 2023

    Two county roads to be closed for bridge repairs Mason County commissioners approved Public Works closure of roads for two upcoming projects on Cloquallum Road and North Shore Road. According to the information packet, the Rock Creek Bridge Repair Project at milepost 5.85 will force the closure of Cloquallum Road from 7 a.m. Aug. 7 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. The detour around the project will start at Highland Road and Schaefer Park Road. The Little Shoefly Culvert Replacement Project at milepost 8.18...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 6, 2023

    Kneeland park music series starts tonight The local band The Varmints kick off the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club's annual Music in the Park series with a performance from 7 to 8:30 tonight in Kneeland Park in Shelton. The free, family-friendly concerts continue at the same time Tuesday evenings with Big Love Band on July 13, The Lady Drinks Whiskey on July 20, Hurts Like Hell on July 27, Hilary Scott on Aug. 3 and Pop Up Choir on Aug. 10. Bluegrass from the Forest this weekend The Kristmas Town...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jul 6, 2023

    Learn video game creation at Olympic College Shelton Olympic College Shelton is offering two Continuing Education classes on computer skills. A crash course in video game development is from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 and 13. The course gives students an introduction to Unity3d, a powerful and popular video game creation engine. No programming experience is needed. Intro to data science is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22. Learn the basics in the fields of data science, data analytics and data engineering to better understand how machine learning is...

  • Pearl Django performs July 22 for Great Bend's 'Sound Scholars'

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jul 6, 2023

    Fans of music, fine dining and supporting early childhood education can partake of all three at 6:30 p.m. on July 22, at the Union City Marina when the Pearl Django ensemble demonstrates its three decades of hot club jazz artistry to help generate support for the Great Bend Center for Music's collaboration with Sound Scholars. Great Bend General Director Matthew Melendez noted that this year marks Pearl Django's third year of performing at the Hood Canal to help raise money for his music...

  • IN THE DARK REVIEWS

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jul 6, 2023

    After some of the dire (albeit nonspoilery) reviews I'd read going into "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," I was expecting a much worse movie than James Mangold - the first non-Steven Spielberg director of this film franchise -delivered. As it stands, "The Dial of Destiny" is a solidly OK entry in the series, certainly much better than 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," that nonetheless suffers for failing to measure up to the first three installments. "The Dial...

  • SPORTS & OUTDOORS

    Matt Baide|Jul 6, 2023

    Fall can't come soon enough for Mason County football teams, with the season set to begin Sept. 1 with the Mason County Cup. Shelton will travel to Belfair this year to take on North Mason for the Battle of the Axe. Shelton won last year's game 39-18. The Highclimbers host Bremerton in the home opener Sept. 8 before its first Evergreen Conference game against W.F. West on Sept. 8. The other nonleague game on Shelton's schedule is Sept. 29 when Shelton travels to Montesano to take on the...

  • BELFAIR HERALD

    Jul 6, 2023

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  • BELFAIR HERALD

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jul 6, 2023

    When the Allyn Community Association was started in 1986, it was inaugurated with the first Allyn Days celebration, which grew to include the Salmon Bake and Geoduck Festival as it evolved into a summer tradition. “It was a community party, and the salmon was grilled over alderwood, then smoked and served,” said current community member Jason Ilarraza. “From there, it evolved into all of this.” When Ilarraza became involved with Allyn Days, he was a vendor coordinator for the event, before...

  • BELFAIR HERALD

    Kirk Boxleitner|Jul 6, 2023

    After a planning workshop and a regular meeting, Port of Grapeview commissioners want to ensure they get their update of the port’s comprehensive scheme of harbor improvements correct. The planning workshop was June 13, and while no final decisions were made, several changes, updates and amendments were proposed to the draft version of the comp plans. The commissioners’ regular meeting June 20 saw Commissioner Mike Blaisdell open the review of the previous week’s planning workshop by noting Comm...

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