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  • Safe!

    Aug 11, 2022

  • Road project begins

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 11, 2022

    Motorists driving into downtown Shelton on West Railroad Avenue face delays and one-way traffic as the city launches its ambitious Western Gateway construction project. On Tuesday, crews began work to install a new water main, water service improvements and storm drain improvements on the West Railroad Avenue corridor between Eighth Street and Pacific Court, the city's western border. After the underground utilities are installed, new pavement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks will be laid. A new...

  • School board bans weapons from meetings

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 11, 2022

    Guns, throwing stars and other weapons are banned at Shelton School Board meetings. The Shelton School Board on Tuesday evening gave final approval to rule revisions on meeting conduct, the order of business and language considered "uncivil." The board have preliminary approval to the rules at its July 26 meeting. The new rules note the meeting site has changed to the Mountain View Elementary School cafeteria the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The new rules also state "It is unlawful...

  • General election nearly set

    Matt Baide|Aug 11, 2022

    Sharon Trask and Miguel Gutierrez will be facing off in the general election in November with the primary election results set to be certified next week. The last update was Aug. 5 and the results will be certified Aug. 16. Gutierrez leads all candidates for commissioner District 3 with 2,350 votes for 43.09%. Trask, the incumbent, is second in the race with 1,638 votes for 30.03%. Fellow Republican candidate Mark Carlson is still third with 1,462 votes for 26.81%. Only people in District 3...

  • Plastic film recycling program going strong

    Matt Baide|Aug 11, 2022

    The City of Shelton started a plastic film recycling program in April. Three months in, the program is going strong, according to City Manager Jeff Niten. The program added plastic film as part of the city’s curbside recycling program, which allows residents to recycle clean and dry plastic bags, plastic storage bags such as Ziploc brand bags, dry cleaning bags and other flexible plastic film. Shelton partnered with SC Johnson to help with sending the plastic to a company that can recycle the p...

  • Dog park looking for support in online contest

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 11, 2022

    The nonprofit organization Friends of Lake Cushman Dog Park is one of 20 finalists for PetSafe "Bark for Your Park" grants of $25,000 each. Four communities will receive one of those grants. Friends of Lake Cushman Dog Park Secretary Bill Long thanked Mason County commissioners and County Parks & Trails Manager John Taylor and staff for their support of the planned dog park, and called upon the Mason County community for assistance. "We desperately need the help of our community to vote for us...

  • Transient orcas spotted in Mason County waters

    Matt Baide|Aug 11, 2022

    Transient killer whales have been spotted in the southern reaches of the Salish Sea. Julie Watson, killer whale policy lead for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said transient killer whales are the ones most often spotted in Oakland Bay or Pickering Passage in recent months. Southern resident orcas are endangered, while transient killer whales are not. "They are called transient because they come and go, but we have been seeing in recent years more transients and them spending longer p...

  • Survey questions I'd like us to ask us

    Kirk Ericson|Aug 11, 2022

    I was busy catching up on infection news the other day at when I came across this tidbit: “More than half of all Americans are symptomatic of highly contagious, unsightly and often difficult to cure nail fungus and infections, and may potentially pass them along to others by sharing nail tools, according to a new survey on nail hygiene habits. “According to the Fungicure 2004 Nail Hygiene Survey of 830 Americans fielded by TNS/NFO Research Worldwide, more than 52% of...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Aug 11, 2022

    Correction A story in the Aug. 11 issue incorrectly stated that Sandy Kaiser, a candidate to represent District 35 Position 2 in the state House of Representatives, lives in Olympia. She lives in north Thurston County, near the Mason/Thurston border. The Journal regrets the error. Jesus and votes Editor, the Journal, Why do political signs show up everywhere on public property, but not on private property? Are people afraid to admit their preferences or do they not know what their preferences are until they receive their ballots? If I call (tho...


    Alex Fethiere|Aug 11, 2022

    I've had a banner year of pollinators. The mason bee nest is full and I'm seeing such a variety of wasps, bees and flies that I've stopped worrying about stings when I'm working in the garden. Of bees, only honeybees and bumblebees sting. Many have said it's hard to keep bees on Harstine Island, and bumbles are very reticent about stinging. Early this summer, a friend disturbed a ground nest of bumblebees while using a machine to dig up bamboo, and for all that, one of his three-man crew was...

  • Shelton school board considers $78M budget

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 11, 2022

    The Shelton School District is considering a $78-million budget for the 2022-2023 school year. Brenda Trogstad, the district’s director of finance, gave the Shelton School Board a final overview Tuesday of the proposed budget. The board will host a public hearing on the budget at its meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Mountain View Elementary School cafeteria. The meeting can also be viewed live on MasonWebTV. The district is required to approve its budget by Aug. 31. The budget is based on the district’s projected enrollment of 4,125 ful...

  • Cutting the ribbon

    Aug 11, 2022

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Aug 11, 2022

    Assessor’s notice of value mailed The Mason County Assessor’s annual notice of value has been mailed out to taxpayers to notify them of any change in the true and fair market value of their property. In a news release, the county states it is saving money by printing notices of value in postcard format. Property owners can sign up to receive their annual property valuation notice via email instead of through the United State Postal Service. People can sign up for the paperless option at If you do not agree with the value...

  • Local Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 11, 2022

    Free supplies at Back to School Festival The Shelton School District invites families to the Back to School Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at Oakland Bay Junior High School, 3301 N. Shelton Springs Road. Free supplies that will be given while supplies last include backpacks with items insider, a hot dog lunch and other resources. To receive a free haircut, contact your school liaison to set up an appointment. During the hours of the festival, Mason Health offers vaccinations for students at 1701 N. 13th St. Register at 360-426-2653....

  • Hoodstock returns to the water with Lady Alderbrook

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 11, 2022

    Cofounders Kelli Kohout and Shannon Crabb-Stanton are presenting the fifth year of Hoodstock, which runs from just before 11 a.m. to well after 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 near the Hood Canal Marina in Union. A hallmark of Hoodstock has been its evolution, most notably when COVID prompted the concert to move to the water last year. This year, event sponsor Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union has contributed the use of the Lady Alderbrook private ship, which has scheduled three sailings for concert...

  • 'Bullet Train,' 'Prey' make old formulas fresh

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 11, 2022

    A common criticism of certain films is that they're "formulaic," which I dislike as a criticism, because it's imprecise. A formula, after all, is simply a set of descriptions and measurements of specific ingredients, illustrating how and when to combine them, in order to achieve the results you're looking for. In that sense, a formula is a rudimentary story, and while it's true certain stories can feel hindered, or perhaps even trapped, by their underlying formulas, it's a mark of a versatile...

  • Hitting the postseason

    Aug 11, 2022

  • The Mariners have been fun, playoffs or not

    Matt Baide|Aug 11, 2022

    The year is 1995, and the Mariners are facing the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series. Edgar Martinez hits the ball down the left field line and Ken Griffey Jr. motors around the bases and slides home for the game-winning run to send Seattle to the American League Championship Series. Fast forward to 2001, a young Matt Baide attended games in the brand-new Safeco Field as the Mariners went on to tie the record for most wins in a season with 116. Seattle defeated...

  • Summer fun

    Aug 11, 2022

  • North Mason Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 11, 2022

    Section of SR 302 closure begins today A nine-day closure of a section of state Route 302 at Little Minter Creek is set to begin at 9 p.m. today. Construction crews working for the state Department of Transportation will install two culverts to improve fish migration under the highway. During the round-the-clock closure, detours will be in place. Passenger vehicles should follow a detour between 118th Avenue Northwest and 134th Avenue Northwest. Semitrailers and oversized loads should follow a detour using Routes 302, 3 and 16, which will add...

  • Sam mars dinner by drinking too much; Mary upset

    Clydene Hostetler|Aug 11, 2022

    Mary is getting back into her routine after their big trip to Alaska and Canada. We can tell that Mary and Sam are doing pretty good financially. She has help with the garden and the trips they take. I chuckled when this week she asks herself, “Where is our summer?” We were just asking that same question to each other a couple of weeks ago. Now we are putting on the air conditioner. Got to have the temperature just right. Friday, Aug. 6, 1948 A dark gloomy morning. I was afraid it would rai...

  • Richard Emele, Sr.

    Aug 11, 2022

    The Emele family, with heavy hearts, announces the passing of Richard Donald Emele, Sr. "Dick" passed away Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at 11:05 a.m., PST, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Dick is survived by his wife, Alice Emele, daughter Ronda Sherwood and son Richard Donald Emele, Jr. Dick has three grand-children; Lindsay Marie-Gail, Ronni Kay-Lynn and Austin Orion as well as four great-grandchildren; Kiri, Lily-Ann, Lily-Rose and Richard-Steven. Dick was born on April 3rd, 1945 in... Full story

  • Richard Ferrari

    Aug 11, 2022

    Join us in Celebrating the Life of... Richard Ferrari 2/11/1947-7/15/2022 On August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Fellowship, 50 E. Island Lake Rd, Shelton. We're hosting a luncheon following the service. Also, With Military Honors September 15, 2022 at Tahoma National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.... Full story

  • Julie Gentle Celebration of Life

    Aug 11, 2022

    THE ADDRESS OF JULIE'S CELEBRATION OF LIFE VENUE ADDRESS WAS CHANGED TO: 130 E. Bayshore Drive, Shelton, WA 98584 Celebrating the Life of Julie Gentle on August 13th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. The family of Julie invites you to Celebrate her beautiful life. Cheerful attire encouraged.... Full story

  • Nadia Hovind Celebration of Life

    Aug 11, 2022

    Remembering Nadia Hovind Celebration of Life on August 13th, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 206 Wyandotte Avenue, Shelton, WA 98584. Cookies and coffee will be offered after the service. No flowers please. Information will be available if you would like to make a donation in her name.... Full story

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