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  • Brightening the day

    Aug 18, 2022

  • Primary certified

    Justin Johnson|Aug 18, 2022

    The 2022 primary election reached its official conclusion Tuesday when Mason County’s election canvassing board voted to certify the results. A total of 20,413 ballots were cast out of 43,369 registered voters in the county — a turnout of 47.07% for the Aug. 2 election. In the race for Mason County Commissioner District No. 3, Miguel Gutierrez was the top vote-getter with 2,387 votes (43.06%). Incumbent commissioner Sharon Trask advanced to the Nov. 8 general election with 1,666 votes (30.05%). Mark Carlson was third in the race with 1,487 vote...

  • Restoring the river

    Matt Baide|Aug 18, 2022

    Up in the mountains in Olympic National Forest during August, the noise of huge machines digging up dirt and moving trees can be heard. This is part of the Skokomish River restoration project, and the work underway now is being done near the confluence of the Upper South Fork Skokomish River and Church Creek. The project, near U.S. Forest Service Road 2361, involves crews taking trees that were brought in and placed in locations along a stretch of the Skokomish River to try to connect the two...

  • Proposed annexation grows

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 18, 2022

    Two more property owners on Peacock Ridge east of Olympic College Shelton have petitioned the City of Shelton to be annexed into the city. The Shelton City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to accept the proposed annexation of two properties totaling 50 acres owned by the Alpine Evergreen Co., and two properties totaling 51.44 acres owned by Terry and Patricia Bence. The council can give final approval with a vote at its meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. The council April 5 voted to accept...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 18, 2022

    New display showcases photographer, painter Photography by Deborah Chava Singer and acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Heather Rosborough will be on display Aug. 30 through Nov. 30 in the Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery. The Shelton City Council on Tuesday approved five photos by Singer and five paintings by Rosborough, which were recommended by the Shelton Arts Commission. Local artists are invited to submit works for the displays. City moves to purchase new half-ton pickup truck The...

  • Shelton vet gifted with electrical wheelchair

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 18, 2022

    Three years ago, Shelton resident Kim Kenyon was standing on a ladder replacing boards to put a roof on his shop when "my ladder up and left me," he recalled. The 10-foot drop shattered his foot. "I was looking at the bottom of my shoe after it busted," he said. The U.S. Army veteran, who has lived almost all of his 74 years in Shelton, spent almost three years in a manual wheelchair, which was "cumbersome," he said. "I had to take down the bathroom doors," he said. "I kept running over my...

  • Harmony in the grocery store aisle

    Kirk Ericson|Aug 18, 2022

    Hey, parents of young ones: Would you like your journey through a grocery store with your children to be more harmonious? Would you like a dependable way to short-circuit the circuit in your children’s brains that forces them to badger you until your patience is as worn as a teenager’s favorite shirt? I figured out the grocery store problem when our first child, Alexander, was about 4. The pestering was mounting in relation to his growing command of English, and he would accompany his words wit...

  • Lower Snake River dams are essential

    Aug 18, 2022

    By Mike Sheetz, Ron Gold and Jack Janda | Mason County PUD 1 Commissioners For years, our PUD and the Northwest public power community at large have tried to communicate to our public ratepayers that the Lower Snake River dams are an essential source of clean, reliable, renewable and affordable hydropower generation for Mason County and for millions of households in the Northwest. Mason County PUD 1 receives over 85% of our energy from hydropower. The four lower Snake River dams — Ice Harbor, Lower Monument, Little Goose and Lower Granite ...

  • Richard Ferrari

    Aug 18, 2022

    Richard Ferrari, 75, a resident of Shelton, WA, passed away at Fir Lane Health and Rehab in Shelton, on Friday, July 15, 2022. Richard was born in West Des Moines, Iowa, February 11, 1947 to Francis and June Lucile (Fritz) Ferrari. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. Richard is survived by his wife, Audrey Lea (Shaw) Ferrari, and six children; Michael Ferrari, Richard Lee Ferrari, Stephanie Ferrari, Roni Watt, George Mick, and Jim Mick. Richard is loved and will be greatly... Full story

  • Donald Viney

    Aug 18, 2022

    Donald Viney, 81, passed away at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle on July 31, 2022. He was born February 22, 1941 in Seattle to Vic and Wilma (Wilson) Viney. Upon retirement as a truck driver, from Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake in 1994, Don and his wife of 34 years, Pam Casady moved from Bellevue to Totten Shores in the Shelton area. He loved their home with a cliff-side view of Totten Inlet, gardening, boating around the South Sound, entertaining friends and family, and dancing, which he... Full story

  • Eva Lynn Lorberfeld

    Aug 18, 2022

    Eva Lynn Lorberfeld passed away on July 24, 2022 from an aggressive brain cancer that was only detected 10 days prior. Eva was born on July 11, 1975, to Michael and Deborah Kirpes in Tacoma, WA. Eva was proud growing up in a military family and cherished new and exciting places. Her love of the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest brought her and family "back home" where she constantly stated that this was the best life ever. Eva dedicated her two careers to children. Eva earned a Bachelor's... Full story

  • Maxine Pearl Ori-Faus

    Aug 18, 2022

    Maxine Pearl Ori-Faus born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 30th, 1920 to Arthur and Anna Heitzman. Longtime resident of Belfair, Washington passed away on July 31st, 2022 at the age of 101. She was an avid gardener, reader and was famous for her special pies. She had such a big heart and an abundance of love for everyone in her life. She will forever be remembered for her infectious giggles. She is survived by her brother, Dick Heitzman, her daughters Pat Ori-Kelley and Judi Ori-Burt, many... Full story

  • Chris Drebis

    Aug 18, 2022

    A Celebration of Life honoring Chris Drebis A Picnic & BBQ will be held at Walker Park, 2224 SE Walk Park Rd., Shelton, WA On Saturday, August 27th from 3:00 p.m. until dusk. Bring a side dish if you wish, and lots of stories to share about Chris.... Full story

  • Joseph Mohr

    Aug 18, 2022

    Joseph Mohr was born in St. Paul, MN and died in Belfair, WA. He served in the United States Navy for years, travelling every ocean and continent. He was a recreational diver, car enthusiast, and sportsman. He enjoyed camping and hunting. He was a journeyman electrician for over forty years and taught others the trade. His favorite things were telling tall tales "the mosquitoes of Minnesota are known to carry away small dogs and even babies. Their nests in the trees are quite impressive", and... Full story

  • Ronald Jackson McMullen

    Aug 18, 2022

    Ronald Jackson McMullen, passed away at Mason General Hospital on Thursday, July 28, 2022. He was a resident of Shelton and the Harstine Island area for over 20 years. He was born November 22, 1943, in Tampa Florida, to Emerson L. McMullen and Vesta Eileen (Thomas) McMullen. His step-father, Arthur Alexander (deceased), was a wonderful role model in Ronald's life. Ronald served in the Peace Corps from 1968-1969. He was married to Linda (Dronen) and Janice (Hoeffer) Young, both deceased, and... Full story

  • Karen Lee Smith

    Aug 18, 2022

    It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of Karen on July 20th, 2022. She is survived by her husband Earl Smith, daughter Marah Valentine, grandkids; Neveah, Zack and Brianna; brothers Ken Kingery, Doug Kingery and Darren Kingery. Karen was preceded in death by her father, William Kingery and mother, Helen Leerma (Dunbar) Kingery. There will be a celebration of Karen's Life within one year of her passing out at Ocean Shores, WA. The details will be announced at a later... Full story

  • John Dunlap Memorial Service

    Aug 18, 2022

    A Memorial Service for John Dunlop is being held on Saturday, August 27th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Harstine Island Community Hall. Light lunch to follow.... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Aug 18, 2022

    Mary Lou Gagne-Swarts, 63, a resident of Shelton, passed away July 25, 2022, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Michael Thane McCabe, 74, a resident of Shelton, passed away August 3, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Richard Strauss, 60, a resident of Shelton, passed away August 3, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. William John Bruce, 76, a resident of Shelton, passed away August 8, 2022, at Capital Medical... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Aug 18, 2022

    Agenda-driven news Editor, the Journal, I read with disappointment the recent coverage of two Shelton School District meetings in which an important policy change was reduced to an attention-grabbing, click-bait type, and maybe agenda-driven reporting.The articles in question were those covering the district's discussion and then vote to modify its Policy 1400 covering board meetings, meeting notifications and public comment at those meetings. First, the front-page headlines for both meetings...

  • Skokomish potlatch celebrations

    Jan Parker|Aug 18, 2022

    The following story is adapted from "A Brief Historical Sketch of Shelton, Washington" written by Grant Angle in 1940, and Jean Bearden's "History of Hoodsport," first published in 1987. In 1886, the Rev. Myron Eels, writing about his 10 years of missionary work with the Skokomish Indians, had this to say about the Indian potlatch: "The potlatch is the greatest festival the Indian has. 'Potlatch' is a Chinook word meaning 'to give.' The central idea of it is a distribution of gifts by a few...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Aug 18, 2022

    Sheriff’s Office purchasing boat The Mason County Sheriff’s Office bought a patrol vessel from the Lakewood Police Department. According to the information packet, the Sheriff’s Office had an opportunity to buy an additional patrol vessel for a discounted price from Lakewood. The vessel is reportedly better equipped to handle conditions encountered on Puget Sound. The purchase will allow the Sheriff’s Office to put a vessel on Lake Cushman. The budget effect is up to $65,000 from the restricted reserve in the boating fund to purchase the ves...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Aug 18, 2022

    One dead in Timberlake fire A person died Aug. 11 in a single-family residence fire at Timberlakes near Shelton, according to Central Mason Fire & EMS. According to a news release, another resident was hospitalized at Mason General Hospital with severe smoke inhalation. The victim was found on the floor of a bedroom near the window by firefighters while firefighters were extinguishing the blaze. Central Mason Fire was dispatched at 2:50 p.m. and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believe to be an accidental equipment...

  • Haven hosts seminar on the demands of aging

    Compiled by reporter Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 18, 2022

    The Haven in Allyn, an assisted living and home-care agency, invites the community to attend Aging Smarter, a presentation from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25 that’s designed to help people “prepare for life’s unexpected turns” as they age, according to Debra Jamerson, director of resident care. Jamerson, who’s been the resident care director at the Haven since 2007, said she’s seen an increase in people “who are in crisis” and don’t know where to start when it comes to arranging proper care for their elderly loved ones. “Aging comes with a unique...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 18, 2022

    Overdose awareness events in Shelton, Belfair Mason County Community Resources honors the memory of lives lost to overdose and offers hope to people who are struggling with a resource fair and Overdose Awareness walks Aug. 31 in Shelton, and Sept. 1 in Belfair. The Shelton event begins with the resource fair at 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at Kneeland Park at 100 Turner Ave. Participants gather for the walk at 5:45 p.m., and the walk begins at 6:05 p.m. The Belfair event begins with the resource fair at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Belfair Timberland Library at...

  • 'The Sandman' gets flawless adaptation

    Aug 18, 2022

    Once upon a time, there was a family of seven virtually godlike siblings, known as the Endless, each of whom embodied a core concept of mortal existence. From oldest to youngest, they were Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium, the last of whom was originally known as Delight. During World War I, British aristocrat and occultist Roderick Burgess sought to capture Death, but instead accidentally bound Dream, aka Lord Morpheus of the Dreaming, whose captivity lasted...

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