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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition


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  • Former cemetery manager charged

    Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    A former office manager for Shelton Memorial Park has been arrested and charged with financial crimes related to the cemetery dating to at least 2017. According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by the Journal, Shelton Police arrested Dustee Sage Munro, 45, Aug. 16 on charges of first-degree theft and money laundering. Munro’s initial arraignment before Judge Monty Cobb was Monday in Mason County Superior Court, where she pled not guilty. The pretrial is scheduled for Oct. 23 and the...

  • Randy Endicott

    Aug 31, 2023

    Randy Endicott, resident of Hoodsport, WA passed away on August 22, 2023. He was 69 years old. Full obituary in the September 7th issue of the Journal. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 9th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the Shelton High School auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mason County Christian School.... Full story

  • Sunday night call-out

    Aug 31, 2023

  • Teachers defend book selections

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 31, 2023

    Two local school teachers defended books that some parents want banned in the Shelton School District. During board meetings this summer, some parents and guardians complained about 10 of the 150 literature books for grades seven through 12 that were recommended by the district’s Instructional Materials Committee and then approved by the school board June 27. At the board’s Aug. 22 regular meeting, three people pointed out the educational and social value of the books in question, while three said they were opposed to the curriculum....

  • These Times

    Kirk Ericson|Aug 31, 2023

    I have a friend who grew up rich, but through hard work, grit and some lucky breaks, she overcame it. When people were losing their senses of taste and smell during the worst of COVID, did their senses of hearing and sight improve? At weddings in Olympia, if the guests wear Birkenstocks, they make a point of wearing their best pair. I’m reluctant to get into the whole Jan. 6 insurrection thing here, but I do believe that flag poles should not be used to pummel someone. There’s a mental switc...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Aug 31, 2023

  • War games in Shelton: Part two

    Jan Parker|Aug 31, 2023

    This is the conclusion of a story about U.S. Army war games that took place in and around Shelton in August 1941....

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    Shellfish timeline pushed back Mason County Hearing Examiner Phil Olbrechts issued an order to extend the post-hearing comment period on Taylor Shellfish’s proposed project in Oakland Bay. According to an email from Mason County Community Services planner Luke Viscusi, Taylor Shellfish had until Wednesday at 3 p.m. to submit responses to public comment and information requests. Today, the county will post the new materials submitted by Taylor Shellfish on the project website. Public comment will reopen in regards to the Aug. 16 presentation...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 31, 2023

    Free writing workshop on 'Illness and Expression' Sarah Roth, the current writer-in-residence with the local Hypatia-in-the-Woods, presents a free workshop on life writing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Shelton Timberland Library. Roth is a writer and doctoral candidate in anthropology at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. She recently completed training as a genetic counselor and is working on an ethnographic project exploring women's narratives of cancer care. Her writing workshop is...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    Beeville Loop Road closure Sept. 21 Mason County commissioners approved the county road closure of Beeville Loop Road at milepost 5.19, Dry Bed Creek, on Sept. 21 until further notice. According to the information packet, the Dry Bed Creek corrugated metal culvert has lost its “structural integrity.” County crews will remove the culvert and close the road until a replacement analysis is complete and money is secured for the preferred alternative. Alternatives range from not replacing the culvert to an anticipated bridge at a cost of more...

  • Cruising through time

    Aug 31, 2023

  • Jazz in the Barn Sept. 16 supports Great Bend

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 31, 2023

    The Union-based Great Bend Center for Music has nabbed the jazz stylings of the Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, which will be featured at the center’s second annual “Jazz in the Barn Gala” fundraiser Sept. 16. Kandi recently announced his impending stint as the new host of the “Jazz Northwest” show, which can be heard at 2 p.m. Sundays on KNKX 88.5 FM. The show highlights the jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver, so Great Bend Center for Music General Director Matthew Melendez touted th...

  • In the Dark Reviews

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 31, 2023

    After watching the first two episodes of "Ahsoka" on Disney+, my reaction was this: "So this is what 'Star Wars' feels like for those who aren't already fans." I grew up with "Star Wars." I saw the original trilogy when each film premiered in theaters, and I saw each installment of the prequel trilogy on its opening night, too. But there's a generation for whom the prequel trilogy was their first "Star Wars," just like the original trilogy was mine, and they didn't just watch the live-action...

  • Fuddpuckers draft

    Staff report|Aug 31, 2023

    A co-ed softball team representing tournament sponsors Hanson Excavation and Maples Excavation and Septic went undefeated during the 25th annual Fuddpuckers Draft co-ed softball tournament held Saturday and Sunday at Callanan Park in Shelton. Players for the winning team were James Reyes, Adam Beeler, Kobe Bogh, Audra Oien, Hailey Mentzer, Hannah Wells, Louis Rodriguez, Jorge Zambrano, Chelsey Ceniza, Guy Sarson, Andrew Wilson and Izzy Wilson. Dillon Walker was named male tourament most...

  • 2023 Prep Football Preview - Shelton

    Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    After the 2022 Shelton Highclimbers made it to the crossover round, which was a step beyond where they were in 2021, Shelton is looking to take that next step and make the field of 16 for the 2A state tournament. It will be tough, as head coach Mark Smith recognizes they are replacing a lot of important seniors from last year's team. "We also understand where we're starting from isn't where we're going to be at the end, so we're going to have a huge opportunity to get better," Smith told the Jou...

  • 2023 Prep Football Preview - North Mason

    Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    The North Mason football team has high aspirations in the second year with Rob Thomas at the helm. Reasons for optimism abound. The program almost doubled its numbers from last year and many skill position players gained experience last year. "The kids are bought in, we're ready to rock 'n' roll and they just want more, they want it," Thomas told the Journal. "You can see the difference. In the weight room, they want more. On the field, they want more, conditioning themselves after practices....

  • 2023 Prep Football Preview - Mary M. Knight

    Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    Mary M. Knight started the first day of practice with double the numbers of players from last year and twice the amount of optimism heading into the 2023 football season. Head coach Tom Kerr said he likes the number of players who turned out this year in comparison to the past two years with seven and nine players. "We're also going to have our middle school flag program that we're starting out here that starts on Sept. 5 so we'll even have those bodies that we can use from as well," Kerr told...

  • Fire district leases old station, partners with college

    Matt Baide|Aug 31, 2023

    The North Mason Regional Fire Authority is having a busy summer, and it doesn't include just fighting fires. Old Station 21 has a new tenant as Mason County agreed to a lease agreement that went into effect Aug. 1. "They're having a discussion as to ultimately what will be in that building from a county perspective," NMRFA chief Beau Bakken told the Herald. "About a year ago, I said this date was going to come upon us quickly and here we are. It sounds like the county is to vacate the building...

  • Raenae Lanning

    Aug 31, 2023

    Raenae Lanning, 76, went home to be with the Lord on August 24, 2023, after a short bout with cancer. She passed away at home surrounded by friends and family in Aberdeen where she lived with her daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. As a beautician, Raenae Lanning spent most of her life in Shelton and had many customers who became her close friends and whom she continued to serve after she had retired. Raenae was always known for her generosity and kindness, as well as her love for... Full story

  • Danny W. Stewart

    Aug 31, 2023

    Danny W. Stewart, born August 1, 1942 in Olympia, WA, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2023, at his son Barney's home in Shelton, WA. Danny joined the U.S. Marine Corp. at a young age. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal E-4 Sharp Shooter. He was a longtime resident of Shelton; he worked for Simpson Timber Company for 35 years. After retirement, he decided to go back to work for the Mason Transit Authority. Dad was a hard working man, and a man of his word. He enjoyed watching boxing... Full story

  • Diana Mary Hupp

    Aug 31, 2023

    Diana Mary Hupp went to shine her light in heaven on 12 August 2023, but left a glow behind for family and friends that will be forever. That light first flashed when she lit up her parents' eyes in Coronado, California on 24 February 1942. The proud parents were James and Doris Matheson. She later showered light and love on her four siblings, Joni Fields, Katy Evans, Mary Ann Matheson and Jimmie Matheson, as they grew up. In 1966, she nodded to her husband, Jay Hupp, and captured him with a... Full story

  • Johanna "Jo" Lee Cuzick

    Aug 31, 2023

    Johanna "Jo" Lee Cuzick, born January 14, 1966 to Linda Stewart and Wiley Cuzick, Jr., has lost her battle with cervical cancer, on July 24, 2023, in Bremerton with her daughter Jami Sorensen Trujillo by her side. Mom was one-of-a-kind soul, if you knew her she was always the loudest in the room, her laughter was contagious, and her eyes were mesmerizing. She always had a smile on her face, and would do anything for anyone. Jo loved her loud music, animals, outdoors, the beautiful Hood Canal, wh... Full story

  • Mary's Memoirs

    Clydene Hostetler|Aug 31, 2023

    Mary has returned home from her lengthy vacation. She gets into cleaning the house and getting her laundry caught up, doesn’t miss a beat and gets her hair done. We cannot forget getting the hair done. Where is Sam?...

  • Recently Passed

    Aug 31, 2023

    Walter Reinhardt, 80, a resident of Grapeview, passed away August 20, 2023, at Firlane Health and Rehab. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Randy Endicott, 69, a resident of Hoodsport, passed away August 22, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Curtis Boothe, 66, a resident of Shelton, passed away August 23, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Allen...

  • North Mason schools take stock of summer school

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 31, 2023

    During the North Mason School Board’s Aug. 17 meeting, summer school principal Laura Pugh and teacher Rachel Mayo were joined by Hawkins Middle School students Tora Kawai-Seguin, Zevin King and Rukan Bruemmer as they presented a film the students made during summer school. Pugh reported the summer school program had ended the previous week, with literacy support for students in grades four through eight, and “credit recovery” for students in grades 10 through 12. Over three weeks,...

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