Articles from the September 1, 2022 edition

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 By Matt Baide    News    September 1, 2022

Chamber president leaving

Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Heidi McCutcheon is leaving for new employment after being with the chamber for 14 years. According to a Tuesday news release, McCutcheon...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 1, 2022

Longtime teacher joins school board

Karla Knudsen-Johnston, who taught elementary students for 33 years in Shelton schools, is the new member of the Shelton School Board. In a special meeting Monday evening at CHOICE High School, the...

 

County Briefs

Pacific marten recorded in Olympic National Forest A Pacific marten was recorded by motion-triggered wildlife cameras, marking the first time it has been recorded by a camera survey in Olympic...

 

Labor Day 2022: A working retrospective

My paternal grandfather, Eric Ericson, came to this country from Sweden with his parents in the early 1900s, maybe to escape a herring famine or something. We’re not sure why they came, but we do...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 1, 2022

New superintendent at Hood Canal schools

The Hood Canal School District opens its doors Sept. 7 to about 335 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, and with a new superintendent in Jose-de-Jesus Melendez. Melendez - who grew up... Full story

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 1, 2022

Southside superintendent: 'Back to better'

On Tuesday, Paul Wieneke began his second school year as the superintendent of the Southside School District. "We are not aspiring to return 'back to normal,' " he said. "We are returning to 'back to...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 1, 2022

Shelton's eight schools open their doors

The Shelton School District on Wednesday opened its doors to its eight schools, where 4,125 full-time equivalent students are expected. That's the same number budgeted at the beginning of the last...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 1, 2022

Superintendent among 42 new faces at Pioneer

The Pioneer School District welcomes its students next Wednesday with a new superintendent and two principals among 42 new employees. The last school year was tumultuous for the district. In...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 1, 2022

Matlock campus is a lot smoother

Mary M. Knight School District students returned to school Wednesday to find a much smoother campus. During the summer, Granite Construction employees replaced the gravel driveways and parking lots fo...

 

Grapeview's new boss aims to steer steady course

While the Grapeview School District has hired a handful of new folks and moved some familiar faces into new roles, even its biggest changes in the coming school year aim to keep the district on an...

 

North Mason focuses on 'multitiered systems of support'

The North Mason School District is helping students and families meet the school year with new events, faces and positions within the district, all of which are intended to foster a sense of...

 
 By Jan Parker    News    September 1, 2022

Early Grapeview schools - Part 1

Much of the information in this story is from the book "Grapeview, Detroit of the West," by Mary Sagerson and Duane Robinson....

 

'Emily the Criminal' excels; 'Samaritan' stumbles

'Emily the Criminal' I went to see "Emily the Criminal" expecting a brisk, taut crime caper that would afford one of my favorite comedic actresses a well-deserved showcase to stretch her dramatic...

 

Hoodsport businesses, port reach accord

Downtown Hoodsport business co-owner Katherine Yackel and the Port of Hoodsport appear to have settled their concerns about the community at the port’s Aug. 17 meeting. Yackel, instructor and operations manager of YSS Dive in Hoodsport,...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Faith Lutheran offers grief-support seminar Terry Oliver, the pastor of grief support and care with Faith Lutheran Church in Shelton, recently completed 30 hours of classroom education in grief training from the Center of Loss and Life Transitions...

 

School Briefs

Local Huskies excelling at University of Washington Twenty-three students from Mason County earned spots on the dean’s list for the winter quarter at the University of Washington. To qualify, a student must have completed at least 12 graded...

 

A return to normalcy for high school football

After two seasons filled with disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's version of Friday Night Lights feels like a return to normalcy. Perhaps that's tempting fate, but, for now,...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    September 1, 2022

Highclimbers bring experience to 2022

The Shelton Highclimbers football team has high hopes as they prepare for the 2022 football season. Mark Smith, in his third season at the helm, said the transformation from the end of last year to...

 

Bulldogs ready to grind for wins

The snap ended in a fumble. As did the next one. The one after that was flagged as a penalty. Under a scorching late-summer sun at Belfair's Phil Pugh Stadium, the Bulldogs kept grinding. "Our first...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    September 1, 2022

Owls hope to build foundation

Mary M. Knight enters the 2022 football season with something they're not experienced with: inexperience. "I have one returning starter, and it's only his second year of football," MMK coach Tom Kerr...

 
 By Matt Baide    Sports    September 1, 2022

Shelton grads prep for 24-hour auto race

Shelton High School grads are preparing for the 24 Hours of Lemons race Oct. 15 and 16 at the Ridge Motorsports Complex. Mike Beyer, Shelton High School's career and technical education auto...

 

Shelton Floor Covering claims Fuddpucker title

Dusty slides, plenty of laughs and a whole lot of trash talking. That was the 24th annual Fuddpuckers Draft softball tournament in a nutshell. The two-day, six-team event Saturday and Sunday at Callan...

 

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