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  • SR3 changes in Belfair

    Justin Johnson|Sep 21, 2023

    People using state Route 3 will soon see a pair of changes while traveling through Belfair. Beginning Monday, left-hand turns from Northeast Ridgepoint Boulevard onto Route 3 will be restricted. Drivers will need to use the roundabout at Log Yard Road in order to travel south. The state Department of Transportation plans to install signs on the roadways Monday. Also, beginning in October, the speed limit on Route 3 from mileposts 25.4 to 26.9 will be reduced to 30 mph. A release from the state...

  • Marion Glen "Jim" Leeds

    Sep 21, 2023

    Marion Glen "Jim" Leeds died on Sept 12, 2023 at Alpine way in Shelton. He was 91. Jim was born in Council Grove Kansas on June 26, 1932. His parents were Glen and Jennie (Bronaugh) Leeds. He joined a sister Arlene. The family moved from Kansas to escape the dust bowl and lived for a while in Wenatchee and the Methow Valley in Eastern Washington, before moving to the Agate area in Mason County. They were joined at this time by their younger brother Bobby. Jim graduated from Irene S. Reid High... Full story

  • Saturday in the park

    Sep 21, 2023

  • City votes to raise water rates

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 21, 2023

    The Shelton City Council voted Tuesday evening to raise basic monthly water service rates from $46 to almost $75 by 2029 and basic monthly sewer rates 4.5% in each of the next three years to meet operating expenses and pay back loans. The council unanimously gave preliminary agreement to the rates at its Sept. 5 regular meeting. They were recommended by the consulting firm of FCS Group. No one spoke Tuesday during the public comment period on the rate increases. The basic rate for monthly water...

  • Salmon projects get $8.5M

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 21, 2023

    Salmon in Oakland Bay, the Union and Tahuya rivers in North Mason, and Cranberry, Deer, Goldsborough and Mill creeks will benefit from $8.2 million in salmon recovery grants from the state. On Monday, the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership announced the awards of 150 grants in 29 counties totaling $81.5 million. The grants focus on improving salmon habitat and conserving shorelines and riverbanks. "These are important projects that will help us...

  • Good day, sunshine

    Sep 21, 2023


    Kirk Ericson|Sep 21, 2023

    This is a column that ran in the Shelton-Mason County Journal on March 4, 2021. Of the 308 columns the Journal has published of mine, this one is among my five favorites. I’ll return with original drivel next week... —Kirk Mrs. Ericson and I were sitting on our living room couch recently while I did the crossword puzzle and she read the newspaper. This has become part of our morning plague routine. We sit on the couch in the early morning, drink coffee and I respond to comments she makes abo...


    Sep 21, 2023

    School support Editor, the Journal, I am writing this letter of support for Keri Davidson to retain her position on the Shelton School District school board. I have had the opportunity to work with Keri on school matters in the past. I have found her to be extremely supportive, kind and passionate about our community and its students' success. Keri will look at issues from many different perspectives, seek advice from others and get stakeholder opinions before making a decision and coming to a...


    Joe Schmit|Sep 21, 2023

    In Mason County, as in many rural areas, economic development is more than just a catchphrase-it's the lifeline to a more prosperous and sustainable future. While cities and urban hubs often dominate headlines with tales of growth and advancement, rural communities face an equally pressing but less-publicized need: the revitalization of their local economies to ensure the sustained well-being of their residents. Economic development isn't just about improving the bottom line of local...

  • Jeanne M. Hallberg

    Sep 21, 2023

    Jeanne M. Hallberg 04/18/37-08/30/23 Born to Milton and Helen Kennedy in Raymond, WA. Survived by daughters, Terry Cole, Diane Cole and Lisa Cole; grandsons, Shane Cole-Curran and Maxwell Cole; great-granddaughter Karsyn Cole; sisters, Sandy James, Patricia Dow, Kathleen Leonard, Judy Whitaker and preceded in death by brother, Tom Leonard. In loving memory of our remarkable mother, grandmother, sister and friend, whose presence lit up our lives with boundless energy, love and wisdom. Jeanne was... Full story

  • Leslie Arnold Kremer

    Sep 21, 2023

    Leslie Arnold Kremer, son of Dr. Leslie A. and Mrs. Marion J. Kremer, passed away on the afternoon of September 12. He had been dealing bravely for several years with an unspecified form of dementia. At 73 years old, he left behind a wife, two sisters, a brother, four nieces, and two nephews, one of whom was also named Leslie. Though his mental health suffered, he maintained his physical robustness up until his very final days. Even at the end, nurses and aides commented on his strength and... Full story

  • Salvatore Joseph Palumbo, Jr.

    Sep 21, 2023

    Salvatore Joseph Palumbo, Jr. was born on March 10, 1965. Salvatore "Torrie" was born in San Bernadino, California and was preceded in death by his parents Salvatore Joseph Palumbo, Sr. and Alberta Louise Palumbo. His family moved from Glendora, CA to Shelton, WA in 1977. Torrie graduated from Shelton High School in 1983. He attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR on a baseball scholarship from 1983 to 1984. Torrie continued on to Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA where he... Full story

  • Debra Watters

    Sep 21, 2023

    When she was last sitting at the table with us, Mom instructed us to write her a colorful obituary. If you knew Debra Watters, you would know that was very much her style. In fact, after finding out she had late-stage cancer with a limited amount of time left, she insisted we keep laughing. She refused to be sad about leaving this world, thus, an obituary befitting the absolute force that was our mother. When she passed on September 1st, her husband, Larry Watters, was waiting for her just beyon... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Sep 21, 2023

    Wesley Edward Osetertag, 83, a resident of Matlock, passed away August 31, 2023, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Arrangements are by Funeral Alternatives, Tumwater, WA. Janice Meeds, 73, a resident of Lacey, passed away September 5, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Richard Ross, 80, a resident of Shelton, passed away September 7, 2023, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Allen Barney, 69, a resident of Centralia, passed awa... Full story

  • Shelton railroad author signs books Saturday

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 21, 2023

    Growing up in Shelton's Hillcrest neighborhood in in the 1940s, Pete Replinger at age 3 began venturing over to the vacant lot to watch the trains in the Simpson Lumber switching yards. The next year, he started drawing pictures of trains, sketches he still owns. At 10, he rode a steam locomotive for the first time. Replinger's love of trains, trestles and tracks has produced a slew of books and magazine articles. He'll talk about his work and signs copies of his new book "Atlas of South Puget...