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  • Bond on ballot for Hood Canal

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 28, 2023

    Voters in the Hood Canal School District will vote Nov. 7 on a proposed $33.5-million building bond that would create space for preschool classrooms, an ADA-accessible playground, arts, music and science, and replace a 70-year-old transportation facility. The district states voters should start receiving their ballots about Oct. 12. A 60% majority is required for the bond to pass. A similar bond proposal failed by 80 votes in February 2020. Passage of the bond would add a tax of $1.05 per...

  • Every day is Christmas

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 28, 2023

    Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down ... Lilliwaup Lane? In September? And isn't that Mrs. Claus? During the past 1½ years, you might have spotted in Mason County a Saint Nick look-alike in red shorts, red suspenders, bells jangling from his neck, the red stocking cap, blue eyes twinkling, the snowy beard clearly real; sometimes he's accompanied by a woman in a candy cane apron. Other clues are the stencilings on their red car that include "Making a list and...

  • Temporary pier closure in Hoodsport

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 28, 2023

    The Port of Hoodsport temporarily closed the public pier and dock in downtown Hoodsport. According to Port of Hoodsport Commissioner Lori Kincannon, the port has been awaiting the results of a new site inspection report before beginning the bid process for needed repairs. “The port has not yet received the contractor’s inspection report, or the engineers’ letter on their findings,” port Executive Director Kathleen Wyatt said. On Sept. 16, representatives of Hoodsport-based Integrated...

  • School board pulls contested books

    Gordon Weeks|Sep 28, 2023

    In a “re-review” of eight books already approved by the district but flagged by some parents as offensive, the Shelton School Board on Tuesday evening voted to remove two books from the grades 7-12 reading curriculum: “Like a Love Story” and “Looking for Alaska.” During board meetings the past four months, some parents and guardians complained about eight 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. O...

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    Kirk Ericson|Sep 28, 2023

    We had a trampoline in the backyard for our kids when those two kids were kids, and for 10 years I had to put up with safety Nellies telling me how dangerous trampolines are, especially ones not surrounded by netting. I heard stories about broken backs and quadriplegia and fractures and dislocated shoulders and broken teeth. I heard people cite statistics about trampolines being a leading cause of emergency rooom visits. Sometimes, those people shared their own involvement in trampoline-related...


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    Steve Duenkel, Mason County Auditor|Sep 28, 2023

    Since my last report, your Financial Services team completed the 2024 Mason County preliminary budget. I had the honor of formally submitting this budget to the Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 12 and it includes total projected expenditures of $69,149,840. Budget workshops with the board and various department heads are scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4, where adjustments to requested expenditures may be made. The county commissioners will also hold a public hearing on Dec. 4 prior to...


    Jan Parker|Sep 28, 2023

    On Dec. 5, 1948, The Hood Canal News asked its readers, "Can Belfair afford to lose its volunteer fire department? While the work and services of the department are well known by virtually every resident of the Belfair area, there are many who will be surprised to learn that the Belfair Fire Department is BROKE and may have to be discontinued unless citizens rally round with funds and aid necessary to continue the much-needed fire department." The local fire department was funded by community...


    Sep 28, 2023

    Commissioners approve purchases for Sheriff’s Office Mason County commissioners approved three separate purchases for the Sheriff’s Office at Tuesday’s meeting. According to the information packet, the Sheriff’s Office was approved to buy a scanner and accessories from FARO Technologies. The scanner is the primary tool used to measure and document evidence at crime scenes. It is used to investigate fatality accidents, homicides and is important in preserving and documenting a scene. The office’s current FARO scanner is outdated and ha...


    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Sep 28, 2023

    Quixote Village fundraiser event The second annual Quixote Communities’ Tiny Homes Big Future Celebration fundraiser is hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pavilion, 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. Quixote Communities has three villages for homeless people, including one devoted to local veterans that recently opened in Shelton. At the event, the nonprofit will thank its 2023 Partners of the Year: Mason County VFW Post 1694, Mason County VFW Post 1694 Auxiliary and the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center. April Pooler and Garrett Ratfield...


    Compiled by editor Justin Johnson|Sep 28, 2023

    League hosts school candidate discussion The League of Women Voters of Mason County is hosting an informational panel discussion on the work of school boards while at the same time providing the opportunity to learn about 2023 school director incumbents and new candidates. Candidates from North Mason, Grapeview, Hood Canal and Elma school districts have been invited to participate in a Zoom panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The public is invited to attend. The Zoom link to the meeting can be found at or by contacting...


    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 28, 2023

    My first Port Townsend Film Festival was in 2016, and my first marathon review of the film festival for the newspaper was in 2017. This event has evolved yearly, but this year has brought welcome changes. The festival now allows attendees to make digital reservations for their chosen shows and the festival's handouts include guides to all the places to buy snacks and drinks between screenings. My goal was to watch as many as a dozen films in four days. Sept. 21: Day 1 "Red, White & Brass" (2...

  • Bulldogs take down Knights, Eagles

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Sep 28, 2023

    The North Mason volleyball team earned wins against Bremerton and Elma last week. The Bulldogs swept Bremerton 25-14, 25-16 and 25-19 on Sept. 21 in Belfair. Senior outside hitter Jordan Young had three aces and three kills. Junior outside hitter Adrianne Tupolo recorded two aces and 10 kills and junior middle blocker Adrianna Tupolo had eight aces, six kills and one block. Junior setter Kalli Wynn had three aces, 15 assists and two digs. "This was a great week for our varsity," Kanoe Lilly told...

  • North Mason program helps students plan

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 28, 2023

    North Mason High School counselor Kim Walters shared information on the new YouScience program with the school board at the district school board meeting Sept. 21. North Mason High School will be implementing YouScience in order to support each student in completing their "High School and Beyond" plan. Hawkins Middle School will implement the first phases of YouScience for exploration beginning in the seventh grade. Walters said students would be tasked with completing the following courses in...

  • Dewatto on verge of filling commission vacancy

    Kirk Boxleitner|Sep 28, 2023

    Sept. 13 marked the date when the Port of Dewatto’s remaining two commissioners were able to conduct their first regularly scheduled meeting since July 12. Port of Dewatto Manager Jeana Crosby told the Herald the port has found a “person of interest” to fill the port’s District 2 commissioner position, which was left vacant by the death of commissioner Ray Mow on April 8. Crosby said the potential commissioner has not been sworn in, but she did say Sept. 15 she expects that Wilson Sapp,...


    Clydene Hostetler|Sep 28, 2023

    Mary is still picking flowers. Henry and Louie are Mary's brothers. Henry had big equipment to carry out the work of the Canadian Timber. I have 16 mm home movies of them doing this job. The big bulldozer sits up on his son's property in Bellingham. And it still runs!...

  • David Kenneth Krogh

    Sep 28, 2023

    David Kenneth Krogh, 72, passed away Monday, September 18, 2023 at his home in Union, WA. He was born in Vancouver, WA to Kenneth and Shirley Krogh in 1952. He graduated from Shelton High School with the class of 1969 and from Evergreen State College in 1980, majoring in Marine Biology. David was born with abundant energy and interests that he channeled into many activities. Some of these activities included: rowing clubs, basketball teams, boating, oyster harvesting and clam digging. He was...

  • Gilbert "Gib" Johnston

    Sep 28, 2023

    Remembering Gilbert "Gib" Johnston 9/28/1938~09/12/2023 Please join us for a Celebration of Gib's Life Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Shelton Presbyterian Church 1430 E. Shelton Springs Rd...

  • Gordon Kelley

    Sep 28, 2023

    We are sad to announce the passing of Gordon Kelley of Woodinville, Washington. He died at age 81, on August 21, 2023. Gordon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Born in Seattle, he grew up on Magnolia and graduated from Queen Anne High School. He raised his children in Bellevue and eventually moved to Woodinville, where he lived until his death. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Peggy Kelley, his brother, Don, and sister, Janie Kelley-Choate. Gordon was first...

  • Richard K. Sittler

    Sep 28, 2023

    Richard K. Sittler, born in Chicago, Illinois, to Kenneth and Hazel Sittler on September 27th, 1936. The oldest of four boys, Dick grew up in the Chicago area. He graduated from Leyden High School in 1954, in Franklin Park, Illinois. Dick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and served until 1959. He requested early discharge so he could help support his mother and two half brother’s. Dick worked various jobs over the next four years. Then in 1963, he got a job with the Elmhurst, Illinois Post Office as a mail carrier, he worked there...

  • Rodney Lee LeGrande

    Sep 28, 2023

    Rodney Lee LeGarde, born October 1, 1948, peacefully passed away at his home with family by his side. He was born in Elma, Washington to Harold and Elizabeth LeGarde (Valley). Rodney graduated from Shelton High School in 1968, and went to work for Simpson Timber Company until his retirement in 2010. Rodney enjoyed hunting, camping, drag racing, wrestling, and the Seahawks. He was wealthy in friendships and the love of family; he valued spending time with both. He was a genuinely kind person...

  • Recently Passed

    Sep 28, 2023

    George Miller, 68, a resident of Hoodsport, passed away September 16, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Ralph L. Anderson, 79, a resident of Shelton, passed away September 18, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Funeral Alternatives, Tumwater, WA. Richard Olafson, 90, a resident of Olympia, passed away September 19, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Denilson Tomas Lopez, 18, a resident of Shelton, passed...