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Articles from the September 30, 2021 edition

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COVID outbreak closes Pioneer schools

Coronavirus surging through the students and staff at Pioneer Schools prompted the district on Monday to close its elementary and middle schools for five school days. As of Tuesday afternoon, 11 students and four staff members have tested positive...

 By Matt Baide    News    September 30, 2021

Mason County businesses still feeling COVID strain

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to learn how to adapt, and almost 18 months later, those pandemic changes keep coming and businesses are getting used to having to adjust at a moment’s notice. As of Sept. 28, the state has an indoor...


Grants target salmon recovery

Fish in Oakland Bay, the Skokomish River, Kennedy Creek and Hood Canal will benefit from more than $1 million in state grants. The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board last week announced...


Bus driver shortages challenging districts

Some students in Mason County are arriving to school late or not at all due to the shortage of bus drivers in local districts. The shortage of drivers is forcing the Shelton School District to cancel...


Report gives some Shelton High buildings poor HVAC ratings

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reports that 787 school buildings in the state receive “poor” ratings for their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including 11 buildings at Shelton High School....


A study that studied the studies

A new study published last week found that the number of studies issued in the United States in 2020 was up 13% from the previous year. The findings, published in the pseudo-scientific journal...

 By Bill Barker    News    September 30, 2021

Hemingway, Bogart, Capone and me

If you love to hate people who drop names to try to impress you, the following story might make your day. But then again, dear friends and readers, after reading this bagatelle and taking whatever...

 By Matt Baide    News    September 30, 2021

COVID cases slow, eviction moratorium extended

Mason County recorded 124 in the past week, a decrease of 11 cases from the previous week. The county recorded two more deaths, bringing the total in Mason County to 55. As of Tuesday, there are six people hospitalized in Mason County and one...


Max L. Dean

Max L. Dean passed away quietly Monday, September 13, 2021, in his home in Shelton, Washington. Born to Frank and Ocie Dean in Wichita, Kansas January 24, 1926, at five years old his family moved to a... Full story


Robert Rivera Bernal

Robert was born August 29, 1961, in Tucson, Arizona and passed away September 12, 2021, in Puyallup, Washington. He grew up in East Los Angeles, California and lived most of his life in the greater... Full story


Bonnie Bell Gosser

On September 22nd 2021 Bonnie Bell Gosser went to be with her Lord and heavenly Father, peacefully in her home. Mom was born in Lisco, Nebraska on May 9th, 1940. She was the youngest of eight... Full story


Daniel James Porter

Daniel James Porter, 64 of Shelton passed away in his home after a 4-year battle with cancer. Dan is survived by his new bride, Antoinette (Gomez) Porter, his mother Janet Porter, step daughters... Full story


Patricia A. Willey

Patricia A. Willey, 74, passed away at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, at 1:45 a.m. She was born in Eldorado, Kansas on October 6, 1946. Mrs. Willey had been a... Full story


Patrick Richard Brooks

Patrick Richard Brooks, born on December 28, 1948, in Lovelock, Nevada to Nadine (McDonald) and Richard Brooks, passed away on September 21, 2021, at home in Shelton. Patrick worked for Lumbermen's... Full story


Betty Jane McClanahan

Betty McClanahan passed away at her home in Shelton, WA, September 20, 2021. She was 97. Betty was born on August 15, 1924, to Leonard E. "Lefty" Attwood and Ethel Victoria "Vickie" Neame in Tacoma, W... Full story


Sherri L. Lombardy

Sherri Lombardy passed away September 18, 2021, surrounded by loved ones in her home in Shelton, Washington, at the age of 64. Sherri was born December 11, 1956 in Shelton, Washington to Kenneth... Full story


John Brady "BJ" Whitener

John Brady "BJ" Whitener a Squaxin Island Tribal Member passed away September 2, 2021 at his home in Kamilche, WA, a stone's throw from where he grew up on Whitener Rd. He was 73 years old. BJ was... Full story


Students in Kilmer's district urged to apply for service academies

Rep. Kilmer encourages students to apply for military service academy nominations U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, encourages students in Washington’s 5th Congressional District to apply for the nation’s military service...


Hilyard is Mason Health employee of the month

Candi Hilyard named September 2021 Mason Health employee of the month Candi Hilyard has been named the Mason Health employee of the month for September 2021. Hilyard, a technician with environmental services at Mason Health, joined Mason Health in...


Washington State Patrol trooper dies of COVID-19

Washington State Patrol’s Eric Gunderson died of COVID-19 on Sunday morning in Olympia. According to a news release, Gunderson contracted COVID while in service to the state of Washington. He was 38 and had served the patrol for almost 16 years....


Shelton Timberland Library closed for remodeling

The Shelton Timberland Library closed Monday until Oct. 18 for remodeling. The library will be providing “takeout” during the closure, which means the library can bring you’re your books, movies and print jobs. Other “takeout” services...


Convergence season

A permaculture convergence was my introduction to Cascadia. One of the best ways to hit the ground running is two to three days of immersion in a conference assembling many of the people and pursuits...


Waste flown out of park

Hikers in the Olympic National Park use 92 "privies" to relieve their bodily functions, 72 of them pit toilets. The other 20 are eight vault toilets and 12 Romtech toilets, which are emptied once a ye...


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