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Articles from the October 5, 2023 edition

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  • Mini cheer

    Oct 5, 2023


    Oct 5, 2023

    Select "View PDF" and scroll to page 40 to view entire OysterFest section. The 41st OysterFest celebration, hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club, kicks off with the OysterFunk concert Friday night, continuing Saturday and Sunday with the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship, live music, and food from local nonprofits and volunteers at Sanderson Field in Shelton. Admission on Saturday is $10, with children ages 10 and younger admitted free. Sunday admission is $10, with active military $5...

  • Shelton High goal: More attendance

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    Increasing student attendance, decreasing the number of off-campus suspensions and helping ninth-graders have a successful first year of high school are among the goals this school year at Shelton High School. Principal Bruce Kipper presented the school's plan Sept. 26 at the Shelton School Board meeting. One goal is to increase student attendance by 10% from last school year. "As you know, that's a tricky subject," he said. "There's a lot of things that are out of our control ... There's...

  • City signs off on dump cleanup

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    After more than 40 years of prodding and mandating by Mason County and the state, the City of Shelton signed off on the final cleanup of the toxic C Street landfill. The Shelton City Council on Tuesday evening voted unanimously to close out the contract on the construction part of the cleanup of the 17-acre landfill west of downtown Shelton and U.S. Highway 101, which was completed in June. "Staff does not expect any additional action on the city's part pertaining to this project and can be...

  • One dead in shooting

    June Williams|Oct 5, 2023

    Police were searching Wednesday afternoon for two suspects allegedly involved in the shooting death Sept. 28 of a man in downtown Shelton. Shelton residents William Charles “Brother” Williams, 40, and Kennedy Marie Karpf, 24, are wanted for questioning in the death of Janus Afo, who was shot early Thursday morning in front of a house in the 700 block of Cedar Street in Shelton. Williams was inside a vehicle when Afo began kicking the side of the car, according to court documents. Williams opened the passenger door and shot Afo in the neck, acc...

  • Wanted: Student names for Huff'n'Puff memorial

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    Twenty-four years ago, a teenage Abe Gardner as an Eagle Scout project led a campaign to create a memorial to Shelton-area students who died young. Today, Gardner - an emergency prevention specialist with North Mason Regional Fire Authority - is seeking permission from families to add the names to the two-sided memorial at the entrance to the trail across the street from Shelton High School. No names have been added since 2014. Interested families can contact him at 360-801-9555. In 1996 or...

  • Carol Loreen Tucker

    Oct 5, 2023

    Carol Loreen Tucker, nee Carol Coulson, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2023, at the age of 89, in Shelton, WA. She was born on February 13, 1934, in Brownstown, WA, to Victor and Della Coulson. Carol was a loving, kind, and nurturing wife, mother and grandmother. She dedicated her life to caring for others and was known for her selflessness.She also had a wonderful sense of humor that her family enjoyed sharing with her. After graduating from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in... Full story

  • Kristian William Hauge

    Oct 5, 2023

    Kristian William Hauge, known as "K.W." or simply "Kris", was born on the seventh day of May, in the year 1957. The son of a Norwegian fisherman (his dad's name was also Kristian Hauge) he grew up in Lakeville, Massachusetts and later moved to the west coast after graduating High School. He died of respiratory complications brought about by Congestive Heart Failure on Thursday, September 14th, 2023, in Saint Louis, MO. Kris loved swimming, winning several competitions. He was a musician, a... Full story

  • Brittani Ann Anderson

    Oct 5, 2023

    In loving memory of Brittani Ann Anderson, died October 3, 2022, born in Santa Cruz, CA. She spent most of her life in Shelton, WA, building meaningful relationships within the community. She passed unexpectedly. She is survived by her children and family. Brittani was well known for her kind and compassionate personality. She was always smiling, laughing, and joking; she would light up a room with her positivity. Brittani was full of joy. She loved to laugh, and her enjoyable laugh was... Full story

  • Gene Russell Dolan

    Oct 5, 2023

    Gene Russell Dolan of Shelton passed away on September 21, 2023, in Federal Way, WA. He is survived by his loving wife Joan Dolan, his son Michael Dolan (Gretchen), granddaughter Jessica Dolan, sister Laurie Schley, and numerous extended family members and friends. Memorial services to be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St., Shelton, WA.... Full story

  • Father Paul Allen Kaech

    Oct 5, 2023

    Father Paul Allen Kaech, beloved priest at St. Edwards Catholic Church, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023. His vigil service will be held at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 601 ‘C’ Street, Shelton, WA 98584 on Monday October 9th at 7:00 p.m. Father Kaech’s funeral Mass will be at St. Edwards on Tuesday October 10th at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at St. Edwards Hall. The procession to St. Joseph Holy Family Church Cemetery, Frances WA (2800 State Route Hwy 6 98577) commences around 1:00 p.m. The internment will commence around 2:30... Full story

  • Gilbert "Gib" Delano Johnston

    Oct 5, 2023

    Gilbert "Gib" Delano Johnston was born in Sultan, WA, September 28, 1938, and his family said goodbye to him on September 12, 2023, just short of his 85th birthday, due to a progressive neurological disease. The Early Years Gib was born into a large, pioneering Hoodsport family to Charlie and Ruth Johnston. He was one of nine children. Gib was exceptionally bright and hard working. In early years, Gib attended a one room schoolhouse in Hoodsport and was recruited to help teach the class. By the... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Oct 5, 2023

    Steven Ponischil, 63, a resident of Union, passed away September 22, 2023, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Marcus Graving, 75, a resident of Olympia, passed away September 24, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Douglas Inman, 71, a resident of Shelton, passed away September 25, 2023, at St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and... Full story


    Kirk Ericson|Oct 5, 2023

    Becoming aware of the love around you is the only price you must pay to feel joy. A recent headline on the cover of a health magazine: "One woman's 8-year journey with nasal polyps." I didn't read the story, but I did imagine some of the wonderful places in the world she could take those polyps of hers. I was at Safeway the other day to get fish, and while I was talking to the fishmonger about something or other, he said, "You can't believe anything reported in the news. They're all bad." I...


    Oct 5, 2023

    Editor's note: The following letter is a rebuttal to a letter in the Sept. 14 edition of the Journal. Fair market value Editor, the Journal, Dear Mr. Ray, This is in response to a letter received from you dated Sept. 11, and I hope this helps you to understand the requirements of the Assessor's Office. I have also included some paperwork that covers these same requirements. From the time of statehood until the 1930s, property tax was the only major tax that supported most state and local...


    Andrea Heisel|Oct 5, 2023

    “The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack.” – Freedom to Read If you have never read the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read statement, it is worth your time to read this powerful document. Published in 1953, eight years after the end of World War II, the statement feels timeless, as if it were written today, taken directly from recent headlines about banning books and defunding libraries. The Freedom to Read statement serves as a foundational...


    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    John Steinbeck's ties to Hood Canal topic of historian's talk Historian/author Michael Kenneth Hemp will talk about "Western Flyer's Departure and Connections to the Hood Canal" at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, 330 E. Country Club East, Union. Hemp is investigating the Hood Canal connections to ecologist Ed Ricketts, author John Steinbeck ("Grapes of Wrath," "East of Eden") and the ship The Western Flyer. The Gig Harbor resident is a member of the Mason County Historical...


    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 5, 2023

    Meeting Oct. 18 on Theler wetlands trail projects A public information meeting on the planned restoration and improvements to the Mary E. Theler Wetlands trail in Belfair will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Belfair branch of the Timberland Library, 23081 NE state Route 3. Email to RSVP. On Sept. 26, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group Project Manager Andy Hokit and state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees talked about the goals and benefits of the...

  • Sierra Pacific sunrise

    Oct 5, 2023


    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 5, 2023

    Spending the week after the Port Townsend Film Festival in quarantine due to COVID allowed me to catch up on old and new streaming series. "Reservation Dogs" After three seasons and 28 episodes, "Reservation Dogs" went out without a single misstep, wrapping up its multigenerational saga of the oddball everyday lives of the fictional Native American reservation of Okern, Okla., by bidding a farewell to Old Man Fixico, the medicine man who served as the glue holding the community together. The...

  • Retiring the jersey

    Oct 5, 2023


    Matt Baide|Oct 5, 2023

    The 2023 season had its ups and downs, and it came to an end in true Mariners fashion. Seattle had a three-game lead for the AL West crown at the beginning of September after winning the most games in a month in franchise history in August. Fan optimism and interest was at its peak when it's normally the time most Seattle fans turn their attention to the Seahawks. Copy editor Kirk Ericson became a big Mariners fan and we even watched some of a game in August at a bar, a loss against Baltimore....

  • Owls fly high

    Oct 5, 2023


    Oct 5, 2023

    Shelton cross country Shelton sophomore Madison Lohmeyer finished 53rd at the John Payne SC Invitational at Chambers Bay in University Place. Lohmeyer finished the race in 22 minutes, 27 seconds. In the boys race, Shelton senior Carson Bursch placed 12th in 17:05. Shelton hosted Aberdeen, Black Hills and Centralia on Wednesday at the Huff’n’Puff trail across the street from the high school. The Highclimbers compete Saturday at the Fall Classic Invitational at the Pacific Lutheran University Meadows Disc Golf Course in Tacoma. Shelton foo...

  • Port of Grapeview responds to break-in, thefts

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 5, 2023

    The Port of Grapeview had a break-in and theft from its storage shed, which port commissioners addressed during their Sept. 19 meeting. As commission chair Mike Blaisdell reported, an inventory of the shed's contents showed the port's lawnmower was stolen, and that Commissioner Art Whitson had filed a police report. "I'm just lucky I decided to go by the port that day, because nobody really noticed it," Whitson said. "I happened to look over (and thought), 'Why is the door open?' " Blaisdell said the port has insurance coverage for the storage...

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