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Articles from the October 13, 2022 edition

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  • City reveals proposals to help homeless

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 13, 2022

    The City of Shelton's homelessness task force recommends the city create a mitigation site for homeless people for one year, support grant applications for current shelters and for rapid re-housing, provide storage lockers at a mitigation site and support affordable housing. Those recommendations were announced at a "Shelton Spotlight" community forum Tuesday evening at the Shelton Civic Center. The City Council will vote on the recommendations in November, City Manager Jeff Niten told the...

  • State rebuts Duenkel claims

    Justin Johnson|Oct 13, 2022

    Election systems in Mason County and around the state are fully certified in accordance with Revised Code of Washington requirements. Citing increasing misinformation around the certification and technical aspects of voting systems in Washington, Stuart Holmes, acting director of elections at the Office of Secretary of State, submitted a letter to the editor (the full letter can be found on page 5) refuting a claim made by Mason County auditor candidate Steve Duenkel in a previous letter to the editor to the Journal that Mason County's...

  • Crash on 101

    Matt Baide|Oct 13, 2022

    A four-car, chain-reaction accident sent two people to hospitals and partially blocked U.S. 101 near Shelton for almost four hours Tuesday night. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, a 65-year-old Shelton man was southbound in a 2017 Kia Soul just north of the Shelton-Matlock exit. His car crossed the centerline and struck a 68-year-old Shelton man’s vehicle and a 42-year-old Shelton man’s 2019 Kia Soul. The 2019 Kia then hit a Nissan Sentra driven by a 59-year-old Shelton man...

  • Fire Report

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Oct 13, 2022

    Structure fire Friday on 7th Street Central Mason Fire and EMS fought a structure fire on South 7th Street in Shelton on Friday afternoon. According to a news release, the first unit arrived in three minutes to find a fire at a condemned house. Crews fought a house fire at the same location several weeks ago and were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The cause is under investigation. Mason County Fire District 11, 4, Shelton Police Department and PUD 3 assisted Central Mason Fire with the...

  • Good news: Another strong run for summer chum

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 13, 2022

    For the second consecutive year, summer chum returned by the thousands to their birthplace in the Union River in Belfair. From Aug. 15 to Oct. 15 each year, the Belfair-based Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group at the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center conducts a count of summer chum salmon at a fish trap on the Union River on state Route 300. Around the clock, volunteers and research interns collect data on summer chum, and obtain adult summer chum for artificial spawning and stock...

  • A memorable night for the Journal staff

    Justin Johnson|Oct 13, 2022

    The Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association had its annual convention and awards gala this past weekend in Bellingham. The Journal captured 20 awards, including a second-place finish in General Excellence, which judges newspapers on their overall quality. Additionally, Journal staff won awards for advertising, youth-oriented content, writing and photography. One particular award stood out for me. In Topical Columns, Mark Woytowich’s “On The Trail” outdoors column captured third place. Woytowich died of heart attack May 6, and my last co...

  • Maybe now's the time to pay attention

    Kirk Ericson|Oct 13, 2022

    Perhaps you’re like me. Stories about well-intentioned people striving to create permanent places for people without adequate shelter have become background noise. These stories of good intentions are swamped by the sights we see along the roads, in parks, in downtowns, in the woods. Easing homelessness often seems like the Dutch boy who has too few fingers trying to plug too many holes in the dike. But eventually homelessness will change, and it’s reasonable to think that because institutions a...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 13, 2022

    Tested, certified Editor, the Journal, In response to a Sept. 29 letter to the editor ("Rebuttal to Ericson's column"), the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) would like to clarify how Washington's election systems are certified. Namely, the ClearVote 2.1 system used in Mason County has been tested and certified by an independent authority, as well as OSOS, for use in Washington elections. We have seen increasing misinformation surrounding the certification and technical aspects of voting...

  • Five questions for coroner candidate Jaime Taylor

    Oct 13, 2022

    1. Why are you running for office? I am running for the office of County Coroner because I believe I have the best qualifications for the job. I was born and raised in Mason County. This county is important to me, and I want to serve the citizens with the quality, respect and care they deserve. 2. What are your qualifications to be the county coroner? I have been a death investigator for over 15 years. I am Nationally board certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. In order to qualify for my board certification, I’m r...

  • Five questions with Sharon Fogo, Charles Rhodes

    Oct 13, 2022

    Sharon Fogo 1. What qualifications would you bring to the job of Mason County Clerk? This is a tough, complicated job that has to be done correctly. There is little room for error and experience is essential to the task. I have worked in this office for 29 years; I know it backwards and forwards. I’ve brought it through periods of difficult change and have the ability to do so again if circumstances require it. I have to know every job in our department and be able to do it well. This is a time of change. Recent state legislative and state S...

  • DeHart, Griffey answer questions

    Oct 13, 2022

    James DeHart 1. What are your top legislative priorities? My three priorities are: 1. Healthcare and Reproductive care: I am an official sponsor of I-1471 which will usher in universal healthcare. This initiative will ensure that no washingtonian walks away from a doctor’s visit with a bill and will help all people requiring medical attention to receive it regardless of insurability, income level or minority demographic. I also support enshrining safe and legal reproductive health services in a constitutional amendment to protect the right t...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 13, 2022

    League hosts ‘speed dating’ with candidates The League of Women Voters of Mason County host a “Speed Dating with the Candidates” public event from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at the Shelton Civic Center, 225 W. Cota St. Attendees will sit at tables as candidates rotate through the room answering questions at each table. Invited are all the candidates for 35th Legislative District Ppositions 1 and 2; Mason County Auditor, assessor and clerk; Mason PUD 3 Commission; and Mason County Commission. Also invited are the candidates running unopposed, includi...

  • Leon, Silva win OysterFest shucking competitions

    Matt Baide|Oct 13, 2022

    Alejandro Leon won the speed shucking contest and Miriel Silva won the half-shell competition and best presentation at OysterFest on Oct. 1 and 2 at Sanderson Field. Leon won the speed competition Oct. 1 with a time of 1 minute, 17 seconds, just one second faster than Gabriel Quintana. Silva finished third in 1:19. Leon won $500 for winning, Quintana won $250 and Silva earned $100. In the half-shell competition Oct. 2, Silva won the competition in 2 minutes, 26 seconds and earned himself $750....

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Oct 13, 2022

    Chamber candidate forum Monday The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce hosts a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Monday at the Colonial House in Shelton. The chamber is hosting the event along with the Journal and MasonWebTV for candidates to discuss their platforms and answer questions. The event will be in-person and streamed through MasonWebTV. Candidates who have been invited to participate are 35th Legislative District state senator candidates Julianne Gale and Drew MacEwen, 35th District representative Position 1 candidates James DeHart and...

  • Four spooky films to get you into a Halloween spirit

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 13, 2022

    This past week on streaming offered a quartet of spooky and suspenseful films to get folks into the Halloween spirit. Mr. Harrigan's Phone "Mr. Harrigan's Phone," released Oct. 5 on Netflix, has the ominous buildup of a monkey's paw undead revenge thriller, but ultimately resolves itself into a compelling, nuanced character study, told from the perspective of small-town New England adolescence. Yes, it's based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, and it even stars Jaeden Martell from...

  • Splash!

    Oct 13, 2022


  • Shelton blanks Centralia 30-0

    Matt Baide|Oct 13, 2022

    The Highclimbers scored 21 points in the first half en route to a 30-0 victory against Centralia on Oct. 6 at Tiger Stadium. Dante Trikoff led the Shelton backfield with 88 yards on 18 carries. Skyler Smith had three carries for 49 yards. Weetly Cordova caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, and Gabe Menefee had three catches for 40 yards. Bradley Eleton led the defense with four tackles, including a tackle for loss. Mario Boxley and Phenix Oleachea each added three tackles. Each had a...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Oct 13, 2022

    Shelton girls soccer Shelton lost two Evergreen Conference games last week to Black Hills and W.F. West. The Highclimbers fell 3-0 to Black Hills on Oct. 4 in Shelton and lost 5-0 to W.F. West in Chehalis on Oct. 6. Shelton (2-8, 1-6) faced Elma in a nonleague game Tuesday at home and hosts Centralia today in an EvCo game. Shelton volleyball The HIghclimbers were swept in two Evergreen Conference volleyball matches against Black Hills and W.F. West. Shelton fell 3-0 to Black Hills in Tumwater on Oct. 4 and the Highclimbers lost to the Bearcats...

  • HUB needs fashion designs by Halloween

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 13, 2022

    The HUB (Hospitality, Unity, Belonging) Center for Seniors is reviving its runway show next year. Beth Gizzi, executive director of the HUB, said the center has had a fashion show “on and off” since 2007, but COVID prompted an extended break. Gizzi said the show in May will be the HUB’s first wearable art fashion show, and possibly the first of its kind for the area as well. “We started a ‘found’ fashion show — items that are found in a thrift shop, like our own HUB shop — to showcase what g...

  • Port of Grapeview considers levy to buoy finances

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 13, 2022

    While commissioners for the Port of Grapeview repeatedly noted they’ve made no final decisions regarding next year’s budgets for the port, the three commissioners acknowledged several areas of overall agreement at their Oct. 6 budget workshop. “As we’ve gone over the operations budget, we’ve seen how difficult it’s going to be for this port just to maintain the facilities that it has, which are very minimal,” Jean Farmer said, before she and fellow port commissioners turned to the preliminary c...

  • Leading the pack

    Oct 13, 2022


  • Port of Allyn plans public hearings for budget

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 13, 2022

    The Port of Allyn has a busy month ahead. Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola warned at the port’s Oct. 3 meeting that while revenues are performing as expected “for this time of year, and in this economy,” the port’s expenses have exceeded its budget “in several instances,” notably what they’ve paid in legal fees, “so money is tight and cash flow somewhat problematic.” The same meeting saw port commissioners approve a loan, with interest, from the port’s water fund to its general fund...

  • Mary and Sam shifting from summer to fall

    Clydene Hostetler|Oct 13, 2022

    Fall is sneaking up on Mary. She still makes the effort to sit in the sun when it is out. She even has a hammock. Can you picture Mary in her hammock in the sun doing her nails? Friday, Oct. 8, 1948 A very warm sunny day and I cleaned good. Squires finished all the transplanting we can do until we have a good frost and can move dahlias and roses. Sam got up late and went to Seattle for repairs on a machine. I finished marking the balance of the dahlias. Also laid out in the sun in the hammock...

  • Faye Roswold

    Oct 13, 2022

    In Loving Memory of Faye Marilyn LaMar Roswold, 89, of Grapeview, WA, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on September 26, 2022. Faye was born in Portland, Oregon to William and Lila LaMar on November 17th, 1932. She married Martin Roswold in 1951 and they retired to Grapeview in 1984. Faye was active in the TOPS Club, INC., chapter 1032 in Belfair. She also lived in Weaverville, CA from 1957 to 1968 and was active in Little League, Cub Scouts and the Junior Chamber of Commerce... Full story

  • Jeri Lavonne Longland

    Oct 13, 2022

    Jeri Lavonne (Sienko) Longland, 78, of Shelton, Washington passed away, Monday, September 19th, 2022, at Tacoma General Hospital after an extended illness. She was born September 29, 1943, the only child of the late Valentine (Val) and Mildred (Mickey) Sienko in Shelton, WA. She married her lifelong love Loren Lee Longland on April 11th, 1992. She attended Irene S. Reed High School. She later went on to become a Certified Nurses Assistant/Shower aide, and worked in this field for 25 plus years.... Full story

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