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  • Kilmer won't seek House reelection

    Justin Johnson|Nov 16, 2023

    U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, announced Nov. 9 that he won’t see reelection to Washington’s 6th Congressional District in 2024. The Port Angeles native, who was a member of the state Legislature before being elected to Congress in 2012, said, “I’m excited to start a new chapter when my term is complete.” He also cited a desire to spend more time with his children. The announcement by Kilmer, 49, set off ripples across Washington’s political landscape, most notably Hilary Franz, the...

  • Belfair Bypass schedule takes shape

    June Williams|Nov 16, 2023

    It's been a long time coming. Construction of the Belfair Bypass, officially known as the Highway 3 Freight Corridor, is set to start in 2026 and should be finished by 2028, state Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, told a standing-room-only crowd at a town hall meeting in Belfair on Nov. 9. The 6-mile corridor will provide an alternative for highway users to travel around, and not through, Belfair. More than 300 people packed into The HUB's auditorium to hear an update and ask questions about the...

  • Mason Health chief medical officer retiring

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    Dr. Dean Gushee, the chief medical officer at Mason Health, is retiring after 30 years with the organization. Gushee's retirement is effective at the end of the year. He'll be replaced by Dr. Darren Cuevas, a doctor of osteopathic medicine. "We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Gushee, our retiring chief medical officer," Mason Health Chief Executive Officer Eric Moll said in a news release. "Dr. Gushee's remarkable 30-plus career with Mason Health has been marked by transformative...

  • Gilmore edging Frazier for City Council seat

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    The updated results of the Nov. 7 general election show Tom Gilmore with a 49-vote edge over Mark Frazier for the member 5 position on the Shelton City Council, and the Hood Canal School District's $33.5-million building bond falling short. Those are the numbers from the ballot count the Mason County Auditor's Office released Monday. The next ballot count is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday. The results are slated to be certified on Nov. 28. Of the 44,701 registered voters in Mason County, 15,255...

  • THESE TIMES

    Kirk Ericson|Nov 16, 2023

    “To the earth you are scattered You’re going home, so what does it matter? To an atomic mind Scattered here while you travel time.” — The Kinks, “Scattered” My 64th orbit of the sun will be complete in a couple of weeks, and one thing that amazes me about this accretion of years is how slow it’s gone. I would have thought I’d be 100 by now. In the interest of taking stock from this vast vista, and sparing my survivors the burden of busy work, here’s my sanctioned obit: Kirk Ericson Kirk Eric...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Nov 16, 2023

    Value of diversity Editor, the Journal, For 10 years, I was on the board of trustees for a small Christian college that emphasized the importance of educating students who would not otherwise have access. I loved meeting these students and hearing their stories and watching them throughout their four years grow into thoughtful, articulate, courageous, well-educated adults. As the student body, staff, faculty, administration, and board of trustees became more diverse, the lives of all involved...

  • GUEST COLUMN

    Chris Gildon and Drew MacEwen|Nov 16, 2023

    Our state’s Climate Commitment Act was passed in 2021 with the stated goal of reducing and eventually phasing out carbon emissions. Among other things, the law promises protections for Washington’s agricultural sector and marine trade, and we were assured revenue resulting from the “cap-and-trade” approach would be spent only on projects that reduce carbon pollution. Gov. Jay Inslee claimed the CCA would raise fuel costs “pennies per gallon” at most. These promises have not been met. The Inslee administration refuses to be transparent...

  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    August car show in downtown Shelton drew 151 entrants Despite being rescheduled and staged on short notice, the Cruisin' Through Time car show Aug. 27 in downtown Shelton drew 151 entrants. That's the word from Mason County Historical Museum Executive Director Liz Arbaugh, who gave a report on the event Nov. 7 at the Shelton City Council's regular meeting. Her organization and the Shelton Downtown Merchants Association co-sponsored the event on West Railroad Avenue. "Amy Cooper really...

  • Patricia "Patsy" Glaser Gibson

    Nov 16, 2023

    Patricia Darlene Glaser Gibson passed away very peacefully, in the early morning on Monday, October 30, 2023, at her home on Harstine Island. She was 69. Patsy, as she was best known, was born to Hugo (Bud) Glaser and Donnette (Eddy) Glaser on June 9, 1954, in Aberdeen, WA. As an added bonus, Patsy brought along a twin brother with her, Vincent Donald Glaser. At the age of six, Patsy had a heart attack while attending school on the island. It was discovered she had a hole in the upper chamber... Full story

  • Josephine Ann Lusignan

    Nov 16, 2023

    Born to Rupert and Anna (West) Ravsten in Logan, UT, and was joined by brother Layne, arriving four years later. Mom's early childhood was spent in Grand Coulee, WA, as her father was a welder and worked on the Grand Coulee Dam. Her family moved to Spokane in her mid-grade school years. She graduated from West Valley High School in 1952 and headed to the University of Washington. This is where she met her match, Guy Lusignan. She graduated and she spent a year student-teaching on Bainbridge Isla...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    Ex-Evergreen Elementary teacher reads from her novel Jenn Chapman, a teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton from 1999 to 2017, reads from her newly released novel, "Dying for a Second Chance" at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder St. Chapman grew up in Blaine and earned a degree in education at Western Washington University. Her teaching career included several years with Indigenous populations in Washington, North Dakota and Guatemala. In a news...

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Nov 16, 2023

    Missing man’s Jeep found off forest road Authorities found Brandon Adams’ Jeep, including some of his personal items inside the vehicle, but have not located Adams after an extensive search, according to a Tuesday statement by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Someone found the Jeep “deep within the Olympic National Forest” Sunday, and called police, officials said. Deputies couldn’t reach the car that night because of difficult road and weather conditions. Law enforcement teams were able to retrieve the vehicle Tuesday. “This morning, a sp...

  • Nadeen Walker

    Nov 16, 2023

    Nadeen Walker, 80, passed away on November 11th, 2023, surrounded by her immediate family in the comfort of her home. Born on April 23, 1943, Nadeen graduated from NTHS '61 and then pursued further education at a business school in Seattle. Following her education, she had a fulfilling career, reaching its pinnacle with her retirement from the Fish & Wildlife Department of Game in 2000. Post-retirement, Nadeen and her husband Tom realized their dream by building their home on Harstine Island.... Full story

  • Bonnie May Oakes

    Nov 16, 2023

    Bonnie May Oakes passed away, surrounded by family, on September 30, 2023, at Alpine Way Retirement Home. Bonnie was born July 13, 1924 in Port Angeles, WA to Clarence Cullison and Ada (Grall) Cullison. When Bonnie was about two, her family was moving from Oklahoma back to Port Angeles, when they stopped downtown Shelton to camp at Kneeland Park. The family then made the decision to stay in Shelton. Bonnie was one of six children, all were raised in Shelton on Capitol Hill and attended Shelton... Full story

  • Cheyenne Christian Good

    Nov 16, 2023

    Cheyenne Christian Good December 26, 1976 – August 20, 2023 Cheyenne passed away Sunday, August 20, 2023 at his home in Alabama. Cheyenne was a native of California. He moved to Union, Washington in 1986 with his parents and siblings. He attended Hood Canal School from 4th grade 1986 to 8th grade 1990. He graduated from Shelton High School in 1995. Cheyenne has been a resident of Piedmont, Alabama since 2000. He was proud to be a United States Marine veteran and was employed with M&H Valve C... Full story

  • Spirit of Christmastown

    Nov 16, 2023

  • Barbara Louise Everson

    Nov 16, 2023

    Barbara Louise Everson, died of a stroke on November 13, 2023. She was born in Avalon Park, Florida on November 17, 1950. Raised on Long Island, New York, the family moved out West to Mill Valley, California in 1964, she lived her teens years there until going out on her own to live in San Francisco, only a few miles from home. Spending several years in the famed "Haight Ashbury" district, she worked at a clinic there and pot-lucked with neighbors Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.... Full story

  • GETTING OUT

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 16, 2023

    "The Nature of Community" is the theme of Shelton High School's annual "Night of Musical Theater," staged by the school's choir and stagecraft students beginning tonight in the school's Performing Arts Center. "Night of Musical Theater" is presented at 7 tonight and Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the school at 3737 N. Shelton Springs Road. The doors open a half-hour before the show. Admission is the suggested donation of $15, with proceeds helping the students travel to festivals. The...

  • William Robert "Bill" Valley

    Nov 16, 2023

    William Robert "Bill" Valley, USAF Major (Ret.), died of natural causes Tuesday, November 7, 2023, in his hometown of Shelton, Washington; he was born April 30, 1930, in Shelton to Willie S. and Marjorie Anita (Swan) Valley. Bill was senior class president of and classmates with his wife, Lorena (Deschamps) Valley, in the Irene S. Reed (Shelton) High School Class of 1948. Bill earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as an ROTC student at Washington State College (now WSU), where he was president... Full story

  • IN THE DARK REVIEWS

    Kirk Boxleitner|Nov 16, 2023

    Two very different films showcased the standout acting talents of their young supporting performers in theaters this past weekend. Dominic Sessa made his film acting debut in "The Holdovers," by two-time Academy Award-winning director Alexander Payne, and Sessa holds his own in spite of sharing the screen with seasoned performers Paul Giamatti and Da'Vine Joy Randolph. This unlikely trio forms the backbone of a Christmas character study, set in a fictional Massachusetts boarding school in 1970....

  • Patricia "Pat" Ann Macier

    Nov 16, 2023

    Patricia "Pat" Ann Macier August 24, 1943-September 15, 2023 Pat Macier passed peacefully in her home in Shelton, WA on Sep. 15, 2023, at the age of 80. Her parents were William Macier and Ruth (Taylor) Macier. Pat was born in Detroit, MI August 24, 1943. Sometime later, the family moved to St. Ignace, MI and a log cabin in the upper peninsula of MI. Pat was very proud of being a "Yooper" and of her Danish heritage. Her childhood was spent fishing in Lake Michigan and surrounding lakes and... Full story

  • Shelton swimming finishes sixth at state

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 16, 2023

    The Shelton swim team had the highest team finish in school history, placing sixth at the state 2A girls swim meet Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lelia Ollenburg, Kaylin Mutoli, Madeline Allred and Abbi Sachs finished second in 3 minutes, 52.13 seconds. The same relay team finished third in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:44.70. In individual events, Mutoli placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.21 and sixth...

  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Nov 16, 2023

    Shelton girls bowling The Shelton girls bowling team won its opening match of the season against Centralia 1,433-1,354 on Nov. 7 at Fairway Lanes in Centralia. Shelton won both individual games 563-533 and 614-592. Centralia won the first Baker game, 137-130, but the Highclimbers rebounded and won the second baker game, 126-92. “Baker” is a team scoring format. Shelton captain Josefina Francisco-Zacarias led the way with a 146 average. Varsity bowlers included Francisco-Zacarias, Marsybel Hernandez-Zacarias, Kai Aronson, Lilah Wentworth, and...

  • Copper thieves knock out phone, internet in Tahuya

    June Williams|Nov 16, 2023

    Tahuya and North Belfair residents suffered phone and internet outages Tuesday, after thieves removed copper wiring in the area, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Two pedestals and one vault were broken into about one-fourth mile north of Dewatto Hills Road, Deputy Matt Colbenson told the Herald. The theft caused about $25,000 worth of damage to the phone lines according to the phone company, Colbenson said. Budget update at tonight’s school board meeting The North Mason School Board meets at 6:30 tonight in the board room of the...

  • Free Thanksgiving dinnner

    Nov 16, 2023

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