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Articles from the November 23, 2023 edition

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  • Examiner set to make decision on bag appeal

    June Williams|Nov 23, 2023

    The Mason County hearing examiner was set to decide on a motion for reconsideration of the approval of Taylor Shellfish’s floating oyster bag farm in Oakland Bay at a meeting Wednesday at the Mason County Commission chambers in Shelton. The meeting occured after the Journal’s holiday deadline. The seafood company welcomed the approval, but objected to requirements that the black color of the oyster bags be replaced with blue or green and that it pay for a monitoring plan prepared by a third-party expert to check for environmental impacts. Taylo...

  • Santa Claus is comin' to Shelton

    Nov 23, 2023

  • Renowned chef, author Xinh Dwelley dies at 72

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 23, 2023

    Xinh Dwelley, a renowned chef who fused Vietnamese flavors with Pacific Northwest ingredients at her downtown Shelton restaurant, died on Friday. She was 72. Born in 1951, Dwelley, a master oyster shucker who gave generously to the community, developed her culinary skills growing up in South Vietnam, where she learned to cook using food produced and harvested on her family's rice farm. She was hired to cook for officers in an American mess tent and soon was renowned for her fried chicken and ham...

  • Helping students, families navigate college

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 23, 2023

    The Shelton School District is among about two dozen in the state receiving help from a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant because a low percentage of its graduates go on to college. At the Shelton School Board meeting on Nov. 14, Superintendent Wyeth Jessee talked about the program. He said he attended a Gates Foundation gathering the previous day, and two statistics "rang out" to him: that Washington ranks 49th among the 50 states for the number of high school graduates who go on to two-...


    Kirk Ericson|Nov 23, 2023

    Annoying words and phrases infect our speech with frequency and tenacity, and I can’t stop it. I try, but I’m only one bro, one bruh, one dude, one dawg, one homeboy. But if I was king, I could send out a minion with a stiff back to proclaim, “Listen up, peasants. The following words and phrases are banned. Any of the king’s subjects heard uttering the following phrases shall be playfully chastised upon first and second offense, and on the third offense, the subject shall be drawn and quartered,...


    Steve Duenkel, Mason County Auditor|Nov 23, 2023

    The Nov. 9 edition of the Shelton-Mason County Journal published statistics for the number of challenged ballots as of 8 p.m. on election night, "Mason County had the highest percentage of contested ballots in Washington's 39 counties, with more that 3.5% of the votes being cast contested." So, what's going on? The contested ballots included many rejected for "signature mismatch." Signature verification is done by trained, experienced elections staff. Despite training and experience, signature...

  • Become a Light of Hope this holiday season

    Brandon Humpheries, Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging|Nov 23, 2023

    The Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging connects vulnerable adults with information and social and health services that help them remain in their homes. They also support people who provide informal caregiving assistance to family members or friends. Most clients have very modest means combined with health conditions that limit their ability to care for themselves. Every year, LMTAAA organizes the Light of Hope program, where financial donations help fulfill client wishes, which would...


    Jan Parker|Nov 23, 2023

    This story comes from the book “Long Long Ago in Skokomish Valley,” by Emma Richert, published in 1965. Some of Emma’s story is based on selections from Myron Eells’ diaries that had recently been published in the Journal. “For many decades the residents of Middle Skokomish have voted in ‘Eells Precinct.’ None of the Eells has lived in the Valley for many years now, but may that name ever be retained in memory and honor of a truly outstanding pioneer family. I am overwhelmed by the impossibi...

  • Skokomish tribe receives $1.35M recycling grant

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 23, 2023

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week announced a $1.35 million grant to the Skokomish Tribe to improve solid waste and recycling on the reservation. The grant awards were announced on Nov. 15, "America Recycles Day." A news release from the EPA states the agency gave $34.9 million in Solid Waste Infrastructure grants and almost $3.6 million in Recycling Education grants in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Skokomish tribe will use the grant to build a drop-box transfer station...


    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Nov 23, 2023

    Still no sign of missing man There is still no sign of Brandon Adams after authorities found his Jeep and some personal belongings off a logging road Nov. 12. The Shelton man was last seen Oct. 20. Several rescue groups combed the steep terrain Saturday, including Mason County Search and Rescue and Washington Explorer Search and Rescue – Kitsap Unit. Police blocked off the area around Camp Govey, close to where Adams’ vehicle was recovered, to use as a staging area and only admitted certified search and rescue personnel, according to a Fri...

  • Final Light

    Nov 23, 2023


    Gordon Weeks|Nov 23, 2023

    For its annual holiday production, The Harstine Island Theatre Club is bringing to life two O. Henry short stories - "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Cop and the Anthem" - at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Harstine Island Community Club. Admission is free. For the third time, Pam Mueller is directing the group's holiday play. She also directed "Velveteen Rabbit" and last December, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." "The Gift of the Magi" is one of O. Henry's most beloved short stor...


    Kirk Boxleitner|Nov 23, 2023

    The Apple TV+ streaming service delivered a couple of solid sci-fi series these past few weeks. Nov. 17 saw the premiere of the first two episodes of "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters," which is slated to last at least 10 episodes total, running weekly through Jan. 12. "Monarch" is set in Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures' "MonsterVerse," and I'd recommend having seen at least 2014's "Godzilla" and 2017's "Kong: Skull Island" before starting this one, which I suspect might also soon encompass the...

  • Splash of color

    Nov 23, 2023


    Compiled by Matt Baide|Nov 23, 2023

    Shelton bowling Shelton lost to Aberdeen 1,478-1,402 in an Evergreen Conference girls bowling match on Nov. 16 at Rainier Lanes in Aberdeen. Alivia Holte led the team with a 151 average and Josefina Francisco-Zacarias bowled a 134.5 average. Kaelynn Robbins, Caitlin Foreman and Marsybel Hernandez-Zacarias each bowled on varsity. Shelton’s Kai Aronson, Hayleigh Jenkins, Sophia Stitzel and Holte each bowled new high games. The Highclimbers lost to Rochester 1,554-1,483 in a conference match on Nov. 14 at Fairway Lanes in Centralia. Shelton b...

  • Dogs rescued from Tahuya home after owner dies

    June Williams|Nov 23, 2023

    Nine St. Bernard-mix dogs found with their owner, who had been dead in his home for almost two weeks, have been rescued by the Humane Society of Mason County and Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. All of the dogs are receiving care at area shelters. HSMC Executive Director Katherine Johnson told the Herald her group worked with local emergency responders to get the dogs, who are between 5-10 years old, safely out of the home. "Our team worked diligently on the ground, providing all...


    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 23, 2023

    All State Honor Band includes four Bulldogs Four North Mason High School band students have been accepted into the 2024 Washington Music Educators All State Honor Band program in February. The students are Jack Buckingham, percussion; Raymond Felton, bass clarinet; Carl Lewis Jr., trombone; and Haleigh Scott, bass. The students sent in their audition recordings in October, along with hundreds of other high school students throughout the state. The four students will travel to Yakima in February to work with college professors and fellow band st...


    Clydene Hostetler|Nov 23, 2023

    More meetings this week. Sam comes home from bird hunting with a couple of pheasants. He also brought a vase for Mary for her birthday. It was her birthday this week. Sunday, Nov. 13, 1949 Slept late and then up to Belfair to clean up Temple but the Jones and Shorts had got there early so there was but little to do. Called Alma Nelson from the store to thank her for the lovely corsage. Home and put the wagon wheels away, etc. Then cleaned up and drove to Gig Harbor. Took a duck up to Aunt Vina....

  • Bernice Louise Langley

    Nov 23, 2023

    Bernice Louise Langley, age 64, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on November 15, 2023 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington after a courageous battle with cancer. Bernice was born on September 2, 1959 in Shelton, Washington. Her parents were Don and Phyllis Lyon. She had three brothers and five sisters. On August 6, 1993 Bernice married Rocky Lee Langley. Between them, they have six children - Danielle, Eli, Ricky, Jennifer, Michael, and Ben - 21 grandchildren...

  • Elise Margarete Bell

    Nov 23, 2023

    Elise Margarete Bell, born on December 13, 1969, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side from complications of a stroke on November 9, 2023. She was an adoring people person and animal lover, always seeking to assist those in need. She and her husband shared a passion for the ocean and horseback riding, finding joy in every adventure. Those that knew her best appreciated her kindred spirit, loving heart, and ability to light up a room. Elise is survived by her husband Matthew John...


    Nov 23, 2023

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