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Articles from the December 8, 2022 edition

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  • Holiday Cheer

    Dec 8, 2022

  • William "Bill" Borden

    Dec 8, 2022

    Bill S. Borden was born March 3, 1938, in Shelton. He passed away November, 25, 2022, in Olympia, WA. Bill married Eileen Kundert in July of 1966. He worked for Simpson Timber Company in Shelton until he retired in 2000. He then began working as a security guard for a few years in his retirement. Bill is survived by wife Eileen Borden of Shelton, son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Dionne Borden, grandchildren; Alanna Borden, Michael Morse, Jr., Moriah Hagberg, and great-grandson Noah Hagberg,... Full story

  • Michael Allen Wright

    Dec 8, 2022

    Michael "Mike" Allen Wright, 57, died November 24th, 2022, in Shelton, WA. He was born on December 29, 1964, in Shelton to Irene and Victor Wright. He was the youngest of five children. Mike attended Shelton schools and graduated from the class of 1983. Mike was a jack-of-all-trades. He held numerous jobs from roofing, welding, auto mechanic and many years of processing, cutting, and harvesting trees with our local Christmas tree farms. He had a passion for race cars, trucks, motorcycle racing... Full story

  • Linda Shaw

    Dec 8, 2022

    Linda Shaw July 29, 1943 - November 1, 2022, Linda Shaw, devoted mother, sister and wife passed away on November 1st, 2022 in Olympia, WA. Linda grew up in southern California and had many fond memories of the ocean, backyard pools, and time spent with her extended family while living there. She married Terry Shaw in 1962 and had two children, Lisa and Stephanie. She spent many years at home caring for her family, and then later she went to work as an Educational Assistant with the Shelton... Full story

  • Neil Raymond Thompson

    Dec 8, 2022

    Reverend Neil Raymond Thompson passed away on November 25, 2022, in Lacey Washington. Neil was born in Lindsay, California on April 8, 1938. At the age of three, his family moved to San Bernardino where he attended elementary through high school. After high school, Neil attended the California Lutheran Bible School for one year and Pacific Lutheran University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Neil then attended Wartburg Theological Seminary during which time he completed an internship... Full story

  • William Gene Wolden

    Dec 8, 2022

    William Gene Wolden was born May 14, 1946, to the late Kenneth and Ann Wolden in Shelton, Washington. He passed away November 24, 2022, in Olympia, Washington. Bill resided at Olympics West Retirement Center in Tumwater, Washington, where he was living his best life, developing friendships and being active in the community. He was enjoying their chef's cooking so much that he admitted to gaining a few pounds, which he responded to by upping his walking and exercise classes. Bill and his wife,... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Dec 8, 2022

    Ryan J. Serne, 41, a resident of Olympia, passed away November 25, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Eleanor Lunsford, 94, a resident of Olympia, passed away November 25, 2022, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Linda M. Bronson, 73, a resident of Shelton, passed away November 27, 2022, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.... Full story

  • City signs jail contract

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 8, 2022

    The City of Shelton has contracted with the Nisqually Correctional Facility on Yelm Highway to provide jail beds for detainees. The Shelton City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed the contract, which calls for the Nisqually Correctional Facility to receive $130 per day per inmate, with no guaranteed beds. Shelton Police Department employees will drive the inmates to the facility. The city has been contracting with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office for jail services, and currently pays for seven guaranteed beds per day. Five of the beds a...

  • General election results certified

    Matt Baide|Dec 8, 2022

    Mason County general election results were certified Nov. 29 by the county’s canvassing board. A new auditor will be handling elections in 2023. Republican challenger Steve Duenkel will begin his term in January after receiving 14,739 votes for 50.58% of the total. Democratic incumbent Paddy McGuire received 14,379 votes for 49.35%. Mason County will also have a new clerk in Republican Charles Rhodes, who received 14,727 votes for 50.82% of the total. Democratic incumbent Sharon Moore-Fogo r...

  • Early start to winter

    Matt Baide|Dec 8, 2022

    It's autumn on the calendar but winter weather appeared with a week of steady snow and precipitation that knocked out power and forced school cancellations. According to, Shelton received 3.21 inches of precipitation from Nov. 29 to Tuesday. Belfair received 2.76 inches of precipitation, according to A Facebook post by a Union resident showed 24 inches of snow piled up. Two winter weather advisories were issued last week. The Mason County Sheriff's Office also reported...

  • PUD 3 sets 2023 budget, increases rates

    Matt Baide|Dec 8, 2022

    Mason County Public Utility District 3 has increased its rates for 2023, which was included in adopting the 2023 budget in a vote on Nov. 22. According to a news release, PUD 3 commissioners adopted a 5% effective energy rate increase for various rate schedules and a monthly “low-income energy assistance surcharge” to comply with state legislation for low-income programs. The residential increase will take effect in April and raise the energy rate from $0.07710 per kilowatt-hour to $0.08160 per...

  • Happy 30th, Mason Transit Authority

    Dec 8, 2022

  • A question in a long marriage

    Kirk Ericson|Dec 8, 2022

    I recently learned a newspaperman, who I knew while he worked for The Associated Press in Olympia, died several years ago. He was 38, had a wife and two kids, ages 3 and 6, so Jonathan Kaminsky’s death met the full measure for being really sad news. A news obituary that ran in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in December 2016 described Jonathan’s end. Here are the opening paragraphs of the story: “At the end of his life, as Jonathan Kaminsky lay in hospice care, he called to his brother, David...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Dec 8, 2022

    Maintain levy Editor, the Journal, As a former student of Shelton Schools and as a supporter of a vibrant community, I encourage you to continue your support of Shelton students by voting "yes" on the upcoming Valentine's Day election. Your vote not only maintains the current levy amount (set to expire in December 2023), but also ensures additional funds are received from the state of Washington - approximately $3 million annually. By voting against this replacement levy or by not voting at...

  • Attack on Pearl Harbor felt in Shelton

    Jan Parker|Dec 8, 2022

    The Shelton-Mason County Journal of Dec. 4, 1941, was focused on the upcoming Christmas holiday. The front page included a schedule of where and when Santa Claus would be appearing, and shoppers were encouraged to "shop early and shop in your hometown." The Shelton Garden Club announced details of its annual outdoor Christmas home illumination contest, and a two-day open house, including a dedication ceremony, was being planned for the newly completed Shelton gymnasium. Three days later,...

  • Actors, crew wanted for evangelical musical

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 8, 2022

    Actors and crew members are wanted for the musical drama "Moment of Truth," an original two-act "evangelical play," with open auditions from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Shelton native Laura Lee Roznowski, a 1974 graduate of Shelton High School who co-wrote the play with Patrice Johnson, will direct. The Lacey resident is also seeking a musical director, who will be paid. The drama features spiritual warfare with angels and demons, and revolves around a...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Dec 8, 2022

    Belfair man killed in SR 300 accident An 86-year-old Belfair man was killed in a two-car collision on state Route 300 on Monday afternoon. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Karl E. McNeill, 86, of Belfair died in the wreck. He was traveling west and a 36-year-old Shelton man was driving east. McNeill’s car crossed the centerline and struck the Shelton man’s vehicle head-on. McNeill died on his way to the hospital. The Shelton driver was not injured. County records cases of tuberculosis Mason County has five active cases of...

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 8, 2022

    Free dinner for Veterans Active duty and combat veterans, and their spouses, are invited to a free combat veterans’ dinner hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Veterans Memorial Hall, 210 W. Franklin Ave., downtown Shelton. For more information, contact Mike Brown at 360-490-1350 or [email protected]. Choirs, quintet perform Christmas concert Women of Note, the Harstine Island Community Choir perform a “Sounds of Christmas” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E. Harstine Island Road N....

  • 'Wednesday' teen dramedy, 'Willow' captures charm

    Kirk Boxleitner|Dec 8, 2022

    'Wednesday' on Netflix "Wednesday Addams attends Hogwarts" is such a stupidly obvious idea for the next young adult horror dramedy franchise that I'm amazed it wasn't rolled out sooner. Ditto hiring Tim Burton as one of the streaming series' directors and executive producers, especially when you remember that this is Burton's first real involvement with the Addams Family, beyond a planned stop-motion film that was announced in 2010 but never developed. Both 1991's "The Addams Family" and 1993's...

  • Owls roll in season opener

    Dec 8, 2022

  • Climbers' Moore signs with Pierce College volleyball

    Justin Johnson|Dec 8, 2022

    Jaylin Moore is set to become a Raider next fall. The Shelton High School senior volleyball standout signed with Pierce College of the Northwest Athletic Conference to compete for the Raiders' volleyball team. "I'm excited to play close to home so my family and friends can watch me," Moore wrote in an email. "I like that I will be near home for at least the next year of college." Moore plays right side and outside on her club team, Dakine, and right side for the Highclimbers, but said she's...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Dec 8, 2022

    Shelton boys wrestling Shelton finished second in the Ramrock Invitational on Dec. 3 at North Thurston High School in Olympia. It was the highest finish ever for the Highclimbers at the invitational. Senior Daniel Tausa at 285 pounds and juniors Tyler Fleshman at 132 pounds and Phenix Oleachea 160 pounds each won their weight classes. Logan Peach placed second at 145 pounds and Drew Schirman finished third at 138 pounds. Mario Boxley at 220 pounds and Dante Coker at 106 pounds finished fourth....

  • Port of Grapeview commissioner ranks projects

    Kirk Boxleitner|Dec 8, 2022

    Port of Grapeview Commissioner Art Whitson closed out the fall by informing port officials of the list of maintenance projects and procedures he’s been compiling. Whitson said he’s inventoried port assets whose sustainability needed to be addressed, including landscaping, the port bathroom building, the boat ramp and dock systems, the oil/water separator, inspection and maintenance of port signs and buoys, and parking lot surfaces on the ramp side of the port, which is primarily asphalt and conc...

  • Mary's life is full of Christmas anticipation

    Clydene Hostetler|Dec 8, 2022

    More Christmas planning. Sam goes to Seattle and Mary writes he would be attending a “clan” meeting. He does return with a new overcoat, and it sounds like it is a beauty, as Mary would say. Weather seems a lot like it is here. Friday, Dec. 3, 1948 Today arose early and Mama had potato pancakes for breakfast. Very good. At 9:45 I went downtown to Conductresses Instruction Group where we had a very fine meeting. We had a nice lunch. Saw Mrs. Howell and several others I knew. Then at 3 I met Mam...