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Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition


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  • Clauses come to Lilliwaup

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    Through its annual Christmas Kids project, the members of the Mason County Fire District 17 Auxiliary on Saturday hosted Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving on a firetruck to deliver presents to children in the district at the district's station next to Jorstad Creek on U.S. Highway 101. The auxiliary raised money from fundraisers and teamed with Fire District 18 of Hoodsport to meet the requests from 10 families....

  • Christmas scenes

    Dec 21, 2023

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  • City officials reconsidering building heights

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    City officials are wondering whether Shelton really needs a height limit on buildings, whether it should limit height to various construction types in zones, and whether the definition of a building "story" should be removed from zoning qualifications altogether. Those were the questions bandied about by members of the Shelton City Council and staff members at a work session Dec. 12 at the Shelton Civic Center. The current height limits in the city are: ■ 30 feet and two stories in n...

  • Hood Canal Schools plan to rerun building bond

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    The Hood Canal School District's proposed $33.5-million building bond fell 45 votes short of passing in the November general election. District voters will see the proposal again on the Feb. 13 ballot. The Hood Canal School Board on Nov. 21 voted to put the same proposal in front of voters. The Nov. 7 ballot received 58.1%, short of the 60% super majority required. The board didn't alter the request because "the needs haven't changed," said Superintendent Lance Gibbon. He added, "The board felt...

  • THESE TIMES

    Kirk Ericson|Dec 21, 2023

    The scene: Several luminaries are gathered for Jesus’ 2023 birthday at the Prophet Muhammad’s house. Attendees include Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Abraham, Siddhartha Gautama, brothers James and Simon, Adi Shankara, Desmond Tutu, the Brahma, Zarathushtra, Mary Baker Eddy, Mother Mary, father Joseph, Father God, Mary Magdalene, Confucius, Zhaung Zhou, Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir and Rosalynn Carter. It’s a surprise party. Jesus opens the front door …) All: Surprise! Happy birthday, Jesus! Jesus: Oh, yeah. A...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Dec 21, 2023

    Concerned about expansion Editor, The Journal, I am writing to voice my concern about expanding the capacity of the Community Lifeline homeless shelter. Like those who testified at the hearing last Monday, I consider myself a compassionate and caring person who is deeply troubled by the invasion of the ever-growing drug culture throughout our community. It is tragic and I am heartbroken for the families and individuals whose lives have been destroyed by these drugs. I am deeply grateful for...

  • HISTORY AT A GLANCE

    Jan Parker|Dec 21, 2023

    To commemorate the first anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Shelton Active Club conducted its second citywide scrap metal drive Sunday, Dec. 6. City residents were asked to have their scrap out by 10 a.m. to be picked by Activans driving donated trucks. Stockpiles were established at 7th and Franklin downtown and at the air raid tower on Hillcrest. The first scrap drive, a few weeks earlier, had collected over 30 tons of valuable scrap metal. Also on Dec. 6, a twin engine...

  • City clears its most derelict property

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    The most conspicuous derelict house in downtown Shelton is gone. Last week, City of Shelton employees from the public works and community development departments, police and private companies filled five dump truckloads of trash and debris, removed four junk vehicles and asbestos, and demolished the structure at 1411 West Railroad Ave. It was the beginning of the end of a code enforcement case that started last year. Along with being an eyesore, the property was the scene of a SWAT raid this...

  • Suspected Hoodsport arsonist is captured

    June Williams|Dec 21, 2023

    Police have arrested an arson suspect wanted in connection with an explosion in Hoodsport. Jacob Rivera, 44, was arrested by Grays Harbor County deputies Dec. 16, after he allegedly fled the scene of a Dec. 13 explosion and suspicious house fire in the 200 block of North Mount Washington Drive in Hoodsport. Rivera had previously been accused by his girlfriend of making bombs when he was arrested over the summer on domestic violence charges. Witnesses identified Rivera fleeing the scene, “while a female victim sought refuge with a nearby neighbo...

  • Soldiers arrested in shooting of excavator in Sherwood Forest

    June Williams|Dec 21, 2023

    Two soldiers have been arrested for first-degree malicious mischief after a man captured them on a trail camera shooting his new excavator in the Sherwood Forest area of Allyn. Judge Monty Cobb found probable cause to arrest Zacharia Miller-Young, 20, and Hanby W. Sykes, 23, but neither one has been charged. Miller-Young and Sykes are soldiers attached to the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor, according to the probable cause document. Jason Wistrand, who owns the excavator, called police Nov. 3 to report vandalism, saying his...

  • SCENES FROM CHRISTMASTOWN

    Dec 21, 2023

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  • CITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    City's K9 will receive protective vest Valor, the Shelton Police Department's K9, will receive a bullet-and stab-protective vest courtesy of a donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s. In a news release, the city states the protective vest will be delivered in eight to 10 weeks. It will be embroidered with the words "In memory of K9 Hobbs, Des Moines, IA - EOW 12/12/23." Established in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s provides the protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law...

  • MASTER GARDENERS

    Erika Stewart, Mason County Master Gardener|Dec 21, 2023

    Only two flowers really represent Christmas: poinsettias and amaryllis. We can't grow these plants outside in our climate, but we can regrow them indoors. Instead of relegating these flowers to the compost heap when they finish blooming, save them for an encore appearance next year. Follow the following instructions to ensure your success. Amaryllis In my experience, amaryllis is easy to carry over into the next holiday season. After the flowers have faded, continue to grow the plant as you...

  • GETTING OUT

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 21, 2023

    Growing up in Federal Way in South King County, Adrian Conner first heard AC/DC as a junior high student on a field trip while attending an assembly at her future high school. When "You Shook Me All Night Long" roared through the speakers, "I immediately had goose bumps - what is this?" she recalled in a telephone interview with the Shelton-Mason County Journal. These days, she's playing lead guitar licks on that song and other AC/DC classics such as "Highway to Hell," "Thunderstruck" and "Back...

  • IN THE DARK REVIEWS

    Kirk Boxleitner|Dec 21, 2023

    Whether you're looking for childish flights of fancy in the cinema or suspenseful spy thrillers on streaming, this week's reviews have you covered. "Wonka" smartly seeks to appeal chiefly to those who know of its title character through 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," starring Gene Wilder, rather than Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 2005, starring Johnny Depp, or Roald Dahl's original 1964 novel. Wilder's Wonka shared some of the less-than-kid-friendly edge...

  • Climbers chase out Wolves

    Dec 21, 2023

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  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide, For the Journal|Dec 21, 2023

    Shelton boys basketball Shelton earned its first win of the season 58-40 against Black Hills on Dec. 13 in an Evergreen Conference game at the Terry Gregg Court in Shelton. The Highclimbers lost 74-47 in a nonleague game against Mount Tahoma on Dec. 15 in Tacoma. Shelton (1-5, 1-1) hosts Olympic at 7 tonight in a nonleague game at the Mini-Dome. Shelton girls basketball The Highclimbers lost 62-34 against Black Hills on Dec. 12 in Tumwater and lost 47-36 to River Ridge on Monday in a nonleague game at Terry Gregg Court. Shelton (0-7, 0-3) is...

  • Everyone loves the Grinch!

    Dec 21, 2023

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  • Thomas named to North Mason School Board seat

    June Williams|Dec 21, 2023

    The North Mason School Board unanimously voted for Nicholas Thomas to replace retiring District 4 Director John Campbell at a special meeting Dec. 14. During his interview for the position, Thomas said “being a dad” is one of his reasons for applying for the position. He said he really wanted to get involved. “I can only do so much as a Pee Wee football coach,” he said. Thomas has lived in the area for 20 years and works in instructional design for the Navy as a civilian. He told the board he can help improve communication with communi...

  • MARY'S MEMOIRS

    Clydene Hostetler|Dec 21, 2023

    Sam and Mary are busy attending Christmas parties and having people over for dinner. It is getting colder and even starting to snow. I love Christmas time! Sunday, Dec. 11, 1949 We arose late and we thought of going to Seattle when Henry called up. So out he came, and we talked about an hour. He is so enthused over his Canadian job. Can only get home once a week so think he eventually will move up. To Seattle by way of Tacoma and it was a nice ride. We called on George McCorkhill at the Providen...

  • David Kirk Campbell

    Dec 21, 2023

    David Kirk Campbell, born on September 1st, 1951, departed this world on the morning of December 6th, 2023, at his home in Shelton, WA. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Campbell, and his mother, Georgia Henrickson. David is survived by his sister, Claudia Rosa, and leaves behind a lasting legacy, celebrated by his four children: Kirk Campbell, Amber Low, Raquel Collins, Shane Stevenson, along with his 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nephew Troy Derrickson, and two bes... Full story

  • Joanie Bakken

    Dec 21, 2023

    Joanie Bakken passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She leaves behind her four children, Brian Hanson, Eileen Tribble, Karl Hanson, Mary Schaffer, two step-sons, Bruce Bakken and Brad Bakken, as well as 13 grandchildren; also two younger sisters, Jill Christian and Jacque Dilger. She loved her Labrador dogs, crafting, baking and canning preserves. She was always wearing bright colors like purple and fancy glittering earrings. She loved her church... Full story

  • Suzanne Duncan

    Dec 21, 2023

    Suzanne Duncan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her three granddaughters, and a lot of love on December 8th, 2023, just four days shy of her 68th birthday. She was born in Misawa, Japan to Marvin and Helen Lick on December 12th,1955, and was a twin. Her family moved to Shelton when she was a young girl, in 1965, and she resided in Shelton the rest of her life. Suzanne married the love of her life, J. David Duncan, in July of 1997, at Tumwater Falls in Tumwater, WA. She worked for a short... Full story

  • Esta Ann Mullins

    Dec 21, 2023

    Esta Ann Mullins, born on March 31, 1933, left this world on November 27, 2023. She reunites with her husband, Jim Mullins, her children Sandy Branner, Cheryl Filo, and Rick Mullins, as well as her grandson Richard Mullins and his son Paul. Esteemed by those who survive her, Ann is remembered by her daughters; Rachelle Madrigal, and her husband Mark Weber, and Carol Perry, and her partner Roy Baker. Her legacy lives on through her grandchildren: Jason and Jen Branner, James and Serena Branner,... Full story

  • RECENTLY PASSED

    Dec 21, 2023

    November Fox, 85, a resident of Shelton, passed away November 27, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Emerald Crematory and Burial in Shelton. Richelle “Shelley” Alese Haines, 61, a resident of Shelton, passed away December 11, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Ronin Edwards, 59, a resident of Shelton, passed away December 13, 2023, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Janet Connors, 69, a resident of Rochester, WA passed away Dec... Full story

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