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Waste flown out of park

Hikers in the Olympic National Park use 92 "privies" to relieve their bodily functions, 72 of them pit toilets. The other 20 are eight vault toilets and 12 Romtech toilets, which are emptied once a ye...

 

Activities at senior center in Shelton

The Mason County Senior Activities Center hosts games, classes and other events at the Pavilion at 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. The activities on Sept. 27 are cribbage at 8:15 a.m., tai chi at 8:15 a.m., line dance at 9 a.m., Mexican train dominoe...

 

Peninsula Arts Association gathers at city hall

The Peninsula Arts Association will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St....

 

Hood Canal superintendent talks at Zoom forum

The Hood Canal Improvement Club will host a Zoom presentation featuring Hood Canal School Superintendent Nikki Grubbs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Grubbs will offer updates on such topics as the bond and levy proposal for February, school attendance,...

 

Former Washington Fish and Wildlife employees argue against Chinook salmon ocean harvesting

Former Washington Department of Fish Wildlife employees have released a paper, arguing for the halting of current levels of harvesting Chinook salmon populations in the Pacific Ocean. The paper is co-authored by Ed Wickersham and Jack Tipping....

 

League of Women Voters hears wildlife presentation

Research ecologist Chad Hanson, author of “Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate,” addressed the Mason County League of Women Voters about his book during its...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

Stabbing puts student in hospital

An altercation between two students at Shelton High School on Monday afternoon resulted in one student being hospitalized with stab wounds, according to Shelton Police. A news release from Shelton...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

Sports betting coming soon

You will soon be able to place a wager on professional and NCAA sports at Little Creek Casino. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a sports betting bill into law in March 2020 that permits sports wagering at...

 

Plotting a garden in Callanan Park

A triangle of land in the City of Shelton's Callanan Park could bloom into a community garden that produces food for local people in need. The Shelton City Council on Tuesday evening gave preliminary...

 

City seeks comments on dump cleanup plan

The public has one month to comment on a proposed cleanup plan for the city's toxic former C Street dump after the Shelton City Council on Tuesday approved a new agreed order with the state...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 23, 2021

Kilmer visits county, hears business concerns

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, paid a visit to Mason County last Thursday to check-in on his constituents. Kilmer, who represents Washington's sixth congressional district that includes Mason...

 
 By Jan Parker    News    September 23, 2021

A look at the life and times of Agate School

In June 1912, parents of children attending Chapman's Cove, Miller, and Cape Horn Schools (all located in an area between Hammersley Inlet and Oakland Bay) met at the local grange hall and voted...

 

Helping homeless stay warm

Nighttime temperatures are dropping into the 40's, leaving homeless people and others in need in the cold. Two Shelton-based nonprofit groups are trying to help. The Mason County Warming Center, opera...

 

Hoodsport retains commissioner

Port of Hoodsport voters might notice some peculiarities on their ballot for commissioner elections this fall. Port Operations Manager Kathleen Wyatt explained during the commissioners’ Sept. 15...

 

Sucker born every minute

An obsession with air drainage led me to inadvertently create soil drainage. A hillside was covered with evergreen huckleberry, and the shrubs had been struggling beneath a bigleaf maple canopy for...

 

Recreational fire ban lifted

Mason County Community Development director in partnership with the Mason County Fire-Chief’s Association, lifted the burn ban on recreational fires Tuesday. According to a news release, Director of Community Development Dave Windom said recent... Full story

 

Missing backpacker found

A weeklong search for backpacker Jerren Fisher came to an end Sunday when National Park Service search and rescue teams found him. According to a news release, the park requested assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard to locate Fisher and a helicopter...

 

WDFW asks for public input

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comments on a draft management plan for South Puget Sound Wildlife Area. The plan includes 5,790 acres spread across Mason, Kitsap, Pierce and Thurston counties. The plan will guide...

 

Volunteers needed for fair

The Bite of Reality is looking for volunteers for an event Nov. 2 and 3 at Shelton High School. The Financial Reality Fair is sponsored by Peninsula Credit Union with assistance from Our Community Credit Union, the Economic Development Council of...

 

Shelton driver injured

A 50-year-old Shelton woman driver was injured in a two-car accident on state Route 109 in Grays Harbor County Sept. 15. According to a news release, the Shelton driver rear-ended another vehicle after failing to notice the car in front of it...

 

Mason PUD 3 honored

Mason PUD 3 was awarded the Paul J Raver community service award from the Northwest Public Power Association at its annual meeting in Kennewick. According to a news release, the award was in recognition of its community service efforts in response...

 

Bat-killing fungus detected

An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread in Washington and has been detected in Mason County. According to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release, the fungus is often fatal in hibernating...

 

Port of Shelton, PUD 1 awarded state grants

The Port of Shelton has received a $50,000 grant and Mason PUD 1 was awarded a $797,040 grant from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board. According to a news release, the money is a planning grant that will be used to help...

 

National forests launch free use firewood program

The national forests of Washington in Region 6 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service are transitioning their firewood program to become a free-use program to the public. According to a news release, those who receive free-use firewood...

 

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