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 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Republicans still lead in 35th District

WEB UPDATE: None of the 35th District races saw lead changes in Wednesday's second ballot count. The three Republican candidates maintained or expanded their respective leads. Republicans leading in...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Mixed results for Mason County levies

WEB UPDATE: There were no lead or significant margin changes among the three levies in the county, nor the PUD 3 race after Wednesday’s second ballot count. Mixed results for Mason County levies In the initial election ballot count Tuesday evening,...

 

Commission Briefs

Pitching machine complex at Sandhill Mason County commissioners approved a pitching machine complex at Sandhill Park in Belfair at the Oct. 25 meeting. According to the information packet, the Belfair Little League constructed batting cages at its...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

Fire 12 recall petitions move forward

Recall petitions for Mason County Fire Protection District 12 were allowed to proceed after a motion hearing on Nov. 3 in Mason County Superior Court. Judge Monty Cobb presided over the hearing....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

Quiet fire season in Mason County

Mason County Fire Marshal Randy Collins said the 2022 fire season was “quieter than most” regarding wildfires within the county. Collins said he thinks most of that has to do with the late spring rains and not having any mega heat waves, like...

 
 By Jan Parker    News    November 10, 2022

Growing up at Simpson's Camp 3

This two-part story is from a memoir written by Jim Howell in the late 1990s. Jim was born in Hoquiam in 1929 and lived with his parents and two sisters at Simpson Logging Company's Camp 3 in the...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Choirs, quintet perform concerts Women of Note, the Harstine Island Community Choir and the Evergreen Brass Quintet perform a "Sounds of Christmas" concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at Faith Lutheran Church,...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

State considering Lynch Cove land

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on the proposed purchase of up to 64 acres on Lynch Cove south of Theler Wetlands to promote fish and wildlife conservation and...

 

Mary continues with planting, planning and socializing

I like to compare our weather at the time Mary is writing her diary. Sounds pretty much the same. In fact, it was the weather several years ago that got me into reading Mary’s diary. We were having snow in March and people were saying Belfair had...

 

North Mason Briefs

Churches accept donations of gifts for children Calvary Fellowship of Shelton and The Bridge Church in Belfair are accepting donations of gifts packed in shoe boxes for the annual international Operation Christmas Child drive. Calvary Fellowship of...

 

Photographer's work returns to Belfair Self-Storage

Four months after photographer Teresa "Tree" Smith's work first appeared on Barbara Treick's art wall at Belfair Self-Storage, Smith has returned. Smith said the months between her two showings have...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 3, 2022

City could get money

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer say they want the City of Shelton and Mason County to benefit from a new $1 billion federal grant program to help bring businessses to the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 3, 2022

North Mason investigation uncovers policy violations

North Mason students and parents violated North Mason's civil conduct policy in an incident after the North Mason volleyball match against Bremerton on Oct. 18 in Belfair. North Mason School District...

 

County Briefs

CMFE promotes Fox to battalion chief Central Mason Fire & EMS promoted lieutenant and paramedic Samantha Fox to battalion chief. According to a news release, Fox joined CMFE in 2011 as a...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 3, 2022

Better managing your private forest

In 1993, Leslie Coulter and Bruce Santy bought 10 acres of woods and wetlands at the end of a dirt road near Cranberry Lake. They started building on the property two years later. The couple, who...

 

Commission Briefs

ARPA money allocations approved Mason County commissioners approved the American Rescue Plan Act money allocations at the Oct. 25 meeting. According to the information packet, the commissioners allocated a total of $6,238,667 to 13 projects from 34...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 3, 2022

Conservation District provides project updates

The Mason Conservation District updated the public on nine upcoming Skokomish Habitat projects, with two projects planning to begin construction in the summer. The Skokomish Valley Road "Dips"...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Churches accept donations of gifts for children Calvary Fellowship of Shelton and The Bridge Church in Belfair are accepting donations of gifts packed in shoe boxes for the annual international Operat...

 

School Briefs

Pioneer schools host dinner, science fair The Pioneer School District hosts a Community Dinner and Science and Engineering Fair Nov. 9 in the middle school commons. Dinner is served beginning at 5...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 3, 2022

Relabeling racist names on Tahuya lakes

The state is proposing renaming a lake and a slough north of Tahuya, changing names derogatory to Black people to new monikers celebrating two former slaves who lived in the area. The Washington...

 

Commissioner appointed to Clean Water Committee

Art Whitson, District 1 commissioner for the Port of Grapeview, was appointed Oct. 25 by Mason County commissioners to fill an open slot on the Mason County Clean Water Advisory Committee. The committee’s purpose is to implement laws designed to...

 

Port of Allyn raises electricity rates to keep pace with PUD

The Port of Allyn Commission had a public hearing during its special meeting Oct. 24 about its proposed plans to not significantly revise its district boundaries this year. “I’m good with not moving things around, because water is going to find...

 

It's Halloween and voting time for Mary and Sam

This week is Halloween and voting. I wish she would have wrote the last name of their candidate. He won. Mary cleans out her father's things in the little apartment that was above the garage. Very...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 27, 2022

Parents seek language improvement

Members of the group Multilingual Shelton are asking the Shelton School District to hire an administrator to coordinate the English Learner and Dual Language programs, hire more dual language-certifie...

 

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