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 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 2, 2023 

New school board member

Lauren Gilmore, a research analyst for the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the new member of the Shelton School Board. At a special meeting Tuesday night at CHOICE High...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 2, 2023 

Two arrested for Kneeland assault

The Shelton Police department arrested two suspects Jan. 27 for an assault at Kneeland Park. According to police documents obtained through a public records request, Officer Warren Ohlson stated he arrived at Kneeland Park for a disturbance call and...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 2, 2023 

'Tale of survival'

A profile on an anti-government and anti-law enforcement extremist set to air on NBC's "Dateline" at 9 p.m. Friday will feature the recollections of his former wife, a longtime Shelton resident, and...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 2, 2023 

Local reps introduce legislation for public notice

A proposed sex-offender home in Tenino, which is in the 35th Legislative District has drawn the attention and action of Reps. Dan Griffey and Travis Couture and Sen. Drew MacEwen after outrage from the community. According to a news release, MacEwen...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 2, 2023 

Rough flu season, new strategy

The Mason County Board of Health met Jan. 24 and talked about the rough flu season and a new strategic health plan for the county. Public Health Officer Dr. Keri Gardner said it has been a rough season for the “tripledemic,” which includes...

 
 By Jan Parker    News    February 2, 2023 

Third-grade class learns traditional skills

In January 1973, the students in Virginia Pill's third-grade class at Hood Canal School, who had recently studied early Indians and pioneers, had a visit from two women who demonstrated how the early...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    February 2, 2023 

Fire 12 internal investigation almost completed

The internal investigation into Mason County Fire District 12 will wrap up by the middle of February, according to lawyer Brian Snure. Snure, part of the law office conducting the investigation, told the Journal in an email he anticipates receiving...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    February 2, 2023 

Port of Hoodsport ensures finances in order

The Port of Hoodsport opened 2023 by ensuring its finances were in order. Port of Hoodsport Operations Manager Kathleen Wyatt noted Jan. 18 that Port Commissioner Lori Kincannon, during the previous month’s port meeting, had tasked Wyatt with...

 

School Briefs

OCCU offers scholarships April 30 is the deadline for local graduating high school seniors to apply for seven $1,000 scholarships offered by Our Community Credit Union. The scholarships are open to graduating 2023 high school seniors who attend...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Love INC workshop focuses on trauma Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of Mason County offers a free 12-week workshop on healing from trauma that began Wednesday at the Mountain View Alliance Church, 314 J. St., Shelton. The faith-based “Reboot...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 2, 2023 

Books, not candy, from school vending machine

The Parent Teacher Student Organization at Mountain View Elementary School in Shelton last week surprised the students by unveiling a book vending machine in the school's lobby. The group spent about...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    February 2, 2023 

A comical look at impending doom

Shelton High School's theater, drama club and entertainment production students stage two one-act plays "10 Ways to Survive: The End of the World" and "The Zombie Apocalypse" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    February 2, 2023 

Sand Hill Elementary attests to 'vision of inclusion'

Sand Hill Elementary Principal Jason Swaser, Assistant Principal Rosanna Lampano and special education teachers Aurora Tollestrup and Rachel Caraway addressed the North Mason School District Board on Jan. 19 about their school’s inclusionary practi...

 

Thelers shop, dine, sightsee in Southern California

Mary and Sam drive to Los Angeles and visit friends. After spending several days, they head to Belfair. I remember when most communications were done through mail. When traveling, you could forward mail to a post office in the city you were headed...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 26, 2023

School levies on Feb. 14

Valentine's Day is the deadline to cast ballots for replacement levies in the Shelton and Pioneer school districts. Both would replace existing levies that expire at the end of 2023 and both need a si...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 26, 2023

North Mason girls pulled from basketball game

The North Mason girls basketball game against Crescent on Saturday in Crescent was ruled a no-contest after Bulldog coach Alex Fitzhugh pulled his players and left after the game got aggressive and parents started getting involved. According to Fitzh...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 26, 2023

City to consolidate public works

The City of Shelton is planning to move its congested public works yard from behind Loop Field and Evergreen Elementary School to a wooded 5-acre site that houses Well No. 1 at Shelton Springs Road...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 26, 2023

State of education in Mason County

Three school district superintendents, two with replacement levies on the Feb. 14 ballot, shared what's going on in their classrooms at an "Education in Mason County" forum sponsored by the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 26, 2023

MacEwen wants to keep UW, WSU together

Sen. Drew MacEwen and Rep. Dan Griffey and Travis Couture are in Olympia representing Mason County residents. Here is what the three Mason County representatives have been working on so far: MacEwen MacEwen is the primary sponsor of 15 bills in the...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 26, 2023

Harstine program Sunday spotlights 'Rumrunning King'

Roy Olmstead evolved from the youngest lieutenant in Seattle Police Department history to the leader of a gang that took over bootlegging operations during Prohibition in the Northwest. Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston will talk about the...

 

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