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  • Hands-on fishing

    Apr 18, 2024

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  • Helping Mason County youths go to college

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 18, 2024

    In the Olympia School District, 65% of students a year out of high school are attending colleges. In the Shelton School District, it's 31%. That's the statistic quoted by Sandra Kaiser, director for government relations with The Evergreen State College, at the League of Women Voters of Mason County's forum "Why College? Challenges to Seeking a College Education for Mason County Youth" on Tuesday in the Olympic College Shelton library meeting room. The other speakers were Riva Villa, director of...

  • Shelton youth wins state poster contest

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 18, 2024

    Ten-year-old Lin Spichiger of Shelton is the winner of the state Department of Health's 2024 Northwest Radon Poster Contest. According to a news release, the contest is an opportunity for youths ages 9 to 14 to creatively raise awareness of the harmful effects of elevated indoor radon levels and promote testing and mitigation of radon gas. "We appreciate each student who participated," Gary Garrety, the radon program director for DOH, said in the release. "Special thanks to the teachers, youth...

  • Helping local women diagnose, treat cancer

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 11, 2024

    During a physical exam in 2003, Shelton resident Karen Hilburn was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I was in shock in that I had no symptoms, nothing," she recalled in an interview with the Journal. The small tumor was removed, and Hilburn underwent six weeks of radiation. "It's still so amazing to me that if you find out early enough, it's very preventable," she said. Hilburn had medical insurance and didn't have to stay overnight at a hospital. But she was struck by the thought of women who...

  • A flock of linemen

    Apr 4, 2024

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  • Jolly Reader launched at Shelton library

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 4, 2024

    Kids can venture aboard The Jolly Reader, a pirate ship in the downstairs children's area of the Shelton Timberland Library, to tie ropes, work the ship's wheel or curl up with a book inside a porthole. About 200 people attended the ship's debut March 9 that included live music, face painting, rope tying, a mermaid and a pirate. Timberland Regional Library's facilities staff build the ship, which measures 26 feet long and 17 feet wide. The features include a crow's nest with a parrot, floating j...

  • Easter eve

    Apr 4, 2024

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  • A gathering of elk

    Mar 28, 2024

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  • A Fairy Tale

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • St. Patrick's Day in Shelton

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • Waves of Orange

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • Forest Festival Court crowned

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 14, 2024

    A quintet of teens Saturday evening were crowned the new members of the Mason County Forest Festival Royalty Court at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Shelton High School senior Lindsey Ozuna Uriostegui is the new Queen of the Forest, and Shelton High School senior Ben Watkins is Paul Bunyan. Cedar High School junior Jasmine Mejia is Princess of Hemlock, Shelton High School junior Kodee Galloway is Princess of Douglas Fir and Shelton High School senior Orre Leggett is Timber the...

  • Reading is fundamental

    Mar 14, 2024

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  • Leap Day babies

    June Williams|Mar 7, 2024

    Two Leap Day babies were born at Mason General Hospital, Braxton Krippelcz and Jackson Turner Hageman. Feb. 29 is the rarest birthday, occurring only every four years. Braxton's parents, Madison Crossan and Quinnton Krippelcz, plan on celebrating his birthday March 1. "And then a bigger party every four years," Crossan told the Journal. Jackson's mom, Alyssa Brooks, said his birthday celebration will be the Feb. 28 and March 1. "It adds up to 29!" she said....

  • Polar Bear Plunge

    Feb 15, 2024

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  • Two Shelton High performers going to state music event

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 8, 2024

    Shelton High School students Sophia Nakhla and Richard Beckman were selected from thousands of applicants statewide to participate Feb. 16-17 in the Washington Music Educators' Association All-State Honors Groups in Yakima. Nakhla, a junior, will sing alto with the All-State Treble Choir. Beckman, a senior, will play tenor saxophone in the All-State Symphonic Band. The two will join other music students at the gathering and perform in Gala Concerts on Feb. 17 under the direction of noted...

  • Dawn's early light

    Feb 8, 2024

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  • Banks of light

    Jan 25, 2024

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  • Oyster house

    Jan 25, 2024

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  • Icy drive

    Jan 18, 2024

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  • FEATURE PHOTO

    Jan 18, 2024

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  • When the bough breaks

    Jan 11, 2024

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  • Hanging on

    Jan 11, 2024

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  • Winter song

    Jan 4, 2024

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  • Capturing an era of Shelton on film

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 4, 2024

    In the late 1960s and early '70s, Dennis Meurer wandered the streets of his hometown of Shelton capturing black-and-white images with his camera. A pair of young guys in blue jeans lean on a car inside the Mell Chevrolet sales room on First Street in the fall of 1970. Simpson employees work inside the mill's roundhouse, now gone. Shoppers stroll past the shops on West Railroad Avenue. "It was more or less for myself," Meurer said in an interview with the Journal. "It's a form of hoarding." His i...

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