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 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 14, 2021 

Monday deadline for school employee vaccinations

Ninety-one percent of Shelton School District employees have received COVID vaccinations as the deadline for state’s mandate approaches on Monday. That’s the figure Superintendent Wyeth Jessee announced Tuesday evening at the Shelton School...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    October 14, 2021 

Annual sheriff's report released

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office released its annual report for 2020. According to the report, the traffic enforcement division made 5,370 traffic stops and contacts compared to 5,458 in 2019....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    October 14, 2021 

Fire departments comply with mandate

The Oct. 18 deadline for Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is fast approaching, but Central Mason Fire and EMS and the North Mason Regional Fire Authority are prepared. CMFEMS Chief Mike Pa...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 14, 2021 

Schmit, Elliott compete for council seat

The Nov. 5 general election ballot pits incumbent Joe Schmit against challenger Tyler “Mad Dog” Elliott for a four-year term as member No. 6 on the Shelton City Council. Schmit, the technical service and operations officer for construction for...

 

Gutierrez, Blush face off for council seat

On the Nov. 5 general election ballot, George Blush and Miguel Gutierrez are competing for an open seat on the Shelton City Council. Blush, Gutierrez and Trenton Powers faced off her a four-year term on the council as member No. 7 in the August...

 

Shooting in downtown Shelton Thursday

A shooting in downtown Shelton last Thursday closed off a portion of downtown for an investigation. According to the Shelton Police Department, dispatch received a call at 6:15 a.m. last Thursday morning of a gunshot wound in the 500 block of North...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    October 14, 2021 

Solo candidates for two city council seats

Only one name appears on the Nov. 2 general election ballot for two Shelton City Council seats. Eric Onisko is seeking a second four-year term as position No. 2 on the seven-member council. Sharon Schirman is the only listed candidate running for a...

 

COVID outbreak closes Pioneer schools

Coronavirus surging through the students and staff at Pioneer Schools prompted the district on Monday to close its elementary and middle schools for five school days. As of Tuesday afternoon, 11 students and four staff members have tested positive...

 

Grants target salmon recovery

Fish in Oakland Bay, the Skokomish River, Kennedy Creek and Hood Canal will benefit from more than $1 million in state grants. The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board last week announced...

 

Bus driver shortages challenging districts

Some students in Mason County are arriving to school late or not at all due to the shortage of bus drivers in local districts. The shortage of drivers is forcing the Shelton School District to cancel...

 

Students in Kilmer's district urged to apply for service academies

Rep. Kilmer encourages students to apply for military service academy nominations U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, encourages students in Washington’s 5th Congressional District to apply for the nation’s military service...

 

Hilyard is Mason Health employee of the month

Candi Hilyard named September 2021 Mason Health employee of the month Candi Hilyard has been named the Mason Health employee of the month for September 2021. Hilyard, a technician with environmental services at Mason Health, joined Mason Health in...

 

Washington State Patrol trooper dies of COVID-19

Washington State Patrol’s Eric Gunderson died of COVID-19 on Sunday morning in Olympia. According to a news release, Gunderson contracted COVID while in service to the state of Washington. He was 38 and had served the patrol for almost 16 years....

 

Shelton Timberland Library closed for remodeling

The Shelton Timberland Library closed Monday until Oct. 18 for remodeling. The library will be providing “takeout” during the closure, which means the library can bring you’re your books, movies and print jobs. Other “takeout” services...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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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