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 By Justin Johnson    News    January 13, 2022 

County digs out

Torrential rain on top of significant snowfall a week earlier led to flooding and collapsed structures in northern portions of Mason County last week. Rain gauges at Sanderson Field in Shelton...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 13, 2022 

Commissioners declare state of emergency

Mason County commissioners declared a state of emergency due to the snowstorm and low temperatures at an emergency meeting Jan. 5. According to the declaration of emergency, designated departments...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 13, 2022 

New Shelton mayor 'the face of the city'

The new mayor of Shelton said he sees his role as being "the face of the city." At the Jan. 4 Shelton City Council meeting, Eric Onisko was elected to be the new mayor by a 5-2 vote, with Joe Schmit...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 13, 2022 

COVID cases hit record high

Mason County recordwed 657 COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the Division of Emergency Management. There were 362 cases recorded from Jan. 7 to 9. The county recorded five died last week,...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    January 13, 2022 

Retired teacher becomes 'Paladin' for climate change

Retired teacher Nancy Snyder has found a way to educate people about the causes of extreme weather, and the Climate Change Committee of the League of Women Voters of Mason County is but one of the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 13, 2022 

Legislators speak at 2022 legislative sendoff

State representatives Drew MacEwen and Dan Griffey and state senator Tim Sheldon were given a Mason County sendoff at the Shelton Yacht Club last Friday before the 2022 legislative session. The event...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 13, 2022 

Infrastructure among Sheldon's top priorities

The 2022 legislative session kicked off Monday, and it is another virtual session due to COVID-19. The Journal sent questionnaires to Sen. Tim Sheldon and Reps. Drew MacEwen and Dan Griffey, with only...

 

Inslee proposes criminalizing lying about election results

One year to the day after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he supports legislation criminalizing lying about election results. “It should not be legal in the state of Washington for elected officials or candidates for...

 
 By Justin Johnson    News    January 6, 2022

Storm snarls county

Extreme weather wreaked havoc throughout Mason County this week. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice and rain contributed to power outages, road and school closures, delayed garbage pickups and other...

 

City crews plowed snow 24/7 during storms

For more than a week, City of Shelton public works crews worked around the clock de-icing streets, plowing snow and dropping sand to help motorists navigate an extended snap of snow, freezing rain...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 6, 2022

Shelton man guilty of child molestation

Andrew Wesley Bertrand was found guilty on two counts of first-degree child molestation on Dec. 14 in Mason County Superior Court. Bertrand will be sentenced at a hearing Feb. 1. According to the Maso...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 6, 2022

Shelton High student guilty in September stabbing

The Shelton High School student who stabbed another student six times during a fight on Sept. 20 was found guilty of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon in Mason County Juvenile Court....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 30, 2021

MTA preps for 2022

Mason Transit Authority has a lot to look forward to in 2022 after a big year in 2021. One of the accomplishments for MTA in 2021 was the opening of most of the Park & Rides in Mason County. All of...

 

Chamber conducts focus groups for school district

The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce’s Zoom meeting split into focus groups Dec. 16 to answer several questions designed to help the Shelton School District develop a five-year plan. When as...

 

Community Lifeline addresses handling COVID

The Rev. Barbra Weza, development director of Community Lifeline, addressed the League of Women Voters of Mason County on Dec. 21 about how the pandemic has affected the 501(c)(3) nonprofit...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 23, 2021

Wingsuit manufacturers coming to Sanderson Field

Skydive Kapowsin soon won't be the only Sanderson Field tenant to enable people to plummet thousands of feet to Earth. The Seattle-based company SQRL has leased land at the Shelton airport, and plans...

 

Check the weather before heading out this weekend

Beginning today, a series of storms could affect much of the Northwest through the weekend and into next week. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of the Olympic Peninu...

 

Free Christmas tree recycling available Dec. 27 to Jan. 10

Mason County has announced free Christmas tree recycling available from Dec. 27 to Jan. 10 at two locations. According to a news release, recycling will be available at the Shelton Transfer Station at 501 West Eells Hill Road, which is open Monday...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 23, 2021

Belfair sewer meeting Jan. 10

Mason County has announced a public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 to present information on the proposed Belfair sewer extension. According to a news release, the workshop will be held through Zoom and...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 16, 2021

COVID claims beloved driver

Among the Mason County school bus drivers, James L. McCallister was known as a joker and prankster who was great with kids and took new drivers under his wing. COVID claimed the life of the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 16, 2021

North Mason school thwarts threat, two students arrested

Two students at Hawkins Middle School have been arrested after being overheard talking about plans to bring guns to school and kill people. According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Hawkins...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    December 16, 2021

Accountability audit ongoing for Fire 12

Mason County Fire Protection District 12 is going through an accountability audit from the state Auditor’s Office following the Nov. 18 meeting in Matlock. The meeting was in response to the public...

 

Expand environmental rights, author says

Hed: ‘Green Amendment’ proponent recaps history of environmental movement Word count: 964. By Kirk Boxleitner [email protected] The League of Women Voters of Mason County’s Climate...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    December 9, 2021

Gutierrez, Shephard Bull remain recount winners

The recount of two close races in the Nov. 2 general election did not change the results, with Miguel Gutierrez beating George W. Blush by five votes for a seat on the Shelton City Council, and Arla Shephard Bull defeating Michael Curtin for another...

 

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