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 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 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 

Ten old school buses surplussed

The Shelton School Board on Tuesday evening surplussed 10 school buses used by the Mason County Transportation Cooperative due to age and wear. The request came from Don Hall, the director of the...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 19, 2023

County utilities keep eye on threats to power grid

Four power stations were attacked on Christmas, leaving thousands without power in Pierce County. Those attacks have put local PUDs on alert, including Mason County PUD 1 and 3. “Vulnerabilities of the electrical grid is something that all power...

 

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Commissioners approve WSU agreement Mason County commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement with the Washington State University Extension for 2023. According to the information packet, the MOA provides money for the extension to provide...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 19, 2023

Fire 17 disputes lack of district coverage

Editor’s Note: Fire 17 responded to a story in last week’s edition with a letter to the editor that can be found on page 5 of this week's PDF (above). Mason County Fire District 17 disputes a claim that the district cannot respond to calls. Accor...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 12, 2023

Weather slows work on Railroad

Adverse winter weather conditions, including an ice storm a couple of weeks ago, has pushed the estimated completion date of the City of Shelton's $2.6-million Western Gateway Project from Feb. 14 to...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 12, 2023

Four arrested in Tahuya homicide

Four people have been arrested in the Jan. 4 slaying of a Kitsap County man whose body was found near Camp Lyle McLeod on the Tahuya Peninsula, about 5 miles west of Belfair. The suspects have been charged in the shooting death Alejandro Rodriguez,...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 12, 2023

City reconsidering jail contract with county

The City of Shelton is considering changing its jail contract with Mason County so it no longer pays for empty beds. The city has been contracting with the Mason County Sheriff's Office for jail servi...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 12, 2023

Fire 17, Brinnon Fire fight about merger

Mason County Fire District 17 based in Lilliwaup, and Brinnon Fire appear to be at odds with each other over a recent proposal for the two fire districts to merge. According to a Dec. 31 letter to the community, Brinnon Fire Chief Tim Manly...

 

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Meet Rhodes, Duenkel The group Take Back Mason County is hosting a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at The Beginnings Christian Church at 123 W C St. in Shelton with newly elected county clerk Charles Rhodes and county auditor Steve Duenkel slated...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 5, 2023

Sewer work gets a lift

The Shelton City Council on Tuesday made a preliminary move to buy land on Olympic Highway North for a new sewer lift station. The council voted unanimously to purchase parcels by two landowners at Ol... Full story

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 5, 2023

Community airs rage at Fire 12

While Mason County Fire District 12 is fighting legal battles to keep the fire chief and commissioners in place, it appears the community has had enough. The final meeting of 2022 on Dec. 27 was...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 5, 2023

SR3 bypass delayed

The state Department of Transportation used a blog post to update North Mason on the state Route 3 Freight Corridor project, pushing back the expected construction year to 2026 instead of 2024 as it...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 5, 2023

City accepts $2M grant

The Shelton City Council on Tuesday formally accepted a $2-million grant from the state Department of Commerce to help rehabilitate its Well No. 1. The city secured the $2-million grant in the 2021-23 State Capital Budget, using the state’s Coronav...

 

Wanted: Forest Festival Court candidates

Mason County high school juniors and seniors who are interested in being a member of Mason County Forest Festival Royalty Court, and their parents and guardians, are invited to attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelton...

 

Port of Hoodsport tackles the matter of its dock

The Port of Hoodsport closed out 2022 by discussing the state of its dock going into 2023. When Katherine Yackel, operations manager of the YSS Dive Shop in Hoodsport, asked whether donations or...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 5, 2023

Domestic violence shelter receives grant

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center in Shelton will use a $20,000 grant to remodel its kitchen to better serve women and children at its domestic violence shelter. The nonprofit, helping...

 

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Olympic College offers courses Olympic College Shelton is offering courses in creative writing, flagger certification and forklift certification. The class Creative Writing — Making Scenes is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25 through Feb. 23....

 
 By Matt Baide    News    January 5, 2023

Mother Nature's presence felt in Mason County

The past two weeks in Mason County has seen several extreme weather events. On Dec. 23, the county had to deal with freezing rain and cold, making roads slick and taking out power for several Mason PU...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    January 5, 2023

Inquiring Minds series coming to Harstine

The Northwest’s most prolific bootlegger of the 1920s, the history of atomic power in Washington, and a look back at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens are the topics of three Inquiring Minds programs hosted by the Humanities Washington...

 

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