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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...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    October 14, 2021 

Hang on slopey

A fortuitous coincidence of video and book gave me a notion to stack some functions: producing biomass above and below ground, holding slopes and making fertilizer in situ. While watching Michael "Ske...

 

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...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 30, 2021

Mason County businesses still feeling COVID strain

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to learn how to adapt, and almost 18 months later, those pandemic changes keep coming and businesses are getting used to having to adjust at a moment’s...

 

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...

 

Report gives some Shelton High buildings poor HVAC ratings

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reports that 787 school buildings in the state receive “poor” ratings for their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including 11 buildings at Shelton High School....

 
 By Bill Barker    News    September 30, 2021

Hemingway, Bogart, Capone and me

If you love to hate people who drop names to try to impress you, the following story might make your day. But then again, dear friends and readers, after reading this bagatelle and taking whatever...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 30, 2021

COVID cases slow, eviction moratorium extended

Mason County recorded 124 in the past week, a decrease of 11 cases from the previous week. The county recorded two more deaths, bringing the total in Mason County to 55. As of Tuesday, there are six...

 

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...

 

Convergence season

A permaculture convergence was my introduction to Cascadia. One of the best ways to hit the ground running is two to three days of immersion in a conference assembling many of the people and pursuits...

 

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