Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

The night of breaking trees


January 13, 2022

This is the second time I’ve written the headline “The night of breaking trees” for a newspaper. The first was for a story in The Olympian about an ice storm that hit in the final week of 1996. It worked then, and after talking to Lake Kokanee-area residents Charles and Frieda Osborne last week, it works for this story in this edition of this newspaper.

Sometimes 25-year-old headlines don’t age.

The ill-effects of last week’s storm were multiple and freakish: Trees toppled across U.S. Highway 101 north of Eldon “like matchsticks,” according to the woman behind the counter at t...

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