35th District Lawmakers Celebrate Groundbreaking for Oakland Bay Restoration
For over a decade, Mason County officials, community members, and leaders of the Squaxin Tribe have worked with 35th District lawmakers to secure funding for the West Oakland Bay Restoration and Conservation project. Last Friday (Sept. 15), Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, and Rep. Travis Couture, R-Allyn,...
Goldsborough Creek Run Honors Kristi Armstrong
The Mason County Forest Festival “Goldsborough Creek Run & Walk” presented by Centennial Guild, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, will honor Kristi Armstrong, R.N., who passed away unexpectedly in 2016 year. Kristi was a charter member of Centennial Guild, which hosts the annual Festival and Run/Walk. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 3, and features a 7-mile Run/Walk, a 2-mile Run/Walk, and a ¼-mile Junior Jog.
Foreigner's Farewell Tour to Feature Harstine Island Community Choir at Little Creek Casino
The popular rock band Foreigner is on their 'Historic Farewell Tour', which started in late 2022 and will conclude in 2024. They are scheduled to perform at Little Creek Casino on September 23. Keyboardist Michael Bluestein, a band member since 2008, has shared his thoughts on the band's final tour and the chance to engage with fans nationwide.
Celebration of Life for Local Outdoorsman and Beloved Family Man, Daniel Florek, Sr., Scheduled for October 1
Daniel Florek, Sr., was born on April 17, 1952, and recently passed away at his son's residence. He was a native of Roseburg, Oregon, and enjoyed hunting and outdoor activities. His son, Dan Florek, Jr., granddaughter Karen, and great-granddaughter Alizabeth often accompanied him.
Community Voices: Trust, Biblical Interpretations, and Property Tax Concerns in Mason County
The article presents letters to the editor on diverse topics. Earl W. Burt from Bremerton discusses trust, an integral part of our life, from the goods we use to our relationships. He points out how trust can be tested in relationships with dishonesty. He criticizes some politicians for spreading false information about COVID-19, causing fatalities. Burt is content with the legal actions taken against the January 6 insurrectionists and stresses the role of trust in children's upbringing.
Mason County Native Shirley Jaccard: A Life of Global Exploration and Local Impact
Shirley Jaccard, originally from Mason County, has led a diverse life that spans multiple countries. Born in 1923, Jaccard spent her early years on a family farm and attended the local Grant School. She later moved to a larger school in Shelton, marking her first experience outside of the farm.
Australian Crime Drama Character 'Ray Shoesmith' - A Unique Figure in the Genre Now on Hulu and Amazon
Ray Shoesmith, a character developed by Australian actor, writer, and director Scott Ryan, has been a long-term project. Notable individuals like actress Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford have recognized his work. Ray's character was first seen in the 2005 independent film, 'The Magician', which was well-received. The film, now on Amazon, initially placed Ray in Melbourne. However, it was later moved to Sydney for the TV series 'Mr. Inbetween', which aired from 2018 to 2021 and is now on Hulu.
Mason Health's Hoodsport Clinic Celebrates 55 Years: Local Residents Invited to Open House
Mason Health hosted a 55th anniversary celebration and open house Saturday at its Hoodsport clinic. The event featured speakers, food, and the unveiling of new historical artwork at the clinic. Terri Gushee, left, and Jennifer Mundy look at a historical photo in the lobby of the clinic.Visit here for more details.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Trust. Trust is everywhere in our lives. Look at the trust we have of the stuff we put in our mouths. Toothpaste, mouthwash, licking the glue on the envelope, the food we eat, the drugs (legal and illegal) we take and so on. Even our money says, "In God We Trust."
COMMUNITY PROFILE - Shirley Jaccard
In the fall of 1937, Shirley "Winkie" Jaccard was a frightened 14-year-old taking the 40-minute bus ride from her family's isolated farm in the Pickering area to enter the eighth grade at Shelton Junior High School. Her education so far had been conducted inside the one-room Grant School - one...
Mason County’s Unemployment Rate Increases
Mason County’s unemployment rate increased in August. According to preliminary numbers from Washington State Employment Security, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.2%. That is up almost a percentage point (nine-tenths of a percent) from July’s revised rate of 4.3% but still lower that August 2022’s revised rate of 6.8%.
Mission Nonprofit Spotlight: Crisis Clinic
Each month, Thurston Community Media (TCMedia)’s Mission Nonprofit connects with local organizations and agencies that are making positive impacts in our communities. This month, Mission Nonprofit host Robert Kam sat down with Zach Duncan, executive director for the Crisis Clinic. September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, making it a fitting time to learn about the local nonprofit.
Support Shown for Seniors to Lease Old PUD Building
Citizens voiced their support Tuesday of a proposal for the Mason County Senior Activities Association to lease/purchase the former Mason County PUD No. 3 Complex on Cota Street in Downtown Shelton. The Association had an agreement to purchase the complex from the PUD but they were able to secure the grant needed to fund that purchase so the MCSAA is now proposing a long-term lease with the goal of purchasing the complex. Terri Shaw is the Association’s Executive Director:
The League of Women Voters of Mason County is hosting a panel discussion on the governance role of school directors at noon Tuesday at Olympic College Shelton library, located at 937 Alpine Way. Representatives from the Washington State School Directors Association and Washington Association of School Administrators will be joined...
Mason Health kicks off SafetyZones campaign
Mason Health and eight other regional hospital systems took steps this summer to meet new statewide goals aimed at creating safer workplaces. Participating hospitals are working to reduce injuries and create safer work environments by launching safety campaigns for employees. Those hoping to receive top performer status this year are...
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office agreed with county commissioners to an annual contract with Brinc Safeguard LEMUR Tactical Drone system, and to provide supplemental funding to the 2024 budget and allow the office to purchase two drones this month. According to the information packet, the drones will be used...