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V, G, Thomas 11/74 i5 605 Ave 8E ll/Tg Monroe Ii172 !i/?3 11/7 Monroe police are investi- gating several larcenies which took place over the weekend, according to Sgt. John Hovde. In one of the incidents, $76 worth of tools was taken from a garage in the rear of the Palmer Johnson residence, 528 S. Blakely. The items were taken some- time during the night Friday or Saturday, Jan. 1, Johnson reported. In another incident, a girl's bicycle valued at $50 was taken from the yard of Mary Ellen Coen's residence, 414 S. Blakely. According tho Hovde, the bike was left in the yard overnight on Saturday, Jan. 1 by Mrs. Coen's daughter. The bike was discovered missing the next morning. Monroe Fire Department personnel were called to assist in extinguishing a fire which destroyed a garage and auto parts shop in Duvall Monday. An oil furnace suspended from the ceiling is suspected as the cause of the blaze, which did an estimated $150,000 damage to Duvall Motors, located on Main St. and Stewart St. in the middle of Duvall. The blaze, which sent up a black column of smoke visible for several miles, broke out shortly before 2 p.m. Although several employes were inside the building when the blaze broke out, no one was injured, according to Duvall Fire Chief Dave Harder. Harder said the fuel line to the furnace apparently became blocked and the ensuing flames involved the entire structure in a matter of minutes. Windows were blown out and the roof was "blown off" by the intense heat, fed by oil-soaked wooden floors, Harder said. Thousands of gallons of water were poured on the flames, made hotter by the oil products and gasoline stored inside the structure. Several automobiles which were being repaired were destroyed by the fire. Firemen were able to contai~ the flames in the garage and auto parts building and adjacent buildings were saved from the fire. The blaze was brought undt;::' control after about an hour. In addition to the Monroe clew, several King County fire protection district ri~s respor, ded to the Duvall fire. Grant Workshop .... Scheduled for PUD Auditorium A housing and community development block grant workshop has been sched- uled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Monroe MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURS.,JANUARY 6, 1976, NO. 52 P.U.D. Auditorium, 120 E. Fremont. The Bicentennial year, 1976, will more than likely be remembered by most for its political campaigns and poli- tics. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Lloyd Meeds' nar- row 529 vote defeat of challenger John Garner and alleged corruption in county government topped the major news events of the past year. More locally, Monroe voters approved a $475,000 levy to build a new high school; the City of Monroe adopted "a comprehensive penal code; the Darrell Ricci family was selected as State Dairy Family; after a year-long search the answer to east county ambulance problems is still unknown; and weather played a large part in everyone's life. Following is a month-by-month recapping of the year's news events: JANUARY Angle parking on Main St. and one-way streets in the downtown business area was a hot topic for most of the month. Proposed by Monroe Jaycees, the plan was later put on a hack burner by the Monroe City Council. It remains there today. Area farmers were still digging out from the effects of a December 1975 flood, the worst in a century. State cattle- men sent cows and hay to the stricken farms and the Army Corps of Engineers began making plans to rebuild the French Creek pumping station. Monroe High School received several bomb threats. Monroe Police questioned several suspects but no charges were filed and no bombs were found. After two unsuccessful tries, voters in the Monroe School District approved a $475,000 building bond to construct a new high school on a site on W. Main St. & Valley View Rd. The measure passed with a 75 per cent attirmatlve vote. The first classes will move into the new buildings in September of this year. FEBRUARY The first inklings that ambulance service in the valley was experiencing problems came during a meeting of municipal and fire district representatives early in the month. The meeting was the first of many to follow which led to a special maintenance and operation levy for ambulances which failed in the November general election. Congressman Lloyd Meeds' office announced an addi- tional $307,000 for dike and levee repair work was forthcoming for Snohomish River flood areas. Monroe's freshman basketball team went 9-1 for the season and took the Snohomish County Big 6 League crown, beating a tough Marysville team, 63-62. RepOrts of "irregularities" in Snohomish County Road District No. L involving sale of county property for private gain, were being looked into by County Commissioner Earl Torgeson. MARCH Representatives of east Snohomish County cities, towns and fire districts voted not to subsidize Doctors Ambulance of Snohomish. Senator Frank Woody, D-Woodinville, placed a $10.5 million appropriation measure for a maximum security extension of the Washington State Reformatory in the 1976 supplemental budget. Congressman Lloyd Meeds faced valley loggers to explain his support of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Bill at a luncheon in Sultan. Opposition to the bill was strong in this area, and showed itself later in the November General Election. Meanwhile, voters attended precinct caucus meetings, although not in great numbers. The City of Monroe approved a 10 per cent pay increase /iii RAFTY RE IRES--Afler nearly a quarter of a century of what began as a temporary job in the Monroe Post Office, Mrs. Charles [Rafly] Hill of Monroe received a Pride in Excellence Award from Postmaster Bill Boyes for her 23 years of dedicated service during a farewell party last % mln for its non-union employes and the Mofiroe School District found itself with a $60,000 windfall in unexpected revenues. A steering committee to study the feasibility of an ambulance operation being administered by the Snohomish County Hospital District No. 1 was formed. The second grand jury in Snohomish County history was called to investigate alleged "crime and corruption" within the workings of county government. APRIL State Highway Department officials announced the awarding of a $419,000 contract for widening Highway 2 as it passes through Monroe. Monroe School District voters turned down a more than $1 million, three step maintenance and operation levy and 26 teachers received their walking papers. Later, a proposal to reduce district payrolls by 30 personnel was adopted by the board. The Board of Education later set a $662,000 levy request and 20 of the 26 filed suit in Superior Court. A proposal for an "alternative education" classroom was brought to the Board of Education by a group of parents. Earl Williams resigned from the Monroe Planning Commission chairmanship, after serving on that board for two years. Also turning in his papers was newly hired City Building Inspector Richard M. Taylor. Taylor blamed medical problems related to injuries suffered in an auto- mobile accident as the reason for his resignation. The Monroe High School band took first place honors in the Northwest District Band Concert, held in Everett. Pledges of improvement of natural spawning areas on the The workshop, sponsored by the Snohomish County Planning Department, is de- signed to receive citizen comment on community development objectives and criteria to be used to select projects for the 1977 Block Grant program. The department has said that the outcome of these workshops can have a sig- nificant affect upon the sel- ection of projects. Monroe has been awarded some $7,500 for renovation of the Buck Island park and has received a priority for construction of a second water transmission line to the city from the 1976 Block Grant program. Liquor Profits Go To Valley Towns Treasuries of valley towns and cities swelled a bit this week with the quarterly dis- tribution of profits from the sale of liquor in the state. The Liquor Sontrol Board announced the distribution of some $10 million in pro- fits. Of that amount, the state General Fund will receive $5 Skykomish River were given by politicians during a million, incorporated cities luncheon meeting hosted by the Monroe Chamber ,;,,ill receive $4 :ui!lie , Commerce. A panel discussion was held by Washington's (Continued on page 2) DUVALL BLAZE FOUGHT Mon- roe firemen were among the 70 from five fire districts who fought a fire which gutted Duvall Motors and an adjacent parts store Monday afternoon. The Monroe crew was called in a standby capaczty, Out quickly found themselves in the thick of it as the oil-fed blaze raged out of control for more than an hour. An estimated $150,000 in damage was sustained by the large wooden building, the sole gasoline station in Duvall. Lt. Governor John Cherberg, Second District Congressman Lloyd Meeds of Monroe, and State Sen. Frank Woody, D-39. MAY Brilliant sunshine bathed the annual Loyalty Day parade, viewed by several hundred spectators as it wound its way down Main St. in Monroe. Talks between Washington State Reformatory adminis- trators and representatives of the Resident Reform Council concluded after 350 inmates refused to return to their cells for several hours. An independent survey review of the reformatory's policies and procedures was approved. Monroe High Shcooi's baseball team wiped out all opponents to grab the Northwest AA championship. The Monroe Convalescent Center marked National Nursing Home Week with an open house and a week of activities. JUNE Woods Creek farmer Bill Boyden earned a Constructive Breeder award at a national Ayrshire convention in Vancouver, Wa., for his herd's milk production record. A compromise was reached in the Alpine Lakes Wilder- ness conflict, creating a 393,000 acre core area with a surrounding 527,000 acre management area. A class of 143 Monroe High seniors graduated in cere- monies held at the Evergreen State Fair arena. , Gubernatorial contender Clay Huntington visited the valley during his unsuccessful bid for the state's highest office. One of the most repsected attorneys in the Skykomish valley, Rod Boddington of Sultan, died at the age of 46. From an austere beginning of one Holstein Heifer given to him by his father, Darrell Ricci of Rt. 3, Snohomish won (Continued on page 2) Thursday. Pictured are former and present postal employes who wished her well: Front row, L-R, A1 Penta; Postmaster Bill Boyes, Mrs. Hill, Betty Andrews, Joan Wimpari, and Lucylle Warren. Back row: Jan Courtney, Harry Donovan, Lester Axelson, and Gordon Mann. Rescuers Get Soak d After River Accident Swift currents and logs swamped the boat of three King County men in the Skykomish Friday afternoon and their rescuers suffered the sa0ae fate. No one was injured in the incident. Sheriff's deputies identified the three as Tom Pollack, 36, Kent, Tom J. Walls, 37, Seattle and Keith Yamaguchi, 28, also of Seattle. A sheriff's helicopter was dispatched to the scene, where the Wallace River meets the Skykomish, between Gold Bar and Startup, but the men had been plucked safely from the men attempted to rescue them. That attempt was called off when the rescue craft began to take on water. Two of the three stranded fishermen were later taken off the log by a Spokane man and his brother, of Pasco. As that boat neared shore, it also swamped. The rescuers managed to recover their boat and went back to the log to pick up the stranded man. The chilled fishermen were then taken to Sultan, where they were said to be ih good condition after the ordeal. river before it arrived. Sheriff's personnel said the trio had been fishing in the Bothell Woman Killed Skykomish, near the mouth of the Wallace, when their 12-foot aluminum boat became entangled in logs and In Sultan Basin Mishap flipped. The men made their way to a log, where two other fisher- oney Schools and money were the common topics on the minds of a segment of the Monroe and Sultan community Monday, according to State Sen. Frank Woody, of this district, who was in the valley seeking constituent opinion before the Legislature convenes this month. In addition to talks with Monroe Mayor Grace Kirwan and Hospital Administrator Ross Godard, Woody said he spoke to several sportsmen, three housewives, a banker, truck driver, two real estate salesman and an insurance broker during his visit. "I found it Interesting in talking with a cross section of this community that their comments were very similar in the area of education," the senator commented. "They want the Legislature to do whatever is necessary to Improve the quality of education. That means not just asking for more money, but also making sure that children learn the basics of education," he said. "I found unanimous dissatisfaction with the quality of education in our schools," said Woody. The senator promised that his colleagues in the state capitol would be adam'ant on making educators "clean up their own area and stick to the things which have always worked in the past". "It's shocking to see what high schools cannot do," Woody stated. He said many of those he talked to suggested the state not set up any new programs in education without funding them, rather than leaving their operation to already stretched school district budgets. The Snohomish by-pass and improvements to Stevens Pass were also on the minds of those with whom he palavered, said Woody. He said he thought the people realized that to fund those projects, there would have to be a gas tax increase, "which doesn't make anyone happy". Increases in the business and occupation and sales taxes should be looked at closely when used to fund government and education, with re-evaluation of existing programs in mind, he said. The Woodinville senator said he is looking forward to this session of the Legislature because the senate will initiate the budget and will be looking to keep spending in line. He said a proposal by governor-elect Dixy Lee Ray to go to one year budgets is agreeable to him. Such a budgetary change could save the state some $200 million, Woody argued. Woody said he felt several of those he talked to expressed displeasure with the Game Department. He told constituents that the best methed of contacting him during the session would be to call the Olympia "Hotline" and leave a message. He said he would'do his best ao answer every call. The hotline number is 1-800-562-6000. Deep snow and icy roads hampered efforts to reach the scene of an accident in the Sultan Basin Recreation Area which claimed the life of a Bothell woman Sunday night. Sgt. E.D. Morehead of the Washington State Patrol east office in Monroe said Teresa G. Pennamen, 20, of 20219 10th Ave. S.E., was pinned beneath the four-wheel-drive vehicle in which she was a passenger after it skidded down a steep embankment and rolled. The accident occured on a side road off the Sultan Basin Rd., just west of Olney Pass and about 10 miles north of Sultan. Not injured in the mishap was the driver, identified as Everett Hope Jr., 31, of the Bothell address. Morehead said the driver of a passing four-wheel vehicle called for help over his citizen band radio. The call came in at about 8 p.m., Morehead said. Four-wheel-drive units from the Sultan area were dispatched to the scene, as were search and rescue crews and a helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department. V! Two Snohomish County men and a juvenile were arrested for assault and burglary in connection with a pistol brandishing incident at a residence at 128 Charles St. last Thursday; according to Sgt. John Hovde of the Monroe Police Department. Booked into the Snohomish County jail and charged with first degree assault and first degree burglary was Donald B. Balser, 25, of 2141 Grand, Everett. Also booked for first degree burglary were Bill Wayne Blevens, 27, Rt. 3, Snohomish, and a 17-year-old male, also of Everett. According to Hovde, Balser lived at the house on Charles St., now occupied by Nell Frost, about three weeks ago. At that time, he informed his" landlord that he was moving to Everett and had removed all of his property. Frost was awakened in his residence at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 by the trio, demanding the return of a motorcycle. On Monday, Dec. 30, Frost returned to his home at about S p.m. and found the three removing a motorcycle from the rear of the house. Frost Confronted the three and Balser allegedly produced a pistol, but later discarded it when the police had been summoned, Hovde said. Monroe Police Officer Ed Busch reported he arrived on the scene to find the motorcycle lying on its side in Frost's front yard. Balser, Blevens and the juvenile returned to Frost's yard and demanded return of the motorcycle. They were placed under arrest by Monroe Officer Charles Myer and Sgt. Engelbretzen of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Depart- (Continued on page 2) t