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NEWSSTAND I0 PER COPY Vernon G. Thomas 7/'. 15605 171st hve. S.E. THE MONROE MONITOR SIXTY-EIGHTH YEAR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, JANUARY II, 1968 NUMBER 51 Forces ,News (Called to our at- tention yesterday by Mrs. Pauline Law, 326 South Blakely St., was the services being ren- dered by Col. Steen, a 1940 Monroe High School graduate. The following was carried in the Mount Vernon Argus last week.--Ed- Itor) Lt. Col. John M. Steen whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Steen live at Clear Lake, commands the only U. S. Air Force squadron of its kind in South- east Asia. Col. Steen heads the 20th Helicop- Nha 20O of ter Squadron at Trang Air Base, miles northeast Satgon. His organization the only rotary Air Force unit is wing that primarily flies special airlift missions in the combat zone. The 20th, which went to Vietnam in 1965 won the Air Force Outstand- ing Unit award for pc- FRIENDS AND PARISHONERS paid tribute to the Rev. George stttontng 105-mm. ho- witzers deep inside a Kopper recently upon his retirement from 22 years as minister battle area to support of the First Mennonite Church. Though his position as minister Marine Corps operat- has ended, he will continue to be an active force in the business ions last year. Col. Steen was as- community. Mr. and Mrs. Kopper are pictured here admiring signed combat duty the set of luggage presented to them at a reception in their after completing a tour honor. (For additional see story on Page 4.)--Staff Phot at Andrews AFB, Md., The CH-3 by Shirley Hammerquist. last May. pilot ts a veteran of World War II North African campaign and 25 years of service. Police De00rtment Gets Fourth Officer Leaving December 27 Piann rs Agre On Land Use Plan (For an editorial comment on Wegg's highly questionable statement relating to mobile homes and taxes, see Page 2.--Editor) With the question of industrial classification west of Monroe hurdled last week, the Monroe Planning Commission Monday night took a giant stride forward in accepting a comprehensive land use plan that should be adopted by the city Wed- by Mr. and Mrs. Alex Wiese, also of Route 2, Snohomish. Added to the plan was an area for multiple residence dwellings north of Monroe bordered by the Evergreen Fairgrounds on the west, existing U. S. Highway 2 on the south and the proposed new U. S. 2 on the east and north. The action followed a recommendation by Mrs. Dorris Btderbost, former planner and a nesday night of this week. Approved unanimously Monday was Plan No. member of the city council, after a lengthy 3, found most acceptable to planners and the discussion on the predicted requests for mobile park developments. community during recent weeks and showing Planners also moved a recommendation to 100 acres of industrial land to the northwest, extend the freeze on rezones to March 27 or It was approved with a revision Monday des- until the date of adoption of a zoning code and tgnating as single residence, land west from zoning map, whichever date occurs first. Kelsey Street bordered by Main Street on the Failing as a result of a tie vote was a motion north and Terrace on the south, encompassing by Mrs. Lewis Bakke to designate the balance the site known as the Ftnke-Collins property, of land west of Lewis Street and south of Main A rezone from residential to general commer- Street as single family residence rather than ctal was granted to developers of the property multiple as shown In earlier plans. some time ago and classification as single The land encompasses the recently annexed residence on the comprehensive land use plan Kopper tract announced as an area planned for does not affect the rezone, development of a mobile homes site by the However, it was suggested at the meeting owner, George Kopper, 624 Rivervtew. by Talbot Wegg, the city's planning consultant, Mrs. Bakke prefaced her motion by saytn that consideration be given adoption of a contract she believed a trailer park on the proposea zoning clause whereby rezoned land not de- river site "would be very offensive." veloped within a specified time would revert Questioning what a trailer park would do to back to the zoning recommended on the land property values in the area was Mrs. C. L. use plan. Bunge of Sumac Drive whose home overlooks A further revision was made to class 31 the intended mobile home development. acres of land belonging to Lloyd Hansey of Kopper replied: Park Place as multiple residence rather than "It would certainly not be more detrimental mercantile, than the city disposal plant which the city had Hansey's land was annexed to the city last promised to screen with trees and hasn't yet. week along with 400 acres belonging to Ward The trailers would be skirted and wiring would Lawler, Route 2, Snohomish, 3 acres owned be underground. I have enough trees to corn- by Pan Alaska Fisheries, and 60 acres owned (Continued on Page 2) Monroe Y.ouths Hearing Set -, On Station Injured Monroe PlanningCom- Two Route 2 Monroe City Doubles With 494-Acre Ann On January 3 tn a few seconds' dustrtal zoning granted would revert for Vietnam was A/IC mission members were teenagers sustained in- action climaxing eight months' de- Donald E. Thomas, son Named to the Monroe Police Department this advised Monday of a juries when their car liberation, the City of Monroe was of Mr. and Mrs. Erle week by Mayor Jack Law was Terry Shaddock, public hearing at 8 p. collided with a dump expanded to twice its land area B. Thomas of Route 2. 26, Seattle, according to Chief of Police Charles m., January 22, on a truck on the Florence size. The airman received Hill. variance requested by Acres Loop Road east Before a gallery of 60 towns- his first class rating Hill said Shaddock was selected fortheposltton Union Oil Company of of here last Friday. In- people the Monroe City Council, in November after leav- on the basis of tests and interviews conducted California to rebuild jured were Steven S. meeting Jointly with the Monroe tng Andrews Air Force by Civil Service Commissioners Cal Prentice, a service station at Malean, 16, and his Planning Commission, voted favor- Base in Washington D. Jim Cummings and WayneKern. East Main and Woods brother, Mike, 15. ably on a motion to annex 494 C. for a month of stu- The chief said that he had not had an op- Street. Steven suffered la- acres in the valley west of Mon- dent schooling in the portunity to interview the new officer, thus had The company lndtcat- cerattons and abrasions roe bordered on the north by High- Philippines. His wife, little information immediately available, ed it planned to de- while Mike sustained a way 2, on the south by the old Patricia, is residing in Shaddock represents the addition of one man molish present facilit- fractured leg, as well Alexandria, Virginia. to the Monroe department bringing the force ies and completely re- as lacerations. A 1964 graduate of to a total of four plus auxiliary officers, build the station. (Continued on Page 2) Monroe High School, @ :::mtrT;::s Ba:e Traff,c Death Attack Launched based at Ton Son in Saigon and his par- ents have requested A major attack against highway traffic deaths friends write him. was launched this week by the state's weekly His complete address newspapers in cooperation with the Washington is A1C Donald E. State Patrol. Thomas; AF 19861374; Developed by the president of Washington 19th A.C.S. Box 4765; Newspaper Publishers' Association, Patrick J. APO San Francisco, Graham, Colville co-publisher, the program in- California, 96307. volves the publication each week of a traffic fatality scoreboard. Cherry vr, n,00v The space is donated by this newspaper with statistical information being supplied by the P-TA OICII-"I-'-S State Patrol. Patrol Chief Will Bachofner, working in con- junction with the publishers' association and its Tuesday Meef president, pledged full cooperation with the weekly press in dramatizing the number of traffic The Cherry Valley fatalities. P-TA will meet at 8 The scoreboard is in a one column format p.m. Tuesday, January three and one-half inches in depth and will show 16 at the school. The the number of deaths statewide for this year public is invited, and last year, plus space to show the number of deaths in each county for 1967 and 1968 for comparable periods. "Publication each week will keep readers informed as to the number of highway deaths, and hopefully make the motorist more aware of the danger, thereby promoting safety," Graham said. Graham has written to each weekly publisher in the state requesting his help in publication of the death statistics. $nmJsh 0. "Our industry can make a significant contri- bution towards making the highways safer by TRAFF|C DATH$ participating in the program," he added. TO DATE LAST YEAR THIS YEAR [21100,] STATE PATROL. Trooper Lloyd Hurst of Unity Service Planned West Main Street reports to Monitor staffer Ragene Kimsey on county and state traffic A first for Monroe, a Joint worship service fatalities in a new program to keep the of the Monroe Congregational Church and St. Mary's Catholic Church, is planned for 8 p.m., January 21, announces the Rev. Dick Arnold, Congregational pastor. The service is planned as part of the nation- ally observed "Week of Prayer for Christian (Continued on Page 2) community informed as a means of pre- venting highway deaths. Reports will be made each week to both the Monitor and Valley News.--Staff Photo by Shirley Ham- merquist Monroe-Snohomish highway, and on the west by Pan-Alaska Fisheries. The action followed presentation of a three-part recommendation of the planning commission for "con- tract zoning" which would, in effect, allow industrial development of a major portion of the area in order- ly fashion while giving the city a safeguard against speculative de- velopment. In the proposal, drawn by plan- ning commission vice-chairman Bill Davisson, and modified and accept- ed by planners, 250 acres of the Fryelands property owned by Ward Lawler, Route 2, Snohomish, would be designated light industrial on a comprehensive land use plan which had been found to be otherwise fa- vorable to the planners at an earlier meeting. In actual zoning, the proposal recommends 100 acres be rezoned to light industrial with the pro- vision that for each acre in use, the industrial zoning would be in- creased by an additional three acres. It further stipulates that any in- Adult Classes Offered back to the previous zoning cate- gory if no tenant occupies the site within a period of three years. As with all annexations, the property comes into the city with a single residence zoning which would allow agricultural use of the land until developed. In presenting his proposal, Davis- son said Talbot Wegg, the city's planning consultant, had been shown the proposal and "agrees it is a sound basis for development that puts the burden of proof on the developer and limits speculation." At Davisson's reading of the pro- posal Councilmen Dick Cedergreem and Joe Moore questioned the three- year time clause saying it was to@ short a period. Mayor Jack Law said the onlT drawback he could think of was th in five years' time the next coun- cil might not look at the proposal with favor. Councilwoman Dorrts Btderbost suggested: "If the area continues to grow we'll need a new plan in five years anyway. The old plan was made In 1962 and is completely out of date. What we put here is no guarantee that conditions now will exist later." Retiring to vote on Davisson'B proposal the planning commission amended it to read 100 acres be rezoned to mercantile (industrial} instead of Davisson's suggested 1S0 in order to exclude 30 acres of (Continued on Page 2) Seattle Man Killed In U.S. 2 Accident A Seattle man, Theodore L. Pltts, 51, be- came the first traffic fatality of the year on Monroe High School U. S. Highway 2 and the third in the county will offer an evening when he was killed instantly Sunday evening adult education pro- in an accident 1.7 miles east of Monroe at the gram beginning the first Junction of U. S. 2 and the old Lower Sultan Highway. of February, announces According to County Coroner Xon Baker, Pttts Gene Maxim, principal, suffered severe head injuries when he was Courses to be offered will include arts, crafts, thrown from the car he was driving as it struck a State Department of Highways traffic counter woodworking and busi- pole. ness education. Addtt- Trooper John Tterney said Pitts, alone in the DRIVE LEGALLY WASHINGTON STATE PATROL tonal course offerings will depend on com- munity interest. The cost of one course will be $15 per student (Continued on Page 2) car, was travelling eastbound on U. S. 2 when his car slid broadside and struck the pole, flipping end over end. An autopsy was held. A freeway construction mechanic, Pitts is survived by a brother, Raymond Pitts of Seattle.