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Vernon C. Thomas 7/;'.. 15505 171st Ave.S.E. NEWSSTAND I0 PER COPY THE MONROE MONITOR e SIXTY-NINTH YEAR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1968 NUMBER 9' FORMER GOVERNOR Albert D. Rossellini, here last week for an appearance before the Sky Valley Democratic Club, shared some humor with Monroe City Clerk Mrs. Ann Francis and Monroe businessman Law- rence V. Whitfield, right. The former governor, in a two-fisted swinging talk, lambasted Governor Dan Evans programs and policies. (For additional see else- whe re. )- - Monitor Photo . . " t' Rosell00n00 Blasts GOP 'Bluepr00n The present governor's blueprint for prog- ress" is a blueprint of broken promises, former Democratic governor Albert D. Rosellint told a gathering of the Skykomtsh Valley Democratic Club last week. "Where he said he would clean up what he called 'the mess in Olympia' he is 'cleaning up' in Olympia; where he promised a tax re- formation he has increased taxes to the point of a taxpayers' revolt; and where he promised to curb extravagance and waste in state govern- ment he has increased the budget by 80 per cent" Roselltnt charged. "On the first point," said the hard hitting, Roselltni, "hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded for insurance -- but not on the basis of bids. "The Pilohuck ski area is another give-away with $300,000 of taxpayers' money allocated to build a road to enhance a private resort whose stockholders include the governor's brother- in-law, his present assistand - also an attorney for the firm - and his former engineering part- ner. "The Pllchuck project came to my attention the year before and we turned it down because it was illegal." Hospital Spurns Population Survey A "full bloom" population study to determine the best site for relocation of Valley General Hospital was deemed "an unnecessary expense to taxpayers" by Rod Boddington, Hospital Dist- rict No. 1 legal advisor, and the apparent spokes- man at a meeting of hospital commissioners and the public last week. Boddington told the 30 present: "We have considered a study but it would cost between $10,000 and $12,000 and population stat- istics of Pacific Northwest Telephone are already available to us. "If you draw an arc from Monroe south to Maltby, to Cathcart and west to Snohomish to the eastern boundaries of Everett, all within the hospital district, the population will be with- in that arc and it's not drastically important where within the arc the hospital should be located. "Other considerations, based on the surgeon general's requirements, are highway access, space for expansion, residential area infringe- ment, noise and odor factors and are all conditions that must be considered in the grographic lo- cation." Boddington added that the possibility of a complete population survey had not been finally decided on. The meeting between commissioners and the public was slated after the district disclosed it held an option on 36.35 acres just east of Sno- homtsh. The Skykomtsh Valley community had expressed concern as to whether a site so close to Snohomish was in the best interests of all the district and whether a new hospital was needed at all. Proposed is a new 70-bed facility with service area and planned expansion to twice that size, estimated to cost close to $2,450,000, financed partly through federal funds and partly through a general obligation bond of $1,500,000 to be placed on the November ballot. The land under option, just north of the high- way rest stop on U. S. 2 by Westwtck Road, is owned by a former Snohomtsh resident, Mrs. Mary Stalttng, and is priced at $76,500. It was termed by Ross Godard, hospital admin- istrator, as the "cheapest of five sites we look- ed at." Boddington said expansion or rebuilding was discussed since 1963 and in 1965 it became apparant the hospital could not keep up with the ever-increasing patient load. He said the de- cision to build a new hospital was made a year later and the search for a site began. Describing himself as a neutral, speaking only in the interest of improved patient care and at the invitation of Godard, was Frank Noecker, director of planning and construction, Health Facility Division, State Department of Health. Said Noecker: "Valley General is described in our files as totally non-conforming -- without a fire sprink- ler system it is not fireproof inside. What we call the chassis or core is carefully considered in construction and Valley General's could not be used in its present state for extensive ex- pansion. "The core services such as kitchen, pharmacy, surgical and X-ray would have to be enlarged. By the time that's done the project probably (Page 8, Column 5) Maltby Industry Zone Asked An industrial park rezone in the Maltby vicin- ity on properties owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wil- liam Stotko, long-time members of that com- munity, is being sought before the Snohomtsh County Planning Commission. The plahning commission plans to consider the rezone ques- tion from rural to industrial park next Tuesday. The Stotkos have converted thier poultry farm buildings into facilities which lend themselves for certain types of industrial use. Stotko said they have 41,000 square feet of building space available on a 20-acre tract. He said that Hadl-Hide Company of Edmonds, manufacturers of prefabricated chalet type homes, have already committed themselves to 14,100 square feet if the rezone grant is obtained. He said a food packaging firm, as well as other similar operations, have expressed in- terest in locating on the site which is about one mile north of Maltby. The property is located on the west side of Broadway, readily available to rail and has available well water, as well as the Cross Valley Water Association. Kopper Seeks 27-Acre Annex .... - * A-'ident On the second point -- the promise of a tax A ietter of intent to annex to the ctty 27 acre s (Page 2, Column 3) before the city council last week by George Kopper, 624 Rtverview. IIForces ]]iThree" - SchooJ Outlines The property, the former Mountain Meadow In,ures Nursery, will be developed for approximately 86 single famtly residences, Kopper told the council. IINewls JJ andTWO Monroe residentSa Mountlake Ter- Fall Programs vFWArmexattn proceedings wUl follow a new prO-To JurtesraCe man sustaineda in- --, duct in three-car Monroe High School's Fall program, includ- ('f U.S.ARMY,(AHTNC)__ArmyVIETNAM,PrLv_ collision March 13 on tng class structure, teacher asstngments, com- Lite-A.Bike Free reflective tape will be applied to youngsters bikes in a Lite-A-Bike pro- ram to be conducted ere Saturday by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7511. Tape will be applied to bicycles in front of the fire station from 10 a.m. to 6 o.m. Strips of reflective tape will be put on the rear fenders, handle- bars and front forks of (Page 6, Column 5) puter scheduling, vending machines and teacher hiring gained approval from the Monroe Board of Education Monday night. Principal Gene Maxim reported that findings of an eight-man faculty committee, investigating various methods on their own and as a group, recommended a rotating, six-period day wichftve scheduled classes and an activity period. Under the plan classes will start at 8 a.m., last 58 minutes with a four-minute break between, a 14-minute break between second and third per- iods, split lunch hours of 45 minutes each and an end-of-the day 29-minute activity pertof for re- turn to individual classes, library work, student meetings, assemblies or gymnasium turnout. The school day will end at 2:30 p.m. "With this plan adapted to our new building U. S. Highway 2 Just west of the city. Injured were Sam Femmons, 58, Mount- lake Terrace; Leona Stenberg, 60, S. Lewis St., and ChristianJ. En- gen, 59, Plainview Place. Engen, who sustained multiple lacerations, eye and chest injuries, forehead lacerations and a fractured leg, was tken to Everett Gen- (Page 3, Column 6) ate First Class James I. Scharf, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irving B. Scharf of Columbia, was assigned as a security guard with the 1st Lo- gistical Command near Long Blnh, Vietnam on March 2. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD. (AHTNC) Private Lyle D. Phil- lips, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. Phillips (Page 2, Column 2) Lawrence Street :Project Proposed School Science Fair ' A Lawrence Street improvement project will Is Saturday Event get underway soon if price estimates by the engineering firm of Lee Johnson and Associates are favorable to the some 12 property owners on the street, reported Streets and Parks Chair- man Allan Borlin to the city council last week. The cost for 36-foot wide blacktop with curbs and gutters was estimated at $9 per lineal foot with half the cost to be paid from Arterial Street Fund monies and half by the property owners. After approval from both the state and property owners work was expected to begin with excava- tion, curbs and gutters followed by blacktopping this summer. Other council action included the granting of $150 towards purchase of a portable police radio to be used Jointly by the Monroe Police Depart- ment and the auxiliary department with the (Page 6, Column 1) Monroe students will exhibit their science pro- Jects at the annual Monroe District Science Fair which will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. this Saturday in the elementary school on Dickinson Road, announces John Haberman, chairman. Projects will be categorized according to grade level and area, such as chemistry, biology, and so forth. Awards will be made in the following areas: primary groups, primary individuals, intermedi- ate grades (4-5-6), junior high and senior high. In addition, recognition will be given to the best exhibit of the fair. Exhibitors are asked to bring their projects to the multi-purpose room and set them up from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday or from 9 a.m. to12noon Saturday. Island Project Planned City council consent was given last week to Grover Gilbertson, in- termediate school teacher, to build nature trails on Buck Island as part of a University of Washington physical ed- ucation course. (Page 2, Column 1) cedure for annexation adopted by the council at the same meeting. Under the new plan, a petition method, a notice of intention to commence annexation proceedings will be heard at a regular council meeting. At a second regular meeting the petition for annexatton will be presented together with speci- fied and county-approved property descrtption (Page 2, Column 3) MONROE HIGH SCHOOL athletes were honored Friday when Mr. and Mrs. Nels Carlson staged their sixth annual sports banquet. Speaking at the program well-attended by students and parents was assistant Washington State University coach Pinky Erickson, at left. He urged parents not to push their children into something they didn't want to do, whether in sports or academics, and told students they would be better men for giving their all - whether in the classroom or on the field.--Monitor Staff Photo