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Page Two. Monitor, Monroe, WA., April 14, 1977 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Monroe, Washington, undr the Act of March 3, 1898. MEMBER L in Olympia Association - Founded 1885 SUBSCRIPTION RATES Skykomish, Snohomish and Snoqualmie Valleys, $7.50 per year. Outside the valleys, $8.50 per year. Legal and Official Newspaper of the City of' Monroe, Town of Skykomish, Snohomish County Fire Protection District No. 3, King County Fire Protection District No. S0, Public Hospital Dis- trict No. 1, Monroe School District No. 103, Highland Water District, and Skykomish School District No. 404. Address all mail to Post Office Box No. 399, Monroe, Washington 98272. Editor & Publisher ............ Howard Voland Office Manager ........... Althea Hendrickson News Editor .................. John K. Wiley omment... Like you, we are extremely proud of our Sky- komish River Valley. Again, like you, we are ex- tremely proud of the sovereign State of Washing- ton. In the April issue of "Field and Stream" we, like many of you, looked for the total 1977 digest of the fishing laws of the United States and Can- ada. All 48 states, contiguous, plus Alaska and Hawaii and including the District of Columbia, were able to list the species offish available, size, daily limits and seasons, except the sovereign State of Washington. THAT'S RIGHT, the sov- ereign State of Washington in this international slick magazine has under its listings, "'Not avail- able at press time". Like you, we are certainly ashamed that our State Department of Game, out of all the 50 United States, is unable to provide national press coverage for our beloved state of Washington. --Shucks, even Saskatchewan has listings for Grayling, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Splake, Goldeye Sauger, Northern Pike, Black smallmouth Bass, Lake Sturgeon, White- fish and Perch. Agriculture Threat OLYMPIA--Here's a view from someone who would be directly affected by passage of Initiative 59, the anti-corpor- ate farm act, which would limit state irrigation water use permits to family farms of 2,000 acres or less. "T and R Farms, Inc., of Pasco is a corporate family farm, owned fully by a father, son and son-in-law," wrote Ronald P. Reimann. "We consider ourselves very much a family farm, operating 3,000 acres of irrigated land. We spend as much time on tractors as we do in the office. "We feel large corporate farms are no threat to the family farm such as ourselves or the smaller family farms. God help us from the good people that want to protect us all. "If the proposed initiative had been in effect two years ago we could not have developed our present farm and it would have to remain a dryland wheat farm raising 20 bushel wheat, we had to develop 2,800 acres at least to justify the cost of bringing the water from the river. "If Int. 59 goes into effect, we will cease any future dev- elopment to our farm simply because it will be impossible to justify the investment on a 10-year term (under the initiative, corporate farms would have to be broken up by then). At present we have stood still on planned development of two new circles this year because of this proposed initiative and the fact it could be made retroactive. "At present, our farm supports seven families, three years ago as a drvland farm it supported two families. As an irri- gated farmat harvest time it employs up to 40 people. As a dryland farm it employed up to five people at harvest. As an irrigated farm, T and R Farms paid 32,000 last year in prop- erty taxes. As a dryland farm we paid $2,800 in property taxes. "When T and R Farms first came to the area, Star school had four students. Within the second year of our operation the school was up to 17 students, giving another person employment as a teacher. "1 am a member of the Grange and have contacted the State Grange master by telephone to voice my objections to a proposal by them that is totally lacking in responsibility to myself our farm and to our free enterprise system. If the initiative goes into effect, it will curtail development of new and present farms, discourage investors and in the end encourage inefficiency in farming which will finally lead to higher food prices. "The initiative is a very emotional issue and when first read appears to be the answer to saving the family farm. With more study, it is obvious there are serious effects. Water is very precious to an irrigated farmer and must be used more efficiently than at present and regulated with intelligence. I am not totally against term water rights, but can they work? "The Grange initiative, like the proverbial circle has no beginning or end. It has been prepared with emotion and no thought on the effect or answers to the social, emotional and legal problems it will raise. If this is made law it will be NOT REALLY--You would think that with more than 600 employees, the State Department of Game would be able to post signs indicating the Skykomish River was closed to public fishing March 31. Guess again. Although there are four "Public Fishing" signs posted near the game In in rl Total outstanding bonded debt for Washington State coun- ties and local taxing districts, excluding cities, was $3.1 billion as of December 31, 1974, according to William B. Pilkey, executive vice president of the nongovernmental, citizen supported, Washington Research Council. Local government outstanding bonded debt, excluding cities, has increased by $2.8 billion or 962 per cent between 1954 and 1974. The outstanding long-term debt of Washington cities, as reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, was $0.8 billion as of the end of 1972. There is no comprehensive date on city bonded debt in Washington State. The State Auditor's office does not receive enough information to tally the total outstanding bonded debt of Washington cities because of city reporting practices. Public utility outstanding debt amounted to $1.3 billion or 40 per cent of the total outstanding debt for counties and local taxing districts. School district debt was second largest at $0.6 billion or 20.4 per cent, followed by port Services Held for the most devastating blow ever delivered to agriculture t~nd Emma L. Psaris [ _[ can completeh/ destroy our svstem of the most abundant Services were held Monday Game Meeting He I a and efficient t:ood producing country in the world, in Startup for Emma L. "Psaris, 83, of Startup, who Bachofner Mutters died April 7 following a brief ili n__e s s. What appears to have been "an invited guests The other day a capital visitor was in Seattle Rep. King "She was born March 7, only" meeting was held here last night, April 13,Lvsen's office', a room which overlooks the governor s 1894, in Wisconsin and came by the State Department of Game. AI legedly, naansion, and swears he saw Dixy's sister Marion shaking to the Startup area where she the subject matter was big game hunting in Wash- a dust cloth out the window. , lived most of her life, in "Bov, have things changed!" he said. 1907. Mrs. Psaris was a re- ington. The~' really have. This marks the third occasion in which State Forone th ng, there is no smoking allowed in the mansion tired registered nurse. She leaves a son, Jim of Ev- any more. And it's a funny sight, I'm told, after one of those erett; a daughter, Mrs. Wil- Department of Game brass have held unanounced lengthy legislative leadership breakfasts there to see the meetings insofar as the general publ ic is concerned, particiigants race each other for the door to get outside and ofliamMonroe;(Mary twoAnne)sisters,WakefieldMrs. hastily light up a fag. Dix ; is still a bit of an enigma to people, and she turns Ida Bolton of Spokane and Mrs. Bertha Thompson of some people on, some off, which is the way she feels about Marysville; two grandchild- them, too. When Associated Press bureau chief John White ren and three great-grand- commented on something in the text of her "report to the children. Services were held at the Startup Baptist Church with Pastor William. Neuman of- ficiating, with interment fol- lowing in the Sultan Ceme- tery, under the direction of people" speech, she said it was nice to know he could read. And when Seattle PI reporter Mike Layton said his goodbves at the door after her party for the press, the governor gave that little smile that isn't really a smile and allowed as how it had been a strain. She can be a very warm and motherly person though, I un- ~r derstand,.despite her lack of experience at the job. Purdy and Kerr Chapel, There's a story about how sometime ago she was cam-Monroe. plaining about all the tourists gawking around her Fox Island home were making her goats nervous. i The goats couldn t sleep, she told old friend Dr." Harlan McNutt, now Secretary of the Department of Social and See us for all fishing needs. I Health Services. McNutt told State Patrol Chief Will Bachofner and the two l JACK'S SPORT SHOP of them went out there to look over the situation. 1311 Ave. D - LO 8-4272 It was cold and rainy outside and when they arrived at the (Continued on page 3) |nohomish, IS Wn. 98290 The Monroe Monitor and Sultan Valley News welcome letters from readers for their "Letters to the Editor" column. Letters should be brief (no more than 250 words), typed and double-spaced, if possible. Mail them to Monroe Monitor, 113 W. Main, Monroe, Wash. 98272 or Sultan Valley News, Eastgate, Sultan, Wash., 98294. For publication, letters must be signed and bear the writer's address and telephone number for verification purposes. Letters should be submitted the Friday before the week of intended publication. department's Lewis St. access area, signs indi- cating the river is closed are nowhere to be found. The closure date, incidentally, can be found in tiny type on page 33 of the 1977 Washington game fish seasons and catch limits booklet. ill un lim I district debt of $0.5 billion or 17 per cent. The $3.1 billion outstanding bonded debt represents an 18 per cent increase over December 31, 1973. Port district debt experienced the greatest growth (34 per cent) between 1973 and 1974. Public utility debt, excluding Washington Public Power Supply System debt, rose 18 per cent. County general and sewage district outstanding bonded debt experienced a 15 per cent rate of annual growth, while school districts realize a 14 per cent growth rate. Over the 20 year period from 1954 to 1974, Douglas County and its taxing districts (excluding cities) experienced the highest per cent increase in outstanding bonded debt (5,106 per cent). Grant, Garfield, Island and Thurston Counties followed respectively with rates of increase ranging from 2,957 to 2,054 per cents. 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