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V,Q Tho ms F/1 aw .SS ll/? SKYKOMISH VALLEY loggers gathered in Sno- homish in the pre-dawn hours, 3 a.m., Monday to prepare for a long haul to Olympia, joining other loggers from around the state, to protest the Forest Practices Act of 1974. The loggers were successful in their peaceful demonstration as the State Senate voted 35-15 to repeal the act. However, it is expected to receive tougher going in the House and should it reach the Governor's desk, Evans has said he will veto it. --Staff Photo Twenty-two Monroe School District teachers, who were given dismissal notices due to a double special levy loss, have filed a lawsuit in Sno- homtsh County Superior Court against the school district and the board of directors. About 28 certificated staffmembers were giv- en non-renewal notices prior to April 15, as a result of the April 8 $703,982 special levy loss. According to Superintendent Royston Cottam the loss of funds represents about a quarter of the 1975-76 school budget. The school board, in late March and early April, adopted staff reduction and program cut- back recommendations made by Cottam. The law suit contends that the non-renewal notices issued to the teachers do not indicate what criteria, if any, was used in making the decision. In addition, the action alledges there is lack of probable or sufficient cause to dismiss the instructors. The suit seeks to recover lost wages, loss of professional experience, costs in seeking other employment, costs of relocation to other em- ployment, injury to reputation and attorney's fees and cost of suit in amounts to be established at the trial. The board has 20 days from the date of issue to respond to the summons. MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURS., April 24, 1975 NO. 15 Students, parents and educators were schedul- ed to depart from the Monroe High School cam- pus this morning, Thursday, enroute to Olym- pia to meet with legislators to discuss school funding problems resulting from special levy failures. Authorized by the Monroe School Board to close down for the day, the delegation has a firm appointment to meet with 39th District Rep- resentative Charles Moon, Monroe High School Student Body President Jay Fankhauser said. The local group is also seeking to meet with Senator Frank Woody and August Mardtsch and Representative Art Clemente and any others I who will lend an ear. The group plans to make the trip on chartered busses and with car pools, Fankhauser said. Legislators have been besieged by similar appearances from other school districts from around the state. Monroe, along with several other school dis- tricts, suffered two levy defeats and now face a variety of educational program cutbacks. "The committee's purpose is to focus local concern on the legislature so that they will act to provide emergency relief for local levy loss and to work for adequate funding of schools in the future," Fankhauser explained. Person interested in Joining the delegation should contact the high school office at 794-8777. Monday was a long day for Skykomish Valley loggers and other forest workers from around the state, but they won a major victory when the State Senate voted 35-12 to repeal the 1974 Forest Practices Act. And that's what the log- gers wanted. The repeal measure is now headed for the House, where greater opposition is expected. Should it gain passage there, Governor Dan Evans has indicated he will veto it. About 300 loggers and log truck drivers converged at the capitol to express their dis- satisfaction with the 1974 Forest Practices Act. The current statute regulates cutting of tim- ber on state and private lands and includes standards for forest road building, stream crossing and disposal of slash. Permanent rules to implement the act, hammered out over the past year by the Forest Practices Board, are still in the draft stage. The loggers say the act has created many hardships, including long delays in obtaining cutting permits, which have to be approved by four different government agencies, and pose Included tn today's issue is a copy of the Skykomtsh Valley Business Directory - 1975, especially prepared for the East County area. The directory lists valley businesses serv- unrealistic shorelines management restrictionsing the c ; rnmunitles of Monroe, Sultan, Start- even beyond the 200-foot stream limits, up, Gold Bar, Index, Baring, Grotto and Sky- Solberg Hall, the Alcoholism Treatment Cen- Loggers are requesting that the old forest komtsh, ter at Valley General Hospital in Monroe, is oh- practices act under jurisdiction of the Depart- The business directory was designed to serve serving its second year of operation during the ment of Natural Resources be reinstated, as a supplement to your telephone book and may month of April. Evans agreed that the act had obviously hurt be kept close to your telephone for handy refer- Jack Hayes, director, said that the program small loggers but said it was designed to apply ence. has really come a long way in a relatively primarily to larger timber operations whicti ******************************** short time. Dr. Roger Butz is the medical should be under stringent regulations, director. The Gvernr tld the loggers n the Capi- S h I L h "When we opened on April 1, 1973," Hayes tol steps, "I think it is wrong and would be CO S O V n c said, "we only intended to have 21 beds in our wrong to repeal the Forest Practices Act." A majority of the senate sided with the logg- r " unit. For the first few months it appeared as ers in voting for repeal. Senator Lowell Peter- ett e r,. a m p a i g n . this would be plenty. son, D-Concrete, sponsor of the bill said if "Today we have 28 beds, all filled, and hope Evans wants to veto the bill and take the blame A massive letter writing campaign concern- to expand in the near future to include 40 beds." for hardships on loggers, that's up to him. ing school funding is being launched by Monroe Hayes noted that much of the credit for the In order to make the 100 mile Jaunt to Oly- School District officials, Superintendent Royston success is due to the referral centers through- mpia and arrive by 7:30 a.m., the Sky Valley Cottam said. out the state. delegation had to depart from the Snohomish Due to double levy failures not only here butHayes, who came to Valley General from St. rendezvou point at 3 a.m. Other groups of truck- throughout the state, school districts are being John's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, feels that forced to reduce their educational programs, the referral system in this state is excellent. ers joined them along the route. A sign on one of the local demonstrators truck "Now is the time for each of us to express When the unit opened two years ago it had a summed up the protest, reading, "We want work, our concerns to our state legislators about the staff of 10. That has now grown to 17 plus six not welfare." funding of schools," Cottam satd in a prepared other professional people who are used on a handout that was sent home with school students, consultant basis. "Ibelieve we have their attention." According to Hayes the local program is Cottam has suggested that persons write a modeled after similar programs at Hazelden and Comm/t[ae Approves short note expressing their concern forasound, St. John's in Minnesota. Hayes noted there have equal way of financing public education, been some minor program changes here in order He recommended that persons write to 39th to meet local needs. l.IIly 8rr|"l, AlyDll 'lfi1"7L/III ;]] district legislators including: Senator Frank During the past two years over 600 patients Woody, Senate Office Building, Olympia, Wa. have been treated. Ofthose that completed treat- By Frank Woody 98501 and Representatives Charles Moon and ment, 81 per cent are still sober. 39th District Senator A bill to allow children to work in berry Art Clemente, House Office Building, Olympia, "Even the most sophisticated method ofgath- On Monday the State Senate voted to totallyfields during the summer, sponsored by Sec- Wa. 98501. ertng sL tttstics on recovery rates leaves a lot to repeal the Forest Practices Act of 1974. In grid District Congressman Lloyd Meeds, gained Cottarn further recommended that letters and be desired," Hayes explained. the past Governor Evans said he would veto U.S. House sub-committee approval last week. comments be mailed by April 25 in order to be The director said the Valley General program any legislation repealing this act. If he does The measure will now be considered by the effective, has a good reputation, but is also known as a tough program. we will be back where we are now. House Education and Labor Committee and the T" nat doesn't have anything to do with corn- In my opinion the 1974 Forest Practices Act full House membership. The bill would replace passion, nor does it mean thatwe berate or be- should be repealed. We can then begin building an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act little our patients," he said. "We have only more realistic regulations which would not only to allow youngsters under 12 years of age to Traffic volume on lower than March, '73,28 days to get the lives of these people back on protect the environment, but also permit thework in berry fields. Highway 2 east of Sky-however the volume the right path and we can't afford to waste any small logging industry to continue. Meeds said that about 25 to 40 per cent of the komtsh increased was up about 14.5 per time.'" If you agree with this, please write Govern-pickers in the northwest are under 12 years of slightly, .9 per cent cent when compared to During the course of the program, patients or Evans and tell him your views. His address age, noting that as many as I0,000 young har-during the month of last ' year's figures,are expected to eat, sleep and llve alcoholism is Governor Dan Evans, Legislative Building,vest workers pick in the fields of Skagit County March, compared to when motorists were treatment, Hayes said. Olympia, WA 98501. alone, counts in March, 1973,experiencing a fuel Hayes gave special credit for Valley General's Currently the rules and regulations adopted The bill, as introduced, would provide that according to figures shortage. ATC success to Alcoholics Anonymous and its under the act are so severe that they efficient- children could commute from home between compiled by theWash- More decreases were philosphy. ly cripple the small logger. The big compan-June 1 and September 15 while school is out to Ington State Depart- noted between rural "Without AA there would be no treatment les have the necessary experts and equipmentwork in harvesting operations that have tra- merit of Highways. and urban regions and program at Valley General. AA has provided to comply with these regulations and they are ditionally employed youngsters. During a 24hourper- non-lnterstate and In-valuable assistance during the past two years," not bothered by the delays resulting from being Prior to approval, it was changed to provide tod some 1,739 ve- terstate highway loca-Hayes added. required to obtain up to five permits beforealso that children could work only in fields hicles were monitored tlons when comparing logging, where no farm machinery is used. compared to 1,723 1975 traffic counts The small logger's business ts literally In 1974 Oregon berry growers obtained a courtcounted in 1973, the against 1973 checks, injunction to allow youngsters to pick. last normal traffic the department notes. choked off by these regulations. Under a total repeal the old regulatlonswould Meeds has been attempting to get the law volume year in the During March, 1975, apply again. Most loggers would operate prop- changed to allow youth berry pickers for somehighway department's rural traffic volumes erly under those regulations. The few who time now. In January he introduced the bill estimation, decreased less than for information leading to the return of would abuse the land would probably be turnedand conducted House subcommittee hearings in The March Highway2 traffic in urban York Farm Doberman pup in by other loggers as well as environmental-Burlington on February 8. Parents, kids, teach- figures show amarked regions when compar- tsts. ers, growers and state officials backed the bill Jump in vehicle countsed wtth 1973 figures. N0 QUESTIONS ASKED If the governor vetos the total repeal of the and urged swift passage, compared to those cat-Rural traffic in March 1974 Forest Practice Act we have other pro- Opponents, Including the United Farm Work- culated a month earl- 1975, decreased .9 per Robor $ posals which would substantially modify the cur- ers and other labor and migrant groups, object ter, February, when 1,cent while urban rent act. However the Department of Ecology that the bill would open a loophole in the Fair 463 were spotted, movement decreased 194"7414 and some environmentalists are resisting these Labor Standards Act and would depress wages in Statewide, the traffic2J per cent below the after 8 pm. or anytime changes, agricultural Jobs. count was 1.9 per cent1973 levels. I