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V Q. bomae 15605 ! /V5 Nonce 11/72 ll/7 II Valley General Hospital is alive and well and going to grow with a spankin' new Certifi- cate of Need to remodel and enlarge the exist- ing facility. This was learned late Tuesday from Valley General's Administrator Ross God- ard, the man who spearheaded the fight against the state bureaucracy for the past year and a half. Supporters, whose names until this writing remained undisclosed, included Senator War- ten G. Magnuson and Congressman Lloyd Meeds, both of whom called upon Governor Daniel Evans to give Valley General fair and reasonable con- sideration. Locally, Valley General's medical staff and numertous community leaders went the hearing route these past many months along with God- ard and hospital legal counsel Rod Boddington of Sultan and Commissioners Don Broughton of Sultan and Grace Kirwan of Monroe and Jerry Bauer of Snohomish. The Certificate of Need, which will be deliv- ered formally in late May, means Valley Gen- eral is here in our valley to stay. The action taken late Tuesday by the State Hospttal Com- mission paved the way for the $1.5 million project which will see a 16,800 square foot ad- dition to the hospital, as well as total renova- tion to the existing structure. Earlier this past fortnight, the Puget Sound Regional Health Facilities Review Committee gave their blessings to the undertaking, in spite of the fact that their bureaucratic advisors consistently threw rocks at the project. The names of these advisors have as yet not been revealed to the press and the public. Their negative reports were identified only as a staff 28 to 40 beds and rearrange the floor plan for increased medical records storage and office space. The project will be financed through issu- ance of general obligation bonds, which God- ard pointed out will not place any addition- al burden on the taxpayer. As Godard emerged from Tuesday's session he said "I felt wrung-out, we're finally fin- tshed with the hearing process." The plans to gain a Certificate of Need have been going through the hearing stage for analysisation and were unsigned! the past year and a half and were required The plan calls for adding a new 16,800 square when the Federal Joint Hospital Commission foot section onto the north hospital to housenew instructed the local facility to either update .... ........ acute care facilities, an enlarged emergency and modernize it's plant or face the possl- ; iiii ii % room, lab and x-ray rooms, a new entrance bility of loosing accredidation and subsequent and administration area and new dietary sec- closure. ..... . tion. Initial plans to construct a new repalcement : The second phase of the project calls for re- hospital midway between Monroe and Snohom- modeling the interior of the existing buildingish were scrapped when it ran into numerous to enlarge the alcoholic treatment center fromsnags posed by state staff bureaucrats. Army Private Jeffrey J. Sandbak, son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Sandbak, 622 High- way 2, East Monroe, participated in a "Run for Retarded Child- ren" on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii recent- ly. The run was spon- sored by merchants who gave contributions for each mtle run by participating teams. He is a medical corpsman with the 25th Infantry Division. Army Specialist Four Gene A. Valentine, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Valentine, Route 2, Monroe, fir- ed expert with the M-' 16 rifle during semi- annual weapons qual- ification in Wildfleck- en, Germany. J2e expert ratin is highest marK a soldier can achieve on his weapons qualifica- tion test. Spec. Valentine is an armored - personnel carrier driver in the 3rd Infantry Division, Schweinfurt. THIRTY-NINTH District Representative Chuck Moon, left, and Art Clemente, addressed a delegation of Monroe students, teach- ers and parents at the State Capitol last Thursday concerning school f .nanc ,g According to Monroe High School student body president Jay Fankhauser, about 200 local persons participated in the Journey. The group also had an opportunity to meet with Senator Frank Woody, Fankhauser said. Monroe Fire Chief Jim Crawford reported to Monroe City Councilmen last Wednesday evening that a meeting had been held to dis- cuss ambulance service in the city. Crawford said that Doctors Ambulance, a Snohomish firm, had sent a letter to the de- partment, seeking procedure understandings and an agreement for providing emergency ambu- lance service here. The chief said that the department aid car has been used frequently and noted that some changes will have to be made in regards to transportation procedures. "Ambulance service is a necessary part of community as is the aid car," Crawford said s he explained that another meeting will be held form a working agreement with Doctors In other business, the council turned over to the public safety committee a plan to increase Police Officer Chuck Myers pay up to the level of other officers. Myers is employed under the E.E.A. program and the federal govern- ment provides funds for his salary up to a cer- tain level. Police Chief D.C. Nauman said that pay raises are the city's responsibility. The council continued to discuss purchase of land for construction of a second water re- sevoir. The city has been negotiating a one acre purchase from the Seth Johnson family near the present resevoir site. A request for a fire works stand from St. Mary's Men's Club was approved and council- men instructed the city attorney to study lease agreements of city owned land. Councilman Mike McCloud suggested that the council look into the possibility of constructing a new table for the council chambers and Craw- ford said a panic type door had been ordered for the council meeting room. Councilman Allan Borlin reported that a work meeting had been scheduled with the Snohomish City Council for May 15 and said it was hoped the two towns could agree on a cooperative animal control system. Councilmen set May 21 as the date to inter- view prospective members to fill Herb Schwartz's vacancy. A request to place banners in town by the Evergreen Fair was turned over to the street committee for further study and attorney Carl- eton Knappe said he was awaiting a reply from the county in regards to the Anderson annexa- tion and widening of Kelsey Street. David L. Woodard, one of three persons ar- The Monroe Men's Slow Pitch League has rested during a January 25 vandalism incident A WB C8//S for S[8// Off SCh00/ 78Z /SSY8 planned a tournament this weekend with pro- at the Wayside Chapel on Highway 2 between ceeds being earmarked for the Monroe Youth Monroe and Sultan, has been order to pay res- A hletic Association program, titution according to Larry Durocher oftheSno- "A long hard look at the totality of K-12 education must be made before new or higher taxes are even considered, let alone passed," Association of Washington Business President C. David Gordon said. He was speaking on behalf of the AWB Ex- ecutive Committee which had reaffirmed its stance at a meeting in Seattle on Friday, fav- oring a balanced state budget using existing revenues. The committee formulated several recom- mendations concerning the financing of public schools. "The State Constitution is vague concerning state responsibilities with regard to public ed- ucation," Gordon said. "These responsibili- ties should be defined. The Legislature must decide what basic education is before they set out to fund it.'' He suggested a renew of one-sided teach- er tenure laws and the establishment of a pro- bationary period of perhaps five years for new teachers. "We also need to limit the scope of teacher authority; to shift the balance of power from the teacher unions back to the duly-elected district school boards," Gordon said. The teacher negoti 'ttons law should be lim- ited to wages, hours and working conditions, excluding educational policy, text book selec- tion and other matters that should be vested with the district board of directors. Gordon called for a method of determining accountability in education. "We're spending hundreds of millions of dollars tfi this state for education, but too many kids are beinggrad- uated who can't read or write adequately. The taxpayers want to know why and they want it (Continued on pg. 3) Called the "Chuck Barnett Memorial Tourn- ament" in memory of Mr. Barnett who died recently in a Seattle autombbile accident and had been quite active in youth activities here, the two day affair is set for May 3 and 4. Team entry fees as well as proceeds from concession booths are slated to be turned over to the MYAA. Eight teams are scheduled to participate in the round robin double elimination event, with games scheduled at the middle school and new high school baseball complex. Participating squads include the Monroe Mer- chants, Shinoda Floral, Rainbow Tavern, Black- stock Masonry, Keg 'n Cue Tavern, Chopping Block Tavern, Sky Valley Merchants and the Silver Dollar Tavern. There will be no admission fee to view any of the action and the public is invited to attend. homish County Prosecuters office. Woodard, 18, 13013 Sunnyside N., Seattle, has been assigned to a three year diversionprogram and required to attend alcoholism classes, Dur- ocher added. Two others arrested with Woodard, Herbert A. Sherman, 20, 1711 8th NE., Seattle; and Don- aid G. Sheff, 18, 12526 2nd NE. Seattle, for- feited bail on illegal consumption citations, it was reported earlier. An estimated $2,500 damage was done to the small chapel last January when a car rammed it and windows and furnishings were broken. The three were arrested by Washington State Pat- rolmen and Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies at the scene. Following are cor- rected phone numbers that were inadvertent- ly listed wrong in last week's issue of the 1975 Skykomtsh Valley Business Directory. Skykomish Police, 677-2313; Skykomish Fire, 677-2222; Holi- day Inn, 794-7196; Circle S Realty, 743- 1677; Smitty's Speedy Service, 794-7168. THE MONROE Lions Club celebrated its 25th anniversary during a banquet and ceremonies at the Holiday Inn last Thursday evening. Several charter members were hon- ored during the evenings affair and new officers the com- ing year were installed. From left are Roger Richert, District President and Jim Spada, zone chairman, who helped conduct the installation ceremonies. New Mon- roe officers include A1 Skarberg, Harold Bakken, Joe Redfleld, Earl Conway, Vern Klotzbuecher, Bill Smith, Bert Spada, A1 Nolan, president, and Bob Pollack. --Staff Photo Registration for next year's kindergarten classes in the Monroe School District has been scheduled. Registration will be conducted at Frank Wagner Elementary on May 5 and 6 and at Maltby Elementary School on May 7. On May 5, the registration eriod will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.; on May 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. only and on May 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to3p.m. In addition to regis- tration, children will be given a vision creening test. Youngsters hould be five years old prior to November 1 and par- ents should provide proof of birthdate as well as a record of immunizations. Par- ents will also be re- quired to supply two names and phone num- bers to use for emer- gency purposes. Brings you Low, Low Prices on Fresh-/Veat, Stock up Now at These Low, Low Prices. Fresh Wash. Grown Grade A Whole Body lb. Grade AA doz Full lb. O8 Red, Ripe Salad Size lb. Prices Effective Now Thru May 4 825" Avenue "D" Snohomlsh Hours: Daily I0-7 Fri. 10-8 Sat. 10-6 Sun., 12-5 |