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RIVER MEETING--The Monroe PUD Auditor- ium was standing room only Friday evening as property owners, sportsmen and interested valley residents attended a meeting on proposed legis- lation which would designate a section ql'" the Skykomish River above Sultan as a scenic river. Reps. Paul Shinoda of this district and Don Charnley of Seattle, sponsor of the house version, explained the purpose of the bills and answered audience questions. : :: Comment:., i ! : Game Commission to " ......................... " ............................. Possible Moose Hunt, :relative to Scenic Rivers, i junked, deep.sixed! Deer and Elk : The State Legislature hasn The State Game Commission will set statewide deer and here sufficient ~ elk hunting seasons when it meets in East Wenatchee May "P n zslatto .. Furthermore, 16. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Eddie Mays Inn. pure and simple, The commission will also decide whether to approve the SO. much more state's first moose hunt at this meeting. Last month in gHng. ~i~i~z~z~:~:~i~i~.~.~:~.z~.~..~ .... Olympia, the commission instructed the department's Both: bills:"...... are ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::: game management division to set up a framework for the era :ton of citizen input ::. month.seasn but l~Ut off its final decision on the matter until this : ght of day, :: :::::~ .%:~:i:.:::~.::::::~::::~.~:~::::.~:::::::~- The proposed season would be from Sept. 3 to Nov. 30, for three either-sex permits, in northern Pend Oreille County. it. deserves, ...... ..... , .......... Comeon senators, Families Learn Japanese For Exchange Program Members of between 30 to 40 i~ouseholds in the Monroe area are taking classes in instructional Japanese in prepara- tion for a visit this summer by a group of Japanese students. Some 35 to 40 Japanese youths between the ages of 12 and 16 will begin a month-long visit to host families in the Monroe area July 25, according to Mrs. Charles (Trude) Wickizer. The students will spend approximately three hours per day in English classes and will spend the rest of the day with their American hosts, learning American customs and culture, Mrs. Wickizer said. The classes, taught by Everett Community College foreign language instructor Noriko Kakiuchi, are held on Thursday evenings in the Monroe High School lecture room. The par- ticipants learn basic conversational Japanese and view films on Japanese culture in order to better understand (Continued on page 3) A drawing would take place in Olympia and the permits would be granted on a once-per-lifetime basis. In another "first" for the state, the game management division will propose a permit-only elk season in Grant Countv. For several years, elk from the Colockum Wildlife Rec- creation Area in Kittitas and Chelan Counties have been ........................... .: swimming the Columbia River during the winter and causing damage in Grant County farmlands. Game manag- ers have tried both herding and trapping the elk to deal with the problem, but have found no satisfactory solution. So this year the game management division has proposed an experimental hunting season on elk that ford the river into Grant and Douglas Counties. During the early part of the season, the hunting area would be restricted to a small area alongside the Columbia River. Later, the season would open up to include all of Grant and Douglas Counties. At this month's meeting the Game Commission will also set seasons and bag limits for blue, ruffed and spruce grouse and rabbits; an early chukar, red-leg and Hungarian partridge season; a falconry season; and an archery and muzzle-loading season for deer and elk. Recommendations for this year are much like last year's, according to game management division chief E. Reade Brown. Chamber Dinner To Honor Early Fair Board Members The Monroe Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a no-host dinner honoring Monroe's early fair board members at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 in the IOOF Hall, S. Lewis St. All service organizations and citizens are invited to attend. Dinner tickets are $5 and reservations can be made through the Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 38, Monroe; or by calling Adrian Taylor, 794-6746, or Storrs Clough, 794-7101. Please note the event has been rescheduled to the May 17 date. Seniors' Buses Halted By Insurance Rate Flap Administrators at the East County Senior Center in Monroe are puzzled over what to do about getting the center's two mini-buses back into service~ after increased insurance rates forced them off the road. There are six of the mini-buses, designed to carry 12-15 passengers, in the county's senior centers. All have been idle for the last month because insurance rates have tripled in the last year, according to Lee Newby, Monroe center administrator. "We really don't know what to do about it. We're running private cars now, but that only brings half of oar normal group," she said. "This really shoots down oar whole pro- gram. Mrs. Newby said field trips to Victoria, B,C., county parks, as well as passenger pick-up service in Snohomish and up the valley, have been cancelled. Senior Services of Snohomish County insured the buses until last year, Mrs. Newby said, when the costs became too high and the county took over insurance of the buses. At that time, title to the buses was transfered to the county, But in the past year, the cost of insuring one of the buses (Continued on page 3) Remember the cup of coffee? Would you believe... lb. tax included while supply lasts With cash purchase of either a I year new or renewal * Limit 1 lb. coffee per subscriber or family while supply lasts :, Offer ood 1-5 p.m. Friday May 13 . sorry, no mail or phone orders unless other arrange- ments are made with the publishers Safeway Stores Monroe Shopping Center Smitty's Speedy Service U.S. Hwy. 2, Monroe Larry's Food Store E. Main St., Monroe il II I A group of about 65 persons jammed into the Monroe PUD Auditorium Friday evening to learn more about proposed legislation which seeks to preserve the Skykomish River "in as natural a condition as practical" and discourage overuse of the river system. Two bills relating to the creation of a scenic rivers act--House Bill 1191 and Senate Bill 3002--are currently being considered by the Legislature. Rep. Don Charnley, the bill's sponsor, and Rep. Paul Shinoda of this district, were on hand to explain the purpose of the bills and field questions from the audience. Rep. Art Clemente of this district did not attend the meet- ing. Several groups, including Seattle residents who own property in the Gold Bar-Index area, voiced apprehension to the plan, which establishes a program for managing publicly owned land. Questions on private owners' property rights were repeatedly asked. According to Charnely, the senate bill is more likely to pass than his version, which was read for the first time in the house Feb. 17, 1977. The original version placed manageme~at of the act in the hands of the State Department of Game. The senate version would place that responsibility with the State Parks and Recreation Com- mission. Under the proposed legislation, the parks and recreation department would develop management policies for protec- tion of all facets of the river system, including the economic, recreational, scenic, fish and game and scientific features. All policies would be subject to a vote of represen- tatives of each local government associated with the river, said the Seattle Democrat. One provision states: "Where excessively heavy recrea- tional use of any river in the system threatens to affect significantly such features, the management plans may in- clude previsions for limiting such recreational use." The bill would only affect publicly owned lands, Charnley repreatedly stressed, and would only pertain to private lands if the property owner agreed to sell, lease or donate at, easement to the state. "A river is everybody's property," said the representa- tive, responding to queries of rivedrent property owners, "It belongs to everyone in this state. But there is nothing in this act to force the private property owner to do anything he doesn't want to do." "This act will tie together the dreams and desires of many segments of oar state," he predicted. The act contains language which prohibits the use of em- inent domain (condemnation proceedings for acquisitions of private land easements) and does not force the private property owner to sell if he chooses not to, Charnley said. The initial scenic river designation applies only to that portion north and south forks of the Skykomish above its junction with the Sultan River near Sultan, and the Beckler and Tye rivers. Some $32,000 would be appropriated for initial studies and establishing the committee of participating agencies. The committee would include representatives of the depart- ments of ecology, fisheries, game, natural resources, high- ways, the inter-agency committee for outdoor recreation, the Washington State Association of Counties, the Association of Washington Cities and the parks and recrea- tion commission. Members of local governments would (Continued on page 3) il Voters in the Monroe School District Tues- day validated, but failed to pass, a $662,255 maintenance and operation levy request. It was the second and final of a school levy in the Monroe district this year, signalling severe cuts in the schools' programs. The final unofficial tally showed 899 cast "yes" votes, or 55.3 per cent of the total bal- lots. Some 724 cast "no" votes. With the levy defeat, school district admini- strators estimate a $366,000 deficit in next year's budget, which will be reduced by not rehirlncj some 15 teachers, cutting back on or- ders of books and supplies, and cleaning some schools only once a week. VOL. 79 NO. 18 MONROE, SNOHOM1SH COUNTY. WA 98272 - THURS., MAY 12, 1977 Newsstand Price 20 A temporary ambulance service in eastern Snohomish County was operating Monday under a lease agreement between Snohomish County Hospital District No. 1 (Valley General Hospital) and Doctors Ambulance Co. of Snohom- ish. Four emergency medical technicians were hired last week to staff the ambulance service on a 24-hour basis under provisions of the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. Operating revenues will be used to fund the lease agreement with the Snohomish ambulance firm, according to Lane Savitch, administrative assistant at Valley General. But Savitch emphasized the ambulance service is only temporary, since the federal funding is designed for short-term employment. "This is only a temporary ambulance operation," he said, "We really need to pass a special maintenance and operation levy this September for the eastern portion of the county to have adequate ambulance service." Cities and towns along the Skykomish in this part of the county have been without the services of an ambulance operation since Doctors went out of business, citing lack of sufficient patient load, the first of this year. Since then, fire department aid units have been pressed into service to transport patients, although their primary function is to provide first aid and stabilize patients for transport by regulation ambulances. Savitch said half of the estimated $8,000 necessary to place the ambulance levy on the September ballot has been raised by local service clubs. A similar levy in November failed by a slim margin of 26 votes. The ambulance, supervised by Doctors Ambulance Co. Vice-President Mike Poier, will be stationed at the hospital between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and at Mac's Towing in Snohomish. Savitch explained that the ambulance is dispatched through the county-wide Sno-Pac system (call 911) for emergencies, or by calling Doctors Ambulance in Snohom- ish, 568-3131, for transportation. The ambulance cannot be dispatched by calling the hospital, he said. !i : MALTBY FESTIVITIES--Everyone got into the act Saturday during a square dance exhibition at Maltby Elementary's annual May Festival. The highlight of the day was a Hawaiian luau, featur- Class of '47 The Monroe High School class of 1947 is seeking the Index Sets Levy The Index School District No. 63 will submit a $35,000 maintenance and operation levy on Tuesday, May 17. The levy amount is approxi- mately $2.99 per $1,000 of assessed valuation based on true and fair value. Index and Skykomish pre- cinct voters will vote in the Index Town Hall, Index. Reunion whereabouts of several members of that class for their thirtieth year reunion, to be held Aug. 27 at the Eagles Club. If you have information concerning the following in- dividuals, please dontact Carolyn Boyes, 794-8080, or Marilyn Olson, 794-7335, evenings. Class members whose whereabouts are unknown include: Sam Stucky, Virginia An- (Continued on page 2) ing a 200 pound porker roasted over hot coals and rocks. An estimated 400-500 persons attended the festivities. airyman One of the valley's more prominent dairymen, Wilbur Eppinga, 47, of High Bridge Rd., Monroe, died May 5 in a Seattle hospital following a short illness. He was bern May 25, 1929 in the Netherlands. His family came to the Monroe area in 1956 from the Netherlands and he had been a dairy farmer all of his life. Mr. Eppinga was a member of the State and National Holstein Association. He leaves his wife, Sally, of the home; son, Ben at home; daughters Cathy at home, Wilmg of Seattle; also three brothers in the Netherlands.' No services were held at his request. Cremation with ar- rangements under the direction of Purdy and Kerr Chapel, Monroe.