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},ior, 5iztorical Society oe , 9@272 8/77 Class of 1927 Hans Reunion The Monroe High School class of 1927 is plannin.g a 50 year anniversary reumon to be held in Monroe on Satur- day, July 16. The class would like infor- mation on the whereabouts of Dana Cowell; the only graduate whose address we do not have. Those who attended school with this class but for some reason did not graduate with the class are also urged to attend. Information regarding Dana Cowell or those listed below could be phoned to George Felix. 334-3746, Gladys Sla- dek Sanders, 522-0090 or mailed to Amy Austin Beav- ers, Route 1, Box 208A, "- ./ Monroe, 98272. They are: Marvin Weston. Clarence Hysom, Helen Louden, Ar- letta Hocum, Walter Phelps, Wayne Nelson, Clinton McCormick, Elsie Jacobson. 2 COORDINATION HEPS--Stu- dents at Frank Wagner Elementary spent most of the day last Thursday falling down...and getting back up...all in the name of physcial fitness. Students from each grade participated in 10 events, including the three-legged race, above. Here, students in Robert Carpenter's class headed for the finish line. Mapping the future growth of the Monroe area is some- what like gazing into a crystal ball--and a cloudy one at that. But the Monroe Planning Commission is currently conducting a planning study to update the city's compre- hensive land use plan which may determine future develop- ment of the area. Through a joint effort of the planning commission, a citizen task force and the Snohomish County Planning Department. the planning study will be an ongoing project for the next six months, according to Dr. Robert Wilcox, planning commission chairman. "We think the presnt comprehensive plan, completed in 1968, is in need of a little updating," Wilcox said. "The study is just a part of that process." Wilcox said there are many deficiencies in the existing plan which create a lot more paper work than planned growth and "we would at least like to clean some of them up." As an example, Wilcox cited the annexation request of Valley General Hospital. Under existing zoning codes, each new parcel of property to be annexed to the city must "come in" as a residential dwelling of not more than 9,600 square feet. Existing dwellings or structures not in conformity with the zoning codes must get a variance or conditional use permit and go through a lengthy series of meetings with the planning commission, the county boundary review board and the city council. Wilcox said the process would be much simpler if the annexations could come into the city already zoned for the existing uses. Members of the plannin.g commission and volunteers will distribute a public opinion questionnaire concerning community development issues during the next several weeks in an effort to involve residents in the planning study. Because Monroe may some day expand to include areas not presently in the city limits, the questionnaires will also poll residents living outside the city within a radius of one half mile to a mile from the city limits. Residents who live outside the city limits may pick up the questionnaires at the Monroe City Hall or the Monroe Public Library. Wilcox said the planning commission would also like to see some form of citizens task force or advisory committee be established. "We want to get all of the citizen Input that's available," he said, "and we're asking people to prepare themselves to contribute their Ideas on what things they want to keep and what thIngs they want to get rid of In the present comprehensive plan." When the study is completed, the planning commission will develop a recommended plan which will be reviewed by the Monroe City Council for possible adoption, following a formal hearing by the Planning Commission. r In Washington State Reformatory officials are seeking ways effects of social pressure to put more felons behind bars, to deal with a growing population--the largest in the rather than place themonparole. Courts areless inclined to institution's history--during a predicted increase of 100 or put felons convicted of crimes against persons or property more felons this summer, on probation, he said. According to Dick Bosse, associate superintendent of For the first time, the number of felons in Washington treatment, prison officials expect an increase of about 30 prisons has topped 3,000, Bosse said, indicative of the residents per month throughout the summer. Currently, trend. some 871 convicts occupy the facility which was designed to safely hold 635. With an additional 100 men, reformatory officials are hoping to make it through a long, hot summer. "Our population is really higher than the 871 men we have here...some are out on a court order, others are on fur-'s impossible to predict just how many we could The associate superintendent was hesitant to predict whether overflow conditions could cause flare-ups this summer similar to those which resulted in last winter's lockup, but said summer is traditionally the time when tempers flare and problems arise. end up with by the end of the sammer," Bossesaid. Bills Will Include The overcrowding has already been listed as one reason for disturbancesandaweeklonglockupearlierthisyear Consumer Report Card and lack of recreational activities in the hot summer could cause more tensions, Bosse said. "It (overcrowdIng) will have an impact In the recreation Snohomish County PUD is adding some new billing infor- area, as well as In the food and kitchen areas," the mation as a public service to assist customers in their as aelate supe,dntendent said. _ , , . efforts to curtail their individual use of electricity. Effective The prisoner s dining hall can accommodate only aoout immediately PUD bills will include information comparing 400 men at one time. Each time the 400 number doubles or current electric usage with usage from a similar period a goes above that, additional arrangements must be made for year ago. The percentage of individual usage change will also be included. This will allow customers to determine staggering meals, he said. Whether the reformatory will receive additional guards how individual actions affect electrical consumption and and staff to handle the felon boom is up to the State Legislature, but until then, the reformatory administration is looking for more jobs for the prisoners. Bosse said there are about 550-600 jobs available within the reformatory system, and those who are not able to get assigned are the root of a lot of problems. To relieve the overcrowding, the administration is looking for good parole prospects and seeking to place inmates in forestry camps. Bosse said most of the nation's prisons are feeling the Meeting Final how seasonal trends affect usage. Customers will also be able to compare their individual conservation efforts with local and regional conservation statistics. The PUD emphasized that they are not monitoring individ- ual electric consumption and that the information is, provided for customer information only. A customer must have had electric service at their present location for one year before the information will appear on their bill. A card describing the new information will be included with all customers' next electric bill. Tips on how to read an electric meter to help keep tabs on daily usage are also included. Additional copies of the information card are available at all PUD offices. June 20 Raft Race Date The final proposal for a transit system in the Monroe are; Set by Jaycees will be available for review by citizens from 7:30 - 9:3 p.m., Monday June 20 at the East County Senior Center. The annual Jaycee Skykom- The plan, a compilation of earlier citizen input and the ish River raft race will be planning staff on the Snohomish County Public Transporta- held a bit earlier in the sum- tion Benefit Area Corporation outlines the routes the big, mer this year, according to blue buses will operate on and the probable locations for Ron Wagner, race chairman. shelters and bus stops. - This year's race will begin Citizens wishing to seek added service, changes in the at Sultan's Sportsmens Park route, or comments and questions regarding the rate on Sunday, July 31. No start- structure are urged to attend the meeting, according to Ed ing time has been establish- Howell, SCPTBA public information officer. . o ed, but entrants are asked to Under the proposal, the buses would enter Monroe from begin working on their rafts Snohomish on,Highway 2, turn left on Valley View Rd. to its now, said Bill Kypreos, intersection with Main St. and follow Main St, through Monroe Jaycees. downtown Monroe to S. Ann St. At Ann St., the buses will There will be five divisions turn left and continue on Highway 2 to Main St., and of craft this year: canoes- reverse the route back to Snohomish, Howell said. ' . kayaks; fixed oars poles and The buses would operate on a two hour schedule from 7 paddles (rafts); commercial a.m. to 7 p.m., with no Sunday service. Fares womo range hull and ms. canoes-kayaks. from 20 cents for service within Monroe, .30 cents to Each division will be com- Snohomish, 40 cents to Everett, 50 cents to Marysville and peting for three trophies as 60 cents to Aurora Village. well as trophies for most Seniors, students and children would pay half fare. original and best design. When a final plan is approved, residents of the nine Prizes will be provided by affected precincts must petition to have the three-tenths of an Everett radio station. one per cent sales tax operating subsidy placed on the November General Election. If the special levy is approCed by a simple majority, the buses could be running after the first of next year, Howell said. VOL. 79 NO. 23 MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA 98272 - THURS., JUNE 16, 1977 Newsstand Price 20~ Burglars have entered three of the four public schools in Monroe in the past several weeks, costing the school district approximately $70 in lost equipment and damages, according to Monroe Police reports. Two slightly built white males were seen leaving the portables behind Central Elementary on June 4. Officer Mark Wakefield responded to the burglary in progress, but the suspects had fled. An estimated $5 damage was sustained by the portable Monroe Man Names Bus It was an afterthought, but Bill Skorick sort of likes the name "Sam.' ' Skorick had already made his selections for the Snohomish County transit system's "name that bus" contest, but at the last minute decided to add Sam (for Snohomish Area Metro). It was not his first choice. Out of more than 2,000 entries, a panel of three judges liked Skorick's last idea best of all, and Skorick, of Plainview Place, has a new color television set to show for Check Your Local .36th. Street itCouniy transit board members will make the final decision, but someday, Skorick may just ride to the Monroe Safeway, where he works, on a blue bus named "Sam." We Cut Wire, Pipe and Prices, Line Repairs Cause Outage BUS NAMER--BillSko Ck of Mon: .... entry in the tran, sii corporation's A power outage in Monroe roe, accepts a new color television name the bus ,,cntest" Skorick last Friday was caused by a from Ed Howell, marketing directorsaid the name, Sam [for Sno- shutdown of transmission between Chelan and thisfor the Snohomish County Public homish Area Metro] was submitted area while Puget Power Transit Benefit Area Corporation with several others as an after- crews repaired the lines, ac- after Skorick submitted the winning thought. " cording to Swede Johnson, PUD engineer. Electrical power was inter- rupted for about one half Library Announces hour Friday morning. The current was restored Bookmobile Route when PUD crews switched to another feeder station. The Sno-Isle Regional Li- brary has announced the Summer Bookmobile sched- St. Mary's Parish ule which began June 13 for the Monroe-Sultan-Index area. Monday, June 27: D.W. Eddy's, 127th SE, 9:30 to 9:50. 17905 Trombley Rd., 10:25 to 10:45. Street Plan, Sales Tax On Short Council Agenda Adoption of a six year comprehensive street plan, changing the apportionment of sales tax revenues and an extension of construction on the new secondary sewage treatment plant were the major agenda items during last Wednesday's Monroe City Council meeting. The council approved the street plan after a public hearing. The plan calls for two projects in 1978, totalling $14,700. Morns St. from Main to Pike will be resurfaced for a cost of $8,700 and the surface of Fremont St. between Lewis and Ferry St. will be repaired at a cost of $6,000. The city treasurer requested a change in the apportion- ment of city sales tax, which the council approved. Index Post Office, 11:30 to Formerly, 75 per cent went into the building and land 11:55. acquisition fund. The treasurer asked for a 50-50 split between the two Startup, 368th Ave SE, 1:15 funds because while the current expense fund is presently to 1:45, ...... a E. Lentz', 124th St. SE healthy, the land acqmsltlon and braiding fund could use (Crossroads) at Sultan-Basin little beefing up." Hwy., 1:55 to 2:15. 133rd St. SE & 209th Ave. SE, 2:35 to 3:00 All Bookmobile visits are made at two week intervals. For further information, call 659-8447 or 259.9151. In another matter, the council approved an extension request by the Will Construction Co. of Seattle for work on the sewage treatment plant. Representatives of Will Construction said the extra time is needed to complete final work in meeting Environmental Protection Agency require- ments. The construction will finish on June 24. Hosts Golf Tourney St. Mary's Parish golf tournament attracted some 55 participants last weekend, according to Paul Berndt, chairman of the annual event. Monroe High School golf team leader Chris Wickizer walked away with the tourn- ament trophy for his 32 stroke game. Winning din- ners for two atv local res- taurants were Jim Marlow and Phil Galluzzo Sr. The long-drive contest was won by Ken and Toni Dally, Berndt said. doorway after the subjects pried it open. Nothing w&s taken in the break-in. In another incident that same weekend, a tape recorder and 15 tapes were taken from a portable behind the Monroe Middle School. The items were valued at $65. A custodian reported the portable had been locked Friday night, and upon his return Monday morning, noticed the items missing. No signs of entry were noticed, the report states. The following weekend, June 12, Officer Charles Myers apprehended five juveniles who were seen leaving the rear door of a building at the new high school at 179th and Main StThe-- juveniles gained entry through an open door. Nothing was apparently taken in the entry. They were released to their parents later, according to the report. mlna ons Monroe players dominated the picks in selection of a Northwest AA League all-star baseball team, placing five on the ll-man squad. Catcher Joe Dickinson polled the most votes in the balloting. He will be joined by teammates, pitchers Dan Gilbert and Pete Vanderweyst, outfielder Steve Dickinson and second baseman Jeff Larson. Also named to the all-star team were four Lake Stevens players: third baseman Mike Oliver, shortstop Ron Blacken, pitcher Rodger Anderson and outfielder Curt Miller. Stanwood catcher Don Parrish and Ed Smith, Arlington third baseman, were tabbed from their schools. Players are chosen to the squad without regard to position. Monroe finished second this season in NWAA play, with a 4-2 record. Of Drowning Victim Reeovered Near Gold Bar The body of a 31-year-old Seattle man who drowned in a rafting accident in-the Skykomish River near Index last Tuesday was recovered Wednesday morning by Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies. The man, identified as Alan McClain of Seattle, and his brother, Charles, 28, also of Seattle, were floating on the Skykomish Tuesday evening when they swamped about one mile west of Index. Charles McClain was able to swim to shore and hiked to Index to notify sheriff's deputies of the accident. Snohomish County Search and Rescue teams combed the shoreline while a sheriff" s helicopter was dispatched to look for the missing man. The body was spotted early Wednesday morning in shallow water near Gold Bar, about six miles downstream from where the two men's rafts swamped. [ Help Us Celebrate We're decorating the banit and dressing up in "on the farm" fashions all week, June 20th-24th. And on Friday, you're invited to come in for FREE cookies and milk donated by the Sno-King Dairy. Be sure to stop in and see usl MEMBER FDIC ~*e*ee~e~ee BANK OF: EVERETT ". .... ." 794 - 7611