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V, G Thomas 1%6o Aw sE zl/? Monl e 11/'72 13/73 1]./'74 il ul II MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURSDAY,July 31, 1975 NO.29 911 -- That's the number to dial in case of a fire emergency in Monroe or Fire District #3. 911 -- That's the number to dial for Monroe Police Assistance. 911 -- That's the number to dial to summons a Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy 911 -- That's the number to dial to re- quest aid from Doctor's Ambulance Ser- vice. Beginning midnight, August 1, 911 will be the number to call for help for tele- phone customers in the Monroe and Sno- homish areas who have 794 or 568 pre- fixes. Arrangements for the new three digit emergency phone number were made through joint cooperation of General Tele- phone ComPany of the Northwest and SNO- PAC, the Snohomish County central emer- gency dispatch center, Monroe Fire Chief Jim Crawford, a member of the SNOPAC board of directors, explained. SNOPAC officials and telephone com- pany representatives have been working for some time coordinating equipment and personnel requirements for the sys- tem which will handle all emergency calls from the Monroe and Snohomish tele- phone exchanges, Crawford said. The 911 system was established to coinside with the issuance of new telephone directories. Under the plan, 794 and 568 telephone customers will be able to dial 911 and be directed to a central reporting center which will dispatch the appropriate public safety agency required for the situation. Crawford pointed out that it will be important for persons who are reporting an emergency to provide all the pertin- ent information, such as their name, num- bered street address, city, phone number and nature of emergency. The Snohomish County PUD in coopera- tion with the Snohomish County Engineer- ing department is presently in the process of assigning numbered street addresses to all rural areas, Crawford said. In the near future, those living on a rural postal route will be notified of a new numbered street address designation. It will appear on the left stub of the PUD bill, he noted. "One of the advantages of the plan is that 911 is easy to remember and shifts the burden of knowing which agency to call from the public to trained operators to dispatch the appropriate agency," Steve Wicks, acting director of SNOPAC said. Crawford added that the old emergency number, 794-4211, would be phased out over a period of time, however operators would continue to answer it. Calls to the Washington State Patrol should still be directed to the Everett office at 259-8585, although SNOPAC has a direct line hook-up with the WSP com- munications center. Monroe and Snohomish now join South Snohomish County and Everett on the 911 emergency phone system. A complex issue effecttng the long-range future of the valleys was unraveled during a luncheon meeting in Sultan Monday. The issue involves the designation (Alpine Lakes Region), of a wilderness area in the Cascade mountain range roughly between Stev- ens Pass and Snoqualmte Pass extending as far west as Grotto, Baring and Index. The long-range future Is pure economics, or in some wilderness proposals, the erosion of the valleys economy. The ladies auxiliary of the Sultan Chapter, Washington Log Truckers Association, aired three pending pieces of legislation currently considered in Congress. 3978, sponsored by the Alpine Lakes Coalition, representing recreation and resource interests, call for establishment of an Alpine NEIL BOWMAN, from the Snohomtsh- Seattle mill uses a map to illustrate how much land is already restricted to the timber industry in this state. --Staff Photo "We're sort of in a standby situation as far convened in Olympia to discuss the schoolfund- as our upcoming school program offering is lng situation, however, no dectstons were made. concerned," Monroe School District Superin- Thus, Monroe, along with many other school tendent Royston Cottam said following the lack districts does not know if or how much money of additional state school financial support. As special school levies throughout the state, including Monroe's, were defeated at the polls this Spring, school officials and the public turned to Olympia for financial relief. The state legis- lature responded with a $65 million school aid it will gain from the state for education. "The board determined what reductions would be made if the levies fatIed and established a program restoration schedule should additional funds be made available," Cottam explained. "But it is sort of hard to make any final their merits. No single use would be established as dominant throughout the area. A proposal by Forest Service, its number is pending, calls for an Alpine Lakes Wilderness containing about 290,000 acres plus 80,000 more acres to be added to the wilderness if inter- mingled private lands are acquired. A Mt. In- dex Scenic Area and a Tumwater Canyon Scenic area are also proposed. They would total an- other 24,000 acres and the remaining portion of the Alpine Lakes region would be managed under multiple use management concepts. HR 3877, supported by the preservattonts' organizations, such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and others, seek a single com- blned Alpine Lakes Wilderness of 575,000 acres contained within a 1,025,000 acre National Rec- reation Area. On hand for the discussion was a delegation of six ladies from the Leavenworth area, sup- porting the A1plne Lakes Coalition; Nell Bow- man, representing the Seattle-Snohomish Mill and Dave Crocker, a Burlington Northern for- ester. Congressional Hearings... Congressional committee hearings have re- cently been completed on the topic, one in Seat- tle and the other, most recently in Wenatchee. Spokesmen from Leavenworth explained that once an area is declared a wilderness, it is closed_to all future development such as forest- atlon, timber, industry and the llke and in some cases even recreattonalists and environmental- Ists. Those at Monday's meeting were concerned because of the possible adverse economic bear- Ings an overly large wilderness designation would create on the area. In fact some were infuriated as the discus- sion carried on. "You mean to tell me that my husband's $50,000 logging truck can be idled Just so some hippies from Seattle can go hiking? That's ridiculous," one lady exclaimed. Since a wilderness area would prohibit log- ging,it would also ellminate the land from the public tax polls. As the Sierra Club plan means a slow and eventual death to the lumber industry in Wash- Ington State, valley loggers are virtually fighting for their lives. And they have good reason to be worried it appears. HR 3978, The Alpine Lakes Coalition plan, would mean a loss of 409 Jobs and would reduce the timber productivity of the region by about Lakes Wilderness containing 172,000 acres and I0 per cent. Enchantment Wilderness of 44,000 acres. The The Forest Service proposal sacrifices 650 Jobs, and would cut productivity by about 25 surrounding area within the Alpine Lakes Re- gion would be managed under a multiple use planning concept with resource use based on per cent. Meanwhile, the Sierra Club plan, HR 3877, calls fol' a loss of 3,100 Jobs and cuts productive capacity by 80 per cent. Should the Sierra Club plan be adopted by e Forces_ WS rm Army Reserve Lieu- tenant Colonel Charles D. Wlcklzer of Mon- roe, attened a week- long conference at the U.S. Military Aca- demy, West Point, New York, recently. The conference pre- pares selected Re- Force. The Airmen departed for six weeks of basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. After completion of basic training, they will at- tend technical schools in the mechanical car- eer field. program for the coming year, but it was vetoed decisions when the situation is liable to change." serve officers to serve by Governor Dan Evans. Cottam figured the local district would receive as liaison officers for Larry is the son of During the July 18 weekend, legislators re- approximately $160,000 as its share of the $65 the Military Academy Mrs. Ellen M. Ledford of 307 E. llth, Sno- million funding bill and an additional $50,000in their hometown homish, WA. Arnold ts under a three per cent apportionment increase areas. Y th Att k for a total of about $210,000. He and hls wife, the son of Mr. andMrs. O U ( He figured that would be enough to replace Trudt, live on Route Arnold H. Carter of 505 W. Main, Monroe, about one hal of the proposed program cutbacks, 2. h4 Li. ". ,, ,rmeo OU nl'o in minations. "The funds could be used for any director of vocational 1975 graduates of Mon- number of things, but that decision would be up education for Monroe roe High School. The Monroe Youth Center Camping Club yen- to the hoard," Cottam said. Public Schools. tured into the flora and fauna of the Big FourIn the meantime, the board has rescheduled * * * Ice Caves in the Mt. Baker National Forest its August 4 meeting to August 18. * * * Navy Radtoman Sec- / the weekend of July 18% "There hasn't been any firm indication that Airman Daniel L. ond Class Roy Valen- It was not all fun and excitement for eight the legislature will meet again before school Colltns has enllsted in glne, son of Mr. and youths and three adult leaders of the Camping begins. If they do and action is taken, we'll the United States Air Mrs. George Valen- A MEMBER OF the Leavenworth de- Club. The group spent 55 hours picking up have to make some rapid decisions, if not, Force delayed entry tlne Jr., Route2, Mon- legation pointed out what the Alpine other people's litter, we'll have to implement our cutback plans," program, roe, has been awarded Lakes Wilderness proposal entailed, According to volunteer-advisor Don Thomas, Cottam said. On September 4, 1975 a Certificate of Ap- noting that it included Baring, Grotto "We were setting up camp when the ranger's Either way, the school board is sort of in a Dante1 will depart forpreclatlon while serv- and Index. aide came, who happened to be Marty (Brown) standby situation, six weeks of basic Ing at the Naval Com- Erickson from Monroe." training at Lackland, munlcattons Station, "During our conversation, she said a lot of AFB, Texas. After Honolulu. the Federal subcommittee, the impact on the people pick up litter as a volunteer effort to completion of basic economy would be crlppling. Not only would clean up for the forest, due to the lack of money A bid was awarded to hose, nozzels and training the Airman He was cited for out-thousands of people be Jobless, but if the land and manpower to keep the forest clean, Thomas purchase a new fire other gear. He said will remain at Lack- standing performance were to be withdrawn it would no longer be tax- said. truck for the Monroe cost of the truck willland AFB for an ad- of duty, in November able, a big blow to hospitals and schools, which At first some of the kids were reluctant Fire Department dur- be split 50 - 50 be- dlttonal 10 weeks for1974, while helping depend on those taxes to contlnue operating. The about the idea. As thefewgroup stopped at the Coal tng a continued Mon- tween the city and Fire the Air Force law en- provide communtca- loss of this tax revenue would mean an increase Lake viewpoint, a looked out over some of roe City Council meet-District #3. forcement course, tlons support for thein taxes, bad enough in itself, but those who the most beautiful country in the world, but they Ing late Monday after- Airman Co111ns is theCommander in Chief, would be unemployed, impossible llve with. weren't too happy with what they saw, Thomasnoon, Fire Chief Jim Two volunteers, Don son of Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Pacific Fleet. Superintendent of Sultan Schools George Car- said. An assortment of beer cans, pop tabs, Crawford said. Holcomb and Doug Jo- Robert B. Collins, of - berry noted that since there is very little In- oll cans, disposable diapers and mlscellaneous The $69,670 bid was hannsen, will accom- RoUte 2, Box 323, Sno- Valentine contrlbut- dustry in the valley to begin with. loss of ad- dgarbage marred thelandscape. At that, theyouths awarded to Western pany CrawfordtoC1in- homlsh, WA and is a ed to the ttmely and ac- dltlonal taxes would really hurt the school sys- eclared war on litter. State Fire Apparatus tonville, Wisconsin to1975 graduate of Moo-curate delivery of 52tern. The youngsters collected four cansofgarbage Company, Cornelius, drive the truck chas- roe High School. messages forthecom- as they cleaned up around Coal Lake, the view- Oregon. A second bid, sis to Oregon, some- mander in chief, who point and the trail to the Ice Caves twice, for $80,991, was re- time in the near rut- * * * was embarked aboard Timber-Biggest Industry A special forest service patch was presentedcetved from American ure. Airmen Larry E. an aircraft at the time. to each member of the clean-up team including LaFrance Company. The new 1,250 gpm Charles and Arnold H. The timber industry is the biggest industryin Dave Casey, Joe Kosters, Craig Maddex, Tony Crawford said the pumper should be Carter, Jr. have en- A 1967 graduate of the state. Bowman also potnted out however, that Setwert, Vtnce DIMaggto, Stacy McCoy, Elaineprice was for a corn- completed shortly listed in the guaran- SkTkomtsh High Washington State already has a vast amount of Holdcroft, Bob Hendy, Bill Kyperos, Gloria plete truck, including after the first of the teed buddy system in School, he Joined the Hopkins and Don Thomas. all fixtures, such as year, Crawford said. the United States Air Navy in March 1969. (Continued On Page 3)