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Due To Rising Food Costs?... Skyrocketing food and meat prices are apparently creating a problem in more areas than the family budget. "I would assume that due to food and meat price increases we are ex- periencing more poaching and illegal killing of wildlife than in the past," State Wildlife Agent Jerry Neal of Monroe said. Although no comparison figures have been prepared to i11ustrate the illegal wildlife toll, Neal said criminal cases and convictions throughout the county and the state show a marked increase. "It's an awful sight and pure waste to find three quarters of the remains of a doe strewn on the ground in the forest. "It's obvious when an animal has been shot, but hard to believe that someone has simply sliced off the hind quarter and left the rest to rot, ' ' Neal said. Wildlife agents have even run into a couple of black market cases where persons are killing animals and sell- ing the meat, Neal noted. A major solution to helping solve or slow down the problem, in Neal's estimation, is greater public co- operation. "Even though illegal poaching has placed a greater burden and respon- sibility on officers in the field, there has been no increase in enforcement personnel," the agent went on. "The best way to curb the situation is for local citizens and neighbors to report suspicious activity such as night shooting incidents and strange vehicles frequenting a particular back country area. "It really helps if people can get a description of the vehicle and 1 lcense number. " They should call the State Patrol and they will in turn contact one of the agents. Of course, all information is held in strict confi- dence," Neal emphasized. In addition, meetings are being scheduled with interested sportsmen. and four-wheel vehicle clubs wishing to help under the state wide civilian wildlife patrol program. Turning to court actions Neal said they have been pretty good, particul- arly so in Snohomish County. Game violation fines begin at$250 with a maximum of $1,000 and/or a year in Jail. A state legislative committee is currently discussing a statute which would revoke all hunting rights for a specified number of years forper- sons convicted of illegally killIng deer and elk. Neal concluded that it was a small minority of hunters who violate game laws, as well as cause landowner problems with trespassing and van- dalism, but, he said, hopefully good sportsmen will aid in curbtng the il- legal acts. MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.-THURS., SEPT. 13, 1973, NO. 35 For Valley Voters... Polls To Open For One Primary Race Although no local race appears on the ballot for valley communities voters will have an opportunity to travel to the polls September 18 to narrow the Snohomlsh County as- sessor field. Since Sultan, Gold Bar and Index, all fourth class towns, were not re- quired to hold candidate filings and Monroe did not have three or more persons seeking one office, a primary election was unnecessary. However, at the county level, two candidates from the democratic party filed for the assessor slot, the only county-wide position up this fall. The two are: James B. Haines, 16420 76th West, Edmonds, the ap- pointed incumbent and Nicholas C. Agostinelli, 309 Avenue G., Snohom- ish, a former Monroe resident. Haines was appointed to the post earlier this year to fill the unexpired term of the late C.L. Barlow of Marysville. Several other cities and Juris- dictions throughout the county will be casting ballots for non-partisian positions, bonds and special levy issues while valley residents only mark their choice for assessor. None of the valley municipalities will have to pay any of the election costs and all usual polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All political issues, statewide, county and local will face final de- termination during the general elec- tion November 6. ~ ~ ,~,,; All During A Busy Day WILDLIFE AGENT Bruce Smith of Everett, above, and Jerry Neal of Monroe found this evidence of a slain doe on Lords Hill, west of Monroe, while on routine patrol. The hind- quarter of the animal had been cut-off and the remains left behind. A portion of this photo was blotted out because it was too gruesome for the eyes of children. In a sense, Mrs. Leota Copstead calls the "shots" in the Monroe School District. Mrs. Copstead is nurse and acts as parttime parent and guardian for close to 2,400 students in the Mon- roe School District. The school nurse is responsible for co-ordinating immunization clinics, as well as providing teach- ers with resource materials, making home visits and setting up volunteer services with parents. She also teaches occasionally and serves on the districts health curriculum com- mittee. "The old myth about the school nurse being a band-aid dispenser has long passed. Our responsibil- ities reach far beyond that now, as stead said. Working closely with the child- ren is the most rewarding part of her Job. Sometimes I can spot things that parents miss. For instance, Imight notice that a youngster walks funny, while his parents either didn't notice or didn't bother about it because grandpa may have walked that way too. But sometimes it turns out that the child really has aproblem." Mrs. Copstead personally greets the new kindergarten pupils during (Page 3, Column 5) Fire Chiefs Meeting Gets Monroe School Board members called a special meeting for Sept- ember 20 to adopt the final budget for the 1973-74 school year, Super- intendent Royston Cottam said. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the board room on West Columbia. Cottam said final budget figures would probably not be determined until Just before the meeting. "All the forms have changed and we concern ourselves more with we have to compute the2mUlprop- the health and well being of the erty tax rollback and still balance children," she said with a twinkle (Bomb) Scared Out the budget," he sald. in her eye. In other matters discussed during "I want to motivate the children and parents to better health. The whole thing is to get people to take care of themselves," Mrs. Cop- Democrat Experienced Qualified Pd. For by Herb Haines, Treasurer Without warning, a meeting of Snohomtsh County Fire officials, including Monroe's Jim Crawford, was abruptly adjourned last Thurs- day. Crawford was attending the see- sion at the county courthouse which was called to discuss a proposed county-wide central dispatching system. In the middle of the session an unidentified man rushed in and said that the building had to be evac- uated immediately. "Why?" asked the chiefs. "Well, somebody called in abomb threat/' the man replied. There was no need to ask further questions, the meeting came to a screeching halt. Crawford reports that he and Sno- homtsh Fire Chief Chuck Walsh re- tired to a nearby coffee shop and wat ed for a loud noise. No one knows where the rest of the chiefs went. No bombs were found at the Court- house that day. last Wednesday's meeting, the board tentatively adopted a revised high school attendance policy. The board proposed that if a stu- dent was barred from any class dur- ing the semester and it was unable to transfer the student into another class, the schedule could be modi- fied so that the student would either begin school at 9:20 a.m. or be dis- missed at 1:30 p.m. The proposal would further barr the student from being on campus during that period of time when he would normally attend the class he had been released from. In the past students have been placed in similar classes or assign- ed to sit in the main office lobby dur- ing that regular class period. The board accepted the resigna- tions of Lawrence Bost, middle school counselor and Phyllis Hem- kindergarten teacher. employment of James Skog, high school social studies; Virgin- ia Bond, kindergarten and Gary Grover, middle school language arts, was approved. Student population throughout the Monroe School District continued to climb last week and early this week. As of Monday, 2,388 students were enrolled in the five district schools. Last year, 2,301 students were re- gtstered at the beginning of the school year and by May increased to 2,313. New figures compiled Monday show 735 students at the high school; 415 at the middle school; 350 at Frank Wagner; 323 at Central and 565 at Maltby. First Mutual has increased Its savings Interest rate effective July 6th 1973. And, your money is still Insured by F.D.I.C. which means it Is completely safe. PASSBOOK SAVINGS Any deposit by lOth earns from the 1st. Effective annual yield i~ 90 DAY Investment Certificate $500 Minimum Effective annual yield 1-2~ year term Investment Certificate $1,000 Mlntrnom Effective annual yield e~ 2~/2 year term Investment Certificate $1,000 Mlnlmom Effective annual yield Customers Hours 10 AM to 6 PM Monday - Friday FIRST MUTUAL SAVINGS BANK A penalty II required for w~thdrllw~ll of all or any pert of an Inv~Itmeflt Certificate prior to maturity. MONROE 102 W. Main, Monroe Telephone -- (206) 794-8(5815