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b onro7 storical Soc:Lety In Flood Help: Vol. 79 No. 48 MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA 98272 - Thurs., December 8, 1977 Newsstand Price At School Board Meet: Unemployment compensa- tion for all employees, as well as the success of a fed- erally funded $28,211 pro- gram for students was among the priority business of the Monroe Board of Edu- cation when they met here Monday. Other matters claiming the attention of the board includ- ed reorganization (election of officers), a Booster Club presentation, an update from the Monroe Planning Com- mission Task Force and en- rollment. Superintendent of Monroe Public Schools Royston Cot- tam reported that a new state regulation requires that the district pay unemployment compensation for all employ- ees. He said the first claim would be $45,000, which the district does not have; con- sequently, he asked the board to be assigned to in- vestigate apool structure. "In my opinion the district, to escape this immediate $45,000 outlay, which we do not have, should take a ser- ious look at working with anywhere from 37 and more districts with a mind of self insurance. "in the first year of such a self insurance program the cost to the dtstHet would be about one and one-haft per cent per annum; the second year would run one per cent per annum and the third year about one-half per cent per annum "in the overall configura- tion, the district will come out about even; however, let me remind the board that we have not budgeted $45,000 for unemployment compen- sation," Cottam reported. Cottam was given the bles- sings of the board and urged to continue exploring the possibility of self employ- ment insurance. As the board reviewed the youth work experience pro- gram, it was noted that a total of $28,211 went to stu- dents with the average per student earnings being $542. "I think we were able to provide these youngsters with positive work habits on What I believe was an ex- tremely successful pro- gram," Cottam told the board which voiced concur- rence. The board optioned, be- cause of the absence of Irv Jones and a previous.ruling whereby all board members should be present upon elec- tion of officers, to await presence of Jones. In attendance was Mrs. Dolly Hunnicutt represent- ing the Monroe Boosters Club. She informed the board and the administration that the Boosters were striv- ing for renovation of the Monroe HighSchool track and football field in the very near future. She was advised of the board and administra- tion's blessings. Mrs. Ruth Neubrech pre- sented the board with an update on the Monroe Planning Commission Task Force zoning program. Cottam reported that the current monthly enrollment Eight Fire Calls In Five Days .............. Eight distress calls were handled by the Monroe Fire Department during the first five days of December, ac- cording to department spokesman Gary Heald and Mike Root. These calls included: Dec. 1, Thursday, 8:10 a.m. Electrical short to residence on Florence Acres Rd. Minor damage. Dec. 2, Friday, 5:50 p.m. Aid call to Robinhood Park. Patient transported by priv- ate car. Dec. 3, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. Chimney fire, Florence Acres Loop Rd. No damage. Dec. 3, Friday, 12:05 a.m. Aid call to Park St. Patient transported by Valley I am- bulance. Dec. 3, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Aid call to Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Two patients' transported by fire depart- ment aid car. Dec. 4, Sunday, automobile accident, Wagner Rd. Pa- tient transported by fire de- partment aid car. Dec. 4, Sunday, house fire, Chain Lake Rd. Undetermin- ed amount of damage. Dec. 5, Monday, 1:15 a.m. Aid call to Florence Acres Loop. Patient transported by Valley I ambulance. The fire department re- sponded to 32 calls in the month of November. They included 21 aid calls (11 in the city, 10 in the district), nine fire calls (two in the city, five in the district, two out of district), one service call in the city and one false alarm in the city. The Monroe Fire Depart- ment offers the following safety tips for the Christmas season. Christmas Trees-- --keep well watered, --keep away from heaters or open flames, varlet to I e! Holiday Hours Mon.--Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m.--7 p.m. Monroe Shopping Clr 794-6745 --don't put lights on the tree until you have checked for bare wires and shorts, --don't let the lights get too hot, --don't overload electrical circuits, --keep Christmas packages from touching tree lights, --turn tree lights off at night before retiring or before leaving the house, --if needles start to fall off the tree, take it down! Outdoor Lighting- -don't overload electrical circuits, --be sure lights are approv- ed for outdoor use, --don't nail through the wires to fasten them down for your display, but staple loosely around them. If you're having trouble picking out a Christmas gift for a relative or friend, how about a smoke detector. These make excellent gifts. There are several excellent makes and models available, but we suggest a battery-op- erated model instead of an electrical model which would become inoperable during a power failure. Also make sure it is labled UL approv- ed. Smoke detectors will help. make sure your loved ones are around for Christmases to come. Kiwanis Club Announces Agenda Coming events for the Ki- wanis Club of Monroe in- clude a Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at Petosa's Restaurant in Monroe, their regular noon meeting on Dec. 14 with Monroe Fire Chief Jim Craw- ford as program chairman, and a board meeting on Dec. 15. Recently, seven Monroe Ki- wanians attended an Inter- club with the Silver Lake Kiwanis Club. Two visitors were welcomed at the club's Nov. 23 meet- ing. They were Dean Dray, guest of Howard Gering, and the speaker, Rev. AI Star- ling, who was invited to speak by Ralph Ramaley. Rev. Starling presented a film on the life of Lou Sam- pefini along with inspiration- al thoughts for Thanksgiv- ing. was 2,817 pupils and stu- dents, that being an increase of nine over last month, but he did observe that that was a 21-pupil increase at the ele- mentary level and a 12-stu- dent dropout from the sec- ondary schools, the latter be- ing caused by numerous and sundry and unpleasant inci- dents. Over a million dollars In street value Columbian marijuana, plus $55,000 in cash were taken as evi- dence through the efforts of Snohomish County Sheriff Robert Dodge and the Department of Drug Enforcement Chief Sgt. David Sargent here last Monday, with an assist from the Monroe Police Department and the Fed- eral Bureau of Investiga- tion. Sgt. Sargent said that a suspect, Michael J. Evans, about 30, was taken into custody from 22215 132nd S.C., Mon- roe. Lawmen went to the U.S. magistrate and obtained a federal search warrant which they served at 1 a.m. Monday. Evans may still be a guest at the King County bastille, meanwhile law- men in a united effort have the apprehension of several other dudes In mind. Columbia marijuana, in the amount of 1,500 pounds, which was taken evidence, equals a street value of $60 per ounce (lid). les I You name it, lawmen had it--auto theft, burglary, van- dalism, larceny, vehicular hit and run, assist to other law enforcement agencies and traffic control claimed the at- tention of the Monroe Police Department last week. A vehicle owned by Ronald Eugene Cain of the Monroe Bakery was stolen last Mon- day, Dec. 5. Investigation is being conducted by Officer Mark Wakefield. Officer Wakefield also in- vestigated a .burglary at 115 W. Main St., Dec. 5 where Glenna Dianna Setala report- ed the loss of numerous ar- ticles of Christmas gifts and personal belongings. Wake- field said there was no sign of forced entry; consequent- ly, entry was apparently by use of an unknown object to unlock the door. The M.P.D. has a suspect in mind. The victim of an act of van- dalism the evening of Dec. 1 was Dougals R. Ausmus, 138 S. Kelsey St., being investi- gated again by Wakefield. In this case a locked gas cap was pried from a vehicle, making intentions of the cul- prits obvious. Officer Bill Abell last Fri- day, Dec. 2 handled a lar- ceny at 149 S. Kelsey St., the residence of Leo C. Fischer. The victim suffered the loss of a CB and an AM/FM radio and accgmpanying materials costing approximately $390. His pickup truck was forcibly entered and the interior was damaged. On either Dec. 1 or 2 Vera Miles of 545 Roberts St. was the victim of a larceny. Chief of Police D.C. Nauman per- sonally investigated this in- cident and is now putting to- gether, "two and two" to come up with a "four" and a suspect. Officer Bob Holman investi- gated a Dec. 1 hit and run in- (Continued on page 2) VOLUNTEER YOUNGSTERS, sol- icited in the main by 39th District State Senator Dianne Woody, load- ed tons of sand bagging for dike controls at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds during the high waters of the last week. Among the young- sters is Congressman Lloyd Meeds who took a hard look at the flooded valleys. VISITING HIS FIRST "home" in Monroe, Congressman Meeds talk- ed with Monroe Motel owners Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brigman, telling them as he had told others that if the area is declared a "'disaster", then federal loans would be made available at three percent interest. In any eventuality the home-town Congressman said loans would also be available at four percent inter- est. County, state and federal bureaucrats are not going to louse up flood victims as they did in 1975. This was the proclamation of Congressman Lloyd Meeds upbn his travel in the valley last Saturday in an over-view by helicopter and a motor vehicle tour of the flood-stricken area. "I can promise you there will be no bureaucratic snafu like there was last time. It simply will not be tolerated," the Congressman asserted. He also said that if the area is declared disastrous by the Governor there would be three percent loans available for those who suffered fiscal losses. He also indicated that four percent loans would be available in any eventuality. The Congressman, who will confer with the Washington State delegation in Washington, D.C., including Senators Warren G. Magnuson and Henry M. Jackson, came into the valleys with fanfare. Also inspecting the valley, escorted by Don Hansen of Monroe of the Log Trucking Association, was State Senator Dianne Woody. She was pleased by the efforts being made by the volunteers and emergency crews many of whom she solicited from the 39th District. On the other hand, she was taken aback by some of the spot disasters. Both Congressman Meeds and Senator Woody observed that the isolated tragedies were, in the main, in the flood plain and were informed by more than one valley authority that nothing had happened that had not happened here before 1975, but with a few exceptions. Governor Dixy Lee Ray, with an entourage of administra- tive assistants, Washington State Patrol troopers and the media also came to Monroe. (That according to the P.I.). On Sunday the rain let up, the rivers went down, it snowed on Stevens Pass, as well as at lower elevations, perhaps as low as 2,000 feet on Haystack Mountain south of Sultan. Sultan and Gold Bar had a few families stranded; however, authoritative sources said they were at no time in danger. The John Hansen farm, south of the Washington State Reformatory, which suffered severely in 1975, was not damaged, but had endangered livestock. Sargent Rd. people, in the flood plain, suffered property losses and sleepless nights along with the loss of two turkeys and one big slug of silt-filled mattresses. The Baehler family of the Baehler Strawberry Ranch, south of Monroe and across the Skykomish River from the John Hansen farm, contrary to reports, did not abandon their home. Mrs. Baehler did leave, but Robert Baehler stayed at the farm, although surrounded by water. Monroe Motel, located on Woods Creek on the old Monroe-Sultan highway, also located in the flood plain, suffered miserable days and nights, as others did to save their carpeting and furnishings. In labor and loss of rental units they, too, suffered a fin- ancial setback. Albeit, both Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brigman, owners, were philosophical and returned things to order as soon as the backed up waters of Woods Creek returned to half-way normal. Snohomish County Commissioners, because of the flooding status, last Friday declared that a state of emergency existed. Meanwhile, Snohomish County Sheriff Bob Dodge and his deputies, plus local law enforcement men, and friends and neighbors kept looters from aggressive action. However, nothing could be done to stop the literally thousands of gawkers (sight seers) from hampering the work of emer- gency vehicles and those working constructively in the valleys. The rains and melting snow in the Cascades caused damage to roads in the Skykomish Ranger District. The following roads are closed due to washouts: The Beckler River road at the 4th of July crossing, 7 miles north of U.S. 2, the North Fork of the Skykomish east of the Garland.Mineral Springs and another point approximately one mile south of the Blanca Lake Trailhea'd on road #290; Lowe Creek Road #2612, washed out approximately 3 miles west of the junction of the Old Cascade highway; the Miller River road #2522, the Money Creek Road #2601, the Proctor Creek Road #2780, and the Deer Creek Road #2708 all have major washouts which have closed the roads to through travel. Approximately 23 inches of rainfall was recorded at the Ranger Station during the month of November which has increased the severity of damage. COl,. JOHN A. POTEAT, district engineer of the Army Corps of EnRineers, briefed Congressman Meeds on Ebey Slough flooded- dike break-through. Post Office To Be Open Saturday The Monroe Post Office will be open this Saturday, Dec. t0, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. However, it will not be open the days. Surface mail to Europe, which had been suspended due to the East Coast dock ed. However, since the usual mailing deadline is before the middle of November, Monroe Postmaster William Coy Brothers Saints ...... 69 Electrical Installations ... 71 Broughton Jewelers .... 102 Sportsmens Inn ......... 90 Holiday Inn ........... .. 99 Joe's Tavern .. ........ Bye Sultan Family Grocery ... 61 Landmark Gardens ...... 59 Petosa's ............... 77 Athletic Northwest ...... 52 Sandbak Insurance ...... 83 Men's basketball action got underway last Wednesday night at the Monroe Jr. High School gym with 10 of 11 teams scrimmaging for the first time in the long season. In the low-point close scor- ing game between Coy Brothers Saints and Sultan Family Grocery, Jerry Sin- nema scored 34 points and Todd Peterson 8 points for Coy Brothers to beat Sultan, 69-61. Sultan's high scorers were Genii with 17 points and Gary Fleming with 19 points. Electrical Installations won over Landmark Gardens 71- 59 through Gary Kolrud's 20 points and Ed Verhaug's 19 points. Gary Kamps made 21 points anti Allen Bartelheim- er 7 for Landmark. Highest score for any team in the first game of the seas- on was made by Broughton Jewelers as they defeated Petosa's 102-77. Bob Broughton earned 24 of those points and Doug VanWyck 22 for Broughton, following Satur- strike, is now being accept-(Continued on page 2) while Ken Fleming made 38 =+suits points and Fritz Schott made 19 for Petosa's. The widest point spread scoring was made in a game between Sportsmen Inn and Athletic Northwest, "where the Sportsmens Inn won, 90-52. Russ VanWyngarden made 24 of those points for Sportsmens Inn and LeRoy Fulfs made 20. Athletic Northwest's Jerry Dobbs scored 15 points and Eugene Brown made 12. Holiday Inn beat Sandbak Insurance, 99-83. Holiday Inn's high scorers were Paul Lowber with 25 points and Steve Love with 17. Sand- bak's high scorers were Jen Mulholland with 24 points and Brian Mulholland with 19. Joe's Tavern drew a bye. Where to Send Santa's Letters Letters "to Santa may be sent c/o P.O. Box 73, Mon- roe, Wash. 98272. Letters must be received by Dec. 20 according to Santa's helper.