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Tex.--Airman Floyd H. Slinker Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd H. Slinker Sr. of Rt. 2, Snohomish, has been graduated from a U.S. Air Force technical school at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic and has been assigned to Luke AFB, Arizona• Slinker is a graduate of snohomtsh High School. MEMPHIS, TENN. (FHTNC) Oct. 30--Air- man Apprentice Ted J. Kosters, USN, 20, sen of Mr. and Mrs• BobKost- ers of Route 1, was graduated as honorman from the Aviation Structural Mechanic Safety Equipment Course at the Naval Technical Training Center, Memphis, Tennessee. During the ten week course he was in- structed In the funda- mentals of operational maintenance and safety pro0edures. The cur- rtculum tnciucid ltne operation and plane handling, plane cap- tatn's duties and safety precautions. Prior to entering this school he graduated from a two week course in Aviation Familiariz- ation and a four week course in Mechanical Fundamentals. Commission Will Report Findings The Monroe Police Civil Service Commis- sion is scheduled to meet December 12 to formulate its official report regarding a complaint filed against a policeman. The re- port will be presented to the city council at its Christmas week meet- in. £mmtsston member Calvin D. Prenttss said that the two letters signed by James F. Cummings, secretary of the commission, and brought before the coun- cil at Its November 27 meeting, were not the official report of the commission• Prenttss said that the official report would have to be signed by at least two members of the commission. School District PASSERSBY STOPPED to inspect the smashed rear-end of this auto, hit by a Great Northern freight train at the East Main Street crossing late Saturday morn- ing. The driver of the vehicle, Joe Wag- goner, 85, Sultan, who is in critical condi- Dtstrtct will host nine student teachers from January through March, according to Super- intendent Ernest Fox. Eugene Elledge, ad- ministrative assistant tion, apparently entered the tracks driving west-bound (from the bottom of the picture) and then swung around to the right in a U-turn toward the road into the Safeway parking lot when he was struck by the east-bound train, police said. Train Strikes Car State Engineer Says At C rossing, Train Speed Cut g river C ritical Woo/do't Cut Wrecks An 85-year-old Sultan man remained in crit- ical condition Tuesday at Valley General Hospital after a train-car smttsh-up at the Great Northern Railway crossing on East Main Street. The victim, Joe Waggoner, suffered serious head injuries and a back injury after his car was struck by a 121-car freight train at 11:10 a.m. Waggoner was thrown from his car and sent rolling down the street, according to a witness. June Hofer of Monroe. ='I first figured he was dead," said Monroe Police Officer Earl Harmon, who found the victim lying 50 feet from the car. Harmon said that because of conflicting state- ments the accident ts still under investigation. The train's brakeman, George Walder, 24, of Lvnnwood, said *hat Waggone-;,s car was trav- elog east-bound on Main Street, that he entered the tracks, and then swerved to the right, apparently to avoid the collision. But James Haegely, 42, of Seattle, the train's engineer, first stated that he thought Waggoner was west-bound and that he had pulled out from behind another car that had stopped. After Haegly had walked from his engine 600 feet back up the track to the point of impact, he became con- fused as to how the accident occurred, according to Harmon. Hannon said the train was traveling 42-43 miles an hour when the collision tookplace. The train was destined for Wenatchee. Harmon said that all witnesses but one agreed that the train blew its whistle through the crossing and that crossing signals were in operation. The exception, Merl Mitchel, Route 2, Snohomish, told police he had Just crossed the tracks from downtown Monroe, that he had seen the train but had heard no whistle and that the lights on the track were not working. He said he pulled into the parking lot at Safeway and when he got out of his ear a man in a pick-up truck told him that someone had Just been hit by the train. Harmon said that skid marks made by the ear indicated that Waggoner was west-bound and could have been trying to make a U-turn over the Berryinen Meet County Demos The Washinon-Ore- gon Berrymen s Assoc- EhDct New ration will meet at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Young Leaders The battle of the young versus the old in the Democratic Party car- ried itself to Snohomish County Sunday, where an at the Fern Bluff Grange Hall tn Sultan, to dis- cuss proposed legisla- tion concerning farm la- bor problems, industr- ial insurance and work hazards. Will Host ,,, chairmanship on a 66 to 95 vote over old- Cadet Teachers '=e Democrat Albion Albright. It was A1- brtght's third term try The Monroe School for the post; after the defeat he was elected by acclamation to the second vice chairman's spot. Mary Alice Hurlber:t unseated Catherine Brown for the party's organizational meeting of the party brought a the i{ne::tip, -JoSh Wtl- radical change in lead- son, Everett attorney ership, and campaign chairman Pete Alrngren, 42, a for Hubert Humphrey Mukilteo city council- this fall, was retained man and Everett bust- to his post as statecom- nessman, won the par- mttteeman. for the district will travel to Eastern Washington State Cel- l e to interview stud- ns for the pc- there stttons, as authorized last week by the Mon- roe Board of Education. The affatr took place in the county courthouse and over 200 persons were present. Committeemen from the county's three leg- islative districts cau- cused following the meeting to elect the fol- lowing representatives to the Central Commtt- tee's executive board: Hal Broenkow, 21st; first vice chairmanship. Marilyn Buckrtdge, The former had heldthe 38th; and Leona Rob- post for six years, erts, 39th. • Jean Scott, long-time State Rep. Henry Back- state committeewoman, strom prestded as tern- was defeated in her try porary chairman, de- foren, by--M-d- feating Tom Gable for Jo Holt. Rounding out that post. The reduction of train speeds in Monroe from 45 miles per hour to 35 would have little effect in preventing crossing accidents, in the opinion of Dave Holloway, engineer for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Holloway's views on both train speeds and rail- road crossing protection resulted from a study made by the Utilities and Transportation Com- mission as requested by the Monroe City Council. Holloway noted in his report that the maximum speed for trains operating within the limits of Monroe is 60 mph although Great Northern Rail- way voluntarily reducted it to 45 mph. He wrote: "In my opinion, the reduction of train speeds from 45 mph to 35 mph within the city limits would have little effect. :n preventing crossing accidents, or upon the result of any particular accident, because a train traveling at either speed usually causes extensive damage to any vehicle and occupants it may hit. "The city should consider that as train speed limits might be reduced, freight trains of 100 or more cars would contribute to the further delay and congestion of vehicle traffic waiting to cross the tracks. In particular, it should be understood that any train speed reduction through the City of Monroe has a detrimental effect upon Great Northern's transcontinental train schedules and connections, as well as shipping times with competitive carriers. "I recommend that the Commission's order be amended to provide that train speeds be reduced from 60 mph to 45 mph on the portion of track located between the city boundary a short distance east of Kelsey Street and the easterly city bound- ary crossing the track at or near the west bank of Woods Creek. and the train speed limit in all (Page 2, Column 5) tracks In order-to go into the Safeway parking lot. Con Waters, Great Northern agent for Monroe, who arrived after the wreck, also gave the opinion that Waggoner had made "a kind of an S-turn" over the mainline tracks in order to turn into the shopping center. School Board Endorses Committee To Push Bond Monroe School Directors endorsed the plans of the Citizens Save Our Schools Committee pre- sented last week by Chairman Dean Harnlss and Co-Chairman John Heichel. The committee, organized to promote the school levy and bond issue ballot propositions that were defeated last November 5, plans to use lay com- mittee members instead of school board and ad- ministration personnel to "tell the voters about the levy and why we need the money" according to Harniss. The dollar value of the two excess tax levies, proposed to be made available for immediate (Page 3, Column 7) Startup Man Succumbs After Six-car Collision A 56-year-old Startup man, James Curley, died December 6 at Valley General Hospital from injuries suffered in an auto accident Nov- ember 21. Curley was run over by a pick-up truck on Highway 2 about two miles east of Sultan in the course of a six-car accident there. Ironically, Curley had been neither a driver nor a passenger in any of the cars, but iad Just run across a field with another Startup man, Fred Engel, 44, tn order to assist at what was originally a four-car accident. When they reached t-lze road, another vehicle rear-ended a pick-up truck which had stopped for the pile-up, and which tn turn hit Engel and ran over Curley. The latter suffered a collapsed lung, spinal, chest and internal in- Juries, and a fractured arm and leg, according to state patrolmen. VernoL G. Thomas -/ 15605 171st Ave.g.E. $2,000 Study Completed .... Engineers Tell Councilmen Monroe Losing Water The completed study and report covering the water distribution system for the city of Monroe states that the city is currently losing large portions of the water it pur- chases from Everett. The water waste, and speculation on the possible causes for it were discussed at a Monday night work session of the city council where council members questioned the engineers who authored the report. The council made no decision re- garding the report. For the period of September- October, 1968, the study revealed a loss of over 12.5 million gal- lons--35.6 per cent of the 5.5 million gallons purchased from Everett• The study, completed by Lee Johnson & Associates, Con- sultlng engineers of Everett, spec- ulated that the large losses could be caused by a faulty valve at the reservoir, or by a serious unde- tected leak somewhere within the system• The 20 -page report drew six other conclusions regarding the water system, and made some recom- mendations: • "Based on estimates of water consumption and anttctpated growth, the present storage facilities and transmission main are adequate for five to seven more years•" ."Present system lacks two-way feed (from reservoir to city); there- fore, fire flows (i.e. water for fighting fires) in many areas are lower than those recommended by Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau•" The report noted, how- ever, that Monroe was currently rated above average in the state, regarding fire flows. • "Present system, tf required, is adequate to serve the State Reformatory Farm simultaneously with the maximum day demand of the present customers." ."We recommend that a water waste survey be conducted im- mediately. Cost estimate for tn- stallatton of meters to conduct such a study was placed at $9,135. .''We recommend that thepres- ent system be improved by replac- ing and adding certain designated mains." This recommendation was based on the observation that "it is apparent that the numerous four- inch mains throughout the distrib- ution system are detrimental to both fire flows and domestic flows." The study recommended a city ordinance declaring the minimum size water main in the city be six inches in diameter. Cost of the improvements was estimated at $48,040. ."We recommend that the cry of Monroe establish a reserve fund for future water system improve- ments." This recommendation per- taining to future improvements in- dicated that $150-200,000 would be needed for a 1.25 million gallon round level storage reservoir, and 400-600,000 would be needed for a 12-inch transmission main on the westerly edge of the water study area from a connection with the 51- inch Everett main to the Monroe distribution system. MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURS., DEC. 12, 1968- NO. 47 Air Pollution Aden "Warns Monroe On Dump 00lYurnlng The city of Monroe has received Monroe city council December 11 Its second notice from the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency warning against burning garbage at the city dump. Lou Peterson of the APC said earlier this week that apermlt from his agency allowing burning at the dump expired December 5. Peter- son said he would appear before the to discuss the matter. "We have two separate complaints about burning at the Monroe dump, that I know of," Peterson said. The agency had said in October, following its first warning about burning, that no enforcement of burning regu- (Page 3, Column 4) Ford Motors Has New Owner Plans for renovation, and a grand opening date set in January, are part of the new Ford dealership recently announced in Monroe. Robert (Bob) MacDonald, noted, in taking over the Ford operation, that he would continue business with the same employees that had been there when the firm was owned by Minor Motors. The new operations will be called MacDonald Ford Sales, and will con- tinue at the address of 211 South Lewis Street. MacDonald has been wtththe Ford Motor Company in Seattle for the past 15 years. He currentlyresides in Bellevue but will be moving into the Monroe area. Stan Rudel, new vice president and sales man- ager for the company, who has worked with Ford Dealers in Seattle and Bothell since 1953, has already moved to Monroe with his wife and daughter. IT WAS RAINING outside, but on the showroom floor Bob Mac- Donald, new Monroe Ford Dealer, was high, dry and smiling. On the right is Stan Rudel, vice president and sales manager, of the newly formed MacDonald Ford Sales, 211 South Lewis Street. Third member of the rainy day opening earlier this week was a Ford Torrino fastback.