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January 14, 1971

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+ + IRY & )CT. oc. 2/ JUICE, 20 ,MILY, N 24-OZ. rAFFLE PEDESTRIANS and snowball experts competed with automobiles for possession of Shelton's Railroad Avenue Wednesday, following three days of snowfall which left six to eight inches of the white stuff on the ground. )RING CE ALF GA AA, IND SH MILD l I IIIII II k rsday, January 14, 1971 Year -- Number 2 Published in Shelton, Wash. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wash. 98584, under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving, at 227 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 2 Sections - 18 Pages 10 Cents Per Copy in, Sheriff John Robinson and Police Chief Frank Rains said this week that in line with a directive last week from John C. Ragan, who concluded his term as Prosecuting Attorney Monday, that as far as they could determine, all gambling activity in ?lanning for the proposed Shelton High School is but, is presently near Supt. Louis Grinnell the school board at its Tuesday night. said preliminary cannot be submitted to the Board of Education until ton-high school districts vote financial participation on ect. vote cannot be held until at the earliest. Grinnell told the board the district's enrollment is down 105 from a year ago. The largest decline is in the elementary schools, with the junior high up a little and the high school down a little. The board accepted the resignation of Don Richter as junior high music teacher at the end of the present school Year. Grinnell told the board that the Saturday recreation Program is going well at Mt. View and Bordeaux, and that at Evergreen, the afternoon general session was going well, but, the morning basketball training session was low in participation. Mrs. Charlotte Hilligoss, head of the English Department, reported on some of the things which are being done in that department and plans for future classes. Fred Tidwell, superintendent of Intermediate School District 1 1 3, along with Intermediate District Board Members Dick Wortman and John James, attended the meeting to explain some of the Intermediate District functions. James, who is chairman of the Intermediate District Board, told the Shelton board there were two or three bills in the State Legislature dealing with the Intermediate District law. The district just started to function this week, he told the Shelton Board, and that when the law was written, it gave the intermediate district all of the duties which had formerly been assigned to the county superintendent. There were some minor changes which had been proposed Two persons appeared in Mason County Superior Court Friday on drug possession charges while two others pleaded for leniency on other charges because of drug use problems. Gerald Whitcomb, Shelton attorney, was named to represent Report Given There have been 10,075 parcels of land re-valued under the state program which provided additional funds to local assessor's offices to assist in bringing property valuations up to date. According to the State in one bill, he said. Another Department of Revenue, which would make the intermediate issued a report on the program district a satellite of the State this week, the re-evaluations in -=sah e. LhetaM as Oa naesignC Ohearin.U n t y bePrject'fundedand' statedas a thatregulait would objected to the proposal and Department of Public Instruction, Mason County increased the proposed remodelin o ~ " r FAS stated he favors building a parallel he said, and a third would abolish valuations $32.5 million. h Island Br+n-.. ng f.the project, and, could be let out for bridge. He stated if the existing the intermediate district with the .... '~ monaay, bids the first of May if all ooes ~ut some objections to *~- .... , ~ structure is replaced, he will not State Department of Public -,~ w~.. gwe a deed or eas s3Lt"" En " - k fslic Rice, who owns county and they willementhave tOtothego Instruction taking over all of the ~'en., mines "'y'" gmeeror the J" C.roBridger property on the approach to the t h r o u g h ' c o n d e m n a t i o n authority. Supporters of the P posed bridge on the mainland side,proceedings to get the necessary intermediate district law which right-of-way for the approach on was passed previously, he said, the mainland side. III ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill Somers, a resident ofwould like to see the law left pretty much alone with a few :" Increose emerRenv n ~..Stretcn tstana, stated he believes minor changes, until the the proposed project is an intermediate districts get a chance bn'dzeis CsedS~yCehet'sehPo~eSent to function to see what they can ~. e ~ruck "" ous. do. nr . , county road trucks and service trucks of all kinds. In the annual re-organization of the COmmission, William Hunter was named chairman to succeed Martin Auseth. The COmmission voted to increase the rent on the court house annex from $206 a month to $410 for the Department of Public Assistance, since the department is now using both floors of the building instead of just the ground floor. Allocations of Title I funds under the federal governmetK program to school districts i~ Mason County were announced this week by the state Department of Public Instruction" The actual amount of money received is substantially less thaJa the maximum grants as authorized earlier. The reductionS were brought about by a shortage Commissioners of Mason PUD No. 3 this week '.d the recommendations of Beck and Associates, engineers, for a general increase for all classes of and the combining of of the District's present rates int? one COmmercial rate. Beck has made a study District's rates and revenue for the next five and determined that the ases are required if the is to remain financially point where this is no longer true," reported Ed Taylor, president of the Board of PUD Commissioners. "The District had been able to absorb the 6% wholesale rate increase by BPA in December 1966 without a general rate increase; however, a surcharge was needed in 1970 to offset increased costs of operation," said Taylor. This increase in rates is the first such increase since the District began furnishing power for Mason County residents in County Timber On Sale List Mason County has been closed down. Pin ball machines have been taken out of operation, and, game nights and other activities which included anything which could be considered gambling have been advised to discontinue. Law enforcement officials have received numerous telephone calls about what could or could not be done. They stated that the answer was that anything which could be considered as gambling would have to be halted. Snowfall Blankets The Area Winter took a grip on the Mason County area this week as snow fell intermittently from the first of the week. The accumulation by Wednesday totaled six to eight inches in most areas with higher elevations having more. The largest amount of snowfall came Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. County Road crews had not had to put in any over time until Wednesday. A spokesman from the county engineer's office said the crews began plowing about 3 a.m. Wednesday, and, were able to keep all roads open. County crews have been doing some sanding also to get rid of slick spots which the snow and freezing temperatures caused. Pioneer School District did not hold school Tuesday or Wednesday and Southside did not have school Wednesday. The Shelton School District held classes, but, dismissed one hour early Wednesday. Other schools in the county started an hour late part of the time because of road conditions. Steven Needham, 23, Shelton," and Mrs. Joan LaBresh, 37, Shelton. Needham is charged with possession of a dangerous drug with intent to disperse and Mrs. LaBresh is charged with possession of a dangerous drug. They were both arrested at Mrs. LaBresh's home on Jones Rd. last week. Officers after the arrests, said searches of cars belonging to Needham and Mrs. LaBresh and the LaBresh home turned up material which tested out to be amphetamines. Needham was released on $1,000 bail and Mrs. LaBresh was released on her personal recognizance by Judge Hewitt Henry. Donald Doelker, 18, Seattle, pleaded guilty to a charge of grand larceny by possession of a stolen car, and was given a suspended sentence on the charge. His attorney, Mrs. Mary Burris, Seattle, told the court the youth had admitted to the use of heroin for the past two years, and, that he had applied to get into a federal narcotics treatment center. Judge Henry suspended the youth's 15-year maximum sentence with an order that he immediately apply for treatment at a drug treatment center. Gay Thompson, Seattle, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on a charge of second degree burglary. He was accused along with two other youths of breaking into the L.A. Bechtold residence. Thompson's court appointed attorney Gerald Whitcomb, told the court Thompson had been arrested on a drug charge in King County, and, that if he was given a suspended sentence, he would seek treatment in a state narcotics ' treatment center. Judge Henry gave the youth a suspended 1 5-year maximum sentence, and ordered him to seek treatment at the drug center immediately. Donald G. Williams, 26, Commodore Hotel, Seattle, appeared on court on a petition for revocation of deferred sentence on a charge of kidnapping, given him about a year ago. Judge Henry appointed Steve Bean, Olympia attorney, to represent Williams in the parole revocation action. Williams was arrested in Seattle last week on a Mason County Bench warrant and was returned here by Mason County Sheriff's Deputies Friday morning. He is being held in the Mason County jail. Ihe past, increased use of has been able to offset ;USed costs for labor, material, Wholesale power rates; ever, we have reached the 1939. All previous rate changes have been rate reductions - the last rate reduction Was in May 1966. It is anticipated that these new rates will go into effect with all meter readings after Feb I. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII of funds. One sale in Mason County is h~ mGt ! !lOdbe~i ~e~i!~.3ff~ included in the Department of s~ tn ; MASON COUNTY elected officials were sworn in at 2 of the late Wally Anderson. Others who began new terms Natural Resources timber sales for ;7, ; P " ' M P.m. Monday. Administrating the oath of office was John C.Monday were Auditor Ruth Boysen, Court Clerk Lodge J, anuary. It is the Tiger Creek Shelton, $36,506; Mary. Ragan, whose term as prosecuting attorney concluded whenFields, Assessor Willis Burnett, Treasurer John Cole, District Sale, 450,000 board feet Knight, $6,878; Kamilclatl~ apPraised at $10,585 and located $3,319; Pioneer, $12,860; his successor Byron McClanahan was sworn in. Beginning his Court Judge Glenn Correa and County Commissioner John first full term in office was Sheriff John Robinson, who was Bariekman. Shown here are Robinson, McClanahan, Cole, about four miles northwest of Mason, $4,148 and Hood Can , appointed to the position last year to fill the unexpired term Mrs. Fields and Mrs. Boysen. Belfair. $4,978.