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January 21, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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January 21, 1971

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,now Gives eg JAN DANFORD i The same snowfall that ~ated the problems of collapsing ild~ngs, power lines downed locked roads brought a lot happiness to the hearts of the Hunter household in the Valley. More than a year ago, on a trip to Wisconsin, Jim an antique sleigh. It in perfect condition; the was readied, and Fadena, ~tnter's registered half-Arab Ire who actually comes within |6 of being a purebred, was in preparation for new role. First the spirited grey was in a surcingle with a bit and long reins; next she to wearing the harness which she would soon - ~efully - pull the sleigh. The ;ons were conducted with the walking behind the horse; poles or shafts were used, nor she required to pull a weight. by Hunters for eight years consistently ridden by Jayni, grader, to the winning many ribbons both in 4-H and in outside shows, work was as yet a mystery Fadena. Jim and his wife Joan; Jayni; a high school junior and who is in the sixth grade - entire family watched with eye the fading winter and viewed with dismay the of the valley in an rly springtime with nary a to enable them to try ~ir new toy. So came the summer, and went back to winning ribbons. Her son, Gha, began ; show ring career under the .idance of Jayni, winning a in his first outside show, well as 4-H honors. Training begun on Sabrina, daughter Fadena, a coming three year t. The sleigh was forgotten; but temporarily. When once again November gave promise of future the sleigh was polished, harness oiled, and Fadena's lg was resumed. Thursday, January 14 was the day. Fadena for the time stepped between the and with Jim at her head to her, Joan handling the .ins, the kids going along as and two of the family frolicing in the knee-deep on the side-lines, she made ,~r debut. A wonderful time was had by with the possible exception She wasn't too sure. Is lied By ling L ne One casualty - a horse - was ported from the storm which heavy snow and wind to area last week. Howard Swope, who lives on Arcadia Road, brought his horse home Sunday and put in the barn. Shortly after midnight Unday night Swope noticed power lines sparking in trees near his place and it to the Mason County Office. Shortly before 3 a.m., the office received a call Swope that his horse had killed by a falling electric A deputy who investigated in his report that the electric line had apparently burned the trees in which it had observed sparking earlier and across an electric fence. hroThuu helectric current traveled the fence wire and in the barn near where rse was. The horse was electrocuted. The official 1970 census :re for Mason County is according to word from epresentative Julia Butler The Bureau of the Census has Yet released the figures to ffficials, she said, but this occur in a week or so. The official headcount for the of Shelton was not available. Mason County's 1960 was 16,251. Jailed Shelton Police Tuesday night a 17-year old boy on of possession of a drug and/or narcotics. He was arrested at his home officers. / /~ ii:iii :: i IS Thu rsday, J anu a ry 21, 1971 Published in Shelton, Wash. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, 2 Secti ons - 20 Pages Wash. 98584, under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues O':rln~ 85th Year -- Number 3 week of Thanksgiving, at 227W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 Bwnre. 10 Cents Per Copy The snowy weather which climaxed in a heavy, wet snowfall Thursday night caused a considerable amount of trouble for Mason County's PUDs and to a lesser degree the county road crews. Both PUD 1 and PUD 3 had outside line crews assisting in the task of repairing lines broken when snow-ladened trees broke and fell on them. Between 200 and 250 families were given an assist in savin& food in their freezers by Civil Air Patrol volunteers who came into the county at the request of the County Civil Defense office with portable generators. The generators were taken from home to home where they were connected up to provide electricity to renew freezers and pump water. High winds which whipped into the area Saturday night added to the PUD problems by bringing additional trees down across power lines. The county road department reported that Thursday night, between 12 and 15 inches of snow covered much of the county and plowing operations were started along with removal of downed trees. The snow turning to rain during the night Thursday night lessened the snowplowing problem somewhat as the snow began to melt. The falling trees caused as much or more problem than the snow, the county road department reported. The road crews had roads pretty well opened up by Friday night and quit at the regular time. They worked all day Saturday, mostly removing trees from the roads. The winds Saturday and Sunday nights did not cause much problem on the roads, the road department said. The snowstorm which started Thursday night and was followed by rain became the beginning of four days of tremendous trouble for PUD 3. The Thursday accumulation of snow, on top of that already on the ground, when given the added weight by rain toppled and broke trees throughout all of Mason County bringing down power lines, poles, and services with a suddenness that at times darkened agout 95 per cent of the County. At the time the snow turned to rain there was an accumulation of about 16 inches of snow on the ground in places. PUD 3 had every available man on the job and borrowed complete line crews, including equipment, from other PUD's not affected by the storm. Four line trucks from Snohomish County PUD in Everett, with crewmen were hired. Two of these line crews were used in the Belfair area to assist the existing personnel. In the Shelton area two crews were in service from Everett, one crew from Lewis County PUD in Chehalis, one from Cowlitz County PUD in Longview, along with two line construction company crews. Most all of the linemen were worked around the clock until some had been without sleep for about 40 hours. It wasn't until late Saturday night that some of the men had to be released to get some sleep. It was at this time the high winds of up to 60 miles per Local In Join is hour as reported by Seattle weather stations hit. Many of the power lines just repaired were brought down again by falling trees. "This was one of the worst storms every experienced by the PUD," reported Jerry Samples, manager of PUD No. 3. "We had up to 12 complete line crews on the job at times during the trouble," said Samples. All service has been restored now. PUD No. 3 has a mutual aid agreement with other Western Washington PUD's which allows the arrangements used for assistance from the other PUD's during periods of severe damage such as the PUD has just experienced. As it did 5 years ago heavY wet snow last Thursday evening caused very extensive damage to the PUD l electric system throughout it's entire service area. The wet .snow accumulating on the atreaay snow laden trees and branches caused them to come crashing to the ground and through power lines which were near. about 75 per cent of PUD 1 customers were without power. All power was lost to residents between Hoodsport and Walker Mountain and about 50 per cent was lost in the Union, Skokomish Valley, Valley Center and Potlatch areas. Repairing the damage caused by the falling trees was no small task for the PUD 1 line crews. It required long hours of trudging through the snow, hacking through fallen trees and branches and then finally picking up and repairing fallen power lines all under the most adverse conditions. However, through the efforts of the PUD 1 seven man crew and with the assistance of eleven lineman brought in from outside the area, all electric service was restored by 11 p.m. Saturday. Two three man crews were provided by the City of Tacoma and one two man and one three man crew were provided by POTELCO, Inc., a private contractor from Tacoma, along with appropriate aerial equipment and materials. The County Civil Defense At about 3:30 a.m. FridaY, office was asked by PUD 3 to see when the snow turned to rain, if it were lan possible to get generators to re-charge food freezers and pump water in areas where the power had been off for some time due to storm damage, Civil Devense Director George Doak reported. Calls were made to the State Civil Defense office and the Civil Air Patrol Emergency Service, and by 6 p.m. Friday, the Civil The Skokomish and Squaxin The Skokomish and squaX d Defense office here was notified Indian tribes from Mason County along with the MuckleshoOt an by the CAP radio network that have joined other Puget Sound Saux Suiattle tribes have ashy" eight squadrons, including 50 trioes in intervening in a suit filed for a three-judge panel and t~e persons to operate 11 generators, by the federal government against right of Indians to regulate ~'~'n Were brought in here. the State of Washington. exclude non-Indian fisher~y Northwest Amateur Radio The federal suit, filed by U.S. from their reservations" 1heInc. offered assistance also and Attorney Stan Pitkin, is intended Indian police and courts have .no sent two members with a large t o c I e ar d p c o n t in uin g authority over non-Indians WhO generator. controversy between the State violate laws withintheboundaries County Road Department Game and Fisheries Departments of Indian lands. ..- Vehicles were used to transport ~/nd .the Indians of Western Other Indian tribes w~uc~t Civil Defense equipment to _ ashington over Indiantreaty have filed interventions in the _ various parts of the county. fishing rights, are the Yakima Nation, Id~nes' Doak said between Friday The various Indiantribes Lummi, Quinaults, QuilleuL_ , afternoon and umidnnight Sunday, 'sh anu 55 volunteers p " about 2,730 Which have filed interventions in Hobs and Swinom] .... ally linty the suit say Pitkin's suit has individual Indians Nisqu man hours in taking the omitted crucial points at issueFrank Jr. and Puyallup Ramonagenerators to various parts of the with the state. Bennett. (Please turn to page 1 1) /ii,i i~ ~ ~ :: ~i ilil :~:~: MORE THAN A YEAR has the Hunter family waited for sufficient snow to try out their sleigh. Jim Hunter and his wife Joan train the Arab mare, Fadena, in the driving arena on their Skokomish Valley ranch. The Shelton freeway bypass could be ready for use by the winter of 1973, Ralph Kerslake, District Engineer for District 3, told the Shelton Rotary Club at its luncheon meeting Thursday noon. The present plan is for an appropriation of about $1.6 million in the 1971-73 biennium and an additional $1.3 million in the 1973-75 biennium for the bypass project, Kerslake said. The first work in this biennium will be on purchase of right of way with efforts to get right of way for the bridge over Lost Lake Road and at the Cole Road intersection first so the bridge work on these two locations can be started. The 1972 construction season would contemplate grading and bridging work on the project with paving scheduled for the 1973 construction season, Kerslake said. Kerslake commented the project will require a big earth moving job, and, that two good construction seasons will be needed to complete the work. The initial work will be a two-lane road, with right-of-way and some other work for a four-lane road when necessary. Commenting on the present traffic problems in the city from all of the Highway 101 traffic passing through it, Kerslake commented that if anything could be done to relieve the congestion until the bypass is completed, it would be done. He stated that money is also included in the budget for this biennium for advance planning on a freeway connection between Shelton and the Bremerton area. Both Highway 3 and highway along the South Shore of Hood Canal were not designed for heavy traffic and cannot be adapted for it. The only answer, he said, is a new road which follows the high ground. ROBERT BARSTAD has begun his duties as Ranger of the Shelton Ranger District of Olympic National Forest here. He started work here Jan. 11, transfering from Mt. Hood National Forest. He and his wife and two children are making their home in Shelton. Barstad succeeds the late Leonard Flower as district ranger. Also included in the budget for this biennium is money for continuing the blacktop overlay on Highway 101 from Shelton to Potlatch and from Highway 10! to I,.vanoh State Park on the South Shore of Hood Canal. Both of these projects will be advertised for bids March 15, Kerslake said so that work will start early this year. Another project in Mason County, he said is the resurfacing of Highway 3 from Allyn to the junction with Highway 106 at Belfair. Power Out The Mason General Hospital emergency, electrical generating equipment got a good test, when an emergency appendectomy had to be performed during the power outage last Thursday night. The emergency equipment performed excellently and the operation was completed satisfactorily, Laurel Nelson, administrator of the hospital, said. An eight-year-old boy was brought into the hospital about 9 p.m. with a suspected ruptured appendix. Two doctors, a laboratory technician, two rgical nurses and a nurse anesthisist were called out in the snowy weather to take care of the emergency. While the lab tests were going about 10:30 p.m., Nelson said, the power went off. The emergency generator kicked in within about three seconds and provided power until about 6 p.m. when the PUD got electric service restored. The maintenance supervisor was also called in to keep an eye on the generator while it was working and to see to keeping snow removed from critical areas :: to get into the hospital. Nelson said there was also a patient in the coronory care unit in the hospital. This unit depends heavily on electricity for the various monitoring devices which are used in keeping a constant check on the patient's condition. The emergency generating equipment was installed when the hospital was built. It is designed to provide electricity to critical areas in the hospital such as the hallways, exits, laboratory, X-ray rooms, nursing stations and operating rooms. It does not provide light in patient rooms, Nelson said.