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March 18, 1971

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13iana Williamson Wendy Erhart Kathy Kelley Candidates for Forest Festival Queen and Paul Bunyan from Shelton High School were announced this week. Queen candidates are Diana Williamson, Wendy Erhart and Kathy Kelley. The Paul Bunyan candidates are Mike Bac, Paul Wittenberg and Robert "Rocky" Nutt. The three candidates from Shetton High School and one each from Mary M. Knight and North Mason High Schools will compose the Forest Festival Royal Court. The queen will be selected by a committee of judges at a dinner later in the spring and will be announced at the Queen's Banquet which kicks off Festival activities. A change was made in the method of selecting Paul Bunyan this year, with three candidates named from Shelton High School with the final selection to be made by a Festival committee. Miss Williamson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Junior E. Williamson, 628 Turner, Shelton. Miss Erhart is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Erhart, 909 S. 7th., Shelton. Miss Kelley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Kelley, Rt. 1, Box 540, Shelton. Bac is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bac, 324 East 1 St., Shelton. Wittenberg is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Wittenberg, 307 Seattle St., Shelton. Nutt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nutt, Rt. 3, Box 359, Shelton. Mike Bac Paul Wittenberg Rocky Nutt March 18, 1971 ~ar ---. Number 11 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 2:>7 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 3 Sections - 30 Pages 10 Cents Per Copy / death of Robert C. 21, last Feb. 5 was due dose of amphetamines, McClanahan said said results of at the University Toxicology laboratory listed the cause of death as accute poisoning due to an overdose of amphetamines. Samples from the body were taken to the toxicology laboratory after an autopsy at the time of the death could find no organic cause for Johnson's death. Johnson was found dead in an apartment at 121 Cedar St. about noon Feb. 5 by Laurie Kellogg, 19, when she went home for lunch that day. Miss Kellogg told police Johnson had came to the apartment late the night before ty Sewer Engineer Howard Godat ]ty commission at its some cleaning needed on some city to remove gravel gotten into them and t a problem. ted there was about of sewer line which and, he had Oregon firm which Work for a cost of $700. rated it would be to get an outside to install a manhole and Union because of the sewer there. The he said, will not of this depth. authorized go ahead with With the Oregon Work done. stated he had lean contacted .property owners for right-of-way for improvement of San Joaquin Ave. on Capitol Hill and all except one had agreed to accept the amount of money set by an appraisal firm hired by the city. He stated he would consult with the city attorney about what steps should be taken next with the property owner who would not accept the appraisal figure. He stated he had been contacted by the State Highway Department about a small piece of city property which will be needed for the right-of-way for the freeway bypass. The state, he said, was offering $450 for the land needed, which is in the area of the city dump. The commission authorized a call for bids on a new patrol,car for the City Police Department. A letter from the City Library Board which was to be" presented at the comprehensive plan hearing Wednesday night was read by Librarian Morely Kramer. The letter objects to some statements in the plan concerning library service. Public Works Commissioner Glen Watson stated the city had contracted with PUD 3 for 117 mercury vapor lights to replace more of the incandescent street lights now in use. J im Connolly, Regional Planning Director, appeared at the meeting to ask if the city would be interested in joining the county in developing a joint city-county parks and recreation plan. The commissioners told Connolly they would discuss the suggestion and make a decision later. and went to sleep on the couch in the living room. She thought he was still sleeping when she arrived at the apartment when she went home for lunch, and, that when she attempted to awaken him, she was unable to do so. A Shelton fireman who answered the ambulance call called police and the coroner when he was unable to find any signs of life in Johnson. The youth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Johnson, 1724 Northcliff Rd, Shelton. There will be no school in the Shelton and Grapeview School Districts Friday because of the Teacher Conference Day. Other districts in the county, Mary M. Knight, Pioneer, Hood Canal, Southside and Kamilche, will use the day to make up for a day lost because of snow earlier this year. her onor DANFORD He was born on a farm near and parts of Oregon. grandparents Green Bay, Wis, in 1890, and in Coming to Mason County 30 -- a'-o he now COmmutes tes ChestbUtr 1910 came to the state of yea~ ~, "Were born in Washington. He lived for31 years between a home on Harstene from that one I in seattle, during which time he Island and a home in Shelton. name that 1, Pronounce until operated a manufacturing and wholesale distributing business throughout Washington, Alaska recken Chester Streckenbach served three terms as Mason County Commissioner, and for 18 Years on the Washington State Grange Committee on State Institutions. He has served for 15 years on the county committee on school organization and was for 13 years a school board member. He was for 18 years a member of the Shelton General Hospital board, and he has sponsored six different boys at Washington Corrections Center, visiting them Weekly and assisting them to obtain employment upon their release. "These were boys," he explains, "who had no one to care about them. Of the six, only one had further trouble and was returned to the Center." At the end of his third term as County Commissioner, Chester Streckenbach was 70 years old. "There were so many thi,,~ r wanted to do," he declare(l'7"and 1 knew that I Would never get a chance to do these things unless I land saw a grazing doe. She raised her head and quietly looked at the man. "I spoke softly to her," Chester Streckenbach related, "and I backed away slowly. The deer advanced a few steps. I coaxed her gently, backing a few paces at a time, and she actually followed me, timidly but trustingly, until I found myself in heavy shadows and she refused to approach more closely. Filled with the wonder of it, I went home, tore my brand new license in two and tossed it into the fire place." Deer ate the flowers, the fruit, the grapes, and the shrubbery from his premises. "I shouted at them, and drove them away," he remembers, "but they came back as soon as my back was turned. I finally gave up and let them feed freely upon the landscaping." A member of the Odd FelloWS for 60 years and of the Masonic Lodge for 59 years, he also belongs to the Royal Arch and to the Shrine. He and his wife, Zelda, have a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Smith of Chester W. Streckenbach were to retire." Island Lake, and three He did not file for a fourth grand-daughters. term. He is now enjoying walks Across the years of his active on the beaches and through the life, Chester Streckenbach often woods. He likes to be outdoors, thinks of his wonderful although he neither fishes nor childhood He was one of 11 hunts. " children. . I was never the least bit There was always fun ,, and interested in shooting things,"happiness in the home," .he Streckenbach said. reminisces, "and I never heara a He recalls that 20 years ago a cross word between my parents; friend was aghast at the idea that I t m a de for wondertul he had never hqnted. The friend memories." persuaded Chester Streckenbach, T h e M a s o n C o u n t y who'did not even own a gun, to Democratic Club will honor obtain a hunting license. Towards evening, Streckenbach strolled through the woods near his Harstene Island home, and over a slight rise in the Chester Streckenbach at a dinner to be held in the Memorial Hall at 6:30 p.m. on March 27. Tickets will be sold at the door and the public is welcome. A crowd composed mostly of Hood Canal tideland property owners filled the Hood Canal Junior High Auditorium almost to capacity to get some answers from state and local officials last Saturday night. The meeting had been arranged, and, a number of questions submitted in advance on the questions these property owners had on what rights they had on the tidelands they owned. One of the major questions, which was directed at Ran Josephson, head of the State Fisheries Patrol, was what right the State Fisheries Department had to set a limit on the number of oysters a person could gather from their own beach. The question many of the property owners had was whom do the oysters belong to? Josephson said oysters which had been planted by an individual were his property, but, those which had drifted in as spawn from some other area and set on a private beach were in a different category. Mal Murphy, assistant .attorney general, said there had never been a court case which had decided the question of ownership of oysters. There has been a case in which it was ruled clams belong to the owner of the tideland property. Josephson said the state was able to set limits on the number of oysters one person could pick through its police powers extended to the tidelands for management of a resource. Another Fisheries Department regulation which came in for some strong opposition was one which went into effect this past winter was one which states oysters taken must be opened on the beach where they are taken and the shells left there. Josephson said the purpose of the regulation is to help propagate the oyster crop. When someone picks up a clump of oysters, he said, they may find two or three good oysters, but, at the same time, there are usually several small oysters which cannot be used yet, but, if they are left on the beach, they will grow and develop to a useable size. The regulation, Josephson said, is to give these small oysters a chance to grow. The regulation, h} said, does not apply to those who have a commercial oysterman's license. Another question which got a considerable airing was the problem of persons who come onto a private beach to pick oysters and dig clams. Sheriff John Robinson told the audience just by being on a private beach without permission, there was a basis for a trespass charge. He stated the biggest problem is getting sufficient evidence to prove a charge after the occurance. He commented it can not always be possible for a representative of his office to get to the :;c~:nc imm, ediatcly, and. i!" the trespassers are gone when the deputy .arrives, it is necessary to tlave a description of the people and a vehicle license number if anything is going to be done. Another thing, Robinson said, is for the property owners to make sure they know where their property lines are so there is definite evidence the persons accused have actually been on private property without permissioq. Also discussed was how tidelands should be marked to identify them as private property. Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan stated it was not necessary to post improved land as it should be evident it was privately owned. He stated unimproved land should be marked every 700 feet with signs such as private property or no. trespassing. Robinson commented that if a property owner had someone come onto their beach and argued when asked to leave, the property owner should avoid an altercation if at all possible. The property owner is only allowed under law to use a reasonable amount of force to protect his property. ()ther que~;t'.op,~ which .'.,me up from the audience concerned persons who come in by boat and tie up to a private dock or skin divers who come onto tidelands at Group Gal At State The Hood Canal Seals Diving Club Sunday brought up more than 10 garbage cans of debris from the float and dock areas at Jarrell Cove State Park. About 40 persons, including members and their families, arrived about 10 a.m. They retrieved numerous articles, including barbecues, fishing poles, cans and bottles of all descriptions. The members and their families enjoyed a picnic under the shelter at the park following the dives. Park Ranger James McAuliffe stated "as park ranger, I am deeply in the club's debt and do heartily thank them for a job well done." high tide and dive for oysters without ever going onto the beach. Bart Robbins, a Lilliwaup oysterman who acted as moderator for part of the program, commented he thought the problem was not so much a criminal one as a misunder- standing on the use of the beaches which needed an educational program more than criminal prosecution. Murphy, who was the writer of an attorney general's opinion issued kate last year, which stated the public had the right to use the ocean beaches, stated the opinion and an accompanying news release were used in such a way in a Seattle daily newspaper to give the impression the ruling applied to other salt water and fresh water beaches. The opinion, Murphy said, was intended to apply only to ocean beaches, and the daily newspaper story which gave the erroneous impression used quotes from Jack Robertson, president of the Washington Environmental Cou~cii, to the effect he thought the opinion would probably apply to other salt water beaches and fresh water beaches also. Murphy stated the erroneous impression given by the first story was hard to correct. The meeting was arranged by Harry Hays Jr. of Lilliwaup in an effort to provide some answers for tideland property owners. Committee To Meet Monday The Shelton School District Citizen's Advisory Committee will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in the Evergreen School Library for its March meeting. IN THE STARTING BLOCKS and ready to go on the walk for retarded children are high school students Debbie Cox, left, and Pep Nutt. ASB president Larry Olli is at right, starting the group as numerous students look on. The walk will take place in Olympia March 28, The funds raised will be given to the Mason County Chapter of the Washington Association for Retarded children.