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July 1, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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July 1, 1971

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i~*;71111i; TOO LITTLE to try the chilly waters of the Skokomish Valley stream in last Saturday's summer sunshine were three-year-old David Hepburn and his Chihuahua-Beagle pup. THE OL' SWIMMIN' HOLE is a popular place with Tommy, Debbie and Diane, the older children of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hepburn. i!i t )ii~! iiLi Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, 2 Sections -- 18 Pages 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. 10 Cents Per Copy new has this funds and heriff's an of on West blitlnight Was :ral as bus transportation this year, the Recreation Program swimming classes which had been held for a number of years and in its place, two two-hour free style swimming sessions have been scheduled each day Monday through Friday at the Pool Nuotare. nve: Tom Malloy, Shelton, was treated for a cut over his right eye, which required stitches, and released from the hospital. Shelton Police were called about the altercation the first time about 1 1 p.m. Wednesday, and, after finding it was outside the city limits, referred it to the Sheriff's Office. pens The sessions are from noon to 2 p.m. and from 2-4 p.m. and are open to youngsters under 16 years of age. Those under six years of age must be accompanied by a parent. The sessions cost 25 cents each per youngster. The The second call came shortly before midnight. The Sheriff's Office had several complaints of alleged assaults in the incident. Deputies took statements from various persons who were involved and the investigation is continuing. oors Recreation program pays part of the cost of the pool for the sessions. The swimming instruction program was cut this year because of a loss of federal funds which had been available the past several years and because the bus which the city owned which was used to transport youngsters from Shelton to the swimming pool was declared no longer safe to use and was sold by the city. In addition to the swimming program, tennis lessions taught by Allen Hopp, high school tennis coach, and Steve Evander and a baseball program at Callanan Park under the direction of Curt Stracke are being held under the Summer Recreation Program this year. ee en Live music will be featured both Friday and Saturday nights at the opening of the Inn Quest. Shelton's new youth center. Volunteers were working at a fast pace this week to ready the building, at Highway 101 South and Eleanor Street, for the opening. Monday night's workers included about twenty young people, the largest contingent so far, according to Mike Gibson, the guiding hand behind the center project. The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. Aside from the musical entertainment there are no planned activities. Young people of junior and senior high school age are invited to use the Inn Quest at no cost. Gibson thanked those who have donated time, money and materials to the project and pointed out there is still a need for tables and chairs - in any condition. Volunteer workers are also still needed. At least one officer of the Inn Quest will be at the center every day from 4 to 8 p.m. to take calls and answer questions about its operation and needs. The telephone number is 426-3911. School Board Meets Tuesday The Mason County Commission, setting as the County Board of Equalization, began hearing protests from Mason County property owners whose property was revalued this year. The individual hearings began today and will continue Friday. The next date for individuals to appear is set for July 1 5. Those who appear must fill out a petition and turn it in ahead of the time when they appear before the board. Reappraisals this year have been in the Hood Canal area and the Tahuya Peninsula, Assessor Willis Burnett said. The reappraisals started at the Jefferson County line and came down along the canal to the Skokomish Indian Reservation, and from the reservation up the other side of the canal in the Union and Twanoh areas to Belfair and took in the Tahuya Peninsula area. Most of the property had not been reappraised since 1968, Burnett said, adding this is about the third time in 15 years the area has been reassessed to bring it in line with current market values. The county has been able to speed up reappraisal work the past two years, the assessor said, because of additional funds provided by the State Legislature Robert Allen Wilson, 29, was given a two-year deferred sentence on a charge of grand larceny by check when he appeared in Mason County Superior Court before Judge Frank Baker Friday. Wilson pleaded guilty to the charge. Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan told the court Wilson had obtained $887 from the Seattle First National Bank last January. The prosecutor said Wilson opened a savings account with $5 under a fictitious name, and, a few days later, deposited a check for $882 in the account, and, before the check, which was no good, could clear, drew the entire $887 out of the bank and left town. Wilson at the time had been fisiting relatives in Shelton. He had made his home in California, acid was separated from his wife and three children. Wilson was arrested last month in Oregon City, Ore., and returned to Mason County by LE was put in place this week by, an energetic crew of The Shelton School Board SheltnPlicefficers" will hold its regular July meeting His court appointed attorney, ng to prepare the Inn Quest, Shelton s new youth center, for at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Jerry Buzzard, Olympia, told the I-riday night at 6 p.m. Evergreen School library, court Wilson wanted to get a to assist countys to bring their reappraisals as current as possible. The assessor commented that his office used the state money to hire additional deputy assessors and office staff. The first two years of the program were completed in June of this year. The last session of the legislature appropriated additional funds for a continuation of the program. Burnett said by June of 1972, his office would have all appraisals on a two-year schedule. Presently, he said, the oldest assessment on the books was made in 1968. The legislature in recent years has changed the make-up of the Board of EqualizatiOn which hears appeals of assessments. Previously, the board was made up of the county commission with the assessor as secretary. The assessor is no longer a member of the board and does not act as secretary. In this county, the commissioners have decided to remain as the board of equalization themselves with a member of the auditor's office staff as secretary. Burnett commented that the Board of Equalization can lower an assessment if they find it is too high in comparison to other deferred sentence ii possible, and get a job and repay the money which he had obtained from the bank. The attorney said Wilson also wanted to get his wife and children up here from California if possible. As conditions of the deferred sentence, Wilson was ordered to serve 30 days in the Mason County Jail, pay $100 a month toward restitution when he got a job and to pay $150 into the current expense fund of Mason County during the time the deferral lasted. Also appearing in court was Jerry Jones, Shelton, who had been transfered to the county jail from Western State Hospital where he had been committed as a sexual psycopath after being arrested in 1969 on a charge of indecent exposure. Jones pleaded guilty to the charge and was given a three-year deferred sentence on the condition he return to Western State for further treatment. Officials at Western State had asked he be returned here and the criminal charge against him completed so further treatment at the hospital could be followed. property, but, at the same time, if they find the assessor has placed the assessment too low in comparison to other property, they can order the assessment raised. Any property owner who feels the Board of Equalization is wrong in its decision can appeal to the State Board of Appeals within 10 days after receiving notification of the decision of the county board. The state board will only hear appeals based on fair market value, Burnett said. MIKE SHARER, president elect, and Wayne McDonald, president, of the Happydale Jaycees at the Washington Corrections Center, display the trophies their Jaycee Chapter won at the recent state convention in Portland, Ore. At WCC Winners Of Two National Awards The Happydale Jaycees at the Washington Corrections Center were honored as the top Institutional Jaycee Chapter in the nation and placed third among all Jaycee Chapters in their size division at the recent National Jaycee Convention in Portland, Ore. They were awarded the first place Howard Institutional Award among Jaycee chapters in institutions. The third place award in their division in regular Howard Award competition places them in the top 18 Jaycee Chapters in the nation regardless of size or status. This is the first time in the history of the U. S. Jaycees that any institutional chapter has placed in this competition. The awards were presented to the Happydale chapter at a recent meeting by Jerry Swartos, president of the Shelton Jayeees. Robert Rains, superintendent of the Corrections Center stated the institution is proud of the efforts of the Jaycee m~nlbl~ there who made the award possible and that winning the awards is an honor for the Corrections Center. ;jii