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July 22, 1971

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I e i , ,y < :~> MAKING HAY while the sun shines are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Deyette, Skokomish Valley. Mark mans the tractor and Brad loads the hay pitched by big brother Lon. 1971. 29 Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 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. 3 Sections -- 20 Pages 10 Cents Per Copy and John When he completes his six months of Port in the Mason County Jail, he will -~d to onebe sent to the Washington on chargesCorrections Center. sault. Six ~nee was Y Ill .)d were Court COunt on Both Jackman and Wood have been in jail since their arrest April 15. Judge Henry, in passing the sentence, allowed them credit for the time they have already been in jail on the six months they were ordered to serve. There were also ordered to make restitution to Schletty for medical expenses he incurred as With Second COUnts lection had guilty of was an State the the at the Parole trail. The cas'e of Leo Livingston against Mason County Commission, Mason County Planning Commission, Auditor Ruth Boysen and Planning Director James Connolly was. continued for one week by Judge Hewitt Henry in Mason County Superior Court last Thursday. The case had been scheduled for a show cause hearing last week. Livingston seeks a writ of the result of the incident. Francis Louise Williams, Grapeview, appearing on a charge of grand larceny, pleaded not guilty to the charge. John Ragan, Shelton attorney, appeared in court with Mrs. Williams and told the court a Tacoma attorney would be representing her. He a~so told the court that Mrs. Williams' husband, Billy, who was charged with her, was in custody in British Columbia at the present time. review asking that all county commission and planning commission records in connection with the approval of the plat of Beard's Cove No. 8 be turned over to the court for review. The suit contends the county's action in approving the plat was unlawful, arbitrary and capricious. The hearing is scheduled for Superior Court this morning. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are charged with taking about $8,000 from Miller's Department store. They were arrested in the Capitol Hill area and the money recovered. William Lee Morris, 27, Shelton, pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree assault and was given a five-year deferred sentence by Judge Henry. He was accused of running his flatbed truck into the home of his inlaws, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Davis, last Dec. 7. His court-appointed attorney Fred Gentry, Olympia, told the court Morris had been shot as he fled the scene of the incident and that he had had medical treatment in Olympia and Seattle and needed further medical treatment. Gentry said Morris wanted to go into a Veterans Administration hospital to complete the medical treatment necessary. He was also ordered to make some $1,900 in restitution for the repair of the Davis home and to pay $150 into the current expense fund of Mason County. SSIS er HAS moved into the assistant postmaster's office from his ition behind the counter at the Shelton Post Office. The appointment of Floyd Ridout as Assistant Postmaster was announced this week by Shelton Postmaster Frank McGuire. Ridout succeeds Howard Yule, who died unexpectedly earlier this month, as assistant~' postmaster. Ridout began working for the Shelton Post Office in 1945 as a temporary employee while still in High School, and has been with them since that time. McGuire said Ridout has been in training as a supervisor for the past 3 years, acting as assistant postmaster when the postmaster or assistant postmaster have been absent. McGuire said under the new Postal Service system, he was able to make the appointment without having to go through higher postal authorities for approval as had been necessary in the past. Ridout is married and the father of two sons. His wife, Dorothy, is a teacher at BordeaUx School. He has been active in Little League baseball in the community. Mason County, like most other counties in the state, is not having as much response to property tax exemptions for older persons as was anticipated County Assessor Willis Burnett said this week He said So far, 298 persons have signed up for the tax exemption. This compares to about 400 who signed up under the previous program last year. The State Legislature liberalized the qualifications for the exemption which makes more persons eligible than under the previous program. The deadline for signing up at the Assessor's office for the exemption for 1972 taxes is July 31. Burnett said the exemptions do not constitute a lein against the property at a future date. Earnings limitations on senior citizens who claim property tax exemptions do not apply to those who are 72 years of age or older. The new state exemption law for retired and disabled homeowners follows federal social security law in this respect. Under the state exemption statute, total income of claimants may not include an amount of earnings that would cause the federal government to make a deduction from their social security benefit. At the present time this allowable limit on income from wages and self-employment is $1,680. However, since social security pensioners 72 or older can earn more than $1,680 without any deduction from their federal pension, they also can qualify for the property tax exemption with earnings of more than $1,680. Their overall income cannot exceed $6,000, however. Property owners 62 through 71 years of age with incomes of $4,000 or less whose earnings do not exceed the $1,680 limit will be entitled to full exemption from excess property taxes in 1972. Those with incomes between $4,000 and $6,001 will have to pay only half of them. The rule for those 72 and older is the same except that the $1,680 provision does not affect them. Registration of senior citizens for 1 972 tax exemptions is running only 38 per cent of those eligible in the state outside of King County. A check of 14 county assessor offices showed that 24,700 of an estimated 65,000 eligible retired and disabled homeowners had been processed for exemption from excess levies payable in 1972. Deadline this year is July 31. Sign-ups in ICing County have been at anticipated numbers. The Association of "Elected County Officials said Thursday afternoon that the King County assessor's office estimated that it has processed 20,000 applications. The Department of Revenue projection for the county was 22, 100. Yakima is another county close to its proiected target. It Jailed Drug Case A Shelton couple, James Ott Meitzner, 35, and his wife, Janet Kay, 29, Rt. 2, Box 627, Shelton, were arrested early Saturday morning on charges of possession of controlled substances. Bail on each was set at $25,000. Meitzner is being held in Mason County jail in lieu of bail and his wife is being held in Thurston County for Mason County. They were arrested at 1:35 a.m. after four deputysheriffs, a state trooper, two Seattle Police Department detectives and the Mason County Prosecuting Attorney went to their home with a search warrant. Officers were first notified of the incident by the Seattle officers who called here stating a car driven by Mrs. Meitzner was being sought in a drug investigation. On the basis of information obtained from the Seattle officers, a search warrant was obtained for the couple's home. Officers said a large quantity of drugs was found during the search of the home. Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan said the couple would be charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine, hashish, LSD and amphetamines in Mason County District Justice Court and the case would be brought into Superior Court Thursday. I'IAMMERSLEY INLET off Walker Park was a perfect spot to Cool off during Tuesday's scorching heatwave. reported 4,500 claims received from a potential of 6,200 applicants. Snohomish County, with a possible 7,500 claimants, reported that it had processed between 2,200 and 2,400. Pierce County had about 5,000 out of an estimated 11,300 eligibles, Clark County 1,560 out of 4,700, and Thurston County less than 1,000 out of 2,300. Ot her county registrations were Cowlitz, 800 of 2,500; Benton, 550 of 1,300; Chelan, 600 of 1,600; Grays Harbor, 1,000 of 3,100; Whatcom, 1,500 of 3,900; Spokane, 3,100 of 11,500; Kitsap, 1,000 of 2,400; Lewis 1,200 of 2,700. J. Harold Turner I I I By JAN DANFORD "When I go to the polls I'll probably toss a coin," says J. Harold Turner the Third, the first 18-year-old voter to register at the Mason County Court House on July 1. "Or maybe I'll do what so many adults do - just not vote at all." J. Harold Turner the Third, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Turner Jr., heard on the radio of the ratification of the 18-year-old vote, and promptly went to the court house to sign his name. "I was the only one there," he says," and they didn't seem to expect even me." The youthful voter has never been too interested in politics. "I don't even know who the mayor is," he admits, "and I've never been elected to a class or to a club office." He doesn't like the Republicans, and he doesn't like the Democrats either. In fact, he doesn't think much of politicians in general. "They talk a lot," he states, "but I don't feel that any. of them are doing anything worthwhile. I can't see myself voting for any of them." Turner professes himself to be unprepared to vote, having no real political beliefs of any sort. A 1971 graduate of Shelton High School, he feels that the 12th year civics class, which supposedly teaches the students to understand our political system, fails to adequately inform. "I think, however," he declares "that the 18-year-old is Don Hughes, owner and operator of Hughes Ambulance Service here, said this week he plans to make some adjustments in his rate schedule and will continue service as usual to Mason County residents. He commented that the change will most likely come in a small increase in the mileage rate. Hughes stated he had studied the matter out thoroughly, and, decided this was the best course of action. He stated the $350 a month subsidy he had received when he came to Shelton in 1964 had not been received for almost three years and that he had continued his operation. Hughes stated he realizes there will be no more subsidy and that with the adjustment in rate schedule, he will continue to operate as he has been. every bit as well prepared as the 21-year-old, who is not prepared either." The average l -year-o d, according to Turner, is more interested in sports, in parties, in his job and his friends than he is in politics. "The 2 1 -year-old," he continues, "has even less time than the younger fellow to learn about political issues. He is either in college, or in the service, or perhaps even married with a family." The schools are lax, in the estimation of the young man, in their failure to teach the youth of the nation how to take apart and to understand political speeches; how to evaluate political issues; and how to vote intelligently. "For each election," Turner states, "the voter is prepared by the campaigners, which is no way at all." He deplores the fact that the voter is concerned with an image, rather than with a real person. "I would like to see better education at all levels," announces Turner, who feels that for the average student his high school years are wasted. "After completing the seventh grade," Turner states, "a person knows reading, writing, and arithmetic, the essential requirements for earning a living. The average student proceeds to spend the next four or five years just getting by or even flunking out. The outstanding student, who amasses many credits and really applies himself, can't advance to the best of his abilities because of limited opportunities." Turner is employed in the preparation of food by his father, who is the owner and operator of Bob's Tavern. He will perhaps attend a technical school to become a computer programmer. Reading is his hobby and his recreation. He listens to the radio every day, and intends to absorb through this medium all the political information possible. He will listen to campaign speeches and he will exchange ideas with other people. It is his belief that many people do not vote because they are dissatisfied with all candidates. He suggests a possible method of dealing with persons who are not sufficiently interested to go to the polls. "if a major portion of the populace doesn't turn out to vote, we might just temporarily abolish the office in question," he laughed. There have been 56 newly-eligil~le voters 18, 19 and 20 years of age who have r~gistered to vote since they became eligible, County Auditor Ruth Boysen said this week. i~ i? i ill i/ ii:!! !i )