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August 19, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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L for the Mason will be held and Sunday, Grounds , !'iI ~i'i~i/ '~/ ,~, 'i :'~i ,~ ,~ii', ~ ~' Thursday, August 19, 1971 Publlsl~ed in Sl~elton, 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 85th Year -- Number 33 227 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewl~ere. 28 Pages -- 3 Sections 10 Cents Per Copy and painting with ng entries 1 and is the Were to arrive noon today. are to be Friday. Open at 9 a.m. full days of Rodeo which Year, the Saturday The total assessed valuation in Mason County for 1972 taxes is $147,902,540, Assessor Willis Burnett said this week. This represents, he said, an increase of about 22 per cent above last year. The total assessed valuation for 1971 taxes was $120,985,035, the assessor said. Burnett said the assessments in the county are pretty well equalized out, with the completion of the tax rolls for 1972 taxes which were completed this summer. There is one small area in the county which has not been covered by the re-evaluation program which his office has been carrying on with the aid of state funds for additional personnel. When assessments are completed next summer, he said, the entire county should be covered by the revaluation program. 'rmances are p.m. Saturday at the have been race track a fair grounds. by the and by Brahma COW am roping, g. include the 4-1-I dog beef and mg in the Its include 4:30-7 H ayriders p.m. and a 8 p.m. to continue are the lneral show, °ncessions, the horse include the : 4-H horse ~t 9 a.m. ,n events from 2-8 Include P.m., P.m., the at 7 p.m., dancing p.m., the 7:30 at 9 p.m. of the Who are ce, stated IS Welcome rting at eating ~ife calling POunding ng Pin toss at 6 p.m. ma Youth hospital treatment suffered Lena 325 58th from by a He at Was taken. ~anions, Pacific Ave. to the When Which either With out at the ), 5009 hiked out Called the Office for it had about that an six ' was for from time rescue ~n if the not be Weather effort later, Were was a took LISA BREWER, 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brewer, and her registered Jersey cow, Pansy, are all ready for the open dairy competition at the Mason County Fair. Pansy is a granddaughter of a cow by the same name which Lisa's father showed as a 4-H animal when he was a member of that group. ,epresen ore Income omes With the appointment of a housing program director, the Thurston-Mason County Community Action Council is planning to step up its efforts to assist low income people here in obtaining better housing. Dan Wiggen, who was named as housing program director by the Community Action Council, said he plans to be in Shelton at the Multi-Service Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Wednesday to talk to interested persons or individuals here. Wiggen said his efforts will be toward utilizing all existing programs for low income housing including remodeling programs, low cost sales programs, low rent Due Here Plans for the establishment of a full-time driver's license office in Shelton were announced this week by the State Motor Vehicle Department. The Department closed the traveling office which had been here two days a week on July 1. The Department said the new office here will be operated by two men and will be open five days a week. The state is in the process of acquiring new electronic equipment to be used in permanent offices. Shelton is among the top five communities in the state scheduled to have new full-time offices. housing programs, senior citizen and handicapped housing programs, self help housing programs, and any others which might be available. Commenting on his philosophy, he said the most desirable is scattered site single family residences, either new or remodele˘;l and designed for the specific family. "I don't believe in building a shoe box and stuffing a family into it", he stated. One of the programs which Wiggen said he would like to see developed here would be a self-help housing group. Under this program, he said, the Farmers Home Administration will finance the purchase of land and material either in a rural area or in a city of up to 10,000 in population. A group of families get together and agree to help each other with the construction of new homes for each member. An experienced construction supervisor is hired through the program and each family signs an agreement to provide 30 hours a week of labor for the project. The homes do not nave to all be in one location, he said, but should be close enough together so that time spent traveling is not too great. A group of around eight families would make an adequate uniL Wiggen said. One group which is putting up homes under the program, he said, had an average cost of $10,500 for a home, and, monthly payments ranged from $27 a month to $64 a month, depending on the family's income. The work is done after normal working hours; It takes between 1,000 and 1,500 man hours to complete a house, Wiggen said. Wiggen said the self help housing program is new in Western Washington, but, has worked in a number of Eastern Washington communities. Wiggen also appeared before the Mason County Commission Monday to discuss formation of a county Housing Authority. The commission asked him to come back with information about the number of people who would be benefitted by such a program. He stated he would get the information they wanted and come back later to discuss the idea further. Register Between 100 and 150 young people 18, 19 and 20 years old have signed up to vote, County Auditor Ruth Boysen said this week. The young voters will have their first chance to participate in an election Sept. 21 when voters in the Shelton School District will decide on a five-mill special levY for maintenance and operation which has been put on the ballot by the school board. Although Sept. 21 is primary election day, there are no contests in either the Shelton city or Shelton School District elections which will require a vote. Initial discussions for a new building to house the Shelton City Library were revealed at the Shelton City Commission meeting Tuesday. Frank Maranville, chairman of the library board, told the commission he had talked to some of the school board members about the old Lincoln School property, which has been selected by the library board as a good possible location for a new library building. Maranville asked if the city commission and" School board could get together Aug. 24 to discuss a possible property trade which would give the city the proposed site and the school district a piece of city property which it could use. The school district will no longer use the old Lincoln Gym after completion of the new Shelton High School. Two pieces of city property which were discussed as potential trading property were the tennis court area at Loop Field and city property adjoining the new high school site. Mayor Frank Travis said he would like to hold off in any discussion of property until City Attorney B. Franklin Heuston is back from vacation since there might be some legal questions which would come up. Maranville said he understood Heuston would be back before the proposed Aug. 24 meeting between the two groups. Maranville also asked if a meeting could be set up to hear proposals from architects. Travis stated he would rather not do anything along this line until after the site of the proposed building is determined and other questions are settled. Maranville commented there is no definite plan for financing the proposed new library building, but, there are some alternatives which can be considered. Residents of a section of E St. which is in the proposed 23-block street improvement LID on which a hearing was held Tuesday, objected to that section being included. They stated no petitions had been circulated concerning the street improvement, and, that they were opposed to it since they had had one street improved under the program last year. City Engineer Howard Godat said the petition to have the street included was signed by the City Park and Recreation Commission. One side of the street borders Callanan Park. Those who objected to the street being included were told by Mayor Frank Travis to submit their objections in writing. City Engineer Howard Godat stated the project should be about ready for bids in two weeks if a large number of protests are not received, and, that construction should be ready to start in September. Godat reported six bids had been received on installation of a water main. on the Matlock Rd. The bids were opened earlier in the week. On the recommendation of The approval of the plat of Beard's Cove No. 8 by the Mason County Commission and the County Planning Commission was upheld by Judge Frank Baker after a review of the record of the approval and affadavits from a number of persons. The court action came on a petition for a writ of review, filed by Mr. and Mrs. Leo Livingston, Belfair, contending the approval of the plat was illegal and the action of the two commissions was arbitrary and capricious. The court agreed to grant the writ and to review the proceedings in connection with the approval of the plat. In a hearing before Judge Baker in Olympia Monday afternoon, Phil Best, Bremerton attorney who represented Mr. and Mrs. Livingston, Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan and W. F. Hennessey, an attorney representing the developers, Coroner Byron McClanahan said this week he will probably call a coroner's inquest in the death of Allen Strong, 25, Rt. 5, Box 398, Shelton. The inquest will probably be held in a week or 10 days, McClanahan said. Strong was found lying on the ground in a parking lot in Hoodsport last Thursday night. An autopsy showed death to have been caused bY a stab wound which hit his heart. The Mason County Sheriff's Office this week asked that anyone who might know anything about the incident which resulted in Strong's death to contact Sgt. James Sisson at 426-8244. The Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation which started shortly before the city engineer, the low bid of James E. Davis Construction of Renton was accepted. The Davis bid was $34,978.66. Other bidders were VJM Construction Co., Kirkland; Ronald Wilder, Olympia; DW Construction, Seattle; NBI Corp., Olympia, and Friegang Construction, Tacoma. The project is the relocation of a part of the city water main on the Matlock Road which must el presented arguments to the court. Best told the court he believed the procedures of the county commission and planning commission were defective in that they failed to consider the comprehensive plan as they are required to do and that those who opposed the plat did not get a fair hearing before the planning commission. Best said one of the affidavits stated one individual who was opposed to the plat had raised his hand, stood, and made audible sounds on two occasions wanting to speak. He was not told to sit down and shut up, Best said, but he was not recognized by the chairman of the planning commission and given an opportunity to speak. Hennessey stated it was easy for Best to "nit pick" the record of the county commission and planning commission reflected in their minutes. midnight last Thursday. Officers answering a call of an altercation in the parking lot between the Old Mill Tavern and the aquarium in Hoodsport arrived to find Strong's body there. Mr. Strong was born Feb. 20, 1946 in Shelton and had lived all of his life in this area. Survivors include two brothers, John Strong, Shelton, and David Lewis, North Bend, and one sister, Ruth Ann Strong, Buckley. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Skokomish Indian Assembly of God Church with Rev. Dorothy Reed officiating. Burial was in the Skokomish Indian Cemetery. be moved because of the construction of the freeway bypass. The State Highway Department is providing part of the money for the project. The commission, on the recommendation of Police Chief Frank Rains voted to have a stop sign installed at Dearborn and Mason Sts. Traffic on Dearborn will have to stop for the stop signs. rove The question, he said, was if substantial justice had been done under the present law. He stated the record indicated the plaintiffs and Best were known to the planning commission and that Best had addressed the commission on another matter the same evening. Affidavits indicate, Hennessey said, that one individual had stood up to speak, but, had been motioned by Best to sit down. The action of the commissions, he said, was done in good faith and complied with all of the requirements. McClanahan commented that some 200 plats had been approved in Mason County in the past several years. He commented the county commissioners were caught in a dilemma in that if a platter met all of the requirements under the present platting law, and, was denied approval of his plat, the commission would be in court on another kind of an action to force them to approve. In making his ruling, Judge Baker stated the procedures followed by the commissions were not detrimental. He stated a finding of fact, as Best contended was necessary, was not and that approval of the plat indicated it was acceptable under the platting laws of the county. Commenting on the planning commission hearing, the judge said the record indicated adequate public notice of the hearing had been given and that B~t and those who opposed the plat were present and listened to all of the proceedings. It is inconcievable, the judge, said, that if something should have been said on the plat that Best would not have said it. The planning commission, in not asking each individual if he had anything to say was perhaps not morally correct, but the action was not illegal, the court stated. Indians are raising fish in pens under controlled conditions just off Squaxin Island in an attempt to grow the fish from fingerling size to ˝-1 pound size for commercial marketing. Turn to page 1.4 for the full story and pictures which tell about the experiment. i '!! i i iill