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September 23, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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September 23, 1971

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23, 1971 Jrnber 38 ~n County ~t 2 P.ni. Oct. 4 on its 1972 tnary budget, this week, receipts of expenditure various for ~Udget. elPts include ffice, clerk's office, sheriff,s office, 'eal estate and taxes and from the ticipates a at the end request office of $249,894 ,243 in the ~ClUded funds .deputy. The :or salaries is to $114,700 ;in tile budget including a to $28,000 includes of vehicles. J he of six ars, such as Year and patrol plan to three a four-wheel Which the o.w has. He two 1969, vehicles requested for the lPared to a of $53,884. additional to a Work on idea would Work traffic roads which from now. His inson said, on traffic largest budget ALAN L. CRAWFORD, right, Field Office Chief, Bureau of Aviation Safety, National Safety Transportation Safety Board, and a representative of the Federal Aviation Agency, inspect the helicopter which crashed in Vance Creek Friday afternoon. 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. 4 Sections --30 Pages 10 Cents Per Copy rln request comes from the assessor's office, which is asking for $191,600.60 for the coming year compared to $180,199.80 for the department this year. The proposed budget anticipates continuation of the present staff, part of which STATE SEN. MARTIN DURKAN poses with a young booster, Jennie McGee. Just before this picture was snapped, Miss McGee had presented a song at the salmon barbecue sponsored by local Democrats Saturday. (See story on page 2) laas been funded under the state program to help assessors bring assessments up to date. Some state funds are available for continuing the program into next year. Other budget requests compared to budgets for the current year are: Extension Office, $17,539.96 COmpared to $15,541 for this year. Auditor, $93,365 compared to $67,585 for this year. The request included one additional deputy and $4,500 for rental on book keeping machines. Civil Service, $620 for both request and this year. Voter registration, $I,050 requested compared to $650 budgeted for this year. Clerk, $27,875 compared to $25,560 for this year. County Commissioners, $38,335 requested compared to $33,271 budgeted for this year. Garbage disposal, $16,155 requested compared to $15,750 budgeted for this year. General Administration, $29,715 requested compared to $27,255 budgeted for this year. Justice Court, $26,693.70 compared to $21,859 budgeted for this year. The request includes $2,400 for a deputy clerk and an increase from $600 to $2,400 for judge pro tem. Juvenile Probation Office, $38,857 requested compared to $35,675 budgeted for this year. Miscellaneous, $166,485.93 compared to $162,836.38 budgeted for this year. Prosecuting Attorney, $55,240 requested compared to $32,562 budgeted for this year. The request includes a request for $15,000 for deputy prosecutor compared to $6,000 budgeted this year and $3,600 for extra help compared to $600 budgeted for this year. Superior Court, $35,160.50 requested compared to $35,012 budgeted for this year. Treasurer, $95,788 requested compared to $74,085 budgeted for this year. The request includes $6,600 for an additional deputy and $9,000 for rental of book keeping equipment. Regional Planning Office, $26,290 requested compared to $36,092 for last year. The budget does not include ~lcq 500 for (Please turn to Page 2) A helicopter, contracted to the U. S. Forest Service here, crashed into Vance Creek Friday afternoon after the motor quit while flying water to a slash burning mop up operation. The craft was piloted by James Ratliff, an employee of Western Helicopters, Tacoma, which owned the craft. Ratliff smfe~ed only minor injuries m the crash. Robert Barstad, Ranger for the U. S. Forest Service Shelton Ranger Station here, estimated the damage to the craft would be about $50,000, or about half the new value. Ratliff was on his way back to the slash burning site from Haven Lake where he had dipped up a bucket of water, when, as he passed over Vance Creek about a mile above the big steel railroad trestle over Vance Creek the motor quit and the craft crashed to the bottom of the steep gully through which the creek flows in the area. Another helicopter from the same firm, which was operating in the area also, went down to where the pilot was hovered while he got into the basket along side. He was then taken to a nearby road where he was transported in for a medical check-up. Barstad led a group consisting of two mechanics, a representative of the Federal Aviation Agency, Alan Crawford, field office chief, Bureau of Aviation Safety, National Transportation Safety Board, and Les Larson, fire dispatcher for the U. S. Forest Service Office in Olympia, to the scene of the crash. The other company helicopter lowered tools and equipment down to the mechanics who dismantled the crashed craft so it could be removed. The damaged craft was trucked to Tacoma Industrial Airport Sunday. Barstad said the Forest Service had started slash burning operations about four days before the east winds, which are currently keeping the area dry, came in. After the drying east winds started, he said, Forest Service crews began mop up operations on the burning to avoid the chance of it getting away. He stated all logging on the Olympia National Forest has been closed and will probably remain closed for the rest of this week at least. Kent Man Jerome J. Lillehei, 35, 24415 Pacific Highway, Apt. D, Kent, was arrested by the Mason County Sheriff's office on a charge of second degree burglary. He was arrested at a residence in the Belfair area by Deputy Charles Mustain. A HELICOPTER from Western Helicopters, Tacoma, hovers over the craft owned by the same firm which crashed in Vance Creek Friday. The helicopter in the air was lowering tools and equipment to two mechanics below. They dismantled the disabled craft in order to get it out of the steep gully in which it had crashed. I Several contests for school, port, fire, cemetery, water and hospital district offices in the county developed as filings closed Friday at the county auditor's office. Six candidates have filed for three positions in the Mary M. Knight School Board, although it still was not settled in which director district one of the candidates lives, according to Auditor Ruth Boysen. In District Two, incumbent Herbert Brehmeyer Jr. is opposed by W. Lee ltunter. In District Four, incumbent Clarence Palmer is opposed by Edward Heller and in District Five, Buelah Mueller is without opposition unless it is determined that Kenneth Gribble, an incumbent, is also in District Five. Mrs. Boysen said Gribble would be in either District One, in which the position is not up for election, in District Two or in District Five. She states Gribble was to come in to her office Wednesday afternoon to determine in which district he lived. There is no candidate filed for District three, which was recently represented by Danny Walker who has now moved out of the School District. There are three candidates for two positions on the Grapeview School Board. Stuart Marks and Theodore Hoffman are vying for the seat on the board now held by Donald Pogreba. Incumbent Phillip Hardie is unopposed for re-election. In the North Mason School District, there are three candidates for one position as incumbent Kenneth Leatherman is opposed in his bid for re-election by J. E. "Gene" Foster and Anthony Hannan. Unopposed are R. L. Sills, for the position now held by Wendell Harder and Carol Wentlandt for the position now held by Theodore Blair Jr. In the Pioneer School District, incumbent Geraldine Brooks is opposed by Carole Meacham and incumbant John Cook is opposed by Reid Mitchell. There is one contest for the three positions open on the Hood Canal School Board. Incumbent Wilbur Boelander is oooosed in JJ his bid for re-elec(ion by incumbents Alice Pope, William Charlotte Celestine. Unopposed DeMiero and Homer Stewart filing for re-election are Charles Linder for re-election along with ttarold and John Hawk. Aires, who is seeking a position In the Southside School on the board. District, Charles Swenson is There is no contest in the unopposed for election and there Belfair Water District Commission was no candidate filed for the in which incumbent Charles position now held by Harold Kovak has filed for re-election Johnson. and Bruce Whitman has filed for In the Kamilche School the position now held by Milton District, Larry Kegg is seeking a Byerly. position on the board. Neither W i 11 i a m B a t s t on e is incumbent, Harry Fletchernor unopposed for re-election to the Anton Ellison, filed for Mason County Hospital District. re-election. In Fire District filings, there In the Shelton School are four candidates for three District, for which filings were positions on the commission of held in July, Robert Kramer is the formed Cloquallum Fire opposed in his bid for re-election District. Incumbent Ernest b y D r. G e or ge R ad i ch.Loertscher has filed along with Unopposed are incumbents Ernest Randall Morris, Clifford Harto Hamlin and Thomas Weston. and Thomas Crawford. In Port District filings, In the Tahuya Fire District, : contests have developed in the incumbent Jesse Cates is opposed A llyn and Grapeview Port for election by Robert Sanders. Districts. Unopposed fire district In the Allyn District, commission candidates are Paul ! incumbent Harold Hillman isSharp, Belfair; Ed Bartolat and opposed for re-election by Delmar Orville Kager, Grapeview; Carl Griffey and Roy Mitchell is Emsley, Arcadia; Lou Donnell, opposed by Leo Livingston. Allyn; Otto Wojahn, Union; ' In the Grapeview Port William Hunter and Edward District, incumbent Ted Nolden, Skokomish; Thomas Rauschert is opposed by Orville ' Savage and Ray Schweitering, Fire Kager. District 1 1, and Lawrence Unopposed port district Hansen, Matlock. candidates are Henry Bruemmer In Intermediate School Jr., DeWatto; Oliver Ashford, District 113, which includes all of Shelton and Louis Curl, Elwin Mason County except the North Blumer and Earl Nelson, Tahuya. Mason School District, former No candidate filed for the position M a s o n C o u n t y S c h o o 1 now held by Dick Addleman onSuperintendent J. W. Goodpaster the Hoodsport Port Commission. has filed for a two-year unexpired There are four candidates for term. tte was recently appointed three positions on the Belfair to the position. He is opposed by Cemetery District with JoeWiest, Olympia. A Mason County Civil Service hearing on the dismissal of Deputy Sheriff John Hays has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday in the court house. Sheriff John Robinson said he had been notified of the date of the hearing, which involves Robinson's dismissal of Hays after an incident in which another deputy was accidentally shot in Hearing i the leg in an incident in the jail area last spring. Robinson will be represented at the hearing by Gerry Alexander, Olympia attorney who serves as assistant prosecutor. ~: Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan will serve as advisor to the civil service commission. tlays is represented by B. Franklin Heuston, Shelton attorney.