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District by 3 commissioners II1 Tahuya Port district, which has not been active since no one remembers how long but has $105.17 being held by the County Treasurer, is about to become reactivated if each of three men who filed for the positions of Port Commissioners of the Tahuya Port District get at least one vote. Like other Port districts, the Tahuya district is divided into three districts and each of the men filing lives in a different district so they are not running against each other. The one getting the largest number of votes will be elected for a six-year term, the next for a 4-year term and the one receiving the least votes will hold office for two years. Running for the three positions are Louis Curl, Elwin Blumer and Earl Nelson. According to Curl, who encouraged the other two to file for their positions, his reason for re-activating the Port District is to find out what monies have been collected and determine if a Port District is neeced. He said the former Commission never officially dissolved the district. There are at least possibilities of action open to the about-to-be-formed Board. If they find there is no need for a Port district in Tahuya they can take the needed action to officially dissolve it and the money on hand, $105.17, will be turned over to the local school district as law demands when a Port district closes. If they feel a Port district can serve the people in the area they have the authority, without any vote of the people, to resume tax collections up to 1 mill. In trying to find out just how long the Tahuya Port District has been inactive, the Herald ran into difficulty. Calls to the County Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer offices resulted in no information because it had been so long ago it would necessitate a lengthy search through old old files. A call to John 'Wing" Huson of Tahuya, a long-time resident, also yielded no information other than that in the 51 years he had lived in Tahuya he never heard of a Port district operating. Another long-time resident, Postmaster Phyllis Fixemer, said she could remember her father complaining because the Port District wasn't active but can't remember hearing when it became inactive. It would seem it could be over fifty years ago. heriff's deputy offers tips to winter vacationers Planning to head south for the winter'? Certain precautions should be taken by persons planning to be gone from their home for any length of time advised Detective Mike Snyder of the Belfair office of the Sheriff's department. Vacant homes are more often hit by burglars than occupied ones. He advises persons planning to leave their homes vacant to take the time to record serial numbers of all appliances, chain saws, boat motors, etc. and place the list in a safe place. Antique items which have no serial numbers, if valuable, should be photographed for easier identification purposes. Such a list, if left with a trusted neighbor, would be readily available in the event of a robbery during the owner's absence and could help trace any stolen items and possibly catch the thief. Investigations of burglaries in the past have been delayed by having to wait until the owner's return to get information on stolen articles. lengthy absences for an accumulation of either is a sure give-away that no one is home. it was noted by Detective Snyder that many home owners in the area have installed burglar alarms and he asked that anyone hearing one go off notify the sheriff's office IMMEI)IATELY. If a car is seen leaving the area where an alarm has gone off it would help their investigation if the viewer would jot down the license number. No one should try to intercept or apprehend the intruders himself, he warned. In one recent incident a man called to ask deputies to turn off a burglar alarm at a neighbor's home which had been ringing for five hours and was getting on his nerves. He had not checked to see if any intruders were on the property nor had he notified anyone that a possible burglary was taking place. The home, which had been burglarized a short time before installation of the alarm system, was safe this time, it was learned when deputies arrived. If an intruder NEWLYWEDS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wa_yne Martin are seen as they left the Belfair Community Baptist Church following their September 4 wedding. The bride, the former Eileen Sande, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orrin R. Sande of North Shore; the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Martin of Okinawa. By LOUISE EWART -- 426-4925 Western Washington Fair tiine has come and gone again, and our (;rapeview School children were able to attend as a group; thanks to our teachers and parents. Everyone had a great tilne but there were a few anxious moments when one child was late for the bus. and this resulted in the tligh School students having quite a wait for the bus to take them home. The Drama Department of Shelton ltigh School has been making plans for the Children's Theater. The play chosen for this year is Sleeping Beauty and will be performed seven times in the county schools. Nancy Ewart and Kim Nicklaus have parts in this play. Sorry to say, but Grapeview has been well represented in the Mason General Hospital in Shelton. Edna Stevens has just returned home after a three-week stay in the hospital after having major surgery, and would like to thank her friends and neighbors for all the cards and best wishes she received. Mrs. Steven's daughters from Seattle and Edmonds and their families were on hand to welcome her home. Dwite Brownfield had a new pacemaker installed in his heart and is still in the hospital and feels a little stronger. Mr. and Mrs. A10konek had such a wonderful time at their 50th anniversary party they would like to thank all who helped make it such a memorable school year. The first business on the agenda was to have elections and Sandra Denny was elected president; Dana Jackson, vice-president; Pert Pettitt, secretary, Nita Pettitt, treasurer, and Kelly Harris is the reporter. Valerie Van Horn is telephone chairman. Projects were discussed and creative arts were chosen for the junior members and gourmet foods will be the project of the senior members. Wednesday, October 6, will be the next meeting of the Grapeview School Mother's club; all mothers and interested persons are invited. Speaking of October 6th, that is my eldest son's birthday. He was born October 6th at 6 o'clock and weighed 6 pounds and 6 oz. We lived at lot six, block six on Sixth Ave. He was graduated from high school in 1960 and was married August 6th 1966. He insists his lucky number is three. Sarah Eckert Guild work party for the "Country Store" will be held Monday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Henry Person on Stretch Island. Members are asked to bring their projects or thimble, needles and thread. The Fair Harbor Grange regular meeting will be held Thursday, October 7 in the Grapeview ttall beginning with a 6:00 o'clock pot-luck dinner. There will be a program later. Volunteer aides to attend class The volunteer classroom aide program for kindergarten through third grade will begin the first week of October. An orientation meeting for volunteers is scheduled for tonight, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the new grade school. Experienced volunteers and new volunteers are requested to attend this meeting to learn the specific needs of the individual teachers and to arrange scheduling for October. Anyone interested in learning more about the aiding program is welcome to attend. Tune-ups Minor Repair Work 24 Hr. Wrecker Service CR 5-2077 BELFAIR MOBIL Mail and paper deliveries should had set off the alarm, the noise occasion. Mrs. Okonek's brother, be stopped during any evidently had scared him off. Ed Ross, traveled from Michigan and her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vandaccri, came from Crystal Falls, Texas to alnd r Jut,, I alrt attendtheparty. ~ IVoA,t $h, re l:h;ch'o,mcs , The Ecology Club of the SheltonHigh Schoolstill has i I several huge barrels for cleaned Next to PUD Building At Belfair I IV Service-Color or B/W * HI-F! I smashed cans so they' can be V MARINE * AIRCRAFT * 2-WAY RADIO v MOPAR PRODUCTS ] parkingre-claimed;if each onelt Ofof us wouldthetheSeFamilyare clean andMarket'in the Ii ANTENNAS ~ INTER--COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS Ii 4x 4 Parts and Accessories | | FCC LICENSED V 9 to 9 Weekdays and Saturdays 9 to 2 | save the cans, burn the papers and t i bury the waste in our gardens we , v I CR5-3133 CR5-2174 ! could really do some good. Be O OAN ,ERISH CR 5-6654 0 , y Emergencies,] careful with pesticides and use natural fertilizer (we have two 1.1,, ,i,,, ~ ~ ~ ~ 0 0 ~ 9, ~ ~ ...,.. ~ .,,, ~ SUNSET BEACH and Union Oil REG. GAS 35.9 PREM. 39.9 Open 10 to 10 Daily (Mon. |0 - 6) horses now, and are expecting one more so if you wish to enrich your garden please come and help yourself.) The Sew-and-so's met at the Pettitt home Wednesday after school for the first meeting of the For Delivery Seattlo Times Phone CR 5-2402 Ervin Furchert Clearing Earth Moving Road Building GRAVEL-SAND-ROCK FREE ESTIMATES Days CR 5-2837 LOCAL CONTRACTOR Eves. CR 5-2152 CR 5-2235 Page 4 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - September 30, 1971 Statewide, hunters should generally enjoy a fine season this year. Deer and elk hunting should be fair to good; upland bird hunting improved over last year in some places; and waterfowl prospects appear excellent. Deer - In western Washington, deer hunting should be much improved over last year, as the population has built up considerably since the drastic winter of 1968-69. Eastern Washington deer hunting should be good to excellent, except in Okanogan and Chelan counties where mule deer populations are still suffering from three very hard winters in a row, including last year's. Elk - Western Washington elk hunters will find elk numbers generally up in all the popular elk areas, while eastern Washington elk hunters can expect another good elk year. Bear -- Bear are up in most areas of the state, particularly in eastern Washington. Due to a poor berry crop in the higher country this summer, hunters should find bear at lower elevations during the fall seasons. Bear hunting in western Washington should also be improved over last year, ranging from good to excellent in most all the popular areas. Waterfowl - It appears that conditions were nearly ideal this year for statewide production of waterfowl ~s well as production of waterfowl in most parts of Canada and Alaska. Hunters will find locally reared ducks their main targets at the early part of the season, and northern ducks will provide the most action in December and January. Washington waterfowl hunters nearly always have ample ducks, but hunting success ahnost always depends on ideal duck hunting weather during the season. Goose hunters can expect to enjoy another good year. Pheasant - Western Washington pheasant hunters will find wild bird production down this year due to the cold spring, but the popular public shooting areas will receive usual plants of game farm birds periodically during the season. Eastern Washington pheasant hunters will find improved hunting this year in southcentral and southeastern Washington, but availability of birds in the Columbia Basin will be down slightly over normal years - mostly due to the effects of inclimate spring weather this year. Pheasants in the Okanogan and Chelan areas are still recovering from the effects of the past three winters. Spokane area pheasant populations will be comparable to last year. Partridge - Populations in eastern Washington this year are up everywhere except in the Chelan and Okanogan areas. There will be good hunting in some portions of Chetan and Okanogan counties, but generally speaking birds in this area are still recovering from past winters. Partridge are up considerably in southcentral and southeastern Washington. Quail - Quail production in southcentral and southeastern Washington this year is up 30 per cent, and hunters should find excellent hunting here. Popular quail areas in the Chelan and Okanogan Valleys are also recovering from the effects of the past severe winters. Western Washington quail hunters can expect fewer birds this year due to inclimate weather this spring during the peak of nesting and hatching. Grouse - Forest grouse also suffered from the effects of the very cold and rainy spring this year. Generally speaking, there should be good numbers of adult birds, but production o[ young birds statewide is down this year. Following are detailed hunting prospects for regions 8 and 10 of the state, as compiled by Washington State Game Department biologists. REGION 8 (Lewis, Pierce and Thurston Counties) Deer the deer population is much higher than a year ago as we have nearly recovered from the winter losses of the 1968-09 winter. Better areas will be in the medium elevations and low brushy areas. Either-sex seasons will be one day only in 8-A, 8-B and 8-C, with two days in 8-J. Elk Units 8-A, 8-B, and 8-C will again be open to either-sex elk hunting for part of the season in an effort to control incipient damage problems. A few elk are taken each year in Pierce county, principally in the Eatonville-Elbe area and the Mud Mt. Dam-White River area. Units 8-C, 8-G, 8-H and 8-P will furnish the bulk of Lewis County elk harvest. Unit 8-G always has very high hunter pressure. Bear - many harvested in this region are taken incidental to deer hunting. Good high elevation bear hunting areas are found in the area north of Mount Adams in the upper Cispus, Tilton and Cowlitz drainages. Severe damage is still occurring in the Newaukum and Lucas creek drainages in unit 8-K in Lewis county. In eastern Thurston county, damage is prevalent along the Nisqually river. Damage is also prevalen~ along the sidehill from Eatonville to Elbe. In unit 8-G the Winters Mr. and Devil's Creek area also have been sustaining bear damage. This year, bear hunting on national forest lands in Pierce and Lewis counties will close on October 30. Rabbit - cottontails are not plentiful in this region but a few are found along the Puyallup river. Planted cottontails in Thurston county are expanding their range and good populations exist on some of the scotch broom prairies west of Tenino on both sides of Scatter Creek. Probably the best populations are found on the Grand Mound prairie area. Pheasant - the cold, late spring was not conducive to th production of a good crop of wire pheasants. However, some pheasants will be found by the determined hunter. In Pierce county, popular hunting areas arc the Puyallup, Stuck and Ohop valleys. Lewis county furnishes shooting along the Cowlitz and Chehalis rivers, on the Cowtitz prairie country east of Toledo, and in the Hanaford, Salter and Wildwood valleys, in Thurston county, try the Rochester, Grand Mound, Yelm areas or some of the valleys out of Olympia. Bc sure and ask the landholder for permission to hunt. Grouse - probably less grouse than in 1970. The blue grouse arc generally found at higher elevations, while the ruffed grouse inhabits lower elevation, alder bottom habitat. For the man who wants to get out and work with a dog, some good bunting is available in the Randle-Mount Adams country, Kosmos L.O. area, the Winston creek area, and the Black Hills region. During deer season when access is permitted, the upper Puyallup consistently produces ruffed grouse. A few people hunt this area specifically for grouse. Waterfowl - this is not a good waterfowl area for the average hunter, as most of the prime waterfowl spots are in private clubs. For the public hunter, try a float trip on the Chehalis or Black rivers. At times, good shooting is WITH THE ARRIVAL of opening day of hunting season this Sunday the woods in Mason County will be filled with gun-bearing hunters hoping for the same luck these men had in a former season. found on some of the larger lakes. Beaver ponds often furnish some fine mallard jump shooting. Later in the season Mayfield lake produces good duck hunting with an occasional goose thrown in for good measure If you can't find any ducks, you might try Snipe hunting. They are usually found on bottomlands such as occur in the itanaford, Lincoln creek, Chehalis and Nisqually bottoms. REGION 10 (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific counties) General Comments - both deer and elk populations have improved over last year. However, with curtailed either-sex seasons again recommended for this year, no great change in the harvest is anticipated. Hunters should consider hunting the low brushy areas .... the higher areas (mostly clear cuts) still lack the number of deer that occurred two years ago. Elk are showing in good numbers in most areas of the region; however, with a reduction in number of antlerless permits, hunting pressure will be reduced which also reduces the harvest. Deer - some of the more productive deer areas will be in the lowlands of Clallam County along the Pysht and Hoko Rivers, and the Bear-Rainy Creek areas near Forks, Washington. In Jefferson County, the lower areas of Coyle Peninsula and Tarboo Lake' area should be good producers. The eastern portion of Mason County in Unit 8-1 has good numbers of deer, also the East Fork of the Satsop in Grays llarbor and Mason Counties. ttowever, the hunters will have to be willing to hit the brush. In Grays ttarbor County the Clemons area, south of Elma and lower North River areas, will produce well. Wildlife Agents report observing good-sized bucks in these areas. Pacific County, Bear River-Knapton-Squally Jim and Falls River areas have been good producers and with last year's open winter they are expected to produce again this year. Bear - the bear is no longer classified as a non-game animal in Washington. A hunting license is required and a bear tag is required for each bear harvested. Concentrations of bear are the highest in cascara and salal patches of the logged-off areas. Elk - the elk are hanging to the lower areas and good numbers have been observed h'a most areas of the region. Clallam-Goodman Creek, Mosquito Creek areas have good numbers of elk and this area is not as brushy because of recent logging. Jefferson-Clearwater and Hoh areas should produce well. Mason County, though never a high producer, should provide fair hunting around the Matlock-Deckerville swamp area and the lower Skokomish area. Grays Harbor County, Lower Wynoochee-Black Creek and lower Humptulips areas should produce well. These areas are heavily brushed and the hunters should carry compasses. Pacific County should again be the best producer. The elk herds are widely scattered throughout the county. Bear River, Palix and the South Fork of the Willapa should produce well. Rabbit - common to this region of the state is the Washington hare, or coast brush rabbit. It is closely related to the sno,~shoe found in the high Cascades and eastern Washington, although the coast hare does not change to white in winter. These rabbits occur in deer country and their flavor is very good. Grouse - Due to cold spring rains, production and survival is somewhat below normal. An average harvest in the region is anticipated, as related to a ten-year average. It is felt that the grouse may be entering a downward cycle. Pheasant - as a whole, there is little pheasant habitat in this region. Planted birds will tend to supplement the wild production. The pheasant areas are the upper Chehalis valley (Elma to Oakville) and the Sequim-Dungeness valley and the Johns river area. September 30, 1971 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 9