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November 18, 1971

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tie THIS IS THE 1962 four-door sedan (left) which Mrs. Philena M. Fry, 69, Shelton, was driving when it collided with a 1972 logging truck (right) driven by Edwin Metzler, 59, Union, at the Kamilche intersection on Highway 101 last Thursday. Mrs. Fry suffered massive head injuries and was still in serious condition at Tacoma General Hospital Wednesday. Mrs. Fry was transfered to Tacoma after emergency treatment at Mason General Hospital. The State Patrol, which investigated the accident, said the Metzler truck was northbound on the freeway and the Fry vehicle was crossing the freeway from west to east. Metzler suffered severe head lacerations when his truck rolled over three times after the accident. He was treated at Mason General Hospital. Nov. 18, 1971 - Number 45 ll h Indian Tribal informed in a letter of Indian Affairs that non-Indians fishing iVer in the Reservation regular fishing license )Opinion came from Ysart, assistant regional Pinion was requested by COUncil. -~tter, addressed to chairman of the said : asked us to respond ter of Nov. 2 from the ~n of the Skokomish on the question of the non-Indian sports needs to have a state with a tribal sports in order to fish the the Skokomish River the boundaries of komish Indian The answer is "Yes", must have both a and a tribal permit. question was dealt with Solicitor for the of the Interior in Road at the Mill project has been o all traffic, County J. C. Bridger said afternoon. The have been filed Several persons in With mountain goats and bald eagles which egally taken and , the State Game said this week. the bald and were involved in Mason County, the said. have been filed in "deral Court against men, John Yost and Attorney Byron said this week he is or not to call an the death of Allen laban said further has turned up facts bring him to file case and then Preliminary hearing in Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered assecond class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, 3 Sections - 26 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 e e e e Solicitor's Opinion M-36813, March 29, 1971 (78 I.D. 101) dealing with criminal jurisdiction of the State of Utah over non-Indians hunting on the Uintah and Ouray Reservations in violation of state law. The .qolicitor stated that Utah's game laws applied to non-Indians who hunt, even with the tribe's permission, on the reservation and that non-Indians cannot hunt on the reservation without procuring a state license, even though they may be licensed by the tribe to hunt. ~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Victim Of According to Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan, an apparent case of crib death occured in the Skokomish Valley area when the five-month-old son of Geraldine Williams was found dead in his bed on Wednesday morning. The child was seemingly healthy before retiring on Tuesday evening and no cause of death was determined at Mason General ttospital. McClanahan, who has found no evidence of criminal action, states that no autopsy will be performed. Dr. J. Bruce Beckwith, Washington State Chapter Trustee of the Washington State Chapter of the National Foundation For Sudden Infant Death, Inc., informed McClanahan that state funds for autopsies conducted under NFSID programs did not cover Mason County. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Solicitor pointed out that - Indian country is not regarded as an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction, but is politically and governmentally part of the state in which state laws apply to the extent that they do not conflict with federal Indian law - It seems apparent that a tribe's immunity from state hunting and fishing regulations is peculiarly Indian in nature and that a tribe cannot license the immunity to a non:Indian. The Solicitor concluded - there is ample authority indicating that non-Indians are subject to state game laws while on an Indian reservation. We have previously expressed the same conclusion to the Yakima Tribe (our memorandum to the files, Oct. 14, 1970)the Colville Tribe (memorandum of Aug. 11, 1965) and to the Bureau of Sports Fisheries and Wildlife with respect to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana (memorandum Sept. 1, 1960)and possibly other instances as well. The memorandum was signed by Dysart. closure was effective Wednesday. "Traffic passing the barricades and driving through the project during the past week combined with the almost constant rains have completely nullified all efforts to stablize the road", Bridger said. He stated barring heavy rains during the next three days the road should be open to traffic again Saturday. Bridger said that about two weeks ago, weather conditions appeared all right and the gravel base course seemed to be firming up so the contractor was allowed to tear the old bridge out. The road was marked closed, he said, but, traffic was allowed through if some drivers wished to go. That traffic cut ruts in the base course, and the rains filled the ruts making stabilization of the road impossible. Efforts will be made during the remainder of this week to shape the road and get it compacted so a crushed gravel top course can be put on, Bridger said. The road will be surfaced in the spring. James F. Kosiewicz for allegedly buying and possessing golden and bald eagles, the game department said. The birds were taken here and their frozen carcasses then mailed to the Chicago area to be mounted for private collections. Game Department and Fish and Wildlife Service agents who investigated the incident said additional charges are expected to be filed in Federal District Court in Tacoma. Mason County District Justice Court to determine if there is enough evidence in the case to have it bound over into Superior Court. He stated he questioned whether or not there might be a problem with civil rights if, as both prosecutor and coronor he called a coronor's inquest into the death. If you plan to mail your Christmas packages early - early in the morning, that is - go to the Potlatch Post Office. The only one in Mason County to open at 8 a.m., it closes its doors at 4 p.m. and offers Saturday service from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Shelton Post Office hours, and those of Belfair, are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Hoodsport hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the week and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Li'Uiwaup, too, is open for business on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Week-day hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Grapeview, Union, Tahuya and Allyn maintain Monday through Friday hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tahuya opens lrom 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Allyn Post Office will probably remain open for one or two Saturdays prior to Christmas. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Logger Injured By Falling Snag Wayne Clary, a Shelton logger, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with head and shoulder injuries suffered when he was struck by a fairing snag while logging Nov. ! 0. He was taken to Mason General Hospital and then transferred to Tacoma for treatment. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIii111111111 Plans for a joint effort between the Mason County Recreation Association and the Washington Corrections ('enter for the development of the MCRA site on Johns Prairie were announced this week. The Corrections Center has agreed to have students from its vocational classes do all of the work on the project. The MCRA will provide the necessary materials. Work has already been started on a multi-purpose building, which will contain the concession stand, rest rooms, showers, lockers and meeting rooms which can be used by Boy and Girl Scc.t~t groups and others. When the complex is completed, it will have Little League baseball and football fields, bicycle trails, tennis courts, soccer and softball fields, horseshoe pits and a picnic area. The MCRA this week is mailing letters to businessmen in the community asking for contributions for the necessary materials for the project. The letters will be followed up by personal visits from members of the group, Don Johnson, president of the MCRA said. The drafting class at the Corrections Center has completed plans for the multi-purpose building, and, concrete for the foundation has been poured. A lack of material has held up further construction. The construction work will be done by the vocational carpentry class from the Corrections Center under the direction of Ben Diebert. The welding class will also do some work on the project. In addition to the plans and foundation, the WCC groups have surveyed and staked the football and baseball field areas so they are ready for grading and leveling. They have also done some clearing and burning work. Robert Rains, superintendent of the Corrections Center, said as far as he knows this is the first time a state institution has allowed inmates to work outside on a community project such as this. The work is being done through the WCC vocational training program. About 15 young men are working on the project at the present time. "I think this is real great," Rains said, "It gives the boys in the vocational classes actual practical experiences and it will The Mason County Commission, after outlining changes which have been made in the county preliminary current expense budget, continued its preliminary budget hearing Monday until Dec. 6, with final adoption of the budget scheduled for Dec. 10. Changes which were outlined left the budget still about $15,000 out of balance. Revenue was anticipated at $999,847.31 at the hearing Monday. Proposed expenditures had been reduced from $1,176,378.69 to $1,010,760. In addition to this, there would be a little less than $5,000 more which would come out of anticipated revenue because of a reduction in the District Justice Court budget. The commissioners, as the county board of equalization, and the county assessor have not completed work on the assessed valuation for the coming year so that its tinal total, which be good for the community". The Mason County Recreation Association was started about two years ago by a group of citizens concerned about the lack of recreational facilities here. The group obtained 25 acres of land from the Shelton Port Commission at its Johns Prairie site and the group began work on what was set out as a five-year project. Clearing was done and with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resources and the Corrections (?enter, burning of determines the amount of money from property taxes, is not yet known. A new timber tax law, passed by the State Legislature, has caused problems. The law states that timber land which was revalued this year must be rolled back to the 1970 valuation. Some timber land owners appealed re-evaluations to the board of equalization while others did not. The assessor, commissioners and prosecuting attorney, have been working on the problem, trying to come up with a solution which will conform to all laws. The commissioners adjusted all requests for salary increases in the proposed 1972 budgets to allow all county employees a five per cent salary increase. Hardest hit by the budget cuts were the sheriff's office and jail and the prosecuting attorney. The commission reduced the proposed jail budget from $92,004 to $57,925. The BEN DIEBERT, second from right, vocational carpentry instructor, and a group of Washington Corrections Center residents hold an artists drawing of a building which the class will construct for the Mason County Recreation Association. The drawing was made by a member of the drafting class at the Corrections Center. it debris was accomplished. With the Corrections Center classes providing the necessary labor, the Recreation Association plans to move its deadline for completion of the project ahead substantially. "'What is needed most now is money to provide materials for them to work with", Johnson said. Anyone who is not contacted by letter or by one of the fund solicitors can mail contributions to the Mason County Recreation Association, First and Cota, Shelton. reductions came in cutting out three additional men for a tach squad and traffic work which the sheriff had requested. Other cuts came in the reduction in proposed salary increases and small cuts in a few other items. The Sheriff's Office budget was reduced from a request of $249,894 to $188,151. The largest cut came in the reduction of the amount asked for additional vehicles and replacement of vehicles which was dropped from a request of $19,500 to $1,800. Also eliminated was a request for an additional deputy and some other cuts. The commission left $18,000 i n the budget for vehicle maintenance. Sheriff John Robinson said the commissioners did the best they could with money available and that his department accept what they have been allocated and do the best they can. He commented there was an adequate amount of money in the budget for vehicle maintenance to keep the present vehicles repaired. The prosecuting attorney's budget was reduced from a request of $55,240 to $32,885. Eliminated were a request of $15,000 for a deputy prosecutor, $1,020 for payment of rent and $1,500 to be used for securing evidence. Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan said he planned to discuss the problems of his office with the commission to come up with some solution to the problem. He commented the workload in the office made it necessary to have a deputy prosecutor. Other budget changes outlined at the hearing Monday included: Agriculturist, $1 7,539.96 reduced to $15,872.96; assessor, $191,600 reduced to $179,951; auditor, $93,365 reduced to $18~7,875; civil service, left at $1,050; clerk, reduced from $27,875 to $27,368; commissioners, left at $38,335; garbage disposal, left at $16,155; general administration, reduced from $29,715 to $29,450; justice court, reduced from $26,693 to $2 i ,767; juvenile officer, reduced from $38,857 to $37,387; miscellaneous, reduced from $166,485 to $158,252; superior court, increased from $35,160 to $36,556 and treasurer reduced from $95,788 to $91,259.