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December 9, 1971

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THIS IS HOW THE scene looked at the R. J. Flakus home, 423 East G. St., on the inside, (left) and on the outside {right) after a car driven by Nancy A. Thomas 1815 Adams, came through the plate glass window in the living room of the home. Flakus was sitting in the chair on the left in the inside picture when the car came in. Shelton Police reported the Thomas car was qoinq west on G St. when it was involved in a collision at the intersection of G and King St. with a car driven by George Radich, 1713 King St. Radich was northbound on King St. The Thomas car, after the collision, spun out Of control and hit the house, causing about $4,000 damage to a brick planter, picture window and frame and furniture. I i un ay, Dec. 9, 1971 - Number 48 Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, 4 Sections - 30 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. Ten Cents Per Copy ill new timber land tax law, 'gOes into effect next year, some real problems and other county it was brought out at a last Thursday. meeting, which had been by Mason County Willis Burnett, was by a number of county timber land owners and reviewed the history her land taxation in the ~lefly, commenting that timber land paid an tax like all other Y. In 1933, the timber program was he said. Under this, is taxed at a lower value, Yield tax is paid on the ~'hen it is sold. Mason County, with 173,143 acres of classified land, has the largest amount in any county in the state. The timber yield taxes started to come in Mason County about 1960. The amount, the assessor said, is now approaching $100,000 a year and takes one man full time to administer. Under the new law, which is going into effect next year, will allow all timber land, in tracts of 20 acres or more, to be put under a program which is similar to the present land classification program. Under the new program. the land will be taxed as timber growing land rather than at its highest and best use as is done now, and a yield tax will be paid on the timber when it is harvested. !eMason County agreed on a budget require a transfer of $22,000. from the reserve fund to bring The commission held a continued hearing .on the preliminary budget on which a first hearing had been held last month. The commission stated in reviewing the preliminary budget IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ospl nl Taylor, son of Mr. and ert Taylor, Shelton, is in Children's Hospital where he is being for meningitis, it was this week. was transfered to from Mason General he was taken after last week. an eighth grader at Junior High School. after the illness entified last week, parents of boys who of the wrestling ~hich he was a member, that theY contact ;raily physician if a came up with a sore lize ngl is throat and fever, which are the first symptoms of the illness. Dr. J. V. DeShaye, director of the Thurston-Mason County Health Department, said his office had been contacted about the case, and, that it had been diagnosed as bacterial meningitis, He said the usual procedure in cases of this kind is to treat the immediate family with antibiotics. He stated tests have shown that about 25 per cent of the people carry this type of bacteria. He stated anyone who had contacted the illness would show the symptoms within a few days. DeShaye stated the contacts in school and in the community in a case like this were minimal. IIUlIIIUlIUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII The first part of the discussion concerned the method to be taken to get the land which is presently classified under the new program. One thought on the process is that the present classified land should be brought under the new system without penalty. Others believe that at least a part of the present 12% per cent compensating or yield tax should be paid on at least part of the present stand of timber. Burnett passed out information sheets showing the amount of presently classified land in the state. Of the total of 550,759.93 acres in Western Washington, Mason and Grays Harbor counties between them have more than half of it. which had been proposed earlier, they had set the salary for the prosecuting attorney at $13,000 and allocated $12,000 for a deputy prosecutor. Previously, the commission had set the prosecutor's salary at $15,000 and had eliminated the money requested for a depu.ty prosecutor. The commission also stated funds had been restored in the Justice Court budget of $2,400 for judge pro tem and $2,400 for extra help. The commission stated they had met with representatives of the Sheriff's Department and that some adjustments had been made in the salaries. The changes did not increase the amount of the raises given, but, did re-align some of the salaries. Sheriff John Robinson asked that the request of $1,600 for schooling be granted in the full amount. It had been cut to $1,200 in the preliminary budget which had been worked out before. The commission will adopt the budget at a special meeting Friday. The commission, on the recommendation of the county engineer, set 10:45 a.m. Dec. 20 for a hearing on a supplemental budget of $260,000 for the county road fund and $50.000 for the equipment rental and revolving fund. A second part of the discussion centered around the lands which are presently used to grow timber and how they can be brought under the new program. The purpose of the new law, a representative of the State Department of Revenue said, is to allow those who want to to continue to grow timber without having their land taxed at the highest and best use. Burnett said it would be his policy that anyone who wanted to have their land designated as timberland would have to submit an application to his office. The assessor stated there was some question as to whether or not his declaring a piece of property as timber land would put a-cloud on the title to the land, and, whether or not the compensating tax could be collected when the land was taken out of the timber land designation. One point which was brought out is that Christmas tree land which uses the natural stand can be designated as timber land under the program. Burnett said this week he has compiled an application which can be filled out and submitted by anyone who wants to have his land designated as timberland. Information which will be required on the application includes a legal description of the property, a sketch indicating the area applied for if all of a single legal description is not asked, a description of the timber on the land, whether or not any timber has been harvested and the owner's plan for reforestation; the nature and extent of any forest management plan being used on the land; a summary of the past, current and continuing activity of the applicant in growing and harvesting timber; whether the land is used for grazing domestic animals, whether the land has been sub-divided or platted; whether or not a permit for cutting timber has been obtained: whether or not the land is subject to a fire patrol assessment and whether or not the land is under lease or option which would permit it to be used for any other purpose than growing timber. The completed application must be notorized and returned to the assessor's office. Burnett said" the applications are available at his office. The long-delayed ('onifer ('o. project to construct a 60-unit apartment complex for older persons took a big step forv,,ard last week when the Federal Housing Administration made a fina; commitment for the funding !~. the pr~).ject. "l-he announcement of the FHA approvai came from Kurt Mann, local realtor, who has been active in getting the complex approved here. According to Mann, this was the last big step which needed to be overcome before processing the construction loan for the project. Conifer is now in a position to finalize the drawings and engineerings and make the final cost computations and necessary revisions. These things take time, Mann said, however, they will be done simultaneously with the orocessing of the financing. The complex will be built on the old hospital site and on the former Collier Clinic property in the adjacent block. All of the buildings are to razed except the former Collier Clinic, which is now occupied by the County Health Department, and the medical dental building which formerly housed doctors and dentists offices. Mann said construction could hopefully get under way in February with occupancy of the scapee, urns irnsel In An escapee who had been fiee for 12 years turned himself in at the Washington Corrections Center here Monday morning. Edward L. McRann, 39, accompanied by an attorney, turned himself in to Robert Rains, superintendent of the Corrections Center, Monday morning. McRann along with another man had walked away from the Clallam Bay Honor Camp July 10, 1959 and since that time has been traveling throughout the western United States and has been SANTA CLAUS IS visiting in Shelton each Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas to get the word from good little boys and girls about what they want for Christmas. When he is in town, Santa makes his headquarters at the Thurston County Savings and Loan Building. new facility some time in late summer. "its been a long haul," Mann said, "with a number of public hearings and appeals and finally court action to get final OK for rezoning the property." involved in miniw,. At the time of his escape, according to WCC officials, he was serving a sentence from Yakima County for second degree burglary. He had been convicted in 1958 and given a deferred sentence which was later revoked and he was sent to the State Reformatory at Monroe. He was transferred to the Clallam Bay facility in June 1959 and walked away the next month. McRann's case has been 'referred to the Parole Board, and, in the meantime, he is being held at the Corrections Center until his fate is determined. Donations The 40 and 8-Journal Christmas fund grew during the week, but, is still a long way from its $1,000 goal. As of Wednesday noon, the fund had a total of $280 after swelled by several contributions during the past week. The project is an annual effort by the 40 and 8 and the Journal to provide Christmas baskets for less fortunate families in the county. The 40 and 8 is in charge of obtaining the material for the baskets and for packing and delivering them. The Journal's contribution to the effort is to handle the fund raising part of the project. Contributions can be loft at or mailed to the Journal, P. O. Box 430, Shelton, Wash. 98584. Contributions during the past week included AI Coleman Logging Co., $25; Degree of Honor Protective Association, $10; Dr. and Mrs. Harry Deegan, $5; anonymous, $10; anonymous, $10; Madrona Auxiliary No. 1462, $10; Anonymous, $10; Anonymous, $I0. Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Osterberg, $5; A friend from Mt. View, $5; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Locke, $5; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dahlgren, $5; Anonymous, $5; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Umphenour, $5; Shelton-Mason County Zonta Club, $15 ; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Bridger, $5, and Mr. and Mrs. Callas Wells, $10.