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December 30, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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December 30, 1971

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ous=ng (Continued from Page !) Phase I ~t" wage/price controls by l)resident Nixon on August 14 effecltvely halted large increases m prices, generally, lumbeT prices had previously begun to solten as a trend toward rising interest rates temporarily slowed housing starts. In stHne instances hlmber prices are not al ceiling levels at this Friday Is Holiday For Some ('lly, county, federal and state offices m Mason County will be closed Friday in observance of the New Years holiday, which f~tLs On Saturday. Most businesses will bc closed Saturday in observance of the holida~ The Post Office will have regular mail service Friday, but, will have holiday service Saturday with no rural or city delivery and no mail put into Post Office boxes. Mail will arrive at lhe Post Office and will be sent out from the Post Office. The Stale Driver's Licensing Office, which is normally open Saturdays will be closed Saturday in observance of the holiday. Schools in the county have been closed Ibis week for the holiday vacation. ('lasses will resume Monday. Letter To ,br The city of Shelton has extended the approval of the Conifer Co. on its variance six months and has provided the firm with a new building permit, a letter written by City Engineer Howard (;odat read at the City ('ommission meeting says. Conifer had received approval for rezonmg the iormer Shelton General Ih)spital property and adjoining property on the Clinic Hospital grounds and had been granted a variance from density regulations for construction of an apartment complex for older persons under the tederal government's rent supplement program. Construction was delayed for several months awaiting approval of federal funding lor the project. The firm recently received the last necessary approval and announced it plans to go ahead with construction. Call Us About OAK PARK A Planned Unit Devetolamen (: 426-2646 HIMLIE REALTY, ! LIBRARIAN MORLEY KRAMER, left, and Mrs. Shirley Erhart, library assistant, look over the demonstration model Talking Book Machine the Shelton Public Library recently received from the Library of Congress. Blind or persons who are handicapped so they cannot hold a book to read can get one of the machines in their home and receive material to use on it. rings Lum time Some problems caused the lumber industry under Phase I are being ,,,Ived by Phase 11 decisions, but othel', remain. For ex:mple, under Phase 1, ceiling pncc~ were established on the basis of shipment dates, which lag well behind order contracts. This, m effect, l~dled back some lumber prices, and the inequity has been removed under Phase 11 regulations that place ceiling prices on sales made during the base period. One important regulation which has not been changed is the classification of timber and logs as raw agricultural products which are exempt lrom controls. Thus, the lumber industry has its raw material subject to increasing bid prices while finished products have price ceilings. There have been industry 'problems in transportation, ' 'e~nc"erning b6fh aV'ailhgilft} aT ' boxcarsthere simply are not enough and freight rates. One bright spot for the Western lumber industry came with the announcement that western lumber will have an exception to the general increase in freight rates of 2.5 per cent next month. Western lumber will be subject to a maximum increase of 2 cents per hundredweight. Under the percentage increase, the present blanket rate of $1.85 would go up five cents, but the holddown would limit lumber's increase to two cents. This would maintain western lumber's competitive situation with the South in reachingMidwest and Eastern markets. There is increasing indication that the number and amount of timber sales from national forests will be decreasing in the immediate future, which will have an adverse effect upon the timber supply and its ability to meet ddmhfid. Fo'rgsf Servi˘6 Officials in'~f~ vaH6trs regions in the West have indicated there is a growing trend to withhold or withdraw timber sales from areas which ion Up presently have no roads, even though these areas do not have primitive or other limited-use designations. Coots Boy The investigation into the disappearance of Kelvin (Kelly) Coots, 10, from the area of Seventh St. last Oct. 11 has reached a standstill, law enforcement officers said this week. All clues to the disappearance of the boy have been followed up, theY said, and until something new comes up there is little !hey can do~ " '~ " No trace of the boy has been found since the time of his disappearance• Council The Mason County Labor Council is interested in price control in stemming the cosl of living rise, Darrell Sparks, president of the council said this week. "Without tight and workable regulations of consumers prices, and enforcement machinery to assure they are obeyed, there is growing doubt that the government is really serious about guaranteeing fair and firm across-the-board controls on retail prices, fees, rents and interest rates," Sparks said. The Mason County Labor Council is asking the consumer to help in this watch dog of raising prices. The consumer must be able to .judge - he must delve into his memory he must be able to compare prices compare the base prices to the current prices, Sparks said. tie must be able to follow through on what he thinks may be violations - follow through with Labor Council committees and with the Internal Revenue Service, he added. More information on the labor program can be obtained by phoning 426-6342, or mailing a card or letter to Mason County Labor Council, P. O. Box 268. Recreation Association Reports On Fund Drive Total donations to the Mason County Recreation Association for the development of its recreation complex on John's Prairie have reached $2,272.37, it was reported this week. Representatives of the association said because of the holiday season and weather conditions, no calls will be made on businesses until after the first of the year. Those who want to donate to the project can send their checks to the Mason County Recreation Association, First and Cota, Shelton. Recent donors to the fund include Loren and Cathrine Armogast, Knudsen Pole Yard, AI Coleman Logging, Clevenger's Resort, Michael Gaskill, Endicott Realty, Home Gas Co., Hoodsport; Harry's Hoodsport Texaco, Shelton Laundry and Cleaners, A. Roy Dunn Insurance, Jim Pauley Ford-Mercury, Bob's Shoe "Free, Morgan Brothers, B and J Mart, Radio Station KMAS, B and R Sales, Banner and Burnett, Old Mill, Rex Floor Covering, Moose Lodge, tlarvey's Olympia Feed Co., Shelton Eagles Lodge, Money Saver, Shelton Church of the Nazarene, Trans America Title Insurance and Evers Texaco. Sales Tax Report Distribution of revenue from the half-cent sales tax to cities and counties in December shows a total of $41,833.86 for Mason County. Of this, $21,013.22 went to the city of Shelton, $19,983.96 to Mason County and $836.68 to the State, the State Revenue Department reported. The December distributions bring the total for the year in the county to $216,167.56 of which '$118,802.61 has gone to the city of Shelton, $93,041.60 to Mason County and $4,323.35 to the state. -:!:!!-:!