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Last car for gas

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:48PM

So Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Jay Inslee have asked President Bush to create a task force to investigate possible fraud and price gouging by oil and gas companies. Gasoline averaging $3.50 a gallon is dragging the economy into recession, they said in their letter to the president and it's time to get to the bottom of it. Remember back in the '70s when the Legislature created its own Select Committee on the Energy Crisis which traveled all over the state conducting hearings in communities where lines for gasoline were getting longer and longer?

New Arlington Library deserves support

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:47PM

Ballots for the May 20 special election should have already begun appearing in area mail boxes, as local residents will have the opportunity to decide if Arlington needs a new library. There will actually be two measures on the ballot an $8.8 million construction bond and a measure to form a Library Capital Facility Area. Both measures must receive a supermajority of 60 percent or more yes votes for the new library to be built.

This week in history from The Marysville Globe archives 10 years ago 1998

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

n Marysville Schools stand to benefit from more money in their budget after the Marysville Planning Commission agreed to increase the amount developers pay for school mitigation by as much as 400 percent. The issue is money to pay for the price of educating students who move into new homes. Currently, builders pay the school district $925 for each single-family home built. Under estimates of the new formula that figure could be almost $4,000. School District officials have often said that education suffers with the explosive growth in the Marysville area. As families move into new homes, school facilities are not able to keep up with the growth. The district uses the impact money almost exclusively to buy portable classrooms, according to Finance Director Larry Clement a portion paid for the new buildings at the high school. Few people argue that the current amount is enough, so at last week's planning commission meeting City Planner Gloria Hirashima proposed a new fee ordinance modeled on one passed by the Snohomish County Council last November. School mitigation fees charged in the city of Marysville are among the lowest in the county, according to Marysville Planning Commissioner George Wilcox. The proposed ordinance includes a complicated formula designed to approximate the cost of teaching a new student. That formula wasn't reviewed, although Wilcox said the district used conservative numbers. "If anything they were probably underestimating their costs." What was reviewed was a provision in the county law that cuts results from that formula in half and then sets a maximum fee at $2,000, both the maximum and cutting in half are a compromise from a committee of builders and superintendents, according to Hirashima. Marysville School Superintendent Richard Eisenhauer told the planning commission at last week's meeting that the compromise cutting the fee in half and capping it at $2,000 was purely political and had nothing to do with the price of educating new students. The commission agreed. They voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that removed the cap and took out the provision halving the fee. Commissioner Bill Roberts, a developer, was not at the meeting and doesn't agree with the action, he said later. The commissioners also removed a provision that would have exempted developers from paying the fee for low income homes. The proposed ordinance faces several tests before it is on the city's books. The planning commission will hold a public hearing later this spring, then the proposal needs a majority vote by the Marysville City Council.

Make your vote count

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:41PM

In 2006, the Arlington Library Bond went to a recount. Ultimately, the bond failed by just 28 votes. Sam Reed, our Secretary of State for Washington at the time, was there that day. He handed us a Voter Intent packet which shows the statewide standards on what is a vote. You can find this packet at www.secstate.wa.gov/elections. While observing that recount, I learned a few things about voting that I would like to share because they impacted the vote in 2006:

Marysville police

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:41PM

After being appointed by Mayor Dave Weiser as one of three Civil Service Commissioners, I have had the honor and privilege to serve one of the most professional police departments in Washington state, the men and women of the Marysville Police Department. During my nine-year tenure as a civil service commissioner, I have been rewarded with friendships that will remain fondly in my memory for years to come. One could not ask for more. I believe that we have accomplished much during those years and it is my reward to think that I have made a positive difference to all I've had the privilege to serve.

Huge thanks

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:41PM

Nearly a year ago we were on Komo TV problems solvers/people helpers for a contractor leaving our home unfinished and stealing our money for our remodel project. We would like to thank all the people of the Marysville community and beyond for all their support, prayers, comforting words and help to help us move on and heal our wounds.

Vote before May 20

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 27, 2008 at 8:17PM

I wonder what motivates the 25 or more people who are working so tirelessly on the Committee for a New Arlington Library. They obviously realize how important a new and expanded library is for the Arlington community. I am thankful for their dedication to this very worthwhile cause. Our time at committee meetings, work parties, telephoning, various community organization presentations and distributing information to the voters is time well spent and shared by many on the committee.

Thank you

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 27, 2008 at 8:17PM

U-18 ASA Softball Girls, coached by Jeff Perrine, would like to give a huge thanks to all the many businesses that donated for the April 26 auction. There are too many to print, and we deeply appreciate each one of you.

Grace Academy students recently performed "Arsenic and Old Lace,"

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:02PM

Grace Academy students recently performed "Arsenic and Old Lace," which was directed by Phyllis Rice. Some of the students who performed included, left to right, Kaitlyn Schuler as Elaine; Nathaniel Lugg as Mortimer; Megan Timmerman as Aunt Martha; and Andi McAuliffe as Aunt Abby.

Is classroom behavior linked to diet?

  • May 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated May 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Students at California’s Canyon Verde School didn’t realize what food additives were doing to their well-being when they were challenged to take part in a nutritional study. They also didn’t realize that their diets, some carefully planned by caring parents, were loaded with unplanned inputs of hidden calories, fats and additives.

Smokey Point Community Church gives home makeover to local mom

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

SMOKEY POINT Kathy Tri found out how many friends she had April 30, when members of the Smokey Point Community Church presented her with a completely remade house.

'Taste' raises funds for Village Community Services

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

SMOKEY POINT Food, music, valuables up for bid and inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles were all available at the Smokey Point Community Church May 2, when Village Community Services kicked off its sixth annual Taste of Decadence fundraiser.

AHS culinary students win state competition

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

ARLINGTON On April 28, the Arlington High School culinary class students reported to the Arlington School District Board of Directors that they'd placed first overall at the 2008 Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition in Spokane, March 6-8.

Haller Point Market opens with a splash

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

ARLINGTON True Her brought fresh tulips grown in Monroe. Sonny Sawyer brought herbs and other plant starts. Gonzalo Rodriguez brought homemade tamales and fruit juices. And Kevan and Laura Kipp brought their original apple-flavored barbecue sauces.

Local mother receives home makeover from church

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

SMOKEY POINT Kathy Tri found out how many friends she had April 30, when members of the Smokey Point Community Church presented her with a completely remade house.

Dairy women select ambassador

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:01PM

More than 170 dairy farmers and their friends and families gathered April 19 to find out who would be their ambassador for the upcoming year.

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  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:00PM

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Arlington schools get $65,000 in safety grants

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:00PM

ARLINGTON Arlington schools have received more than $65,000 in grants to make themselves and their surrounding community safer.

AHS Air Force JROTC raises $500 at 'McTeacher's Night'

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:00PM

ARLINGTON Patrons of the McDonald's on 204th Street NE got to meet and support members of the Arlington High School Air Force JROTC April 29.

10 years ago 1998 This week in history from The Arlington Times archives

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:00PM

n Location, location, location. That seems to be the issue facing Arlington School District voters next Tuesday. Do we keep the high school in town or build a new school out of town? The Arlington School Board believes the best solution is to take the school out of town. the board is asking voters on May 19 to approve a plan to sell $37.9 million in bonds to pay for the construction of a new 1,600-student high school 1.5 miles northeast of town on SR 530. This is the third time in the last two years a similar proposal has been placed on the ballot. It differs from previous proposals because only the high school project is addressed. Two previous bond proposals in February and September of last year ?included a high school out of town as well as remodeling and renovating Presidents Elementary and the current high school site for use as another school facility. Although the high school stands alone this time, the board stresses this proposal is the first step, construction-wise, to solving a population boom at all grade levels. Another bond proposal to pay for remodeling, renovating and/or building new facilities for the lower grade levels is expected in the next year, once board members agree on grade configuration at the other schools.

Lakewood boys take second at leagues

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:19PM

Lakewood athletes were named conference champs in eight events when Cedarcrest hosted the Cascade Conference track and field championships May 7 and 9.

Mack, Jensen named league champs

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:19PM

SNOHOMISH Arlington had two league champions and collected a slew of other awards at the Western Conference championships May 7 and 9.

Lynnwood ushers in end to Arlington's season

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:19PM

MOUNT VERNON Starting with a first-inning run and continuing for the next six innings, Lynnwood slowly chipped away at Arlington, defeating the Eagles 5-1.

Lakewood soccer wins district championship

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:18PM

The third time was the charm for Lakewood soccer, as the Cougars finally defeated conference archnemesis Cedarcrest, 1-0, to win the district championship May 10.

Led by sophomore Stacia Ashley, the M-P girls golf tea

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Aug 28, 2008 at 5:18PM

Led by sophomore Stacia Ashley, the M-P girls golf team took fourth out of nine teams at divisionals May 6 and 8.

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