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This week in history from The Arlington Times archives 10 years ago 1998
n Last week's decision by the state Boundary Review Board approving a proposal to make Smokey Point part of the city of Arlington has appeal possibilities, according to Mickie Jarvill, the attorney representing residents fighting the plan. Jarvill noted that after the June 9 BRB hearing that several procedural and jurisdictional issues caught her attention which could be grounds for appealing the annexation decision. Jarvill questions whether the same decision would have been reached had the "full" five-member board been in attendance. Board member John Walker of Sultan is ill and did not attend any of the Smokey Point annexation hearings. The decision was voted on by the remaining four members Mary Hale, Kevin Laverty, Mike Papa and Cal Rutherford. Rutherford missed the May 12 hearing, but was present for the second public hearing on May 26 and the deliberation and vote on June 9. He also listened to a tape of the meeting he missed. Jarvill wants clarified what the BRB meant by the term "as submitted" in the motion to approved the proposal, from 152nd north to 175th, or the area modified and approved by the BRB that added the residential areas north of 175th, or Arlington's part of the negotiated agreement between Arlington, Marysville and Fire District No. 12. She also believes the BRB erred in assuming the county-approved Urban Growth Boundary can be used as physical boundaries.
25 years ago 1983
n A third bond election for the construction of a new Cascade Valley Hospital is likely, according to a consensus of the hospital district's board of commissioners. The only alternative, board members have said, is the eventual closing of the Arlington Hospital. Exactly when such an election will be held or exactly what project will be offered to the voters has not yet been decided. In the meantime, the board decided last week to undertake a community survey to see if district residents want a hospital in Arlington, and also indicated they "would go back" to the project architect to see if further savings could be found in the new facility's design plans. Voters twice before turned down attempts to approve the sale of $6.5 million in general obligation bonds to finance the construction of a new 48-bed hospital building and the remodeling of the old hospital building for support services. The threat of the hospital's closure is something new in the commission's public statements. While the possibility of closure has always been known, commission members and hospital supporters have in the past avoided publicizing the possibility of closure for fear of hurting the bond issue's electoral chances. "We didn't want to use a threatening approach," said Commission Chairman Esther Wright last week.
50 years ago 1958
n A fire early Wednesday morning threatened the cow barn on the Wm. Strotz place, west of town, but was suppressed before any great damage was done The fire is thought to have started from a hot wire or electric light, as it was discovered by Roy Strotz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Strotz, when he went to the barn to feed a calf. He noticed the glow from the fire which appeared to be near the roof. A neighbor, seeing the fire, called the fire department, the equipment arriving as the members of the family were battling the blaze with buckets of water. The barn has been covered with a metal roof and some fire got into the old shakes under the metal, making it difficult to extinguish. A quantity of baled hay is stored in the barn.