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10 years ago 1997
Arlington School Board members will find out in six days if their vision for a new high school matches that of the voters. The $36 million bond proposal would pay for the construction of a 1,400-student high school 1.5 miles outside of town on SR 530. An additional $12.5 million in state matching funds would pay for renovation and new construction at Presidents Elementary and the current high school site. If approved, the proposal would cost taxpayers $1.59 for every $1,000 of property value per year for the next 20 years. The bond proposal is a pared-down version of a $41 million proposal that failed to get the 60 percent super-majority voter approval needed to pass in February. That proposal was estimated to cost taxpayers $2 for every $1,000 of property value. Although the basic proposal going to the voters is the same building a new high school outside of town the differences are found in how much money is being spent turning the current high school into an educational facility for 550 students and a decision not to pay for building a football stadium. Like the previous plan, in this proposal, the current high schools A Building, built in 1936, would not be used for students, but also would not be torn down. By taking that building out of use, the campus loses its main classroom space and cafeteria and common rooms and qualifies for state matching money for unhoused students. The district is proposing to spend $2.9 million at the site building a new cafeteria and modernizing the science and music buildings. The 15 portable classrooms currently providing overflow classroom space for the 1,300 high school students would continue to be used as classrooms for 550 students. Just who those 550 students will be has not been decided. Suggestions have including using the facility as a second middle school or an alternative school for a variety of grades. The proposal in February included spending a total of $4,5 million on the current high school site, which would have added new classroom buildings, eliminating the need for portables, and modernized the gymnasium. The other difference in the $36 million bond proposal is the lack of athletic fields and a football stadium. Eliminating those facilities shaved $1 million off the total cost. The board is considering selling surplus district-owned property to pay for the stadium and athletic fields. The district has ordered property appraisals to determine how much money could be raised. Thats also how the district is expecting to pay $1 million of the total $3 million cost of the Boettcher property the 180 acres the board identified for the new school. The title to the property was expected to be transferred to the school district last week. Some of the specifics surrounding the new high school proposal asked in February have still not been answered. That includes cost of extending water and sewer to the site. The district in July hired Reid Middleton, a Lynnwood engineering and consulting firm, to develop a cost estimate and proposed alignment for water and sewer service from the city of Arlington to the new high school site. Those estimates and summaries are expected any day.

25 years ago 1982
The increase in home gardens, of late, is tied by an invisible but clearly defined thread to the steady rise of all prices, with food usually topping the list. The saying used to be, Grow it, youll like it. Grow it and you can almost afford it, is closer to the truth today. Public and nonprofit agencies also feel the inflation pinch. And many such programs also find their funds reduced because of governmental budgetary cutbacks. The Turning Point Boys Home in Arlington Heights is no exception to the money squeeze. The private, nonprofit group home currently cares for 15 boys, ages nine to 14, in its capacity as a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed youth. Additional boys are helped through a day treatment program. Almost all of the homes financial support is received through the state, which because of Washingtons well-known budgetary restraints, has limited the number of boys the home can care for. And, consequently, the homes financial balance can get a little tight, said Turning Point director Dave Wood. At optimum operating strength, the home can care for 22 boys in its residential program. Belt tightening has, naturally, been the order of the day. Pastor E. B. Seymour frequently visits the home and had for some time been concerned for Turning Points reduced income. I was driving up here last spring, he said, and the Lord put in my mind that we could start a vegetable garden. For assistance with this project, Pastor Seymour turned to the Free Methodist Mens Group and the resources and talents of its members. The results, now that the harvest season has begun, are good but plans for the future point toward even better promise. The first challenge next years garden will face is how to avoid sharing the gardens bounty with the neighborhoods livestock population. The boys at the home have been harvesting wheelbarrow loads of beans and some corn, but most of the corn and other vegetables had already been thoroughly taste-tested by a herd of cattle who found the free food too good to pass up. Despite the implied compliment in the cows choice, Pastor Seymour is already making arrangements to not invite the eager bovines back for a second helping next spring. This years first garden went in with the help of local farmers and businesses. Morris Giebel brought his tractor in to rotovate the 100-square-foot plot. Don Tillman donated fertilizer and turned the soil with his disks. Jack Martin helped Seymour line the plots and plant, while a Marysville firm sold them seeds at a discount. Merle Peper donated onion sets. And Ken Mani bought and put in the cabbage plants. Dick and Sharron Saul and their children, Kevin and Chris, helped with the never-ending chore of weeding. Steve Soren also assisted. A number of local mills and Arlington Hardware donated wood for the impressive forest of bean stakes. Ken Espe hauled the lumber and Mani cut the stakes to size. Jerry Christine also helped prepare the stakes. With all that effort, the garden was off to a good start until the cows discovered it. The worst offender was the homes own beef cow who attacked through an accidentally opened gate. She demolished most of the corn, cabbage and broccoli. Neighbors cows added insult to injury by assaulting the garden in mass. We looked out one morning, said Wood, and saw 40 head of cattle heading for the garden. Their charge was diverted in time to save all of the beans, but the rest of the vegetables suffered considerably. Needless to say, a heavy-duty fence is in order for next years garden. Seymour is also looking for a volunteer to take on garden supervision duties a responsibility he does not have time for. Looking even further ahead, Wood said he is thinking of converting some of the homes pasture property into about four acres of raspberries. It would provide some jobs for our kids, as well as a source of food, he said.

50 years ago 1957
County Assessor Carol Barlow was in Arlington Wednesday morning and left us with figures showing the increase in valuation in the towns of Arlington and Darrington and County Road District No. 1. In Arlington, the new valuation for 1957 is $1,958,160, an increase of $442,308 over the figure for 1956. The Arlington School District valuation for 1957 is given as $5,732,402, or an increase over last year of $730,411. In Road District No. 1 the valuation is $14,152,367, or an increase of $1,110,948. Mr. Barlow points out that some of the increase in the district and road district valuation is due to the natural gas pipeline which is in these districts. In Arlington the increase is due to improvements and new installations, and a large part of it due to large inventory at the Glacier cold Storage plant. Mr. Barlow places Arlington sixth in valuation among 14 incorporated towns in the county. In Darrington the valuation for 1957 is given as $402,379, an increase over last year of $20,289. The Darrington School District valuation of $1,394,154 in an increase of $23,000. Mr. Barlow stated that the Great Northern Railway has been the largest taxpayer in the county for years, their tax bill in 1957 running to over $400 per day. However, he said the West Coast Telephone Co. is now exceeding the G.N. and in 1958 will probably pay a tax bill of better than $500 per day.

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