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10 years ago 1996

As she began playing volleyball at Arlington High School in her freshman year, Rachel Pigott told her mother that they were going to state. She reiterated that statement at the beginning of this year telling anyone who would listen to her. Last Saturday at 4:03 p.m. her prediction came true as the Lunch Money Kids beat Monroe to earn a trip to the AA state championship this weekend in Tacoma. It only took two matches to ensure the first ever journey south to play for the state title. The first match was played against Lynden, who finished second in the Northwest Conference. The Eagles won the match 2-1. In the first game Arlington only trailed once and led by as many as six points before winning 15-10. The second game was at its closest at 3-3 then Lynden began pulling away and won it 15-6. The Eagles started the third game badly, trailing by as many as six points at one time. They slowly chipped away at Lyndens lead until the game was tied at 9-9. Arlington then scored six unanswered points to win the game and match 15-9. That set up the second match with Monroe who had earlier stunned Wesco champs South Whidbey 2-0. Arlington had won both regular season marches with Monroe. The first game started close but Monroe pulled out to a 12-5 lead. Arlington then took command and scored the next 10 points, including five straight aces four by Chelsie Hazen and one by Jeni Hill to win the game 15-12. The second game was closely fought with the largest lead attained by Monroe at 5-2. The Eagles tied it at 7-7 and slowly pulled away before they put it away on an ace by Pigott, 15-10. That was when the realization that they were going to state sunk in. The whole team mobbed each other out on the court as the Arlington crowd chanted STATE! STATE! STATE! Many of the girls expressed numbness at the thought of going to state. I dont know how I feel yet, said Amy Hilden. The last match of the day was played against Jackson to determine seeding. The Eagles beat them 15-11, 15-4 to advance to the state tournament as the Northwest District No. 1 seed. For the tournament Rachel Pigott was 30-for-31 serving with 10 aces, 15 kills and 24 assists. Chelsie Hazen had 12 kills and Mindy Gamble added 29 assists. Jeni Hill was 27-for-28 serving with five aces. Arlington has been placed in Pool B along with Selah, Gig Harbor and Seattle Prep.

25 years ago 1981

Professionalism and enhancing the Arlington Police Department has prompted the local officers to form an association. The association will be made up of officers within the city, representing the department in bargaining matters and enhancing conditions and wages in order to keep from losing officers to other departments. During the past few years, the Arlington Police Department has been content to go along with the rest of the city employees regarding city matters involving wages, overtime, benefits and conditions. But a new era is upon us, and it is time that we change with the times and seek the recognition due the law enforcement profession. A definition of a profession is an occupation requiring an education and specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation. Judging by the diplomas and certificates hanging on the wall at the police station, one could conclude that a great deal of time has been spent by the officers to see that the highest degree of training and professionalism is attained. Very few occupations require as much ongoing special training as law enforcement, and very few require an instantaneous decision which could result in a life or death situation, according to the police department. The department is also setoff from other city employees because of its hiring procedure. Not everyone can become a police officer. The selection process in hiring an officer is very thorough and extensive, the police department says. The association is also aimed at combating larger police departments steal-a-cop programs. The programs cause officers to transfer to other police departments with a large pay increase. At the Oct. 5 City Council meeting, a city policy was adopted to help retain police officers in Arlington. The policy was enacted to save the city from losing police officers to other jobs, after paying more than $2,000 to have them trained. Over the years some officers have attended the police academy at the citys expense, been paid his salary while there, been furnished transportation, then returned to duty and soon after found another law enforcement job. To help the city get as much service out of the officer as they have invested in him, they adopted a resolution as city policy. Now a police department applicant must sign an agreement stating hell remain an officer for two years if hired or must reimburse the city for the money invested into his training. If fired or quit because of illness, no reimbursement payments will be collected by the city. The City Council was informed by Arlington Police Sgt. Dick Butner at its Oct. 19 meeting that the department will form an association. The association wont be a bargaining body this year and possibly next year, Butner told the Council. The association is to enhance the department so it can draw professional officers and keep them here. Most cities Arlingtons size in Snohomish County have an association or union representing their police department during contract talks, Butner said. If the association could upgrade the department, it could possibly prevent some of the problems that have occurred in other cities. We have not had these problems, nor do we want them. We have a well-trained, high-caliber police force now, and would like to keep it that way. It could be to the citys advantage to understand our intention of forming an association and give us a voice that would be heard. We are all aware of the need to tighten our belts and forming an association is not meant as a threat to the city, only a voice that would be heard, the police department said.

50 years ago 1956

According to the West Coast Telephone Co. report on station development since December 1955, the Arlington exchange has installed 33 new phones, up to Sept. 30, bringing the total here to 1,634. New installations at Darrington were 54, with a total of 425 and at Stanwood 563 new installations with a total of 1,627. The Stanwood additions were largely the taking over of the Peoples System by the West Coast lines.
The first steps toward formation of a rural fire district in the Bryant area were taken last Monday night when boundaries were set at a meeting held at the Grange Hall. The area, roughly, will be that between the county line on the north, the river on the south. The west boundary will be Highway 99 to the Henning Road, east 1 mile, thence north to county line. The east boundary will be line between sections 3 and 4, Range 6 east. There are about 200 families in the area. Petitions will be circulated, and at that time inquiries will be made as to valuations, etc. It is hoped to complete the circulation of the petitions in about two weeks.

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