This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives

10 years ago 1998
Plans to offer a four-year college education in north Snohomish County were announced by the state last week. A State Higher Education Coordination Board-commissioned study found an expanding need for higher education in north county as well as Island and Skagit counties and state officials are promising an institution connected to several of the state universities and area community colleges. The study predicts over the next 20 years this area will need to serve nearly 10,000 college-level students, 5,000 at the community college level and 5,000 at the upper or graduate level. Under the state plan local students could take classes at Everett Community College, at home or at a proposed hub and finish with a degree from Washington State University, Western Washington University or a combination of any of the seven state schools in the consortium. Faculty could be based locally and some coursework may take advantage of the internet and other telecommunications technology, Executive Director Marc Gaspard said. Members of the consortium are the University of Washington, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Washington State University and three area community colleges: Everett, Edmonds and Skagit Valley. Students will be able to pick the institution that meets their needs. For example, a student majoring in environmental science could take courses offered by a program at Western Washington University, Gaspard said. It is an attractive model that allows for personal tailoring, custom developed advanced degrees, he said. The center itself will be able to change quickly and respond to area needs. The study calls for an association of local representatives to make sure the program will be employment-relevant education. The site of the center wont be decided until 1999 at the earliest. Gaspard said they are looking at area in the north county down to north Everett.

25 years ago 1983
The Arlington City Council is expected to continue consideration of a stormwater fee proposal which would allow the city to charge property owners for the maintenance and improvements to the communitys stormwater runoff system. The proposed ordinance would, for example, charge residential home owners with 20,000-square-feet of property or less a $1 monthly fee. Currently, explained City Supervisor Howard Christianson, the city handles budgeting for storm and surface water management through the streets department, but new state and county laws require the items be budgeted separately and that a funding method be devised to pay for the stormwater system. The proposed fee structure is expected to raise about $16,000 annually, he said. Unlike many local cities which mix their stormwater and sewer systems, Arlington already has almost entirely separate systems and Christianson said he does not anticipate any major expenses other than routine maintenance and possible expansion.

50 years ago 1958
The American Legion needs carpenters and helpers as the Legionnaires attempt to erect their Little League grandstand. The grandstand will be build at the new Little League park, behind the high school, just south of the parking area. John Jensen, in charge of the construction end of the project, and Waldo Evans, committee chairman, urge parents interested in the project to bring a hammer and give a hand. The building of the 40-foot grandstand, seating 150 people, with dressing rooms for the players, will be started Saturday morning, with the grandstand itself to be finished Sunday. Last Saturday the Legionnaires completed the forms for the footings and excavated for the dug-outs.

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