Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Thursday, January 13,1977
Size of vote may be hurdle of schoollevy By GLEN GIBBONS Jr U< tt>,. U"I<1" 8ulM'1IM
Getting out the vote — almost any vote — may be the major obstacle facing supporters of Walla Walla School District's $2.59-million special-tax levy. That proposal faces a ballot test Feb. 8, and a levy-support committee met for the first tune Wednesday to gear up for the election. Several committee members and school administrators noted that the large generalelection turnout last November means a lot of votes will have to be recorded Feb. 8 in order to validate the election. State law requires that revenue measures muster at least 40 per cent of the district's vote turnout in the preceding general elec-
tion. exhorted by cocnairmen Anne Golden and "One of the nice things about Walla Walla is That means 5,357 persons will need to cast Ruth Gifford to solicit support for the special that generally we can count on citizens to do ballots Feb. 8, according to Gene Myers, levy, which composes about one-fourth of the what needs to be done to support education," school-district administrative assistant. 1977-78 budget's revenues. Hanson said. Last year, 5,138 persons voted in the levy The levy campaign will follow the pattern of The levy faces an electorate that has passed election; 4,757 cast ballots in a May 25 bond past elections. Posters, outdoor signs, news election.. media advertisements and telephone the last five special-tax requests put before it. At least 60 per cent of those casting ballots solicitations will be used to encourage a Overall, the district's record on special-tax measures is 12 approved, five defeated since need to vote in favor of the tax measure in favorable voter turnout. order to pass it. Endorsements will be sought from in- 1948. Hanson noted that the levy proposal, which Even if the levy measure receives less than dividuals and civic, social and educational a 40 per cent turnout, the proposal can be groups. A speakers' bureau is being would require an estimated tax rate of $7.73 validated if the number of approving votes is established to supply levy advocates at per $1,000 assessed property valuation, is less than the $2.65 million endorsed by voters last at least 60 per cent of the 40 per cent meetings of community organizations. minimum, that is, 3,2*4 yes votes. Supt. Franklin ''Pete" Hanson expressed year. That measure, which passed by a 69 per Committee members, including private guarded optimism at the levy's chances for cent margin of approval, was reduced when citizens and school-district personnel, were success.
the district subsequently received unanticipated state funds. The school board rolled back the levy by $400,000 to $2.25 million, this year's actual tax collection. Assistant Supt. Charles Clizer said a favorable outlook existed for passage of the measure. He cited the generally "good" economic situation in Walla Walla, the lack of any double-levy failure in the district's past and the high priority that the state legislature has set on providing adequate school funding. The committee will meet again at noon next Wednesday in the school-district boardroom, 364 S. Park St.
Empty women's prison could fill overcrowding gap The 1931 prison could hold 75 male offenders as a minimum-security Sitting in Walla Walla's backyard is facility, according to Rhay. He considers it one of several options to an empty prison that could help buy time for Washington's overcrowded close the time gap. Rhay says renovation poses this prisons. question: Does Walla Walla want The Washington Legislature must decide if it wants to approve the more inmate families in its neigh5462,544 in the proposed 1977-78 borhoods? Or should the aspect of budget to renovate the women's inmate families be shared with other prison located in the shadow of the communities across the state? A question weighed by some local Washington State Penitentiary. Communities resistant to neigh- legislators involves cost: Is it cheaper borhood minipnsons are stalling state to remodel an existing building or efforts to locate four additional build a new structure? Sen. Jeannette Hayner, R-Walla facilities. Warden B. J. Rhay sees a four-year Walla, favors remodeling. So does delay between present overcrowding Rep. Gene Struthers, R-Walla Walla. "I'm sure you could refurbish it far and construction of a proposed cheaper than you could build a new maximum-security miniprison. But the women's prison could be prison," Struthers says. "Refurbishing certainly would take renovated and ready for occupancy by the summer of 1978 if the state care of a lot of problems." "It would be a sensible solution," makes money available this July, agrees Mrs. Hayner. "The women's Rhay says. Bv CAROLYN LOGAN
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Former women's facility awaits decision on future status prison is a well-built structure." The U-shaped brick building contains single cells overlooking an exercise yard. Prospects for approval are very good, according to Mrs. Hayner. Legislators are more aware of prison crowding, which creates a favorable climate for the proposal, she explains.
Plus, mandatory sentencing is on the horizon, forcing legislators to be more cognizant of the need for further cell-space, according to Mrs. Hayner. For starters, the proposal must gain approval from the Senate Ways and Means Committee chaired by Sen. Hubert Donohue, D-Dayton, the House Appropriations Committee and the House Institutions Committee.
Council delays raising business fees By JO MORELAND O* T'»- Union Bu'leT'n
If you do business in Walla Walla, get ready to pay $15 for the privilege. And if you don't get a $15 business license, you could be penalized up to $300 a day. However, the Walla Walla City Council decided to wait Wednesday for at least two more weeks before adopting a business-license ordinance. "I don't believe it has had sufficient publicity," Councilman Pro Tern Ray Cuckler said. Under the proposed ordinance, virtually every business in the city — including the professions — will be required to have a 1977 license by Feb. 28. In future years, the license must be bought by Jan. 31. Half fees will be required for persons applying for licenses after Julyl. In the past, licensing has been required mainly for businesses selling electrical items or requiring health or police control. Fees ranged from $5 for an electrical-sales license to $300 for a
cabaret license. In other action, the council: — Appointed a council committee of Cuckler and councilmen Dan Swank and Harry Drake to outline procedure to implement Law and Justice agency recommendations for the police department. The council also agreed to an eligibility list that will allow hiring of police officers again under the city's rule-of-three hiring policy, now being legally contested. — Decided to contrac* with the Walla Walla-Columbia County Legal Defense Association to provide lawyers for criminal defendants with low incomes. — Awarded operation of the Nineteenth Hole Restaurant at the city's Veterans Memorial Golf Course to Harold Osborne of Spokane. Osborne has a college degree in hotel and restaurant administration and now operates Imperial Catering Service in Spokane. He has bought the Fryer Tuck restaurant here. The city will receive seven per cent of the Nineteenth Hole's gross receipts as rental. The council also bought the restaurant's equipment
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inventory for $4,500. —Formally adopted a new golfcourse fees schedule at Veterans Memorial that will raise greens fees by 12 per cent and season tickets by 20 per cent. — Agreed to submit a prospectus for federal funds for a $185,200 improvement project for Melrose Street, between Roosevelt Street and Wilbur Avenue. The city's cost share will be $37,840, to be paid with gas-tax money. — Adopted a shorelinemanagement master _plan for Mill Creek within the city limits that will require permits for new construction within 200 feet of the creek. — Agreed to pay $12,000 of a $22,000 bill for permanent lighting equipment at the "Trails West" outdoor amphitheater at Fort Walla Walla Park. The rest of the bill will be paid with a state Bicentennial commission grant. — Adopted an assessment roll for $5,013 worth of sidewalk repair the city did in 1975. — Decided to tie approval for the final plats of two developments — Stone Creek PUD and Stoddard's Second Addition — to waterline-
connection rates the city is setting. Developers Jack Stoddard, 22 McKay Place, and Richard Moeller, 1895 School Ave., were heated in their objections to what they believed to be a change in policy just as they are trying to complete their plats. — Declared a proposed self-service gas station at Nichols Oil Co., 728 N. Wellington Avenue, to be a significant environmental action, thereby requiring an environmental-impact statement. City Attorney Tom Baffney said he didn't think the fact that Cuckler has a home in the area constituted a conflict of interest in the matter. Cuckler indicated he may appear as a private citizen against the project at a board-of-adjustment hearing that will decide whether a conditional-use permit is granted for the station. He voted with the majority in the 5to-2 decision declaring the project a major action. The majority of city department heads consulted about the environmental assessment for the station had recommended seven-totwo that the project be declared a nonsignficant action.
Poster bears bad news for in mate Wall posters can have as unpredictable an effect in Walla Walla as in China, a Washington State Penitentiary inmate has learned. Carl L. Harp, 27, the man dubbed the "Bellevue Sniper," has lost a Walla Walla County Superior Court action seeking his return to the prison's general population. According to his lawsuit, he was placed in the penitentiary's maximum-custody unit — segregation — last May after he challenged a prison-administration memo. The suit said the memo forbid prisoners to wear obscene T-shirts and patches or the clothing would be confiscated. Harp's court action says he put up a notice stating the memo might violate the prisoners' right to free speech and might result in legal action. Prison officials said the notice was actually a 16-by-24-inch poster that said the prison administration had no jurisdiction over the matter.
Pet-law offenders facing bite in wallet
Swikter, RRA consultant for Wash. State Dept. of Social & Health SerLearning objectives workshop. 7:30 vices. p.m.. Washington School, N. Ninth Wa-Hi Class of 1962, 7:30 p.m. Avenue and Cherry Street; sponsored reunion planning meeting, Lindscott, by Walla Walla School District; one of Wylie & Blize, 4 N. Palouse St. Hang onto your dog or be prepared to lose a good chunk a" series of meetings to discuss of money. learning objectives for math, reading Friday's events A proposed animal-control ordinance for Walla Walla and language arts for kindergarten Blue Mountain Shrine Club, 7 p.m. provides penalty fees that can't be suspended or reduced through ninth grade. dinner. 19th Hole Memorial Golf of $15 to $100 for dogs caught running loose. TOPS No. 418. 7 p.m.. St. Mary Course: 6 p.m. symposium. However, the Walla Walla City Council agreed WedCommunity Hospital, Room 2. Level Ladies Auxiliary Paltriarchs nesday that every dog is entitled to one freebie — warning 1. Militant. 6:30 p.m. potluck. Odd — for its first offense in a calendar year. College Place La Leche League. 8 Fellows Temple. 12 W. Alder Stl; After that the owner will be convicted of allowing a dog p.m. with Ixw sample, 124 NE "A" early meeting. to run loose. St., College Place: fourth meeting in PEO, BI Chapter, 12:30 p.m. with The first conviction factually the second time a dog is present series. Lehla Webster. CI Chapter, 12:30 County Extension workshop. "A p.m.. Walla Walla County Club vista caught loose) will cost $15. the second conviction will be $30 and it will be $100 for each conviction after that within Will of Your Own." 7:30 p.m.. Walla room: program by Penny Andres. a year. Walla County Service Bide.. 314 W. Russell Creek Homemakers, 1:30 The council will review and revise the ordinance before Main St.: Barbara Werner. County p.m. with Dorothy Clark; Barbara adoption of it at the Jan. 26 council meeting. Extension agent and representatives Werner, guest speaker. Violation of any part of the ordinance, with the exof the county bar association to Baha'i Faith fireside, 7:30 p.m., 978 ception of the dogs running-at-large section, can result in •;peak: open to public. Hobson St. a fine of not less than $25 or more than $300. Order of the Amaranth. Golden Lady Elks. Walla Walla Lodge, 1 Licenses will cost $10 for unsterilized dogs, whether Sheaf Court No. 60. 8 p.m.. Masonic p.m.. Elks Club. 351 E. Rose St.; male or female, and $3 for sterilized ones. Temple. 607 E. Main St: Men's night A part of the ordinance requiring sterilization of all dogs PreM-ott School Board. 7 p.m.. luncheon, bndge. pinochle: make reservations with Pauline Magnuson given away or sold is being withheld. Prescott S' h"'i] conference room or Marcelle Gradwohl. It was pointed out that many such dogs are puppies, too Prospcri Point Grange. 8 p.m.. S. Walla Walla Valley Chess Club, 7:15 young for the operation. Howard Street and Prospect Road; p.m.. First Federal Savings comLicenses will be required for all dogs more than six potluck refreshments. munity room. First Avenue and Alder months old. Pythian Sisters. Mistletoe Temple Street Starting in 1978. a certificate of rabies innoculation No. 23 8 p.m. installation of officers. must be presented in order to get a license. Pioneer Park Garden Ontcr Persons who fail to gel a license for their dogs within 30 Southeastern Washington Medical Saturday's events days after the start of the calendar vear can be penalized Records Association. 7 p.m. potluck Walla Walla County Pomona in Richland with Joan Rude. 1007 Grange No. 27, 2 p.m.. Touchet $25. Reclaiming a dag that has been impounded will cost $5, J»ng Ave.; Walla Wallans expecting Grange Hall: business: 5:30 p.m. to attend should call Mary Ann potluck: visiting Grangers to brine plus $4 for each day the animal is held. Any impounded dog not claimed within 72 hours can be Campbell. St Mary Community salad and dessert; 7 p.m. meeting killed. Hospital, speaker- Mary Kllen with 5th Degree to be Exemplified. Every female dog in heat must be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such a way that it can't come into contact with another dog, except for planned breeding. The owners of all animals, including horses, will be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by their animals on public walks, recreation areas or private Because of a reporting error, the property. date of a joint meeting of Walla Walla Animal control will be resumed Saturday by the city Tt# Wall* WaJto Umtm-Etftrtln trie* tc be «cafter almost two years of humane-society control work. (•uratf iri »-v<Ty «ory rt pnMuhcs When wr do err, city councilmen and county comThe city will operate under its old ordinance, with the »<• «*nt to ."'irrert Or mtSJ*e If yttn find tn missioners was incorrect in Wed"rrrfi (,i»aw '•»}] I)*- new department We nesday's Uni&n-Bulletin. exception of licensing, until the new ordinance is adopted. f 'te' 'im-rtirins in Uns spwf No licenses will be issued until the new law is oassed. The meeting wy. held Tuesday.
Struthers belongs to the institutions equivalents is listed. Allowing for committee. overtime costs, the actual staff could The Washington Department of number between 12 and 17. Social and Health Services would Eighteen matrons supervised the designate it a special-treatment population in the former women's facility. This means drug prison. There were 99 offenders — a rehabilitation, primarily. peak crowd — before the facility was The $462,544 proposal includes staff vacated in 1972-73. offenders were salary to operate the prison for two transferred to the Purdy Treatment years. Salary for 23 full-time- Center for Women near Tacoma.
The proposed ordinance met with mixed reaction from a large crowd. Curtis Melhus, 1314 Walla Walla Ave., spoke against the licensing procedures, which require written applications identifying dog owners. "The only thing you're doing with a license is convict yourself," Melhus said. "If you didn't have a license you'd be home free." The question of defining nuisance animals and convicting their owners was also raised. Under the ordinance, a nuisance animal would be one which molests passersby or passing vehicles, attacks
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other animals, trespasses on school grounds, is repeatedly at large or damages property. It would also be one that barks, whines or howls in an excessive, continuous or untimely i'late at night) fashion or scatters refuse. Nuisance dogs could be impounded. Councilman Arlo James noted that if a person complains about an animal and an animal-control or city police officer can't observe the violation, the complaining person will have to file a formal complaint to get legal action. The same process will be true whether for barking dogs or animals scattering waste, he said. "If you haven't got enough nerve to do that (file the charge ), then don't complain about it," James said. Bob Rhimer, 320 E. Maple St., who works in an office next to the Blue Mountain Humane Society's animal shelter wanted to know if the nuisance laws applied to the shelter. "There are times when you can't ever hear in the office building" near the shelter at Wellington and Portland avenues, Rhimer said. Rhimer didn't get a definite answer.
James Harvey, the penitentiary's associate superintendent of custody, said it threatened the institution's security by causing unrest, so Harp was placed in segregation. In a memorandum decision, Judge John C. Tuttle has ruled the poster was an inflammatory act of insolence, calculated to excite anger and disorder among the inmates. The decision said the poster included the words "File Suit! Win Money!" Tuttle ruled the prison must rely on respect for authority in maintaining security. The poster was intended to erode or destroy inmate respect for Harvey, and posting it presented a clear and present danger to security, the judge said. "If the petitioner (Harp) thought he had cleverly worded his poster so as to wrap it in the protective cloak of the First Amendment, he was mistaken," Tuttle said.
Mothers to march for funds A "Mother's March" to raise funds for the March of Dimes will be held in Walla Walla Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. In addition to the door-to-door campaign in the city, mail solicitation will be made in rural areas and communities in Walla Walla County. Heading the fund drive will be Madeline Hansen, 729 Whitman St., and Cathy Scott, 714 Crestview Place. About 200 marchers will be needed for the drive here, Mrs. Hansen said. Five or six persons to supervise 10 marchers each are still needed, she said. Interested volunteers may call Mrs. Hansen. Forty per cent of the funds raised in the annual drive remain in Walla Walla County to provide services, according to Ric C. Kindle, chairman of the Walla Walla Chapter of the National Foundation, March of Dimes. Sixty per cent is channeled into research programs to overcome the causes of congenital disease, he said. New appointees to the chapters medical advisory board are Dr. Dale E. Dietzman. pediatrician at the Walla Walla Clinic; Man, Reed, supervisor of the maternal and child health department at St. MaryCommunity Hospital; Mary Orchard, head nurse at the hospital nursery, and Sister Ixmise Gregoire of St. Mary's. Educational advisors are Doris Smith, counselor at Walla Walla High School; Amy Shoop, registered nurse. Walla Walla School District, and Nancy Maxwell, family life education coordinator. Walla Walla Community College. New members of the chapter's executive committee are Eric Robanske, vice chairman, and Mona Garland, secretary. Continuing as treasurer is Tonie J. Carney, 2027 Cookerly Drive.