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.MM ., T4“- ms takeStevens.WA 98258 r LS. Historical Soc' ( let PO. Box 874 y Lake Stevens, WA 98258 Photo By Pam Stevens Dave Tucker, Craig Valvick and other admirers stand next to the newly recognized glacial erratic. As a comparison, mcker, in the red, is six feet tall. Police officers discover one big ro BY PAN SlEVEllS I MANAGING EDITOR A glacial erraticis a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests and are carried by glacial ice, often over distances of hundreds of miles. Who would think that we have a glacial erratic that is as big as a house right here in Lake Stevens? Well, we do and it was found by Police Sergeant CraigValvickwhile he was patrolling the bottom of the neighborhood off of Slst Dr. SE and lst St. SE. Valvick told Officer Matt Mc- , about {helluge rock, which he found in the small community aothe' deadend; and therwo “ ‘ of them started doing some re- search. At home one evening, Valvick was browsing the internet and found the Northwest Geology Field Trips website. In an article titled “Whidbey Island Erractics” it stated, “The challenge is on, who can find a bigger erratic west of the Cascades?” “From the road it’s not as im- pressive as When you get out and walk around it,” Valvick said. “I was pretty impressed with it.” So, why did Valvick see some- thing more than everyone else who had seen the rock? PDS‘I’AL CUSTOMER Aquafest is almost here. Have you registered for your events? Page 5. .1' “I-just paid attention in geology class in high school,” he said. “I can’t believe I remembered any- thing from 22 years ago." After making some initial es- timations, McCourt and Valvick decided to get a 100 foot measur- ing tape and take actual measure— ments. Theywere surprised to find out that their estimates were low. The rock actually measures 2 10 feet around, is 20 feet high in the front and 34 feet high in the back. The face width is 78 feet. They decided to name it “Maximus Roximus". The next step was to contact a geologist. They found David Tucker, aVolcanologist and Re- search Associate in the Geology Department atWestemWashing- ton University. Tucker, alongwith Donn Cham- ley, an Emeritus Professor of Geol- ogy at Shoreline College, visited Lake Stevens’ newly discovered geological find last Friday, July 8. “I just think this is fabulous," Charnley said. Tucker is quite certain that the erratic came from the Vashon Glacier and is over 180 million years old. SEE ROCK ON PAGE? Synthetic drugs arrive in Lake Stevens smoke shops BY PAM STEVENS l MANAGING EDITOR Terms like “bath salts”, K2 and Spice have completely differ- ent meanings these days. K2 no longer only refers to a ski and snowboard manufacturer and “bath salts” no longer convey im— ages of a relaxing aroma coming from a warm bath. Today these Words imply fake marijuana and fake cocaine, and until recently were legal to buy and use in Washington State. These synthetic drugs did hit 10- cal smoke shops but Lake Stevens Police have taken them off the shelves of the three smoke and Index Opinion ........................ ..2-3 Church ............................. ..4 Calendar ......................... ..13 Classifieds... ......... ......14-15 tobacco stores within the city. After a 30-year—old Lake Ste- vens man overdosed on these fake drugs on May 27, Lake Stevens Police Detective Den— nis Irwin was confiscating them from store shelves by June 3. Luckily, the man lived through his ordeal. “It kind of went under the ra— dar because we hadn’t had any incidents until the overdose on May 27," Irwin said. “By June 3, I was taking things out of the stores. We seized 287 products within the three local shops.” SEE DRUGS 0N PAGE? Hobbs honored by state business association Senator Steve Hobbs was re- cently honored by the Associa— tion of Washington Business for his work in helping businesses within the state. Page 3. "National flight out Comributed Photo Actual packages of K2. the fake marijuanas which were being sold at local smoke shops. coming soon to L8. Mark your calendars for this year’s National Night Out com- ing up on August 2. Lake Stevens Family Center is once again host- ing this family event. Page 7. ' incal boys loomed much at Boys State Five boys from Lake Stevens High School were privileged to be able to attend this year’s Boys State. Find out what this means on page 8. iios month 5 Busmess Section There’s a lot going on in busi- ness in Lake Stevens right now. Find out who's coming,who’s earning honors and what else is going on. 10-12r