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September 26, 1979

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[ LIBRARY HOURS Lake Stevens: Monday Noon-9:00 pm Wednesday Noon-9:00 pm Friday Noon- 5:00 pm Saturday I0:00 am-5:00 pm Granite Falls: Monday 1:00--9:00 prn Wednesday I:00-9:00 prn Friday I:00-5:00 pm The Journal is .now in {Is 19th year ,as a newspaper distributed .Iree to every home in this community. Vol. 19 No. 39 September 26, 1979 P.O. Box 128:Lake Stevehs, Wa. 334-1500 U.S. POSTAGE PAID Sec. 34, 46 P.L. &R. Permit No. 7 Carrier Route Presort Lake Stevens, WA Rural or PO Bo~holder WHAT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT LIFE AT THE NEW VIKING HIGH COMMENTS ABOUT OPEN/ CLOSED CAMPUS, CLASS YELLS AND SITTING ON THE FLOOR by torna frey. A week and a half into the school year, r udent reactions to the new Lake Stevens High School were widely varied, ranging all the way from "it's great", "it's not pink", "excellent" to "it's a bummer", "too b~", and "too many people. " "There's a more re/axed atmosphere up here, " junior Gary Klett said. "It's better for learning. Nathan Peterson and Greg Sf[cox, also juniors, agreed. "The other school was a little too tight, " Nathan said. "At the old high school you knew everybody, " Dan Duwe commented. "I miss that, but I wouldn't go back for anything. " Contr1"outing to the new faces are the hundred -plus new students, as well as the whole new freshman and sophomore classes fresh out of the junior high. Some freshman com- plained about getting pushed around by upper- classmen. Other students said they wished they could go back to their old school. "They've changed all of our traditions, " lamented Debby Toomey, Pete Hall, Mazy String- er and Debbie Davis. October 6 is the last day to register for the eral Election. .4 All four, along with other groups of students, said they missed class halls and class yells. At the Pink Palace, they explained, the basement "be/onged" to the sophomores, the middle floor to the juniors, etc. If you were a sophomore, your locker was next to other sophomores'lockers. It gave you a place to go and a feeling of identity. Several times a day, class ye/ls would erupt -- seniors would shout "Seniors: ", juniors would shout "Juniors:" and so on. At the new school, the administration is discouraging class ye]/s, and lockers are mixed up among all four classes. VIEW FROM THE SOUTH LAKE STEVENS BRIDGE, Monday morning. The hope is to build a At fight, off in the fog, the Iwo fisherfolk were pulling up perch whole school spirit. Danette Adams likes the new spirit. "I think that the school spirit is a lot better than last year. A lot more people are going to the games. I hope it continues. " The school does have some definite advantages for physically-handi- capped students. Not a step in the whole place, it's all ramps. In contrast, the Pink Palace was a many- stepped monster. Students spoke only positive/y about the new smoking policy. A special smoking area is available to those who smoke. Chris Lakey, sopho- more, feels that it cuts down on vandalism to the bathrooms for one thing. Opinions were mixed about the open/closed campus policies. Freshman and soph- omores must remain on campus during lunch. Juniors and seniors may leave, but may not use their cars. The parking lot is off-lindts during the school day' Vikki Bruenn and Lenore Lewis were among those who thought it "should be open campus. There's not much to do up here. " (cut u 7) md b S. "WE'VE LOST THE PINK PALACE"- JOHNSON "We've lost the Pink . Palace, " Albin Johnson conceded this week, along with conceding his lost primary election bid for school director in the Lake Stevens School District. Johnson's community concerns continue. "We've lost the Pink Palace, but there are other buJ/dings around here that are worth saving. Now is the time to organize. " Johnson proposes a Lake Stevens Historical Society. Interested people can contact him at 334-3228. In regard to the old high school, the voter- approved 1975 bond issue for the new high school included the language "to convert the ex/sting senior high for use as a midge school including razing the main building and constructing a heat- p nt. " This was in keeping with the cone/usions of school personnel and the community after a year- long Master Facilities Study undertook in 1974- 1975. At this point, the School district has sent out a bid call for the demolition of the build- ing, and it looks like it's coming down, Johnson said. HARVEST DINNER AT SOUTH LK. STEVENS The South Lake Stevens Grange will hold their annual "Harvest Dinner" on Sunday, October 7 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at their hall near the in- tersection of South Lake Stevens Road and East Hewitt. The dinner will feature Prime Baron of Beef barbequed over an alderwood fire, served with baked potato, corn on the cob, various salads and an apple dessert. The proceeds from this event are used to finance the Grange's scholarship program and other community service projects. The tickets are $5 each, and must be pur- chased in advance. The sale ends October 1. Dinner for children 6-12 costs $2.50, and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are being sold at Mitchell's Drugs and Frontier Lumber, or call 334-3856 or 334-3226. SCHOOLS LOOKING AT SAFETY & BUS ROUTES At ton ht's (Wed- nesday, September 26) meeting of the Lake Stevens School Board, school directors will continue their review of the state's require- ment that state-funded bus transportation be limited to chi/dren living at least 2 tulles from school. The school district is now setting up criteria to identify unsafe road conditions that Would make walking to school dangerous. The district COuld then request ex- ceptions from the state for those bus routes. Also on the agenda: Special Levy - Rollback, Growth Management Pol- icy, Community School, and Ski School. The Lake Stevens School Board meets at 7 pm on 2rid & 4th Wed- nesdays in the Adminis- tration Bu qding. GRANITE FALLS PLAN COMMITTEE MEETS The Granite Falls Planning Committee meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall in Granite Fa]/s. Interested citizens are invited to attend and participate in these meetings. Up the Creek's Kathy Pinks NEXT WEEK 1. What Larry Springer from the County Plann- ing Department had to say at o meeting of Lake Stevens Senior Citizens. 2. Information about the new state Immunization Law for school children. 3. A look at Lake Steven's newest restaurant, "Up the Creek."