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THE OTHELLO OUTLOOK THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1974 L "Working for Othello's Balanced growth" Entered as Second Class Matter January 21, 1947, at the Post Office at Othello, Washington under the Act of March 3, 1879. Published every Aeeo~N/~ - ~ lel~ Thursday morningat Othello, Washing- ton 99344 by the Basin Publishing Company. R.D. (Dan) LEARY .............................. MANAGING EDITOR DEAN H. JUDD ........................................................ EDITOR 180 E. Main RICHARD REX .............................................. AD MANAGER Subscriptions $5.00 JESSIE M. PLANT .................................. SOCIAL EDITOR yearly in Adams, Grant, Benton. and BETTY HASTINGS ............................................. SECRETARY Franklin Counties, MARGE FEYDER .............................................. AD LAYOUT $6.00 elsewhere. ~IIEI,LY HANLEY ....................................... COMPUWRITER Single copies - 15 By ROBERT CUMMINGS I OI,YMPIA - This coming weekend could be rough on lobbyists when the continuing l,egislature resumes its com- mit tee sessions--the first to be held since the 42-day session afljourned last April 26. All standing committees are scheduled to meet Friday and Sat urday. All except eight will be meeting on Friday. Of the ot hers, six will meet Sitturday morning; two, early Saturday al'lernoon. No joint sessions are scheduled. But the match- ed committees will be meeting simultaneously, in separate locations. I,obby groups will haw, to either "double4eam" I he sessions, or skeet back and forth between two different t)uihlings. Only exceptions will be the Ruh,s Committees of the two houses, which will meet at different times, each in its own room, on the ground floor of the I,egislature Building. Senate Rules will be meet- ing at 1:30 p.m. Saturday; llouse Rules at 2 p.m. Building Hopping All other llouse committees will be meeting in the House Office - Building. All other Senate committees except Ways and Means will meet in the Public Lands Building. Senate Ways and Means will be on the fourth floor of the I,egislative Building. Meeting simultaneously from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday will be the Senate and House Agri- culture Committees, Com- merce Committees, Judiciary Committees and Labor Com- mittees. From 10 a.m. to noon Friday will be meeting time for the two Education Committees, the Financial Institutions Committees, and the Higher Education Committees. The two Ecology Commit- tees, Natural Resources Com- mittees and Parks Commit- tees will be in session from 2 to 4 p.m., and the Constitution and Elections, Local Govern- ment, and State Government Committees, from 4 to 6 p.m. Most Saturday sessions are scheduled to wrap up early, by meeting between 8 and 10 a.m. These include the two Social and Health Service Commit- tees, Transportation and Utilities, and Ways and Means. Will Bear Watching Few hearings are schedul- Prepared bY OthelLo School District oft it.ial s Illiteracy: Fault of Home or School? ()ne million U.S. children aged 12-17 years cannot read even at the fourth-grade level, according to a new federal repot'|. I{esults of the special .fouryear testing program ~uggests illiteracy to be more I,,rvasive than ever before realized. The problem wits found to lie the most sew, re among low income black males, one -u! of five of whom could end fornml schooling without be- ing able to read a simple l~ilragraph- 'rhe National Center for llealth Statistics, an arm of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, said the findings indicate that existing government defini- t ions of literacy "might lead to serious underestimates" of the problem. Part of HEW's Health Examination Survey, the spe- cial reading tests were ad- ministered to a sampling of 6,768 youths between 1966 and 1970. The scoring showed that 4.8 per cent were illiterate. Projected nationwide, that means about 1 million of 22.7 million school-age children who should be in grades 6 through 12 cannot read a fourth grader's materials. Illiteracy was found to be most prevalent among boys, especially blacks from low- income families where parents had little or no formal educa- tion. For example, 4.7 per cent of white males and 1.7 per cent of white females could not read, compared with 20.5 per cent of black males and 9.6 per cent of black females. In families with less than $3,000 annual income, 9.8 per cent of white youths and 22.1 per cent of blacks were judged illiterate. But the inability to read dropped to 3.5 per cent and 12.6 per cent, respectively in the $5,000 - $6,999 income level, and to .8 per cent and 4.7 per cent in families earning more than $10,000. If parents had little or no formal education, 22 per cent of whites and 53 per cent of blacks could not pass the test. When one parent had finished elementary school, the illiter- acy rate fell to 6 per cent for white youths and 18 per cent for blacks. TO ALL OUR SEAR'S OUR NEW STORE HOURS WILL BE MON. THRU FRI. 9 A.M TO 6 P.M. SATURDAYS 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. TNRU JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST ONLY ed. Most of the sessions will be work sessions, and their agenda are chiefly tentative. They require approval of their respective Rules Committees, which hasn't yet been obtained in most cases. But the tentative schedules include enough subjects to make many observers as well as lobbyists wish they could be in more than one place at a given time. Those early Friday morning Commerce Committee ses- sions provide a good example. Both plan to take up the Auto- motive Repair Responsibility Act, which has been widely discussed during the past several months. But each will work on its own version. The Senate committee has a new draft of SB 2565. The House committee has a sub- stitute for HB 684, based on the California act. Others Busy, Too While the two Commerce Committees are meeting, the two Labor Committees will be discussing other matters of interest to the business com- munity. The House Labor Commit- tee plans to renew its effort in behalf of the State Labor Relations Act. Listed as Labor's tola priority bill last session, it passed the Senate but failed to pass the House after two attempts. This committee also plans to take up feasibility of tying workmen's compensation benefits to the cost of living, while the Senate committee may discuss whether self- insurers should be studied; to determine whether additional legislation is needed in this field. School STrikes Eyed The number of disputes between teachers and other school employe groups and various school boards has prompted the Senate Labor Committee to study possibility of strengthening the state's mediation service. Disputes between school districts and their employers currently are mediated by the Department of Public In- struction. Under consideration is con- solidation of all state media- tion services under a single agency. They are now spread around among five. The Department of Labor and Industries operates the state mediation service, which ?, t~ 0f TEN YEARS AGO June 4, 1964 Othello's new city-county jail was condemned this week by Adams County Health Officer, Dr. J. Collin Lindsay of Ritzville, for its lack of sanitation facilities in the jail cells. The new $40,000 jailhouse was to be occupied this week, but police officials said they would not be able to move until the health problems were solved. Two major complaints were cited by the health officer, the lack of toilet facilities in the drunk tank and the unpainted porous concrete block walls. Dr. Lindsay said the walls would have to be painted and a toilet put in the drulak tank to meet minimum requirements. Dedication of a new me- morial and the bridge leading to the Bess Hampton Memor- ial Gardens were completed here May 30 as part of the Othello Memorial Day ser- vices. Featured during the activi- ties at the special services was the dedication of the Athey Bridge which crosses the canal into the cemetery. Henry Franz, county commissioner, presided at the dedication of the bridge and other com- missioners present were Bob Danekas and Kenny Foulkes. The importance of planning for the future and choosing a vocation or profession in which "you will really be interested" were stressed to the Othello High School Class of 1964 during commencement exer- cises held here Tuesday night. William Bennett, member of the high school staff and class-honored speaker at the graduation urged the gradu- ates to do some planning to mediates disputes between labor and businesses which aren't involved in interstate commerce. Besides the Department of Public Instruction, others are operated by' the Marine Employes' Commission, the Higher Education Personnel Board, and the State Board for Community College Edtw.a- tion. Numbers Don't Count As all bills remaining at the end of the April session were indefinitely postponed, num- bers now being used are meaningless, except for iden- tification purposes. Unless there is another spe- cial session, which is ex- tremely unlikely, all the various committees can do now is make recommendations to the new Legislature which will convene next January. All bills which are revived will have to receive a new number and be introduced again. Many may be prefiled next December, for introduc- tion in January, but only by legislators who were elected or reelected in November. Bill numbers by themselves aren't infallible for identifica- tion purposes. Many have been redrafted-some several times--and others have been substituted. The numbers still can be useful, however, for obtaining copies from the legislative bill room; provided the person seeking them is awa re that the measure sought is a substitute bill. make certain they are going to enjoy their chosen life's work. A total of 95 Othello seniors received diplomas during the exercises which attracted a capacity crowd to the school gymnasium. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO June 4, 1959 A capacity audience of parents, family, friends and school dignitaries witnessed the Commencement exercises for the 1959 Othello High School graduation held at the high school gymnasium last night. R.L. Soderberg, chairman of the board of directors, pre- sented diplomas to the 46 graduating seniors. TWENTY YEARS AGO June 4, 1954 Heading the graduating class of Othello High School are Edward Chatfield, vale- dictorian, and Zelma Powers, salutatorian. Chatfield, 18, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chat- field of Royal Bureau Camp. He entered school this year from Warden. Miss Powers, 18, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Powers of Block 49. She came to Othello from Eddyville, Ore. Other members of the graduating class are Bob Peterson, Jane Hammer, Floyd Gillespie, Donna Young, Doris Faudree, Larry Gano, Anita Simpson, George Leigh- ton, Patsy Martin, Terry Vess, Perly Nichols, Phyllis Hays and Larry Bray. The Othello Farm Labor Office located just south of Booker's Feed and Seed on the highway leading south from town is now open to serve both farmers and workers in Othello and the adjacent area. Othelloites will get the go ahead to start hooking up their homes and business establish- ments on the newly installed sewer system, it was an- nounced this week by Mayor Clarence Wilson. The move came this week after a special council meeting held Monday evening at which time it was decided that the effluent line, which has been holding up the connection, would be sufficiently complet- ed to allow the connections. 4th & Main OTHELLO ) We will welcome all identifying information, particularly corrections have to offer for pictures appearing in this column.'Just call The Gladys Para 488-2812. The pictures are provided by the Museum and Mrs. Para providing the text. PIONEER SPORTSMAN - This is John Crider in 1913. He was on the "rip 0-ack" of the Milwuakee car department and paused during inspection of a passenger John Crider, who lived his entire adult life in Othello, was one of the organizers of the first Gun Club in about 1928. A group of local friends who enjoyed hunting got together at that time in order to rent the available hunting land, to prevent its being leased away from them by a Seattle group. In the days before it was necessary to compete with city slickers for space in the outdoors, this group of local men hunted frequently in the marsh areas west and north of town. A description of one of these trips by Crider has been preserved. Shiner lake had a good reputation in 1919 for hunting as well as fishing, and 80 to 90 ducks were taken on one par- ticular two-day trip that year, which included Crider and several others whose names were familiar to Othello: Will Hodson, school teacher; Bill Ogden, editor; Bill Gifford, a policeman; Frank Schneider, a railroad carman; Clayton O'Leary, storekeeper; and Mike King, who was a grocery clerk, all went together on this occasion and camped at what was called Dad Tindal's shack on Shiner lake. ,The first .shoot, of early morning was over, a huge breakfast of hotcakes, ham, bacon and eggs had been served, and nearly everyone was asleep. Crider noticed the young King had left the group to go after water, and while he was gone, Crider acted quickly to make him the victim of a practical joke. Filling some shells with flapjack flour, Crider exhanged them for those ,in King's gun, and then settled back to enjoy the wait for the evening shoot. According to memory, the time was passed by amusing themselves with the usual horseplay, which at one point included a "bear dance" done by Hodson and Ogden as the rest of the men sang "The Bear Went Over the Moun- tain". As the sun got lower they~ appeared to become serious hunters once again and all gathered their gear to head for the small coulee where the tules were thick. It wits a King was lead; a huge flock were staying on the v all became very denly the flock rose were everywh everyone else young King unloa( The air was with white t came down. returned to the they listened to until morning, an, back out to mallards, and Canada numerous, he even with the evening's shoot, men bagged 42 them. Trailer Sales Grand Coulee, Call Collect MARLETTES! YOU BET! They Ae Moving Nowl 3 of the biggest on M & M lot now, way up 65 footer. 4 Other Brands To Choose Fro~~ Doubles . ,, , ** : See Our Used'Homes/all sizes, gll kinds :',i Open Sunday afternoon for your convenien ,! , MUTUAL OF OMAHA HAS A NEW ADDRESS IN OTHELLO Peoples Bank Building N. 22 1st Avenue To give even better service to Mutual of Omaha's growing number of policyholders in the Othello area, the agency has moved to modern new offices in the Peoples Bank Building. 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