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January 5, 2000 VOL. Ill, NO. 21 75 VOICE OF ARLINGTON & NORTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY REGION quilters are in a global bee. Page C1 the third . llment of The Arling- . series on Back- Auto Experts. .k,. Page A4 Arlington High boys basket-ball Hazen. Page A5 C1 B6 A4 A6 B4 B5 A7 B6 A5 A3 See complete forecast on page A3 THIS ISSUE: Q Q WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION elll Years 1999 GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD !:iI ~i~ $C011" MORRIS The ,tv'lir~tor~ Times Stillaguamish Tribe fisheries enforcement officer Pat Brown patrols the river shoreline looking for illegal nets. Brown patrols from the river mouth to Danielson Hole. The Tribe recent purchase of riverfront property has made his job easier because it allows Brown and legal fishers acc.ess to a boat lau key to the tribe cultural well as a just d: b y__Ka_y Brooks The Arlington Times Despite all the Y2K hoopla, the new century arrived quietly in Sno- homish County. City and county agencies prepared for the worst but were pleasantly surprised when 2000 brought no major inci- dents. "It was very quiet," said Sno- homish County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jan Jorgensen. "We were geared up for a big night of action but most people must have opted to stay home and celebrate the new year with family. It was a great way for us to start the year." Arlington's Assistant City Administrator Kristin Hanson agreed. The city had beefed up law enforcement and public works staff just in case the Y2K computer glitch created unexpected prob- lems. "We closed the emergency oper- ations center at 12:45 a.m.," she said. "It was very quiet." Y2K page A6 ANIMAL SHELTER m II City seeks support for regional facility by Kay Brooks The Arlington Times Scott Morris The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- Sitting behind the wheel of his Stil- Ui laguamish Tribe Fisheries Enforcement pickup truck on routine shoreline patrol, Pat Brown Jr. pointed at the full brown river roiling by just past his windshield. "Being born by the water, I'm still working by the water,* he said, smiling. The quote could easily ai ply tothe area's first natives, the Stillaguamish tribe, whose name means "river people." The Stfllaguamish were once masters of the entire stretch of both forks of the river that bears their name. More than a century after los- ing control of that territory, the purchase a few years ago of 56 acres of riverside farmland allowed the Stillaguamish people to say with pride that they have returned to live and work along the river where they originated. water Their exile from the river was more political than geographical. They never fled their home- land -- they just lost all the riverfront property. They also lost almost all the rest of the north- ern third of what is now Snohomish County, accor~ling to tribal planner Casey Stevens. "They were compensated what amounts to a dollar an acre," Stevens said. "In terms of per capita loss, the Stillaguamish lost more than most other tribes, like the Navajo, the Yakama or the Colvilles." The beginning of the modern public return of the Stillaguamish started in 1975 when a few tribal elders decided to stop a wagon train. To celebrate the United States' bicentennial, a wagon train was organized to take a year-long Tribal elder Frank Allen and current tribal chair Ed Goodrich Sr. decided to stop the train to make their case to the federal government that the Stfllaguarnish should receive official recog- nition as a tribe. "Frank and I walked up to the wagon train," Goodrich said, "and Frank grabbed the halter of one horse." Esther Ross then gave a speech, which included reciting one standing treaW that included the Stillaguamish Tribe. The move didn't initially work, although it did receive national news coverage in about 250 newspapers, according to Goodrich. But a year later, after working with the Department of Interior, the tribe was officially recognized by the U.S. government. ARLINGTON -- A citizen group's proposal to keep Arling- ton's animal shelter open for another three months was not rejected by the Arlington City Council on Monday, but neither was it acted upon. With the shelter scheduled to close Friday, Jan. 14, and the coun- cil's next regularly scheduled meet- ing set for Jan. 18, action seems unlikely. But the council isn't ruling out a plan to build and operate a region- al facility, if other jurisdictions agree to help pay for it. On Dec. 6, the council voted to close the North Snohomish County Animal Shelter at 19118 63rd Ave. NE, citing the'poor condition of the existing facility and lack of funds to build a new one. The public protested at the Dec. RIVER page A2 SHELTER page A2 Deputy investigated in rape of 17-year-old Special to The Arlington T/rues EVERETt -- The Washington State Patrol is investigating the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by a 33-year-old Snohomish County Sher- iffs Office DepuW. The sexual assault was reported to the Sheriff's Office on Nov. 17 and the case was immediately turned over to the state patrol, according to a Dec. 30 press release from the Sheriff's'Office. "It is normal practice in serious allegations such as this, to request that an outside :: agency investigate, said Sheriff Rick Bart in the press release. "We have complete confi- , dence that the Washington State Patrol will do a thorough Job in investigating the circum- stances surrounding this case." The deputy, who has been with the Sher- scon. iff's Office since 1994, was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. The Sheriff's Office did not state when the i investigation is expected to be completed.