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A2 o:o The Arlington Times nesda, Wednesda Continued from page A1 "That kind of opened doors for us," Goodrich said. Almost 25 years later, the Stillaguamish have a little less than 200 enrolled mem- bers, 45 employees, 105 acres on six sepa- rate parcels of land, 29 homes in the 20-acre tribal village, two fish hatcheries, a rotating number of fishermen (three right now), a revegetation nursery to enhance shoreline habitat, and -- more importantly -- a future. One living embodiment of that future is Goodrich's son, Ed Goodrich Jr., and not just because he's following in his father's foot- steps by taking a leadership role sitting on the tribal council. At 24 years old, the younger Goodrich is also one of a growing trend of Stillaguamish young adults pursuing a higher education. "We've increased college participation from one to 15 in the past six months," he said. Ed Junior is attending Western Washing- ton University. He said the tribal council helped spur the increase in college atten- dance by adjusting the tribal budget to pro- vide more financial aid for students. The trend is encouraging, he said. In 1995, only five Stillaguamish seniors gradu- ated from high school. "For many Native American tribes, the dropout rate is high," Goodrich Jr. said. He added that the Stillaguamish Tribe is helping with more than just funding. In- house tutor Stacy Lyons helps high school students keep up with their school work. Tribal staffers also help high school stu- dents get all their credits to graduate or take the General Equivalency Diploma test and register for college entrance exams. Six tribes in the area are also cooperating to cover the next step after school, when young adults are looking for jobs and a career. The eider Goodrich said the Stillaguamish Tribe provides the staff that administers an inter-tribal vocational rehabilitation pro- SCOTT MORRIS The Arlington Times Norman Hobart pulls weeds between the rows of willow trees at the Stillaguamish Tribe's nursery. Plants from the nursery are used to improve stream-side habitat for salmon. gram that helps members retrain for new been converted into an office for the fish- careers and/or devise business plans, cries employees A day care facility allows parents to pur- Hobart said he'd been working at the sue those goals, nursery for a few months. Goodrich's son added that many of the "I knew I liked outdoor work, physical programs get used. One particularly suc- labor," Hobart said as he loaded a wheelbar- cessful human resources program allows row with grass and weeds he'd just picked members to get paid during on-the-job between rows of willow saplings. "That's training, why I came here ]to work]." "The on-the-job training works really Bill Blake, a longtime Arlington resident well. A lot of tribal members have used that who works for the tribe as a fisheries biolo- as a stepping stone," he said. gist, nodded in appreciation of Hobart's Very few business plans have been devel- work. oped so far, he said, but the service is avail- "We have him keep a daily log so that he able. can learn and monitor what he's been One tribal member who is taking advan- doing," Blake said. rage of the vocational training, 21-year-old Blake said the nursery supplies fisheries Norman Hobart, was found in his usual spot workers and volunteers with Sitka spruce, in the revegetation nursery on the 56-acre western red cedars and willows to help reha- riverside farm. The property's house has bilitate streamside habitat for salmon. The purchase of this farm allows Pat Brown to patrol the river' for illegal nets more easily. Born in Darrington in a cedar lean-to on the Sauk River 62 years ago, In with the new Brown now monitors the shoreline in a four- wheel drive Chevy, searching the river with ARLINGTON -- NeW i binoculars for poachers' nets. City Council membert Giebel and Dan Salmon are a huge part of many tradi- oath of office on tional tribal cultures, but the commercial replaces Dick Larsen. hatchery takes on added economic signifi- replaces Don Regan. cance for the casino-less Stillaguamish office also was delivered Tribe. The current tribal council is adamant- ton Mayor Bob Kraski ly opposed to making money from gambling ed councilmembers because of its negative cultural influences. Sally Lien and The Stillaguamish and the Sauk-Suiattle in Darrington are the only tribes in Washing- Volunteers needed ton that do not take in some sort of gam- on city boards, bling revenues, the elder Goodrich said. And it will stay that way in Arlington, if the cur- ARLINGTON -- rent Stillaguamish council has its way. Arlington is seeking fill vacancies on its "We are working on anti-gambling legisla- commissions. The city's tion where future [Stillaguamish] councils Arts and Recreation can't do that," his son said. has two vacancies; The tribe is looking for other ways to Commission has two expand by developing an economic develop- Cemetery Board has merit plan. But that plan doesn't include and the Library Boarc some of the wild propositions that have vacancy. Applications been proposed to council members by out- tions are available in siders, office at City Hall, 238 The Goodriches said they've had to turn Ave., or by calling (360) down proposals over the years for a shrimp bar, an amusement park, and even for medi- New fees set cinal-use marijuana plantations. ARLINGTON "We declined, of course. I was aston- use, building, ished," the younger Goodrich said. and park fees were a They're thinking more along the lines of the Arlington City an educational museum that students from December, just ahead other tribes could use as well. requirement that would 1 city to get voter a The museum would fit with the tribe's increases. The new fees ongoing struggle to reclaim its cultural her- discussed for some itage. A recent one-day powwow attracted a the biggest changes ts bigger crowd than expected, and more pow- impact mitigation wows are planned, now being set at $1 The new focus seems to be bringing the gle family home. The "river people" back to the river. Even of $100 had been in though, in many ways, they never really left, 1989.For information tribal elders would probably agree with Pat fees, call city hall at Brown that it's good to be back. 0361. SHELTER promised to form a task force to offers of donations of time and Everett on the cost of construction want everyone to get involved." the animals best. look into options for a new shelter, expertise to make minor repairs to and operation of their new facility. Snohomish County Councilman"ty's standpoint, there is Continued from pageAI According to resident Bob allow the facility to remain open Those numbers won't be available Rick Larsen said he likes the idea logical need for a nort Heavey, about 20 people signed up for another few months, for a few weeks, of a regional animal shelter and ter." 20 council meeting. Residents criti- to join the task force, but after Instead, the focus was on plans At this time, the only given is understands the city's decision to cized the city for moving too talking to nearly a dozen of those for a new regional shelter. Council- that the facility could be located close the current facility. A meeting of the quickly and for not including the residents in the weeks following man Oliver Smith has been work- on the airport property that hous- I support the idea of a regional that might be i]tvol public in its decision. City officials the meeting, none had been con- ing on gauging the interest of the es the existing shelter, he said. facility to take care of the ani- new shelter is t .'nta uled for the second' tacted by the city. So the residents county and nearby cities in a new, "The location will remain the mals," he said. "In 1979, I had a ary. In the meantime,i called their own meeting, regional animal shelter. Smith has same," Smith said. "It is centrally summer job at the Arlington air- , contacted Darrmgton, Maryswlle, |la;~ ~ fflMi~lD ~ About 12 residents who signed " " ' . located, properly zoned and in my port near the animal shelter and continuing negotiation~ lIJt~~ LtSL~|,| g Jl on for. the~committee.met last Lake Stevens Granite Falls, Stan- opinion is the ideal location for a the building did not seem ado-homish County or Ma~ ~: we~k,n~r-l~ ~t~!~ "We dc~ei~ted to wood and county of~ls to ~d new,slaeitex ...... . ......... quate even then. The city made -the provide animal cofftr~ ..... The city plans to begin demol- .correct decision in closing the Those services includejte dreac ~--~*'/"~' go.t~the co~iLmeetin~-3 to .... OUt ff~ldirig ~ new ~al s~.~el-ishing the current structure onshelter and delaying that decision stray and nuisance a~d a totai "lTo~-Bod;- ~/~ ,j~ ask for a 90-day stay on the clo- ter to serve north Snohomlsh :~ .... County is possible ~~~[[ sure. This would allow time for or- . that property the week of Jan. 18. would only delay a permanent Arlington animals w0ul~nestly w izen input for the direction they "We hope that all interested Smith said that as soon as some solution, ered to the Everett anilI~hocked. d no lde would like to see the shelter take. jurisdictions will be owners of the concrete numbers are available, Larsen cautions residents to be Assistant City Adr~! ! tt said ~~ ~ ! "A Ciosure will prevent things from new proposed regional facility," the surrounding cities and the patient during the process of Kristin Hanson said tVt roud al ~~ ~ happening." said Smith. "They all recognize the county will be in a better position researching a new facility, contract will require t~h ~ need for a north end shelter approval. The next c ~u~ ~-~ , ~ . After hearing the proposal at . . to decide about entering into an I agree with Oliver Smith thatoul~l ematiq agreement to build a new regional the need is to focus on a perma" is set for Jan. 18 (movqov~t.t_,th , JOSh s '~O~O H .Monday s meeting, city leaders did Smith said he is collecting data, animal shelter, nent solution and that is where the day because of the Ma~.' at D =7~ 'not jump at the plan or at the including getting statistics from "There are about 170,000 peo- energy needs to be directed," he King Jr. holiday). The I~,~ iii~t~ ~ m Illlpie in the north Snohomish County said. "The citizens have to realize ilu-~,-g u II hmish Cunty Anima~ be" ~~/ area and that makes for a lot of that this type of project needs to set toclose on Jan. 15: lth:t~:: critters," he said. "Arlington is be be done once and done right. Smith added that it ~a it ated m~ /:]historical facts ~ :~g only acting as a catalyst at this That is what they expect for their !,]featured throughout " i::*~"! point in the process. We really tax dollars and it will also serye that a new shelter~m for t math is i!1 the calendar: : reality before Jan. 1,200~ r 1900: Robert Wheeler, iil I subject ~!] Of Oso,.fe0o(ts a i~ "it is the right thin~|lulativ the right time to do it.~gUot an ~r hie fist fight tn ......... t ~ e g ~~ Smith. Ira_or e y for tha, Nevonne MCDa~ t tributed to this report. ~:~g a 4.0." don't h .:~.i , ,fu into t - - ! study. I I held .~ # 1 7 ! ]~t Body, p_./_L honor, Busines: 11 Large Shipments thru January In Smokey Point, Arlington, WA 17306 Smokey Point Drive, Suite D Located between The Buzz Inn and Sears Mon.-Sat. 10 am to 6 pm Sun. Noon to 5 pm .INGTO] are hop Arlingt collecth aw.ards ( : call the ( 98223.