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..... ' "';~'" ~'~~ ...... .,-~ I:~SRF SID June 3, 2009 Vol. 120, No. 45 75 THE NEWSPAPER AT THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY Arlington's javelins PR at state. Page B1 Lakewood track lead- ers among state's best. Arlington film maker accepted in Seattle film festival. Page B1 Page A6 The Arlington Times is now on Twitter. For news updates, fol- low stfrank and for sports updates follow http:ll twitter, com/dan- iellesports. BIRTHS B3 CLASSIFIED ADS B4-B7 CROSSWORD B3 HOROSCOPES A5 LEGAL NOTICES A5 OPINION A4 SPORTS B 1 -B2. B8 SUDOKU B2 ARTS & LEISURE AB-A7 SlI I.TO US FOST I . PAID Ch_IF I SW l:F]ql i/g ff~TI]_E WA 96136-].3]8 Nt~Vl]-IJ~;, NA WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009 2008 GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER by Sarah Arney The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- The time is now, June 1 - 5, to file and launch your cam- paign to run for office for county council city councils, school boards and various other taxing districts, like fire districts and water districts. In addition, Write-in candidates can file June 8 - Aug. 17, but they won't be on the ballot. Any one who files and then changes their mind has from June 2 - 11 to with- draw and there is a lot drawing for all candidates at the Snohomish County Auditor's Office at 9 a.m. on June 8 to determine the order of candidates in the Voter's Guide. In order to run for County Council, a candi- date must be registered in and a resident of Snohom- ish County for at least three years and a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 upon the date set for this election. Since County Council offices are partisan, can- didates will be required to declare a political party preference when filing. For city councils, a candidate must'~e a reg- istered voter of the city at the time of filing and a resident of the city at least one year preceding elec- tion, except in Darrington and Index where there is no minimum time for resi- dency. Positions available include County Council District 1 currently held by John Koster (R). Arlington Council position 1 currently held by Steve Baker, position 2 held by Chris Raezer, position 3.held by Scott Solla and the Arlington Council-At-Large position held by Graham Smith are up for re-election. Arlington School Dis- trict 16 has two positions open, currently held by Director Carolyn E. Erickson and Robert FILE page A3 SARAH ARNEY'The Arlington Times Randy Dobbins, of Arlington Heights Fire District 21, right, plans the next step with the Chief Dennis Fenster- maker, of Darrington Fire District 24, left, at a fast water river rescue training on the Sauk River Sunday May 31. Five fire districts, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe collaborate on river rescue training by Sarah Arney The Arlington Times DARRINGTON -- About the same time a woman was being:rescued on Pilchuck River near Lake Stevens by the Sno- homish County Technical Water Rescue Team. Sno- homish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Fire District 4 and the Sheriff's office helicopter SNO- HAWK 10, another team of firefighters and emer- gency medical technicians were busy getting trained for the same kind of thing on the Sauk River south of Darrington. Along with Darrington Fire District 24 and the Sauk=Suiattle fire and police, fire fighters from Oso, Arlington Heights, Silvana and Granite Falls fire districts were being trained in fast water river rescue, under the direc- tion of Randy Dobbins, of Arlington Heights Fire District 21. Oso Fire District 25 had SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times A team of about 15 fire fighters and medics learn techniques for rescuing people out of fast moving rivers at a five-hour training Sunday, May 31, on the Sauk River. The project was a collaboration of Arlington Heights Fire District 21, Darrington Fire District 20, the Sauk-Suiattle Police Department, and Oso, Silvana and Granite Falls firefighters. just rescued three young women from Seattle who got stuck in a pile of log debris in the Stillaguamish River near Oso the week before, Dobbins said. The training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 31. helped the firefighters learn to use a variety of equipment such as ropes and inflatables. They were debating whether there would be time to do a raft rescue, as well. at about noon after three hours on the river already. "I don't think we'll be doing a boat rescue today," RESCUE page A2 Exercise tests local readiness by Sarah Arney The Arlington Times ARLINGTON If you hear lots of sirens at 9 a.m., Friday, June 5, don't panic. The city of Arlington and its partners in emer- gency preparedness are planning an exercise with earthquake big enough to cause moderate to heavy damage citywide, accord- ing the emergency man- agement coordinator Chris Badger. Cascade Valley Hospi- tal will become very busy with injured victims, a local school will sustain heavy damage with sev- eral injured students, and downtown businesses are asked to determine if they need help or not, Badger said, explaining what to expect. It's an exercise to test the city's level of pre- paredness after two years of planning, Badger said. It is also part of a larger regional exercise conducted by the state Department of Health for all hospitals in Sno- homish, Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan counties. "What really brings this together is the fact that the three main enti- ties in the city are work- ing together," said Mayor Margaret Larson. "We have been plan- ning and coordinating preparedness and now we get a chance to test out some of our abilities in regards to a moderate earthquake." The exercise will be good practice for the hos- pital, too, according to its chief executive officer Clark Jones. "The hospital handles multiple patients on a daily basis but adding in a significant number from a local school will really tax our system," Jones said. "This will give us a better picture of what it will look when we have a large number of injured," he added. "We will also be testing EXERCISE page A3 by Sarah Arney The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- The entry into historic downtown has been all spruced up, thanks to a major remodel of the Stillaguamish Square, a.k.a Arlington Pharmacy. "We launched the remodel on Labor Day exactly 28 years from the beginning of the new construction," said the founder and retired pharmacist, Dale Duskin. "The remodel look two months longer than the new construction." Planning of the remodel started during the Olympic Avenue reconstruction, said Cory Duskin, manager of the family business. "Our 30-year roof was due, so we decided to overhaul the entire look," Cory added. The pharmacy and other tenants of the fancy new building at the intersection of SR 530 and SR 9 will celebrate its new look with a big party on Super Saturday this weekend, Saturday, June 6. One of Arlington's first malls built in 1980 at 540 West Ave., the new Stillaguamish Square compliments two other new buildings at the intersection, the All Seasons Spa & Stove, and the homey Oosterwyk's Chiropractor office. FACELIFT page A2 SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times The newly remodeled Stillaguamish Square will celebrate its new look Saturday, June 6, with a big party, when all tenants will be involved in offering fun activities for all ages, with contests and prizes all day long. - P