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This week in history from The Marysville Globe archives 10 years ago 1998
n Major corporations involved in forestry, mining and fisheries bank on the public's belief in the idea of the balance of nature. But Mike Fellows, a science teacher at Lakewood High School, says "balance of nature is a fallacy." At least it is if chaos theory is correct and chaos theory is gaining credibility within the scientific community. Fellows' involvement with the scientific community at the university level helps fuel his passion for science, thinking the questions and searching for answers. Through his passion for exploring and learning, Fellows is bringing high-level physics and biology to Lakewood students. His classes encourage students to think critically, pose questions and organize experiments to determine answers. Through direct involvement in experiments, Fellows is illustrating to students that changes in environment can produce extreme consequences. So even in a sterile setting where the environment is controlled, there are always tiny variations that can be imperceptible, but can change the outcome of an experiment. With that premise, if an environment is changed through activities like logging, excavating or drag-net fishing, it is wrong to assume balance can be restored when the global and/or long-term effects of these changes is not known. Through hands-on experiments, Lakewood students are testing for the how and why of chaos theory and its practical application. Some of this advance biology research is because of their teacher's involvement in the Partnership in Science program. The program has helped pay for some special pieces of equipment. Partnership in Science is a mentorship program that gives high school teachers an opportunity to do vanguard research and work with colleagues at the university level. Fellows said he was fortunate he was picked to participate in the program for the last two years. As part of his involvement, Fellows won an exit grant of $3,000 as long as there was a community match of $2,000. Fellows said the local branch of Washington Mutual Bank put in most of the matching $2,000 with the balance coming from other community donations to the school. With the grant and the matching money, Fellows bought some nifty equipment allowing students to do advanced lab experiments. To test chaos theory and its premise that slight variations can cause major changes, students created small environmental "landscapes," miniature replicas of an ecological system found in nature. They will then test the effect of poison (in this case copper sulfate) on the environmental landscape. In an eight-week experiment, students created the landscapes (as well as a controlled landscape they used for comparison) in jars by putting together measured amounts of lake water, sand, sterilized straw and three types of algae.
25 years ago 1983
n Downtown Redevelopment Commissioners feel commenting on or making suggestions about the alternate plan proposed by the Downtown Property Owners and Tenants Association is outside their jurisdiction and they are sending a letter to Council making that known. At their meeting Monday, commissioners said they had been given a job to do and they had completed the task. To react to a proposal that is outside of the boundaries set by Council would be going against the job given them, commissioners said. "I feel that we've been told what to do and we did it," DRC chairman Leo Oehler, said. "We cannot and will not evaluate the plan. We've produced a product we're proud of." The DRC also is asking Council to make a decision on the plan at its June 13 meeting. The plan proposed by the redevelopment commission involved an anchor store with smaller stores and offices surrounding it. Its borders include State on the east, the waterfront on the south, Fourth Street on the north and Cedar Avenue to the west. The alternative proposal submitted by DPOTA calls for a traffic loop on State and Delta and extends to Grove Street. Dennis Graves, commission and City Council member, said he is impressed with the ideas and the drawings of the alternate proposal, but isn't sure how feasible it is. City Administrator Rick Deming said he sees two problems with the overall alternative plan. "All costs are up front, our plan is pay as you go," Deming said. He also said the alternate plan doesn't address the market like the DRC's does. "We have Everett and Mt. Vernon to look at if you just beautify the city." At a recent Chamber of Commerce sponsored forum, where both proposals were presented, Deming said a concern was expressed that the DRC plan would not fit into the character of Marysville. He noted there were some who felt the plan would encourage a "monstrosity" to be built in Marysville. "The feeling I get is that property owners think we're throwing a party and no one will come. There are three areas of concern. Number one is the party and no on will come. the second is that a big monstrosity isn't Marysville and number three is parking." The DPOTA is proposing local improvement districts to pay for improvements in the area. Deming questions the "doability" of this. "It works out to be roughly $26,000 per property."
50 years ago 1958
n Two ordinances were adopted by the Marysville City Council Monday evening pertaining to city sewers. Ordinance Number 445 will prohibit the discharge of storm water into sanitary sewer lines from new and proposed building roofs or parking areas where such drainage would overtax the facility. Ordinance Number 446 sets new sewer rates to be paid monthly by residences and other properties. Minimum rates were raised from $1 to $1.75 and other rates are increased approximately 75 percent. The increases to be effective June 1. Funds from the sewer charges accumulate in a sewer and water fund in order to finance the construction of a proposed lagoon-type sewage disposal area. The city is buying an 80-acre tract south of First Street and east of Columbia as location for the lagoon.