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10 Years Ago 1997

Legislation named for eight-year-old Marysville resident Whitney Graves, who was shot and killed by a 10-year-old playmate, died in the House last week when Republican leadership didnt bring the bill up for a vote before deadline. Although sponsored by Democrat and Republican representatives, the bill requiring gun storage didnt make it through the Senate earlier in March or the House last week. House Bill 2078, known as the Whitney Graves bill, would have made it a crime to leave a loaded firearm where a child could gain possession of it. The bill allows exemptions for firearm owners if they keep their weapons locked up or attach trigger locks. The bill also would require every licensed gun store to sell storage devices and post a warning stating that it is unlawful to leave an unsecured firearm within childrens reach. Graves was shot last September [1996] after a 10-year-old neighbor found his fathers loaded gun unsecured in a bedroom closet. Both children attended Sunnyside Elementary School. The bipartisan bill also had the support of gun rights groups including Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the American Shooting Sports Council and Washington Ceasefire. Although House Speaker Re. Clyde Ballard (R-East Wenatchee) assured bill sponsors it would be heard, the bill wasnt brought up before the 5 p.m. deadline March 19. The Graves family waited in the House lobby for over two hours to see if the bill would pass. Rep. Jeri Costa, D-Marysville, a cosponsor of the bill, said she was very frustrated that a fear of gun control kept the bill from being heard. It has nothing to do with gun control, it has to do with protecting children, she said. Whitneys parents, Randy and Kim Graves of Marysville, tearfully testified before the House Law and Justice Committee during an emotion-charged public hearing March 4. The next day, Costa was thwarted in her attempt to bring the bill up for vote in the committee by chairman Rep. Larry Sheahan, R-Rosalia. Last week, before the full house, Speaker Ballard resurrected the bill, but again, the deadline passed and the bill hadnt been heard. Ballard did not return phone calls. We are extremely discouraged and confused at how the democratic process has failed us, the Graves family said in a written statement. This bill should have been put to a vote out of respect for Whitney, our family and coalition of legislators and organizations who set aside their differences and worked so hard to pass legislation that would have saved the lives of children. Marysville resident Jenny Wieland, program director for Mothers Against Violence in America, has worked with the Graves family since Whitneys death. They were so courageous to share their story so publicly, she said. After the bill died, the family did not wish to speak to members of the press. The bill is similar to legislation passed in Florida and California, which was supported by gun-rights groups. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, supported the bill because he said it was fair to gun owners. It punishes the person who is grossly negligent, he said. It doesnt pick on the guns or their owners. The Washington State Medical Association also supported the bill. Dr. Roy Farrell, chair of the WSMA committee, may try to revive the bill next session or take the issue to voters through the initiative process. Costa said the bill could be revived for a vote. The bill had the support of Mothers Against Violence in America, Physicians for Societal Responsibility, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and the League of Women Voters.

25 Years Ago 1982

The streets of Marysville will be a little darker this Thursday and Friday nights when many Marysville residents will turn off their lights as a protest of the high PUD bills. The protest was organized by Marysville residents Bob and Shirley Nunley following an incident in their business, where two women were in tears because of their ever-rising electric bills. The Nunleys knew there were others who were bothered by their electric bills and decided to do something to let Snohomish County PUD know of their disapproval. Planned as a friendly protest, the blackout is planned as a uniting force among PUD customers. Maybe, just maybe, a blackout could be the beginning of a protest, read an add placed in The Globe in February. Perhaps then more people will be motivated to share some of their talents which now lie dormant in apathy. The Nunleys and members of their PUD (Paying Under Duress) committee are asking residents to use kerosene lamps or candles instead of electric lights on the two nights. Other electrical items can be used, they explained. Businesses are being asked to turn off their advertising signs. Other lights may be used, said Bob Nunley. We realize they have to have some security. The Nunleys explained Chief John Faulkner has promised extra patrol duty on those two nights and another citizen is volunteering his security service to provide extra aid to Marysville merchants. Those participating are asked to place one candle or lamp in the front window for all to see. Although the blackout will not save much energy, it will let PUD know the residents are not happy with the rising bills and the way things have been going, Shirlee Nunley said. Other protest measures have been enacted across the state. Earlier, residents of Grays Harbor recalled their commissioner and people in eastern Lewis County scheduled a series of black Mondays for parts of February and March. For an hour every day people completely turn off their electricity. Earlier this month angry ratepayers marched at PUD offices and demanded to talk to commissioners to express their hostilities. The Marysville protest began for just the area, but Bob Nunley said it has spread to Everett and Lynnwood with many residents there planning to shut off all lights. Were protesting, he said. But were trying to have a peaceful, comfortable, quiet protest. Something has to be done.

50 Years Ago 1957

Glenn Savage has announced the sale of his garage at 1408 First Street to Virgil and Kenneth Baxter. The sale was completed last week and the new owners opened shop Monday morning. Both men come to the plant with experience, Virgil having been associated with Max Gottschalks garage at Fifth and State for the past 11 years, and Kenneth with Schultz Auto-Rebuild in Everett for several years. The shop will now be known as Baxter Brothers Auto Rebuild, handling complete automotive repairs done by Virgil, and body and fender work and painting done by Kenneth. Savage, who came to Marysville with his family some years ago from North Dakota, taught mechanics in the local school several years. About 13 years ago he purchased the building, formerly used as a bottling plant, and opened the garage. The building was enlarged at one time but in November of 1953 a disastrous fire almost completely destroyed the garage. A fine new cement block structure was erected in its place about a year later. Asw to the future, Savage said his plans are very indefinite, but that he and Mrs. Savage do plan to make a trip east in about a couple of months to witness the ordination of their two sons, Everett and Glenn, Jr., into the ministry of the Lutheran church.

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