100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 3, 1913
Cataracts and landslides in the Cascade mountains interrupted all railroad service today. The heavy snowfall of last night put many of the wires out of commission. Rain came on the heels of the snow and the weather bureau forecasts a thaw that probably will bring the heaviest snowfall in years into the worst flood that has visited the Northwest since the railroads built their tracks. The accident, which most vitally affected passengers to and from Tacoma, occurred early this morning between Enumclaw and Buckley.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 3, 1963
The City Council started out the new year last evening with a transit hangover. At its first 1963 session, the council approved internal loans and grants totaling $225,000 to cover the bus system’s losses over the past two years. And City Manager David Rolands told the council that unless new city revenue sources materialize, regular city services will have to be cut back in the future to continue the growing subsidies. For 1963, the council had budgeted $71,000 toward a subsidy and $50,000 toward repayment of transit loans from the LID Guaranty Fund to the general fund. The annual deficit probably will run closer to $100,000, though, so at the end of this year the bus system’s liabilities will exceed its revenues by some $200,000. 25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 3, 1988
If you think your job is tough, consider Jon Almack’s. Almack is a wildlife biologist, and his job is to establish once and for all if there are any grizzly bears still living in Washington’s North Cascades. Almack’s reconnaissance team consists entirely of himself, and the ground he has to cover amounts to some 5.5 million acres – an area that includes three national forests, two national parks and very few roads or trails. Worst of all, he has practically no money to work with.