100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 23, 1913
That $100,000, the estimate prepared by Superintendent Hoss of Seattle’s electric plant for a pole line between Tacoma and Seattle, discussed at a meeting yesterday, is between $300,000 and $500,000 less than such construction actually will cost, is the opinion of Commissioner Lawson. He said today that in the original figure no estimate has been made of the cost of procuring the right of way between the two cities, which he declares will be the largest expense.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 23, 1963
Owners of small timber stands lashed out at county assessors and big timber tax laws. Walter Ek of Battle Ground, president of the Washington Farm Forestry Association, charged the small timber owner was being placed at a “serious disadvantage” with large timber owners. Ek claimed that some owners are being taxed as much as 80 percent more for timber located adjacent to timber owned by the large companies. “We’re fighting for our economic lives here,” Ek said in testifying before the Senate subcommittee on revenue and regulatory agencies. Ek said he was against a compromise timber taxation measure, SB 349, which calls for uniform use by all counties of the so-called timber appraisal manual.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 23, 1988
Tacoma’s paper mill may face a new federal investigation as a possible source of toxic dioxin in Commencement Bay fish. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking approval from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to study the Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co. mill and 104 other pulp and paper mills across the country to determine whether they are releasing dioxin in their effluent.