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By Lyle News
Mildred Lykens 

Tiny House project raises questions


February 21, 2018

Concerning the Tiny House proposal, brought to the attention of the Lyle residents last week, an email was sent to me for publication. As it is a statement sent to the planning commission and very lengthy, I was given permission to glean any part of the message as a quote. I chose: “This specific site is a full building height below street level with a sheer earthen wall holding up the heavily trafficked highway above and encasing whatever would be placed below up close to that earthen wall, leaving no view or outdoor space between a tiny stand-alone structure and the earthen wall.” (Italics added.) Ask yourself: what type occupant would subject themselves to being so encased? I will answer: only a pure transient who is there for one or two nights, or, more likely, someone who is motivated solely by very cheap rent. That describes the occupant this project would attract should this developer be permitted to “experiment” with his “new concept.” Of course there is always the other-side-of-the-pancake, so if another resident chooses to express their opinion and allows me the choice of what to quote, I’m only an email away.

Granges are slated to celebrate anniversaries at the Goldendale Grange Hall on Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. with a potluck dinner. Along with celebrating the 150th anniversary of National Grange, there are seven local granges all with over 100 years of existence: Goldendale, Centerville, Columbia (Lyle), Mt. View, Trout Lake, Glenwood and Alder Creek, and Bickleton. Each grange has been requested to exhibit their history with pictures, records, and albums that will be set up around the hall for viewing. This is open to the public. The Grange was founded in 1867 and has been active in legislation and community service. The National Grange meets once a year in November, and State Grange meets in June, throughout various counties of the state. This year State Grange will be in Skagit County at the Mr. Vernon Fair Grounds and is open to all who seek a higher and better station in life through education, leadership, and legislative participation.

Something pretty special happened to one of our High Prairie neighbors this past week. He was deemed missing, and the call went out from family and friends for help in finding him, stating he had been missing since around 3:30 p.m. The police with search dogs found him sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m. He had become lost in the woods after dark. He was found by those volunteers who searched the nearby woods—and by prayers from those who couldn’t. His family sent out a thank you to all who gave hours in the search and to a “great community and great fire district!”


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