Three Lakes

A blog for members and friends of Three Lakes Neighbors for Responsible Growth, dedicated to monitoring and maintaining the rural environment of central Snohomish County, Washington

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Three Lakes History

I spend some time the other day talking with Wayne Burchfield, who is the Manager of the Three Lakes Water Company, from whom almost all of use get our water. Wayne has lived in Three Lakes since 1962, and knows a lot of the old history of the area. When he first moved here, he talked to many of the old timers in the area, and he had a lot of interesting stories to tell.

It's occurred to me that we ought to be capturing a lot of those stories, not only from him but from the remaining old times who are still living here. I've always had an interest in local history wherever I've lived, and an oral history project is the best way to get the information. I captured a lot of stories from one of my mothers friends who had grown up in pioneer Montana. My first wife was a History professor, and has written books on the history of Ballard and Tukwila. I'm not necessarily suggesting a book here, but knowing more about the local history could enhance the quality of the websites that some of us have about the area.

It may take awhile to get an organized oral history project going, but in the meantime if you have information on local Three Lakes history, or some good stories from your youth, or any other information that might be of interest to others, I would encourage you to put it into a comment on this blog. If you have something particularly good, I'll even run it as a full blog post (with your permission).

More Shooting

It's the Labor Day weekend, and our neighbors are trying out a new automatic or semi-automatic weapon. I certainly hope they are shooting into the hillside, and will get over their fixation with loud noises.
I've determined that they are apparently shooting just outside the Panther Lake no shooting zone, which extends to 500 yards from the lakeshore. They are still well within the population area of the old Three Lakes town as it has grown more densely populated in recent years. Most of the people living further from the lake are in the five acre lots that the area is zoned for. Those who live between Panther Lake Road and the Lake are in lots that were part of the old town of Three Lakes and tend to be less than one acre, although many of them are combined to make larger estates.
It may be time to extend the no-shooting area to the west. Particularly after the Panther Lake Ridge development goes in--there will be an additional 30 families living in the area, but outside the no shooting zone. It would make sense to extend it to at least 1000 yards from the Lake (from the 500 yards it is currently).
There are two issues involved here. One is the noise, but we can probably live with that if it is intermittant. The other, and more important, is the safety issue. Presumably people who own guns have had safety training and know how to shoot without hitting someone or damaging property, but that is not guaranteed.
When I was a kid growing up in Montana we went to a shooting range to sight in our guns and do target practice. When I was in the Boy Scouts we used the facilities at the ROTC department at MSU. And when we went hunting we were generally well away from people--Montana had a population of about 2 people per square mile back in those days, and most people lived in towns, so if you were in a rural area where there were deer, there weren't likely to be any other people around except other hunters. I found that out the hard way one time when I got my car stuck while solo hunting in the Bridgers, and had to walk several miles back to a main road to snag a ride back to town. Or another time when I shot a deer about 3 miles from the nearest road. . .