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Postmaster urges public to speak up for post office

The future of mail delivery in Gasquet will be the subject of a public meeting Wednesday, and it’s a meeting Gasquet residents won’t want to miss, according to Smith River Postmaster Ken Miller. 

Unless there is a significant outcry from the community, the U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce office hours in Gasquet to just four hours each weekday beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Current weekday operating hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

“This meeting is to see if anyone objects (to cutting the post office hours),” Miller explained. “There’s quite a bit of impact to the community, and we’re trying to encourage people to go.” 


Chief's sendoff

Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Local law enforcement, paramedics and members of the Police Explorers lined up on A Street on Thursday evening to wave farewell to former Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack as he drove home from his last day at work. Plack, whose last day on the job was Thursday, retired from the police force after 11 years as Crescent City Police chief and more than 40 years in law enforcement. Calvin Berry, Plack’s interim replacement, will be sworn in on Monday.


Fire Safe Council meets Thursday

The Del Norte Fire Safe Council has a new director and new board members, and the first meeting under the new leadership will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Crescent Fire Protection District building, 255 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City.

Becky Barlow, the new director of the fire safe council, said they will be discussing how to update the Del Norte Fire Safe Plan and what grants and projects the council will pursue in its new makeup. 

 


County’s resource advisory group seeks applicants

The Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee is seeking recommendations and applications for new members of the group, which advises how to spend federal money allocated to Del Norte County for loss of timber revenue.

“This is a unique opportunity to provide advice and recommendations on management activities on National Forest land in these counties,” said Mike Minton, acting forest supervisor of Six Rivers National Forest.


Masons finish rebuilt lodge

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The masonic temple was rebuilt after being burned in a fire in 2012. Del Norte Triplicate/ Michael Zogg
 Cornerstone laying and dedication ceremony Saturday

 

Two years after flames wiped out more than 150 years of records and memories, Crescent City’s Freemasons on Saturday will lay a stone at their new lodge from the building that burned down.

A cornerstone laying and rededication ceremony will mark the completion of the new Masonic Community Center at Ninth and B streets. The ceremony will also officially make the lodge available for community activities and fundraisers, said John Pricer, Worshipful Master of Crescent Lodge #45 Free and Accepted Masons.

John L. Cooper III, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masons of California, will lead the rededication ceremony, Pricer said.

 


Salmon will only get more water if die-off starts

From staff and wire reports

A federal agency said Wednesday that it will not release extra water into the Klamath-Trinity  river system to preemptively avoid the spread of disease known to kill salmon during low, warm-water conditions — like during this year’s drought — causing fisheries scientists to warn of the risk of a salmon fish kill like that which occurred in 2002.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the water held in reservoirs on the Trinity River, said it will release extra water into the Klamath-Trinity system once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.

 


Whale takes brief river tour

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Boaters on the Klamath River estuary photograph a gray whale on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Yurok Environmental Program's Merle Stevenson
 A whale entered the Klamath River on Wednesday afternoon, causing many onlookers to wonder how long the giant mammal might stay — at least until it left an hour later.

 


Fair prep: Getting ready for the show

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Taylor Jones clips a goat — just one of many tasks local 4-H members will do ahead of this year’s fair, which starts Thursday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Oreo did a happy dance when Jasmin Tripp entered his pen with breakfast, bouncing on his two front feet and nudging her with his snout. With her mom looking on, the 11-year-old poured grain into the pig’s bowl, then added leftovers from her family’s breakfast — oatmeal and pancake scraps. Grunting contentedly, Oreo stepped into his bowl to gobble up his food.


Library Board mulls budget

Appointment to fill open seat will be revisited in Aug.  

The Library Board at its July meeting made plans to make plans, but the real decisions will have to wait until August.


Yurok pot sweep yields 13K plants

With the help of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit and several other state and federal agencies, the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming parts of the Yurok Reservation that had been severely impacted by marijuana grows.


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