Local man to join ambitious convoy
Call it an ultimate road trip of sorts.
Hundreds of military vehicle enthusiasts have planned a convoy to travel the Alaska Highway to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the building of the important military road.
The 1,523-mile road was completed in 81⁄2 months in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Harry “Mac” McCluskey, of Crescent City, and his 1942 military Jeep, will take part in the 4,000-mile out-and-back trip, which officially starts Aug. 4, leaving from Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
McCluskey is calling on all Del Norte military vehicle owners to consider joining him on the trek. He’ll be leaving Del Norte July 28 after being joined by other convoy drivers from Southern California.
Contact Mac McCluskey at 707-464-4367 for more information.
The convoy has been organized by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA).
“The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, led to one of the greatest engineering feats of the century,” according to a MVPA newsletter.
“Recognizing that the U.S. West Coast, Canada and all of Alaska were open to possible Japanese invasion, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the construction of the ‘Alaska Canada Military Highway’ on Feb. 11, 1942. This important road would be used to supply forces in Alaska and the airfields located and planned along the West Coast.
“Approximately 11,000 servicemen worked exhausting 12- to 16-hour days in harsh and dangerous conditions to complete the road in record time. Men and machines faced monumental challenges and prevailed. That’s why driving the Alaska Highway is so important to historic military vehicle collectors.”
Contact the MVPA at 1-800-365-5798.
Watching the wheels of government turn from the comfort of your own home recently got a little easier.
A new media website is up and running, featuring meetings of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, the Crescent City Council and the Solid Waste Management Authority.
The site streams footage of these meetings in your browser window, live or after-the-fact, without the need to download any external software.
Check out the new site for a broadcast schedule and links to archived videos at http://media.
—Emily Jo Cureton
Maready won’t seek re-election
Starting Monday, folks can file to run for local offices appearing on the November ballot.
A public notice on page B3 of today’s newspaper details all the spots up for election, including seats on the Crescent City Council, the School Board, the Harbor Commission and other special districts.
At a Thursday meeting of the Del Norte County Unified School District Board, Jim Maready announced he will not seek another term in the District 4 seat.
He still has six months of service to go, but “the reason I announced it is because the filing date is coming up and I wanted to make sure the people who wanted to file knew there was an opening,” he told the Triplicate.
Another goodbye came from DNUSD Personnel Director Rick Holley, who’s retiring before the next school year starts. Holley was appointed to a vacancy on the Crescent City Council in January and plans to seek election for a full term this November, he said.
—Emily Jo Cureton