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Coastal Voices: It has been a thrill to coach

I’m writing this due to my departure as the head football coach at Del Norte High School. I reluctantly resigned when my obligations as a fire captain prevented me from being all the athletes needed me to be as a head coach. Although it broke my heart, the magnitude of this fire season made it impossible for me to give the team the attention it deserves this football season.

I am so grateful for the many opportunities I had while head coach to be associated with our community. During my tenure with Del Norte Football we were able to continue the strong winning tradition, and reinforce values that were established long ago. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our teams and athletes both on the field, and in the community. I look forward to watching the program continue to grow and thrive on its foundations of dedication and honor. The time, dedication, passion, and commitment it took to grow this program is a true tribute to the athletes, coaches, teachers, families, and business that make up our great community.

Yes We Can: 3 challenges to take DN to another level

I have lived and worked in Del Norte County for the better part of 60 years — beginning as a dock boy, then river fishing guide, teacher, coach, sportscaster and two term county supervisor.

Today, more than ever, I feel our community is confronted by challenges that demand our participation if we are to prosper in the years ahead. I see three challenges to reach the goal of taking this community to the next level:

Last Chance Grade

It is not if but when Last Chance Grade, the unstable section of U.S. 101 south of Crescent City, slides into the ocean for the second time. Local Realtor Kurt Stremburg lost his parents in March 1972 when driving up Last Chance, only to find the highway had slid into the ocean, 1,000 feet below.

Coastal Voices: Bullying Grand Jury overstepped its bounds to defame me

My life since the release of the Grand Jury report has been greatly impacted as a lifelong member of this community. 

To be publicly called a liar and unethical in a very public forum is embarrassing and hurtful, and I believe that this was the intent of the Grand Jury Foreman, Tod Roy.

Coastal Voices: This is a helluva good community to fight cancer with

The following remarks were delivered as the keynote address at the Relay for Life cancer fundraising event on July 18:

Senior Sleuth: Interview with Solid Waste Director Ward

The words of Tedd Ward, director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, from a recent interview:

Coastal Voices: C.A.N. could use your help to help others

Most readers of the Triplicate know about the Community Assistance Network (C.A.N.) because it has been around since 1995, providing food, clothes and other types of assistance to people in need. For those of you who’ve never heard of C.A.N., we are a Christian-oriented charity supported mostly by local churches and local individual donors. We no longer accept federal funding.

Coastal Voices: Faith restored by stranger's help

There are still heroes in our midsts, folks. I met one on July 6th that has restored my faith in the kindness of strangers, so please let me tell you the story so that you can also share in the blessing of this kind stranger that helped on this date.

Coastal Voices: Right time for river protection from mining

Big time mining could change the face of some of our most iconic local rivers.  In Oregon, large mines have been proposed for years in the Rough and Ready Creek area and now a foreign mining corporation proposes test drilling for nickel in the beautiful headwater area of Baldface Creek in the North Fork Smith River, and in the North Fork Pistol River and Hunter Creek watersheds in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. 

Coastal Voices: Anti-Grand Jury ad full of holes

Full page ads like the one from political consultant Bob Berkowitz criticizing the Grand Jury report in the June 25 Triplicate cost $1,612.50, but his ad is not worth the paper it was printed on. It is based on distortion and innuendo. It doesn't add anything to an informed discussion of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and denigrates the local citizens who devoted a year to researching and writing a comprehensive report. Jurors take an oath of secrecy, which is binding for life, so they are not able to respond to his specious claims, and Berkowitz uses this to his advantage throughout the ad. While Berkowitz is quick to claim that he is a patriot and a conservative, he has no qualms about discrediting a historic institution which was discussed by the framers of the Constitution and included in the Fifth Amendment. 

Coastal Voices: Last Chance moving faster than solutions

Yikes! It’s still moving.

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