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Sympathetic Magic

Can there be werewolves in Del Norte County? Perhaps. I will not deny it.

As the proverb goes: “Talk of the wolf and his tale appears.”

This is an ancient sort of story, and telling stories is the most reliable breed of magic there is, baby.

 



Coastal Voices: Lake Earl Wildlife Area in need of a 5-year plan

I spent the better part of (Wednesday) morning out on the mudflats known as Lake Earl.

While it is not unusual to see the Lake that low, it is not normal for it to be this low for so long. A review of the California Department of Water Resources supplied Lake levels for the last 8 years reveal that during that time (8 years) the Lake was below 4 feet 45 percent of the time. During the last 6 years it was below 4 feet 55 percent of the time. As best as I can recall, in the years prior to 2007 (when data was automatically recorded) and back as far as 1985, there were only a few times the Lake was below 4 feet in any decade and then generally only for a few months. The previous Lake Earl Wildlife Area (LEWA) managers Cal Hampy and Tim Williamson kept hand written level records for the years they were around. My personal paper records from 1979 to 2004 seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle of life, after almost 40 years of visiting Lake Earl 30-50 times a year to either hunt, fish, paddle, sail, or hike.

The significance of the more recent extended low lake levels is the duration of the negative impacts on wildlife and habitat and recreation.


Sutterís profiteers cause for dismissal

In follow up to the excellent headline article regarding Sutter Coast Hospital’s multimillion dollar profits, published Oct. 1 in the Del Norte Triplicate, please consider the following: 


Coastal Voices: Citizens find way to boost local biz

How many times have you heard it said that economic growth is important to our economy?  Yes, it’s the old tried and true mantra of any political candidate. 


Coastal Voices: Getting off the chemical treadmill

New EPA water quality laws expanding protection to tributaries as well as main stem rivers will be another layer of regulation for the Smith River lily bulb growers.

While their new agricultural discharge permit now being devised by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board will not be issued for several years, growers should be more pro-active and take voluntary steps to reduce chemical discharges from lily fields into the estuary.

Initial bioassay findings from the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (NCWQCB) indicated high levels of copper at some test sites that either inhibited zooplankton reproduction or directly killed these two indicator species, both vital in the food chain. For coho salmon and tidewater goby, Smith River sloughs and tributaries are essential fish habitat and crucial fish nurseries and rearing areas. Both species are federally listed as threatened or endangered and both require zooplankton as their primary prey species during part of their life cycles.


Coastal Voices: Saying no to hatred, insanity in tough times

Once again, 14 years later, as the sun rose and set upon America, we gathered collectively in an attitude of mourning, of celebration and of prayer. Like each of us, I recalled where I was when I first heard of the attack upon the towers and then the Pentagon, where I was later to learn my cousin had perished, along with 43 people from the county of my birth. 


Yes We Can: Fire response better than Biscuitís

As I sat here in my home in Big Flat on July 31, I worried a little bit when a dry lightning storm went through our area. It brought back memories of July 13, 2002, and a similar storm. 


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.


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