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Del Norte People: Old-time logging experience with Big Slam at stake

Editor’s note: Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears every fourth Thursday.

As a young boy who ended up in Klamath, I was always amazed at the number of large logging trucks transporting their huge loads to the mills. As I spent the summer of 1949 at Shorty’s Camp with my father, I became aware of the number of mills just in that area.

The Robinet Mill was just east of us at Shorty’s Camp. The large Simpson Timber Redwood Mill was just east of town on the north side. The Cedar Mill was along Hwy. 101 North just west of town and there was also a small mill next to the lagoon at Wilson Creek.

I remember when I was dating my first wife Dort that her father and mother were living in a Clear Creek logging operation up the Klamath at Pecwan and Johnsons. Clear Creek was logging on the mountain above Johnsons and George Clark, who later became my father-in-law, was driving an off-road logging truck. Glee Clark was teaching at Pecwan School on the reservation.


Coastal Voices: 9/11, yesterday and today

Maybe it’s a sign of growing old, that quiet fear you have when the telephone rings at 3 in the morning.

You know that 2,900 of your fellow Americans and 64 of your neighbors in Morris County were murdered the day before when madmen attacked your country in peacetime. You reach for the phone with a silent prayer that the people you love are safe.

You are told that your cousin was among those killed when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. You lie there in the dark with tears on your face and ice in the pit of your stomach, knowing that the world had spun off its axis and entered some mad red season.


Editor's Note: What we can’t forget

It’s too bad that those rare moments we Americans can collectively recall can’t be pleasant ones.

Maybe someday we’ll make first contact with friendly extraterrestrials, and we’ll all remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the word. Until then, the type of news we all remember initially learning of will probably be jarringly bad.

While the deaths of Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Elvis were memorable, I believe there have been only two such nationally transcendent events in my 54 years. The first began with a playground monitor’s whistle, prematurely ending recess on a gray Oregon Friday and sending my classmates and me back to our first-grade classroom. Our teacher told us our president had been killed. We went home early to a weekend trapped inside black and white TV sets.


Coastal Voices: Some hopeful economic signs

I am not a big fan of Sacramento lawmakers or Governor Brown. The omnipresence of state government, its bureaucracy, and endless list of A-Z agencies and commissions overseeing every aspect of our lives has left its dark imprint on California’s gloomy economy.

Tuesday’s Triplicate news article, however, gave me something to be hopeful about.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly and Senate are actually making subtle overtures to work with business and ameliorate the onerous regulatory bureaucracy that plagues the Golden State.

As a first of hopefully many such peace offerings toward business, Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla introduced SB 292 to streamline the process to reduce intimidating environmental bureaucracy with the intended goal of building a new football stadium near Staples Center.


Coastal Voices: Jobs aren’t coming back

I have to respond to Marlowe Thompson’s letter (“President has added more debt than all others for pass 200 years,” Aug. 25), due simply that there is so much wrong information out there and several of his statements were misleading.

 What man or woman would be able to handle the absolute mess that former President George W. Bush created: two wars, the attack on the World Trade Center, No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D that was left unfunded, tax breaks for the rich, repeal of the rules to regulate banks and the environment, bank bailouts, torture (i.e. water-boarding), the lack of response to the hurricane in New Orleans and on an on.

Also keep in mind that our participation in foreign wars was not accounted for in the federal budget under Bush. These wars are costing billions of dollars and are unsustainable.


House Calls: Know your ‘numbers’ and still enjoy the good life

House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Christine Walker, a certified phlebotomy technician at Sutter Coast Hospital.

I love summer. It’s all about long summer days at the river, walking in the sand barefoot at the beach, getting together with family and friends for a barbecue dinner, gazing at the stars at night. What could be better?

Last year my husband truly was “King of the Grill.” He can cook anything from large meaty hamburgers to juicy steak with dripping sauce in the flames, creating a summer dinner aroma. At the same time, I was inside preparing macaroni salads and dinner rolls while the kids played. All seemed well. This was many a night at my house, with friends stopping over talking and having a great time.


Pages of History: Park turns into tourist attraction

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1941.

Attaining greater popularity daily, Staley’s Skeleton Park near Fort Dick is becoming Del Norte’s greatest tourist attraction.

The area displays a graphic drama of the doom of the forests, the devastation caused by the coming of man, and the unquenchable thirst of the giant redwoods for life eternal.

There redwoods stand as grim specters, charred but living sentinels of the ages. Logs lie supine that once were giants. Maimed, twisted in death throes, gallantly fighting the battle for life, these old monarchs seemingly refuse to bow their heads in defeat.


Del Norte Gardening: Blame weather for slowness of cucumbers, tomatoes

Del Norte Gardening runs every fourth Thursday. Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

As we waltz into September, the sun has managed to shine for a fair portion of the last month. 

With the weather, we’ve been pretty satisfied. Though it’s not the exact program we’d have imagined.

This year reminds us of last year in many ways. First of all, it was a cool, wet and long spring; second, it was, again a mild summer. Lots of fog, some overcast days, a typical summer, really.


Coastal Voices: Lead, ammo and facts

The Yurok Tribe’s Wildlife Program  started the “Hunters as Stewards” campaign with the idea that hunters, if presented with the most timely and trustworthy information, would strongly consider switching to non-lead ammunition.

It was our initial opinion that the majority of hunters — critical thinkers by nature — want to preserve natural resources and are proactive in their approach to conservation.  Given our experiences at our shooting demonstrations in Del Norte and Humboldt counties, this approach was completely on target. We couldn’t have asked for a better start in our effort to get people talking about lead.

Most participants walked away with a new perspective, and traded boxes of lead ammo for high-quality copper ammunition to use in the final test, harvesting live game. We encourage the public to ask us tough questions and hold us accountable for all information we present.


Coastal Voices: Homeowner, gardener, killer

I frequently remember my sister’s response to my saying, “Right now, I am mainly gardening.”

“Killer!” she would reply, accusingly.

She is so right!

For me, gardening consists of two main things: The Pleasure and The War. The pleasure comes from crumbling the clods of earth in my hands, watching the miracle of plants growing from seed, seeing the marvelous beauty of how plants are designed, smelling the extravagant scents of my roses, being delighted when I meet my allies such as garden snakes, earthworms and ladybugs, and having the satisfaction of harboring hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, and of course, just being outdoors.


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