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Pages of History: Just where is the mouth of the Klamath?

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1963.

Supervisors considered this week a request from the Klamath game warden for a determination of the mouth of the Klamath River.

Its precise location has never been established and fishermen, who are considered by the Fish and Game Department to be taking fish illegally in the ocean, believe themselves to be taking fish in the mouth of the river.

Eugene Whallon was instructed to determine the spot at which the river meets the high water mark of the Pacific Ocean.


Del Norte People: Growing up in Del Norte: tying flies, hooking fish

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

As a boy of 13, I was introduced to the Klamath River by my father, Wes.

We stayed at Shorty’s Camp on the south bank of the river about a half-mile below the old bridge that was wiped out in the 1964 flood.

We were going to camp only a few days as our real destination was Canada. Dad was a structural steel worker and professional welder. He would take the whole summer off so that we could experience new adventures.

As we settled into this comfortable camp, we got to know Shorty Connor, an old Irishman who wore a rounded derby hat and a scarf around his neck. His son, Paul, had just come home from the Korean War and was helping Shorty run the camp and drove a school bus for Del Norte High School during the school year.

Coastal Voices: Why inmates are fed up

Regarding the many objectors and angry people against the inmate hunger strike, such individuals are partly why the prison system is dysfunctional and violating human and constitutional rights.

Linda Sutter’s July 2 letter (“No sympathy for well-fed inmates at Pelican Bay”) vented much anger toward inmates. Imagine her then with those feelings working at Pelican Bay State Prison; you can see how CDCR got into its correct predicament and the conditions that inmates are complaining about. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Mike Stern’s July 5 letter (“Has no sympathy for prisoners that take part in hunger strike”) said, “Try to find someone else who has some sympathy for you.” He seems to think everyone in prison (the Secure Housing Unit) has killed someone to get there! Oddly enough, killing someone only amounts to no more than four years in the SHU, while being accused of gang activity with no factual proof will give you at least six years in the SHU.

Editor's Note: The house was rockin’

“The show ended two minutes ago; from here on out we’re going to jam.”

So said Curtis Salgado before launching into some of the best harmonica-playing to ever blow through the North Coast. He played one-handed, the other holding close a special microphone that lent a sound both haunting and overpowering.

If this was jamming, to hell with the planned stuff.

Salgado and his bluesy band absolutely rocked a full house at the new Tolowa Events Center on Saturday night. It was an auspicious coming-out party for the Smith River concert venue. Great music at a reasonable price — what’s not to like about that?

Our View: Can we keep Mike Thompson?

It seems only logical that impartial citizens, not vested public officials, should be responsible for redistricting, the once-a-decade redrawing of political district boundaries.

Politically motivated redistricting is what gave us the term “gerrymandering” — the creation of often contorted districts designed to ensure the success of certain parties or candidates, often guaranteeing the re-election of incumbents. It’s inherently fairer to let independent citizens draw the lines, and that’s the process voters chose when they approved the Voters First Act in 2008.

Still, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission hasn’t exactly done Del Norte County any favors. If its proposed new maps stand, a Republican-leaning county will find itself in Democratic-leaning legislative districts. We’ll lose GOP state Sen. Doug LaMalfa, a frequent visitor to the North Coast who has made a real effort to understand our issues.

Del Norte Gardening: Time to act if you want a fall harvest

Now that August is upon us, it finally feels like summertime.

 Our tomatoes are just starting to turn red, onions are sizing up and the overall bountiful harvest has returned. This is a very busy time of year for us at Ocean Air Farms, and it is also the hardest time to stay focused on the future.

Why do we struggle so much in August? Because, we are always caught up in the moment: Harvesting, weeding, harvesting, weeding, river.  With all this excitement going on, we often lose track of the fact that we have only two more months of active plant growth.

Editor's Note: Time for new topics

When it comes to letters to the editor, some topics will just keep going until you — or I — cut them off.

Today will bring the end of the recent string of missives on the topic of homosexuality. It started out with a Coastal Voices piece condemning the state Legislature and the governor for passing and signing a law requiring social studies curriculum to include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Supporters called SB48 anti-discrimination legislation that would encourage students to be more accepting of gays. Similar requirements already exist to ensure teaching about women, African Americans, Mexican Americans,  entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor.

Editor's Note: Less frequent, but better

It’s an economic reality that communities our size generally don’t have daily newspapers anymore. Some have weeklies, others twice-weeklies. Some have nothing at all.

That said, you should know that the folks here at Third and H have loved the mad scramble of producing five editions per week.

The Daily Triplicate announced in Friday’s edition that it will convert to a three-times-a-week publication schedule starting Oct. 4.

It’s not that Del Norte doesn’t produce enough news for a daily. We have all the small-town politics and intrigue you’d expect to find anywhere, plus all the extras that come with our spectacular surroundings: vast expanses of redwoods and other public lands, a still-vibrant fishing industry operating out of a tsunami-prone harbor, and marine environmental issues stemming from that big body of water we back up to. Throw in a massive state prison to boot.

House Calls: Keep your eyes on children in or near water

Editor’s note: House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Aleen Huston, respiratory care practitioner and certified respiratory therapist.

Whether in the pool, the beach, the river, or even in your bathroom, water can be dangerous to your kids if you don’t take the right precautions.

Drowning can happen any time of year, but parents need to be particularly vigilant during summer months, when the number of drownings increases. 

Recently a local man drowned  after attempting to save his son from the strong currents of the Smith River. When it hits close to home, it makes it very important to keep water safety in mind at all times.

Hey Ranger: With a child’s eyes

Get the most out of a kid’s outdoor trek

Belle Oliphant, 10, of Crescent City, picks up leaves during an excursion to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Submitted
Editor’s note: The “Hey Ranger” column written by employees of the Redwood National and State Parks will appear on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Today’s column is by Susanna Ausema.

Working at the Wolf Creek Education Center in Redwood National and State Parks provides me with a unique perspective of our parks and their resources. I have the chance to see the redwoods through the eyes of elementary school students — a perspective that frequently differs from adults.

Take, for instance, the redwood forest. An adult may pause in wonder and awe, staring up into the canopy of an especially large tree. My students are equally impressed, often adding that the trees seem “magical” and make them feel “relaxed” and “peaceful.” However, after dedicating a few moments of their attention skyward, children often begin to gaze just as intently at the ground.

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