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Our View: A pair of good candidates for clerk/recorder

There is no bad choice in the race for Del Norte County clerk/recorder.

Voters can opt to retain acting Clerk/Recorder Alissia Northrup, who took on the role after the resignation of Vicki Frazier last year. Or they can go with challenger Allen Winogradov, currently the county’s assistant director of information technology.

Northrup may be the safer choice. She’s off to a solid start in her new role of overseeing elections, being the keeper of public documents and serving as the county’s public administrator. She’s been working in the Clerk/Recorder’s Office since 2003 and is already smoothly supervising a staff that provides a wide array of public services.

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Coastal Voices: Get as far away from oil as we can

“This is not 1965. The oil and gas companies can drill offshore now with all the new technology they have and do it safely and not cause accidents,” a constituent wrote to me recently in an email. 

“Drill baby drill” was the call from across the country not that long ago. If you didn’t agree that the government should open more offshore area for drilling and exploration you were labeled anti-American, an environmental extremist or worse, a socialist, the latter being the label of choice by some for anyone that disagrees with them on anything.

Drilling offshore is and has been going on for sometime. And from day one, drilling proponents have said that “new technologies make it safe” and that oil spills shouldn’t be of concern.  We heard it again last month when Sarah Palin spoke at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Louisiana.  

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Our View: Moorehouse will keep bureaucracy less complicated

If you find the race for superintendent of the Del Norte County Office of Education confusing, you’re not alone.

Jan Moorehouse, who is the appointed superintendent of the Del Norte County Unified School District, also holds the elected post of county superintendent. She’s being challenged for it in the June 8 primary by Dave Zuber, a retiring school principal who has been overseeing some of the alternative education programs run through the county office.

Why are there two school superintendent positions in Del Norte County?

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Our View: Our View: Keep Sheriff Wilson on the job

The race for Del Norte County sheriff/coroner is an intriguing contest between an incumbent running on his record as he seeks a third term and a challenger who questions whether that record is good enough.

Sheriff Dean Wilson contends he’s done a solid job of deploying his resources to protect all of Del Norte County in the face of tight budgets, a task that could be complicated by even tighter budgets to come as the state government continues to struggle. This is no time to put a new leader at the helm, according to Wilson and his supporters.

His challenger, Brian Clemann, said there’s room for improvement in interagency cooperation that could make residents safer, especially in the outlying areas of Del Norte. He has worked for the California Highway Patrol for more than 10 years, and before that was a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office.

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Our View: DA: Drossel offers a fresh start

The four candidates for district attorney all have significant experience prosecuting criminals in Del Norte County. Their resumes qualify them for the office, and they stated their cases with conviction at The Triplicate’s candidate forum.

Unless one of them receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 8 primary, the top two finishers will advance to a November runoff. So you’ll likely be hearing about this race for months to come. Odds are, you’ve already been hearing about it, especially because of personal issues involving two of the candidates, incumbent Mike Riese and challenger Jon Alexander.

Since all four candidates are qualified, those personal issues loom large in making a choice. Bottom line: If we can elect a good DA who doesn’t have personal distractions, we should.

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Our View: Sullivan’s experience is the key

The old expression “there’s room to disagree” certainly applies to the race for Del Norte County District 3 Supervisor. If you go issue by issue, you may find yourself siding with incumbent Mike Sullivan sometimes and challenger Tomm Sanford at other times.

The Triplicate’s endorsement in the contest doesn’t come down to a single issue, or even a tallying up of issues where it agrees or disagrees with each candidate. Rather, it’s the result of an assessment of which candidate better understands and is prepared to engage the issues facing Del Norte County government.

In that regard, Mike Sullivan is the stronger candidate, and The Triplicate endorses his re-election bid.

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Editor's Note: Candidates forum packed them in

Billionaires are dipping into their accounts to support their own campaigns. Jerry Brown is reinventing himself — again. Lawn signs are popping up in Crescent City, then bending to the incessant wind.

It’s still too chilly to mistake spring for summer, but the signs of election season are everywhere in California. Here in Del Norte, The Triplicate tried out yet another venue for a candidates forum, and if we can keep on busting into its busy schedule, we may have found a permanent home in the Crescent Elk Middle School auditorium.

About 300 people turned out for the forum a week ago, so it’s a good thing we had a bigger building.

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Editor's Note: Her big ideas never stopped

In one of her last By the Way columns for The Triplicate, Ann Garlick wrote about what made her adopted hometown so special.

She recounted waking up late Christmas night with breathing difficulty and severe back pain. She asked her “sleepy and rattled” son, who was visiting from Dunsmuir, to call 911:

“John was asked for the address. He didn’t know it. He was asked who lived here. He told them.

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