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Pages of History: Del Norte fisheries scuttled

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1952:

The Bureau of Reclamation was accused of deliberately scuttling Del Norte’s fishing economy to irrigate the Sacramento Valley with Trinity River waters. Warren Hornsby, chairman of the supervisor’s study committee on the Trinity River diversion plan, pointed out that fisheries, both sport and commercial, are one of Del Norte County’s two major resources. 

Coastal Voices: Is bringing bigger trucks on highway worth risk?

Looking at the beautiful computer-generated picture of the proposed new Middle Fork Smith River Bridge on Highway 199 on the front page of the May 7 edition of the Triplicate, one might wonder why anyone would be opposed to the creation of such an impressive structure. What is not shown or told, which misleads the public on the real impact of this Caltrans project, are the 16,000 cubic yards of earth that are to be removed to widen a curve, exposing a huge cut creating soil erosion into our pristine Smith River. The current bridge has not been condemned from old age. The new bridge is primarily proposed to allow the largest STAA trucks to travel this narrow winding highway, creating increasingly unsafe industrial driving conditions for the common motorist on our Smith River scenic roadway.

Letters May 22, 2014

Measure A: Chance to turn around economy

I’m saddened to see the current economic situation of Del Norte. 

Letters to the Editor May 20, 2014

Moore seems to be taking both sides on downsizing

“Clarifications about Sutter Coast issues” published on April 14 by Del Norte Healthcare District Board Director Clark Moore appear to fail to do that for they only lead into a blind alley since the resolution he quoted (Feb. 25, 2014) is apparently non-existent. My inquiry of the district (of which he is director) indicates that no such resolution was passed on Feb. 25.

Did you know: Good news, bad news out of Sacramento

Under the heading “good news and bad news” comes this: the good news is that according to California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, the state will end this budget year with a surplus of $5.6 billion. That’s $4.5 billion more than was anticipated. 

Coastal Voices: Time for the truth about Measure A

Big government types are spending a lot of time and money trying to scare us into voting no on Measure A — trying to convince us that a yes vote on Measure A would cast us forever into a failed State of Jefferson. 

It’s time now for some truth-telling.

Letters to the Editor May 17, 2014

Doehle is honest and fair in her decisions 

It is so important to vote in the upcoming election. It is important to know the candidates and their qualifications. Many of these offices are non-partisan, and gender should not be an issue. We should vote for the candidate who will do the best job for that office. 

Editor's Note: A time of many changes in the Triplicate newsroom

Please pardon our dust. 

2014 has been a year of major change in the Triplicate newsroom. Longtime crime, courts and prison reporter Anthony Skeens left in February, and editor Richard Wiens wasn’t the only Wiens who left for Hawaii in April — his wife Laura, our Neighbors and Coming Attractions page editor, community calendar guru and able typist of letters to the editor, left with him. By the end of April, we found ourselves short-staffed by 40 percent in the midst of a hopping local election season. 

Letters to the editor published May 15, 2014

Jefferson would hurt health care, education

In the Deep South, some people dress up every year to re-enact the Civil War … like this time it will turn out differently. It appears that Del Norte has joined a similar theatrical event in which some folks wish to re-enact the Wild Wild West. 

I don’t think people understand that a State of Jefferson in Del Norte County would have no health care and no education. All of the health care professionals, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists and ophthalmologists would flee before the state was ever enacted. These professionals rely on state licensure and insurance to perform their jobs. In addition, they rely on a paycheck, health insurance and some form of retirement. I doubt anyone would forgo these basic accommodations in order to be paid with berries, wood or weed in the State of Jefferson. 


Pages of History: ‘Serving the Del Norte Tourist’ class

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1958.

As registration for the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce short course on “Serving the Del Norte Tourist” moved towards its deadline this week, enthusiasm and acceptance of the program was extremely high, Charles Thielen, chamber president, reported today.

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