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Coastal Voices: I miss my friend Tommy Sparrow

Del Norte County lost an exceptional human being earlier this week. Tommy Sparrow, 61, passed away early Monday morning. 

Tommy and Donna were two of the first people Angela and I met when we moved up to Crescent City in 2009. The Sparrows and the Gitlins came from Santa Clarita, though we didn’t know each other years back. As Angie and I became familiar with the community, Tommy and I became fast friends. He was just too damn likable; you couldn’t help but want to hang out with him. I just miss my friend Tommy. 

Coastal Voices: Too many cons to choosing Redwood Airlines for C.C.

Sometimes half of a story can paint a really beautiful picture. I’m referring to Kent Craford’s recent letter to the editor and the almost full-page advertisement in the Tuesday, March 3, edition of the Triplicate. Let’s take off the rose-colored glasses for a moment and have a closer look.

If I were a businessperson who needs to be in Oakland or Portland on quick day trips, then I would say that Redwood Airlines might be right for me. I’m not a person who travels for business, though, nor am I a rock star like Beyonce or Kanye. I don’t see any benefit to picking Redwood Airlines over PenAir. In fact, all I can see is positives with PenAir. PenAir partners with other major air carriers so you can use and earn frequent flier miles; they have snack and beverage service and a lavatory, among the other amenities that I have grown accustomed to having with SkyWest.

Chamber Chatter: Chamber springs into year’s events

Welcome, March! We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful area with its temperate climate. While folks back East have suffered through a February of record-breaking snow and cold temperatures, we have enjoyed record-breaking high temperatures in the 70s. Things at the chamber are looking as sunny as the weather! 

Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner, and the chamber is springing into action. Planning is underway for our annual events: the Economic Summit, Fourth of July Celebration, Sea Cruise Classic Car Show — and I am pleased to announce a new event this year, the Multi-Small Business Mixer.

Letters to the Editor March 5, 2015

Time before vaccinations wasn’t the ‘good old days’ 

In the Feb. 24 issue of your paper, you published a long letter (“Vaccination scare preys on ill-informed,” by Dan Schultz) that attempted to dissuade people from measles vaccination. The writer uses current statistics to make a point that only a few people get measles, so it’s not a problem worth the risk of adverse effects of the vaccination. I would hope that your readers would recognize that today’s situation is different from that of the time before vaccination became widespread.

Coastal Voices: Three things to consider in evaluating Sutter Health conflict

For those who missed the recent town hall debate with me and Sutter Coast Hospital CEO Mitch Hanna, this article has the highlights. Although the hospital board of directors have still held no public meetings since they voted to downsize SCH to Critical Access and to transfer hospital ownership out of Del Norte County, I appreciate Mr. Hanna’s willingness to attend the event.

Sutter Health and Sutter Coast Hospital are tax-exempt charities. Sutter Health claims to “act openly and truthfully in everything we do.” As you evaluate both sides of the Sutter Health conflict, please consider three questions:


Letters to the Editor Feb. 28, 2015

Disgusted by inclusion of poacher’s comments

I am compelled to comment about the article “Bill takes swing at poachers” in the Feb. 24 issue of the Del Norte Triplicate. 

Those who know me understand that I am a passionate supporter of those people who steward our public lands. In particular, I have been very involved in fundraising for protection of redwood burl. 

Pages of History: 17-year-old walks 17 mi. in the dark

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1965:

A 17-year-old Del Norte County girl is a bit of a heroine around the Sheriff’s Office this week.

Coastal Voices: Consultant: Only PenAir meets the requirement

As the air service development consultant for Del Norte County Regional Airport, Sixel Consulting Group has worked to encourage airlines to bid on the airport’s new Essential Air Service contract. From the beginning, we sought to recruit as many carriers as possible that could provide a basic level of service that has been proven to work in smaller communities, including: 

Coastal Voices: Redwood Air: Most fliers need southward route

The news came as a surprise last fall. United Express (SkyWest) was ending its long-established flights between Crescent City and San Francisco. The airport sprung into action and hired a consultant to ensure Crescent City air service would be preserved.

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 26, 2015

Fond memory of Joe Duncan 

When our daughter Becky was in high school, without any prodding from her mom and dad, she got her first job cleaning rooms at the Curly Redwood Lodge. When granddaughter Brittany was old enough to get a job, her mom told her, “Welcome to the real world!”

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