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Pages of History: Smith River boatsmen hurl gauntlet

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1955:

With only one entry yet listed from Klamath in Sunday’s second annual Smith River boat race sponsored by American Legion Post 712, Smith River boatsmen today tossed the gauntlet to their southern Del Norte County counterparts. 

Recalling that last year “we got walked on plenty,” a statement issued by the sportsmen says, “We dare them to come up for the races ... but our riffles are plenty rugged and those lacking boating skill and river experience should not try to run them.” 

Coastal Voices: Close achievement gap according to local voices

When we really define the academic achievement gap locally, one glaring gap that continues to need attention is the disproportionate graduation rates for American Indian students in Del Norte County, including Yurok students, within the county. The three-year cohort graduation rate in Del Norte for all students is 77.3 percent. For American Indians in Del Norte the three-year cohort graduation rate is 66.3 percent. This is an 11-point difference (or a 15 percent gap in achievement) over the previous three-year cohort graduation rates, according to the DataQuest system at the California Department of Education. Surely the graduation rates for the American Indian student group can be one of the measurements considered in the current Local Control Funding Formula debate occurring this spring in Del Norte’s County’s school district, especially since graduation is one of the primary goals for the K–12 school system.  

Coastal Voices: Are we compassionate or are we enablers?

I have read the recent columns and letters to the editor regarding blight and litter in our neighborhoods. I would like to augment those fine articles by writing about a recent experience I had that is occurring in the shadows of our community: Illegal encampments and the dangers they pose to our health, our safety and our environment.

You may be aware that District 1 County Supervisor Roger Gitlin sponsors a Take a Bite out of Blight Campaign. Mr. Gitlin has exhibited true leadership by organizing and sponsoring such cleanups. A prime example of Mr. Gitlin’s good work is the cleanup around the east parking lot of Walmart, where many of us shop.

Chamber Chatter: McGuire to join Economic Summit

The 12th annual Economic Summit is just around the corner. Please join us Friday, April 10, at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road. Every year we try to bring you topics and speakers that are relevant and important to you as a community member, business owner, manager or professional. 

This year we are pleased to announce that Sen. Mike McGuire will be our keynote speaker. He will address the audience on how we can work together as a community to move our economy forward and what the future economic climate looks like for the state of California. 

Letters to the Editor April 2, 2015

City-owned properties in need of maintenance, too

After reading “Sidewalk care is in city code, but also right thing to do” (March 28), I think maybe it’s time Ms. Murray walks our downtown area and areas owned by the city. I think Ms. Murray needs to open her eyes. She could see the weeds growing in city sidewalks, tree wells and city-owned landscape areas. 

Budget time is coming. Maybe it’s time that the city hires two full-time park people to keep our downtown area looking nice. Currently we only have two people working in our parks, and they spend most of their time mowing the grass in the parks. 

Letters to the Editor March 31, 2015

Nation is reaping what it sowed in election

The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” 

America is paying the price for electing a man who has no problem lying to the American people. He has no problem in insulting England by returning a bust of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. On June 4, 2009, President Obama talked about America’s “faults” in Egypt. He did not visit Israel until March 20, 2013; while there he visited the West Bank (Palestinian Authority), indicating Israel was no better a friend to America than Muslim countries who state they want to eliminate Israel. In early June 2010 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ushered into the White House through the back door; the president did not dine with the P.M., no press conference, and no photo op. This president has shown disdain for the leader of Israel from the beginning.

Coastal Voices: Klamath agreements crucial to farm survival

Last month, the Family Farm Alliance board of directors, by unanimous vote, formally supported the concept captured in recent Senate legislation to advance the settlement agreements developed for the Klamath River watershed. The Alliance is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that represents family farmers, ranchers, agricultural water purveyors and allied industries in the 17 Western states. We have long advocated that the best solutions to the challenges faced by Western irrigators come from the ground up, driven by local interests.


Coastal Voices: Troubled past gradually fades into memory

The bomb’s blast reverberated from the small TV, seeming to rattle the wall brackets that held it over my bed. As I turned sharply toward the crash, the pain flashed in shards of light from my neck through the top of my skull. The images of the buildings being blown to dust were real — as real as the cold, starched sheets that encased me and the cervical collar bracing the steel plate and screws an ER surgeon had hours before inserted into my broken neck. 

Pages of History: Sause bro's add to fleet

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1955:

Purchase of an additional barge for the Marine Ways and Dry-dock fleet serving Del Norte County was announced today by Paul Sause. 

The Winacca, a Navy type, flat-top cargo vessel of 2,000 tons net weight was recently bought from Hawaiian interests and the company had dispatched the tug Kokua to Honolulu to return it to the mainland.

Letters to the Editor March 24, 2015

Local law enforcement’s hard work is appreciated

Not many days ago there were many members of local law enforcement putting their lives at risk for public safety in Smith River.

Last weekend I saw the Highway Patrol out in force and making a lot of stops to enforce traffic laws in town.

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