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Church Notebook: New Year’s Eve services slated at several churches

Valentine’s Day candies on display! I could hardly believe it.

Christmas was just Wednesday, and we still have New Year’s Eve to go! While all these days can be enjoyable, we just don’t seem to catch a breath in between anymore before there are more things they want us to buy for the next event!


Pages of History: Front St. work bringing back some memories

From the pages of the Crescent City American, December 1928.

The improvements on Front Street, the contract having been recently let, reminds old-timers of its condition years ago. During the the winter of 1861-1862, the waterways carried a large amount of drift, the water cutting the river banks and uprooting trees and brush, many redwood trees 10 and 12 feet at the butts, and several hundred long, lodging on the beaches north of the Klamath.

The Crescent City beach was gradually worked up into firewood, posts, etc. There are yet many redwood stumps along the beach.

For a number of years a great portion of Front Street was impassable for vehicles. From G to J streets, eastward of Front and G streets, the driveway was only 12 feet wide with a bank six or eight feet, the ocean coming up to it. From G to D streets, westward, the ocean had encroached many feet inland.



Letters to the Editor Dec. 26, 2013

Bottom line on hospital is rising cost of health care

The Dec. 7 Triplicate presented more information than I’ve heard from the Sutter Coast Board of Directors in more than two years (“Hospital Board makes its move”).

God knows I’ve sent many letters and an email or two to the Hospital Board over that time (all unanswered but hopefully received!). My most recent email to the board was a New York Times newspaper article sent a day or two before its vote to convert to a Critical Access Hospital (“CAH”). The article was titled, “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500”; it’s on line at: www.nyti.ms/186QIJM .

In the Dec. 7 Triplicate article, the Sutter Coast Hospital Board chairman referred to “the spark that ignited the community.” The real spark was the secret original vote to “regionalize” in 2011 that started the community thinking SCH was trying to hide something.



Letters to the Editor Dec. 24, 2013

Slow down, obey laws and live into the new year

Traveling U.S. Highway 101, there are several areas where traffic laws are  completely ignored.

Driving south, just passing the KOA, cars begin tail-gating, making sure that they can pass you on the left when the lane opens up.

The speed limit is still 55 mph, the law is “no passing at a cross road,” yet the speeders go by, before the freeway, at 70 mph passing at Elk Valley Cross Road.



Coastal Voices: Some tips for giving before year’s end

During the holiday season many Del Norte and Curry County residents, from all walks of life, support causes they care about with financial contributions, large and small.

For many nonprofits, a high percentage of donations are made in December (often in the last days or even hours of the year), which allows donors an opportunity to deduct their charitable contributions on their upcoming tax returns.


Coastal Voices: Crucial partnership between state, tribe

As the holidays near, many Americans start planning how and where they will travel to meet up with family all around the U.S.  It is a foreign concept to me.

As an indigenous person, I cannot separate myself and my family from the lifeline of our redwood forests, the Pacific Ocean and the Smith River; we are from and of the land and waters of Northern California. I am a part of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, of the Smith River Rancheria. We have fished and gathered and lived among the redwoods and on the shores of the Pacific since our genesis, and our stewardship of ocean resources like seals, salmon and seaweed resulted in the abundance Europeans found when they came to our land.


Basketball starting up brings back memories

Basketball season is here again. This is always a fun and exciting time for Warrior fans. 

I can look back a few years to the start of the 1947 season, when I first put on the red and white of old Warriors and took to the basketball court. 

Things have changed a lot since then. Colors changed from red and white to blue and gold.


Artisan Cuisine: Candied citrus peels a nice holiday treat

Candied citrus peels can be chopped up and added to cookies or dipped into chocoloate and given as a holiday gift. Photo courtesy of Ann Boulley
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

I love taking something normally thrown away like orange peels and turning it into a gourmet treat.

Yeah, instead of the compost bin, you can keep those citrus peels and make them candied and dipped in chocolate. Or, they can be added to holiday cookies for an extra zesty punch of flavor. 


House Calls: Flying out patients common

House Calls runs monthly. Today’s column is written by Wayne Bunn, a case manager at Sutter Coast Hospital.

There is so much talk in the community and through the media about the concerns of patients being transferred out of Sutter Coast Hospital.

This is not a new concern for our hospital. We regularly transport patients out of the area for specialty services or higher level of acuity needs. We also transfer patients for services that can be provided locally because not all medical specialty services have 24-hour call coverage.


Church Notebook: Plenty of local holiday services are coming soon

It’s almost Christmas.

So often, the real reason for Christmas is overlooked  as we go about our myriad chores getting ready for it. I think you all know by now that I like to use plants, pets, family situations — anything we encounter to highlight the importance of faith when I write this.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a miracle of birth.

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