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Coastal Voices: It has been a thrill to coach

I’m writing this due to my departure as the head football coach at Del Norte High School. I reluctantly resigned when my obligations as a fire captain prevented me from being all the athletes needed me to be as a head coach. Although it broke my heart, the magnitude of this fire season made it impossible for me to give the team the attention it deserves this football season.

I am so grateful for the many opportunities I had while head coach to be associated with our community. During my tenure with Del Norte Football we were able to continue the strong winning tradition, and reinforce values that were established long ago. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our teams and athletes both on the field, and in the community. I look forward to watching the program continue to grow and thrive on its foundations of dedication and honor. The time, dedication, passion, and commitment it took to grow this program is a true tribute to the athletes, coaches, teachers, families, and business that make up our great community.


Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8, 2015

Duplication vs. innovation

With the announcement that there is a new pharmacy coming to town by next year, we’ll then have at least five outlets in town filling prescriptions and providing all that free-standing and big-box pharmacies provide; four of which will be just a few blocks apart.

Will all five survive the competition or will we end up with another empty storefront? Is it better to keep duplicating what we already have vs. attracting new, innovative start-ups to fill essential and unmet needs?


Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5, 2015

Holley, Gastineau demonize Gitlin for standing up to them

I’ve been following the latest Del Norte County drama including the Solid Waste Board lynching of Supervisor Roger Gitlin after the Grand Jury report was released. 

I was trying to get a handle on Elizabeth Henry, who led her horde into the Flynn Center to lobby for Gitlin’s lynching. What a bunch of kooks.

The chairman of solid waste, Rick Holley was pathetic. He claims he was intimidated by Gitlin’s email which asked to delay any discussion about him until he returned from his vacation. Holley refused. Gitlin let him have it in an honest, healthy manner, which Holley considered intimidating. Scary. 


Pages of History: Wakefield back in U.S.

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1945:

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wakefield of Third and G streets, Crescent City, were made very happy on Thursday when they received a telegram from their son, Robert Wakefield, U.S. Army, announcing he had arrived in Boston and he will be sent to Camp Beale, California within the next week. From there he is to receive a 30-day furlough and plans to come to Crescent City immediately thereafter to visit with his parents. Robert has served for two years with the armed forces in Africa and Italy.

Deer hunters warned

Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Hunter, who bought the old Hobbs, Wall Company’s old logged over holdings in the Mill Creek area and are now living there, are notifying hunters and others that there will be no trespassing on the property. The area is a favorite deer hunting grounds for local nimrods, but the Hunters have stocked the range and do not wish to risk the hazard of promiscuous shooting for their own safety as well as that of their livestock.


Letters to the Editor, Sept. 3, 2015

Rock Creek residents are thankful for support

The People who live in Rock Creek on the South Fork of the Smith River would like to say thank you to hundreds of people.

To: The fire fighting team for keeping the heat on the other side of the river. When the fire kept coming closer the fire fighting team kept their ground allowing the residence of Rock Creek to keep their homes. A special thanks to the aviation team. Watching their large four-engine aircraft swoop down in this narrow canyon was impressive. And to the helicopter pilots who flew through the smoke and flames to drop the water on target.

To: The Del Norte County Search and Rescue for making a house to house visit and explaining to us we needed to get ready to move on short notice.


Yes We Can: 3 challenges to take DN to another level

I have lived and worked in Del Norte County for the better part of 60 years — beginning as a dock boy, then river fishing guide, teacher, coach, sportscaster and two term county supervisor.

Today, more than ever, I feel our community is confronted by challenges that demand our participation if we are to prosper in the years ahead. I see three challenges to reach the goal of taking this community to the next level:

Last Chance Grade

It is not if but when Last Chance Grade, the unstable section of U.S. 101 south of Crescent City, slides into the ocean for the second time. Local Realtor Kurt Stremburg lost his parents in March 1972 when driving up Last Chance, only to find the highway had slid into the ocean, 1,000 feet below.


Letters to the Editor, Sept. 1, 2015

Great coverage for local triathlon

Commendations to Michael Zogg for his awesome articles on local sports events.

Recently he has written at least three thorough articles on triathlons. In all three cases, our little Crescent City Triathlon group has given him some details and websites and he has done an outstanding job of researching the races. He pulls up pertinent facts and adds the local athletes’ anecdotes, turning it into a cohesive and flowing article. His turn of phrase is excellent.


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 29, 2015

Seemless Summer Food Program a big success

I am writing to thank all the individuals and organizations who worked together to provide meals to children and youth in our community this summer.

This spring, the Community Food Council for Del Norte County and the Adjacent Tribal Lands teamed up with the Del Norte Schools Nutrition Services Department to expand the Seamless Summer Food Program — and it worked. Over 15,000 free meals were served to children and youth throughout Del Norte County this summer, compared to just under 3,500 meals in 2014.


Pages of History: Calvin Richards is war casualty

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1945: 

Pfc. Calvin Richards, Tank Destroyer Battalion, who was with Gen. George S. Patton’s Army, was accidentally shot in Bad-Kreuznack, Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richards of Smith River. Calvin was 21 years of age. He was buried with full military honors amid friends with a chaplain of the Protestant faith officiating.

He was a devoted friend and a valiant soldier; a determined foe of the enemy; asset to his organization and credit to the country’s army he so nobly served.


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 27, 2015

Convincing scam calls increasing

On Thursday, my wife received a phone call supposedly from a distant granddaughter, crying that she was in jail in Oregon and needed $3,000 to get released until her trial date. A male then came on the line, introduced himself as police Capt. John Adams, badge number 82218 and phone number 800-488-0540 and said he believed the girl was innocent and the money would be returned.

It was a scam. The phone number is fictitious, the man is a scammer. The local sheriff’s office confirmed the occurrences of this scam have increased dramatically over the last few months.


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