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Did you know?: Black history: FM radio comes to Del Norte

February is Black History Month, a month when the media will highlight the accomplishments of many black leaders nationwide. What does that have to do with Crescent City, where the black population is minuscule?

As it turns out, plenty. Without the aid and assistance of one black family here you would not be listening to local radio as you know it.

It all began in February 1980. KCRE-AM, our daytime-only station, had been on the air less than a year. It had a great lineup of local personalities like Jerry Yarberry, Dave Angell, Sue Williams and our Traffic Director Dee Mattz, but having a daytime station was not ideal when going up against the local powerhouse KPOD-AM, which could be on the air around the clock. Something had to be done if the station was going to survive.


Pump Room bandits turn out to be kids

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1952.

The long arm of the law reached out through a Crescent City window and came up with two burglars. The arm was that of Police Chief Viggo Hoyer. The window was to the rear of the Pump Room, a taproom which had been burglarized either before or after noon on Tuesday.

It was 4 p.m. the same day. Proprietor Howard Renner was explaining how the burglars entered. He raised the window, just as he had done before his noonday trip to the bank. Hoyer leaned out just in time to catch the two thieves, ages 11 and 12 respectively.


Letters to the Editor Feb. 6, 2014

Counting Jefferson supporters in DN 

Last night a woman made the comment at the town hall that the signatures obtained in favor of the Declaration for the State of Jefferson represent only 3 percent of the county’s population.

According to the U.S. Census for the year 2012 a total 28,290 individuals resided in Del Norte County (www.quickfacts.census.gov).


Coastal Voices: Community a 12th man for Warrior football team

As the head football coach, I couldn’t be more excited to represent, and interact with, the outstanding people of this great community.  I am proud and honored to work with our dedicated coaches, and the very finest young people you can find: our hard-working student athletes.  

Our mission is to build on the proud traditions of our program’s past, and continue that development until earning respect state-wide.  Athletics is a proven way to develop young people into successful adults, and we take that opportunity seriously.  Our commitment to the student athletes is matched by parents, teachers, and families.


Letters to the Editor Feb. 4, 2014

It's my duty to ensure informed decisions

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors is elected by its constituents to pass and repeal local laws called ordinances. The Board is also tasked with a myriad of responsibilities including levying taxes, collecting taxes, and adopting a fiscally sound budget.

One of the most important roles the Board plays is as a facilitator of discussion and open dialogue relating to issues pertinent to the community it serves. The responsibility to ensure decisions are made with the best available information and with respectful dialogue cannot be overstated.


Coastal Voices: Seeger, Bonnie Green had a lot in common

I was driving through Klamath on Monday last week when I heard that Pete Seeger had died. I listened as the station played Pete and Bruce Springsteen’s duet on “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” an ode to the dispossessed of  Steinbeck’s Depression-era Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

As the river mist parted, the pages turned back to July of 1997 and I was approaching a podium to give closing argument in Orange County’s North Court in  pro bono defense of Pastor Wylie Drake, who was being criminally prosecuted for housing the homeless in his First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.


Letters to the Editor Feb. 1, 2014

Chamber brings attention to great businesspeople

Wow, we’ve come a long way, baby!

The annual Chamber of Commerce dinner was wonderful, one of the best yet, from the perfectly prepared dinner by the chefs at the Tolowa Events Center to the entertaining host Kevin Hartwick.


It’s OK to take time on new-state plan

What’s the rush?

If Del Norte County supporters of a breakaway state of Jefferson are serious about their proposal, why wouldn’t they want it to be thoroughly examined, as the county Board of Supervisors has suggested?

True, the concept is not new. And neither is the North Coast’s widespread dissatisfaction with state government. It’s not a news flash that the local electorate is out of step with the more populated portions of California.


Boys hoops joined league back in ‘46

After writing about the first season the girls entered CIF competition in basketball which was  1974, I was asked, when did the boys start?

I didn’t know but decided to find out. I knew that it was a long  time before the girls. While basketball had been played by the boys for a long time, I found that the first CIF basketball competition was the 1946 season.


Del Norte Gardening: Sowing more seeds than ever

Get a start on this year’s garden, but don’t forget it’ll still be getting cold

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The bounty of winter continues with the latest carrot crop. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Gardening runs monthly. Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick. 

What to do in the garden with weather like this?

Perhaps you’re pulling out irrigation when in the past you’ve pulled out moldy rotten plants.  As long as the well doesn’t dry up, I think we’ll all survive and probably enjoy the extra vitamin D while it’s here.


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