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Pet bear gets loose, then he gets shot

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

Teddy the black bear, belonging to Dolph Dyer at Dolph’s Service Station at the corner of Second and K streets, is no more. 

It was on Friday afternoon that Teddy began to act queerly in his pen at the rear of the service station, where he has been for the past year and was the source of much attraction to tourists.

So queer was the poor bear acting that he had attracted more than the usual attention. Ed Bayliss, well-known fisherman and the champion at becoming lost on Howland Hill while hunting rabbits, and Calvin Getchell, employee at the service station, were watching Teddy go through some of his capers when all at once the chain on the bear’s neck came loose and Teddy made a mad dash for a hole in the fence while Bayliss and Getchell made a mad dash for the service station office.

It seems as though Ed had been laid up with the rheumatism and had gone to the service station to see if anyone knew where he could borrow a pair of crutches. Ed was very lame, but when the bear got loose Ed started to run. He slipped and fell down twice and then beat Getchell to the office. This is said to be the best record made in the county this summer.

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Letters to the Editor Nov. 14, 2013

Would like to have seen more Hmong coverage

Monday was a nice day for a parade; sunny, warm. The Veterans Day Parade was not so large this year, yet as a Vietnam combat veteran it is always nice that we have it.

The Tuesday paper left me confused. The largest group, and for sure the most colorful, and even one of the grand marshals, rated no photo and little press.

I took many very nice photos of beautifully dressed Hmong people. I shared combat stories will them, as I was on the Laos border during my time in Vietnam.

Here are real combat veterans working for our country, here is a group of people who have found a new place to live.

If the Hmong had not been in the parade, much of its size and color would have been lost. I send photos of them to my veteran buddies throughout the United States, to friends in England; all have replied on the beauty and the fact that these people are so much a part of this community.

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E & P: Thanks for the tributes to our WWII veterans

Kudos to the organizers of Del Norte’s Veterans Day activities for recognizing the pressing need to show appreciation to our World War II service members while we still have them around.

And while organizers stopped at naming five WWII vets as parade grand marshals, hopefully the message came through to all of our oldest veterans: Monday was about honoring U.S. military personnel in general, but this one was especially for those of you who fought in the ’40s.

I was pleased to see Frank McNamara among those grand marshals. He served at Okinawa — scene of the bloodiest of the island-hopping invasions that helped bring an end to the war against Japan. Back home, he became a veteran of a different sort, narrowly escaping the two biggest surges of the ’64 tsunami, one of which rose to mid-torso at the downtown paint store he managed, and the other of which chased him up L Street toward higher ground.

Now 92, Frank is a survivor, and Crescent City is the better for it.

Another nice touch by the organizers was adding a sixth parade grand marshal, Sua Phia Lo, a captain in the Hmong Army that fought Communist forces in the Vietnam era. He cut a striking figure as the commander of a guerrilla unit in the 1966 photo on Saturday’s Northcoast Life page. And his inclusion was an appropriate gesture of appreciation to Del Norte’s Hmong community, the eldest of which migrated to America after Laos fell to the Communists in the ’70s.

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Letters to the Editor Nov. 12, 2013

McClure not appointed to serve on hospital study committee

The Nov. 7 Triplicate printed a list of the 15 members of the Camden Study Steering Committee.

On this list was 2nd District Supervisor Martha McClure. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors chose not to send a representative to the Camden Study. If Supervisor McClure participated on the study, she did so as an individual and not as a duly appointed representative of the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Roger Gitlin, Crescent City

Homeless basically told to wander off and die in woods

Five minutes is all I ask. I want you to think about what you would do if by no fault of your own you become homeless with little more than the clothes on your back.

You’re a good person that wants to be a productive member of our society and want your life back desperately. The only problem is everywhere you go people treat you like a leper, call you lazy and treat you like trash.

What a sad world we live in when we can’t reach out and at least try to help the good homeless people. Why do we let the bad homeless dictate how we treat them all? If we treat them all as unwanted or criminals, does that not promote even more lawlessness and discontent?

It just sickens me that they have basically been told to wander off and die in the woods because we don’t want them.

Robert Allen, Smith River

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Coastal Voices: There should be no hurry regarding hospital's next move

According to the chairman of the local Sutter Coast Hospital Board, it may vote on whether to downsize the hospital to a Critical Access facility, and to “regionalize” the hospital, which will dissolve themselves as the governing body, and transfer hospital ownership to Sutter Health’s West Bay Region in San Francisco, before the end of the year.

What’s the hurry? 

Two years ago, the Del Norte Healthcare District filed suit to slow down the regionalization process, which Sutter Health had initiated without informing our community.

It has been wrongly stated several times and again recently in a Coastal Voices piece by a local physician that Sutter Health owns Sutter Coast Hospital. When Sutter Health and the Del Norte County Local Hospital District negotiated a contract to build a new hospital  in 1985, it was agreed that Sutter Health would manage the hospital for an annual fee, the profits that Sutter Coast Hospital generated from its local patients paid for the facility and Sutter Health did very well managing the facility over the years.

It was also agreed that Sutter Coast would be operated as a locally owned entity, with a local Board.  

If ownership is transferred it will be to the Sutter Health subsidiary The West Bay Region.

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Letters to the Editor Nov. 9, 2013

Play about community evocative, worth seeing

I urge you not to miss Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s “This is Crescent City.” We went last night and today I am still feeling the emotions evoked by this incredible musical.

It tells the story of us, of our town, our neighbors. What makes us not just the last town on the continent, or the first, but what builds us as community ... the human side of us.

I knew these stories intellectually, but it took seeing these performances to truly bring these lives into my heart. There weren’t many dry eyes last night. I never cry, ever, and I was sobbing last night. I am still feeling the effects today.

I want to stand on the S curves with signs urging everyone not to miss this home-grown story of our home.

Catherine O. Despres, Cresent City

Don’t let S curve veteran monument dream die

It must be over five years now since the city, through Police Chief Douglas Plack, approached the VFW about erecting a veterans monument at the “S” curve. There were committees formed and untold meetings — does it sound familiar so far? — with questionable progress.

I’m going to pat myself on the back here as I was the one who first gave $2,500 to kick-start the project. My intent was to get things started instead of just talking and planning.

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Warriors were looking spiffy back in 1950

For a long time when Warrior football players got ready to play a game they put on the same khaki pants that were worn every day for practice and a red and white wool jersey that was really uncomfortable. It was the same home or away.

When the 1949 season started, we had fancy new red and white uniforms. They consisted of white pants and red jerseys with white shoulders and sleeves. The helmets were still the white leather ones that were made before World War II.

The new Warrior coach, Chuck DeAutremont, had raised the money for these uniforms to help raise pride in Warrior football. Little did we know that we would only get to wear these uniforms for one season.

During the spring the school changed our colors from red and white to the blue and gold we have now.

Chuck went to work again to raise funds for new blue and gold uniforms. The boxing smokers were started and proved to be great money-makers.

The Warriors had two local professional boxers to thank for making these events successful. Dale and Sandy Sanderson, local Native Americans who fought professionally, came forward and helped organize these events.

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Church Notebook: Methodist Church sets the dates for its annual Holiday Bazaar

I’ve been writing this column for over 10 years now. But, could I write anything longer?

For the past few years I’ve had an idea for a book about Mary Magdalene. Lately, it’s become more than an idea. And, no, if I do, it won’t be anything like that other book out there — the one that made her out to be Jesus’ wife.

So, we’ll see. If I can get beyond a couple chapters, perhaps ...

But away from ideas of fiction and on to the real stuff for the next week or so. There are some good things coming up. With the holidays approaching, it’s time for those holiday bazaars, with their interesting sale items and delicious edible offerings.

• We’ll start the week off Sunday with an inspiring journey into the past at the Crescent City United Methodist Church. During pioneer days, the gospel was spread via camp meeting revivals. In many places, there were no established churches, and circuit riders traveled about carrying God’s word and mountain gospel music. That music isn’t heard many places anymore — but it is on occasion, here at the Methodist Church.

And it will be Sunday! Once again, the Jefferson State Boondock Band will be a lively addition to the Sunday morning service. The music will start at 10:15 a.m., and the regular worship service at 10:30. If you’ve never experienced this, it’s worth going! I’ve heard them, and they are absolutely delightful.

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Cannery idea considered for the local area

From the pages of the Crescent City American, November 1927.

As we were driving out the Elk Valley Road Sunday, we chanced to see Joe Christensen pruning dahlias in the front yard of a farm house below the road. We stopped the car and enquired what mission brought him in that part of the woods, and his reply was that he owned the ranch and was living there. He told us that he had bought the place, which consists of 50 acres, from Glenn Robinson the forepart of September.

Mr. Christensen stated among other things that he intended putting in three acres of strawberries in the spring and would also go into the vegetable raising business with a view to starting a cannery sometime in the future. This is something that is needed here, he said, and he is of the belief that a vegetable and berry cannery can be operated on a paying basis. 

Van’s Auto Camp sold

A deal was closed here this week whereby Mr. and Mrs. John B. Endert become the owners of Van’s Auto Camp, which was built in the spring of last year by J.M. Van Cleave, and under his operation since that time.

This camp is one of the finest on the coast and contains 24 cabins. There are 30 buildings in all and it is understood that Mr. and Mrs. Endert plan some extensive improvements after they take over the business on Monday, which will include a store at the road where groceries and lunches will be served to the tourist trade.

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Letters to the Editor Nov. 7, 2013

Citizens must signal disapproval of new law

When I first heard about the new California “transgender” law allowing mixed-sex use of school bathrooms, I viewed it as just another obscene joke from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Now I have learned that this institutionalized perversion will actually be implemented in Del Norte beginning Jan. 1.

I am not a native Californian, thank God, so perhaps I am not passive and indoctrinated enough to accept this in my adopted county without expressing my objections.

I would not think of advocating armed rebellion, of course, but I do hope at least a few parents will pull their children out of our failed public schools, and perhaps a mass refusal to pay the property taxes due next month would help to call attention to the urgent need to separate ourselves from Southern California and establish a new state of our own here.

John Cupp, Smith River

'Up our way' farther than many Californians think

We’ve discussed that Northern vs. Central California thing down here off and on. I’ve always related the story of (who knows how many) people I’ve bumped into from out of the area. When I tell them I’m from Eureka, the usual response is something along the line of, “That’s up by San Francisco, isn’t it?”

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