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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 10, 2015

Triplicate opinion page needs return to more, longer letters

I find myself yielding to an irresistible urge to confront your announced program of propagandizing Del Norte citizens through what I have dubbed Project Grow Del Norte. In introducing your new editorship — “Making room for more of your views,” — Aug. 11 — you announced your intent of cutting back on letters to the editor by reducing them to a single letter of 300 word capacity per month thus somehow increasing them to “lots of them” while increasing editorials from across the continent in an act of diversity so that we, the unwashed masses of Del Norte County, can be exposed to diverse views hopefully resulting in a maturing modality which you somehow perceived us as being in need of.

Yes We Can: Great work going on, Last Chance is still troubling

What brings people to an area like ours, a small county of 29,000 people and a city of about 8,000?

Some families here are generational and of course our Native American tribes go back many years.

My father brought me to the Klamath River 66 years ago, in 1949. It must have had an impact on both of us as we returned each summer, me as a dockboy at Shorty’s Camp and Dad to get away from big cities and his work as a structural steel worker and welder.

Letter to the Editor, Nov. 7, 2015

October Festival of Arts Auction a hit

Coast Redwoods Art Association wants to thank Crescent City for making our first October Festival of Arts Auction so successful. Most of our community doesn't recognize our legal name, but calls us by the name of our Gallery at the harbor, Crescent Harbor Gallery. We are a non-profit organization with no paid employees. Our volunteers do it all.

We have carried out our mission at the Harbor Gallery since 1984, but with limited wall space, we now are hanging artwork at the library, Department of Motor Vehicles, Wild River Foundation, Sutter Coast Hospital, the Del Norte County Courthouse, and the Harbor Master building. Painting class and art demonstrations are in tight quarters.

We continue to look for larger quarters and want our community to support us in our efforts.  We have free sponsored memberships for artists 80 years old and over. New and exciting events are happening at our Gallery. Come visit.

Maida Piotrowski, Past President

Letter to the Editor, Nov. 5, 2015

On behalf of Redwood School, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made our annual carnival such a success this year.  So many volunteered their time, helped our school with donations and ticket purchases, and brought their families to enjoy the carnival, making this one of our biggest carnivals ever.  We are so grateful for that support, and for the funding that will go directly to student classrooms.  Thank you, and we hope to see you next year.

Krystol Berry, Carnival Coordinator, Redwood School

Pages of History: Army Jeeps on sale, but you won't get one!

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

For the first time, new, rebuilt and used military “Jeeps” are being offered for sale on the west coast, but the public will still not stand a chance to buy one.

Reason: Federal agencies, state and local governments, political sub-divisions thereof and tax-supported institutions are being given first priority, and the number of “Jeeps” is limited.

Coastal Voices: Bar-O Boys volunteers ready to begin

It took a year and a half of red tape, but the idea of older adult volunteers mentoring the students at Bar-O Boys Ranch can finally become a reality.  Although it has been a long wait, volunteers who have been screened by the staff at the facility will be able to start sharing their knowledge and skills with boys in the program.

In April of 2014, Bar-O Boys staff contacted RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in response to an article in the Daily Triplicate written by then RSVP Specialist Sharon Jourden. Kirk Taylor, senior counselor, liked the idea of tapping into the wealth of skills within the Del Norte older adult community.

RSVP helps community members aged 55 and up match their time and talents with opportunities for meaningful volunteerism in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

Sympathetic Magic

Can there be werewolves in Del Norte County? Perhaps. I will not deny it.

As the proverb goes: “Talk of the wolf and his tale appears.”

This is an ancient sort of story, and telling stories is the most reliable breed of magic there is, baby.


Letters to the Editor, Oct. 31, 2015

Wild animals only come to town when starving

Mountain lions on Bertch; baby bear run over on the on ramp to Walmart. What pray tell don’t people (rangers, game wardens) understand?

The only, and I repeat, the only reason a wild animal will come into civilization is because it’s starving to death. Let me repeat, starving.

Feed them where they live and that’s where they’ll stay. Problem solved.

Coastal Voices: Lake Earl Wildlife Area in need of a 5-year plan

I spent the better part of (Wednesday) morning out on the mudflats known as Lake Earl.

While it is not unusual to see the Lake that low, it is not normal for it to be this low for so long. A review of the California Department of Water Resources supplied Lake levels for the last 8 years reveal that during that time (8 years) the Lake was below 4 feet 45 percent of the time. During the last 6 years it was below 4 feet 55 percent of the time. As best as I can recall, in the years prior to 2007 (when data was automatically recorded) and back as far as 1985, there were only a few times the Lake was below 4 feet in any decade and then generally only for a few months. The previous Lake Earl Wildlife Area (LEWA) managers Cal Hampy and Tim Williamson kept hand written level records for the years they were around. My personal paper records from 1979 to 2004 seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle of life, after almost 40 years of visiting Lake Earl 30-50 times a year to either hunt, fish, paddle, sail, or hike.

The significance of the more recent extended low lake levels is the duration of the negative impacts on wildlife and habitat and recreation.

Letter to the Editor, Oct. 29, 2015

Financial responsibility questioned by SWMA 

Supervisors Gerry Hemmingsen and Chris Howard have refused appointments to our local Solid Waste Management Authority. I’m not a bit surprised. It’s become a hot seat for any board member criticizing disappearing cash and other financial discrepancies. Now, Supervisor McClure and Triplicate personnel in their Oct. 20 editorial are ridiculing Hemmingsen and Howard instead of addressing the fact that a standing threat of censorship awaits any solid waste board member who dares to challenge financial discrepancies. Creating a hostile environment against persons who speak for financial responsibility is the cornerstone of corruption.

It’s unfathomable to me that some find the disappearance of $29,000 cash from the solid waste authority perfectly acceptable, hiring extra administrative personnel against the advice of an expert consulting firm is somehow just fine, crying to the Grand Jury to involve them in a politically-based issue even where no administrative review has been exhausted (as is normally required by law) is somehow OK, with a standing threat of censorship looming over any local solid waste board member daring to demand financial accountability.

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