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Pages of History: Sause bro’s add to fleet

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1955:

Purchase of an additional barge for the Marine Ways and Dry-dock fleet serving Del Norte County was announced today by Paul Sause. 

The Winacca, a Navy type, flat-top cargo vessel of 2,000 tons net weight was recently bought from Hawaiian interests and the company had dispatched the tug Kokua to Honolulu to return it to the mainland.

Letters to the Editor March 24, 2015

Local law enforcement’s hard work is appreciated

Not many days ago there were many members of local law enforcement putting their lives at risk for public safety in Smith River.

Last weekend I saw the Highway Patrol out in force and making a lot of stops to enforce traffic laws in town.

Coastal Voices: What happens to costs under Critical Access?

In 2014, Sutter Coast Hospital applied for Critical Access Hospital designation while claiming the hospital had not been profitable since 2008 and projecting heavy losses through 2016. Both of those claims were later proven false. IRS filings confirm large profits for SCH in 2009 and 2010. On Feb. 27, hospital CEO Mitch Hanna stated 2014 was a “profitable year.” At this point you may be asking: Is Sutter more interested in profits or your health care? 

In an effort to resolve our community conflict with Sutter Health, I repeatedly requested meetings with Sutter Health CEO Pat Fry and Sutter Regional President Mike Cohill. Both men declined my request. So I contacted the state agency reviewing SCH’s Critical Access application and forwarded letters from numerous individuals and groups that object to Sutter’s proposed downsizing. Our community needs more health care, not less. 

Letters to the Editor March 21, 2015

Kids’ march against tobacco, drugs inspiring

March 18, 2015, has marked the second and now annual anti-tobacco march to City Hall, where kids held their handmade signs and marched through the streets of Crescent City to help spread awareness of the horrible effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs and how they felt about it. The march started at Crescent Elk Middle School and ended at Tri-Counties Bank, with 238 students, 8–10 Reach for Success mentors, full A.S.P staff and a whopping 40 parent volunteers! 

Pages of History: Boy rescued after falling into harbor

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1955 and 1965:

An 11-year-old Crescent City boy, Lester Berry, was rescued from water near Citizens Dock when he fell in on Saturday, March 6. L.D. Subbert, an employee of the harbor district, was standing on the dock after skin diving when he heard the splash. He dove into the water and found the boy hanging onto a piling. 

Letters to the Editor March 19, 2015

Wind chimes add to Pebble Beach visit

First, I would like to thank the man and lady from Bend, Ore., who shared their mother’s wind chimes with the people of Crescent City. 

Then I would like to thank Donna Trone for sharing what she discovered about the wind chimes that were hung along Pebble Beach, (“Mystery of wind chimes at Pebble Beach solved,” March 12). I was blessed to be able to enjoy some of them. 

Coastal Voices: Peace of mind in ‘death with dignity’ laws

If you want to understand the benefit of a death with dignity law like the one being considered by the California legislature, you should know how it helped my father.  

My father lived most of his life in California, where he operated a small business and raised a family. When he was in his 90s, my mother died, and my dad decided to move in with my wife and I in Oregon. 

Coastal Voices: Taxes, ex-spouse benefits and you

April 14 is both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse, because Social Security pays benefits to eligible former spouses, and you may need to claim this income on your tax forms. 

If you are age 62, unmarried and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must have been married to your ex-spouse for 10 years or more. If you have since remarried, you can’t collect benefits on your former spouse’s record unless your later marriage ended by annulment, divorce or death. Also, if you’re entitled to benefits on your own record, your benefit amount must be less than you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work. In other words, we’ll pay the higher of the two benefits for which you’re eligible, but not both.

Letters to the Editor March 14, 2015

Upgrades to swimming pool are appreciated

I’m very grateful for all the city and county folks who recently upgraded our Crescent City swimming pool. It’s a marvelous place that I visit daily. The murals are spectacular and the water is always warm. 

Letters to the Editor March 12, 2015

Mystery of wind chimes at Pebble Beach solved

Early one Saturday morning while looking out my front window to see if the whales were showing off, I saw a man with a step ladder and a lady holding a box. Then I saw her hand up what looks like a wind chime and he hangs it in the tree. My curious eyes watched as five different kinds were hung. He folded the ladder and they moved on south along the cliffs.

At this point we decided to walk our small dog over to check out this mystery. As we passed our neighbor out in his backyard, I greeted him and asked if he knew anything about the mystery across the street. He answered yes. 

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