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Coastal Voices: Klamath salmon facing major threat in drought

The drought of 2013–2014 didn’t sneak up on us. For the first half of the winter it simply didn’t rain. Sparse rains arrived late in the season and there was meager snowpack in the mountains. The Yurok Tribe and California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a major drought emergency. 

Water managers scrambled to figure out how to best allot a limited amount of Trinity River water, which flows into the Klamath, amongst many competing interests. Despite the knowledge that migrating Klamath salmon would be in peril from low flows when the fall run started, the Bureau of Reclamation sent an entire year’s worth of cold fish-sustaining flows from the Trinity to the Central Valley. The Yurok Tribe, and others, including the Hoopa Valley Tribe, sent letters to the agency warning that salmon will face a desperate situation by late summer — if preventative flow is not available. 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2014

Church, state separation was priority for Franklin

Regarding Virginia Walworth’s letter to the editor last Thursday, Benjamin Franklin must have gotten tired of leading those prayers at the Constitutional Convention. 

He, according to an hour-long documentary about him on cable channel 130 (the History Channel’s secondary documentary channel) last weekend, was one of the strongest promoters of separation of church and state at the Constitutional Convention. 

 

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Pages of History: Cabin is destroyed by fire

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

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Breenwood cabin at River Bar Lodge yesterday. The fire broke out about 10:40 a.m. 

The first three fire trucks arrived in 15 minutes. The U.S. Forestry Service, the Crescent Fire Protection District and the Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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Coastal Voices: Still a lot of work to keep fair alive

Like many of you, I am strongly supporting the “Save the Del Norte Fair” movement. We have been greeted with substantial enthusiasm for the effort, which will hopefully conclude with the successful passage of Measure F by voters in November.

But I do have some concerns. With all these early cheers for the Del Norte County Fair, a bit of complacency has drifted over the campaign.

Let’s be perfectly clear: It is going to take a lot of hard work by a lot of people to make sure the Del Norte County Fair and the Del Norte Fairgrounds stay open long into the future.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2014

Coastal Connections youth project is doing a great job

The article by Aaron West published July 29 (“Youth Team up with local stores to curb alcohol theft”) highlights both the capacity and commitment of youth working to improve the health of our community. Witnessing the well-organized and respectful Coastal Connections Youth Organization Project (CCYOP) presentation addressing a long-standing concern of underage alcohol use was inspiring, regardless of your age. Rarely do presenters receive a standing ovation; CCYOP was an exception. You can view it in its entirety online.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 5, 2014

Privatizing Solid Waste Authority is misled idea

I have been watching with increasing concern as Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan pursue their ideological agenda at the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority. It has become clear that these three have a preconceived “solution” to a “problem” they have largely created and that they intend to impose their solution on the people of Del Norte County.

Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan believe privatizing the Solid Waste Authority’s functions would save money and improve services. As a university trained economist, I’ve examined their claim from that perspective. Here is what I found:

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Did you know: Report from the Wiens, now in living in Hawaii

Under the heading “Whatever happened to them?” is whatever happened to Richard and Laura Wiens. For you folks who may be reading the Triplicate for the first time, Richard was the editor and Laura was the Neighbors Page editor for many years until they left for sunnier shores in Honolulu some three months ago.

I caught up with Richard at lunch at a local IHOP Restaurant on Waikiki recently. Richard is now the managing editor of City Beat, an online-only newspaper based in Honolulu. He manages three editors and six reporters. The major focus of the paper is investigative reporting with an emphasis on government, politics and the environment. I asked him what the major difference was between an online newspaper and a print paper. He says that once a reporter makes a mistake in an article and the paper is printed, that’s it! There is no way to recall the error and make it right; it will be a part of that paper forever, whereas with the online newspaper, if a mistake is made, it can be corrected immediately.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 2, 2014

If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin

At the July 22 Board of Supervisors meeting, in his typically self-serving manner, Roger Gitlin called for the chair, David Finigan, to resign. He also claimed that a comment made by Lisa McKeown at the June 10 meeting could be construed as a “death threat,” including the loaded phrase “post-9/11 environment” to justify his ridiculous claims. 

The phrase “prick your heart” is hardly a death threat. If Roger Gitlin were actually familiar with at least one of the books which are the basis for all of the public praying he wants, he would know that. What is being referred to in Lisa McKeown’s comments is a hope he will practice the religious beliefs he is purporting to support and feel a compunction to do the right thing (compunction — “compungere” or “prick sharply” in Latin, from “com-” [expressing intensive force]  and “pungere” [to prick]). Instead of using the most direct and most rational understanding of the phrase in the context it was presented, Roger Gitlin, without a qualm and following his most hyperbolic and divisive style, chose to throw down the red herring of 9/11 to claim a threat to his life. 

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Pages of History: Pacamo Camp ends session

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1958:

Pacamo Camp has just completed its 11th year of camping in Douglas Park and is now in its travel camp. Campers who attended participated in a variety of activities, including archery, swimming, crafts, hiking, outdoor games, campfire programs, code practice, nature trails, etc.

 

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Coastal Voices: Poor way to treat visitors to our town

The Hirt family has been proud to call Crescent City their home for 42 years. The Fourth of July weekend showed us another side of our city and how visitors are treated. Our son returned home to vacation over the Fourth and attend his high school’s 25th reunion. He went to the Deck Party, met up with friends and left his car where he parked it, near the Cultural Center. Although there were signs indicating vehicles would be towed if left there, he did not see them. He planned to retrieve the car the next morning.

 

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