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Coastal Voices: Citizen's Dock: Civic lightning

As a contributor to the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, I was given the opportunity to write this article to illustrate how the people of Del Norte and Curry counties have worked together to get things done. I read about many such instances at the Del Norte Historical Society Museum, but the wonderful stories about “Citizens Dock” made me so excited and enthusiastic about being a member of this community that I had to share the story with you.

Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2015

It would be a shame to run off another event

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the use of jet skis on South Beach and their impact on surfers and other beachgoers. I’m neither a surfer nor a jet skier, but I would like to address something that seems to have gotten lost in this whole argument, and that is the potential benefit to our local economy.

From the Publisher's Desk: Communityís history of giving

March 27, 1964.

It was dark and the ringing telephone had woken us all up. I felt afraid as I lay in my bed listening, not understanding what was wrong but scared all the same.  I could hear the sound of my mom’s voice as she talked on the telephone. Something bad was happening because the phone never rang in the middle of the night, and my mom’s voice sounded worried. Mom hung up the phone and told my stepdad, “Everett is out on the ocean in the ‘Eva.’ He’s going to ride out a tidal wave. He doesn’t want to take any chance of losing her, so he is taking her out of the harbor.”

Letters to the Editor, May 9, 2015

Time to move forward with Solid Waste Authority Board

Public service isn’t easy, yet in sparsely populated Del Norte County we are fortunate to have many citizens willing to participate in a variety of ways.

Pages of History: Like V-E Day after quake

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

Earthquake felt

Jim Harris was in from Hiouchi yesterday to report on fishing conditions along Smith River. Jim is considered an authority on the sport since he has a speaking acquaintance with every fish in the stream and says he found plenty of action on opening day, successfully using a spinner on the riffles in the Hiouchi vicinity and later in the day caught some nice ones on wet flies in the neighborhood of Gasquet.

Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2015

Religious beliefs should be unobtrusive in gov’t venues

I look forward to a time when the concept of separation of church and state becomes a reality. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors has inscrutably approved the posting of the phrase “In God We Trust” inside a public building where people of Christian, non-Christian and no faith come to do business.

Letters to the Editor, April 30, 2015

Money at root of Caltrans push on 199/197 project

Many folks are wondering about the push by Caltrans to make highways 199 and 197 STAA-truck accessible. I can propose one answer: Don’t forget who pays Caltrans officials’ hefty salaries — the trucking industry weight fees. We taxpayers only foot the bill for their projects (so our clout is relatively minimal). And there you’ll usually find the hidden agenda.  Always look at Caltrans’ schemes with the trucking industry in mind. They will bend rules or speak with forked tongue when necessary.  Along highways 199 and 197, STAA trucks would be a disaster in the making, and the pristine Smith River would be in as much danger as drivers and cyclists.

Diana Ashley, Gasquet

Coastal Voices: Who cares? It's only your money

Here we are almost three years since since it was discovered that $25,732.15 went mysteriously missing from the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority safe creating a whodunit worthy of an Angela Lansbury mystery. Just to recap the events, here is the timeline of what we know.

Coastal Voices: Keep vital safety net for students

I was moved to tears at the last School Board meeting when the students and their parents spoke about just how much the current academic intervention program had influenced and changed their lives. Redwood and Mary Peacock students who from kindergarten on up have struggled with everything from reading to math pleaded to keep this program. 

Pages of History: Mystery craft refuels in harbor

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

Mystery still surrounds the Navy vessel which slipped into Crescent Harbor shortly after midnight last Friday, a refuge from the storm en route for more than a week from Seattle to Mare Island.

Crisp “no comments” were dished up by the crew, the Navy civilian technicians and representatives of the Blanchard Boatbuilding Company of Seattle regarding the craft as it refueled at Citizens Dock.

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