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Pages of History: Tidal surges sink boats

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

Big tidal surge 

A series of tidal surges sank four local fishing boats. A fifth boat was turned upside down by the freak tide, righted itself and remained afloat.


Coastal Voices: Panhandling rule would improve public safety

It would appear the professional beggar has more rights than law-abiding citizens in Del Norte County. The issue of panhandling is neither a left nor right issue. This is a public health and safety issue.

I support Supervisor Roger Gitlin for bringing to light at Tuesday’s Oct. 28 Board of Supervisors meeting Del Norte’s caustic plague of criminals and vagrants endangering the health and safety of residents and visitors while panhandling, displaying public drunkenness, urinating and (hold your nose) defecating in open view while begging through automobile windows and blocking traffic as they rise from their prone position from public sidewalks and business-owned parking lots and green spaces.


Coastal Voices: Private and public roles in reducing costs

In his Oct. 2 letter to the editor, Del Norte County Unified School District Board member Don McArthur noted a Del Norte County supervisor was quoted in The Triplicate saying the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority should function more as a utility than as an agent for social change. Supervisor Mike Sullivan, who made the “public utility” statement, did so to support efforts to save costs to customers while complying with solid waste and recycling laws. Though Mr. McArthur’s opinion is certainly a respectable one, he omitted many extraordinary efforts that Recology Del Norte has made as a private company to work with the school district to encourage recycling and reduce costs.


Your vote makes a big difference

Editor’s note: This op-ed, penned by John D. Alexander, Del Norte County Registrar of Voters from 1978 to 1999, was originally printed in the May 28, 1980, Triplicate. In addition to Alexander’s list of close races below, Del Norte voters more recently saw a local contest, for Harbor Commission, that was so close it was decided by a roll of the dice after ultimate winner James Ramsey and incumbent Gary Young tied with 2,499 votes apiece in 2008. 

Your vote does make a difference, and history bears witness to these instances.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 4, 2014

Move forward with our health care, not backward

Let’s go forward, not backward. Located at the intersection of Highway 199 and 101, Crescent City is a natural service center for the people of northwestern California and southwestern Oregon. But the lack of one service literally drives these same people away. We waste time and gasoline to get to Eureka, Grants Pass or Medford for medical services that could be provided here.


Letters to the Editor Nov. 1, 2014

Associate justice races give voters little choice

Welcome to the old Soviet Union.  For those of you who are too young to recall what I am writing about, elections in the Soviet Union had over a 90 percent voter turnout. And no one on the ballot ever lost. Of course, voters only had one slate of candidates to choose from. Either you voted “yes” for the candidate or “no” for the candidate. There was no other choice.  


Pages of History: Highway routes discussed

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

Tentative 199 route selected

More than 100 persons gathered in the supervisors’ chambers Monday night to hear District Engineer Sam Helwer and Senator Randolph Collier explain the proposed re-routing of Highway 199 near the California border.Even completion of the entire project, which appeared to be approximately five years away, and the cost, $30 million, didn’t appear to throw any gloom over the meeting.


Letters to the Editor Oct. 30, 2014

Apperson values family, understands community

Del Norte County is my home, and I want what’s best for me and my family. As a grandmother, it is important to know that my family is safe. I need to be able to rely on the Sheriff’s Office to keep my family and our community safe. 


Letters to the Editor Oct. 28, 2014

Community can’t afford for Measure F to fail

There have recently been many letters to the editor regarding Measure F. Most of these letters have shown widespread support for Measure F. Support has been pledged from nearly every facet of our community, including Democrat, Republican and Tea Party leaders. 


Letters to the Editor Oct. 25, 2014

Local dairy farm family supports Measure F

The Alexandre family is supporting Measure F to keep our customs, culture and traditions alive for future generations. There are many reasons for our choice, but the most important to us is the hundreds of children, from grade school to high school, who participate in the 4-H, Grange and FFA auctions every year to show and sell their animals.  


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