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Coastal Voices: When 9/11 plus 200 equals 1: American resilience continues

It was a day that portended of purpose, blessed in a new job with an opportunity to protect children and possibly help some folks who have been battling an affliction I wrestled with over a decade ago. It began with a call to old friend Jim Rome on his CBS Sports Radio talk show, commencing with a comment on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.    

Letters to the Editor Sept. 13, 2014

Hands-free calling still too distracting 

Last Saturday I got a phone call from my 26-year-old who lives down in the San Joaquin Valley. 

During the first 10 minutes of our conversation I was hearing background noise that suggested to me she was driving. When I asked her about it, she confirmed that she was in fact driving but wearing an earpiece.

Pages of History: Wife, kids, money and cook gone!

The second chapter of the sad story of Joseph Febrache, 49, was being written this week. Just out of jail on an assault charge brought by his wife, he found his bank account in a sad state. Checks were bouncing right and left.

Febrache had pleaded guilty to the assault charges, he said, because it would cost a lot to hire a lawyer to fight it. “I’d never hit a woman,” he told the Triplicate yesterday.

The money on deposit in their joint account was gone. So was Mrs. Febrache and the three children. So was the money from their restaurant at the Greyhound bus depot. So was the man who had been working as their cook. 

Coastal Voices: Transitioning Town Movement comes to Del Norte

The new Transition Del Norte group seeks to lessen dependence on “the system,” build local resilience.

Understandably, it can feel pretty pointless to try to change anything in the world. The “news” can be so disheartening and discouraging. We hear about accelerating climate change, systemic corruption and income inequality, economic instability and a host of other serious challenges to humanity. Hollywood and reality TV help us imagine apocalypse and the lengths some people take as “preppers.” But imagining the transformation of our society into something better — that’s something we’re not as good at. 

Letters to the Editor Sept. 11, 2014

Board positions aren’t free rein to waste funds

Note to supervisors Gitlin and Wilson: Your seats on the Solid Waste Authority were not intended to give you “authority” to “waste” unlimited amounts of public funds. 

Coastal Voices: Bigger trucks on 199/197 would deter tourism, compromise safety

Once again I feel compelled to address the issue of Caltrans projects to allow STAA trucks to enter our county on highways 199 and 197. Both the Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors have recently passed resolutions in support of these projects. But what is missing in these resolutions and the process leading up to them is any serious discussion of motorist safety being compromised by STAA truck access or consideration of the negative impacts a big truck route may have on our most important economic driver: tourism.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 9, 2014

Finigan didn’t help with vets welcome signs

I am a proud veteran and life member of VFW Post 1381, and I am not going to listen to these mistruths when Board Chairman David Finigan tells this community the Board of Supervisors had already been working on “Where Veterans are Welcome” signs to be places at Del Norte County lines. The absolutely inaccurate Triplicate editorial paraphrasing Chairman Finigan’s claim that “intercession by Caltrans was required before signs welcoming veterans could be placed on the highway” is simply not what took place.

Letters to the Editor Sept. 6, 2014

Editorial ignored Gitlin’s contributions to county

I am not sure Triplicate editor Matthew Durkee has been in town a short time or if he’s been living in a cave the last two years, but he sure doesn’t know anything about Supervisor Roger Gitlin when he questions “salvaging of his term on the Board of Supervisors, if he can” in a recent editorial.  

When I met then-candidate Gitlin in April 2012, he spoke to me in my front yard, sharing his hopes and desires to improve Del Norte County. I believed what he was saying, and I voted for him twice in two elections. Thank God he won. He’s the only one on the board who appears to do anything. 


Coastal Voices: 199/197 wouldn’t make us safer — it would do the opposite

$34 million may be spent to allow trucks over 65 feet long the ability to access Highway 199. But is it worth the risk? People are being misled. Highway 199 is safe enough. 

California State Route 199 is designated as part of the National Scenic Byways network, and the Smith River canyon is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation establishing the Smith River National Recreation Area. Smith River National Recreation Area’s Management Plan was developed to conform to the provisions of this legislation. Currently vehicles that travel the Highway 199 Scenic Byway are required to be under 65 feet in length, regardless of load content. 


Pages of History: Dock repairs nearly done

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

Citizens Dock will be ready for lumber shipment Monday, J. Lyle Prickett, harbor commission secretary, announced.

Final repairs and additions to the lumber wing have been rushed by D.W. Scott, supervising contractor, to meet a request for berth space. 

All piling, lumber and hardware for wharf repairs and additions was purchased by the harbor board. The board is hiring workers with Scott, an acknowledged wharf and piling expert, supervising the job. 

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