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Pages of History: Exploratory vessel near river mouth

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1965.

A mechanical man named “Mobot,” capable of operating in the cold, murky ocean depths 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the sea, is just one of dozens of fascinating facts about Blue Water II, now operating off the coast of Crescent City.

Drilling for oil up to 15 miles offshore with a 45–50 man crew living on an acre-large self-sustaining platform is Shell Oil Company’s way of doing its part in the Space Age, but the rewards can be high, too.

Blue Water II is Shell’s answer to far-out wildcatting, even though it costs the company three to four times what an on-shore drilling operation costs.

The stakes are high. Where once California supplied the entire West Coast, including Hawaii and Alaska with oil, today production is only a little more than half of “what the demands are.”

Sierra Club against highway

The Sierra Club plans to block the “desecrating” of Jedediah Smith State Redwood Park in Del Norte County by construction of a highway.

The question of the highway came up at a public hearing on the state master plan for the North Coast redwoods held in San Francisco.

The park commission voted 4-2 to ask the state highway commission to study the possible rerouting of U.S. 199. The group seeks to stop the taking out of additional redwood trees in the park.

Opposing the move were George Fleharty and Harold Zellerbach. Fleharty called for smaller changes in the route. 

Dr. Edgar Weyburn, vice-president of the Sierra Club, backed the strong stand of the park commission.

He stated that the new Del Norte highway would “plow through and tear up some of the finest redwoods the state of California is privileged to possess.” 

Future visitors to Klamath

If the crystal ball state planners used to determine the future of the Klamath area is true, visitors on peak days in 1985 will total 6,280 and will spend $3,809,300 during a fiscal year.

Some 3,600 permanent residents are expected to live in the Klamath area by 1985, with only 2,400 living in Klamath at the present time.

In 1985, visitor days will add up to 1.1 million with 759,000 passing through town but 341,000 staying overnight. This year the visitor days was said to be 490,000.

Not oldest or largest trees

Don’t feel bad if you think that California’s coast redwoods are the oldest, largest, scarcest or slowest-growing trees, for though you’re wrong, you have plenty of company.

Common misconceptions about Sequoia sempervirens get the ax in a new booklet, “Questions and Answers about the Redwoods,” issued by the Redwood timber products industry. 

The 20-page illustrated booklet answers questions from many sources about the trees. Most of the questions show a general lack of knowledge about the tree and its future. While the redwood is the tallest tree, the oldest tree is the Bristlecone pine and the largest in bulk is the Sequoia gigantean.

 

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