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Pages of History: Highway 199 reopens after ‘64 flooding hot item in 1960

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

The route to Grants Pass is open again after the December 1964 flood. The first convoy of vehicles left Gasquet at 7 a.m. In a surprise move, the division of highways announced the opening Tuesday afternoon.

Three convoys per day will leave Gasquet at 7 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m. Convoys will be limited to pickups, four-wheel drives, and single-unit trucks with a 10-ton limit.

A high-level log bridge capable of carrying legal loads is in place across Patrick Creek. The California Highway Patrol will assist in the operation.


State refuses to pay city losses from wave

The state of California has refused to to reimburse Crescent City for losses to the swimming pool beachfront project that occurred during the tidal wave last March.

City attorney James Hooper told City Council members that the Department of Water Resources refused the request, which had been granted to other cities. Grounds for refusal were that the project was not in the interest of “all the state.”

Hooper termed the decision “pure politics and said he has other persons looking into the decision.”


Motel bed tax law is plotted   

A “bed tax” — a nasty phrase to the hotel industry — has been proposed by the Del Norte Board of Supervisors and is under consideration by the City Council.

The supervisors last week ordered County Counsel William Speer to prepare a uniform transient occupancy tax ordinance. A public hearing on the proposal, some 11 pages in length, has been set.

City Council members have no specific proposal under consideration, but according to sources close to City Hall a discussion of a “bed tax” will be held at the council meeting at 8 p.m. on the same day.

The county’s tax, 4 percent of the hotel bill, would bring in an estimated $12,000-$15,000 each year.


Redwood tree on long trip

A 22-foot-long section of Del Norte County has left for the high desert country of Western Nevada.

Local loggers loaded a section of a huge redwood tree found on Endert’s Beach during clean-up operations aboard a truck for a trip to Winnemucca.

Attached to the 8-foot cut of redwood is a plaque from the local group. The log was donated by the Driftwood Logging Company and it is hoped the log will be placed at the start of the Winnemucca-to-the-sea route.

Cal Hildebrand is the driver of the truck. Making the trip will be Ken Munroe, Art Kelly, Scotty Lehman, Walt Colson, Jack Wilson, Howard Wilbur, Claude Baer and Davis Doty.


Rock for breakwater jetty

Rock for the Crescent City breakwater jetty repair job is being removed from McVay Rock, a landmark on the southern Curry County coastline.

The rock has been used for construction purposes before when the Port of Brookings was building jetties about three years ago. About 7,000 tons of rock is being used for the Crescent City job.


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