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Pages of History: May 1969

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May of 1969.

A cross-country trip from Massachusetts to Klamath might appropriately be labeled “leave the driving to us” because when the vehicle three hippy-type individuals were driving was stopped near Klamath, nobody but the three occupants could have made the 4,200-mile trip across the many highways without being stopped.

When the car was stopped by the CHP on May 15, the following defects were found: both headlights not workings; no tail lights; no foot brake; the emergency brake was disconnected; no rear vision mirror; and no directional signals.

The driver, cited in the Klamath Justice Court, told Judge William Hopper, “We’ve been working on the car all the way across. In fact, we spent all day yesterday working on the car.”

Judge Hopper, not impressed with the owner’s excuse, ordered the vehicle impounded. The three men told the judge “they were headed to Alaska to work.”

Lost: One harbor seal

Anyone noticing either Crescent City police or sheriff’s deputies roaming the beachfront searching the piled driftwood, or checking the bushes and grass along the south waterfront, please don’t call “the man with the white coat” — these officers are on duty.

City police said Sea Wonders Alive reported the loss of a full grown spotted harbor seal May 21. Whether someone opened the wire gate or what, no one seems to know, but the owners found the gate open and the seal gone.

Anyone spotting a seal that appears to have lost its bearing is asked to call Sea Wonders Alive or the city police.

City junks sewer bids

The City Council on Monday rejected all bids for a new sewer line to the harbor district and called for a new design for the project and new bids.

Donn Wilson, director of public works, said that he will have the pumping station near Elk Creek redesigned and that the new plans will call for larger sewer lines which may be laid closer to the surface of the ground. It will be four to six weeks before new bids can be opened.

Don’t step in front of police car

A 59-year-old transient found out that it isn’t a good practice to step out in front of a police car, especially if the person is intoxicated. Also, loud and profane language isn’t generally accepted, especially when church-goers are leaving the morning’s services.

The transient found himself in this predicament on Sunday, May 25, when he stepped out in front of the unit and found himself in custody of the city police.

Appearing in Crescent City Justice Court, he pleaded guilty to drunk and disturbing the peace and was sentenced to15 days in the Del Norte Jail.

 


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