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Pages of History: Offshore oil exploration under way

From the pages of The Del Norte Triplicate, June 1964.

Oil is the object of a search being conducted off the Crescent City coastline as a major oil company moved into the area.

Mobil Oil Company started a series of geophysical operations on the outer continental shelf hoping to find underwater petroleum.

In a letter advising the Del Norte board of supervisors of the off-shore exploration for oil, the company stated it will make use of a gas exploder and will not use uncontained explosives.

The area to be explored roughly is located from Point St. George westward for about 100 miles. It begins about three miles from shore and reaches westward for a maximum of 26 miles.

Harbor model study

A $50,000 study for the Crescent City harbor model study is up for approval by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

Congressman Don Clausen said June 10, that he had learned from high authority that the sub-committee on public works appropriations has recommended in its report his request for $50,000 to undertake the Crescent City model report.

City annexation approved

The Local Agency Formation Commission met and approved the admission of the area south of town into the city of Crescent City on June 22.

At the regular session of the Board of Supervisors a public hearing on the annexation proposal was held. Several property owners were present and no objections were heard. It is estimated that 90 percent of the property owners are in favor of joining the city, but no election will be held since there are insufficient electors in the area.

The next step in the annexation drive involves the City Council, which must agree to the admission. Because of urban redevelopment funds providing for the necessary sewer lines for the area, the admission is possible now.

The commission is a recommendation group only, set up by the Legislature to examine possible conflicts in boundary changes. George Yamor is chairman, William Peepe, Pat Caldwell of Klamath, and Andy Mellon of Smith River are members.

Joe Creisler of the Del Norte Flood Control District recommended this area be designated as Zone 3 of the district. Lyle Griffin of the Crescent Fire Protection District was present and stated that fire protection would be a part of the city responsibility.

Back in business

Another tidal wave-stricken business gets back into operation here today as the Pyke brothers Ben Franklin store at Third and K streets reopens.

The Pykes, Bud and Ernie, have completely re-stocked and replaced all fixtures in the store — which was new when the wave hit.

As the business opens today at 9:30, shoppers will participate in special bargains and many grand reopening specials brought in for the occasion. The store will be in full operation with a complete supply of all usual lines and a full staff will be on hand for the occasion.

The big wave knocked out front windows and filled the interior with debris from outside as well as making debris out of merchandise and fixtures inside the store. The two brothers and their staff had to run to escape the rising waters.


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