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Pages of History: Oregon Mtn. tunnel work set to begin

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August of 1960.

Subcontractors are clearing the way for construction to start on the north approach to the Oregon Mountain tunnel and heavy equipment should be moving in by Aug. 1, according to Jerry Palmer, office manager for Gibbons and Reed, contractors. 

Nearly all of the help will be hired locally, the contractors have stated. In about two weeks, construction will be in full swing. Two foremen, in addition to Mick Hernion, job superintendent, will be imported by the firm, but other workers will be hired through the Crescent City and Eureka union offices.

Small boat outlook dims

Crescent City’s prospects for a small boat marina moved further into the future, and the plans were somewhat dimmed, when the harbor commissioners met in special session and took no action on a contract offered by the state for a loan of $250,000 for building the project.

Reason for lack of action was because the contract contained a provision specifying that, after a five-year moratorium period on all payments, if $20,500 per year payments were not being made, the state could step in and compel an assessment on the taxpayers of the county to the extent allowed the harbor district by law for capital outlay. Harbor Commission attorney J. Ralph Arnold explained that the amount allowed to be taxed under the provision is very small. “Under the present assessed valuation,” he said, “only $8,100 could be taxed.”

Highlight of the session was the adoption by the commission of a motion recommending that the small boat harbor issue be placed before the voters on the November ballot. Chairman Herb Moore abstained from the vote. 

Anyone lose a pet raccoon?

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Janes of Harbor found a huge raccoon the other day and after they became acquainted with it, found it to be quite tame. They are wondering if it may be someone’s pet? 

Bail’s just a wee high

When he found his bail was set at $120,000, the man languishing in the Del Norte county jail, who had said he wanted to make bail, told Undersheriff James Smallwood, “Just hand me them extradition papers. I’ll sign ‘em and go back to Texas.”

The man was Jasper Leonard Wise, 26, picked up by the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office on a Texas warrant charging forgery. “When I inquired of the sheriff in Borger, Texas, how much the bail would be,” Smallwood said, “he told me Wise had jumped bail once, so it was set at $2,000 per count. I asked how many counts, and he said 60.”

A Texas officer is enroute to Del Norte to get his man. 

Some salmon off limits

Game Warden Otis Wright called attention to a $25 fine paid of a young man of Crescent City in the Klamath justice court for salmon fishing in the closed area at the mouth of the Klamath river.

“Waters of the ocean,” reported Wright, “are off limits for salmon fishing at the mouth of the Smith and Klamath rivers within three miles north or south from a line drawn, three nautical miles due west from the mouth of either river.”



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