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Pages of History: Sometimes dog bites were newsworthy

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

An old newspaper saw goes like this: “When a dog bites a man, that’s not news. But, when a man bites a dog, that’s news!”

This bit, told to cub reporters to impress upon them some phases of newsworthiness, doesn’t always hold true.

Take the case of the zealous Del Norte County sealer of weights and measures, dog-pound master, etc. He also is active in Civil Defense and hurriedly reporting for duty in one of last week’s tidal wave alerts, stopped at his office late at night to grab raingear.

Seems he has a watchdog who is just as zealous about duty as his master. Master didn’t bite, but the dog did.

Now, all this isn’t necessarily newsworthy, but L. G. Garrett, poundmaster, who has some responsibilities concerning rabid dogs, did prove that he practices what he preaches. He immediately rushed to Seaside for some shots, just in case!

Tidal wave invades city

Shaken by the tremors of a South American earthquake, the waters of the Pacific bunched up during the noon hour Monday, May 23, and rolled into the southeastern portion of Crescent City on the crest of a 13-foot tidal wave. 

An additional surge just after midnight in the early moments of Tuesday brought the waters into the city again on a lesser scale. 

While the tidal wave covered only a small area, it brought along and left thousands of tons of logs and debris

Shifting sands of harbor

Army engineers began an emergency survey of Crescent City harbor yesterday, May 31, to determine if federal disaster funds should be used for immediate dredging of a huge mass of mud, silt and sand from the port, all of which was moved into the harbor by the recent prolonged tidal wave surges. This survey is expected to take three days. 

Preliminary soundings sponsored by the Crowley Company have shown the deposit to be 12 feet deep in some parts of the harbor. Vincent Hills, general manager of the Oil Terminals Company, said that daily soundings indicate that the silt has not yet settled and depths are changing with the tides. 

According to the soundings to date, and unless the silt moves in, there are no indications that a lumber barge would be in trouble at Citizens Dock. Port authorities could not be certain, however, that a loaded lumber barge could go from the inner harbor to the outer harbor without encountering difficulties.

The inner harbor handles all of Crescent City’s oil imports, and approximately one-fourth of the port’s lumber exports. 

Expect some low-flying jets

The 777th ACW squadron, U.S. Air Force, will play host at an open house for all citizens of Del Norte County on Armed Forces Day, May 21.

Guests will be able to observe all operations of the squadron, and how these operations affect local air defense. A tour will also be given through the station housing area, on which construction was completed in summer of 1959.

A flight of F-101 “Voodoos” from Kingsley Field at Klamath Falls will make a low-flyover at Crescent City, Klamath and the Air Force Station.

 

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