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Pages of History: State board okays a dam on Klamath

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

The State Water Rights Board has granted a water rights permit on the Klamath River to the California Oregon Power Company for its proposed Iron Gate Dam.

The move was hailed by local citizens as a boon to the county. The dam will serve for both power and flood control, thus lessening flood danger in the Klamath area. Sportsmen too have cause to celebrate, since terms of the permit require measures for protection of the river wildlife.

Under the permit granted by the water rights board, COPCO will maintain minimum stream flows sufficient to sustain fish life as recommended by the Department of Fish and Game.

The department was instrumental in getting the federal power commission to order the company to build the dam to regulate the stream, which has fluctuated in such a manner as to cause frequent fish kills and endanger human life on the Klamath below the existing COPCO dam.

Vandals set tugs adrift

Theft and vandalism in the Klamath River resulted in more than $30,000 damage to property of the Stoller Tugboat Company.

Three tugs were cut from their moorings and set adrift. A fourth tug and an outboard motor were stolen and taken upriver.

The Crescent City Coast Guard patrol boat CG-834-12 was called to the scene and worked until nearly noon towing the three tugs from banks near the mouth of the river where they had washed ashore. The super-structure of two of the tugs was gone.

The motorboat was found upriver from the boat docks a short way downstream from the tug that had been stolen and beached on the sandbar. The rudder was torn from the tug. The Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard are continuing the investigation.

Store to get fire station

The Fort Dick Fire Protection District awaits only purchase of a fire siren before setting up a substation at the Lake Earl store.

Irv Hardleben, proprietor of the store, said fire extinguishers are being sold at the store to pay for the needed siren. “These extinguishers,” Hardleben said, “are suitable for  use in a home, vehicle or any place where there is any likelihood of a fire. They are highly effective, safe to use and non-poisonous to food.”

Store facilities and all other necessary equipment of the substation has been obtained.

Half-pound egg

The chickens looked out over the glorious expanse of Del Norte County and saw things really big, the world’s largest redwoods and the greatest ocean churning away along her shores.

One of these chickens thought “what the heck!” So she just sat down and laid what many believe may be the world’s biggest and most unusual hen egg, weighing a half-pound.

Measuring 9 inches around the long way and 8 inches the short way, inside the egg was a huge white and yolk and in the center of that mess was another perfectly shaped “extra large” hard shelled egg, an egg within an egg!

Reach Nita Phillips at nphillips.triplicate.com

 


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