From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1969.
Unloading operations of the Pacific Undersea Garden was started just off the old Dutton dock. Two hours later, the success of the unloading was reported.
The undersea garden floated free from the barge on the incoming high tide. The garden was then to be moved away and the barge refloated.
Dredging for the garden’s permanent location was to start next, according to Darold Richcreek, harbor master. Harbor district personnel assisted in the unloading operations.
We get park headquarters!
Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel advised Congressman Don Clausen of the selection of the Redwood National Park Administrative Headquarters in Crescent City.
Secretary Hickel lauded local officials for their role in bringing about a meeting of the minds on this project.
With the Redwood National Park established in the most northern portion of the state of California and Port Reyes National Seashore located near San Francisco, a unique opportunity exists for linking California’s beautiful redwood parks and state beaches into a coordinated state-national park and seashore recreational package in redwood country that will benefit millions of park visitors, Hickel added.
Attorney James R. Hooper, who pointed out that the site selection is a part of the overall planning of the Tri-Agency, submitted the city’s offer of the land for the headquarters in conferences in Washington on May 20-21.
A prickly problem
A Del Norte sheriff’s deputy responded to a petty theft complaint in which 15 cactus plants were reported taken from an address on McNamara Avenue.
Upon searching the neighborhood, the deputy found two very small boys and a girl who had taken the plants, saying “a man had told them they could have them.”
Realizing the youngsters were too young to fully comprehend the Miranda Warning and the seriousness of what taking things that didn’t belong to one could lead to, the deputy decided that perhaps “field justice” would suffice.
After listening intently while the deputy explained why taking things was wrong, one of the little boys looked with a serious look on his face and said, “Yes sir! You are right. My mommy and daddy said you policemen are our friends. You take those plants back to where we got them — they really ow!”
The deputy ended his report with this note: Case closed, all three promised to be good in the future. Besides, it is this officer’s opinion that this department has gained three staunch friends.
The Gasquet Fire Protection District is unique in that the majority of the members are women.
It is to be commended for all the energy and interest that all of its members give to the organization, which is constantly endeavoring to better the services offered to the community.