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Pages of History: Warning about Klamath dams by late-1960s

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1963.

Construction of dams and reservoirs on the Lower Klamath River could take place in the late-1960s, the Hoopa Tribal council was warned Friday night. Warning the council was Donald Kennedy, Weaverville attorney.

Prior to last week, water from the Klamath and Trinity rivers was not expected to be needed before 1982 for heavily populated central and Southern California areas, Kennedy said. However, California’s loss last week of the California-Arizona suit over Colorado River water may speed up developments on the Klamath, he added.

Storr to go on overseas study

Ursula Storr, Crescent City, is one of seven Humboldt State College students selected for admission to the newly established study abroad program of the California State Colleges.

The Humboldt students will be among 100 students from 17 campuses of the California State College system who will participate in the opening semester of the program. Universities in France, Germany, and Spain will act as “hosts” to the Cal-State students.    

A real pioneer of a business

The Brizard organization, now observing its 100th year of service in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, is a real pioneer and a part of the history of the two counties.

For Del Norters, the Brizard history goes back to the days when Requa was the hub of activity on the Klamath and travelers were ferried across the river. The present manager of the Brizard store in Klamath, Buster Meng, joined the firm in the Requa store.

Brizard’s Klamath store was erected in the town of Klamath upon completion of the Douglas Memorial bridge in 1927 and has served continuously since, except for a few weeks while a new store was built to replace the one lost in the December 1955 flood.

It’s a business that has withstood the test of time, a moving town, and disastrous flood, not to mention the changing tides of business conditions, and still is a progressive, active member of the communities it serves. It rightly deserves congratulations upon its centennial anniversary. We salute the A. Brizard organization.

Planting fish in Smith

The California department of Fish and Game has been directed by the state legislature to take over the job of planting fish on the Smith River, a job that was ignored by the department and undertaken this year by the Del Norte Rod and Gun club.

The Senate committee on Fish and Game today unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Assemblyman Frank Belotti and Assemblywoman Pauline Davis and already approved by the Assembly. The resolution commends the Del Norte Rod and Gun club for the program it had initiated and directs Fish and Game to assume responsibility for the continuation of the plantings. The measure is expected to prevail in the Senate also.

Plywood mill rolling again

Another indication of a brightening lumber industry picture came here this week with the reopening of the Lund plywood mill, shut down since last September.

Northcrest Plywood Company on Lake Earl Drive has leased the Lund Mill and Monday started producing finished plywood panels there.

Twenty-five workers have been employed for the mill and another 15–20 are to be added later, said William Riggert, Northcrest manager. 

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