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Pages of History: ‘Ship Ashore’ makes final journey

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1965:

It was perhaps the mightiest moving day of them all. While spirals of black smoke sifted up from its crawler tractors straining to tug the S.S. Castle Rock or Ship Ashore, as she is known by tourists, history was slowly being made in Del Norte County on Tuesday, March 30.

Chuck Thielen, manager of the tourist attraction, once located ¼ mile from its U.S. 101 location, played the role of expectant father awaiting the “berth” of a new offspring.


Letters to the Editor April 16, 2015

Picking McClure would be ethical violation

I attended last Thursday’s Local Transportation Commission meeting to verify what I had heard through the grapevine — that Supervisor Martha McClure had applied for a $34,000 contract to be the project manager for the state-funded Safe Routes to Schools program. Although I had never previously attended any of the obscure LTC meetings, it was confirmed there that Ms. McClure was the recommended choice by Director Tamera Leighton. 


Coastal Voices: Enforce, set limits on PWC use

Within the past two years, a handful of people have begun riding their personal watercraft (PWC) at South Beach in and among swimmers and surfers — often at high speeds while using the waves as ramps to jump into the air. While this might be exciting to watch from shore, it can be unnerving and leave you concerned for your safety if you are in the water and within close proximity to them. 

One would never imagine someone riding an ATV through the Kid Town or Brother Johnathan playgrounds. But that is essentially what I watched last October as four operators launched their personal watercraft (PWC) at South Beach while my wife and I played with our two children in the surf. Not only did they launch their craft within 10 feet of us, they left their hand trailer floating in the water, forcing my family and I to move down the beach to avoid the trailer that was floating unattended. My wife and I observed for the next hour the four operators of the PWCs zip around in the surf zone that was also being used by swimmers and surfers. The PWCs kept coming back and forth from the surf zone to the shore every 10 minutes to take a break on shore, each time launching around swimmers and surfers and zipping out to open water. When it became clear that the PWCs were not going to be leaving us alone to enjoy the water with our family without worrying about being run over by the constant launching and re-launching from shore, we packed our family up and went home.


Letters to the Editor April 14, 2015

Jet Skiers will respect others and environment 

This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Rick Smith (“Jet Skiers will ruin weekend for others,” April 9) regarding the local Jet Ski gathering that will be hosted on the weekend of April 17–19. 

First, let me clarify: This is a gathering of friends and family — not an organized “event.” Several of the local residents have simply invited some of their out-of-town friends and family to join them at the beach that weekend to enjoy a few days of fun surfing the waves. We love our hometown, and we are excited and proud to show our friends and family all our beautiful area has to offer. 


Coastal Voices: Jet Ski riders will respect community

I write this letter to provide you with some information in regard to having Jet Ski recreational riders and competitors at Crescent City. I am the promoter and creator of one of the premier Jet Ski competitions in the nation, called the Grayland Open, that is held annually in Grayland, Wash., near the fishing community of Westport, Wash. The town is very similar to Crescent City in many ways. I started the competition in 2009 as a small competition between friends. Fast forward to 2015 and this event has grown to become one of the largest competitions of its kind in the western United States and brings riders and spectators from all parts of the world. One of the main reasons that this event has grown over the years is due to a community that embraces the sport and the wonderful people that are involved in the sport. Freeriders are respectful and do not want to cause problems amongst other people. We go where we are welcomed and that’s where we spend our money. I know it can be difficult to understand the impact that you can have by just welcoming this community of riders into your community. Let me give you some examples of what one Jet Ski event in Grayland has done for the community. 

 


Letters to the Editor April 11, 2015

Watercraft users show little regard for others

Hello. My name is Lori Ridgway, and I live in Crescent City with my husband and two young children, ages 6 and 3. At the south end of town on Highway 101 there is a designated bathing beach called South Beach, one of Crescent City’s finest natural attractions. The problem is within the past couple of years the beachgoers, surfers, stand-up paddle boarders, boogie boarders, kids playing in the waves, even animals have been unable to enjoy freely in a peaceful and positive way.


Letters to the Editor April 9, 2015

Support music education in LCAP

On behalf of the students of the Del Norte County Unified School District’s elementary schools, I would like to thank Lynn McKenna and the Redwood Coast Music Festivals for donating a trumpet to our music program. Since we have many students who are only able to participate in band if they can use a school instrument, adding an instrument to our inventory enables more students to join the program. 


Pages of History: Smith River boatsmen hurl gauntlet

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1955:

With only one entry yet listed from Klamath in Sunday’s second annual Smith River boat race sponsored by American Legion Post 712, Smith River boatsmen today tossed the gauntlet to their southern Del Norte County counterparts. 

Recalling that last year “we got walked on plenty,” a statement issued by the sportsmen says, “We dare them to come up for the races ... but our riffles are plenty rugged and those lacking boating skill and river experience should not try to run them.” 


Coastal Voices: Close achievement gap according to local voices

When we really define the academic achievement gap locally, one glaring gap that continues to need attention is the disproportionate graduation rates for American Indian students in Del Norte County, including Yurok students, within the county. The three-year cohort graduation rate in Del Norte for all students is 77.3 percent. For American Indians in Del Norte the three-year cohort graduation rate is 66.3 percent. This is an 11-point difference (or a 15 percent gap in achievement) over the previous three-year cohort graduation rates, according to the DataQuest system at the California Department of Education. Surely the graduation rates for the American Indian student group can be one of the measurements considered in the current Local Control Funding Formula debate occurring this spring in Del Norte’s County’s school district, especially since graduation is one of the primary goals for the K–12 school system.  


Coastal Voices: Are we compassionate or are we enablers?

I have read the recent columns and letters to the editor regarding blight and litter in our neighborhoods. I would like to augment those fine articles by writing about a recent experience I had that is occurring in the shadows of our community: Illegal encampments and the dangers they pose to our health, our safety and our environment.

You may be aware that District 1 County Supervisor Roger Gitlin sponsors a Take a Bite out of Blight Campaign. Mr. Gitlin has exhibited true leadership by organizing and sponsoring such cleanups. A prime example of Mr. Gitlin’s good work is the cleanup around the east parking lot of Walmart, where many of us shop.


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