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Time to step up or step down

This really isn’t that hard to fix.

We’re talking about the latest trumped up stalemate the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors are wringing their hands over — who among them should take one of two seats the county has on the Solid Waste Management Authority.

One seat is occupied now by Supervisor Martha McClure. She accepted it as one of the responsibilities granted her by the voters when she sought county office and all its generous benefits.

Weather info is the same; its location is not

We’ve made some small changes to make sure our readers get important information in a timely manner. It also means more efficient production in getting the Del Norte Triplicate into your hands.

Making room for more of your views

 When it comes to local issues or politics, I prefer to be exposed to a good mix of diverse opinions. I don’t believe I’m that much different than most folks. That’s how adults make intelligent decisions about important issues.

Newsroom Dispatch: Still here and loving what I do

It was a bittersweet end to last week. The Saturday paper had been “put to bed,” and I had just one task left on my to-do list. On my computer I opened the layout template for page A4. Where letters and op-eds go, the page was blank. But the text at the bottom right, with the words of the First Amendment and below that the masthead and subscription policy, is kept on the template because it never changes. Or at least, nearly never.

Your community, your newspaper

Got a new year’s resolution?

May we suggest one?

Whether you’ve got a copy of the paper in front of you or you’re browsing online, consider the fact that you must care about what people have to say in the Triplicate or you wouldn’t be reading it.

That’s as it should be — this is your community newspaper. It’s not just a place to find professional reporting on local news and sports. It’s also Del Norte’s magazine, yearbook, bulletin board, shopper and town hall forum.  

Your vote makes a big difference

Editor’s note: This op-ed, penned by John D. Alexander, Del Norte County Registrar of Voters from 1978 to 1999, was originally printed in the May 28, 1980, Triplicate. In addition to Alexander’s list of close races below, Del Norte voters more recently saw a local contest, for Harbor Commission, that was so close it was decided by a roll of the dice after ultimate winner James Ramsey and incumbent Gary Young tied with 2,499 votes apiece in 2008. 

Your vote does make a difference, and history bears witness to these instances.

Supervisor Gitlin must salvage his term on board, if he can

Nothing has attracted more attention in letters sent to the Triplicate during the past several months than the issue of whether Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin is being disenfranchised by Board of Supervisors Chairman David Finigan.

Supervisor Gitlin made the case in a Coastal Voices op-ed last week (“Prayer: It’s about due process, abuse of power,” Aug. 21) that Chairman Finigan has consistently and deliberately denied the supervisor’s right to place items on the board’s agenda, including a declaration of support for forming the state of Jefferson and placing signs on county borders welcoming veterans. The most recent conflict has been over the supervisor’s proposal to introduce nondenominational prayers at board meetings.   

Editor's Note: A time of many changes in the Triplicate newsroom

Please pardon our dust. 

2014 has been a year of major change in the Triplicate newsroom. Longtime crime, courts and prison reporter Anthony Skeens left in February, and editor Richard Wiens wasn’t the only Wiens who left for Hawaii in April — his wife Laura, our Neighbors and Coming Attractions page editor, community calendar guru and able typist of letters to the editor, left with him. By the end of April, we found ourselves short-staffed by 40 percent in the midst of a hopping local election season. 

E&P: Appreciating Del Norte a matter of perspective

A disassembled sea serpent lies beyond my front door.

Three big rocks in the Pacific, seemingly strewn at random.

E&P: New wave to catch; an election to cover

This isn’t what I’d intended.

The plan was to finish my career at the Triplicate, then someday retire right here between the redwoods and the sea where the housing is affordable, the traffic almost nonexistent and the hiking trails unpopulated.

Instead, Laura and I are moving to a place where the housing is overpriced, the traffic is congested and the hiking trails are … popular.

Isn’t life strange?


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