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Coastal Voices: Heading north to go south not so bad

The idea of flying to Portland in order to board a southbound non-stop to California markets seems counterintuitive to many and please believe me when I say I understand. Upon further examination, however, it makes much more sense and I’d like to explain why:


Vet Talk: Agent Orange: Dispelling the Myths

Serving in the military is never easy. Veterans have been instilled in the culture of putting it all on the line; blood, sweat, and tears.  

Many of us veterans still bear the scars of our service, some of which are visible while others are only seen in our memories. Many of these hazards were induced due to the situations we faced but some were caused by environmental exposure while serving our great nation.


Coastal Voices: Objections to Friends of Del Norteís claims in push for fishing ban

I would like to respond to the letter referenced in the Del Norte Triplicate article entitled “River activists push for fishing ban.” My point by point response is in italics.

The letter outlined two regulatory proposals they (Friends of Del Norte) believe will help restore the fishery.

First: ban fishing with roe (salmon eggs). The second recommendation: ban fishing above the forks during the months of November and December when salmon are spawning in the mainstem of the river.


Another View: Moon Tribe brings new connectivity to Del Norte

Clouds drift across the moon as a hundred voices howl in homage, welcome to the Moon Tribe Social Circle, the new scene in Crescent City. Founded by Tara Bella, a new resident in the area as a way to meet people in her new home, it has now turned into a grassroots movement of community connections. 

Family friendly meetings have ranged from beach parties with crafts and games, to skill sharing such as soap making or spinning poi, to poetry readings and music circles.


Coastal Voices: Change not always good: Political contacts take time to cultivate

I have been involved in politics in Del Norte County for over 50 years. I always get amused by people running for public offices contending that “Change is Good.” I do not necessarily agree.


Coastal Voices: Bar-O Boys Ranch in need of volunteers

Surrounded by steep, forested hills and a raging river, the rugged Smith River canyon may seem like an unlikely location for a confinement facility.  Bar-O Boys Ranch, a program of the Del Norte County Probation Department, helps minors focus on personal growth and social development.  

Although the wards at Bar-O Boys come from a mostly urban landscape, their life experiences are actually somewhat narrow when it comes to understanding possibilities.


Coastal Voices: A brief history of a small coastal county and its hospital

I remember when I moved here as a medical wife in 1989, learning about ER call coverage. Physicians with hospital privileges were required to take calls at the hospital. It wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity. ER physicians lived here then, and physicians provided backup.Those on-call days were hard with full office schedules but most physicians joined with others for call coverage so they could sleep the rest of the time. Sutter had come in to manage, eventually building Sutter Coast Hospital.The Hospital District became the Health Care District when Seaside Hospital closed.


Coastal Voices: ONRW would stop mining near Smith, permit requirements already in place

It is important for this community to realize the opportunity of designating the Smith River as California’s first river to be distinguished as an Outstanding National Resource Water. What are the benefits of this designation, and what are the concerns and fears of our community that need to be accurately assessed and addressed? That was the hot topic at the last Board of Supervisor meeting.


Coastal Voices: Cost-benifit of guardrail at U.S. 199 trouble spot

I recently took a drive on Highway (U.S.) 199. It had been about 25 years. The Smith River corridor’s beauty was as distracting as ever. Undoubtedly those distractions have led to a number of accidents over the years. Along with the usual causes, like speeding, DUI, etc., leading to single vehicle accidents along the route, I began to wonder why more guardrails were not placed along certain sections of the road like the one just past the 10 mile marker where too many have gone into the river.


Coastal Voices: What would my grandpa think of 2016

Twenty years ago, I wrote a column about my grandfather for the then Daily Triplicate. It was about a man, age 91, in the last month of his life. 

In the two decades since, I have met a surprising number of people who remembered that piece, acquaintances and strangers telling me how much my story reminded them of their grandparents. I visited a friend years later, and was surprised to find the column clipped out and taped to the refrigerator – about as high of honor a writer can receive, in my opinion.


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