Triplicate Staff

Arduous trip to starting line

Crescent City resident Harry "Mac" McCluskey, his son and a few other military vehicle enthusiasts have successfully made it to the starting point for an epic convoy on the Alaska Highway.

"All went well on the nine-vehicle convoy from Crescent City to Dawson Creek (British Columbia)," Mac wrote on his blog,

If all goes as planned, the 80-plus vehicles and more than 200 participants will start their 4,100-mile journey this morning celebrating the 70th anniversary of the important roadway.

The Alaska Highway (a.k.a. Al-Can highway) was built in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in order to provide added military protection to the northern West Coast.

For the group that passed through or embarked from Crescent City, Wednesday started off with welcomed showers after four days and 1,200 miles on the road without shower or bath facilities, just to get to the starting point.

"Today our convoy of 60 plus rigs went to an event; we were strung out over a mile. The scenery through rural farmland was beautiful.We convoyed to the town of Rolla, population 100, where we helped them celebrate their 100-year anniversary. The city fathers organized a celebration and we seemed to be the "main" attraction," the Wednesday blog entry said. "People lined the streets waving. They put on a first class barbecue for us. Even the church choir entertained us!"

- Adam Spencer

Authorities' 'Night Out'

Local law enforcement agencies will be celebrating National Night Out - an event to socialize and learn more about crime prevention awareness from officers - at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

The Crescent City Police Department, Del Norte Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, Yurok Tribe, Del Norte Search and Rescue and state and national park rangers will be present to answer questions and enlighten anyone wanting to know how to keep a neighborhood safer.

Equipment and law enforcement cars will be on display and hot dogs and soda pop will be provided.

The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

- Anthony Skeens

Chesbro and tribal health

The Affordable Care Act allows Native American health programs to bring in doctors to practice at tribal clinics when they are not licensed in the state where the clinic is located, as long as they are licensed in another state.

Now Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation authored by North Coast Assemblyman Wes Chesbro that changes California law so that it aligns with the new federal law.

"Rural communities in California suffer from a chronic shortage of health care providers. This is especially severe in communities that depend on tribal health care clinics. Tribal clinics are open to all members of the community, not just members of the tribe, and are an important part of our health-care delivery network in rural California, particularly for low-income families," Chesbro said in a press release.

"According to the Health Affairs Journal, President Obama's Affordable Care Act will result in 3.4 million more Californians gaining health insurance by 2016," Chesbro went on. "Many rural California residents who previously did not have access to health care will be insured, and it is vital we have enough providers to serve them."

- Emily Jo Cureton