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Government takes a lot of justifiable heat for being unresponsive to its constituents. So, when local politicians disprove that thesis, it’s worth appreciating.

We have been getting a lot of concerned questions about progress with vaccinations in our County. This seems like a good time to explain and update the facts from the ground level. The biggest problem has been the data that is needed to track the vaccines and monitor every part of the proces…

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our valuable friend and supporter, Ruth Rhodes for her personal account on how the Library has helped her. If you would like to contribute to our Library Love campaign by sharing your story with us, send us a message by writing us at info@delnortecountylibr…

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I received the Triplicate in the mail today and found the ad on the back of section A that showed a photo of a man wearing a mask with an exhalation valve. This kind of mask protects the wearer only and no one else. It is NOT recommended by the CDC.  

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We thought a brief update from Public Health was a good idea. Last week, our county qualified to move back to the less restrictive Red Tier. This means that some businesses can reopen at limited capacity and not try to conduct business outdoors (not a good option in Del Norte during the wint…

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When I was a young man growing up in rural Oregon, there was a term for people like me: “gun nut.” 

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The Del Norte County Library strives to provide programs and services to be of an impact and a bright spot in your day. Today, we thank our friend and patron, Kendra, for her kind words about our library. If you would like to contribute to our Library Love campaign by sharing your story with…

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There have been a lot of questions this last month about vaccination, and we mentioned last month that we wanted to do a weekly note for a while. That did not happen, and we apologize, but it was not through lack of intent. We have been a bit busy.

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One of the interesting parts of working during a global pandemic, especially in 2020 and 2021 with the technology we now have, is being able to be in more places than ever before — without ever leaving my home or my desk.

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Do you have a library card? Even though the Del Norte County Library is closed, we are still offering services and this is one of them. No matter how old or young you are, you can benefit from our free resources, media and books. Your first library card at the library is free if you are a re…

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With the new year, we want to bring some news about COVID. This is the first bulletin of 2021. We had all hoped that we would never need to post a bulletin for this year, but we clearly need to keep everyone updated.

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I have to admit, I almost feel sorry for old 2020. It’s been catching a lot of hate these days, and not without cause. Of course, the year we call 2020 - with the obligatory eye-roll - isn’t an actual force unto itself, just a measure of time, one of the handy concepts we use to create a sen…

We have been getting a lot of calls about vaccines for COVID in Del Norte. We think it would be good to give a brief update. Like all the counties in California, we are gearing up, and are tackling the problem of vaccinating the groups of people that need to get vaccinated first. Our main go…

In Oregon, the Klamath Basin wildlife refuges have fallen into their winter silence now. The huge, clamorous flocks of geese that fill the sky during migration have moved south.  

The North State is in a state of emergency. COVID-19 cases are rising, hospitalizations are reaching record highs and new deaths are reported daily. We need to respond quickly to protect our community from this growing, devastating threat.

The unavoidable fact that one of the NFC East’s four terrible teams is going to make the playoffs this season as a National Football League division winner is a travesty. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Football Team have four of the worst win-loss rec…

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The North State is in a state of emergency. COVID-19 cases are rising, hospitalizations are reaching record highs and new deaths are reported daily. We need to respond quickly to protect our community from this growing, devastating threat.

The new statewide plan for stay at home has just been released. I shouldn’t really say new, because it is not new in concept, we have been in shelter in place before. What is new is the way it's going to happen.

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In Germany in the 1930s, there was what was called the “big lie.” The theory was if you said it often enough and loud enough, people would believe it. This is what has been frothing forth from 1600 Penn. Ave., AKA Black Lives Matter Avenue for the last four years concerning voter fraud. It i…

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Just to keep everyone in the loop, we continued to have high case numbers last week, and through the weekend. The disease movement has picked up quite dramatically for us, and the workload of reaching out to cases has increased as well. We have asked for state support for case investigation …

By now, most of you who have been following the COVID developments in our county have realized that we have seen a big (for us) jump in case counts, with over 50 cases in about two weeks. If you are really following local events, you know that cases in the surrounding counties have also pick…

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Something occurred out of the ordinary course of business at the Oct. 27 Healthcare District Meeting. It was not on the agenda, but the directors were already familiar with it, judging by the lack of questions. I attended via Zoom teleconferencing link, as the only member of the public to ca…

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When I had a problem with my faucet and sink, I called a plumber. When I had trouble with my lights, I called an electrician. When I kept getting attacked by rabid raccoons, I called animal control who promptly told me, “Sorry, buddy, you are on your own.” My point is, I want a specialist fo…

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Scott Atlas, Trump’s newly minted COVID-19 adviser, is a charlatan posing as knowledgeable in infectious diseases but lacking relevant expertise. Atlas is a radiologist who has been repudiated by 78 of his former colleagues from Stanford Medical School for expressing opinions contrary to med…

People were in a bit of a panic because this new disease COVID-19 was threatening the lives of people. No social gatherings were allowed. Meetings were held on Zoom and other venues. We at Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings had to decide what to do. This was to be our first major fundraiser…

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As we deal with the disruption of our lives by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re also now watching so much of Oregon, Washington, and California burn on an unprecedented scale. Records keep being broken across the west (130° Death Valley, 121° Los Angeles) as well as dramatic temperature swings w…

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Thank God we have serious people in this society who will keep us safe from evil influences like the Paw Patrol and Superman.

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July brings with it thoughts of celebrating our freedom and independence. This year, with unrest taking on many different forms around the world and trying to impress us like modern-day Goliaths, it’s more important than ever to think about who we really are, how that affects our freedom, an…

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During the public health crisis of COVID-19, it’s understandable to feel concerned. We look around and see the increasing number of cases, the canceled events, the closed schools, and we can’t help but worry for the health of ourselves and our families. 

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“Black lives matter” is only half the story. The whole story is that all lives matter. Most intelligent Americans, black or white, are or seek to be colorblind. And those of us, black or white, support efforts for the equality of all people. So those of us who are or seek the erasing of colo…

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I was a member of the Communist Party of the U.S.A. from 1993 to 1996. 

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Here on earth we can send human beings into outer space to the moon in relative comfort but we can't send displaced human beings to shelter here on earth in relative comfort. 

In “Supervisors vote to open Walker Road” in the Triplicate’s April 24 edition, Del Norte County Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen is quoted as saying, “Walker Road is known mostly by locals.”

My brief but “spectacular” career as a small-town newspaper writer came to an abrupt end last week due to the present uncontrollable circumstances.

Dear Editor, We always look forward to the annual Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. It’s always fun and the best place to see your friends and business people you maybe just get to see there once a year.

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Editor, I recently went through a very hard and emotional task of having to bury my father at the local cemetery in Crescent City. My mother and father’s headstone is located on the very far west side of the Catholic section.

Often when the calendar flips over to a “New Year,” people find themselves making New Year’s resolutions. And, by now, people are looking back to see how many resolutions they’ve been able to keep. For many, this looks like items affecting diet, exercise, altering habits. These resolutions a…