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Learning to Burn Again

Scott Harding ignites ground fuels with a drip torch at Pearch Creek in Orleans. Agencies, tribes and non-profits sponsored the exercise to build fuels reduction skills in the region. Earlier, Harding was part of a crew that burned the part of his own property that had not burned in last summer’s Butler Fire. Photo by Stormy Staats, Klamath-Salmon Media Collaborative. The burn plans were signed and all the permits finally granted. The crews, packing tools and wearing fire gear, gathered along Gold Dredge Road in Orleans. Firelines were in place. Then they waited, ironically, for the morning dew to dry. Read More →

Merkie Oliver Shares the Old Days, Old Ways, With Visiting Friends

Merkie Oliver jumps center in an old photo from the mid-1950s. The picture was from an old film clip and repurposed for a tee shirt by his friends Thomas Dunklin, the Arcata photographer, and Brian Tripp, the Orleans-based artist and Karuk ceremony singer. When his two friends entered the room, Merkie Oliver, the storied Yurok fisherman, straightened his back and broke into a huge smile. It was not the easiest thing to straighten in the hospital style bed where he, by his own estimate, had been confined too long. Read More →

Bear Activity on the Rise

The Black Bear population is Humboldt County has been determined to be stable, not increasing nor decreasing. Wildlife Biologist Dave Lancaster said, currently there are approximately four migrating bears per square mile./Photo courtesy of Pamela Mattz “He comes everyday at this point.” Mattz said. “And he plows through everything. He cleans everything, and he will stand there and stare at me. I watch for as long as I can before he freaks me out. I don’t know if he was going to attack or what he might do. Although he seems really mellow, he still is a wild animal.” Read More →

Acquiring Skills in a Good Way

NDN Center staff from left to right: Thomas Gordon, Erika Chase, Ginger Rogers and Lea Pratt./Photo courtesy of Ginger RogersEarlier that morning, Rogers had reeled through Hupa words for human anatomy in a class of seventh graders at Hoopa Elementary school. The students circled around her slapped their knees, pointed to their eyes, ears, mouth and heads over and over, never once wearying of the repetition. Some shouted, while others mouthed silently. Sometimes they had the right body part, and sometimes not. They all tried, and they got better even just in a few minutes time. Read More →

History Deeper Than a Thousand Walnut Roots

Nicole Ammon tells the stories that make up her family history, mostly surrounding the ranch house she recently restored./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneHe also frequented the Indian School in Hupa and was well-liked according to historical accounts found in the Susie Baker Fountain Papers at Humboldt State University. Nicolé said it became too difficult for Fountain to transport goods and supplies over the old single-file mule bridge so he decided to build a bridge that could support motorized vehicles. Read More →

Hoopa Woman Survives Collision with Drunk Driver

Jill Sherman-Warne was hit by a drunk driver in January on a southern California freeway. She is making progress in her recovery and is thankful for all of the positive messages of support and encouragement. Her  will to survive and heal has amazed doctors, friends and family./Photo courtesy  of Jill Sherman-Warne. “Usually it’s the other way around the one under the influence survives and the sober one dies,” Sherman-Warne’s son Troy Fletcher Jr., said. The entire left side of Sherman’s body was crushed. Her arms, legs and hips all had compound fractures that protruded from her skin. Read More →

Gateway to Higher Education

20-18 Gates ScholarsTwo Hoopa High Students have applied and were awarded the prestigious GATES Millennium Scholarship (GMS). This award is more than the average scholarship; it’s a program that follows students through their college career. Read More →

In Loving Memory: Sylvia Viola Mace

Born February 7, 1927 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Robert and Irene Johnson; passed away April 7, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Ca. with family at her side. Sylvia and her husband moved to Eureka Ca in 1946, they then moved to Orleans in 1956 where she raised her family and remained until passing. She did many varied things in her life but ultimately she was a housewife and mother. Read More →