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Tribal Police Officers Collide While Responding to Shots Fired Call

20-50 Police CrashThe lead unit slowed in order to make a U-turn to travel southbound on SR-96. The trailing unit was unable to slow / stop in time. The front of the trailing vehicle struck the left side of the lead vehicle, causing minor injuries to both officers. Read More →

Shedding Light on Problems Along Highway 96

Rod Mendes, director of the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Office of Emergency Services said that over the next few weeks 14 streetlights will be repaired to improve safety in and around Downtown Hoopa. A concurrent project will improve lighting near local business to deter crime./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune A grand total of 14 lights will be installed along the highway and scattered throughout downtown business areas, lighting up parking lots and buildings. Hoopa residents will soon see more lighting in front of Ray’s Food Place, Lucky Bear Casino (LBC), and the Hoopa Tribal Museum. There will also be 12 speed bumps placed strategically throughout this parking lot. Read More →

Hoopa Resident Laura Jordan Graduates UC Davis Medical School

Laura Jordan graduated on May 29, 2014, from U.C.-Medical School. Dr. Laura Jordan has shown through perserverence that childhood dreams can come true./Photo courtesy of Laura JordanIt all started when Laura’s parents, Larry and Angela Jordan, bought their young daughter a toy medical kit. She loved it and always said she wanted to be a doctor. As her dreams began to take shape, Laura was awed when she heard there was a female Native American doctor working at K’ima:w Medical Center (KMC) in Hoopa. Read More →

An Eye on the Future

Laverne Glaze, the elder basket weaver and Karuk activist, shows off a regalia skirt still a work in progress. She reflected, “My life is getting pretty damn short I still need to teach some of these young girls how to sew dresses.”/Photo by Malcolm TerenceGlaze, who spent decades as a promoter and organizer of basketweaving, is now 82 years old and hobbled by arthritis and even occasional difficulty breathing, but she is still working hard with an eye on the future. Read More →

First Baptist Church of Hoopa Ordains New Pastor at Well-Attended Ceremony

Newly-ordained Pastor Ethan “Red Eagle” Lawton, center left, talked with Hoopa Elder Maggie Dickson, center right, after the ceremony on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Hoopa. / Photo by Kristan Korns Lawton said his good friend Caprice Agglof, who helps organize the yearly Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Hoopa, first drew him to Hoopa. “I hadn’t heard of Hoopa until about two years ago,” Lawton said. “I’ll be here for as long as God leads; two years, 10 years…” Read More →

Deadly Roads

Although hardly scientific, on Monday, November 24, the Two Rivers Tribune observed pedestrian traffic at 2 pm in downtown Hoopa. Within five minutes 10 pedestrians were counted within a 200-foot radius of the Hoopa Mini-Mart, half of whom crossed the highway without using either of the two crosswalks. One pedestrian was observed using the crosswalk. Hoopa, Karuk and Yurok lands amount to less than 25 percent of Humboldt County’s total land mass, but these areas were the site of 33 percent of all traffic related fatalities in 2009, and over 50 percent of the county’s fatalities in 2008. Read More →

Willow Creek Resident Promoted to Captain of Eureka Police Department

Brian Stephens has served 16 years with the Eureka Police Department. He worked consistently towards gaining experience and law enforcement achievements throughout the course of his career. Stephens said that being promoted to captain of the EPD is a humbling experience./Photo by Rhonda Bigovich, Two Rivers TribuneStephens gave a wide grin and said, “When I was a young kid I wanted to play baseball. I kind of held onto that dream until I was a senior in high school, then I realized that even though I was good, I wasn’t Major League material.” Read More →

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 →