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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 →

Trespass Marijuana Plantations Wreak Havoc in Trinity Alps Wilderness

Army, National Guard and other law enforcement officers prepare to load the helicopter with irrigation line, garbage and a few remnant marijuana plants./Photos by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneThe sites encompass habitat of the federally endangered coho salmon, federally threatened northern spotted owl and the Pacific fisher, which was recently proposed for listing as federally threatened. Scientific data conclusively proves how pollution from illegal marijuana cultivation has further degraded habitat quality for each species and how bioaccumulating rodenticides, common to illegal cultivation sites, continue to negatively affect the northern spotted owl and Pacific fisher. Read More →

Somes Bar Builder Tries Old Methods To Build Houses of the Future

Dillon Creasy built frame of massive timbers, all cut from local trees, after the foundation and floor slab were poured. The next step would be the construction of thick walls packed with straw infused with a wet clay slurry./Photo courtesy of Dillon Creasy.  Creasy says that homes built with the same methods in Europe 800 years ago are still in use. The straw content of the walls would make them seem vulnerable to rot and fire but the infusion of the clay slurry just before the packing stage adds durability. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: Mount Mazama

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon./Photo courtesy of wikimedia commonsThe destruction of Mount Mazama, which created Crater Lake about 7,500 years ago was witnessed by the Klamath Indians of Oregon. One of their legends recounts when two chiefs, Llao of the below world and Skell of the above world were pitted in a battle which ended up in the destruction of Llao’s home; Mount Mazama. Read More →

Home Town Heroes: Wildland Firefighters Part XII

Women firefighters are very common to see in the firefighting world, not just as office personal but out on the firelines, in engines and on hand crews. Felicia Luna is optimistic about growing her career. She’s working toward promotions and soaking up all the fire knowledge available to her./Photo courtesy of Felicia Luna “I have worked hard to become a lead firefighter, but I am not in a rush. I’m trying to learn as much as I can to become a better firefighter,” Luna said. “I didn’t ever think about what I was doing or what my job entailed until I was on my first fire.” Read More →

Students Rally for Diversity at HSU

“There is something about the drum that certainly brings all our collective energies together to be cast out to the people,” Lonyx Landry said. Within minutes, over 50 students, faculty and local Native American tribal members surrounded a dormant drum lying underneath the overhang of Humboldt State’s University Center. Read More →

Heroin and Meth Packaged for Sale Discovered During Vehicle Investigation

Packaged heroin and meth was discovered during a vehicle investigation at Tish Tang Campground in Hoopa. Officers arrested Hoopa residents Peter Dennis Jackson, age 62, and Healani Langley, age 55, for possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance and other charges including resisting arrest. 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 →