Forks of Salmon

Hoopa Talks Drugs and Tough Topics at Crowded Community Meeting

“We need to look at ways to get to the root of the problem. What’s putting our people in the system? The system is broken,” Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairwoman, Danielle Vigil-Masten said in her introductory remarks. “…It has become the norm to think it’s okay to break the law. But in our culture, there was no part for it. It never existed. There is no place in our basket for it. It all comes down to choices. For every choice there is a consequence.” Read More →

Karuk Winter Youth Camp: Artisans and Oral Tradition…Say What?

Despite the roads, Rosie, 8, and Susanna, 11, Quim came from Yreka because their Grandma Blanche Moore brought them. Asked what they’d like to learn about during the camp, they both started talking animatedly: “We wanna learn Karuk stories!” “Yep!” Read More →

A River Runs Through Us

The Karuk Tribe and two other Orleans-based groups invited their neighbors last week for an update on the condition of the Klamath River and also to share a supper of venison stew. It was preaching to the faithful and to newcomers alike. More than 100 people attended. Read More →

Karuk Food Workshops and Youth Groups

Ten different agencies, among which are the Yurok, Karuk, and Klamath Basin Tribes, as well as UC Berkeley and the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, have joined forces to combat what is deemed by the USDA as our “food insecurity,” that is, the shortage of physical and economical access to nutritional foods at all times. Read More →

Humboldt County Moves to Supplement Hoopa Ambulance with $200,000

Faced with the imminent closure of one of K’ima:w Medical Center’s two ambulance bases, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed to provide $200,000 to help keep two fully-staffed ambulances operating in Eastern Humboldt. Read More →

Smoke Barely Cleared, Prep Starts for Next Fire

As soon as this summer’s fires were over and river folk had even wearied of talking about them, many locals switched to their second favorite topic, what to do about next year’s fires. Read More →

Looking Back: Firestorm on the Rivers

The first fire call came at 5:15 p.m. on the last Monday of July. David Markin was normally the number-two man in fire at the US Forest Service in Orleans, but on that windy afternoon he was the ranking officer. He grabbed a truck and a fire engine with a crew of three and headed down to the brushy area at the mouth of Camp Creek. The situation was instantly clear, 5-10 acres ablaze and 15-25-foot flames racing through a grassy area and hitting the timber. Read More →

Salmon River Stories: Remembering Willis Conrad

The smell of smoke still gets me. Not smoke from a woodstove or a campfire. That smells like comfort and coffee in the morning. It’s drift smoke that stirs me up. It’s smoke from a fire in the forest. Memories tattooed into the brain by adrenalin seem to be the strongest. Read More →