Update on Hwy 96 Paving and Construction In Hoopa

Local residents have voiced concerns about the current road conditions on Highway 96 in Hoopa. Many sections of the highway currently have grooved pavement, and contain several drops (bumps)./Photo by Teresa Mitchell, Two Rivers Tribune.“We’ve listened to the concerns of local residents and have instructed the contractor to apply cold mix to some of the ramps in the project area in order to make transitions smoother for motorists. That was done Wednesday. The project at hand has included unanticipated challenges: The asphalt plant the contractor utilized for materials encountered delays in production which pushed the completion date beyond summer, and then inclement weather conditions have pushed the completion date back even further. We understand that conditions have not been ideal and as community members ourselves, we know how frustrating this can be. We will continue to fine-tune our collaborative efforts with our contractors. We look forward to continuing collaboration with the community and tribe to enhance safety and traveling comfort,” Myles Cochrane, Public Information Officer for Caltrans said. Read More →

Community Discusses Solutions to Public Safety Problems

More than 100 people gathered in Hoopa on Tuesday, February 16 to discuss their growing public safety concerns./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing WriterMore than 100 people gathered in Hoopa last Tuesday, February 16 to discuss their growing public safety concerns. The community’s cry for help came on the heels of a violent homicide that claimed the life of 30-year-old Rodger Allan Yale at the Hoopa Mini Mart on the morning of Saturday, February 13. Read More →

Tribal Council Supports Hawaiian Cultural Exchange

Hoopa Tribal Police Chief Bob Kane spoke in favor of the next two motions on the agenda; the purchase of a $6,500 narcotics detection canine, and four weeks of dog-handling school for Sergeant Matt Spallino. Read More →

Tribal Council Votes ‘No’ on Water Rate Increase

Regular users in the Hoopa Valley currently get 10,000 gallons of water for $16 per month and elders get 5,000 gallons for $11. Customers in the rest of Humboldt County typically pay over three times the money for that amount of water. Read More →

Hoopa Tribe Delays District Attorney Endorsement

Although the Council declined to endorse her—they said they would like to hear from all of the candidates before endorsing anyone—they entertained a 30-minute impromptu question and answer session that ended with applause from the audience. Firpo, a Humboldt County Native, is currently Deputy District Attorney with the Humboldt County Office. She prosecutes a multitude of felony cases and said she sees that the eastern Humboldt County communities needs more outreach. Read More →

Council Members Get New Digs, Roads Department Gets Ready to Dig

The Council members’ new digs put them and their Executive Secretary just down the hall from the Chairperson’s office, instead of being scattered in several locations throughout the building. The Tribe’s Roads Department is also getting ready for new digs; three road projects involving heavy excavation activities along the Caltrans right-of-way on Highway 96. Read More →

Hoopa Tribal Council Votes to Add 28 Members to Roll

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council voted on Thursday, December 5, to add 28 people to the tribe’s membership roll and to allow two tribal members to relinquish their membership. Read More →

Sworn to Serve

Kristen Raymond, right, performed the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Tribal Councilmember Byron Nelson Jr., second from right, on Monday, November 25 as the Chairperson and Council looked on. Nelson represents the Mesket Field District after winning the special election held on Friday, November 15. / Photo by Kristan Korns, Two Rivers Tribune Read More →