Mold, Mold and More Mold

Unsafe levels of mold found in modular classrooms at Hoopa Valley High School./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune.The temporary modular classrooms, installed at Hoopa Valley High School in December, to accommodate students displaced from their regular classrooms due to black mold, also tested positive for unsafe levels of mold. Test results were received on Wednesday, May 3, and by the morning of May 4, school administrators delivered the news, and a plan, to students during an emergency assembly. Read More →

Federal Criminal Law To Become Applicable Again At Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that the federal government will extend federal criminal jurisdiction to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in late 2017. The statement by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates approved a 2011 request of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council that the United States apply federal authority over crimes to supplement existing laws. Federal criminal laws will add to tribal and state criminal laws now in force and will not replace any existing law enforcement authority. “This is a major advance for tribal self-governance and reverses a 63-year long conflicted law that has plagued our Reservation for too long,” said Ryan Jackson, Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman. “While under the outdated and poorly thought out Pubic Law 280 policies, the Federal Government abandoned the Reservation decades ago and left our community and people powerless to fix the problems,” Jackson said. Read More →

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 →

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 →

Stories Legends and Other Things: Peace in the Valley

But time itself was irrelevant to the Hupa. When a group of people live in one community in one location for hundreds of generations, a way of life is developed through trial and error, which is honed and tailored into a near perfect society. That is what happened in this valley. Read More →

Motorcycle Collision Results in Two Minors Injured

On March 17, 2014, at 5:15 pm, Humboldt Area CHP received a call of a hit and run traffic collision involving two small children with injuries in Hoopa, CA. Officers arrived at 5:30 pm to find that 19 year old Justy Masten old Hoopa, CA, had been driving his Mitsubishi Eclipse northbound on Cal Pak Road in Hoopa, CA. Two 6 year old children, Rocky Reed (driver) and Lorita Schaeffer (passenger) were riding on a Honda 50R motorcycle on open public land. The children crossed Cal Pak Road directly into the path of the Mitsubishi and were hit. Read More →

Hometown Hero: Sailing Through Life’s Hard Work

Hometown Hoopa woman, Keloni Gallagher is set to retire from the Navy before she’s 40. She enlisted in 1999 just after she graduated from high school thinking a career in the military would launch her toward her dream job in law enforcement. Read More →

Fixin’ Up Hoopa: A Community’s Struggle with Addiction – Part 1

He snorted his first line of dope when he was 15. He remembers the day. He ran with the older boys, and they tried to look out for him by refusing to rail him up. They told him “you better not.” But it wasn’t long before his “bros” caved to his curiosity. Nor was it long before he stopped snorting, and started shooting his poison. He spent the next 21 years incarcerated or on the run, battling an addiction that swept his youth away like powder in the wind. Read More →