Merkie Oliver Shares the Old Days, Old Ways, With Visiting Friends

Merkie Oliver jumps center in an old photo from the mid-1950s. The picture was from an old film clip and repurposed for a tee shirt by his friends Thomas Dunklin, the Arcata photographer, and Brian Tripp, the Orleans-based artist and Karuk ceremony singer. When his two friends entered the room, Merkie Oliver, the storied Yurok fisherman, straightened his back and broke into a huge smile. It was not the easiest thing to straighten in the hospital style bed where he, by his own estimate, had been confined too long. Read More →

Dam Deal Struck, No Cause for Celebration

Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made public today the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), also known as the dam deal. The deal could play a role in bringing down four controversial dams that block 300 miles of spawning habitat on the Klamath River, but not without grave sacrifice, according to the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Read More →

Opinion ~ Craig Tucker

I want to make one clarification to last week’s article regarding the Karuk Tribe voter turnout. One person interviewed cited lawsuits, such as the one that just resulted in a moratorium on suction dredge mining permits, as a waste of money. Read More →

Opinion ~ Dan Doble

This is an open letter to Mr. James who lives above Metoc Creek on the Klamath River. Read More →

Bond Measure H Update

More than eight months after Measure H, a bond measure to authorize and sell bonds of up to $5.95 million to help repair Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District facilities, was passed by voters, administration is moving forward with the sale of the first $2 million portion of the bond. Read More →