Sworn to Serve

Karl NortonPromotions: Jason Benge – Compliance Officer, Andre Hale – Animal Control Facilities, Manager, Mark Peterson – Investigator, Jennifer Turner – Investigator, Natalie McCall – Senior Dispatcher, Chelsey Camilli – Correctional Corporal, Samantha Sintic – Correctional Corporal. Read More →

Hundreds Attend Memorial for Basket Weaver and Organizer in Orleans

Nearly 50 marchers left Orleans School headed for the bridge across the Klamath River. By the time they got there, their numbers had nearly doubled. Add that to the definition of River Time./Photo by Konrad Fisher, Klamath Riverkeeper. People gathered in large numbers in Orleans over the last week at three events. Each of them—a story-telling dinner with Standing Rock veterans, the memorial for a well-known Karuk organizer and a local version of the women’s marches held around the world—signaled the community rallying in the face of an uncertain political future. The Standing Rock event drew 120 people, a third of them had traveled to encampments started by Sioux natives in North Dakota to resist the completion of an oil pipeline that threatens their water supply. Read More →

Digging in the Dirt

Thirty years ago Mavis McCovey from Orleans entered the already bubbling political cauldron over the use of herbicides in the forest. Nowadays a new generation of locals are working hard to use non-chemical alternatives in their communities. Read More →

Shasta River, Once Perfect for Salmon

Even though the Scott and the Shasta rivers often end up conflated in the same campaign slogans, they are very different in the perspective of biologist Toz Soto of the Karuk Fisheries Program. Read More →

Hands on Healing

Traditional Maori Healers from New Zealand traveled to the K-T area last week to share their tradition of Mirimiri, a deep tissue massage working with energy balance, intuitive scanning, and healing the mind, body and spirit. Organizers say it is a combination of chiropractor, acupuncture and wrestling. The event was sponsored by the Indigenous Youth […] Read More →

Orleans and Somes Bar Celebrate New Status

Stomachs growled from hunger and excitement in Orleans Friday night at the Panamnik building when a cozy group of fire-minded locals gathered to celebrate the upriver community’s new ‘Firewise’ status. Read More →

Cultural Controversy in Orleans

The wire turned out to be a fence, put up by a group of workers from the Karuk Tribe’s Natural Resources Department and it’s no secret that Leaf Hillman and Norman Goodwin, sanctioned the installment of the fence. Read More →

Orleans Goes Birding

On Friday night in downtown Orleans, adults and children alike flocked to hear an evening presentation on birds, view local children’s art and International Migratory Bird Day conservation displays, and to commemorate the founder of the birding event, deceased Six Rivers National Forest district biologist, Tony Hacking. The community-sponsored event began with a moment of silence in memory of Tony, followed by stories and reminiscing about the well-respected wildlife biologist. On display were the 63 colorful bird drawings that Forks of Salmon, Orleans, and Somes Bar elementary schoolchildren submitted to the Godwit Days children’s art contest. Their teacher, Amanita Mollier, was present to accept gifts for the six winners announced by contest organizer Sue Leskiw. Next, birders in the audience were thrilled with stories told by Daryl Coldren about his quest to break the existing Humboldt County Big Year record of 316 bird species. Finally, Tom Leskiw presented an informative slide show on some of those birds that would go into beating the record as well as ones that might be seen the next morning. Read More →