An administration office of College of the Redwoods opened in Redway. It was one of the many changes that had occurred in the College of the Redwoods’ Southern Humboldt Branch Campus under its first year of new management.
Cited among major accomplishments was the increased efficiency of the California Conservation Corps curriculum. State legislation mandated community colleges to provide classes that CCC members were required to take to become qualified to work in resource management.
Classes in erosion control, firefighting and wildlife ecology were vital to the local community. Local and non-local students were involved in stream clearing, salmon restoration, repairing environmental damage, aiding in natural disasters and firefighting.
The goal of the program was to become sufficiently funded to expand the program so that the necessary resource management certificate could be earned entirely at the branch campus.
New rules had been imposed at the state level in response to national alarm over a perceived decline in educational standards. Reports on American education that compared American students to Soviet and Japanese students caused a push toward standardization of course work.
The administrator of the new branch office hoped to expand the academic offerings so that it would be possible to obtain an AA degree without making the 60-mile commute to the main campus for courses not offered locally.
A new wave band from San Francisco, House Coat Project, and Rod Deal’s group were planned to provide music at a benefit dance for the noncommercial radio station KMUD at the Beginnings Octagon. KMUD also announced the appointment of Susan Dembitz as the new news director for the station.
The Southern Humboldt Unified School District board was not feeling comfortable with a reserve of only $102,000 when they adopted by consensus a publication budget of $6.35 million. The board instructed the administrative staff to hone the spending program enough before the final adoption to leave at least two percent in reserve.
The two percent reserve would have been $124,000 meaning cuts of approximately $22,000 would need to be made.
There was no general consensus on what could be cut from the already austere spending program.
Suggestions from the dozen spectators at the meeting ranged from changes in the Whitethorn building project to eliminating the cafeteria program.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was starting its annual inspection and information program. It was looking for violations of forest and fire laws, such as 30-foot clearance of flammable vegetation around all buildings, spark arresters on equipment and incinerator requirements.
Alice Harris Reed, who had come to Garberville in a wagon train in 1897 when she was a year old, passed away after living in the area for 90 years. She had remembered the area before the trees had been cut, when the Eel River was so full of water all year round that ferries could bring freight in as far as Sylvandale for delivery by wagon to Garberville.