From the Redwood Record of Oct. 16, 1980

The county office building in Garberville, that had been open since the previous May, was officially dedicated by second district supervisor Harry Pritchard, who was joined at the ceremony and tour of the offices by an assortment of county officials and department heads.

Each county agency housed in the Southern Humboldt County services Center was represented at the noontime ceremony by either its department head or a designated replacement.

County employees of all ranks, committee appointees, local news media, merchant organizations and representatives of Southern Humboldt organizations whose clients regularly utilize county services attended the building dedication. The no-vested-interest public was all but absent.

The building on Cedar Street had been in the works for six years and the offices were reported to be the only county offices south of Eureka.

County departments of agriculture, building inspection, mental and public health and welfare offices were open weekdays, with an hour-long lunch break at noon.

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The sentiment expressed at the school board meeting by a majority of school board members regarding corporal punishment was that spanking misbehaving students should be outlawed in local schools.

However, the views of the school board on physical punishment were not necessarily shared by the bulk of the area’s teachers and administrators.


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According to statements made at the board meeting the possibility of corporal punishment was a deterrent to misconduct even if never inflicted.

The Southern Humboldt Unified School District permitted corporal punishment, which was in complete accordance with state educational policies that said a district “may” use physical punishment as a disciplinary method.

There were specific restrictions regarding spanking a pupil. It could only be meted out by the school principal under witnessed conditions and had to be agreed upon in writing by the parent beforehand.

The Redway principal said that no paddlings had been meted out at that school in the previous three years and stated that “maybe” one student had been physically whacked in the previous seven years.

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A Eureka man was taken into custody after he pointed a loaded rifle at a local sheriff’s deputy who had responded to a trespassing call off the highway near Phillipsville.

The Sheriff’s deputies had responded to the old truck scales, down the embankment off northbound U.S. 101 south of Phillipsville to assist CDF rangers on a call to their office regarding an illegal campfire on the private property there.

As the officers approached the campsite, the man reportedly pointed a .30 caliber carbine at one sheriff’s deputy. Both deputies drew their service revolvers and ordered the man to put down the weapon. After a second command the man did lay down the rifle, which was discovered to have a live round in the firing chamber and 26 rounds in an attached clip.

The man was arrested on a brandishing charge. Two others who had been with him were arrested for trespassing.

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The Southern Humboldt School district’s land swap with an Ettersburg landowner for a school site was put into escrow by it’s board of trustees after a majority of the board was convinced there would be sufficient water to maintain a small school there.

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A Santa Rosa man was the victim of a stickup while hitch hiking near Leggett. The man was relieved at gunpoint of a down sleeping bag and his wallet containing $22.

The victim said the suspects gave him a ride along U.S. 101 in a brown car, then left him off at an intersection five miles south of Leggett after robbing him.