From the Life & Times of April 15, 2003

Merchants, financial institutions and local residents were being alerted that counterfeit $100 bills had turned up in Garberville and Redway.

Described by one observer as having some obvious flaws to the trained eye, the bills nevertheless appeared to be genuine at first glance.

The managers of Six Rivers National Bank and the Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt turned over to secret service agents bills that had been detected as counterfeit by their detection equipment.

During an examination for the bogus $100s at Six Rivers, the equipment also turned up a counterfeit $20 bill.

The bills were of the design first issued in 1996, featuring the enlarged portrait of Benjamin Franklin with a smaller identical portrait embedded as a watermark in the lower right-hand corner of the face of the note and visible on both sides when held against a light. The counterfeit bills were printed on good paper and the watermark portrait was visible but not as clearly as on a genuine bill.

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The 16 members of the Earth Club at South Fork High School, along with six chaperones, returned from a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Costa Rica.

The trip, years in the planning, was for 10 days during the spring break at South Fork.

In the remote village of Parismina, population about 150, the students participated in an ecological project in which they became members of an “egg patrol,” wearing dark clothing and searching the nesting areas of the sea turtles in the area to rescue the turtle eggs from poachers.

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The board of directors of the Garberville Rotary Club volunteered the services of the club to coordinate the 2003 Garberville Rotary parade for June of that year.

The club planned to work with the Rodeo Association and use the framework that was in place and had proved successful in the past.

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Following a difficult year of being unable to retain a full staff of medical professionals to meet the needs of the community that resulted in the loss of half of the patients formerly served, Redwood Rural Health Center had moved to restore public trust and win back previous clients and gain new ones.

”We have undergone a complete corporate philosophy shift in which we are refocusing our attention to taking care of social aspects of a patient’s total life, in addition to just the medical needs,” said Barbara Pierson, the new executive director of the center.

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Southern Humboldt’s voice in the wilderness, figuratively speaking, over the frequent closures of U.S. route 101 in the vicinity of Confusion Hill between the southern county line and Leggett, had reached an attentive ear in Washington, D. C.

Congressman Mike Thompson, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure responded to local concerns with a letter to the director of the California Department of Transportation in Sacramento.

Thompson pointed out that because of the extreme instability of the mountainous area there had been five full closures of the highway resulting from slides and slip-outs already that season, some lasting several days.

Thompson supported every effort to remedy the situation by calling attention to one remedial effort that had been proposed, a realignment of the route possibly involving two river crossings.