Approval of a plan to build a logging road through a parcel of land near Whitethorn containing old-growth redwood trees was postponed for another two weeks by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Eel River Sawmills, which owned the timber on the parcel, filed a timber harvest plan request with CDF in late May to build the logging road. Eel River Sawmills said its purpose in building the road was to make it possible for Eureka Realtor Francis Carrington to log an adjacent 160-acre parcel.

Both Eel River Sawmills' 280-acre piece and Carringrton's parcel were included in the Whitethorn-based Sanctuary Forest Inc.'s plan to buy and preserve 600 acres of land containing virgin redwood trees in the area.

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The Southern Humboldt Unified School District board of trustees took the first step in approving its 1987-88 operating budget. SHUSD superintendent Roger Adams introduced the budget, prepared by district staff, to the board.

"Every year in June the budget season starts and ends in September with a document like this," Adams said while holding the budget proposal. "The legislature hasn't signed a bill yet (for the state budget), but we have a general idea what it will be."

Adams said the 1987-88 SHUSD budget totaled $5,759,821. That was arrived at by using a 1.1 percent cost-of-living increase proposed by governor Deukmejian. Adams said recent discussions in the legislature had convinced him the eventual state budget will give a 2.2 percent cost-of-living increase to school districts.


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The superintendent also anticipated approximately $300,000 in small school rural transportation funds. After a year-long fight with the legislature, Deukmejian had approved the final payment of the previous year's transportation funds for small school, rural districts.

The tentative budget had figured a $468,000 special reserve fund which would be transferred over to the general operating fund in case of emergencies. The previous year's special reserve fund was calculated at $473,000.

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More than 3,800 people attended the Mateel Community Center's 11th annual Summer Arts Fair at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. Approximately 180 arts and crafts booths, two stages offering live music, dance and theater, and beautiful weather were the drawing cards for the relaxed event in the picturesque setting. On Saturday night the ninth annual Jazz on the Lake concert featured Latin/jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo and his Orchestra and local jazz group Equinox with Francis Vanek. The 650 paid admissions to the concert created the largest audience the annual jazz concert had ever drawn.