Garberville area telephone customers would begin using an entirely new telephone system in August of that year.
The new dialing equipment would use state-of-the-art digital technology to provide all of the latest custom calling features. Contel had been installing a new computerized switching system in Garberville, Laytonville, Covelo and Whitethorn that would tie together as an integrated network. Plans were in place to convert Leggett, Piercy, Mad River and Alderpoint.
Customers would notice their touchtone calls going through much faster than in the past and overall voice quality of telephone calls would be much more clear according to Contel’s community affairs coordinator.
One major difference in the new system was in local calls, all seven digits of the number would have to be dialed. In the past, local calls could be placed by dialing the last five digits of the phone number.
When South Fork High School student Teresa East first told her mother of her desire to play high school football, her mom didn’t quite understand.
How often did you hear of a 5-foot-3-inch, 110-pound girl playing high school football? But with time East had her mother on her side as the freshman looked forward to earning a spot on the South Fork High School Junior Varsity football team.
East had not long before made history of sorts by becoming the first female competitor at the U.C. Davis Football Camp.
East wanted to play football, she said, because it had been an interest of hers since the seventh grade.
Two sites in Fortuna were finalists for the relocation of the California Conservation Corps Camp that was located on the Avenue of the Giants between Redcrest and Weott.
According to Gordon Van Vleck, secretary of the Department of Resources, no decision had been made where the CCC camp would be located and other sites were being considered.
Van Vleck said that overcrowding at the Department of Corrections’ Eel River Conservation Camp near Redway necessitated transferring some of the prisoners to another location, in this case the current CCC camp. By constructing a new CCC camp further north, Van Vleck said it would strengthen the firefighting facilities in the county and help improve the resources of the area at the same time.
Jerry Partain, CDF director gave a short history of the Humboldt Fire Center CCC Camp, which started in 1954 as a state corrections camp for 60 people. Declining prisoner needs in 1971 resulted in the camp being turned into a conscientious objectors’ camp during the Vietnam War, when it was called the Ecology Corps. When the CCC was formed in 1976, the site was transferred over to the corps, at which point it was renamed the Humboldt Fire Center. The fire center had been under the combined direction of the CDF and CCC.
The world’s most popular sport was slated to make its debut at South Fork High School that fall when the Cubs entered competition in the H-DN soccer league.
According to principal Bob Morris, the Southern Humboldt School District board of trustees gave the go-ahead for South Fork High School to field a soccer team for the 1988-1989 school year.
Steve Anderson, long time Southern Humboldt resident and South Fork alumnus was hired to coach the team.