Reflections

From the Redwood Record of Jan. 11, 1979

The administration of the Southern Humboldt Community Hospital received notification that the facility had been accredited for another two-year period.

The certificate of accreditation was issued by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH).

The hospital was evaluated on the basis of information gained from questionnaires, other documentation, and an on-site visit which included conferences with professional staff, service chief and members of the governing body of the hospital.

The accreditation program assisted hospitals in pursuing a higher quality of health care through education, self-evaluation and consultation.

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The Essence Book Shop in Briceland was the target of an attempted arson. Unknown persons apparently doused the wooden structure with a combustible liquid and then tried to torch the counter-culture business. The attempt to ignite the building failed.

The owner of the store reported to sheriff’s deputies that a sign had also been taken down from the building and tossed onto the ground nearby, that a wooden bench had been overturned and that some Christmas trees had been thrown about the premises.

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Four CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) positions were approved for Southern Humboldt organizations, in addition to other recent positions approved.

According to CETA, "Public service employment provides entry level positions with public agencies and private nonprofit organizations."

Redwoods Rural Health Center was granted $6,920 for a full-time clinic assistant. Beginnings Inc. received $16,407 for salary extensions on their community center building project. A part-time secretary/administrative assistant trainee position was approved for $3,806 for Southern Humboldt Working Together, but the secretary would actually serve the fledgling public hospital district. The Salmon Creek Community School was allotted $7,380 for a full-time teacher’s aid.

CETA programs were intended to help individuals who were inexperienced, unskilled long-term unemployed or economically disadvantaged.

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Southern Humboldt grocery stores had presumably been smokeless since the beginning of the year when a law passed in the state legislature forbidding smoking went into effect.

However, enforcement in Redway and Garberville stores had been left largely up to the shopper’s conscience since not one of the local markets had received official notice or pertinent posters from the state regarding the Health and Safety Code changes. Without the necessary guidelines no serious attempts had been made to make the markets smoke-free.

Only one store had posted a sign since the enactment date of the law and that sign’s approach relied on positive reinforcement for regulating smoking, reading, "We Sincerely Thank You For Not Smoking While Shopping."

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A Southern Humboldt man was going to face double jeapordy on a marijuana growing charge in order to make his victory in judge Charles M. Thomas’ superior court of statewide importance.

The Whitethorn man had charges against him dismissed when judge Thomas ruled that there was more than one member in the marijuana family of plants.

Plant experts had testified during the lengthy trial that there were at least three distinct species of cannabis based on genetic, botanical and structural differences in the plants. At the time, California law defined forbidden marijuana as all parts of the plant Cannabis Satriva L. The other siblings were Cannabis Ruderalis and Cannabis Indica.

Judge Thomas’ announcement the previous October that he was going to allow testimony for the defense that there was more than one species of the marijuana plant was viewed by the district attorney’s office as back-door legalization of most of the marijuana grown in Humboldt County if the species defense held. The prosecution contended that the definition of marijuana was intended to include all forms of cannabis that contained psychoactive chemicals.

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