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About 35 Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino residents attended an informational meeting at the Garberville Vets Hall to hear about a proposed land swap between the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. It was the 5th of 11 planned meetings to explain a “streamlining” movement proposed by David Stockman, Budget Director for the Reagan Administration. Under the proposal the Forest Service would take over jurisdiction of all federal land in northwest California.

During the public input portion of the meeting, locals weighed in with doubts about the wisdom of the move. “The King Range is not a park that everybody goes to,” an attendee said. “It’s part of a neighborhood. It’s important we don’t get railroaded by efficiency.”

It was felt by those attending that the BLM had a broader constituency than the Forest Service and that rule by the Forest Service would mean herbicide spraying on local forests. Concerns were also expressed about the preservation of old-growth on BLM land if the Forest Service took it over. The meeting lasted two and a half hours and at the end of it, the audience was not convinced by the presentation that the move was a good idea.

”There may not be such a thing as a perfect neighbor,” a Mattole Valley resident said, “but the BLM has been fair. They’ve done a reasonable job.”

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Veterinarians Darrell Gueulette and John Norberg joined forces to open a veterinary clinic. Gueulette had already been in practice in Garberville for three years; Norberg was relocating from Sonora. Geueulette had graduated from U.C. Davis and had practiced in New Zealand, the Virgin Islands and Samoa. He described himself as “an old horse vet.” Norberg graduated from Ohio State and was a runner who participated in the Avenue of the Giants Marathon every year.

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Organizers of the Garberville Kinetic Sculpture race held a planning session and were set to interview candidates for the Royal Kinetic Couple. The race was set to be held on Mother’s Day and in preparation for it, a race committee would hold interviews and make their selection for a king and queen in front of the Great American Hamburger Company in Garberville.

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