Trinidad Tidings: Busy busy busy in the seaside village

Shirley Laos, of Yurok, Karuk and Chetco descent,  will present “What Are Baskets Made From?” at the Trinidad Museum Sunday, Oct. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. Shirley, a member of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, will present a slideshow on materials used in traditional baskets and also demonstrate how fern, willow, bear grass and other plants which she has painstakingly collected are made into functional and beautiful baskets. The program is free of charge and open to museum members and guests. However, seating is limited so arrive on time. For information, call (707) 677-3816.

CASA at Trinidad Civic Club

The Reverend Nancy Streufert will be at the Thursday, Oct. 5 meeting of the Trinidad Civic Club, speaking on the topic “Being a CASA Advocate.” The program will begin at 11:15 a.m. in the Club Room in Town Hall. Sally Renlund and Wadi Torres will host.

Sally will report on the CASA Kid Walk, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 7 starting at 6 p.m. at Madaket Plaza in Eureka. Sally and civic club committee members have collected over $1,000 in donations and pledges. Donation cans are in place at many area businesses.  Club members and guests are welcome.

Dana Hope will preside at the club business meeting prior to the program at 10 a.m. A progress report on a recent meeting regarding the preservation of the Memorial Lighthouse will be given. The meeting, led by Dana Hope, was attended by Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, Yurok Tribe Representative Frankie Myers, SHN Engineering Geologists' Gary Simpson and Roland Johnson, City Planner Trever Parker, Melissa Kramer of the California Coastal Commission,  Trinidad City Councilmembers Susan Rotwein and Jim Baker, Licensed Surveyor Dr. John Homan, Union Reporter Paul Mann and Trinidad Civic Club Preservation Committeemembers Joan Baker, Jan West and Patti Fleschner. City Manager Dan Berman was away and unable to attend. Tsurai Ancestral Society member Sarah Lindgren Akana declined to attend.

Fundraising chair Jan West also will report on recent contributions, events and presentations. Jan and her husband, Jack West, have compiled a PowerPoint presentation, shown to the Native Daughters of the Golden West group last week, giving the history and current status of the Memorial Lighthouse. Requests by area organizations interested in Memorial Lighthouse preservation to view the half hour program should be emailed to [email protected] or call (707) 677-3655.

Trinidad Coastal Naturalist Training Oct. 7

Carol Vander Meer, coordinator of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust’s ongoing Interpretive Naturalist Training Series, will lead a Trinidad Head walk Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the base of Trinidad Head in the parking area. The walk will feature a visit to the Trinidad Head Lighthouse, where the Bureau of Land Management and Trinidad Museum will  welcome the public to the lighthouse during the same time period and up to 1 p.m.  On the way up to the lighthouse, learn about wildlife and plants. Prospective lighthouse docents  are encouraged to attend the event. Remember to stay on trails, as poison oak lives on Trinidad Head. For information on this hike and land trust naturalist and other programs, email [email protected] or visit

Two new city planning commissioners

Gregory Brett, owner of Salty’s and a volunteer fireman, and John Graves, who served on the Arcata Planning Commission and worked on the County General Plan between 1988 and 2000, were appointed to the City Planning Commission by the Trinidad City Council Sept. 27.

In other city business, the City Council voted unanimously to support revisions in a letter to be sent to county planning commissioners and supervisors requesting the prohibition of “commercial cannabis activity in the Greater Trinidad Planning Area,” citing particularly negative impacts on area watersheds. City ADA improvements, an announcement by Fire Chief Tom Marquette and Volunteer Firefighter Dick Kieselhorst that the Fire Hall addition was complete, and a resolution recognizing Sandra Cuthbertson’s service to the city were also on the agenda.

Email Patti at [email protected].



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