[UPDATE 6:09 p.m.] Hwy 96 Blocked by Slide–Possibly All Night


This screenshot of Caltrans Quick Map shows a red triangle approximately where the slide is blocking the road.

A rock slide has blocked State Route 96 about 15 miles west of Happy Camp. According to Caltrans’ Quick Map, the road is completely closed. “”Both lanes covered – another spot unstable – working on it till dark,” reported the site at 1:24 p.m. “If unable to stabilize, …road will be closed all night.”

Local residents don’t let this stop them though. According to Angela McLaughlin, the “Karuk Tribal payroll was being hand carried across the slide by Bari Talley (of the Karuk People’s Center)”

“Yootva*, Bari,” said McLaughlin and no doubt many others grateful to get their checks agree with her.

UPDATE 6:09 p.m.: Bari Talley tried but she couldn’t get through even by walking….Checks will have to wait.


Yootva means thank you.




  • LeAnna Carson-Hansen

    Bari, You are a wonderful example of River Women who get the job done! Thank you for your efforts and stay safe. I hope you have a “spotter” for more rock falls. Thank you Angela for getting the word out and Kym for posting our local river news.

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