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Voters to decide on clerk job shift

Crescent City residents next week will get the chance to vote on a measure that proponents say will make the Crescent City government operate more efficiently, but you won’t see any signs in people’s yards about it. 

Measure C, which needs a majority vote to pass, aims to change the city clerk’s position from an elected one to appointed. According to city documents, “there is no significant impact on the City’s operating budget moving from an elected City Clerk to an appointed City Clerk.” An elected City Clerk earns an annual salary of $24,000, according to the city’s job description, but that would increase with a full-time appointed position, City Manager Gene Palazzo said.

Two vie for Area 2 School Board

Both candidates running for an open School Board seat in Area 2 emphasize the importance of communication between the district and the community, but one says that what’s happening now isn’t enough and the other says that it’s only the beginning. 

The candidates include newcomer Angela Greenough, former communications coordinator at Wild Rivers Community Foundation, and incumbent Lori Cowan, who is a local real estate agent but said she identifies as a mom of four children who attend local schools.


Eyes on plan to fund the fair

The annual Thanksgiving community dinner brings hundreds of Del Norters together at the fairgrounds for food and fellowship. Triplicate file photo
Measure F could be model for other fairs if voters OK it  

As fairs across California continue to be threatened by closure after the state cut all funding for them in 2011, many California fair managers will be keenly watching the results of Del Norte County’s Measure F, a 0.25-percent sales tax lasting seven years that is intended to provide decades’ worth of funding for the county’s fair.

“We’re interested in how it will do because we think it’s a great idea,” said Stephen Chambers, executive director of the Western Fairs Association, a trade group serving fairs in the western United States, including 72 of California’s 80 fairs.  “Win or lose we admire the effort, and the other California fairs are going to watch this closely.”

School hopefuls tout transparency

Four candidates are in the running for the open Area 5 Del Norte County School Board seat, and although there’s some overlap in their qualifications and reasons for running, it’s the differences that will be of real use to voters.

For instance, all the candidates have financial management experience of varying degrees, but why they’re running for the position and the assets they would bring to the board aren’t the same.

Five in race for City Council

Creating and maintaining a business-friendly community, maintaining the city’s infrastructure and making the town attractive for visitors are top priorities for the five Crescent City Council candidates.

Each candidate sat down with the Triplicate and outlined their ideas of how to either bring those priorities about or expand on what the council has already accomplished.

Sparks fly at forum for Library Board hopefuls

A candidate forum for the Del Norte County Library District turned into something of a showdown Wednesday between two of the three challengers and the person seeking re-election.

Incumbent Dennis Sutton, who has been a trustee for more than 12 years, spent much of the evening defending the board’s actions during his tenure as its chair. He also tried to offer explanations of why a surplus of nearly $400,000 wasn’t included in the library’s budget.

Yurok host sheriff debate

Apperson, Wilson delve into relationship with tribe 

A forum for Del Norte County Sheriff candidates hosted last week by the Yurok Tribe provided much insight on the current strained relations between the Sheriff’s Office and Yurok Tribe Police under incumbent Dean Wilson and how challenger Erik Apperson, if elected, said he would fix tribal ties.

The Yurok Tribe has officially endorsed Apperson for sheriff.

Gitlin town hall focuses on election

Residents updated on Health District’s Sutter Coast plans 

You can be sure that nothing was left off the agenda Thursday evening when District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin gathered his constituents and anyone else who wanted to listen to the fairgrounds for a town hall-style event, where an update on Sutter Coast Hospital was briefly discussed.

Yurok incumbents fall in primary election

Two incumbents of the Yurok Tribal Council might be facing tough re-elections in November after this week’s primary election showed challengers in the lead.

Unofficial results from the Yurok Tribe’s primary election for council members were released on Thursday, and the tribe’s election board will meet on Monday to certify the election results.

Sheriff candidates to face off in debate

A debate between candidates for Del Norte County Sheriff will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Yurok Tribal Office, 190 Klamath Blvd., Klamath.

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