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First elected library trustees since 1990

For the first time in more than two decades, there are new elected trustees on the Del Norte County Library District. 

Voters elected Angela Stanley and Dean Valero to fill the two open seats on the Library Board this week, with Stanley receiving 2,971 votes, or 27.44 percent, and Valero receiving 2,727, or 25.18 percent of the total vote. Their opponents, Angela Glore and incumbent Dennis Sutton, received 2,689 and 2,423 votes respectively. 

Measure F passes

Measure F, the 0.25-percent Del Norte County-wide sales tax that will go toward operations of the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, was narrowly approved by voters, according to the final election results released Friday afternoon.

Because it raised taxes, under the California Constitution the measure needed more than a two-thirds majority to pass, which the measure barely cleared Friday with 66.87 percent of the 7,220 county voters who participated in this November’s election.

North Coast differs with state on water bond

Proposition 1, the California water bond that allows state officials to finance $7.5 billion for new water projects, including dams, passed handily across the state, except in many North Coast counties, among them Del Norte, Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity, where up to a third of the state’s runoff originates.

The counties that hold some of the state’s largest rivers, the entire Klamath-Trinity basin,  the Eel and the Smith, voted down Proposition 1.  

Fair tax backers in limbo

Fair manager Randy Hatfield, center, checks election returns Tuesday evening. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Del Norters will have to wait a little longer for the results of Measure F, a 0.25-percent sales tax increase to fund operations at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. The election remained too close to call Tuesday night, with votes to pass the measure just one-hundredth of a point — two votes — short of the goal. 

The elections office on Tuesday counted 4,288 “yes” votes (66.66 percent) and 2,145 “no” votes (33.34 percent).

Inscore will join Enea on City Council

Rich Enea will be returning to the Crescent City Council with new colleague Blake Inscore in January.

Enea was the top vote-getter on Tuesday with 30.88 percent (377 votes), according to election results. Inscore came in second with 21.87 percent (267 votes).

McElfresh will be Superior Court judge

Darren McElfresh, left, waits for election returns. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Local attorney Darren McElfresh will serve as Del Norte’s next Superior Court judge after defeating incumbent Judge Chris Doehle in Tuesday’s election. He’ll start Jan. 5.

McElfresh won 54.27 percent (3,448 votes) to Doehle’s 45.49 percent (2,890 votes) with 5,451 votes recorded in the race. Write-in candidates received 15 votes.

Two new faces on School Board

The Del Norte County Unified School Board is in for some changes come January after a challenger unseated the Area 2 incumbent Tuesday night and another new face took the Area 5 seat.


Challenger Angela Greenough beat incumbent Lori Cowan in the Area 2 race, with Greenough receiving 53.94 percent of the vote to Cowan’s 45.59 percent, according to Tuesday’s final election results. Area 5 candidate Jamie Forkner, a human resources specialist at Sutter Coast Hospital, won her race with 45.39 percent of the vote to Beth Green’s 25.16 percent, Jan Wortman’s 20.82 percent and Ronnie Sorensen’s 8.19 percent. Area 1 incumbent Don McArthur handily won his race with 66.02 percent of the vote to opponent Milton Reilley’s 33.47 percent.

Del Norte’s day of decision arrives

Shelby Pelren, 16, and several other Sunset High School students rallied passing drivers on Highway 101 on Monday to vote for Measure F. Del Norte Triplicate / Emily Jo Cureton
Voted yet? If not, you have until 8 p.m.  

There’s one thing political organizers of all stripes agree on today. 

“Everybody needs to vote,” County Republican Party Chair Karen Sanders told the Triplicate.

Significant differences of opinion

There are only two Area 1 candidates running for the School Board, but voters have some options when it comes to what these candidates represent. 

Incumbent Don McArthur and his opponent Milton Reilley hold significantly different opinions, particularly in regard to two of the biggest issues surrounding the School Board race: board communication with the community and the Common Core State Standards.

Measure F tops spending charts

With only three days left before votes will be tallied, candidates in some of Del Norte’s most contested races have filed the last campaign finance statements required before Election Day. 

Darren McElfresh has outspent Chris Doehle as he seeks to take the Del Norte County Superior Court Judge seat from her, according to his campaign finance reports filed Oct. 18. Meanwhile Angela Greenough, challenger for the Del Norte County Board of Education’s District 2 seat, has spent more than any other candidate running for School Board this year.

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