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Expo seeks more participating groups

Organizers of the first-ever Wild Rivers Coast Conscious Living Expo scheduled May 17–18 is looking for more groups to participate in the  weekend of speakers, vendors and inspiration supporting sustainable lifestyle choices.

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Youths go after noxious weeds

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The crew from Northwest Youth Corps poses next to an impressive haul of Scotch broom pulled near the Madrona river access.
 Teens help with annual attack on Scotch broom, English ivy in Smith River NRA 

Every April, yellow Scotch broom flowers bloom like flags, calling some rural property owners and public land managers to action before the noxious weeds go to seed.

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Counties to Brown: Pay for prison bill

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state’s criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments.

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Candidate for secretary of state pays local visit

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State Sen. Alex Padilla meets with local officials on Wednesday at The Good Harvest Cafe. Del Norte Triplicate/Adam Spencer
 As part of a 58-county campaign tour for his secretary of state candidacy, Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla visited Del Norte County on Wednesday, telling folks how he would engage new voters and make it easier to start a business in California.

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Firm hired to build Gold Beach hospital

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A conceptual illustration shows one of three designs created to give Curry Health Network officials and citizens an idea of what the new Curry General Hospital might look like. Illustrated submitted by Curry General Hospital
 A Wisconsin firm has been selected to design and build the new Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, bringing a new facility one step closer to replacing an aging one that has served the community for more than six decades.

The Erdman Company has built more than 550 hospital projects valued at more than $2.4 billion in the past decade, officials said.

 

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News of Record April 4- 11, 2014

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of April 4–11 include:

• Daniel S. McQuillen, 31, Klamath, was sentenced to 3 years of probation, 90 days in jail, 10 hours of community work service, and fined $370 for assault with a deadly weapon

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Distinguished Young Woman: Taking home the title

Read more...  Griffin Walker, who emerged from a field of 11 Del Norte High juniors, is pictured during various parts of the competition. She won a $1,000 scholarship and the right to compete at the state level in Bakersfied in July. She also won the Scholastic and Judges Interview categories. 

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Forest roads plan is issued

 

60-day comment period for controversial document

A long-awaited and controversial Forest Service proposal that outlines possible changes to motor vehicle access in the Smith River National Recreation Area, including the decommissioning of some roads, was issued Friday, kicking off a 60-day public comment period.

The Smith River NRA Restoration and Motorized Travel Management Project draft environmental impact statement includes five alternatives and maps ranging from keeping the status quo to options that lean toward pleasing off-road enthusiasts or satisfying people who value roadless areas and more protection of plants and trees.

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School Board: Union objections can’t halt layoffs

Despite opposition from union officials, Del Norte School Board members unanimously approved eliminating four positions and laying off three classified employees.

The positions include two part-time instructional assistants in the after-school program at Smith River School, a part-time instructional assistant in the computer lab at Pine Grove Elementary School and an assistant mechanic in the district’s transportation department. 

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Oceanside condos site to be auctioned off

The developer of an oceanside condominium project in Crescent City that has been six years in the planning stage will put the property up for auction next month — but that doesn’t mean it won’t be built.

In fact, putting the Coasta Norte condominium project at 200 A Street up for auction should be a precursor to its construction, Eldorado Hills developer Randy Baugh said Monday. The project received a development permit from the California Coastal Commission late last year.

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