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'We have tons of elk'

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Elk in the Bertsch Tract neighborhood have angered residents by eating fruit trees and other vegetation in their yards. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
State agency blasted for lack of response to burgeoning elk population 

A state biologist’s report on how California plans to manage local elk herds was met with frustration by the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, who said more should have been done already to address surging elk populations.

Dave Lancaster, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told county supervisors that development of a statewide elk management plan is underway and that a draft for public comment should be available soon after the dawn of 2015.

“Here’s what we have in mind: having a well-distributed, robust elk population in areas where conflicts are minimal that provides for public use opportunities,” Lancaster said.

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Board seekers outline views

Tea Party candidate forum covers range of school issues 

Candidates for seats on the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees met constituents and answered questions during a Tuesday night Tea Party-sponsored forum that mostly stayed in politically neutral territory but occasionally strayed into controversial issues.

About 50 people attended to watch the School Board hopefuls take turns answering six questions, written by a Tea Party committee, that covered general issues — like the candidates’ opinions and understanding of Common Core standards and the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) — to more politically charged topics like the new transgender student rights law that went into effect this year.

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County budget enters public hearing period

A public hearing period for the county’s recommended 2014–2015 budget as well as the budgets for all the special districts, was opened Tuesday at the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Firefighter rescues stuck tree-climber

A 19-year-old woman wearing a bikini spent the better part of Tuesday evening — approximately three hours — stuck in a tree in Smith River until rescue crews from five agencies safely brought her down, according to Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office officials.

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Three arrested in hash lab bust

A possible physical altercation led Del Norte County Sheriffs to an alleged drug lab, resulting in multiple arrests Tuesday afternoon according to officials.

David Lamberg, 25; David Covey, 21; and Samantha Sic, 21, were arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance after deputies found evidence that suggested the parties involved were shipping drugs out of state, a sheriff’s official said.

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Happy Camp fires burn four houses

Authorities said a total of four homes have been destroyed by the Happy Camp Complex wildfire that has been raging since July 19 in Klamath National Forest. The fire has also damaged or destroyed four other buildings.

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Caltrans: Plan for construction delays

Motorists traveling U.S. Highway 199 should expect some delays Thursday due to California Department of Transportation construction on the highway.

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A Tradition of Respect

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A traditional gambling game is played among males at Smith River Rancheria’s Dee-Ni’ Day celebration on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Tribe’s youth learn Tolowa values through games played at annual gathering 

Richard Brooks huddled closer to the burning alder logs, grateful for the warmth they provided on a chilly Saturday morning.

He had started the fire for sand bread at 5 a.m., two hours before food and artisan vendors began setting up for Smith River Rancheria’s Dee-ni’ Day. But he began preparing a key ingredient the day before.

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Hopefuls dine in Del Norte

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Neel Kashkari, upper right, the Republican candidate for governor of California, attended Saturday’s event in Fort Dick. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Delegation of Republican candidates for state offices meet Del Norters 

The Grand Old Party threw a grand old party on Saturday night, with seven Republican state candidates, more than a dozen local officials and about 200 supporters packing the barn at Alexandre Kids Egg Ranch for dinner, drinks and speeches.

The $50-per-head dinner — the proceeds of which will go toward the Del Norte County Republican Party’s local campaigning efforts in the November election — gave Del Norters a chance to meet the Republican candidates as well as bid on auction items to support local campaigns. The event brought in several thousand dollars, although Del Norte Republican Party chairwoman Karen Sanders said the final amount wasn’t yet available.

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State coast commission pays a visit

Officials to tour local sites for projects needing approval 

For most of the state, the California Coastal Commission acts as a mediator for 38 million Californians elbowing for their fair share of coastal access. But in far northern California, where beach access is abundant, many often paint the regulatory agency as an overzealous, bureaucratic barrier to much-needed economic development.

To better grasp how Del Norte differs from far-flung, heavily-populated coastlines to the south, the commission will be holding its monthly multi-day meeting in Smith River this week and taking a tour of project sites in Del Norte County in need of the regulatory agency’s approval.

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