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County’s forest roads prioritized

The nearly nine-year process of developing a new motorized vehicle map for Smith River National Recreation Area, including the controversial closing of some old mining roads, is almost complete, but not before Del Norte County gets one more chomp at it.

All God's Creatures

Father David Shewmaker visits with a church member at Saturday’s Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
“All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing ... Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness.”

A soft chorus of voices rang out under a clear blue sky, the perfect day for an outdoor observation of the Feast of St. Francis with an animal blessing, a long-standing Catholic tradition modeled after St. Francis of Assisi’s teachings that all creatures are truly God’s children. On Saturday afternoon, spiritual leaders from three denominations led a group of the faithful in giving thanks to God for the animals that bless human lives in so many ways.

Public services funding woes

County loses millions relied on for senior center, CASA 

The county was recently denied a multimillion dollar grant it depends on for public infrastructure and service projects.

The $2 million Community Development Block Grant, which the county applies for every year or two, depending on if the previous year’s award was spent, and is regularly awarded, won’t be part of the funds that go toward this year’s projects and services benefitting low- to moderate-income families — what the CDBG grant is designed for.

Beach access to improve

Grant to fund Beachfront Park beach access work 

A Coastal Conservancy grant awarded to the city last week will fund beach access facilities.

The $125,000 grant, which was awarded when city representatives traveled to a Coastal Conservancy meeting in Ferndale on Thursday, will go toward funding beach access improvements in popular Beachfront Park that include a new stairway and a ramp and are set to be installed next year.


Teens record brutal attacks

Girls gang up on victims; DA pursuing more arrests 

A 14-year-old girl was arrested at Del Norte High School on Wednesday and more arrests are pending in connection with attacks against two other students last week. 

Other girls filmed the attacks and sent the recordings to students, said A.C. Field, chief investigator for the DA’s Office.

Drop off hazardous waste for free

A transfer station worker unloads paint cans and other hazardous waste items at a previous collection event. Submitted
Got trash you can’t dispose of in your regular garbage? Today is your chance to dispose of hazardous waste at the Del Norte County Transfer Station.    

News of Record Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2:

Kimberly Ann Lourenzo, 48, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $2,602 for driving under the influence of .08 or higher blood alcohol content.

Two charged in masked burglary

Crescent City Police arrested two men in connection with a burglary-in-progress at Puff-n-Stuff early Friday morning.

Looking Deeper

Zack Larson checks the DIDSON fish counter on the Smith River. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Smith River basin is widely believed to have the healthiest wild (non-hatchery) salmon and steelhead populations in all of California, but monitoring the status of these fish takes a variety of complex techniques to get the full picture.

A sonar fish-counting program that was used for Smith River salmon and steelhead in years past but took hiatus due to lack of funding is back in business this year.

Accused stabber returns to jail

Bail raised after rap videos allegedly show Loftin high 

Michael C. Loftin, a Crescent City man facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge for stabbing a teenager, is back in Del Norte County Jail with a higher bail amount after a special allegation for great bodily injury was re-instated against Loftin on Wednesday.

At the request of the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office, Judge William Follett reversed Judge Chris Doehle’s decision not to allow the great bodily injury enhancement to be decided by a jury.

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