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Pages of History: Local airport in bad need of upgrades

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1945:

The importance of adding facilities at the Point St. George airport for maintenance of planes and personnel at the big flying field was stressed at last Monday’s meeting of the Crescent City Chamber of Commerce held at Davy Jones’ Larder. It was pointed out that had a directional beam been in operation that the big Navy plane which crashed with its crew of eight men in the Chetco wilds would not have been lost. 

Candidates for CR prez to visit Eureka next week

Editor's note: This story's headline in the Thursday, March 5, print edition of the Triplicate incorrectly stated the candidates would visit Del Norte. They'll be in Eureka at CR's main campus.

Three College of the Redwoods presidential finalists will speak and meet the public in separate forums next week, as well as being interviewed by the CR Board of Trustees.

The candidates, Debra Thatcher, Yulian Ligioso and David Smith, will present at separate public forums on March 9, 10 and 11, respectively, from 9:15–10:30 a.m. The forums, to be held in the Performing Arts Theater at the Eureka main CR campus, will also be available to view online at www.redwoods.edu, according to a CR news release.

Bubbles to bottles: Basics of brewing

Conner Caldwell, left, and Michael Glore add liquid malt extract while demonstrating the brewing process. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Aspiring home brewers learn from local connoiseurs at free weekend workshop 

Half a dozen noses huddled round the pot as Michael Glore added the first hops to the wort bubbling and steaming at his feet and set the timer for 60 minutes.

As the hops’ pine and citrus notes married the syrupy scent of the barley-infused liquid, the folks gathered around the pot breathed a collective sigh.

“That’s right; I made this,” Glore gloated. “We all did!”

Library trustees outline goals

Board to hear proposal for 5-year plan at March meeting 

After pinching pennies since about 2006, the Del Norte County Library District this year reached the other side of its tough austerity measures with about $406,000 to spend — or save — and a whole new set of goals to spend or save toward. So what does the library board, which now has three new trustees, including a new board president, have in mind?

Future spending  

In regard to saving and future goals, there’s the library’s five-year plan, which Board President Mark Raintree has been whipping up with Trustee John Mertes. They hope to present the proposed plan at the March board meeting, Raintree said, and it will include both recommendations that the board received from the public as well as some personal touches from the trustees.

Tommy Sparrow leaves memories of generous soul

Tommy Sparrow passed away Sunday evening after nearly 20 years as a Del Norter.
Well-known around town for his generous nature, Tommy Sparrow, Recology Del Norte’s general manager, died unexpectedly in his home Sunday night at the age of 61.

“The ‘Waste Zero’ model was, for him, more than just words,” Operations Support Specialist Sherrie Phillips said, speaking of the contributions he’d made to both the company and the community. “He truly believed it.”

When Sparrow moved to Del Norte County from the Los Angeles area in 1997, he didn’t waste any time making it easier for residents to recycle materials. 

It’s a wrap for Bigfoot flick filmed in DN

“Deep within the vast forests of the Pacific Northwest, deeper within the myths and legends of the American Indians, lives the Oh-Mah. This creature stands upright, is covered in fur and stands near 8 feet tall.”

So begins the description of “Primal Rage,” the latest film to wrap up shooting in Del Norte, according to the summary on a Kickstarter page that was started last year to fund it.

Garage Sale Review: Legend of the lunch-eating eels

Santa Claus tray
How are you, my fellow crusaders of crap? I woke up on Saturday and I immediately knew that it was going to be a beautiful day for garage sales. And that proved to be so true when I found for sale a huge 50-gallon tank that used to contain several lunchmeat-eating eels at the second garage sale I went to. Let’s get started.

K Street

The first garage sale I stopped at turned out to be the only sale where I purchased anything, so for that it already ranks near the top of Saturday’s garage sale journey.

Doctor Drain

Source: California Department of Public Health. Illustration: Bryant Anderson and Kyle Curtis
Del Norters are 37 percent more likely to die than Californians as a whole, yet the number of physicians available to treat them has declined dramatically since 2004 

As debates over the future of Sutter Coast Hospital continue to divide the local medical community, new statistics paint a sickly portrait of health in Del Norte County, where there are half as many doctors today as there were a decade ago. 

Having enough providers plays an important role in whether people can access health care, according to the California Department of Public Health, data from which showed local residents are 37 percent more likely to die each year than Californians as a whole. Cancer kills at a 30 percent higher rate in Del Norte than the state average, while heart disease outpaces the norm by 13 percent. 

Enrollment at high school is dropping

School district may make changes to staffing levels 

Early enrollment projections for the Del Norte Unified School District’s 2015–2016 year were presented this week, and if Del Norte High School’s numbers don’t go up in future reports, then secondary school staffing levels are due to go down.

Across the district, next year’s projected enrollment numbers remain fairly consistent with this year’s actual figures except for at the high school, where a downward enrollment trend continues, according to discussion at Thursday’s school board meeting. And Del Norte Assistant Superintendent of Business Jeff Napier said that if there is no change to the preliminary estimate of enrollment at the high school next year, then up to seven full-time teaching positions on the campus would need to be reconsidered.

Man takes deal in school theft case

A man connected with last year’s burglary of Redwood School pleaded guilty on Friday to a felony receiving stolen property charge and now faces a maximum of three years in state prison. 

Daniel Nuttall, who received an electric guitar and at least two iPad Minis stolen from the school in December and traded some of the haul for marijuana and cash, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release, decided to accept a DA plea agreement and avoid a potentially harsher punishment.

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