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New Chamber board elected

A new Board of Directors will be taking the reins of the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce starting next month.

Chamber members voted for eight positions on Friday, with Donna Zorn of Ming Tree Realty and Christy Hernandez of Rural Human Services’ Workforce Center being elected to the board for one-year terms, according to Executive Director Jeff Parmer. 

Pedestrians die in two crashes; driver arrested

Two pedestrians were killed Tuesday in two separate and unrelated collisions in Del Norte County, including one hit-and-run that ended with the driver’s arrest.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested a 51-year-old Piercy woman in connection with a hit-and-run south of Crescent City at about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday that left the pedestrian dead.

Mopping up for the season

Read more...State firefighters are in the right place at the right time to put out residential blaze 

As wildfire season definitively wraps up in rain on the North Coast, state firefighters put out one more blazing mess on Sunday morning after a travel trailer ignited near CalFire’s base in Crescent City. 

“I was standing in front of the fire station just fueling my truck and talking when we looked across the street and a large black column of smoke suddenly started pluming,” recalled CalFire Battalion Chief Tim DeVos. 

State OK with change to loan

Sewer customers will have a chance to protest rate hikes 

The State Water Resources Control Board last week approved a graduated repayment plan and a zero-percent interest rate as Crescent City seeks to pay back its $44 million wastewater treatment plant loan.

As a result, the city will save about $15.4 million, but only if sewer customers consent to an annual 5-percent rate increase between July 2015 and July 2019, according to City Manager Eugene Palazzo. 

Commercial crabbing will open Dec. 1

Preseason testing shows high quality 

The results are in; the crabs are plump, and all ports north of Fort Bragg, including Crescent City and Brookings, will open for the commercial Dungeness crab season on Dec. 1.

Preseason testing done to ensure crab quality in northern California, Oregon and Washington “shows the crab are in exceptionally good form,” said Pete Kalvass, senior environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


The Trans-Kalmiopsis Route, a 26-mile hiking trail through the wilderness, leads to stunning mountaintop views. Courtesy Siskiyou Mountain Club
Volunteers work to restore wilderness trails destroyed in 2002 wildfire 

In 2002, the half-million acre Biscuit Fire — the second-largest wildfire in Oregon history — scorched most of the 180,000-acre Kalmiopsis Wilderness, leaving the area’s trail network covered in tangled bird’s nests of fallen burnt trees with hundreds of dead snags dominating the horizons.

By the time Gabe Howe and his wife Jillian Stokes started visiting the area in 2006, the damage had only accelerated, with dozens of snags falling onto trails with each windy storm.

“We couldn’t stand the idea that these trails were being forsaken,” Howe recently told the Triplicate, describing his first encounter with the Kalmiopsis as “impassable trail conditions.” 

Two locals guilty in burglary

Donald K. Webb
$1 million bail set for repeat felon 

Two burglars who were thwarted by a 72-year-old woman brandishing a gun are awaiting sentencing in the Del Norte County Jail. 

On Wednesday a jury took about half an hour to find Donald K. Webb, 33, guilty of burglary and resisting arrest. Zachariah Dungan, 33, pled guilty on charges stemming from the same January incident. Neither of the Crescent City men was offered a plea bargain, according to Deputy District Attorney Todd Zocchi. 

No time wasted opening Big 5

Once it left the permitting stages, it took roughly six months for Crescent City’s new sporting goods store to be built and open its doors.

But city officials say they worked with Big 5 Sporting Goods representatives an additional six months to a year to find the right location.

The El Segundo-based retailer celebrated the ribbon cutting of its newest store Thursday by giving away grab bags, holding a series of raffles and giving specially-invited guests an early chance to shop. The store held its official grand opening Friday.

Moving Mountains

A fire lookout and telecommunications site atop Red Mountain will be relocated by 2022, according to state and federal plans. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
How to get closer to God is a question every culture throughout history has asked, in some form or another. How to coordinate radio, microwave and cellular signals so that we can rely on emergency responders, phones, radios and televisions is a relatively new phenomenon.

These inquiries collide on Red Mountain, a 4,200-foot peak near Klamath, where a fire lookout with 100-mile views sits alongside a steel tower transmitting communications for untold cellular customers and 12 public agencies. Largely due to the site’s sacred nature to the Yurok Tribe, the United States Forest Service mandated in 1995 that the communications hub and lookout be moved by 2022.

Radios go fuzzy on narrowband

Relocating Red Mountain communication towers may or may not ultimately harm radio communication in the region, but what’s certain is that Del Norte County’s adoption of a federal mandate to convert mobile radio systems to narrowband at the beginning of 2013 has already diminished public safety agencies’ ability to communicate. 

In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission issued an order saying that public safety and industrial businesses using radios and operating in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz bands would be required to transition to “narrowband” using channel bandwidth of no more than 12.5 kHz technology by Jan. 1, 2013.

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