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Wood proposes more time to craft local pot ordinance

Crescent City Council has until March 1 to introduce and adopt a medical marijuana ordinance otherwise the City will have to abide by whatever laws the state comes up with.

In an effort to provide jurisdictions with some relief from the tight deadline, District 2 State Assemblymen Jim Wood has offered up an amendment that will be heard on the floor of the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

If AB 21 passes it would strike the deadline indefinitely, giving local jurisdictions the time they need to put together a well considered ordinance.

“It was never our intention to place such a short timeline on local lawmakers,” Wood said in a press release. “The current deadline gives jurisdictions just 65 days to consult stakeholders, learn about the industry, and write good policy; that is not enough time.”

Emergency dispatch call logs, Jan. 4 & 5, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Jan. 4 and 5: 

Monday, January 4

At 12:51 a.m., report of a suspicious person in a black hoodie on the 100 block of West Coolidge Avenue.

At 12:55 a.m., report of an elderly woman in a bathrobe walking around a business on the 500 block of East Hoover Avenue.

At 2:25 a.m., caller on the 200 block of 8th Street says her neighbors are being loud.

At 8:06 a.m., report of windows broken and items taken from a vehicle on the 500 block of Taylor Street.

Six Rivers announces fire mgmt. openings

Six Rivers National Forest will soon be accepting applications for 65 temporary fire management positions for what could be a busy fire season in 2106.

Vacancy announcements will be posted to usajobs.gov for five days, Jan. 11-15, for posts in Gasquet, Orleans (including Oak Bottom and T-Bar), Willow Creek (Salyer), Mad River (Ruth and Zenia), Fortuna and Orick. Positions include firefighter, hotshot and engine.

Brookings crabbers report decent but below average haul

A crew member of the Sea Jay fishing vessel transfers crab from the boat's hold into a metal crate that is lifted to the dock at the Port of Brookings-Harbor on Tuesday. Wescom Wire Service
About 30 fishing vessels left the Port of Brookings Harbor at 8 a.m. Monday, launching the 2016 crab season after a month of delays.

Several were already back with their first haul that night, having laid traps in the water Jan. 1.

As many fishermen had predicted, harvest has been fairly slow.

“It’s a decent first pull,” said Willy Goergen of the Catalyst fishing vessel. “I think it’ll be below average, though. We’re getting about 10 crab per pot on the first pull. This port, in the past 10 years, has averaged 2 million pounds a year, and about 15 crab per pot.”

Sutter opens 10-bed rehab unit

Sutter Coast Hospital has opened a new $580,000 acute rehabilitation unit and will now be treating patients who have suffered brain or spinal-cord injury, a stroke, or some other orthopaedic accident, according to a press release received Wednesday from hospital CEO Mitch Hanna.

The new 10-bed unit, opened in late December, is the only one of its kind in the area and will offer a “better nurse-patient staffing ratio” as well as improve therapy and physician oversight,  Hanna said in the release.

Local youth to conduct BHC Grant Initiative

Small grants up to $1,000 to be awarded to 501(c)3 organizations Feb. 17 

This year’s Building Healthy Communities Grant Initiative will be conducted by local area youth, according to BHC Youth Program Director Michelle Carrillo.

“The program had a large group of youth interested in grant making,” she said. “So they have been trained and will be managing this round and will decide how the money is used in the community.”

The small grants are meant to turn “your organization's plans to improve the community into reality,” according the a program announcement.

Berkowitz exploring supervisor candidacy

Anyone interested in serving on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors will need to wait until mid-February to file an official declaration of candidacy for this summer’s primary election. However, those looking for an early start on their campaign can declare their intent and begin collecting signatures in lieu of paying a filing fee starting earlier this week. 

Since that window opened Monday, two prospective candidates have made themselves known: Crescent City Councilwoman Kathryn Murray for District 1 and former school board member Bob Berkowitz for District 5.

As of Wednesday, Murray and Berkowitz are the only persons to have filed a notice of intention. Chairman David Finigan, currently representing District 5, said he “absolutely” plans to seek re-election.

“I think we’ve done a tremendous amount of good benefitting this community,” he said, citing the airport and the children’s budget among several projects that “need to be finished.”

Homelessness: Will Del Norte get help too?

A woman panhandles an activity often coinciding with homelessness Wednesday on U.S. 101 in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Legislators propose $2B for permanent homes, but it's unknown how rural areas will be included

A group of California state senators announced a proposal to put $2 billion to building permanent homes for the mentally ill and chronically homeless Monday morning at Skid Row in Los Angeles, saying it was the “boldest” effort “to reduce homelessness in a generation.”

Whether any of the spending will happen on the North Coast and away from major cities is a question of its own.

Talk at Monday’s press conference, located in Los Angeles and run mainly by Southern California dignitaries, focused largely on how to best assist Los Angeles’ homeless population, as they are at the epicenter, if ever there was one, of California’s estimated 115,000 people without homes, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) January 2015 figures. With 41,000 homeless people, Los Angeles is home to 7 percent of the nation’s homeless population.

High surf expected into this morning

If the thunderous waves and gale force winds didn’t get you earlier this week, they still could.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday, with waves cresting as high as 24 feet, expected to wash over rocks and jetties and capable of sweeping people into the frigid ocean, according to the National Weather Service.

Additional showers and light snow at high elevations are possible tonight.

Then, another storm system should bring more rain with strong gusts of wind on exposed ridge tops late Friday and early Saturday.

RAC meetings coming up

The Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee will be meeting twice over the next two weeks to review proposals for natural resource improvement projects benefiting National Forest lands in Del Norte County.

Scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday and in the Redwood Room of the Del Norte Unified School District, 301 W. Washington Bvld., the meetings are open to the public.

Public comment will be limited to three minutes or less. Written comments can be filed with Lynn Wright, Six Rivers National Forest, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka CA 95501.

For more information and to request reasonable access accommodation, contact Lynn Wright at 707-441-3562 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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