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Mining foes speak

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A mining company is planning to drill core samples for nickel in the watershed of Baldface Creek, shown here. The creek is one of the primary tributaries of the North Fork Smith River, which helps supply the vast majority of water for Del Norte County. Courtesy of Zach Collier / Northwest Rafting Company
 Public has 2 weeks to weigh in on strip mining in watershed 

The Oregon Water Resources Department is accepting public comment until July 8 on an application to use surface water for exploratory drilling in the North Fork Smith River watershed with the intent of operating a strip mine for nickel and other metals.

 

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Splash Sight: Fire hydrant gushes on 101

Read more...A blue Ford pickup truck traveling south on U.S. Highway 101 lost control and spun around, striking a fire hydrant just north of Cooper Avenue in front of Home Depot at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The top of the fire hydrant was separated from the base, allowing water to shoot dozens of feet into the air for about 20 minutes.

The driver of the vehicle, Deedee McDonald, was visibly shaken but unharmed and refused medical attention.

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Man drowns trying to save nephew

A 35-year-old Crescent City man drowned on Tuesday after he entered the Smith River to rescue his nephew.

According to Commander Tim Athey of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Carlos Daniel Gomez-Diaz, who went by Daniel, was pronounced dead at the scene after a CPR attempt failed to resuscitate him. The 13-year-old boy that he and the boy’s father had jumped in to help was released to family on Tuesday after a medical evaluation.

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Citizens, county at loggerheads over tree removal

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Gasquet resident Bridget Kurz walks her dog at Ward Field. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract Tuesday to remove trees that pose a safety hazard to Ward Field Airport in Gasquet, a project that has been requested by Caltrans Division of Aeronautics, the permitting agency for the small airfield.

Actually carrying out the contract may prove more difficult since 56 of the 92 trees identified for topping or removal sit on properties owned by citizens who have recently rescinded the county’s right-of-entry onto their private property.

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Tri-Agency settles with ex-director for $30,000

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Bill Renfroe inspects the former site of the failed Surfside Grill & Brewery in 2011 when he was still executive director of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
After more than a year of legal wrangling, a cash-strapped agency looking to move past its financial woes settled a lawsuit out of court last week with its former executive director. 

Two files worth of complaints and counter complaints, motions and counter motions, judge transfers and a failed settlement negotiation were put to rest after the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority settled for $30,000 a breach of contract lawsuit brought by the agency’s former executive director Bill Renfroe. 

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Camper van fire on Union Street quelled quickly

Firefighters responded to a small blaze off of Union Street on Tuesday around 6:30 p.m.

Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield said that an unknown party set on fire an old van that had been converted to a camper.

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Missing man was killed, state bureau finds

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Romeo Glaze. Photo courtesy of Del Norte County Sheriff's Office
A body found two months ago near Klamath Glen has been identified as a Del Norte County man and the cause of death ruled a homicide.

The California Department of Justice's Bureau of Forensic Services informed the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office that the remains found on April 16 matched the DNA of Romeo Glaze, 26, according to Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson.

Glaze’s sisters Cindy Kahao and Kristina Swain, who currently reside in Hawaii, reported Glaze missing to the sheriff’s office on March 26.

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Measure of Frustration: Faulty electricity meters costing harbor staff time

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Electricity meters for each slip, a new addition to the harbor since its reconstruction, are not functioning as promised. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Although the ribbon was cut back in March for the Crescent City Harbor reconstruction project, there have been some kinks to smooth out in the $54 million project before the facilities are completely transferred into the harbor’s ownership.

“There are still glitches being worked out like in all big projects,” said Crescent City Harbor Commissioner Scott Feller. 

Harbor commissioners have been irked by the fact that an automatic meter reading system for tracking electricity used by individual dock tenants has not been working properly. The system was designed so that harbor staff could monitor the electricity being used by each tenant by any computer in the harbor office, but instead harbor district staff have had to walk the docks daily to read the meters manually.

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Trigg to take office early

Del Norte’s new district attorney is set to be sworn in today once the Board of Supervisors vote to approve the appointment at its meeting this morning.

Dale Trigg, who won the DA spot in the election on June 3, will be starting his DA duties early in order to take over for Acting District Attorney Katie Micks, who has been filling in for former DA Jon Alexander since he was disbarred in April 2013. Typically, a newly elected official wouldn’t begin his or her term until January, but in a letter to the Board, Trigg requested an appointment as early as possible so he could fill Alexander’s remaining unexpired term and sidestep unnecessary case conflicts. County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina said Trigg can start as soon as he’s sworn in by Judge Chris Doehle around noon.

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Vehicle veers off highway, plummets down riverbank

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An SUV driven by a Eureka man careened off Highway 199 Sunday just north of Gasquet. Photo courtesy of Mike Cuthbertson
A small SUV drifted off the highway about three miles north of Gasquet on Sunday afternoon, careered about 50 feet down the side of a steep incline and landed in a crumpled heap by the side of the river. According to hospital representatives, both the driver and the passenger were in stable condition on Monday.

Frank Wythe, 72, and his passenger Carol Sharp, 66, both of Eureka, were driving south on Highway 199 when their vehicle, a silver 2006 Toyota Rav4, drifted off the left side of the road and plummeted down a hill, according to Sgt. Thoma of California Highway Patrol. Thoma said that there wasn’t any indication that Wythe had been speeding or that drugs or alcohol were involved.

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