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County to hire mountain lion trapper

Residents in Crescent City are still worried about a mountain lion yet to be captured in the Bertsch Tract. 

Meanwhile, officials say are working toward long-term improvements on the management of problematic wildlife in Del Norte County. 

Emergency dispatch Call Logs

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, Oct. 12:

Monday, October 12

At 3:32 a.m., caller says her neighbors are outside attacking each other on their front lawn on the 800 block of Wendell Street.

At 8:17 a.m., caller reports a person looking through cars on the 900 block of Northcrest Drive.

Yurok election results coming today

The Yurok Tribe’s primary election was held Tuesday, but unofficial results from the contest were not expected to be released until today.  

89-year-old killed in crash with tree

An 89-year-old Klamath man was killed Monday when his car struck a tree off of Newton B. Drury Parkway, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

Man gets 12 years in attempted murder plea deal

What may have been a double-life sentence was reduced to 12 years in state prison for a Crescent City man charged with attempted murder. 

Jacob Kupecz, 25, has been held in custody more than five months after attacking Jose Aguilar-Rios March 31 in Smith River and reporting himself to the police. Aguilar-Rios was on his front lawn when Kupecz hit him with his car and assaulted him on the ground before calling 911, according to his attorney Mike Riese.

Kupecz had accused Aguilar-Rios of molesting his own children and believed they were “in imminent danger of being abducted and put in harm’s way,” said Riese.

Traffic fine amnesty window opened

A new statewide program will help eligible citizens pay off old traffic fines and reinstate their driver’s licenses. 

State Senate Bill 405 took effect Oct. 1 and keeps the window open until March 31, 2017. Under its conditions, certain outstanding traffic debts can be resolved with the payment of 50 or 80 percent of their original cost. 

As a separate but parallel component of the amnesty program, driver’s licenses that were suspended for failure to pay (FTP) a court fine or failure to appear (FTA) in court can be reinstated. 

Fishing guide dies in boating accident

Fishermen, family and friends are mourning the loss of fishing guide Gary Farley, 63, who died Saturday afternoon in a boating accident on the Klamath River. 

Farley was leading two old friends from Ferndale on a fishing trip up the river. Witnesses said Farley was thrown from his boat after hitting a gravel bar and could not be resuscitated. 


Yurok Tribal Police and sheriff’s deputies from Del Norte and Humboldt counties responded to the incident. The coroner’s office in Eureka is expected to release an autopsy report later today. 

Brown signs bill aiding fishermen's markets

New law streamlines permit for direct sales to consumers

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed the so-called “Pacific to Plate” bill making it easier for commercial fishermen to sell their catch directly to consumers by streamlining permits and other requirements to create local fishermen’s markets.Sponsored by Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), AB 226 “allows fishermen’s markets to operate as food facilities, vendors to clean their fish for direct sale, and multiple fishermen to organize a market under a single permit,” according to a press release from California Sea Grant, a partnership between federal fisheries managers, the state of California and state universities, that spearheaded the “Pacific to Plate” bill.

Previously, fishermen could sell their catch directly off their boat or at local farmer’s markets, but there were often heavy restrictions on selling at farmer’s markets, like selling the fish whole, when many customers would rather have a small fillet. By creating a new category of non-permanent food facilities — a fishermen’s market — the bill should smooth the direct sale of fish.

Roadster takes best in show at Sea Cruise

Harlan McElroy's 1941 Ford roadster took Best in Show at this year's Sea Cruise on Saturday. Bruce Gieg, who built the car, accepted the award for the Central Point, Oregon resident. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Harlan McElroy’s 1941 Ford roadster took the Best in Show award at this year’s Sea Cruise on Saturday, but the Central Point, Oregon resident wasn’t there to accept the trophy.

Instead, Bruce Gieg, owner of T&D Performance in Central Point, which built the car, stepped forward to claim the award. The roadster also took best in its class of modified cars from 1941-48.

Leaking sewage line repairs to reroute CC traffic this week

Emergency repairs on a subterranean sewer line will block traffic on portions of Elk Valley Road and Sunset Circle beginning Wednesday through the weekend.

U.S. 101 will remain open while crews remove 140 feet of a leaky 8-inch asbestos cement pipe from beneath ground and replace it with a fusion-welded 12-inch pipe made of high-density polyurethane.

Water tests confirmed liquid surfacing through a crack in the pavement onto Elk Valley Road, noticeable a couple weeks ago, was indeed from a sewage leak, prompting the Del Norte County Supervisors to declare an emergency threat to human health and safety at a special meeting Sept. 30.

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