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Man rescued from rising water near Requa ramp

The rising waters on the Klamath River nearly claimed the life of a man reportedly living in the brush near the banks, but a persistent effort from a Del Norte Sheriff’s deputy and Yurok Tribal Police finally paid off with the rescue of Yew-Sou Wong.

Deputy Adam Daniels recieved a call about a subject possibly stranded near the Requa boat ramp. Daniels tried to reach the area on West Klamath Beach Road, but by about 7 a.m. the road had become impassable.

Students’ Polar Plunge canceled

A polar bear swim and a chili cook-off to raise money for a high school trip to the Mediterranean coast has been canceled.

Sponsored by Del Norte High School’s World Edventures Booster Club, the event was scheduled to take place on New Year’s Day with people sprinting into the ocean at the Crescent City Harbor and warming up at the chili cook-off afterwards. 

Study backs reroute of 101

Climate change’s impact on Last Chance Grade examined 

Sea level rise and more intense storms could exacerbate coastal erosion, flooding and landslides on Del Norte County’s coastal roads, particularly at Last Chance Grade, according to a federally-funded study on climate change impacts to North Coast roads.

Using public input and direction from a technical advisory group, the study concluded that rerouting U.S. Highway 101 around the active slide was the most desirable of two adaptation strategies to cope with climate change.

Victim, 72: ‘I would have shot them’

Webb gets 9 years for burglary thwarted by woman with gun 

A burglar caught in the act by his victim now faces more than the pistol she leveled at him, after being sentenced to nine years in state prison by a Del Norte Superior Court Judge on Thursday. 

A jury found 32-year-old Crescent City resident Donald K. Webb guilty of first degree residential burglary last month. The crime carries a maximum six-year sentence, plus three additional years, one for each of Webb’s prior stints in state

Caltrans keeping an eye on slides

The annual winter rains have been falling hard on Del Norte County over the past few weeks, and with them have come the familiar mudslides and rockfalls common in the area.

While Del Norte has been able to avoid any major road closures thus far, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Enriquez said Caltrans has been keeping a close eye on two slides just south of Crescent City on U.S. Highway 101 on either side of the Hamilton Road junction. 

Enriquez said that so far the slides haven’t resulted in closures, but travel has been restricted to one lane at times as crews work to remove some freshly fallen debris. 

DUI suspected in single-car crash

A one-car accident on Washington Boulevard left the driver with major injuries, but a passenger escaped the wreck unhurt Thursday morning.

John Skerik, 28, of Crescent City was traveling west on Washington toward Pebble Beach Drive at about 5:15 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.

Public comment on transportation priorities sought

Caltrans is currently developing a long-range planning document to prioritize transportation projects across the state. 

Del Norters are encouraged to submit comments about their road and rail transportation priorities for the Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan or ITSP before the end of December.

Subscription scam reaches Del Norte

A scam targeting newspaper and magazine subscribers in Southern Oregon and Northern California has finally hit home.

One Triplicate reader has reported getting a bogus collection notice for Mother Earth News, asking her to send $59.95 to a White City address or pay online to publisherspayment.com.

News of Record Dec. 12–18, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Dec. 12–18:

David Mark Poyneer, 42, Crescent City, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and four years of probation and fined $4,006 for wet and reckless, driving on a suspended license and failure to provide insurance and sentenced to 45 days in jail for a probation violation.

Robert Jerymi Sinnott, 36, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $2,381 for possession of paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

Busy season for elves

Firefighter/paramedic Liz Ponder unloads toys on Monday at Santa’s Workshop. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
About 250 kids’ wish lists haven’t been returned yet, but deadline is near 

Santa’s elves are in full swing this week collecting and wrapping gifts for local children who are less fortunate.

John Thompson, owner of Trees of Mystery in Klamath, and the Smith River Volunteer Fire Department will pick toys up in Crescent City on Friday and distribute them to children in their communities at 1 p.m. on Saturday, said Ron Phillips, special projects coordinator for Rural Human Services and Santa’s Workshop “head elf.” 

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