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A road more safely traveled

Popular scenic drive is revamped and open for travel along Crescent City’s shore 

Wider shoulders, new asphalt and striping make Pebble Beach Drive safer for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
One of Del Norte County’s most scenic drives just became much more safe to enjoy.

Freshly installed smooth asphalt, bright road stripes and wide shoulders on the county’s stretch of Pebble Beach Drive for pedestrian, bike, skateboard, dog-with-human, mom-with-stroller and all other forms of non-vehicular traffic was opened to the public on July 3, just in time for Crescent City’s Fourth of July festivities.

“It’s the first time I felt safe riding here on a bike,” said 80-year-old Terry Torngren, donning his Korean War veteran cap and clocking 25 miles on his bicycle on Tuesday alone.  Torngren, who lives in Redding but has been spending summers in Crescent City for 17 years, said he’s happy he can now feel “safe on the streets.” 

Del Norte County engineer Jim Barnts said there is still some signage and other smaller tasks to be completed for the $586,000 project, but the surface work is done and there will no longer be any ongoing traffic control.


Police: Man had bomb parts in Chevron

Suspect locked himself in bathroom with explosives 

The Crescent City Police Department was able to subdue and arrest a man who had apparently locked himself inside a bathroom at Chevron South with explosive devices on his person.

Emitt Kling, 30, was arrested at 12:48 a.m. on Wednesday for possession of an explosive device in public, possession of substances to make a destructive device, attempt to discharge a harmful substance in public, carrying explosive substances on his person and manufacturing an explosive without a permit.


College adds justice admin degree

Students attending College of the Redwoods for the fall semester will be able to pursue an administration of justice degree in Del Norte.

Counselors and instructors at the Del Norte Education Center hope to keep local students interested in a law enforcement career or a similar field from moving out of the area to obtain their degrees. 

Del Norte students have been able to pursue an administration of justice degree with an emphasis on corrections, academic advisor Rory Johnson said. But up until now the standard administration of justice degree has only been offered at CR’s main campus in Eureka.


‘Go Wild’ mobile app launched

A billboard sign at the fairgrounds advertises the new app to passersby on Highway 101.
Triplicate, Pilot introduce comprehensive coastal guide 

Imagine having a tour guide, mapping system, phone book, events calendar and daily updates all available at the tap of your finger — and all focused on America’s Wild Rivers Coast.

Covering 150 miles of coastline, the Go Wild Rivers Coast mobile application has been launched by the Del Norte Triplicate and its sister paper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, which together serve Del Norte and Curry counties.

“We’ve already added more than 1,000 items — 1,000 ways to enjoy the Wild Rivers Coast,” said Pilot Publisher Charles Kocher, “and we’re adding more every day.” 


Assault suspect arrested

Britton Mode
The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a man suspected of assaulting another man with a stun gun and a firearm at a residence in Fort Dick on June 3.

Britton Mode, 42, had outstanding warrants for assault with a firearm stemming from the June 3 incident and an unrelated warrant for violating the conditions of his post-release community supervision. His bond was set at $100,000.


News of Record July 4–10, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of July 4–10:

• Stephen J. Mealue, 56, Crescent City, was sentenced to 19 days in jail and four years of probation and fined $2,602, $500 in public defender fees and a $61.87 city booking fee for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a prior and special allegation.


County, city: ‘No’ to mining

Local officials respond to public outcry with letters opposing exploratory drilling  

Local residents show their opposition to a mining proposal in the Smith River watershed during last week’s Fourth of July parade. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The people of Del Norte and their representatives have spoken and the resounding consensus is a firm “no” to drilling in the watershed of the North Fork Smith River.

In an uncommon alignment of solid public support and unanimous board agreement this week, a unified local voice was forged in opposition to Red Flat Nickel Corporation’s proposed exploratory drilling operation planned for the immediate vicinity of the North Fork Smith, a principal tributary of the Smith River located in southwestern Oregon.

Both the Crescent City Council and the Board of Supervisors, encouraged by community members who spoke passionately during both board meetings’ public hearings, voted to send letters of opposition to the Oregon Water Resources Department asking the permitting agency to deny Red Flat Nickel Corp.’s application to use water for drilling.


Wasted water penalty to rise

State water regulators mull cost of misuse during drought 

SACRAMENTO — Brown lawns and dusty cars could become the norm in California as state regulators consider unprecedented $500-a-day fines for water-wasters, after acknowledging that voluntary steps to reduce consumption amid a historic drought haven’t worked.

Water regulators are set to consider the draft emergency regulations when they meet in Sacramento next week, invoking for the first time mandatory statewide restrictions on residential outdoor water use.

A combination of mandatory and voluntary restrictions has resulted in a statewide water use reduction of 5 percent through May, far short of the 20 percent sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Volunteers to ID dead waterfowl

A free training session will be held Saturday by a citizen science organization of the University of Washington that is looking for volunteers in Crescent City to survey local beaches for carcasses of marine birds.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will hold a training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the College of the Redwoods’ Del Norte campus (room DN-2) to show folks how to collect monthly data on dead marine birds to establish a baseline pattern of beached bird mortality for local beaches.  

The interactive, hands-on workshop will get volunteers acquainted with field identification and give them a chance to try out their new skills.


Police, fire: It could have been worse

Holiday weekend keeps public safety officials working hard  

Illegal fireworks put on their own display Friday night around Crescent City Harbor and throughout town. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
As the population of Crescent City swells for the Fourth of July holiday every year, so too does the workload for local law enforcement and firefighting

As usual, this year’s celebration kept officers and deputies occupied all weekend long, but Crescent City Police Department and Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office officials agreed that things could have been worse.

Festivities kicked off on Thursday with the deck party and the city was full of people throughout the weekend.

Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack said scheduled events alone kept police officers busy.

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