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Regulated recycling

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A Cascade Metal Recycling worker flame-cuts the storage tank of the defunct Crescent City Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant last month as part of a compliance project to appease state regulators. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Old harbor wastewater treatment plant, now defunct, is demolished 

Crescent City Harbor District got out of the wastewater treatment business in 2011 when it shut down its plant and started pumping its fish processing waste to the newly opened Crescent City Wastewater Treatment Plant, but that did not absolve the district from fines it had racked up with state water quality regulators.

Instead of paying standing fines from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the harbor district agreed to dismantle the defunct wastewater treatment plant, an action that has been ongoing since last week.


Drought rules still in place

California’s drought is at the top of the state’s priority list, but Del Norte County appears to be faring better than most areas in the state. 

Local city, county and state government officials gathered Thursday afternoon at a Del Norte Emergency Operations Center meeting to discuss the state of the drought. 

Experts and local officials were in agreement that conditions in the area are better than in other parts of the state, but taking precautions through conservation should be maintained in the area.


Wildfire smoke thickens

Quite possibly the heaviest smoke seen in Del Norte County this entire fire season came this week from the 82,956-acre Happy Camp Complex, which was at 19 percent containment Friday evening.

State air quality regulators issued a warning for Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties on Friday for wildfire smoke, which was even present on the coast for much of Friday.

Smoke was expected to travel southwest down the Klamath and Salmon River drainages this morning.


Median work on pause

A Caltrans highway safety project that aimed to reduce traffic collisions but inadvertently reduced traffic to local businesses has been put on hold while alternatives are considered.

The safety project, which would have seen an 80-foot median built on Highway 101 between Burtschell Road and Washington Boulevard, won’t continue as planned after Caltrans officials and engineers met on Friday with business owners and local officials to discuss concerns and possible alternatives.


Chase leads to arrest for stolen car

A vehicle pursuit led Crescent City Police to a stolen car, loaded rifle and one arrest Friday afternoon, according to police officials.

CCPD Officer Aaron King said the incident started at 11:46 a.m. when he spotted a mid-20s Hispanic male driver not wearing a seatbelt. King attempted to pull over a 1993 white Honda Accord near Essex and A streets when the vehicle took off.


Holiday weekend ends with 16 DUIs

Labor Day weekend saw what officials characterize as an usually high volume of alcohol and drug arrests in Del Norte County this past Labor Day weekend.

Sixteen arrests on drug- and alcohol-related charges were made between Friday and Monday. Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said the number was particularly high compared to the average.


Gasquet Farmers Market canceled

The Gasquet Farmers and Artisans Market is on hold due to insurance issues with the property where the market has been held each Sunday since June 15, according to organizer Susan Stewart.


News of Record Aug. 22–Sept. 4, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Aug. 22–Sept. 4:

Jenna Renae Skeen, 30, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for two probation violations.

Manuel Rivera Vargas, 58, Crescent City, was sentenced to 52 days in jail for violation of community supervision.

Angela Herrick, 34, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violation of community supervision.


Road Report Sept. 6, 2014

Caltrans is working on the following local projects in Del Norte and Humboldt counties:

Route 101 (mile-marker 0.5–14.0)  Culvert rehabilitation at various locations from just north of the Del Norte/Humboldt County line to Rudisill Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.   


Beach brush aflame again

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A CalFire firefighter sprays water on smoldering brush Tuesday afternoon near Crescent City’s South Beach. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Second fire in as many weeks south of town 

A brush fire Tuesday afternoon near South Beach scorched nearly five acres and blanketed eastern areas of Crescent City with smoke.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Tim Devos said the fire was reported at 1:14 p.m. across the highway from Sand Mine Road. Flames burned 3–4 acres before ground crews at the scene contained it an hour later.

Heavy smoke from the fire caused limited visibility for motorists on U.S. Highway 101, prompting California Highway Patrol officers to help with traffic control at the scene, Devos said.


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