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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.

Students get $30k to build E-car

Ten Del Norte High School students will build an electric car that will seat three and be able to reach freeway speeds.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will be working on the car together when it arrives from Sebastopol-based Switch Vehicles Inc. next month. They also successfully pitched the product to representatives from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, the California Endowment, the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Del Norte County Superintendent of Schools, Eureka-based Coastal Business Services and Joby Rumiano of Rumiano Cheese.

Raindrops on roadsters

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Blues and brews moved indoors to accomodate weather

Crescent City’s grand display of classic cars will take place at Beachfront Park today before moving to the Cultural Center in the evening.

Folks are invited to sip local and regional microbrews and nosh on local food during the Blues, Brews and Cruise event. Car show participants will have one last time to show off their vehicles during a show-sanctioned cruise through downtown Crescent City.

The event starts with a pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 356 H St., Crescent City.

County to work on OHV plan

Del Norte County officials will be working on a plan to develop National Forest and county roads for OHV use. Courtesy North Coast Cliffhangers
 The steep and rugged Siskiyou Mountains dominating eastern Del Norte County are riddled with hundreds of miles of old logging and mining roads, and county gravel roads connecting, providing many ideal opportunities for off-highway vehicles, like ATVs and dirtbikes.

But off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the roads winding across the Smith River National Recreation Area has long been on the short side. To promote these recreation opportunities, Del Norte County has received a $54,110 grant to develop an OHV master plan, of sorts, with most of the funding going towards four-wheel drive vehicles that can scout the terrain.

“Without such a planning document in place OHV activities in Del Norte County will likely remain incredibly underutilized and undeveloped as they have been for years,” states the application for the grant that the county received.

Robbery leads to Pac Shores manhunt

The car was abandoned on Tell Boulevard in the Pacific Shores subdivision. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Authorities on Friday were searching for a man who robbed a Harbor woman at gunpoint while she was walking on West Benham Lane in Harbor at 6:20 a.m. that morning.

At the same time authorities in Curry and Del Norte County were searching for two men, one of them possibly the robbery suspect, who led sheriff deputies on a high-speed chase south on U.S. 101 into Del Norte County at 10:30 a.m.

The suspects, who ditched the vehicle at Pacific Shores subdivision and fled into the brush, remained at large as of Friday evening.

District looks at special ed program

New leadership at the Del Norte County Unified School District say they are taking seriously a report that highlights some of the special education program’s inadequacies.  

As reason for “organizational dissatisfaction” and the sometimes “below standard service” provided to students, the report, completed by School Services of California, Inc. in May of this year, pointed to the “absence of experienced leadership,” lean staffing, halting communication among faculty and staff and a lack of incentives for classified staff.  

The report was commissioned by Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Jeff Napier to improve the cost efficiencies of the program. Upon reviewing the district’s spending when he came to the position 20 months ago, he said he noticed that special education and maintenance and operations “had continued to increase expenditures year after year,” increasingly dipping into the general fund to cover costs.

Caltrans tweaks advisory speeds

Motorists traveling U.S. 101 south of Crescent City may have noticed a change to posted speeds as they wind up and down Crescent Hill.

The curves on this stretch of highway are among the first to be assessed using newer Federal Highway Administration standards as Caltrans works toward updating all its advisory speed signs, statewide.

Suggested speed limits — lower than the overarching regulatory speed and cued by yellow signs warning of an upcoming curve or bump — were tweaked using a more current formula. The new formula, based on a 1999 study, takes into account modern cars can navigate turns at higher speeds than their predecessors could in 1947, the last time such a thing was studied by the FHA.

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