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Two charged in masked burglary

Crescent City Police arrested two men in connection with a burglary-in-progress at Puff-n-Stuff early Friday morning.

Looking Deeper

Zack Larson checks the DIDSON fish counter on the Smith River. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Smith River basin is widely believed to have the healthiest wild (non-hatchery) salmon and steelhead populations in all of California, but monitoring the status of these fish takes a variety of complex techniques to get the full picture.

A sonar fish-counting program that was used for Smith River salmon and steelhead in years past but took hiatus due to lack of funding is back in business this year.

Accused stabber returns to jail

Bail raised after rap videos allegedly show Loftin high 

Michael C. Loftin, a Crescent City man facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge for stabbing a teenager, is back in Del Norte County Jail with a higher bail amount after a special allegation for great bodily injury was re-instated against Loftin on Wednesday.

At the request of the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office, Judge William Follett reversed Judge Chris Doehle’s decision not to allow the great bodily injury enhancement to be decided by a jury.

Monument 'lost' no more

World War II Medal of Honor recipient Robert D. Maxwell stands next to the National Tribute Grove monument in its new home at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on Saturday. Maxwell came to Del Norte County from Bend, Ore., to unveil the monument, which had gone unnoticed for much of its 65 years. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Long-hidden monument honoring those who served in World War II is relocated 

The morning sun lifted the autumn chill off Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park as Robert D. Maxwell slid back the veil covering the lost monument to himself and his comrades.

For 65 years the monument sat near the park’s entrance unnoticed. Many veterans referred to it as “their lost monument” but had no idea how to find it, according to Wendy Malone, regent of the Del Norte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Pacific Shores lots will be sold

Airport Authority to buy $230K in tax-defaulted land  

Del Norte County’s general fund will get a bump in revenue of more than $230,000 by selling tax-defaulted lots in Pacific Shores Subdivision to the agency that manages Del Norte County’s airport.

D.A.’s office damaged in flood

The Del Norte County District Attorney’s office recently suffered damage to its floor when a water heater pipe burst and water flooded the office.

Flooding did not cause any  delays in services, however, as county facilities crews were able to pump the water out just in time for work the next day. 

Police: Alleged knife attack victim escapes uninjured

Crescent City Police say they arrested a man Saturday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted a man with a knife Friday evening.

Todd Nastiuk, 50, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, exhibiting a deadly weapon and criminal threats, said Sgt. Erik Apperson. 


National Forest lifts fire restrictions

Fire restrictions for Six Rivers, Klamath, Shasta-Trinity and Mendocino national forests were lifted over the weekend “due to recent rainfall, cooler temperatures and higher humidity,” according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.

North Fork Smith drilling permit denied

The claims are just outside the Smith River National Recreation Area and North Fork Wild and Scenic corridor, where mining is already prohibited. Courtesy of Kalmiopsis Wild
 Mining company denied surface water for exploratory drilling 

A mining company’s plan to perform exploratory drilling in the North Fork Smith River watershed was dealt a blow Monday when an Oregon state agency denied a request to use surface water for drilling. 

The Oregon Water Resources Department denied the application from Red Flat Nickel Corp. to use water for drilling after determining “that the proposed water use will impair or be detrimental to the public interest,” according to the Final Order from OWRD.

Red Flat Nickel Corp. could still pursue exploratory drilling for valuable metals like nickel and chrome in its 3,000-acre Cleopatra claim site, just north of the California-Oregon border and less than 1 mile east of the Wild and Scenic-designated North Fork Smith River. But the company would have to fly in, or deliver by other means, water for drilling or it would have to resubmit a permit to OWRD to use surface water.

Phone calls and emails to agents of Red Flat Nickel Corp. were not immediately returned. 


Young adults host School Board candidates forum Wed. night

Del Norters will have another chance to hear from candidates for the local School Board on Wednesday.

True North Organizing Network is hosting a non-partisan forum at the Crescent Elk Auditorium focusing on the candidates for the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees. The discussion will be led by local students and young adults and will be translated into Spanish and Hmong, according to a press release from the non-profit organization.

Child care will be provided at the forum.

The forum will be the first in a series of True North activities encouraging folks to participate in the election process. School Board candidates for Area 5 include former district employee Ronnie Sorensen, former city finance employee Jamie Forkner, Janet Wortman and Beth Green, Crescent Elk Middle School’s former library manager.

Candidates for Area 2 include incumbent Lori Cowan and Angela Greenough, former communications coordinator for the Wild Rivers Community Foundation. Area 1 candidates include incumbent Don McArthur and notary public Milton Reilley.

True North is a non-profit regional community organizing network that is currently established in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Since June, True North has provided workshops to youth across the county through the California Center for Rural Policy’s Summer Youth Training Academy.

Young adults also participated in non-partisan voter registration and outreach, focusing on populations less likely to vote, according to the organization. True North has registered 150 new voters since June.

The forum will take place 5:45–7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G Street in Crescent City. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TrueNorthOrganizing.

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