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California history: Chronicle of atrocities

“An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe” by Benjamin Madley was released this week. Image courtesy of Yale University Press
UCLA professor writes history of Native American genocide in California 

Few people outside Del Norte know about the 1853 slaughter of Tolowa at Yontocket (Yan’-daa-k’vt) on the south bank of the Smith River. Yet with a death toll as high as 600, it stands as one of the largest mass killings of Native Americans in U.S. history. 

It’s a fact that staggered Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation tribal chairman Loren Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn when speaking with Benjamin Madley, whose book “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe” was released this week. Bommelyn said before he realized the magnitude of the Yontocket massacre, he thought it was one example of an all-too common occurrence.

Permit issued to kill cougar

Big Flat resident says mountain lion killed dog 

A game warden has issued a permit to relieve Big Flat residents of a miscreant mountain lion that has killed one pet and injured another.

Ted Pinnow, game warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said, “There is no hard evidence, but I believe the homeowners story of the mountain lion killing her dog. The report is being treated as being valid.”

Stats: Highway crashes common in variety of conditions

Those curvy roads may be fun to drive but the latest traffic data shows they are not the place to practice your race car moves. 

The many curvy roads that make up picturesque Del Norte County demand drivers stay alert and ready to react to what’s around the next blind corner, say traffic officials.

The latest statistics — a compilation of traffic accidents the past five years — show there are 6 percent more collisions on dry roads than wet in Del Norte County. More than two thirds — 69.7 percent — of those accidents happened during daylight hours and 44.4 percent happened on clear days.

Memorial Day events Monday

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will commemorate Memorial Day with an honor guard, music and the lighting of the eternal flame Monday.

Six Rivers campgrounds ready to open for holiday weekend

Most developed campgrounds on the Six Rivers National Forest will open just in time for the holiday weekend. 

Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. is encouraging everyone to get out and visit the forest, “This is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy the Six Rivers. We have 18 developed campgrounds and nearly one million acres of National Forest System lands just waiting for you to relax and unplug.”

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 25-27, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 25–27:

Wednesday, May 25

Note: From 1:19 p.m.

At 1:32 p.m., report of a building broken into on the 2300 block of Elk Valley Road and some tools taken.

At 2:00 p.m., report of a break-in at a residence on the 3500 block of Railroad Avenue. Nothing is missing.

Accomplished speakers

Daisy Cajita receives her State Seal of Biliteracy from School Board President Don McArthur on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Nearing graduation, eight seniors honored for fluency in two languages 

As Del Norte’s graduating seniors begin celebrating their accomplishments, eight received accolades from their parents and teachers Tuesday for their fluency in two languages.

Daisy Cajita, Roger Carrillo, Mitzi Garcia, Ariana Moreno, Jose Ramirez, Roberto Ramirez, Danielle Ruiz and Jonathan Valladares are the first students in Del Norte County to receive the California State Seal of Biliteracy. The seal will be emblazoned on their transcripts and high school diplomas and they’ll wear a special medal at their graduation next month.

Illegal shooting area under fire after resident’s complaint

In this screen capture from the video of the Board of Supervisors meeting David West holds up a bullet-riddled “Caution Children at Play” sign. Source: http://media.co.del-norte.ca.us/
Rowdy Creek subdivision resident David West is tired of unchecked and random gunfire in his neighborhood. So he showed up at a recent Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting with ammunition in hand — a bullet-riddled “Caution Children at Play” sign — to appeal for help.

A frustrated West told supervisors Tuesday that people are shooting guns at the entrance to the subdivision. West said he fears for his safety and that of his family. He said the subdivision pays $50,000 in property taxes to the county every year and it deserves the protection of law enforcement.

City staff forecasts revenue shortage

A projected cash shortage has Crescent City Council members scrambling for a new or increased source of revenue. One solution being looked at: Raising a local hotel tax.

City Council members recently discussed raising the transient occupancy tax (TOT) as an option to increase revenue for next fiscal year’s budget.

Health District makes no decision on consultant

No decision was made on a proposed $82,500 consultant contract with Quorum at a Del Norte Healthcare District meeting Tuesday, but there were signs of improved future communication and cooperation between major health care players in Del Norte County. 

District board members said they need Del Norte County counsel to review certain provisions of the Quorum proposal. The board plans to hold a special meeting to go over the Quorum proposal on a date to be announced.

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