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Police and sheriff call logs, Aug. 14-16, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, August 14-16:

Friday, August 14

At 12:12 a.m. a caller reported a suspicious person going through the dumpster outside Coast Central Credit Union.

At 7:26 a.m. a caller reported her landlady kept coming onto the property on the 300 block of Fred Haight Drive without permission or prior notice.

At 9:08 a.m. a caller reported a man was pounding on the door at her house.

At 9:33 a.m. a caller reported an unknown subject was living in their trailer at Shangri La Trailer Park.

At 9:58 a.m. a caller reported two bicycles had been stolen from the bike rack on his vehicle near the 100 block of Oceanfront Lodge.

Solid Waste Authority responds

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority took a second and final crack at its response to the Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations Tuesday.

Given 90 days by law to respond to the report, the authority combed through Director Tedd Ward’s prepared response, suggesting edits before voting to approve the draft for submission, 3-1.

Commissioner Roger Gitlin cast the dissenting vote, expressing a desire to reject the report in its entirety.

Ward told the Triplicate he would put in the final edits and go over them with Chair Rick Holley before submitting the response to presiding Judge William Follett well before the Sept. 8 deadline.

Sleeping driver injured on Hwy. 101

A fatigued driver was injured Tuesday after he fell asleep while driving and hit a tree on U.S. 101, according to law enforcement.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, Gordon Durham, 63, of Garden Grove, California, was northbound on U.S. 101 just south of Klamath Beach Road at 5:30 a.m. when he fell asleep. His Toyota Highlander drifted to the right and ran off the road, down a dirt embankment, and into a large tree, the release said.

Durham suffered a “disfigured...ring finger on his right hand,” according to the release, exited the vehicle through the driver side door and crawled up the embankment, where he flagged down a passerby who called 911.

A passenger, Xinia Durham, 61, who complained of pain to her chest and lower back, wasn’t able to exit the vehicle. Both were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital via Del Norte Ambulance.

Guided bike rides on Mill Creek Sundays

Redwood National and State Parks will offer guided bike rides in the Mill Creek Watershed at 10 a.m. Sundays until the season ends.

The bike rides will be three miles along paved and unpaved roads. People should bring their own bikes, a helmet, water and snacks. Road bikes are not recommended.

Meet at the Mill Creek Watershed Day Use Area, 3 1/2 miles south of Crescent City on Hamilton Road. For more information, call 465-7335.

WPA presentation at Prairie Creek

Learn about the Works Progress Administration and their work promoting America’s public lands during the 1930s on Saturday at a special Redwood National and State Parks campfire presentation.

Ranger Doug Leen will recount the history of the WPA and their work using poster art commissioned by the federal government to promote the nation’s national parks. Leen will also talk about finding and reproducing the old artwork as well as developing new posters for the parks today, according to a Redwood National and State Parks press release.

The presentation starts at 8 p.m. at the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park amphitheater and campfire center.

Leen was a seasonal park ranger on the mountain rescue team at Jenny Lake Ranger Station in Grand Teton National Park from 1970 through 1976. He left the National Park Service to pursue a career as a dentist, working in Seattle, Alaska and in Antarctica.

Waiver denial will not impact tutoring

Del Norte schools will not be negatively impacted by a recent decision from the U.S. Department of Education denying California a waiver to a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act regarding private tutoring.

Del Norte County Unified School District will offer after school tutoring this fall from private providers to low-income students who are struggling academically. But Superintendent Jeff Harris said he hopes national legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will allow districts to make their own decisions regarding instruction outside a regular school day.

Harris said a shift in determining if schools are meeting academic standards may also have a role in the potential reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Harbor awards waterline project to Wahlund

Crescent City Harbor commissioners approved a bid Tuesday for a waterline installation project and directed Harbormaster Charlie Helms to purchase insurance for the Harbor’s new entrance sign.

The contract for the waterline project was unanimously awarded by commissioners to Wahlund Construction Inc. in Eureka for $74,000. It includes installation of a new waterline for five buildings on Marine Way.

The project is scheduled to start on Aug. 24, and be completed before November.

According to meeting documents, harbor staff contacted six contractors for the project. Four of those attended the mandatory pre-bid meeting on July 13. Only Wahlund Construction submitted a bid.

Swim, bike, run

Laura Berreth runs along B Street Pier in the last leg of the Triathlon.
 Over 90 athletes between the ages of 5 to 78 years old met in Beachfront Park for the 31st annual Crescent City Triathlon, a sprint triathlon that involves swimming, biking and running on Sunday. Local residents faired well in an event that draws a lot of participants from Humboldt.

Wildfires gain steam in Gasquet

The Gasquet airfield has been transformed into an incident command base which was humming with activity Sunday evening. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 The Coon Fire claimed another 300 acres over the weekend, inching closer to nearby lodgings, with fire personnel reporting more vigorous fire activity than much of what’s been seen since the Gasquet blazes ignited more than two weeks ago.

At 1,511 acres Monday afternoon, the Coon Fire remains the largest of the six wildfires burning up Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District. It breached Coon Creek Sunday, making an uphill run toward the next ridge line to the south. Deer Creek and the South Fork Smith River lie below that, lending the residences of Rock Creek the space of a mile and a half between them and the fire.

“The forecast told us that the conditions were going to become more unstable weather-wise, so there was a potential increase in fire behavior,” said Incident Commander Don Garwood, with the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Command Team 2. “We expected it to pick up.”

Rich Enea resigns from City Council

Monday’s regular meeting of the Crescent City Council came with the announcement of a long-time city council member’s resignation and the promotion of a staff member.

Mayor Pro Tem Rich Enea declared that he will be resigning after the Oct. 5 City Council meeting.

“Due to health reasons” Enea will be moving out of the area, he said. Enea added he was happy to have spent the past 11 years in Crescent City, serving on the planning commission as well as the council.

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