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Help for the hungry: 'I couldn't not do something'

Left to right: Lindell Scarborough, Marianne Fallmann and Cora Jones get together at the VFW kitchen every Thursday to help assemble lunches for people in need. Del Norte Triplicate / David Anderson
 Volunteers have prepared nealy 4,000 meals distributed to vets, homeless 

In the darkening shadow of a worsening homeless reality, a group of local volunteers are focusing on a solution.

Every Thursday, the group, led by Marianne Fallmann, VFW Cmdr. Gerry Johnson, and VFW Auxiliary President Linndell Scarborough, gather in the kitchen at the VFW Hall and put together 50 lunches, delivering them to homeless individuals and families throughout Del Norte County.

“We have been doing this for over a year,” Fallmann said. “The need is so overwhelming.”

Mom gets four-year sentence for hitting toddler

A Smith River mother was sentenced to four years without probation in state prison for striking her 3-year old daughter and bruising her face late last year.

39-year old Cindy Joyce Anderson’s criminal history, which includes misdemeanor assault and battery convictions, a felony conviction from Idaho, and alleged involvement in numerous burglaries, factored “heavily” in Del Norte Superior Court Judge William Follett’s sentencing decision Thursday, according to court documents and a press release from Del Norte District Attorney Dale Trigg, whose office was represented in this case by Katherine Micks.

“I understand why (Follett) did what he did, but I was hoping for probation,” said Anderson’s public defender, Karen Olson, who said she believed Anderson had been living in Smith River for just under a year.

Airport contract awarded

An artist's rendering of the Del Norte County Regional Airport's future terminal. Courtesy Del Norte County Regional Airport
Tidewater Contractors, Inc. was awarded a $2 million contract Thursday to take on the first phase of the Del Norte County Regional Airport’s new terminal.

Coming in $2 million under the engineer’s estimate, Tidewater’s low bid will give the airport “some leeway” when it comes time for phase 2, when the terminal gets built, Program Manager Susan Daugherty said at the monthly Border Coast Regional Airport Authority meeting.

Vanir Construction Management’s initial estimate of more than $4 million was made under the assumption the bids to bump Dale Rupert Road a little to the east and drill along Pebble Beach Drive for new water and sewer connections would not come from local companies, Daugherty said.

PenAir times to change

Beginning April 21, an altered flight schedule in and out of Crescent City will mean even better connection to Sacramento, airport officials say.

PenAir took over area skies in September 2015, routing passengers through Portland. Local passengers accustomed to the years of SkyWest’s service through San Francisco worried the change might cut them off from Sacramento and the rest of California.

“As with a lot of things, people’s perceptions of what’s happening is not the reality,” said Border Coast Regional Airport Authority Chair David Finigan. “When I was going United (with SkyWest), and they cancelled that evening flight a couple years ago, it was almost seven hours to get to Sacramento — I’d have to wait at SFO for two and a half hours. I can drive there in six and a half.”

Sentenced man apologizes for attempted murder

“I’ve done a horrific act of unconscionable violence!” wrote Richard Lee Hubbell, 37, who was sentenced this week to almost 18 years in state prison for arson and two counts of attempted murder.

According to Del Norte District Attorney Dale Trigg, Hubbell was charged in connection with an incident Jan. 1, 2016, when he attempted to burn down a mobile home containing his sleeping, estranged wife and her boyfriend.

Trigg said Hubbell poured gasoline on the home’s wooden porch, then made a trail of gas from the porch to a nearby truck and set the truck on fire.

Federal ban on forage fish expected to have little effect locally

It appears a federal ban on catching forage fish, the little schooling fish that play a critical role in the marine food web, will haveittle, if any, impact on fishermen in Del Norte County.

Federal officials finalized rules Monday for a West Coast ban on catching forage fish, the small fish that larger species, seabirds and marine mammals depend on for food, according to the Associated Press.

“Nobody in the harbor fishes for those fish,” said Rick Shepard, president of the Crescent City Commercial Fisherman’s Association. “That’s more of a Southern California fishery.”

Emergency dispatch call logs, April 4-6, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 4-6: 

Wednesday, April 6

At 3:54 p.m. caller reported two females were in a verbal altercation behind the main building at the 1000 block of Scenic Creek Dr.

At 4:08 p.m. caller reported her mentally ill husband is driving around in an unlicensed vehicle. The caller states that the driver likes to frequent Pebble Beach Drive.

At 5:16 p.m. a caller reported that someone got into her vehicle and stole her purse at the 500 block of East Washington Blvd.

News of Record, April 1-7, 2016

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for April 1-7, 2016:

• Dee Dee Celeste McDonald, 48, Crescent City, was sentenced to the Batterers’ Intervention Program for probation violation

• Rebekka Jean Sutton, 23, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $300 for termination of probation.

• Elise Marie Garamendi, 32, Smith River, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, four years probation and fined $2,602 for driving under the influence of .08 or higher blood alcohol content and probation violation.

Supervisors to meet in closed session

Del Norte County supervisors announced they plan to meet behind closed doors Monday morning during a special session, to potentially discuss litigation and the performance of an employee.

“Anything that’s listed on the agenda could be discussed,” said County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina.

Listed is a worker’s compensation case, initiating new litigation and a performance evaluation for the Department of Health and Human Services director.

Dam removal announcement: 'Implications all over the world'

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Wednesday morning at Requa about removing dams from the Klamath River. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Federal, state and tribal leaders hail deal to undam the Klamath 

REQUA  — Historic agreements that should initiate four long-awaited dam removals and set in motion a massive salmon restoration project were signed on the mouth of the Klamath River on Wednesday morning by state, federal and tribal leaders.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined a host of others on a stage fashioned from boat docks on the Yurok Reservation to express their commitment to un-damming the Klamath, in spite of Congress’ failure to pass the necessary backing legislation by 2015. 

Finding a compromise that works for the people throughout the Klamath Basin, and one that will work even without congressional approval, “by working together is the way American politics should work. This is the absolute essence of non-extremism and non-polarization,” Gov. Jerry Brown said, adding the historic move would have “implications all over the world.”

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