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Search called off for man lost in surf

Authorities called off the search for a 20-year-old male who went missing Tuesday night following an attempt to rescue his dog from the surf near the mouth of Redwood Creek in Orick. 

Witnesses said they lost sight of the man, who was traveling through the area with friends, according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

Vigil honors Tolowa victims

Community members gather for a vigil in honor of Tolowa dead near Battery Point Lighthouse. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Beach gathering marks era of Indian genocide in region 

As the tide receded Friday evening, the waters beneath Battery Point Lighthouse made way for a vigil held to honor Tolowa people who had been slaughtered nearby in 1853, and those who had survived.

Following the retelling of that gruesome history, the names of 38 presumed survivors were read aloud as teal waters reeled in the background. 

“It’s important to read their names because ... of the Tolowa people here (today),” said Smith River Rancheria Tribal Citizen Lenora Hall, who read some of the names, each one preceded by the Tolowa word day-sri, meaning “poor thing, beloved.” 

Septic system issues persist

Mobile home park owner says city hookup fees too high 

A Crescent City mobile home park may lose its permit to operate next month due to a long-failing septic system, by order of the same state agency that paid to build an extended sewer line at the end of this mobile home park’s driveway seven years ago.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development, which regulates all the state’s mobile home parks in lieu of local housing authorities, also runs the Community Development Block Grant Program. It awarded Del Norte County $854,000 through this program in 2008 for a project “to mitigate an immediate problem with a failing septic system at West Park Mobile Home Park” on Northcrest Drive, according to the county’s application.  

Full plate for Supervisors’ meeting

The Del Norte Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Flynn Administration Center. Here is a rundown of some of the items the county representatives have on their agenda for today; a full agenda can be found online at www.countyofdelnorte.us/agendas/bos/publishedmeetings.

Regular items

After accepting public comment and receiving an update and summary from the Community Development Department about the status of the county’s General Plan, supervisors will vote to send a progress report to the state that will go over the status of plan’s implementation. The progress report will look into various local elements accounted for in the plan, like transportation, recreation, housing, and land use.

Vets’ monument now taking bids

A long-awaited monument honoring members of the U.S. armed forces cleared a major hurdle Saturday when it received a development permit from the California Coastal

Members of the Del Norte Veterans Monument Committee are now seeking bids for the monument’s construction, president Harlan Ziegler said. The committee hopes to have bids submitted by April 25.

“We’d like (the monument) done with local labor, making it a local project,” Ziegler said. “That’s always been one of the goals.”

Tsunami warning test 11 to noon on Wednesday

Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties will conduct an annual test of the tsunami warning system tomorrow.

Folks in downtown Crescent City will hear the town’s tsunami sirens; radio and TV broadcasts will be interrupted with an emergency alert system and NOAA weather radios will be activated. The test will be held between 11 a.m. and noon.

Folks who hear or see the warning test do not need to take any action. They should not call 911 or local authorities and do not need to evacuate their home or business. 

To help emergency officials evaluate the test, visit www.weather.gov/eureka or call 707-443-6484. Learn more about earthquakes, tsunamis and other North Coast disasters at humboldt.edu/shakyground or call the American Red Cross at 707-443-6484.

Two charged in K-Falls death linked to Gasquet stolen car

Police in Klamath Falls have arrested two Humboldt County residents in connection with a late January homicide that may be connected to a car stolen in Gasquet.

Officers arrested Aaron Michael Riley, 28, at his home in Loleta and transported him to Oregon where he was booked into the Klamath Falls jail on March 13, the Herald and News reported. Barbara Ranae Bareilles, 36, of Eureka, was taken into custody on Feb. 11 and transported to Klamath Falls on Feb. 23.

Critical Access app. on hold

Sutter Health officials said Thursday they have put on hold a controversial effort to cut the number of inpatient hospital beds in Crescent City by half.

The Sutter Coast Hospital Board of Directors unanimously agreed to stall its pending application for Critical Access designation in response to an influx of patients in recent months, according to a March 19 press release from Sutter Health.

Easter lily org. honored for pesticide work in DN

Lilies at a Smith River farm are in full bloom. Triplicate file
This week the Oregon-based Easter Lily Research Foundation received an award from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for its work to reduce pesticide use on 1,800 acres of farmland in Del Norte County, which has seen an increase in the amount of acutely toxic chemicals annually applied to lily bulb fields of more than 50 percent over the past two decades, based on CDPR records. 

The Easter Lily Research Foundation is headed up by Lee Riddle, who accepted the state’s Integrated Pest Management Award in Sacramento on Thursday. He could not be reached for comment before press time. 


Violent carjacking remains mystery

Carjackers who put a battered Brookings woman in the ER when they took her car at knifepoint earlier this month remain at large, and the loose ends have raised questions about the quality of the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office’s response to the incident.

The carjacking, according to Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven, began March 6 as a late-night rendezvous among Karlie Geraghty, Eduardo Ramos and three others in the parking lot of the old Nautical Inn in Smith River. 

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