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Armed robbery suspect on loose

Daniel Dodson
Law enforcement canvassed the area around a local business Friday afternoon in search of a suspected armed robber. 

The Crescent City Police Department would not disclose the amount of money reported stolen to a sheriff’s deputy who visited the business on the 200 block of L Street “for an unrelated incident,” according to Police Sgt. Justin Gill. 

Domestic violence offenders each get four years in prison

Ramiro Hernandez
Two Crescent City men were sentenced to serve four years each in state prison Thursday on domestic violence charges, according to press releases from the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office. 

A repeat offender, Ramiro Hernandez, 61, was charged with willfully inflicting corporal injury on a romantic partner within seven years of a previous domestic violence conviction for hitting his girlfriend in the eye with his cane on May 27, 2014. The strike broke the victim’s glasses and resulted in an injury requiring multiple stitches, the press release says. 

News of Record Jan. 16–23, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Jan. 16–23, 2015:

David William Newton, 53, Crescent City, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $680 for public intoxication.

Public invited to meetings about Last Chance Grade

Caltrans and its partners will host three community workshops at different locations in the coming week as a part of their Last Chance Grade Feasibility Study. 

A range of alternatives to the current route of Highway 101 known as Last Chance Grade between Crescent City and Wilson Creek through active and historic landslides will be discussed, along with their projected cost, added travel time and environmental impact. 

Sparky Gets Super Surprise

Tony “Sparky” Luis walks a gauntlet of Del Norte High School cheerleaders after being named a Warrior Superfan Tuesday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
He may not be the loudest or most animated sports enthusiast in Crescent City, but after more than 50 years of unrelenting support for Del Norte High School athletics, Tony “Sparky” Luis certainly deserves to be called a Warrior Superfan.

Bicoastal Media held its fourth annual Sportscaster’s Night at the boys-girls basketball doubleheader between Del Norte and Hoopa on Tuesday in Thunen Gym. At halftime of the boys game, Bicoastal Media General Manager Rene’ Shanle-Hutzell announced that Luis would follow in the footsteps of Superfan honorees Caroline Hilger, Tim Nuszkiewicz and Angie Galindo.

Music studio to roll into Smith River

Students to record video in John Lennon Educational Tour bus 

Tiny Smith River will be the seventh and final stop as the John Lennon Educational Tour bus wends its way across the country.

The bus, part of the National Association of Music Merchants’ efforts to promote music education in K–12 schools, will be at Smith River School for two days, Jan. 29–30. During the bus’s visit, six Smith River School students will create a music video. 

Districts will have to narrow goals

While a report on California’s new school funding formula found its goals and performance metrics too complex for school districts to meet all the requirements, the Del Norte County Unified School District reports some success implementing the initiative.

The report, released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, recommended that districts be permitted to focus on developing an action plan for a set of high-priority areas rather than all eight targets specified by the state. 

Listening to the Depths

Whales frequent the Navy’s Northwest Training and Testing Area, an area of open ocean starting at least 12 miles off the North Coast. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The U.S. Navy held a public meeting in Eureka Friday night detailing proposed changes to military readiness operations in the depths at Del Norte County’s doorstep, where for decades sonar technologies known to harm marine life have been tested.

Required by federal environmental laws to field public scrutiny, the Navy is in the process of finalizing a 2,000-page draft Environmental Impact Statement for activities in its Northwest Training and Testing Area, a swathe of open ocean big enough to swallow California whole that includes waters at least 12 miles offshore extending from the Canadian border to Mendocino County.

Sutter, Blue Shield face off

But insurer won’t drop DN hospital ‘until further notice’ 

Sutter Coast Hospital may have become a bargaining chip in stymied contract negotiations between health care giants Sutter Health and insurer Blue Shield of California, which provides coverage for at least 570 local residents, including 295 Del Norte County Unified School District employees and their families.

Mired in allegations against Sutter’s business practices, if the conflict is not resolved by June 30, some 280,000 Californians insured by Blue Shield would have to choose between switching from Sutter-affiliated doctors or finding a new insurance plan in order to avoid paying more out-of-pocket for providers in the Sutter system, already among the priciest in the state and, for some services, the only local option. 

Huffman promises work on vet care

VA: No plans for a Crescent City clinic 

Del Norte County’s congressman says he will work with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make it easier for veterans in his district to get the health care they need.

But according to the interim director of the VA Roseburg Health System, reopening a clinic in Crescent City is not on the agenda.

“It’s a terrible thing when the vets have a clinic in their community and somebody closes it and moves it 20 or 30 miles away,” said Douglas Paxton, who in October became the interim director for the Roseburg system, which operates a clinic in Brookings and until April 2014 had operated a clinic in Crescent City. “There are no plans to open a clinic in Crescent City on the near horizon.”

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