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Airport project breaks ground

Past and present airport authority board members and others involved ceremoniously break ground Thursday on a new runway improvement project for Del Norte County’s airport. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Ceremonial dirt was turned at the Del Norte County Regional Airport Thursday to celebrate not just the real ground-breaking that will begin on the airport’s runway improvement project next week but also the many behind-the-scenes tasks completed over the past several years to create a shovel-ready project.  

“This is the first turning of the shovel for a physical project, but this project has been going on for a long time,” said David Finigan, chairman of the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority, which manages Del Norte’s airport. “All along the line we’ve heard from various stages, consistently, year after year, that ‘You can’t do it.’ Well, I’m here to show you today that we can.”

Money woes closing school

After nearly 10 years of providing an alternative education model for Del Norte students, Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods will close on Dec. 19.

The K–12 charter school has been embroiled in a financial crisis for the past two years after the misspending of grant funds led to a deficit budget, staff layoffs, high turnover and perhaps most critically, drastically lowered enrollment. 

Economic study on Last Chance Grade

Caltrans is asking local businesses that rely on U.S. Highway 101 to participate in an economic impact study that is expected to help in the effort to re-route the notoriously landslide-prone section of the highway 12 miles south of Crescent City known as Last Chance Grade.

Chamber seeks 8 board members

The Crescent City / Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce is seeking eight candidates for its board of directors.

Public input sought on library’s future

The Del Norte County Library Board is seeking community input as it drafts its plans and goals for the next five years.

Yurok casino plans opening Friday

After months of construction and preparation, the Redwood Hotel Casino will be fully open for business this weekend.

The casino and restaurant will open its doors on Friday at 8 p.m., according to a press release from the Yurok Tribe, and then the first full day of operation begins on Saturday at 9 in the morning for the casino and 11 a.m. for the restaurant. The hotel, which has 60 rooms, opened for business in July.

New Sheriff in Town

Police sgt. says he feels affirmed by voters after 10-point win

Sheriff-elect Erik Apperson and his wife Kyoko wave to supporters Tuesday night after hearing the final election returns. Del Norte Triplicate / Emily Jo Cureton
Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson defeated incumbent Dean Wilson in the race for Del Norte County sheriff Tuesday night with a 10-point lead.

“The thought that keeps going through my head is affirmation,” Apperson said the day after election night. “I was born here, I grew up here, and to see the folks from here come out and demonstrate they believe in me is what is resonating with me right now."

Feller to take reins at RHS

Scott Feller
Rural Human Services, the largest independent social service provider in Del Norte County, will see some changes in leadership this winter just as the nonprofit weathers less-friendly realities for securing grants, the organization’s largest funding source.

Rural Human Services announced last week the appointment of Scott Feller as interim executive director to replace Michael Costigan, who will be leaving RHS Dec. 15.

C.C. man’s ‘Pawn’ interest goes on T.V.

Crescent City veteran Joseph Burrell (second from left) poses with ‘Pawn Star’ stars Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, Chumlee Russell and ‘Pawnography’ host Christopher Titus. Submitted
Joseph Burrell’s fascination with historical things makes him a regular on eBay and other Internet auction sites and a fan of the History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars.”

Interested primarily in sports and American history, particularly the Civil War era and Victorian period, the 28-year-old disabled veteran wrote “Pawn Stars” producers hoping to be able to sell some of his most prized finds. Burrell didn’t expect to be contacted with the producers of “Pawnography,” a History Channel game show featuring the stars of “Pawn Stars.”

Fishing deaths a reminder as season nears

Four people drowned during a recreational crab outing off the coast of Bodega Bay this weekend, serving as a tragic reminder of the importance of boater safety for this winter’s sport and commercial dungeness crab seasons.

Beverly Noll, a volunteer with Crescent City’s Coast Guard Auxiliary, has been walking the docks of Crescent City Harbor performing boat examinations and safety equipment check as the local fleet prepares for the beginning of the commercial crab season, scheduled to begin Dec. 1 north of Mendocino County.

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