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Report: Tourists are bringing in the bucks

Del Norte County tourism figures are in, and things are looking good.

Jeff Parmer, executive director of Crescent City’s Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, presented current tourism statistics to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s meeting, and the numbers showed a significant increase in revenue for the area.

News of Record Aug. 15-21, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Aug. 15–21:

Darren G. Casteel, 39, Crescent City, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $630 and $75 in public defender fees for disobeying terms.

Rebekka J. Sutton, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of probation and 100 hours of community work service and fined $937 and $50 in public defender fees for possession of a dangerous drug and a probation violation. 

Sheriff Log Aug. 23–28, 2014

Here are excerpts from the Del Norte Sheriff Office call logs for Aug. 23–28:

Saturday, Aug. 23

At 2:01 p.m., a report of an attack in a vehicle by a male subject at the 12500 block of South Indian Road in Smith River

Police Log Aug. 23-27, 2014

Here are excerpts from the Crescent City Police Department call logs for Aug. 23–27:

Saturday, Aug. 23

At 11:37 a.m., a report of illegal dumping on the 1300 block of Oregon Street

At 7:59 a.m., a report of office theft on the 900 block of Sunset Circle

Slippery Slope

An overhead view of Highway 101 adjacent to Last Chance Grade shows how close the slide-prone slope is to to the road. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
North Coast one of 19 regions studied for climate change impact on highways 

Multi-million dollar transportation projects are meant to outlive their planners by decades, but how do you build long-lasting infrastructure in light of the dynamic world created by climate change?

The Federal Highway Administration is funding studies on what infrastructure is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and the North Coast is one of 19 pilot areas across the country going under the microscope to study how to deal with a changing world.

Hospital foes eye different tactic

Healthcare District to look into eminent domain action 

The board of the Del Norte Healthcare District voted Tuesday to seek consultants for advice related to eminent domain action against the embattled Sutter Coast Hospital.

The process would seek to stop plans to change the hospital to a Critical Access facility, a proposal that has seen vocal opposition for more than two years.

If granted, eminent domain would allow the government agency to take control of the hospital for public use.


Sparks fly at County Board meeting

Supervisors not happy with Gitlin op-ed against Finigan 

An item on the Board of Supervisors meeting agenda about reining in board member behavior was briefly derailed on Tuesday when board member behavior couldn’t be reined in.

Discussion surrounding the item, which concerned a proposed code of conduct to govern supervisor behavior during and outside of meetings, spiraled into a shouting match between District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin and Board Chair David Finigan about some of the issues that inspired Gitlin’s op-ed published last week in the Triplicate. That piece, which some supervisors said was an inappropriate venue for a board member to criticize a colleague, blasted Board Chair Finigan for alleged abuses of power and was a primary reason for the code of conduct proposal.

“We’re going to take a brief recess,” Finigan said after Gitlin interrupted him before a vote to direct staff to look into creating the code and accused him of trying to silence the voices of District 1. “Cut the mics.”

Judge denies farmers’ request on Klamath water

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California’s Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Lower Klamath River survive the drought.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno, California, denied the temporary injunction sought by Westlands Water District and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority. Westlands is the nation’s largest supplier of water for agricultural use.

The judge ruled that the potential harm to salmon from drought conditions right now outweighs the potential harm to farmers next year.

Man airlifted after fall

Courtesy of Mike Cuthbertson
A man was airlifted to a Medford hospital after falling approximately 25 feet near a Smith River bridge Wednesday, CalFire officials say.

CalFire Battalion Chief Tim Devos said the fall was reported at 12:15 p.m. by a U.S. Forest Service Protection Officer who was at the scene at Second Bridge in Hiouchi.

Public invited to help clean up beach on Friday

Clients and staff members with Full Spectrum Services will be out making the beach at Clifford Kamph County Park even more beautiful Friday.

About 20 individuals and staff members with the organization will participate in a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cleanup will be followed by a barbecue, according to event organizer Jamie Hayden.

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