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USFS seeks public input on aquatic restoration

The Six Rivers National Forest will host a meeting to get the public’s input on a proposed forest-wide aquatic restoration program 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Gasquet Ranger Station in the Smith River National Recreation Area, 10600 Highway 199.

The overall purpose of the restoration program is to improve riparian and in-stream conditions for anadromous fisheries, including listed threatened and sensitive fish species and their critical habitats, according to a USFS press release. 

News of Record Jan. 9–15, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Jan. 9–15, 2015:

Danielle R. Stover, 44, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, four years of probation and 100 hours of community work service and fined $2,470 for child endangerment, obstructing/resisting an executive officer, possession of a dangerous drug and driving under the influence.

A Heartfelt Reunion

Eight-year-old leukemia patient Lola Wiley, left, and her mom Maia Mello enjoy a party welcoming Lola back to school Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
It was a moment Tim Wiley and Maia Mello had waited nine months for. 

Their daughter, 8-year-old Lola Wiley, was on her way to school for the first time since she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia April 12, 2014.

Preceded by a California Highway Patrol car and followed by 11 other law enforcement vehicles with lights flashing, Lola sat in the front seat of a Crescent Fire Protection District engine as it pulled into the parking lot at Gasquet’s Mountain School on Tuesday.

PenAir to bid on Crescent City contract

Would be airline’s first stop in region; no S.F. flight option 

Anchorage, Alaska-based PenAir has requested an extension on a Jan. 14 deadline to bid for Crescent City’s federally subsidized passenger air service, making it the leading contender to replace SkyWest, which in November announced plans to drop the local flight schedule as soon as legally possible, despite a contract that flies until July. 

PenAir has until Feb. 17 to submit a proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, to be followed by a 30-day public comment period. The department will then decide which carrier gets Crescent City’s Essential Air Service contract: 12 round-trip flights a week in exchange for more than $2.5 million in annual subsidies funded by air traffic-related taxes.  

Trial underway in Senior Center case

Suit’s 3 defendants accused of causing org. to lose $484,000  

An aging lawsuit against three former Del Norte Senior Center employees had its first day in front of a local jury Wednesday.

In a complaint dating back to 2012, the center alleges that the actions of former executive director Cynthia Brande, accountant Tracy Stelling and program manager Eileen Silvey ultimately resulted in $484,000 in damages to the organization.

Accused burglary leader in court Friday

Read more...A Crescent City man is accused of being the ringleader in an early December burglary at Redwood School that also involved two male juveniles, according to the findings of an investigation made by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 

Daniel Nuttall has a readiness conference scheduled for Friday, and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Year’s first storms blowing into DN

The North Coast appears to be in for a wet weekend, with Del Norte County bearing the brunt of a series of storms moving into the area beginning Thursday night.

Del Norte may see 3–5 inches of rain between Thursday evening and Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service. 

Six Rivers hiring summer firefighters

The Six Rivers National Forest will be filling multiple temporary wildland firefighter positions for the 2015 fire season. 

“These six-month positions are critical for our fire management organization,” said Mike Minton, interagency fire chief for the Six Rivers National Forest and Redwood National Park. “By advertising for these positions early in the year, we hope to have folks on board by early May for the start of our busy fire season.” 

Demolition Duty

Caltrans workers demolish a boulder threatening to slide onto U.S. Highway 101. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
U.S. Highway 101 was closed to both lanes of traffic for about half an hour Wednesday for a rock demolition 4 miles south of Crescent City. Caltrans spokesman Eli Rohl said the demolition was a safety project to remove a boulder that was threatening to slide down into the roadway. The charge was detonated at 12:05 p.m. One-way traffic control was in effect for about five hours. The road was completely open, free of debris, by 2 p.m. 

Probation Dept. seeks public tips

Six probation violators have been dubbed Probation’s Most Wanted by the Del Norte County Probation Department since mid-November, when the department began posting mug shots on its Facebook page. The department welcomes any information on the offenders, but they may not have the time to get to it.

Citing “limited resources,” the Probation Department can either use its energy to “beat the streets looking for (probation violators) or give out information for public consumption,” Chief Probation Officer Lonnie Reyman said. 

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