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Steven Memorial Bridge: 58 years and done

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A crew worker from West Coast Contractors prepares for the hoisting of the last steel girder of old Steven Memorial Bridge on Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Longtime connection to Big Flat comes down after new bridges go up 

For 58 years the Steven Memorial Bridge provided access to the remote homes and ranches of Big Flat on the South Fork Smith River and the vast forested mountains around it.

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Sewer rate hike protests due Mon.

The city’s plan to raise sewer rates is going under the microscope at Monday’s City Council meeting when a public hearing will take place regarding the issue.

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Oregon man gets 2 years on burglary conviction

Read more... An Oregon man who entered a Bertsch Tract home last year while high on drugs, fought the homeowner and then ran away with some property was sentenced on Thursday to two years in San Quentin after pleading guilty to burglary. 

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Deputies arrest man in home invasion case

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 Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 28-year-old Crescent City man Thursday in connection with an April 12 home invasion robbery in Brookings in which the resident was attacked with a Taser.

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Life jacket inspection, trade-in today

Local boaters will have a chance to get their life jackets inspected by professionals today and will be fitted with a new one if necessary.

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Cascadia preparedness: Drilling for ‘the big one’

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A Ch-47 Chinook helicopter from the California Air National Guard practiced landing in Gasquet on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 At 8 a.m. Monday morning a 9.0 earthquake strikes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, severely shaking Del Norte County and the rest of the northern West Coast for more than five minutes. 

Within a few short minutes, coastal communities are devastated by towering tsunami surges — recorded at 49 feet high in Crescent City — while isolated mountain communities like Gasquet are cut off from normal supply chains of food, power and communication.

In Del Norte, there are 285 civilians killed, 580 civilians injured and at least 8,000 people displaced. Just like in 1964, downtown Crescent City, including City Hall, the police department, the Del Norte County government building, and Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, have all been completely destroyed.

This hypothetical Cascadia scenario was drilled by state, federal and local emergency agencies this week for the California Office of Emergency Services annual state-level exercise, which drills one specific disaster that is possible in the state each year. 

 

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Emergency supply drop in Gasquet practiced

Part of this week’s drill of the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan included the deployment of a California Air National Guard Ch-47 Chinook helicopter to Ward Field airport in Gasquet.

Ward Field is expected to be a “point of distribution” or POD to deliver food, medical supplies and other resources to the mountain community of almost 800 people.

 

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Parks make first ever burl theft arrest

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An 8-foot burl was hacked from this redwood last year. Courtesy of Redwood National and State Parks
 California State Parks Law Enforcement has made its first ever arrest for poaching redwood burls on Redwood National and State Parks land.

Danny E. Garcia of Orick was arrested and charged with felony grand theft, vandalism and receiving stolen property on suspicion of his role in the removal and subsequent sale of redwood burls from Redwood Creek drainage at the south end of Redwood National Park. Charges are currently pending against Larry Morrow, also of Orick, who is currently serving time for unrelated charges, according to a press release from the Redwood National and State Parks.

 

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New film map to be released

Read more...  The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission has put Del Norte County on the map — literally — with its most recent project, a “Map of the Stars” that’s set to be released this month.

The “Map of the Movies: Filmed on the Redwood Coast,” which has been in the works since last year, will be ready for distribution in time for the commission’s unveiling party on May 29 at the Battery Point Lighthouse, where Tim McGraw’s “Not a Moment Too Soon” music video was shot in 2009. A release party for Humboldt County is planned for May 22.

 

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Emergency supply drop in Gasquet practiced

Part of this week’s drill of the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami Response Plan included the deployment of a California Air National Guard Ch-47 Chinook helicopter to Ward Field airport in Gasquet.

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