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Emergency dispatch call logs, Dec. 23 - 27, 2015

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs Dec. 23 - 27: 

Wednesday, December 23

At 12:45 a.m., report of a man with his truck tire stuck in the snow near Little Jones Creek Road in Gasquet.

At 3:09 a.m., caller says there are people with flashlights trying to get into a business on the 300 block of U.S. 101 South.

At 3:36 a.m., caller requests extra patrol due to speeding near U.S. 101 and Enderts Beach Road.

Missing man's family desperate for closure

Lee Martinho
Lee Martinho was picking mushrooms off and on for a quarter century. It started as a side-gig while taking breaks from cutting firewood with his brother in southern Oregon. Soon, they realized they could make more money harvesting the white gold in the wet forests than they ever had hauling timber.

On their first outing they filled a baseball cap with stray sprouts and were astonished at a $16 payout. The following afternoon they made $60 on a half-full grocery bag. On the third day they dedicated half of their hours to hunting mushrooms and came home with $200 — twice their average earnings for a full day gathering firewood.

CEO blasts anti-Sutter campaign

The chief executive officer of Sutter Coast Hospital says he believes the Del Norte Healthcare District’s proposal to launch a $50,000 public relations campaign against corporate owner Sutter Health is questionable and a waste of public money.

“If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny,” said Sutter Coast Hospital CEO Mitch Hanna. “It is amazing to me that our tax dollars are being spent in this manner. “

A week ago, Healthcare district board members acknowledged negotiations with a Sacramento public relations firm after the Triplicate obtained a copy of a memo between the district’s attorney, Amy Brantly, and Mike Roth of Paschal/Roth Public Relations.

Among the goals of the campaign cited by Roth were to “Highlight the greed of Sutter Coast Hospital.”

“The people of Del Norte County should be thankful that they have the services they have there,” said Hanna. “There is a certain segment that wants to condemn us for being successful. Success in not a bad thing. Success allows us to do the things we do and provide the services we provide.”

News of Record, Dec. 18 - 24, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencing provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Dec. 18-24:

Benjamin Brittain, 27, Crescent City, was sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined $1,231 for burglary.
Dustin Woodral, 26, Crescent City, was sentenced to 3 years probation and fined $1,535 for driving on a suspended license.

One last look at 2015: Lola Wiley

After nine months of aggressive chemotherapy treatments, 8-year-old Lola Wiley returned to school in style on Jan. 13, 2015.

Lola, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on April 12, 2014, sat in the shotgun seat of a Crescent City Fire truck as it rolled into the Gasquet Mountain School parking lot. She was accompanied by the California Highway Patrol, the Del Norte and Curry counties’ sheriffs offices, Crescent City Police and the Smith River Fire Department.

One last look at 2015: Klamath outage

Residents of Klamath went for 80 hours without power last February after a storm knocked out power to over 5,700 Del Norte County  Pacific Power customers. Branches and trees were blamed for the protracted outage and because of heavy rain, and remote locations, “Pacific Power crews slogged through rough terrain to restore it.”

One last look at 2015: Brother Jonathan

Last summer local historians marked the 150th anniversary of the S.S. Brother Jonathan shipwreck. The steamer impaled itself on an uncharted rock north of Crescent City and sank on July 30, 1865. The shipwreck led to the construction of the St. George Reef Lighthouse in 1892.

One last look at 2015: Crab delay

Read more... The West Coast crabbing industry is bracing itself for a season for that may never happen. A neurotoxin that forms in algae invaded the crab and made them unfit to eat. The toxin domoic acid.

A vast ribbon of algae bloom was observed hugging the West Coast this summer, seemingly thriving on the abnormally warm waters, and large numbers of marine mammals have washed onto shore, something that's been attributed to their eating toxic fish.

The toxin, domoic acid, came from the unusually large-warm mass of water floating in the Northeast Pacific dubbed, by the scientific community as the “blob.”

One last look at 2015: Changing of the guard

County Supervisor Chris Howard
 Del Norte County and Crescent City welcomed a large group of new elected officials in 2015.

Erik Apperson was sworn in as the Del Norte County’s new sheriff on Jan. 5. The 36-year-old Apperson beat out 12-year incumbent Dean Wilson in a November runoff. Apperson, a native of Del Norte, was a Crescent City Police Explorer at the age of 15. He joined the Crescent City police department in 2001 and retired in 2014 as a Sergeant.

Darren McElfresh was sworn is as the new Superior Court judge for Del Norte County, beating out Judge Chris Doehle in a November race, and gaining 54 percent to her 46 percent of the vote.

One last look at 2015: Name change

 “Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation” now emblazons the native tribe’s great seal, since the name was changed from Smith River Rancheria by a May 13 ballot initiative that narrowly passed, 169-138.

One-hundred fifty-seven votes were needed to make the amendment to the tribe’s constitution.

Promoted as a more inclusive name for a people and tradition that spans the Applegate Valley, Wilson Creek and the Sixes River, the new name allows the tribe to represent itself as a people rather than a reservation, Self-Governance Director Briannon Fraley said in June.

“‘From a location to a nation,’ was sort of my slogan,” she said.

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