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A Taste of Winter's Fury

Waves crash over the Crescent City jette Saturday in front of Battery Point Lighthouse. Waves crash over the Crescent City jette Saturday in front of Battery Point Lighthouse. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Pounding rain, high winds, large waves and high tide ran emergency personnel ragged on Saturday as they responded to downed trees, sparking power lines and arcing transformers.

The storm, coupled with a high tide, swept large rocks, logs and driftwood onto Anchor Way at the Crescent City Harbor. Cars were driving through sea foam on U.S. Highway 101 south of Crescent City. 

The storm also left much of Del Norte County without power for several hours. According to Paul Vogel, Pacific Power’s vice president of communications, about 10,000 Northern California customers were without power intermittently since the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Code of conduct is not pursued

A proposed code of conduct was not pursued at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, seemingly putting an end to, if not the abuse of power accusations, at least the dramatic fallout that has surrounded them since May.

The code of conduct, which Board Chairman David Finigan originally directed staff to research in September, was deemed unnecessary after County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina said the job is taken care of in Rosenburg’s Rules of Order, a set of parliamentary procedure rules designed to guide decision-making bodies.

Altercation with Yurok Police leads to arrest

Ronald Holzhauser
The response to a report of a man doing “doughnuts” in front of Yurok Tribal offices turned violent Friday when the subject tried to kick out the window of a patrol car and cut his head in the process.

Sister Parks

Redwood Parks ranger Maunda Hagen, left, shows a banana slug to Alerce Costero park ranger Patricia Barría, of Chile, near the Howland Hill Outdoor School. Alerce Costero parks officials visited Redwood last week. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Chile national park sends rangers to learn from Redwood Parks 

There’s a steep, rocky coastline with a temperate rainforest climate that boasts the continent’s tallest trees, able to live for thousands of years.

This setting sounds like home to residents of California’s redwood coast, but it’s an equally apt description of Chile.

Last week, park rangers and officials from Alerce Costero National Park in Chile visited Redwood National and State Parks, a continuance of the Sister Parks Agreement that is intended to help both park agencies on each side of the equator be better stewards of their remarkably similar forests.

Ex-DA disbar now final

The California Supreme Court has formally disbarred former Del Norte County district attorney Jon Alexander, denying Alexander’s petition for review Wednesday.

According to the court docket for Alexander’s case, he is disbarred from the practice of law in California and his name will be stricken from the role of attorneys. This decision comes about a year and a half after Alexander was recommended for disbarment by a State Bar Court hearing judge in April 2013.

Break in cold case made history

Twenty years ago this Sunday, an act of unthinkable brutality rocked the peaceful communities of Del Norte to the core with the discovery of a young woman’s murdered body among the quiet redwoods at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.  

Hikers chanced upon the body of 18-year-old Camillia J. Randall one late October afternoon less than 100 feet from popular scenic drive Howland Hill Road and only 1/8 of a mile from the park’s west entrance. Quickly identified as a hitchhiker from Longview, Wash., who was traveling alone down the coast, Randall’s gruesome death made national headlines as police furiously searched for answers. Then-deputy for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Gene McManus initiated the investigation, which would drag on longer than he or anyone else imagined. 

Local Red Cross director laid off

Reflecting a nationwide restructuring of the American Red Cross, there will no longer be an executive director for the Humboldt-Del Norte chapter of one of the nation’s largest humanitarian aid organizations.

“We will not have an executive director based in Humboldt-Del Norte area, but we will still have a disaster program manager that will be working with our volunteers,” said Cynthia Shaw, spokesperson for the Northern California coastal chapters of the American Red Cross.

News of Record Oct. 17–23, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 17–23:

Connor J. McCown, 20, Smith River, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $833 plus $75 in public defender fees for alcohol-related reckless driving.

It's the Great Pumpkin

Jim Buckles perches atop his 211-pound pumpkin, which may well be the largest gourd grown in Del Norte this year. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Many folks spend hours every day battling bugs, wind and weather to grow a giant pumpkin, but not Jim Buckles. Buckles, Del Norte County’s agricultural commissioner, is one of the Roots and Shoots Garden Club members who participates in its pumpkin-growing contest each year. 

Each participant received one pumpkin seed in the spring. They reported their progress to the rest of the club members on Wednesday.

Buckles said he planted his pumpkin seed on top of a compost pile inside his greenhouse and wound up with a plethora of the Dill’s Atlantic Giant variety of the bright orange squashes. The two largest weighed 150 and 211 pounds. 

Volunteers sought for river clean-up

A volunteer Smith River clean-up will be held Saturday afternoon,  meeting at the Forks Boat Ramp parking lot off South Fork Road around 12 p.m., rain or shine.

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