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Benefit car wash for firefighter

A car wash will be held today to raise money for a Fort Dick and Smith River firefighter whose home was destroyed in a fire last month.

Ron Simpson and his family of 10 kids need help finding a rental home and rebuilding a five-bedroom house. 

The car wash will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at Pizza Hut near the corner of Northcrest Drive and U.S. Highway 101 in Crescent City. Donations can also be made to an account in the Simpson family name at the Rogue Federal Credit Union in Brookings.

— Del Norte Triplicate

Possible tsunami debris boat found

OCEAN SHORES, Wash.  — Washington authorities are working with the Japanese consulate to determine whether a small boat found on a beach in the town of Ocean Shores might have crossed the Pacific from the March 2011 tsunami.

Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent said Thursday there’s a nameplate on the boat, but it’s barely legible.

The boat was found Monday covered with barnacles and seaweed. It was taken to a state parks maintenance facility and tested for invasive species.

Kent says another boat found April 23 near Long Beach, also covered with marine life, had no marks that could determine its origin.

She says there has been no confirmed tsunami debris since last year.

The boat bears a resemblance to a barnacle-encrusted boat that washed ashore in Crescent City last year. It was traced back to a high school in Rikuzentakata, Japan, which lost it in the 2011 tsunami.

— Staff and wire reports


Warmth speeds up snowpack melt

GRANTS PASS — Record warm temperatures have accelerated the melting of an already skimpy snowpack in most of Oregon, particularly in the south.

The Klamath Basin had the state’s lowest snowpack on Friday, just 18 percent of normal. The Willamette Basin is at 51 percent, Central Oregon at 50 percent. The northeastern corner of the state is best off, with basins around Enterprise and Baker City at 120 percent of normal, and basins around Pendleton 97 percent. Snow that accumulates over the winter and melts in the spring is a major source of water storage Oregon and the West.

“We are definitely going to end up with one of the lowest years on record,” said Julie Koeberle, hydrologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

— The Associated Pres


Alexander appeal rejected

Suspended DA’s attempt to overturn disbarment recommendation is denied 

Del Norte County’s suspended District Attorney Jon Alexander had the appeal of his disbarment recommendation rejected on Wednesday by the Review Department of the State Bar Court of California and was ordered to pay the Bar’s costs.


A week to remember: Record-setting

Beachgoers bask in the warm sun Thursday at South Beach. The weather drew many visitors to local beaches this week.
 No clouds, no wind, and a ridge of high pressure led to record-breaking temperatures in Crescent City on Wednesday and Thursday. 


Authorities raid butane hash lab

 The largest hash lab ever found in Del Norte County was raided by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigation Unit on Friday.


Men arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit bills

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man suspected of using counterfeit bills on Wednesday.


Harbor to move rec boats to inner basin

With the recently completed  state-of-the-art reconstruction of the inner boat basin, Crescent City Harbor will not be re-installing seasonal recreational fishing docks in the outer basin.


School scare a misunderstanding

What initially appeared to be a threat against an unspecified school in Del Norte County turned out to be a misunderstanding.


Superfund sites: Old mining areas may get cleanup

A mine shaft at the Mammoth Mine in the Altaville mining area northwest of Gasquet Mountain is one of many areas impacted by mining that will be addressed in a cleanup proposed by the National Forest Service. Photo courtesy of Six Rivers National Forest
 Feds propose $1.6M project to deal with pollution of 19th century origin 

Two 19th century mining sites in the historic Altaville mining area of Del Norte County are being considered for cleanup by Six Rivers National Forest due to contamination concerns, and a public comment period on the proposed cleanup starts today.


Redwood company leaving business

One of the last remaining regional mills that processes redwood logs, California Redwood Company, a subsidiary of Green Diamond Resource Company, announced on Wednesday that it “will transition out of the redwood lumber business,” according to a statement.


Forest Service names new district ranger

Read more... David Palmer, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a Humboldt State University graduate, has been selected to serve as the new District Ranger on the Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area of Six Rivers National Forest.

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