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Missing crabs affect county

Full scope of lost season goes beyond just fishermen 

A lost crab season is unprecedented. And, like people bracing for an advancing hurricane, everyone knows the wreckage will be bad, but no one knows yet how bad.

The Crescent City & Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce says it’s too early to know.

College of the Redwoods: DN campus to get new science lab

College of the Redwoods Eureka campus recently updated their science building. Submitted photo
A new state-of-the-art science lab should bring chemistry to the Del Norte College of the Redwoods campus by spring of 2017.

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” said Rory Johnson, director of the Del Norte Education Center. “We’ve contended that we have fantastic faculty. Now we hope that the combination of modern labs and highly trained professors will encourage students to stick around who may have moved to Eureka.”

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, Feb. 22-23

Excerpts from the call logs
for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, Feb. 22-23:

Monday, February 22

At 2:31 a.m., the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call from a party who kept repeating “help me” on the 2400 block of Quinlan Ave.

At 3:07 a.m., caller on the 500 block of I Street reports that an unknown male came to her door asking for a blanket. When she declined, he did something to her car. 

At 6:46 a.m., caller at Walmart reports subject checking out has previously attempted to pass fraudulent checks.

At 9:46 a.m., caller on the 600 block of E. Harding Street reports a subject he was chatting with on Facebook is threatening to post their video online if he doesn’t pay her $5,000.

Prop 218 protest effort fails

A Proposition 218 sewer rate protest effort came up short on signatures, giving Crescent City Council the green light to vote on adopting a new sewer rate ordinance at its March 7 meeting.

If adopted, the new rate becomes effective in 30 days.

The protest, organized by the Crescent City Del Norte County Taxpayers Association, turned in 2,032 signatures protesting the rate at the Feb. 16 city council meeting.

Health Care Dist. puts off PR attack against Sutter

The Del Norte Healthcare District is postponing action on a proposed $49,000 public relations campaign originally aimed at attacking the corporate parent of Sutter Coast Hospital.

A presentation by public relations firm Pascal Roth originally scheduled for the district’s meeting Tuesday has been pushed back to March 22, according to board member Dwayne Reichlin.

The Sacramento firm was scheduled to outline specifics of their $49,000 campaign a majority of the healthcare district is considering is hoping to launch soon.

Emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 19-21, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 19-21:

Friday, February 19

At 1:31 a.m., report of someone screaming near the wooded area near the 100 block of east Harding Street.

At 8:20 a.m., report of a strong propane gas smell near the intersection of U.S. 199 and U.S. 197.

At 9:08 a.m., report of a downed tree starting to catch fire on a powerline in Hiouchi near U.S. 199 and Long View.

At 9:26 a.m., report of a trespasser on the 2200 block of Low Divide Road.

Rush brought back to Del Norte

The woman wanted in multiple states and charged with four felony counts of passing bad checks in Crescent City was extradited Monday morning from Weaverville back into custody at Del Norte County Jail. 

Shirley Rush, 65, was the object of renewed scrutiny in the past week after a landlord managing a property in Fortuna came public with word that she had tried to give him a check for $3,200 with no bank balance to back it up. 

According to the landlord, Jan Stout, no sooner had he started asking questions than she fled Humboldt County and her cohabiting boyfriend in a Mercedes-Benz on Jan. 29. 

Identities of men in submerged van verified

Fred Hansen Jr, 54, and Steve Fillman, 60, are indeed the men whose bodies were pulled from the van in the Smith River last week. 

Del Norte County Sheriff’s officials confirmed the identities Friday following forensic examination. The verification brings to a close more than two months of fraught waiting by family members of the two men, who crashed into the Smith off U.S 199 near Gasquet in early December. 

Heavy El Niño winter rains flooded the Smith and turned its current into a torrent that kept rescue teams from retrieving the bodies for weeks.

Steelhead derby sticks to the Smith

Miro Tcholakov (front) and Victor Trantadue (back) of Sonoma County head back out onto the Smith River with guide Ron Timmsen after taking a lunch break at Peakcock Hole on Saturday. A total of 22 teams competed in the Rowdy Creek Steelhead Derby this year. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The 34th Annual Rowdy Creek Steelhead Derby was a one-river competition this year, but the derby was able to make due with only the Smith River as 22 teams, with two boats apiece, competed.

“The Chetco was blown out, so both days we had to put all 44 boats on the Smith River. That doesn’t happen too often, but it isn’t unheard of,” said derby organizer Kimberlee Swift. “Thank goodness we could put all the boats on the Smith River.”

Emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 14-18, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 14-18: 

Sunday, February 14

At 7:56 a.m., report of suspicious circumstances at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Harding Avenue.

At 8:25 a.m., report of a vehicle nearly causing several accidents and swerving all over the road on the 400 block of M Street.

At 8:47 a.m., request for the removal of a person squatting/camping at a property on the 100 block of Standard Veneer Road.

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