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RV parkís handling of outage criticized

After weathering a four-day blackout, more than 20 residents at Ship Ashore Resort and RV Park in Smith River were able to heat their homes on Thursday.

But residents say this isn’t the first time a power outage has affected those who receive electricity through the RV park. Some residents say they are unhappy with how the park handled the blackout.

“I went down there yesterday afternoon to the front desk inquiring if anybody had any idea when our power would be back on and I was crying,” said Patty Anne Da’Cunha, who has lived at Ship Ashore since 2007. “The lady at the front desk said ‘There’s no need to cry you can stay here. We’ll give you a room.’ That was Wednesday. Nobody came and told me that.”

Kelley comes to Del Norte County for conviction

Kelley was transported from Redwood City and booked into Del Norte County Jail on Thursday night. // Courtesy Del Norte County Sheriff Office
The 1988 cold case double-homicide near Stout Grove will likely be closed for good by the end of this month.

John William Kelley, 52, is expected to plead guilty to charges of rape and first degree murder in Del Norte Superior Court on Dec. 30, according to District Attorney Dale Trigg. 

Trigg said Kelley pleaded not guilty Friday in Del Norte Superior Court on two counts of first degree murder with special circumstance allegations of multiple murder victims and murder.

Recovery stalled as rains persist

Law enforcement from Del Norte and Curry Counties responded Friday morning to the report of a deceased man washed onto a beach near the mouth of the Smith River. Bryant Anderson // Del Norte Triplicate
Rainfall is expected to come to a lull briefly today, resuming in mounting intensity beginning Sunday, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. 

Meanwhile, persisting weather will keep at least two outstanding rescue operations stalled. 

Also, officials of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said they cannot confirm the identity of a deceased man whose body washed up on the beach Friday off Prince Island Court near the mouth of the Smith River. Officials said the body showed signs of advanced decomposition and the need for a dental check or forensic DNA investigation. 

No Christmas crabs for Californians this year

Tim Potter and his wife decorated the Pacific Pride with Christmas lights this week, relishing the free time while waiting for crab season to open. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 The savory-sweet meat of Dungeness crab isn’t going to make coastal Californians’ Christmas spreads this year. 

Though the neurotoxin responsible for delaying crab season — the algae-produced domoic acid — has slowly begun to wane in the tissues and organs of West Coast Dungeness, the last round of tests in California, taken off more than a dozen ports in late November and early December, showed many samples still solidly above the limit of 30 parts per million. 

Two clean tests, a week a part, will be necessary before crabbers are able to ply the seas again, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

CC couple wins $1 million in lotto

Lonnie and Ashley Brookshire
A Crescent City couple is $1 million richer after playing a winning California Lottery ticket.

When Lonnie Brookshire broke the news to his wife Ashley, he knew she would be skeptical, so he whipped out his phone and videotaped her.

“I knew how she was going to react,” Lonnie Brookshire told the California Lottery. “I had to keep telling her, ‘No baby. It’s real!’”

Friends of Library's new board: Eager to get started

The newly elected board members of the Friends of the Del Norte Library launched their upcoming tenure with a successful book sale and are eager to get going when they take over in the new year.  

“I’m really excited about the new board,” Crescent City Librarian Teena Capshaw said. “I think they are going to be proactive.”

Capshaw said the Friends held a book sale at the Fairgrounds during the Holiday Fair at the beginning of the month and “it was the best book sale we have had. They sold over $200 worth of books.”

Emergency dispatch call logs, Dec. 14 -15, 2015

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Dec. 14 - 15:

Monday, December 14

At 1:12 a.m., caller on the 100 block of Reynolds Lane says someone keeps messing around with his RV and he would like extra patrol in the area.

At 6:39 a.m., report of a car chase near West Washington Boulevard and Arlington Drive.

County chambers hold active shooter training

Shouting and distress marked the scene Monday evening at county chambers, but not for the normal reasons.

Del Norte supervisors and county department heads were trained early this week for a potential active shooter situation. Staff ought to have a plan in place should a disgruntled person come packing to a public meeting at the Flynn Center, said Sheriff Erik Apperson, who initiated and led the training by his office and local SWAT leaders.

Forecast says rivers may reach flood stage by early next week

Another chance of floods late this weekend will be heralded by an advancing cold front, gusty winds, and rising precipitation starting today. 

“In effect, Del Norte county will receive an immense amount of rain in the coming days,” said Jeff Tonkin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Eureka. 

Up to 7.5 inches is expected in the northern reaches of the county before dawn Sunday and as many as 10 by Tuesday, according to NWS forecasts early this week. 

Rain soaked earth on the move

The periphery of the lookout near Brother Jonathan Park has been slipping for years. Del Norte Triplicate / David Anderson
 Last week’s storms have accelerated ongoing erosion to a popular viewpoint in Crescent City and to the south of town crested cracks in U.S. 101.

Weeks of ample rain beckoned crews months earlier than planned on a stretch of U.S. 101 as it ascends Crescent Hill south of town. It is shored up by redwood giants that are slowly rotting away, Caltrans officials said.

On Wednesday, Caltrans crews worked to fill cracks about 1.5 feet long and 2 or 3 inches wide observed in the road, initiating roadwork that had been scheduled for the spring.

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