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Death Notices, May 19, 2016

Bruno Brunello, 93, of Santa Maria, died May 14, 2016, in Santa Maria. Brunello was born on Aug. 12, 1922, in Italy. Brunello will have a private service in Santa Maria, followed by his burial in his hometown in Italy, Paderno del Grappa.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 13-18

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 13–18:

FRIDAY, MAY 13

Note: From 5:59 p.m.

At 5:59 p.m., caller on the 2900 block of Lake Earl Drive reports being grabbed by her arm by a subject that lives with them.

At 7:07 p.m., caller requests the removal of transient subjects sleeping on the 1000 block of Northcrest Drive.


Lifejacket trade-in Sat. at harbor

Recreational boaters who have outgrown or worn out their life jackets are invited to swap them for a new one Saturday.


McClure faces ethics probe

Supervisor accuses L.A. Times columnist of ‘gotcha’ tactics after interview 

A $500 donation in 2012 from the domestic partner of a coastal development lobbyist has prompted an investigation of Coastal Commissioner and District 2 Supervisor Martha McClure by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

The investigation led to a starring role in a Los Angeles Times column penned Saturday by Steve Lopez.


Airport to break ground on terminal

Soaring to new heights is the sentiment that will kick off the groundbreaking ceremony and reception on Wednesday for Del Norte County Regional Airport’s new passenger terminal. 

Nearly a decade in the making, the airport is poised to begin the nearly $20 million project to build the terminal. Phase 1 includes infrastructure improvements to the airport necessary for the new terminal: realigning Dale Rupert Road, installing sewer and water lines and laying the structure for a rotating beacon tower. Phase 2 will be construction of the terminal itself.


Waste task force member files claim with county

Says director made personal complaints about panel member 

Wesley Nunn, member of the Del Norte Solid Waste Task Force, has filed a “Claim For Damages” with the county asking for a public retraction of statements made by Executive Director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Tedd Ward in a staff report written by Ward in November 2015.

In the report, Ward addresses points made by Nunn in a letter Nunn submitted to the Triplicate that was published October 29, 2015 about how he believes the authority is managed.


Man dies in wreck on 199

An unidentified male driver died on Sunday while traveling south on U.S. 199 near Knopki Creek at mile marker 28.36.

The vehicle, a 1994 Ford Bronco, drifted off of the road and struck a dirt and rock embankment which caused it to roll several times, coming to rest on its roof according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.


Pets seized from owners

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11 Boston terriers, including three puppies and roughly two dozen exotic birds, were seized from a search warrant at a house on Murphy Avenue in January. Since then they have been in the care of Del Norte Animal Control, which hopes to soon connect them with a rescue agency. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Fur, feathers and scales greeted county officials early this year at the execution of a search warrant for a residence on the 400 block of Murphy Avenue. 

Neighbors had complained of noise and stink. Others reported glimpsing a nasty scene when they went there to purchase a puppy advertised on Craigslist. 

Commotion and smell are well enough if you live in Fort Dick, said Code Enforcement Officer David Mason, but they become a problem when you live in a residential area.


Caltrans says no to guardrails

Guard rails are not a solution to the recent accidents on US Highway 199, around the 10.5 mile mark, said Caltrans Traffic Safety Chief, David Morgan during a presentation at the the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission meeting on Thursday. 

Concerns have been raised about that section of the highway following three crashes, two of them fatal, in the past five months in the same area. One occurred at the 10.3 mile mark to a vehicle heading southbound, and two involved vehicles heading northbound at the 10.5 mile mark.


Del Norte registers 900 new voters

Del Norte is among the top five counties in the state with the highest percentage increase in voter registration since 2012, according to the California Secretary of State. 

Almost 900 new voters have registered in Del Norte since April 2012, signifying a 7.3 percent increase in four years. 

County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup attributed the growth to a rush of local interest, particularly with 3 out of 5 county supervisor districts up for election June 7 and a push in recent registration efforts by organizations such as the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee (DNDCC), the Del Norte Republicans and True North Organizing Network.


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