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PenAir is in if DOT agrees

Alaska Airlines affiliate PenAir proposes to begin flying 30-seat Saab 340s out of Crescent City on Sept. 15. Courtesy Pen Air
Crescent City air travelers will soon be Portland-bound. 

Having pitched two northbound flights per day out of Crescent City, PenAir won the approval of the local airport authority this week and stands to be the only carrier considered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to take over area skies. 

The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority Board reached a unanimous decision at its Thursday meeting to back PenAir’s proposal as the airport’s best fit. 

The following morning, Redwood Airlines withdrew its proposal. 

Board may consider later class starts

Report: Benefits include increased test scores and attendance 

Del Norte’s sleep-deprived teenagers might one day be able to look forward to getting more rest if a school board discussion about Del Norte High School classes beginning later in the day gains any traction in the future.

The school board began eyeing the start time issue in January, when District 1 board member Don McArthur requested Assistant Superintendent Steve Godla give a report about the advantages and disadvantages surrounding later start times, and even though the matter since has been left off board meeting agendas, McArthur said it hasn’t been forgotten.

Assault victim dies in hospital

Robert Gregory
Robert Gregory, a Crescent City man who was in a coma for six years after being brutally beaten on H Street early one Friday morning in 2009, died in the hospital this week. He would have turned 34 on Monday.

“Robert would have been an integral part of this community,” Gregory’s younger sister Nicole Hemmingsen said. “He would’ve done great things here.”

Gregory worked multiple jobs in Del Norte and tutored anyone who needed help, his sister said, adding that her brother loved hiking and reading. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz before moving back to Crescent City in 2009.

Reporter's Notebook: Tomasini’s throwing toga party Saturday night

Folks are invited to re-live their college days at Tomasini’s Enoteca on Saturday, when the downtown hotspot holds a toga party featuring live music by Chris Captiano. 

There will also be a beer pong tournament with beer steins given away to the winning team. 

“If they want to play beer pong, it’s over 21,” said Jenny Young, who organized the event. “But anybody can come.”

Cops find $60K of meth in house


Authorities seized 1 pound, 5 ounces of methamphetamine along with cash and three vehicles in a drug bust Thursday. Courtesy Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office
Two arrested; 3 vehicles seized at Carole Lane home

A large drug bust on Thursday led to the arrest of two Crescent City men, more than $60,000 in methamphetamine confiscated and the seizure of a truck and two identical gold Cadillacs. 

James Banuelos, 37, was booked into Del Norte County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and keeping a place to sell controlled substances after members of the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit, Pelican Bay State Prison Crisis Response Team, and United States Forest Service served a search warrant at his residence in the 600 block of Carole Lane, according to a sheriff’s news release.


News of Record Feb. 20 – March 5, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Feb. 20 through March 5, 2015:

John William Reitterer, 20, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $876 for possession of a dangerous drug.

New chief focusing on building community

Ivan Minsal and his wife Laurie recently moved to Del Norte from Los Angeles for Ivan to be Crescent City’s police chief. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Midway through his third day on the job, Police Chief Ivan Minsal said he’s getting to know his new community. 

“It’s good to have a chief,” Mayor Ron Gastineau said at Monday’s City Council meeting as Minsal was sworn in to head the Crescent City Police Department.

Since then, Minsal said he’d met with the sheriff, district attorney and lieutenant commander of the California Highway Patrol — all new to their posts. 

He’d had the time to find a good sandwich shop, too. 

Salmon run leaps over early predictions

Early predictions that 2014 would be a down year for salmon on the Klamath River seem to have been off-base. 

According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which released its preliminary stock assessment evaluation in February, the Klamath River saw 160,444 adult Chinook salmon return from the ocean, in addition to 22,348 jacks (2-year-old Chinook). That is nearly double the predicted run size of 92,800.

Many of the extra salmon counted in the Klamath come from a much-larger-than-expected number of 95,330 adult Chinook reaching natural spawning areas. That’s 234 percent of the preseason prediction of 40,700.

Drugs, guns and cash found in garage

Authorities found guns, drugs and cash Monday in a Crescent City home less than 400 feet from a school. 

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Felony Investigations Unit served a search warrant on the 300 block of East Madison Avenue, where they found Robert Wheeler, 29, and Nicole Moretz, 22, in the garage, according to a press release. 

Boating safety course planned

Crescent City’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a safety course for recreational boaters Saturday.

Running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seafarer’s Hall at the Crescent City Harbor, the American Boating Safety course will cover life jackets, navigational aids, trailering boats and what’s required to be on board, according to the press release. 

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