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Juvenile escapees charged as adults

Three 17-year-old males who escaped from Bar-O Boys Ranch late last week were charged as adults in a Del Norte County courtroom Thursday. 

The Del Norte District Attorney’s Office charged each with kidnapping during the commission of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, dissuading a victim by force or threat and escape from a juvenile facility. According to press release from the DA’s office, if convicted they each could face life in state prison with the possibility of parole.    

Youth Conservation Corps apps due soon

Redwood National and State Parks will be offering young people ages 15–18 a chance to participate in conservation work through the Youth Conservation Corps this summer.

This year’s eight-week program begins June 22 and ends Aug. 13. Five young men and five young women will earn $9 an hour working four 10-hour days a week throughout the parks, according to a press release. All participants must bring their own lunch and provide transportation to and from either the Crescent City headquarters or the National Park Service office in Arcata. 

News of Record April 10–16, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for April 10–16, 2015:

Connor J. McCown, 21, Smith River, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a probation violation. 

Sharing South Beach

Medford, Ore., rider Pete McAfee hops a wave during the first Crescent City freeride in 2014. Triplicate file
Informal Jet Ski freeride planned for this weekend prompts outcry from some

A conflict between personal watercraft (PWC) users, commonly called Jet Skis, and other beachgoers including surfers heated up this week when the disagreement was aired in front of county supervisors on Tuesday and a day later nearly half of those who planned to attend a PWC gathering this weekend canceled their trips.

Although the issue was not on the agenda at Tuesday’s Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting, Jet Ski riders and concerned citizens were both represented in the public comment period as both sides made their cases and offered possible solutions to the board just days before dozens of PWC riders were expected to hold an informal event at South Beach.

Supervisors OK children’s budget

A new way to look at government money put toward services to benefit Del Norte’s children and youth aims to give local policymakers and their partners a better view of where those dollars are going and where they might be better placed to improve such programs. 

The children’s budget, which Del Norte County supervisors approved at this week’s meeting, will break down the funding of various children and youth-focused programs by specific line items, as well as detail where that funding is coming from and if it’s moveable or mandatory, as some state and federal money tends to be. It’s the fiscally specific counterpart to the Children and Youth Bill of Rights, also adopted at the meeting, that is intended to serve as a reminder of children’s needs when decisions are made regarding policies, budgets and government practices, according to the document.

CHP: NPR crime stats don’t match up

Much better rate of case clearance than database shows 

“The quality of American crime statistics is notoriously uneven, and these are no exception.”

So reads a disclaimer for NPR’s database tracking how often local law enforcement agencies are linking suspects to reported crimes — a disclaimer that’s been vindicated recently by area California Highway Patrol officials who say NPR’s stats don’t match up with their own.

Top industry honors for Trip ad sales rep.

Emily Reed with husband Thomas and daughters Annalena, 4, and Tee-me’, 20 months. Submitted
Five years ago, Del Norte native Emily Reed wouldn’t have believed you if you told her she would be featured in her industry’s leading trade publication for outstanding work as a Triplicate advertising sales consultant.  

“I never thought I would have a job in advertising,” she says, nor did she imagine all the skills she quickly would learn as publisher Cindy Vosburg assigned her to various positions around the office. Starting part-time at the front desk selling classifieds, Reed soon cross-trained so she could fill in for co-workers as needed. After graduating with her associate’s degree from College of the Redwoods, she went full-time at the paper as an advertising account manager, and now Vosburg says she’s an indispensable part of the Triplicate team.

Class on driving safety for teens, parents

The Crescent City Area will be presenting a Free “Smart Start” Class for parents and teenagers.  The “Start Smart” program is an Office of Traffic Safety funded grant and has been in place for over 11 years. The program is focused on providing comprehensive traffic safety education classes for teens along with their parents/guardians. The classes are facilitated by approximately 103 trained CHP Public Information Officers (PIO) and offered in schools, CHP offices, and community centers statewide.  

Collisions remain the No. 1 killer of American teenagers, killing almost as many drivers as passengers and killing more kids than homicide or suicide — California is no exception.  

Volunteers are library's 'glue'

Wisdom, left, and Janell Yang use a computer at the Smith River Library Thursday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Single-room Smith River Branch offers books, wifi and movie rentals

California’s northernmost library lies opposite a cow barn at the back of the Smith River Community Hall.

The single room houses adult fiction, children’s books, reference books and community information in English and Spanish. There are three computers for public use, offering residents access to the Internet. It’s the only public wifi spot in town and, since the Smith River Ray’s Food Place closed in 2013, the library is the sole place to rent movies.

But very few people, even those who live in the tiny community — population 866 — know the Smith River Branch Library exists.

Free state group back

The dream of the State of Jefferson lives on, and a couple of recent supervisor decisions in nearby counties show that the only people still thinking about secession as much as its supporters are those who don’t want to see it happen. 

A news release from Keep It California PAC — the State of Jefferson’s second-most bothersome antagonist with California in its name — declares the group is back with a revised strategy and a political action committee status, as well as a renewed vigor for battling Jeffersonians’ separation efforts. The return was sparked by supervisors in Lake and Lassen counties voting to put the Jefferson issue on 2016 election ballots, and just like the group successfully fought the issue in Del Norte last year, it plans to do so again elsewhere.

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