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Whale corpse washes up

College of the Redwoods biology professor Chris Callahan examines the bone of a gray whale that washed up on Pebble Beach Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A gray whale washed ashore at Pebble Beach sometime Tuesday night, its decomposing corpse running aground in the high tide line north of the split staircase. 

“The animal is pretty far gone, pretty soupy,” said Chris Callahan, assistant professor of biology for College of the Redwoods, who brought students to the beach to learn whale anatomy firsthand on Wednesday.

Callahan determined the whale was female. Measuring 36 feet, she appears small for an adult, perhaps not full grown. 

Former HS coach may face meth charges

A Crescent City man may face charges after a traffic collision two weeks ago led to the discovery, authorities say, of enough methamphetamine in his vehicle and home to warrant a possession for sale charge. 

After John Horner, 40, was extracted from his car on March 27 by Crescent City Fire Department personnel and transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with lacerations and a broken hip, he was cited by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office for transporting a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

No limits: Teens plan for future

Cheryl Lewis, 17, makes a cold call as Christine Zirneklis of Roadtrip Nation provides moral support. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Roadtrip Nation helps high-schoolers connect with, learn from career professionals

Four college graduates traveling the open road with a mind to connect students’ passions with real-life career paths made a stop at Sunset High School on Monday. 

During a school-wide assembly, members of Roadtrip Nation — the emissaries of a career exploration curriculum born of a PBS documentary series with the same name — handed out sticky notes to students who were instructed to hitch a potential occupation to two of their interests. 


McGuire to speak on local economy

Del Norte’s state senator will speak about California’s current economic picture and how that impacts the local economy at the chamber’s annual summit Friday.

Sen. Mike McGuire will be this year’s keynote speaker at the Del Norte Economic Summit. This year’s theme, “One Thing Leads to Another,” focuses on how intertwined different aspects of the local economy are, said Jeff Parmer, executive director of the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce. The summit will be held at Elk Valley Rancheria’s community center.

“A couple years back we did ‘The Ties That Bind,’ which was sort of the same thing; that everything’s interrelated,” Parmer said. “The real estate market affects other things in the economy. Transportation does the same thing. Education, some of these students are learning skills that will enable them to enter the workforce and be productive.”

Animals set loose in burglary

A break-in unleashed havoc at the North Coast Marine Mammal Center this weekend after animals were set loose and a volunteer who discovered the scene was allegedly assaulted. 

Rodney Mathis Guy, 42, of Crescent City was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and misdemeanor charges of battery and cruelty to animals, according to the Crescent City Police

“He had physically broken down the gates to free the animals, and they were running amok inside the compound,” described Stevin Strickland, the volunteer who arrived right on time for his 8 a.m. Saturday morning shift to feed the juvenile sea lions and seals convalescing at the center.

Park stops fee thieves

National and state park rangers intercepted a somewhat notorious pair of sticky bandits in the act of stealing paid campground fees early Sunday morning, authorities say. 

Seven rangers staked out the campground at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park for a total of five hours, hoping to encounter the thief who had fished out over $1,000 from the “iron ranger” dropbox over the past several months, according to North District Ranger Greg Morse for Redwood National Park. 

Crosswalk to light up Thursday

Courtesy of Caltrans
A new crosswalk along U.S. Highway 101 about one mile south of Washington Boulevard will light up Thursday, enabling pedestrians to stop motorists when they wish to cross this historically accident-prone stretch of road. 

“A Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) is a special type of crosswalk. When activated, PHBs use flashing and solid lights to signal vehicles to stop,” according to a news release from Caltrans, which paid $230,000 to complete safety-centric improvements at the spot bridging Shangri-La Trailer Park and Alisa’s Custom Coffee to the Patriot Service Station and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Public hearing on alcohol zoning

The Crescent City Council will hold a public hearing on new potential zoning ordinances for tobacco and alcohol retailers at its regular meeting Monday.

A year after a moratorium was placed on incoming retailers, the City Council will make good on a promise to introduce new zoning laws that would give the city more say on where off-site liquor and tobacco sales occur. 

Public comment will be heard, and the council will consider extending the moratorium for another 45 days, should the new ordinances be approved.  

The Crescent City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Board Chambers at the Flynn Administrative Center, 918 H St.

Freemasons to honor student work

Del Norte County’s Freemasons, teachers and parents will celebrate student achievement next Wednesday.

Crescent City Masonic Lodge No. 45 will recognize 22 students — a boy and a girl from each local school — for their academics, good citizenship and work ethic. The students will receive certificates of achievement and $100 checks. 

News of Record March 27 – April 2, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for March 27 – April 2, 2015:

Jimmy Dale Center, 56, Smith River, was sentenced to one day in jail and two years of probation and fined $630 for resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

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