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Slim quota for ocean salmon season

FRESNO — Restrictions announced this week leave fisherman nearly half of the opportunity to catch salmon compared to last year, under the recommendations of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Four years of bruising drought and warm oceans are to blame for the limited seasons, driven by historically low abundance of Winter-run Sacramento chinook and Klamath River fall chinook.

From the Oregon border to Humboldt South Jetty, just 1,000 chinook make up the coming season’s quota in June and July, compared to last year’s 3,000.


Sewer rate on City Council's agenda

City will review airport terminal, consider environmental petition

Crescent City Council will consider sewer rate referendum options Monday, hear a status report on the new airport terminal and consider giving their support to a petition to protect the North Fork Smith River and all of its tributaries.

The new consumption-based sewer rate ordinance was suspended by a successful referendum petition drive organized by Donna Westfall and the Crescent City Del Norte County Taxpayers Association, according to city officials.

City Clerk and Administrative Analyst Kymmie Scott said she has verified the required number of signatures.


News of Record, April 16, 2016

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for April 7-14, 2016:

• Vern Ellesbury, 37, of Crescent City, was sentenced to five years in state prison and fined $440 for felony manufacturing a controlled substance. Ellesbury will also serve one year concurrent jail time for failure to appear.

• Marshall McConnell, 26, of Hoopa, was sentenced to three years in local prison and fined $370 for felony possession of a controlled substance.

• Carl McCaslin, 44, of Ojia, was sentenced to one year local prison and fined $370 for felony grand theft.


Miss Del Norte competition revived after taking 2015 off

After taking 2015 off, Miss Del Norte will be back this summer but the pageant won’t coincide with the Del Norte County Fair.

Celia Perez, a Miss Del Norte contestant from 1992, is leading a group of community members to coordinate the beauty pageant this year. Contestants are asked to submit their applications by Friday. The first rehearsal will be held May 2 at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. The pageant itself will be held July 16.

Perez’s involvement comes after the previous Miss Del Norte organizer, the Xi Sigma Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, decided the 2014 pageant would be the last competition they would be host. Xi Sigma Rho had hosted the pageant for 12 years.


Airport awarded $95,000 from FAA for pavement study

Jack McNamara Field Airport in Del Norte County has been awarded $95,000 from the FAA to pay for a pavement management program study, U.S, Rep. Jared Huffman announced Friday

Huffman said he believes continued support for small public airports, as well as larger, commercial service facilities like the Arcata-Eureka Airport, will help to provide services and access to people living in rural communities who may not be served by major international airports.

“Ensuring that aircraft and passengers can take off and land safely is a priority for me as I work to improve our national infrastructure,” Huffman said.


Escaped Alder Camp inmate apprehended

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Darius Louis, Photo courtesy CDCR
The inmate who walked out of Alder Conservation Camp in Klamath on Monday evening was apprehended Thursday morning in Oakland, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Darius Louis, 19, was in custody since June 2015 for a Lake County grand theft and was originally set for release in March 2020. He served on an inmate firefighting crew at Alder Camp, a minimum-security prison. 

 


Holiday pushes back tax deadline

Good news for dawdlers: the Internal Revenue Service granted the nation one more weekend to file its taxes.

The usual April 15 deadline was pushed back to Monday, April 18 this year, for both federal and state income tax returns.

Because Emancipation Day, usually observed on April 16, falls on a Saturday, IRS offices in the District of Columbia will be closed the day before, on what’s typically tax day. This gives people three more days to get their forms together and file.

The holiday is officially observed in D.C. to commemorate the end of slavery in 1862.


Overnight fire burns restaurant

Investigators from Crescent City and Humboldt County are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Monday morning that will restrict operations at Northwoods restaurant for the foreseeable future.

A local crew headed by Crescent Fire Protection District Chief and Northwoods owner Steve Wakefield responded just before 4 a.m. April 11 to a report of smoke coming from the shared building on the 700 block of L Street. The restaurant had shared a roof with Tsunami Lanes bowling alley, owned by Elk Valley Rancheria, after temporarily relocating there late last year.

Its previous location near Good Harvest Cafe on the 600 block of U.S. 101 is undergoing renovations and management hoped to move back in as early as this summer.


Sewer rates challenged once again

Donna Westfall and her supporters believe they are right and refuse to go away. They want the voters of Crescent City to decide the fate of a new Consumption Based Sewer Rate Plan adopted unanimously by the City Council last December.

Westfall believes the entire process of building the new sewer treatment plant has been fraught with corruption and the $45 million original price tag is an unrealistic burden on the community.

Westfall and her Del Norte Crescent City Taxpayers Association have successfully waylaid the rate increase until City Council decides what to do. If they do nothing the ordinance goes on the November ballot and voters will decide.


Emergency dispatch call logs, April 11-13, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 11-13: 

Monday, April 11

Note: From 7:05 p.m.

At 7:27 p.m., a person in the Sheriff office lobby wishes to report an old burglary at a property on the 300 block of East Madison Avenue.

At 8:13 p.m, another person entered the Sheriff office lobby to turn in some ammunition that she no longer needs.


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