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Not a Chance worth taking

Report: Hwy. 101 cheaper to detour than risk collapse 

A report released earlier this month echoes what residents and government officials have been saying for years: that something needs to be done about Last Chance Grade. 

Visiting airman saved Hiouchi man during storm

 As storms brewed throughout Northern California Feb. 7, the community of Hiouchi  went dark. Whole trees and large branches were thrown by the wind into power lines and transformers, and more than 5,600 people in Del Norte lost power.

Bill would send $700K to Del Norte

A California Senate bill has been introduced that would see millions in state-owed money given back to California counties, marking the first time such a payment has been made in over a decade if the legislation goes through.

Training to report abuse now online

A new online tool that aims to help school employees receive annual training to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is now available via the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education.

Office career class begins next month

A short-term training that aims to put people on promising career paths in general office positions is coming to the College of the Redwoods-Del Norte campus.

Redwood burl thefts: Bill takes swing at poachers

A ranger stands next to the scar burl poachers left on a redwood at the sound end of Redwood National Park in 2013. Courtesy Redwood National and State Parks
 A recent rise in burl thefts within Redwood National and State Parks is intensifying investigations of local wood merchants, while a bill introduced to the California Legislature last week proposes gnarly punishments to deter would-be thieves, even as sentences for nonviolent offenses are lessening statewide due to a recent voter mandate.

Kink in bus line is now solved

Greyhound, RCT aim to prevent stranded passengers 

Del Norte’s Redwood Coast buses are now officially connected to Greyhound’s lines, but the connection, at least in terms of communication between the two organizations, is still a work in progress.

COs arrested on way to UK in hash lab case

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 Two Pelican Bay State Prison correctional officers were apprehended by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in Ukiah on Monday in connection with a hash lab that was uncovered in Crescent City last week. 

Washington Blvd. closed for sinkhole repair

With plans to rip up a good chunk of road, the Del Norte County Roads Division will have part of Washington Boulevard closed for the next two days to address a culvert failure.

Gray whales put on a show

A gray whale breaches Tuesday off of Pebble Beach in Crescent City. Up to 30 whales were spotted off St. George Reef this week. Courtesy of Jeff Jacobsen
Marine researcher identifies several individuals among group of 20–30 behemoths that passed through Tuesday 

It was hard to miss the V-shaped sprays of ocean water and hot breath punctuating Crescent City’s western horizon this week, when whales could be seen from land or sea in the shallows of St. George Reef.

Tipped off that as many as 30 gray whales were cruising around these parts, marine researcher Jeff Jacobsen set out in a small boat on Tuesday to photograph and identify individual animals.

“Usually in February, you’d go out all day and see two or three whales,” he said.

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