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Friday power outage affects 2,000 customers

Pacific Power restored power Friday evening for approximately 2,000 customers in the Crescent City area who had gone without it for as much as six hours.

Outage numbers fluctuated throughout the afternoon while crews worked to make switches and route the system around a blown breaker, spokesperson Ry Schwark said.

Substation operators from Medford arrived Friday afternoon to assess the breaker lockout. The cause has not yet been determined.

Details concerning the location of the breaker and area affected by the outage were not immediately available from Pacific Power; however, Pacific Power crews were working on the substation on West Washington Boulevard, and there were customers without power within short distances to the east of the substation but not to the west. Reports indicated the outage extended at least as far as Elk Valley Cross Road.

Yurok Tribe pulls out of Klamath River agreement

The historic agreement designed to end long-standing water wars between fish advocates and farmers throughout the 16,000-square-mile Klamath River Basin appears to be facing collapse.

Tribe pulls out of river pact

The historic agreement designed to end long-standing water wars between fish advocates and farmers throughout the 16,000-square-mile Klamath River Basin appears to be facing collapse.

On Tuesday, the Yurok Tribe — one of three key Klamath River Indian tribes that have signed onto the consensus — announced it will be withdrawing from the Klamath Agreements, which have not been able to get the U.S. congressional approval needed for implementation.

“Unfortunately, Congress has failed to pass legislation authorizing the agreements, and over time the bargained-for benefits of the agreements have become unachievable. The Tribe is left with no choice other than to withdraw from the Klamath Agreements,” states the Yurok Tribe’s Notice of Withdrawal.

Wheels up for flying again

PenAir Chief Executive Officer Danny Seybert greets passengers of the airline's first commercial flight from Crescent City as they deplaned at Portland International Airport on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplcate / Bryant Anderson
 Passenger flights return to Del Norte as new carrier begins service

PenAir’s first flight out of Crescent City took off without a hitch Tuesday morning, carrying mostly media personnel and company executives safely over earth and stream to the city of Portland.

After five months without a commercial carrier, passengers are once again shuffling into the Del Norte Regional Airport twice a day to check their bags and hop on a short one-hour and 20- minute flight north.

A quiet celebration was held in the twilight of Tuesday morning to mark this beginning, when some bleary-eyed Del Norte dignitaries chewed their bagels and lox, savoring whispers centering on the notion that a social event scheduled for 6 a.m. is one that’s scheduled too early.

Tsunami Lanes to reopen in 2 weeks

Kingpins and Dudes from Crescent City to Brookings can soon head for the lanes again.

Tsunami Lanes will resume operations on Sept. 28 after being closed most of the summer, Elk Valley Rancheria announced Wednesday in a press release.

Dale Miller, chairman of the Rancheria, said the renovated bowling alley will include a new general manager, attendant, and mechanic, promising smoother and more reliable recreation for residents of the Wild Rivers Coast.

Rain not enough to finish fire season

A soaking rain has minimized fire behavior in the Gasquet Complex on Wednesday and has prompted crews battling the blazes to stand down temporarily.

Adrienne Freeman, public information officer, says if the rainy weather develops into a pattern it could become a season-ending event for the four fires in the Gasquet Ranger District area of the Six Rivers National Forest. But National Weather Service meteorologists expect warm dry weather to return to Del Norte County by the weekend.

Periods of scattered showers and isolated showers are predicted for today, according to meteorologist Matt Kidwell. Friday and Saturday are expected to start with patchy fog and give way to sun.

Post Office supervisor investigated for drug thefts

A supervisor at the Crescent City post office is under investigation for theft of prescription drugs from coworkers and area veterans, according to court records.

Hollie Maready, 39, is suspected of using her position as supervisor of customer service for the U.S. Postal Service to steal pharmaceuticals from packages, coworkers, and private homes.

Maready hasn’t been charged with any crime.

Solid Waste Authority tackles long to-do list

With only three commissioners present at Tuesday’s Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority meeting — enough to form a quorum — the board was able to check off a number of items on a long-standing to-do list.

After two years of staff shortages with now-Director Tedd Ward wearing the hats of both director and program manager, a restructuring of positions will hopefully allow the authority to fill a programs-related vacancy more quickly, Ward said.

The position of program manager was replaced with a facility and programs coordinator, a step down in pay from the role of program manager. Ward’s years of experience as program manager for the authority should render him able to assist the new hire.

Emergency dispatch call logs, Sept.14-15, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, the Crescent City Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, and one Out of County Agency, September 14-15.

Monday, September 14

At 12:57 a.m., caller reports that someone attempted to enter her son’s window shortly after midnight and tore the screen door.

At 6:18 a.m., caller reports that her son was chased by a cougar near Railroad Avenue and Blackwell Lane.

Cougar gets confrontational

A family in north Crescent City has reported an increasingly comfortable cougar prowling near their home the past couple weeks.

On Monday, Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a complaint of a cougar chasing a teenage boy in front of his house near Blackwell Lane. An officer responded and notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Deputies said it was only the most recent of several cougar sightings on the family property since Sept. 3.

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