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County closing books on repairs

The public will have a chance to speak at the Board of Supervisors meeting this morning about two local projects that the county is looking to close the books on.

The public hearing for the projects, which include repairs to Crescent City Harbor and Redwood Cove Senior Apartments, is the final phase in a public participation process that’s required for Community Development Block Grant-funded endeavors.

“This is the last step in the citizen participation process of the grants,” said Toni Self, administrative analyst for the county who handles all the CDBG grants. 


Tribe busts pot grows

WEITCHPEC — The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation’s water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies.

Law enforcement officers began serving search warrants at about 9 a.m. in the operation, which came at the request of Yurok officials and targeted properties in and near the reservation along the Klamath River.

Siskiyou Wilderness anniversary event Sunday

Fire lookouts in the Siskiyou Wilderness offer stunning views. Submitted
Thirty years ago, the High Siskiyous, — the mountains along the eastern border of Del Norte County — were designated as the Siskiyou Wilderness area.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the designation, there will be a free tour of the fire lookouts overlooking the High Siskiyous offered this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted by the Friends of Del Norte. 

Cancer fight on track

Nicolaus Bell arranges photographs of his grandmother — in honor of whom Bell’s family’s team was named “Team Grammie” — Saturday during Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Attendees raise funds for cause that’s personal to many 

Six years ago Cecilia Sample-Bergren was diagnosed with brain cancer. 

At 4 years old, Cecilia went through chemotherapy and radiation. She had a stem cell transplant and was quarantined for nearly a month. Now, at 12 years old, Cecilia still goes for annual checkups, but she is currently cancer free, said her grandmother Kelly Larson.

“Because of Relay and the things they do, we still have her,” Larson said.

Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” blared from the loudspeakers as Cecilia, breast cancer survivor Olinda Prokupek and skin cancer survivor Donna Fennell led the first lap of this year’s Relay for Life on Saturday. With nearly 50 cancer survivors clad in purple T-shirts behind them, the trio held the survivor banner as they made their way around the track at Del Norte High School.

Saving each other’s lives

Kristina Davis, holding son Little Charley, is expecting her third child, a girl they’ve named Johanna. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Urged to abort her baby, Kristina Davis instead puts her faith in God

“There’s no chance for your baby to survive.”

For the third time in less than 48 hours, Kristina and Charles Davis faced the possibility of aborting their child, a little girl they have named Johanna. The day before, they discovered that Johanna was healthy at about 20 weeks into Kristina’s pregnancy. But the ultrasound also revealed an unusual thickness near Kristina’s cervix — Johanna was sharing space with a tumor, and doctors couldn’t tell how aggressive the cancer was. 

Twice before, Kristina and her family prayed for guidance, and twice her doctors came back with new information that put on hold the need to abort Johanna. But now a top specialist in the field of gynecological cancers told Kristina that she may not survive the pregnancy.

City will have to tighten faucet

For water users who don’t comply with new emergency state regulations, the price of water is going up — way up. 

The State Water Resources Control Board this week approved an emergency state regulation plan that will ask local courts to fine water users up to $500 a day for failure to implement new conservation requirements. And if local water agencies don’t comply they can be penalized up to $10,000 a day. 

Solid Waste Authority Board criticized

The board of the Del Norte County Solid Waste Management Authority was criticized by community members during its regular meeting last week for failing to hire a new authority director, a position that has been vacant for nearly a year. 

“I’m having a difficult time wanting to recruit an executive director without a clear mission statement,” said authority chairman and Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin. “I appreciate the audience when they say, ‘Get to it.’ We are. But that is a process that takes time. It can’t be rushed.”

Fun run planned for August

Who would win a foot-race between the Silver Surfer and the Flash? What about Superman?

CASA Del Norte and the Crescent City Jaycees are working to put these debates to rest on Aug. 30 with the county’s first CASA Super Hero Fun Run/Walk starting at the Marine Mammal Center. Participants of all ages are invited to join in the fun by dressing up as their favorite superhero (or just wear their trusty old running apparel if they’d rather).

News of Record July 11–17

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of July 11–17:

Erin Leann Gericke, 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $760 for possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug.

Nichole EllenMarie Frye, 20, Grants Pass, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year of probation and fined $520 for possession of a narcotic.

Relay for Life rallies locals against cancer

Motorists driving by Del Norte High School likely don’t need a sign to tell them Relay for Life is this weekend.

This is because volunteers have festooned the trees alongside Mike Whalen Field with purple ribbon. Purple ribbon also adorns the steps of Java Hut near the fairgrounds and the fence bordering Chimney Kraft’s parking lot at U.S. Highway 101 and Northcrest Drive.

“Purple is the survivor color,” said Jeri Ann Evans Scherer, the 2014 event chair.

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