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CC couple wins $1 million in lotto

Lonnie and Ashley Brookshire
A Crescent City couple is $1 million richer after playing a winning California Lottery ticket.

When Lonnie Brookshire broke the news to his wife Ashley, he knew she would be skeptical, so he whipped out his phone and videotaped her.

“I knew how she was going to react,” Lonnie Brookshire told the California Lottery. “I had to keep telling her, ‘No baby. It’s real!’”

Friends of Library's new board: Eager to get started

The newly elected board members of the Friends of the Del Norte Library launched their upcoming tenure with a successful book sale and are eager to get going when they take over in the new year.  

“I’m really excited about the new board,” Crescent City Librarian Teena Capshaw said. “I think they are going to be proactive.”

Capshaw said the Friends held a book sale at the Fairgrounds during the Holiday Fair at the beginning of the month and “it was the best book sale we have had. They sold over $200 worth of books.”

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

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Dec. 14 - 15:

Monday, December 14

At 1:12 a.m., caller on the 100 block of Reynolds Lane says someone keeps messing around with his RV and he would like extra patrol in the area.

At 6:39 a.m., report of a car chase near West Washington Boulevard and Arlington Drive.

County chambers hold active shooter training

Shouting and distress marked the scene Monday evening at county chambers, but not for the normal reasons.

Del Norte supervisors and county department heads were trained early this week for a potential active shooter situation. Staff ought to have a plan in place should a disgruntled person come packing to a public meeting at the Flynn Center, said Sheriff Erik Apperson, who initiated and led the training by his office and local SWAT leaders.

Forecast says rivers may reach flood stage by early next week

Another chance of floods late this weekend will be heralded by an advancing cold front, gusty winds, and rising precipitation starting today. 

“In effect, Del Norte county will receive an immense amount of rain in the coming days,” said Jeff Tonkin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Eureka. 

Up to 7.5 inches is expected in the northern reaches of the county before dawn Sunday and as many as 10 by Tuesday, according to NWS forecasts early this week. 

Rain soaked earth on the move

The periphery of the lookout near Brother Jonathan Park has been slipping for years. Del Norte Triplicate / David Anderson
 Last week’s storms have accelerated ongoing erosion to a popular viewpoint in Crescent City and to the south of town crested cracks in U.S. 101.

Weeks of ample rain beckoned crews months earlier than planned on a stretch of U.S. 101 as it ascends Crescent Hill south of town. It is shored up by redwood giants that are slowly rotting away, Caltrans officials said.

On Wednesday, Caltrans crews worked to fill cracks about 1.5 feet long and 2 or 3 inches wide observed in the road, initiating roadwork that had been scheduled for the spring.

New terminal may arrive early

An artist's rendering of the Del Norte Regional Airport's future terminal. Courtesy Del Norte Regional Airport
The local air-traveling public is a year closer to being greeted by a brand new terminal, officials say, since federal money will be arriving early. 

Most of Del Norte Regional Airports’s nearly $20 million project will be covered by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the money could come in as early as next fall, a full year before it was expected, airport staff said Tuesday at the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority board meeting.

“They subsequently were able to find some additional funds from a project that wasn’t ready, and they moved it ahead,” said Airport Director Matthew Leitner.

Crescent City manager to resign

Palazzo will take city manager post in Galt 

Crescent City will be in the market for a new city manager soon.

Eugene Palazzo will be the new city manager for the Sacramento Valley community of Galt starting on or before March 1. The Galt City Council on Tuesday approved Palazzo’s appointment to the position, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Ship Ashore residents in dark since Sunday

RV park offers use of motel to residents 

An electrical power outage has left about 50 units at Ship Ashore Resort and RV Park in the dark since Sunday evening.

Uptick seen in property values

Increase hasn't caught up to housing bubble prices

Assessed property values on the North Coast grew 3.3 percent this year over last, making Del Norte County realtors optimistic for the coming year.

According to California State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, properties in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties grew from $25.7 billion to $26.5 billion in 2015-16 over the previous year.

Trinity County led the region in property value growth with locally assessed property growing by 4.7 percent and state-assessed properties by 10.2 percent, according to a Board of Equalization press release.

Locally-assessed property in Del Norte County grew by 1 percent from 2014-15 to 2015-16, according to the Board of Equalization. State-assessed property dropped by -3.9 percent.

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