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Growing Pain

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Art therapy is one of many specialized treatment approaches available to clients of the Open Door Community Health Centerís suboxone program for narcotics addicts. This drawing is taken from a larger composition made recently by one of the clients. Submitted
Recent crimes highlight emerging trend of narcotics abuse in Del Norte 

Citing “staggering” statistics, Assemblyman Jim Wood called this week for a task force to address a rising opioid abuse epidemic in California. Meanwhile, prescription drug overdoses have spiked across most of the country in the past 10 years. Locally, community leaders hear murmurs of the same trend in Del Norte and are battling to beat it back. 

Last weekend, the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office collected more than 185 pounds of pills that were brought to the lobby for the annual prescription drug-take back day, a program Sheriff Erik Apperson said he would like to make available year-round.


Health district tables hiring consultant

Failure to give proper public notice will be rectified next week, chairman says 

A proposal to spend as much as $80,000 to hire a consultant was tabled Thursday because the Del Norte Healthcare District failed to give proper public notice.

The healthcare district board met in special session to consider hiring  Quorum Health Resources. The plan, according to a majority of board members, is to find an alternative to replace Sutter Health and Sutter Coast Hospital.


Move to block mining advances

Feds release environmental assessment for public review 

A plan to exclude mineral development on about 100,000 acres of federal land to thwart a proposed nickel mine near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is nearing fruition and that has local environmentalists pleased. 

The U.S. Forest Service released its environmental assessment last week, and written comments will be accepted through May 27, 2016.


Farmers markets readying for season

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The Crescent City Farmers Market begins June 4 with new hours from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
Ultra-fresh produce, free range eggs, hand-harvested honey and other fresh, small-batch food stuffs are the hallmark of Del Norte County farmers markets.  

Crescent City offers two separate, non-profit farmers markets: Crescent City Farmers Market begins June 4 with new hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; the Downtown Crescent City Farmers and Artisans Market is scheduled to open June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both entities are venues for producers and consumers alike to come together, forge relationships, and exchange information.


Sentence extended for inmate with knife

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Avalos
A Pelican Bay State Prison inmate will serve five additional years after he was caught in possession of a homemade knife and gang literature. 

Luis Avalos, 25, of Oakland, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Del Norte Superior Court by Judge William Follett.


Tall Ships: Lady Washington captain stops to express his regrets

Johann Steinke, captain of the tall ship Lady Washington, stopped in Crescent City Friday to explain why the ship failed to anchor here this week as originally planned.

“It was a decision not made lightly,” said Steinke.


Surge in voter registrations will delay mail ballot distribution

Del Norters registered to vote by mail need not fret if they don’t receive their ballots by post early next week, according to the county clerk’s office.

 Although vote-by-mail ballots were originally slated to be sent out from the county’s elections office on Monday, a recent surge in those registered will delay that shipment several days.


CHP busts chop shop on U.S. 101

Stolen parts, two stolen vehicles result in arrests 

The cluster of cops Wednesday afternoon on the north end of Crescent City was part of an automobile theft investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). 

Two stolen vehicles, multiple stolen vehicle parts, and several subjects were arrested during the hours-long May 4 bust, according to a press release from CHP.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, April 27-29

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, April 27–29:

Wednesday, May 4

Note: From 2:18 p.m.

At 5:34 p.m., caller on the 500 block of U.S. 101 says her keys are missing and she believes her mother might have taken them, but her mother is refusing to let her check in her purse to see them.


News of Record, April 29-May 5

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for April 29 to May 5:

Roxanne M. Hamilton, 29, Crescent City, was sentenced to 28 days jail, 3 years’ probation and fined $630 for prowling.


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