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Crab fleet heads south

Commercial Dungeness crab vessels were stacked high with crab traps in Crescent City Harbor this week preparing to head south for Friday’s crab opener on the Central Coast. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Dungeness season outlook is better for Central Coast 

Most of the Crescent City commercial crab fleet set out this week on the 36-hour ride to California’s Central Coast, where the commercial Dungeness season opens Friday and early sport reports indicate a much higher volume of Dungeness crab than on the North Coast. 

In a cyclical fishery like West Coast Dungeness crab, the coastal zones with the most crab change from year to year. Judging from the time it’s been taking for sport crabbers to fill their pots on the North Coast, this season’s catch looks to be much better in the Central Management Area, south of the Sonoma-Mendocino county line.

60-day sentence for ranger’s thefts

A former Redwood National and State Parks ranger was sentenced to federal prison yesterday for stealing more than a pound of marijuana and about $2,500 from the parks’ evidence locker over the course of his three-year employment. 

Chad McLane, who as the parks’ evidence custodian was the only person with keys to the locker and also was responsible for record keeping of evidence, will serve 60 days in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction for theft of government property.

Seasonally Fresh Fare

The Abalone Bar and Grill opened this past weekend in the Redwood Hotel Casino. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Casino’s new restaurant features indigenous food and flavors of the Pacific Northwest 

From wild Klamath River salmon to Dungeness crab, the Pacific Northwest fare enjoyed on California’s Redwood Coast is unique — a taste on display at the Abalone Bar and Grill, which opened in the Redwood Hotel Casino in Klamath this weekend. 

Alongside the restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, the Yurok Tribe also opened the small casino portion of the Redwood Hotel Casino. The hotel operates under the Holiday Inn Express brand and has been welcoming guests since opening its doors in July.

Sewer rates to rise 5% yearly

Four hikes till 2019 save city $15 million on loan 

The city has possibly hammered out a deal with the state on paying back its multi-million dollar wastewater treatment plant loan, but part of the bargain means that sewer users are going to see more rate increases in the future. 

The deal, which is built around a graduated repayment plan and a zero-percent interest rate, as well as the sewer rate increases for users, has been in the works since July and will save the city more than $15 million, according to City Manager Gene Palazzo. It’s set to be considered on Nov. 18 at the State Water Resources Control Board’s meeting, and fortunately for the city and its residents, Palazzo said, the state recommended to the board that the deal be accepted.

Toughening trespass grow penalties

Sentencing must take into account environmental harm 

A bipartisan push by Northern California’s congressional representatives has resulted in tougher penalties for drug-related trespassing on public, private and tribal lands across the U.S. 

As of Nov. 1, federal judges must take into account environmental damages, such as water diversions and vegetation removal, as separate or aggravating offenses in addition to those already laid out by the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.  

Man arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping

A local man on Friday was arrested on suspicion of raping and kidnapping a 15-year-old girl, but he had a seizure and was hospitalized before police could bring him to jail.

Crescent City Police officers contacted the suspect, Shawn Frillman, 36, at his residence on 5th Street after the victim and her mother reported the incident on Friday at 1 p.m. They identified Frillman as the perpetrator and said that the incident had taken place at his residence, according to interim Police Chief Scott Berry.

Triplicate subscribers warned of scam

A Southern Oregon outfit that has generated hundreds of consumer complaints across the Northwest is now soliciting deceptive subscriptions for the Bend Bulletin, a sister paper of the Triplicate.  

One invoice sent to a Bend resident from Publishers Payment Service asked the recipient to pay $389.95, nearly double the price the newspaper would actually charge for an annual subscription, said Karen Douglas, corporate circulation manager for Western Communications, parent company of both the Bulletin and the Triplicate.

Public input sought on transportation

Everyone who lives or works in Del Norte County are asked to fill out a survey about local public transportation to aid Caltrans and the county in updating their transportation plan.  

Honoring Their Service

Local veterans lead last year’s Veterans Day parade, planned this year for 10 a.m. Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate file
Four of Del Norte’s Korean War veterans will lead Tuesday parade 

With roughly 5,000 veterans in Del Norte County, picking a handful of grand marshals to honor for the parade this Veterans Day was no easy task.

After honoring five World War II veterans and a general in the Hmong Army last year, the Veterans Day Committee and VFW Post 1381 chose to focus on those who fought in the Korean War, said committee member Duane “Sparky” Countess. Four local Korean War veterans will be grand marshals in this year’s parade and will lead the flag salute at the Veterans Day dinner Tuesday.

Airport project breaks ground

Past and present airport authority board members and others involved ceremoniously break ground Thursday on a new runway improvement project for Del Norte County’s airport. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Ceremonial dirt was turned at the Del Norte County Regional Airport Thursday to celebrate not just the real ground-breaking that will begin on the airport’s runway improvement project next week but also the many behind-the-scenes tasks completed over the past several years to create a shovel-ready project.  

“This is the first turning of the shovel for a physical project, but this project has been going on for a long time,” said David Finigan, chairman of the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority, which manages Del Norte’s airport. “All along the line we’ve heard from various stages, consistently, year after year, that ‘You can’t do it.’ Well, I’m here to show you today that we can.”

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