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Hit-and-run truck hits hydrant, creates geyser

Courtesy Courtney Marrujo.
Another spontaneous fountain in Crescent City briefly halted local operations and drew onlookers when an unidentified driver crashed into a fire hydrant Friday at Northcrest Drive and U.S. 101.

At 12:30 p.m., an unknown white dodge pickup truck collided with a fire hydrant on the 800 block of U.S. 101, producing a column of water more than 30 feet high and causing minor flooding to the curbside and nearby parking lot, according to police.

Water was shut off within minutes by public works, said Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal, and no additional damage to property or person seems to have occurred. As of Friday evening, officers were still searching for any information on the identity of the hit-and-run driver.

One lane of 101 re-opens near sinkhole in Brookings

One lane of northbound traffic on Highway 101 was reopened Thursday as work continues on repairs to the landslide and sinkhole between Hearing Health Care and the Fireside Diner in Harbor.

The one-lane southbound access will remain as it has been since Feb. 3.

Until Thursday, northbound traffic had been detoured from Highway 101 to Behnam Lane to Lower Harbor Road since the beginning of February.

Tsunami Safe Days volunteers sought to help support crab fishermen

Harbor officials are seeking volunteers to man booths and hold fundraisers to support local crab fishermen next month during Tsunami Safe Days.

Tsunami Safe Days will begin with a fundraising lunch March 19, which includes live music and vendors. Troy Nicolini from the National Weather Service will host lectures about tsunamis and how to be safe and those attending will be able to sign up for the new Del Norte Community Alert System.

Tsunami Safe Days will continue through March 25 with walking tours, a fun run and other educational activities.

Those who would like to host a booth at the fundraising lunch, call Crescent City Harbor Master Charlie Helms at 707-464-6174.

News of Record, Feb. 5-11, 2016

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Feb. 5-11, 2016:

• Stephen Russell Anderson, 65, Crescent City, was sentenced to five days in jail for probation violation.

• Jennifer K. Beeson, 25, Crescent City, was sentenced to one year probation and fined $634 for being an unlicensed driver.

• Casey Kyle Bellinger, 37, Crescent City, was sentenced to 96 hours in jail, three years probation and fined $1,864 for driving under the influence with a .15 or higher blood alcohol content.

Caltrans road work in Del Norte County

Major roadwork scheduled by Caltrans in Del Norte County through Thursday:

U.S. 101 (2.0/2.4) – Emergency drainage work from 1.6 miles to 1.2 miles south of South Bank Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

U.S. 101 – Emergency wall repairs from Mill Creek Park to Hamilton Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

U.S. 101  – Shoulder work from Fred D Haight Drive to Westbrook Lane will begin on Tuesday. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

U.S. 199  – Tree work from South Fork Road to the Hardscrabble Creek Bridge will begin on Thursday. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.

U.S. 199  – Tree work from Middle South Fork River Bridge to Patrick’s Creek Campground will begin on Thursday. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.

Work is weather permitting and subject to change. Updates are available at www.dot.ca.gov/dist1/d1rib.htm.

Second Bridge closure increased

Flatiron West, Inc., the contractor replacing Second Bridge on South Fork Road, has increased the the time for project’s first all-day closures. Slated for Feb. 22 and Feb. 29, the road will be closed from 7:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m., while temporary supports are installed.

Ex-cheer coach convicted of contacting student to commit sex offense

Joseph Young. Courtesy Del Norte District Attorney Office
Lifelong county resident Joseph Young, 41, was convicted by jury Thursday of four of five charges he faced for an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile cheerleading student at Del Norte High School. 

Following three days of trial, the 12-person jury pronounced Young guilty of two felony counts for contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense on April 6-7 of last year. 

Young’s defense attorney, Mike Riese, said he plans to appeal the verdict at sentencing in March, alleging insufficient evidence. 

Blue Creek confluence likely to stay closed

The California Fish and Game Commission is considering reducing the stretch of the Klamath River closed to catch and release fishing this summer, after last year’s restrictions at the confluence with Blue Creek caused a stir among county officials and fishing guides. 

Sport fishing regulations for the 2016 season, including the year’s bag limit, will be formally adopted in April, giving people time to comment on the proposed changes. 

Last year, the Klamath was closed a half mile above the mouth of Blue Creek and 500 feet below to provide cold water respite for fish during summer months of low, warm water, as requested by the Yurok Tribe. 

Out of work crabbers struggling to get by

'One of the roughest times' ever in boom and bust biz

As the California Crab industry braces for a season that may be a complete bust each person dependent on the industry is left to try and make up for the loss.

Although some are able to weather the disaster financially better than others, everyone is feeling the hit and some may lose everything.

Federal aid may come through but that can take up to 16  months, far too late to help those in need of cash now. Be it a crab boat captain, a crew member, a processor, a restaurant owner or a crab wholesaler, each could be facing a year with no crab revenue. And in a rural community where there is very little work to begin with the implications of a season without crab will be devastating. Many within the industry are already fighting for survival.

Job training OK'd for detained youth

Vocational training will be provided to incarcerated youth in space provided by Hambro Forest Products, Inc., thanks to a lease that was signed Tuesday with the Del Norte County Probation Department.

County supervisors approved a five-year agreement for use of 992 square feet of an old shop on Elk Valley Road, 4-0, Chairman Gerry Hemmingsen having recused himself.

There, a teacher with the County Office of Education will teach marketable skills like framing, siding and roofing to kids housed in juvenile hall for 30 days or longer, while the probation department works to build relationships with businesses in the community to find them work once they have the skills, said Chief Probation Officer Lonnie Reyman.

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