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Bikers search old road for new trail

A group of mountain bikers explore Forest Road 1-1E03, near Rock Creek, with thoughts of converting it into a biking trail. Del Norte Triplicate / David Anderson
Looking like hand puppets stuck in the gravel, the long patch of Darlingtonia californica jutted up bursting from the rivulets of the small braided stream that had formed on the old Forest Service road high above the south fork of the Smith River.

The juicy explosion of rare-carnivorous plants ran several-hundred feet up the old grade, thriving on nutrient rich water seeping from the exposed serpentinite on the uphill side of the road cut.

Building Healthy Communities taps Carillo for director at foundation

Michelle Carrillo, of Crescent City, has been serving as BHC’s youth programs coordinator. Submitted
Michelle Carrillo is the new Building Healthy Communities Initiative director at the Wild Rivers Community Foundation.

Injured woman at remote cabin gets airlift

Arcata-Mad River Ambulance Paramedic Daniel O'Hern is hoisted into a Coast Guard rescue helicopter in advance of the elderly women injured late Sun. morning. Courtesy Emily Whitcomb.
A hip injury at a remote cabin by the Klamath River brought multiple agencies to the Del Norte-Humboldt border Sunday afternoon for a reconnaissance and rescue operation by land, sea, and sky. 

An unidentified 79-year old woman was in stable condition at late-afternoon March 20 following a 45-minute flight on a Coast Guard helicopter to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. For Arcata-Mad River ambulance, the response started hours earlier around 11:15 a.m. when one of the woman’s family members called for help. Apparently she fell and may have had a large bone fracture in her hip, according to Lt. JJ Briggs of the Coast Guard’s Humboldt Bay Aviation Operations. 

Cal-Fire Trinidad and Orick Fire were first on scene, followed by Arcata paramedics just after noon. 

Traffic amnesty brings in $7k for county

Just three months in effect, a statewide traffic fine amnesty program has returned driver licenses to 35 Del Norte residents and earned the county almost $7,000, meanwhile costing local taxpayers nothing. 

By terms of the program, any California resident with outstanding fines for non-serious traffic offenses prior to Jan. 1, 2013 can qualify for a reduction of 50 or 80 percent of their existing debt. Meanwhile, if a license was suspended due to failure to pay (FTP) a court fine or failure to appear (FTA) at a court date can be reinstated without paying off associated fines.

Amnesty can only be redeemed within the county in which the fines were initially made. 

Tsunami Safe Days: Fishermen’s benefit

Soulful rock and pop interpretations by Jeff Jolly, right, and his band, which includes wife Desiree Jolly, left, will feature among six bands today. Courtesy Jeff Jolly
Party at the harbor today with music, food and drinks to raise funds for out-of-work crabbers 

A “Fisherman’s Benefit” kicks off Tsunami Safe Days week today with live music, food, beer and more. 

The benefit at Whaler Rock will raise money to help local crabbers and their families having to endure the loss of the 2016 season.

Commercial crab fishing: Season opens, but not here

The state is opening Dungeness crab season south of the Sonoma/Mendocino County line, as a result of the clean domoic acid tests in the region. Unfortunately, the rest of California waters remain closed including local waters here in District 6.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement late Friday. Under the state agency’s directive, District 10 will open the recreational crab season immediately and the commercial season in one week on March 26.

Attorney: Murder was over drug deal

One of three suspects in the October killing of Crescent City man Roger Huntington, 43, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison. Another still awaits court, and a third remains at large. 

Blake Sibley, 21, of Denton County, Texas pleaded guilty in Josephine County Circuit Court this week to first-degree manslaughter and robbery in connection with what sources say was a high-volume drug deal gone bad, a claim supported by reports from Oregon authorities as well as Sibley’s defense counsel.

Bank of America branch to close

Bank of America customers in Del Norte County will soon be without a local branch.

The nation’s second-largest bank confirmed Thursday that it would close its Crescent City location on July 12. Bank spokeswoman Colleen Haggerty said the closure is due to a decline in transactions as more customers do their banking via self service platforms. 

Rancheria pledges support for county in emergencies

In what is considered the first agreement of its kind between a tribe and the county, Elk Valley Rancheria has tentatively pledged its formal support for Del Norte in case of an emergency situation.

County jobless rate still creeping down

40 jobs added in February to bring yearly total to 270 

Del Norte’s jobless rate for February is slightly lower than the month before and continues to be lower than last year, according to the California Employment Development Department.

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