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Freemasons to honor student work

Del Norte County’s Freemasons, teachers and parents will celebrate student achievement next Wednesday.

Crescent City Masonic Lodge No. 45 will recognize 22 students — a boy and a girl from each local school — for their academics, good citizenship and work ethic. The students will receive certificates of achievement and $100 checks. 

News of Record March 27 – April 2, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for March 27 – April 2, 2015:

Jimmy Dale Center, 56, Smith River, was sentenced to one day in jail and two years of probation and fined $630 for resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

More with Less: Managing Medi-Cal

Del Norte Triplicate illustration/ Bryant Anderson
Last year thousands of people in Del Norte County signed up for health insurance, many for the first time, while the number of local doctors hit a two-decade low. People may wait weeks, even months for medical and dental care, an informal survey by the Triplicate found.

As insurance coverage explodes, fewer doctors are available and willing to see new patients, especially those covered by Medi-Cal, a state-funded program that serves about half of all the kids in California, while offering some of the lowest payments to physicians in the U.S.  

Some 10,541 people in Del Norte have Medi-Cal, a figure that jumped from 29 percent to 42 percent of the county’s total population when 3,247 new people signed up in the last two years.

Easter Bunny hops into town

County social worker Melinda Anderson fills Easter baskets with colorful eggs for children in need. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Social workers, volunteers prepare dozens of surprises for kids under county care

Melinda Anderson surveyed a rainbow of plastic buckets and baskets, tucking a turquoise egg into one and a jump rope into another.

There were chocolate bunnies and pink Peeps chicks. “Sofia the First” and “Frozen” for the girls. Spider Man and the Avengers for the boys. “Monster High” for the tweens and Eric Carle for the 1’s and 2’s.

This is the third year that Anderson, a social worker with the county Department of Health and Human Services, has spearheaded a project to bring Easter baskets to Del Norte’s foster kids and other children who the county works with. Children at the Harrington House will also receive Easter baskets, Anderson said.

Driver jailed in alleged vehicle assault

Jacob Kupecz
Man calls 911 after running into another with car Tues. evening

One Smith River man ran down another with his car Tuesday evening, and the impact sent both to the hospital after the alleged driver called in the incident himself, authorities say. 

After striking the man with his vehicle and colliding with a house — causing damage to a carport and truck in its wake — a frenzied Jacob Kupecz, 25, got out and proceeded to physically assault the victim on the 200 block of Westbrook Lane, according to a press release from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 


Stakeholders in Last Chance project named

Read more...U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman was flanked by state and local officials in Klamath Monday as he announced a group of stakeholders tasked with hashing out solutions to a notorious stretch of highway. 

Formed to address an unstable section of U.S. Highway 101 between Klamath and Crescent City known as Last Chance Grade, the group includes representatives of environmental and commercial interests as well as tribal and government agencies that are committed to attending at least 10 meetings over the next year. Those meetings should result in one or two detailed proposals for a solution, Huffman said. 


NPR logs ‘cleared’ cases

Database counts U.S. solved crimes 

A new tool developed by National Public Radio gives the public a look at how often local law enforcement agencies are linking suspects to reported crimes, an appraisal that puts Del Norte County’s rates, in many cases, near or better than national averages. 

Based on nationwide data reported to the FBI, only 48.1 percent of violent crimes were cleared in 2013, meaning that less than half of the cases handled in the U.S. led either to the arrest or — under exceptional circumstances — at least the identification of a culprit (if the suspect had died, for example). These rates don’t reflect the number of crimes that result in a


Police department joins Facebook

The Crescent City Police Department has a new Facebook page, in keeping with one of the new Chief Ivan Minsal’s goals to connect with various communities in Crescent City, according to a press release. 

With promises of information on current events and critical incidents and safe driving and crime prevention tips, the public can look to the page to connect with the department and the city, the release says. 

Pages of History: Household goods in high demand

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1945:

The Triplicate want ads have been helping to build and furnish homes, with ads selling everything from houses and lots to gas engines, farm tools and many other articles. 

Due to the many newcomers arriving here daily to make their homes, there is a great shortage of household goods and anyone with any surplus articles that are in good shape but not being used should help our new residents by letting them know what is available. With the large increased circulation of the paper the results are amazing. Just give the want ads a try! 

Coastal Cleanup 2015

Lions Club member Anne Mostovoy adds a final bag of trash to the dumpster filled by volunteers on state land near Sand Mine Road. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Volunteers remove invasive plants at Pacific Shores and collect 1.3 tons of trash on state land 

Del Norte County’s coastal zone got a bit tidier this weekend as two groups of volunteers spent Saturday morning filling dumpsters to the brim. 

With District 1 County Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s Take a Bite out of Blight group focused on removing litter from a quarter-mile of beach and brush, another crew was out in the Pacific Shores subdivision pulling up an interloping species of plant — the yellow-flowered scotch broom. 

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