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Bike chase ends in arrest

Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man being sought as a suspect in an assault, burglary and vehicle theft case on Sunday.

Michael Clary Jr., 27, was apprehended at the McDonald’s on U.S. Highway 101 at 11:55 a.m. after leading deputies on a short chase through town, Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said.

Volunteers sought to dive, count fish in river

The Smith River houses California’s healthiest population of coastal cutthroat trout, and this weekend the public is invited to take a dive in the crystal-clear river as part of an annual survey used to track the trout’s abundance.

The Smith River Alliance invites all wild fish enthusiasts, swimmers and river folk to throw on a snorkel and a wetsuit and participate in the annual Smith River Fish Count this Saturday, where citizen-scientists collect data used by state and federal fishery managers.

‘I didn’t think I was going to win’

Jessi Hawkins, a Castle Rock Charter School graduate, reacts to learning she is Miss Del Norte 2014. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Jessi Hawkins crowned at annual pageant featuring five contestants 

Jessi Hawkins’ first instinct was to pass on the Miss Del Norte Scholarship Competition.

The 17-year-old Castle Rock Charter School graduate had received an email from fellow contestant Hannah Pearcey saying the pageant organizers were low on entrants, but Hawkins said it was her sister who ultimately convinced her to go for it.

Hawkins drummed up enough sponsors to pay the enrollment fee, borrowed a dress and a skirt and visited the $2 or Less Thrift Store to create a costume for the talent contest. She spent $1.50 for a blouse and a belt to turn herself into Eponine from “Les Miserables.” Ten minutes after former Miss Del Norte Alicia De Leon Mendoza placed the crown on her head, Hawkins said she was still waiting for it to sink in.

Airport project moving forward

The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority Board is moving forward with its Runway Safety Area Project.

At its meeting on Thursday the board directed staff to go out to bid for phases 1 and 2 of the project, even though only Phase 1, which encompasses the work that won’t impact natural resources, is set to begin immediately, pending expected Coastal Commission approval in early August. 

“It’s a pretty good milestone that we got to the point that we got,” Commissioner Gerry Hemmingsen said. “This is a hurdle that we’ve been trying to get past for a long time. It’s taken longer than what we’d like to see it take, but it’s moving forward; we’re going in the right direction.”

Warning issued about toxic algae

Toxic blue-green algal blooms have reappeared in the Lower Klamath River, prompting officials from Del Norte County, the Yurok Tribe and the state’s water quality department to warn the public to avoid contact with algae this summer.

At Klamath River access points from Iron Gate Dam to the estuary, public health advisories were posted this week warning against human and animal contact with the water. Contact with blue-green algae blooms can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea and cold and flu-like symptoms. 

Postmaster urges public to speak up for post office

The future of mail delivery in Gasquet will be the subject of a public meeting Wednesday, and it’s a meeting Gasquet residents won’t want to miss, according to Smith River Postmaster Ken Miller. 

Unless there is a significant outcry from the community, the U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce office hours in Gasquet to just four hours each weekday beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Current weekday operating hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

“This meeting is to see if anyone objects (to cutting the post office hours),” Miller explained. “There’s quite a bit of impact to the community, and we’re trying to encourage people to go.” 

Chief's sendoff

Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Local law enforcement, paramedics and members of the Police Explorers lined up on A Street on Thursday evening to wave farewell to former Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack as he drove home from his last day at work. Plack, whose last day on the job was Thursday, retired from the police force after 11 years as Crescent City Police chief and more than 40 years in law enforcement. Calvin Berry, Plack’s interim replacement, will be sworn in on Monday.

Fire Safe Council meets Thursday

The Del Norte Fire Safe Council has a new director and new board members, and the first meeting under the new leadership will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Crescent Fire Protection District building, 255 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City.

Becky Barlow, the new director of the fire safe council, said they will be discussing how to update the Del Norte Fire Safe Plan and what grants and projects the council will pursue in its new makeup. 


County’s resource advisory group seeks applicants

The Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee is seeking recommendations and applications for new members of the group, which advises how to spend federal money allocated to Del Norte County for loss of timber revenue.

“This is a unique opportunity to provide advice and recommendations on management activities on National Forest land in these counties,” said Mike Minton, acting forest supervisor of Six Rivers National Forest.

Masons finish rebuilt lodge

The masonic temple was rebuilt after being burned in a fire in 2012. Del Norte Triplicate/ Michael Zogg
 Cornerstone laying and dedication ceremony Saturday


Two years after flames wiped out more than 150 years of records and memories, Crescent City’s Freemasons on Saturday will lay a stone at their new lodge from the building that burned down.

A cornerstone laying and rededication ceremony will mark the completion of the new Masonic Community Center at Ninth and B streets. The ceremony will also officially make the lodge available for community activities and fundraisers, said John Pricer, Worshipful Master of Crescent Lodge #45 Free and Accepted Masons.

John L. Cooper III, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masons of California, will lead the rededication ceremony, Pricer said.


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