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Demolition Duty

Caltrans workers demolish a boulder threatening to slide onto U.S. Highway 101. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
U.S. Highway 101 was closed to both lanes of traffic for about half an hour Wednesday for a rock demolition 4 miles south of Crescent City. Caltrans spokesman Eli Rohl said the demolition was a safety project to remove a boulder that was threatening to slide down into the roadway. The charge was detonated at 12:05 p.m. One-way traffic control was in effect for about five hours. The road was completely open, free of debris, by 2 p.m. 

Probation Dept. seeks public tips

Six probation violators have been dubbed Probation’s Most Wanted by the Del Norte County Probation Department since mid-November, when the department began posting mug shots on its Facebook page. The department welcomes any information on the offenders, but they may not have the time to get to it.

Citing “limited resources,” the Probation Department can either use its energy to “beat the streets looking for (probation violators) or give out information for public consumption,” Chief Probation Officer Lonnie Reyman said. 

A blossoming friendship

Students from Del Norte and Takata high schools display the Japanese and American flags as both national anthems are played at the Del Norte Warriors’ Friday night basketball game. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte students form sister school with Japanese counterparts 

On their last day at Del Norte High School, the students from Takata High treated their Crescent City counterparts to a Japanese feast.

The students worked together Friday making several different kinds of noodle dishes, onigiri — or rice balls — and strawberry mochi while sampling chocolate and green tea.

The day before, they sat down and brainstormed the beginnings of a “sister school” relationship between the two high schools. But as she watched the teens make lunch, Amya Miller said no official agreement could recreate the camaraderie she saw last week.

Prison guard arrested for fraud

A Crescent City doctor and a Pelican Bay State Prison correctional officer were arrested in San Mateo County on Monday in connection with a months-long multi-agency investigation of prescription drug and insurance fraud alleged to have occurred in Del Norte County, according a press release from the Del Norte District Attorney’s Office. 

Correctional Officer Richard White was reportedly being treated for a worker’s compensation claim by Dr. Joseph Meyers, a Daly City-based physician with an office in Crescent City, District Attorney Dale Trigg told the Triplicate.

Huffman to hold town hall on veterans

U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman will be in Del Norte this week to meet with local veterans, youth, public officials and, if he’s lucky, steelhead trout.  

Huffman is hosting a town hall meeting on veterans’ health care and benefits 6:30–8 p.m. this Friday at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St. Representatives from the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, Veterans Benefits Administration and Del Norte County Veterans Service Office will be on hand to discuss issues relating to veterans health care and benefits, including the recent Choice Act legislation and Non-VA Care Program.

Homeowner finds burglar in pantry

A local man returned to his residence on the 2300 block of Morehead Road in Fort Dick early Saturday afternoon to find an apparent burglary in progress.

Upon returning home at about 1:30 p.m., the man noticed an unfamiliar vehicle in his driveway, so he parked behind it to block it in, Del Norte Sheriff’s commander Bill Steven said. 

“When he entered his residence, he noticed that his pantry light was on,” Steven said. “It is activated by a motion detector.”

Swimming pool back in business

Fred Endert Municipal Pool reopened Monday, sporting a new roof among other upgrades. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Even though construction crews were still working on the sidewalk, the Fred Endert Municipal Pool reopened Monday, sporting a new roof, new skylights and new ADA access ramps.

Closed for nearly a month while crews worked on these upgrades, the pool will host an open house on Saturday featuring refreshments as well as two-for-one passes for visitors. Discounted prices for 2015 passes will also be on sale through Saturday.

Lessons learned from tragedy

Leveled buildings and boats washed ashore cover the Japanese coast after the devastating March 2011 tsunami. Wikimedia / Mitsukuni Sato
Visitors from tsunami-stricken Japanese town share their experience with disaster 

Japan thought it was ready for disaster, but when the earth quaked on March 11, 2011, it shook longer and heavier than anything they’d previously experienced. 

In a presentation given at this month’s Del Norte County Emergency Operations Center meeting on Thursday afternoon, Principal Akihiko Yokota of Takata High School in Japan chronicled the devastating toll the 2011 tsunami took on his community and the efforts they’ve made to rebuild in the past four years. 

Coastal Commission clears the way

Airport gets permit to turn Pacific Shores lots into wetlands 

What unfolded in under 10 minutes at a distant California Coastal Commission meeting this week marked a major victory for a Crescent City airport project 10 years in the making, while putting another nail in the water-logged coffin of Pacific Shores, a failed subdivision by the sea dating back half a century. 

These two Del Norte County institutions, one where people go to fly, the other to learn to drive on vacant roads, have become entwined in recent years due to a state environmental policy requiring that developers along the coast recreate wetland habitats four times more than the acreage disturbed by new construction projects. 

Harbor gets ‘OK’ on trail construction

Will connect Sunset Circle to Anchor Way 

By a unanimous vote Thursday, the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission granted the Crescent City Harbor District $370,100 for the construction of the Starfish Way segment of the Harbor Trail. 

The awarded sum comes from Regional Surface Transportation Program funds and will be matched by $21,850 from the harbor for administrative costs. 

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