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New prison guard pact includes 9 percent in raises

SACRAMENTO — The union representing most California state prison guards said Wednesday it has agreed to a labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years.

Rush rejects plea deal from DA

Prosecutors are “charging ahead,” with their case against Shirley Rush, 65, the accused career con-woman charged with writing over $40,000 in bad checks last year in Crescent City.

Correction, March 17, 2016

An article Tuesday about county supervisor candidate statements listed candidates in the wrong district.The District 5 five race includes David Finigan, Bob Berkowitz, Linda Sutter, and Terri Colton.

The Del Norte Triplicate endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact will be corrected in a timely and appropriate manner. Please notify Editor Robin Fornoff of errors by calling 707-464-2141.

Zottola named Del Norte's "Woman of the Year"

Courtesy Gina Zottola.
Long-time county resident Gina Zottola of Gasquet was honored this month as one of seven extraordinary women in Northern California, part of an effort by Sen. Mike McGuire in recognition of Women’s History Month. 

Zottola is in her third year as Director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, a non-profit oriented around improving quality of life for locals and providing support and training for donors. 

She also works on engaging local youth, building opportunities for career and technical education and physician recruitment for the county. 

Former editor and publisher dies

Wally Griffin, seen in a 2014 photograph taken outside the Triplicate office, was a local resident for most of his life. Del Norte Triplicate file photo / Bryant Anderson
A newspaperman from childhood, Wally Griffin, 91, helmed family’s Crescent City American during 1950s and 1960s  

Wally Griffin, editor and publisher of the Crescent City American, died Feb. 21, 2016. He was 91.

Born in Weiser, Idaho, on Sept. 27, 1924, Griffin became immersed in community news when his father, Howard, founded the Crescent City American in 1926. As Wally progressed through school, his father put him to work setting type. He was in grade school when he started his own newspaper.

Bypassing Last Chance Grade: Answers sought on long wait

A series of town hall meetings will be held next week to discuss what’s being done about the unsteady section of highway that’s got the whole community talking. 

Caltrans has been widely criticized for the length of time it will take to reroute U.S. 101 around Last Chance Grade, a 4-mile stretch between Klamath and Crescent City that’s saddled on a sliding seaboard. Projections that 2031 is the first possible year the new highway might open is unacceptable, many say, as long as the threat of a collapsed or washed away roadway looms.

Parents urge district not to limit transfers to Redwood

Parents of students attending Redwood School recently pleaded with Del Norte County Unified School District officials not to do anything drastic to cut its swelling enrollment.

Saturday’Trustees and district administrators are exploring reducing the number of student transfers to the K-8 school to make room for an after school program, but a handful of parents and teachers said Thursday they were happy with the “status quo.”

Tsunami Safe Days start with crabbers benefit

Tsunami Safe Days kick-offs Saturday with live music, food and drink as a benefit for local crabbers. The annual week-long event, will continue through March 25 with walking tours, a fun run and other educational activities. 

But first up, a benefit to provide some relief for the crab fishery. Starting Saturday morning, next to Whaler Island at the Crescent City Harbor, the community will come together for “Sounds at the Surf,” in hopes of raising money for the local crab-industry workers devastated by the loss of this season.

Corrections, March 15, 2016

Dr. Kevin Caldwell’s name was incorrect in a letter published in the Saturday Opinion page.

Storm Damage: Drury Parkway closed

High winds brought an old-growth redwood tree down onto Newton B. Drury Parkway, the main road through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Although the tree has been cleared from the parkway, the road remains closed. Courtesy of Redwood National and State Parks
Fallen redwood damages road 

The main road through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park was closed after an old-growth redwood toppled over during stormy conditions Wednesday night.

The 7 to 8-foot diameter tree fell about a quarter mile north of the Big Tree parking lot on the Newton B. Drury Parkway, said National Park Ranger Jeffrey Denny. Heavy equipment was used to clear the tree off the road, but the parkway itself sustained some damage.

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