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Construction training initiated

On the remote Yurok Indian reservation, on-site job training is hard to come by, but a new program started this week will provide 10 tribal members with 550 hours of real-world building construction. 

They will be building a new home for  Yurok Tribal Elder Ken 'Butch' Sanderson from the ground up.

“We’re so isolated here we don’t have access to training that tribes in urban areas or areas with more access have,” said Don Barnes, director of the Yurok Tribe's Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), which aims to secure more employment and training opportunities for tribal members. 

When Barnes saw a presentation from the Native Construction Careers Initiative — a program of the national TERO council providing green or novice tribal workers with building construction skills — he was committed to bringing the program to Yurok Country.

News of record, Aug. 14-27, 2015

Misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Aug. 14-27, 2015:

Joshua Dunn Andritsch, 25, Crescent City, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and fined $1,190 for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and a special allegation. Restitution is still to be determined.

John William Reitterer, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to 80 days in jail and fined $891 for possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear and a probation violation.

Police and sheriff logs, Sept. 2-3, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, September 2-3:

Wednesday, September 2

At 12:19 a.m., caller reports her daughter’s ex boyfriend called and stated he was on his way over to the residence on the 1100 block of Oregon Street in violation of a restraining order.

At 12:47 a.m., caller reports someone threw something and broke a window at a business on the 300 block of M Street.

At 3:51 a.m., report of a broken window to a business on the 200 block of I Street.

Protest over proposed pipeline

Hoopa Valley Youth Council members march to the Trinity River above, where they held a demonstration, below. Courtesy Zev Smith-Danford
 A 232-mile pipeline that would run through the southwest corner of Oregon, channeling fracked natural gas across numerous rivers and streams before it’s shipped overseas, concerns its neighbors to the south, too, a group of Northern California Native youth asserts.

The Hoopa Valley Youth Council held a demonstration on the banks of the Trinity River on Saturday to demand that Gov. Jerry Brown request a report on what environmental impact the Pacific Connector Pipeline would have on the waters of the Upper Klamath River.

If it is installed as proposed, spanning the river just below the Klamath Lakes before winding up to a liquified natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, any harm done on site will be felt downstream of the Oregon border, the youth say.

State settles SHU inmates' suit

One of the SHU corridors at Pelican Bay. Inmates held here initiated a class action suit leading to this week's agreement. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson.
 California will end indefinite segregation for inmates, a practice notorious at Del Norte County’s own Pelican Bay State Prison where in recent years more than 500 prisoners had been held in isolation for more than a decade.

The settlement reached Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit brought by prisoners held in isolation,

California keeps more inmates in segregation than any other state and no state keeps inmates imprisoned for so long, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented long-serving inmates of Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Units — commonly referred to as the SHU — who are held in isolation for more than 22 hours per day.  

Of California’s nearly 3,000 inmates held in segregation, more than one third (1,116 inmates) are housed in Pelican Bay in soundproofed, windowless cells.  They receive no physical contact with visitors and are allowed only limited reading materials and communications with the outside world.

Benghazi survivor to speak at GOP fundraiser

Kris “Tanto” Paronto didn’t need anyone to tell him to start collecting his gear; he could already hear the explosions coming from the U.S. diplomatic compound less than a mile away.

Paronto, part of a six-man Global Response Staff team providing security to the Central Intelligence Agency Annex, had been in Benghazi for about two months. His team began mustering at 9:32 on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012. He had been scheduled to go home Sept. 15.

“It was pretty intense,” Paronto said of the attack that claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others. “The whole team was already moving and getting all of our gear. This is what we actually train for. We respond to anybody that gets attacked and needs our assistance.”

Paronto, who co-authored “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” is the keynote speaker at the Del Norte Republican Party’s annual Sept. 12 fundraiser dinner at Woodhaven Farm Lakehouse.

Drugstore readies to build near fairground

Construction on Crescent City’s newest drug store is expected to begin later this month.

A Crescent City building permit waits for CVS Pharmacy, which plans to build a new 16,500 square-foot store on the northeast corner of Cooper Avenue and U.S. Highway 101 near the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

According to Eric Taylor, the city’s community development director, CVS has submitted its building plans and drawings, a contractor for the pharmacy retailer just has to pick the permit up from City Hall. The Planning Commission approved building plans for the new store in March.

The new CVS Pharmacy is scheduled to open in mid-2016, according to Mike DeAngelis, director of public relations for the copmany. It is expected to employ approximately 20 people.

Wildfires stalled by rain

Last weekend’s heavy rains have effectively stalled the Gasquet Complex fires, though crews are still busy putting in containment lines.

The Southern California Interagency Incident Command Management Team reported the same acreage for the four fires on Wednesday afternoon as was documented Monday.

“The two inches of rain wetted everything down pretty good — the lighter fuels and the heavier fuels, too,” said spokesperson Jim Wilkins. “Everything kind of shuts down. There’s  not a lot of movement.”

New proposals to curb invasive plants sought

The Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee determined Tuesday it will again accept  proposals for forest improvement projects in an attempt to get responses from a more diverse array of groups.

Ten submissions were received in August, vying for a chunk of $184,500 allotted to the committee this year by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

But the money requested only totaled $163,880, and the majority of requests came from the government agencies.

Six projects were proposed by Six Rivers National Forest staff, for improvements to recreation areas and control of invasive plants and root rot. Two proposals came from the County Roads Division for culvert replacements on Big Flat and Patricks Creek Road. Only two were from non-government groups.

Police and sheriff call logs, Aug. 31 - Sept. 1

Monday, August 31

At 1:57 a.m., caller reports someone was banging on the back wall of his house on the 200 block of 9th Street.

At 7:08 a.m., report of a mountain lion spotted near State Street headed towards Howland Hill Road.

At 8:01 a.m., caller reports the rear window of her vehicle was broken on the 1000 block of H Street.

At 8:03 a.m., Post Office employee reports the theft of fuel from several vehicles on the 700 block of 2nd Street.

At 8:08 a.m., report of malicious mischief to a vehicle on the 500 block of Reddy Avenue.

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