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Sunday’s record warmth gives way to chance of rain

After offshore wind brought record-breaking warmth to Del Norte County over the weekend, the area is likely to see a slight break in its dry spell but nothing to relieve drought conditions, meteorologists say.


Target-rich environment

Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack eyes the damage to a target after a round of shooting at Pelican Bay State Prison. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crescent City Police officers sharpened their shooting skills this week, and they went to prison to do it.

They meet quarterly at Pelican Bay State Prison’s gun range to keep their sights straight and hands steady.

“Weapons training is very perishable and to be effective the training has to be constant,” said Police Sgt. Erik Apperson, who leads the training for the department. “Officer-involved shootings represent one of the most post-incident critiqued events a cop can be involved in. That split-second decision will be armchair-quarterbacked for years afterward.”


Cave Junction’s coastal views

Barbara Elendorf at Caves Pharmacy typically goes to Crescent City and Brookings on every beach trip. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Town a common stopping point for the beach-bound

It’s lunchtime on the second day of 2014 and Taylor’s Sausage is teeming.

Twenty-somethings, teens on winter break, parents with kids young and old and seniors peruse the menu or pore over the meat sticks, sausages and jerky piled high in the deli case. Every now and then an employee’s voice breaks through the hum of activity, calling out lunch orders.


Man spotted with child porn in public

A local man was arrested after he was spotted looking at child pornography inside a Crescent City coffee shop, authorities said.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy was at Java Hut in the fairgrounds parking lot Wednesday when he saw a man looking at obscene material on his laptop, said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.


Corrections Jan. 4, 2014

• Kurt Stremberg sits on a citizens committee advocating for the rerouting of U.S. Highway 101 around Last Chance Grade. The committee was described incorrectly in a Dec. 21 article,  “Close look at Last Chance.”

• A photo of holly published with the Dec. 31 article “Decking the parks,” was taken by Jacinta Iluch Valero. It was credited incorrectly.


News of Record Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2 include:

Antionette Laura Maire, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to seven days in County Jail, three years probation and fined $910 for battery on a cohabitant


When will the dry spell end?

With record low rainfall during the just-completed year, the Smith River is at summer levels or even lower. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
After 2013 set record for low rainfall, more dry weather expected in next 3

Last year was the driest on record throughout the North Coast, and the outlook isn’t encouraging.

With just 28.92 inches of precipitation, Crescent City finished the year with 45 percent of its normal amount, beating the previous low record of 33.23 inches recorded in 1976.


Contest looms for DN sheriff

Former sheriff and a tribal officer challenge incumbent

A contested race for Del Norte County sheriff is shaping up early in this new year. 

Sheriff Dean Wilson recently announced his intention to run for re-election, and now two other men have pulled paperwork to possibly mark a place for themselves at the starting blocks for June’s primary election.

Jim Maready said he plans to re-run for sheriff, seeking a third term. Maready was sheriff from 1994 to 2002 before retiring. He is Wilson’s predecessor. 


Speedy pursuit on an otherwise peaceful holiday

It was a quiet New Year’s holiday in Del Norte County.

Five people were booked into the Del Norte County Jail overnight, with the most serious offender having allegedly led authorities on a chase down U.S. Highway 101, said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.


School district staffer returns

A familiar face will head the Del Norte County Unified School District’s business department when the holidays are over.

Jeff Napier, who has been with the school district for about 20 years, is now the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, Superintendent Don Olson said Tuesday. Napier replaces Jeff Caldwell, who was hired to the position last spring but recently resigned. 

“Mr. Caldwell has resigned his position and has elected to move on from Crescent City,” Olson said. “We appreciate what he did while he was here.”

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