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Public comment sought on new hunting proposal

The local Fish and Game Advisory Commission is seeking public comment Thursday on a proposed ordinance to restrict hunting with firearms in the Bertsch Tract area.

The Del Norte County Fish and Game Advisory Commission hopes to eventually forward a proposal for a no-firearms hunting restriction in the Bertsch Tract to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, said Commissioner Frank Galea. He said this proposal ties in with efforts by the commission to address the problem of elk getting into people’s backyards.


Safeway fined nearly $10M for illegal disposal of waste

Del Norte among plantiffs in lawsuit vs. grocery chain 

The Safeway supermarket chain has been ordered to pay nearly $10 million for illegally dumping batteries, electronics and pharmaceuticals in California landfills.

This occurred at more than 500 Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘n Save stores and distribution sites throughout California for more than seven years, according to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.


Attempted stabbing lands man in jail

Crescent City Police arrested a man following an alleged stabbing on the 300 block of Hwy. 101 North. 

Officers made contact with the alleged victim after she’d had a quarrel with 40-year-old Harvey Wangerin while she was driving her vehicle, according to the Crescent City Police Department. 


Changing of the Guard

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Kyoko Apperson pins the Del Norte County Sheriff’s badge on husband Erik Apperson at Monday’s swearing-in ceremony. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
New sheriff, judge and supervisor among elected officials taking office this week 

A slew of elected local officials were sworn into office this week, with more than 100 observers packing a Del Norte Superior Courtroom to watch as two five-minute ceremonies ushered in a new era for local government.  

There’s a new sheriff, a new district attorney, a new district court judge and a new county supervisor, among many others.


Tsunami ‘made us neighbors’

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Takata High School students, visiting from Japan, flash the “peace” sign during an assembly Monday at Del Norte High. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Japanese visitors share similarities of coastal community 

The talk at the Del Norte High School assembly on Monday was of being connected.

Five thousand miles of ocean separate the small coastal community of Rikuzentakata, Japan, from Crescent City. And yet it’s the ocean which has the two connected. In just under three years, the fishing boat that made the journey here and back home again following the March 2011 tsunami in Japan carried with it a budding relationship between the two communities.

“It has made us neighbors,” Principal Tokota of Takata High School told the school-wide assembly.

 


Coast Guard rescues hikers from cliffside

The United States Coast Guard rescued four local hikers on Sunday, plucking them from a tree on the side of a cliff near Enderts Beach.

The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter found the hikers by the light of their cell phones, said Lt. J.J. Briggs. The helicopter had been dispatched from Arcata at about 6 p.m. at the request of the Del Norte County Search and Rescue team, which had received the call about 15 minutes earlier.

The hikers were on an unstable hillside, and with the tide coming in had taken refuge by climbing 10 feet up a tree, Briggs said.


'Free, free, free and free'

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Benita Cabrera sorts through items at the Lighthouse Community Center, which will offer its goods for free to the public today. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Lighthouse Community Center to dissolve; public invited to ‘take everything’ 

A Bertsch Tract community center that offers programs for children, families and seniors and serves as a food bank distribution site for up to 82 families is scheduled to close next week.

The Lighthouse Community Center, which operates in a building owned by the Lighthouse Community Church on Oliver Avenue, received a 30-day notice to vacate from the church on Dec. 8, said Benita Cabrera, a member of the community center’s board of directors. 


Japanese students visit Del Norte

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Del Norte High School students pose with new friends during a visit last year to Takata High School in Japan. Submitted
Schools began exchange after boat from Takata washed up in Crescent City  

Nearly a year after local students visited Takata High School in Japan, the teens  they met there will get a taste of what life is like in Del Norte County.

Fourteen high school students and four adults from Rikuzentakata, Japan, will land in San Francisco and be driven to Crescent City on Sunday. The Japanese students will be given a tour of Del Norte High School and be introduced to their American peers. They will take a handful of classes, be fed a school lunch and visit some of Del Norte’s attractions, including Stout Grove and Trees of Mystery.


Local women lead police on interstate chase

Two Crescent City women believed to be shoplifters are facing multiple charges in Curry and Del Norte counties after a high-speed chase from Brookings to Crescent City on New Year’s Day.

Krystal Star Evans-Thompson, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Maple, 20, were arrested without incident at 9:50 p.m. Thursday after Crescent City authorities and a Brookings Police K-9 found them hiding in the bushes off Elk Valley Road.


Quiet New Year’s Eve for law enforcement

Del Norte County rang in the new year with considerable restraint if the number of arrests made is any indicator of holiday excess. 

Only seven people were reined in and booked between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 


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