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Citizens call for team effort

If you get hospital-sick in Del Norte County, the doctor or specialist you need may be hundreds of miles away. There’s a real possibility that you would be loaded on a plane and flown to the specialist you need.

Currently, it happens about 900 times a year; and average of about three times a day. You and your loved ones have to shoulder the cost of travel, meals and lodging. Should you survive the experience, you would then have to find your own way home.

Mitch Hanna, CEO of Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, observed in a recent interview: “Health care in Del Norte County, as with many rural communities across the U.S., is in trouble. The North Coast is in desperate need of specialists but doesn’t have the population base to support new specialized doctors, and, 85 to 90 percent of patients are using government sponsored insurance, making it a tough market to attract new doctors.”


Strong storms lining up offshore

Del Norte is in for some nasty weather now that the high pressure ridge holding off the brunt of recent storms has broken up and moved east.

“That basically opens the door for the storms over the Pacific. Now these storms are coming in more strongly,” said Mel Nordquist, a science officer for the National Weather Service in Eureka.

Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, a gust of 47 miles per hour blew by the Del Norte Regional Airport, a precursor to what’s likely to come later in the week.


Emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 29 - March 2, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 29 - March 2:

Monday, February 29

At 8:14 a.m., report of an abandoned vehicle in a parking lot on the 200 block of M Street.

At 12:10 p.m., caller reports seeing a wanted subject in the park on the 600 block of Pacific Avenue.

At 12:44 p.m., request to speak with a deputy in regards to people accusing him of stealing a dirt bike.


Body found in Illinois River west of Selma

SELMA — No cause of death or identity has been determined for the body of a man found Saturday along the Illinois River by a U.S. Forest Service employee who lives at Store Gulch, about 10 miles west of Selma.

Dennis Hoke, Illinois Valley Fire District chief, said the body was found partially in the water, with no clothing visible.

The body was not visible from Illinois River Road, because it was down an embankment, Hoke said. The Forest Service employee noticed it while walking to the river.

Forest Service law enforcement and Hoke were the first two on the scene, about halfway between Sixmile Campground and the Swinging Bridge, a popular destination during summer.

A Josephine County Search and Rescue crew carried the body up to the road, and the investigation was taken over by the Oregon State Police, according to Sheriff Dave Daniel.

Daniel said an autopsy was conducted Wednesday.

Facebook rumors about the body being decapitated and mutilated were "absolutely untrue," Daniel said on Saturday.

It is unknown whether this is a drowning victim, but it was the second body found in a local river in as many days in Josephine County, after a man walking his dogs Friday found a body in the Rogue River west of Grants Pass.

That body has since been identified as the remains of 26-year-old Cory Maleksi, who had been missing and presumed drowned after his kayak apparently capsized on the Rogue River on Jan. 24.


Strengthening ties across the ocean

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Eight Del Norte High School students and four Rotarians focused on furthering the relationship between Rikuzentakata and Crescent City during a recent trip to the Japanese town that was devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. Highlights for the students included spending time with their Takata High School peers, attending classes, clubs and visiting cultural landmarks.
Home may have been an ocean away, but for eight Del Norte High School students and four Rotarians the physical similarities between Rikuzentakata and Crescent City were hard to ignore; especially from a hill perched above the Japanese town.

Five years after the March 11 tsunami devastated the city, Del Norte Sunrise Rotary members Mary Dorman and Coleen Parker gazed at a community still slowly getting back on its feet. Dorman said rubble has been cleared from the downtown area, but the buildings that were left intact as a memorial of the disaster looked strangely familiar.


591 rate protests ruled invalid

Opponents of a new consumption based sewer rate came up 283 signatures short of stopping Crescent City Council from enacting it, according to Crescent City Administrative Analyst Kymmie Scott.

Scott, who managed the verification process over the course of four days, said the city received 2,023 protest signatures.


Prescription drug abuse a big issue in Curry

Curry County’s prescription drug abuse problem is so bad, the state has awarded Curry Community Health’s Behavioral Health department a $500,000 grant to combat it.

“It’s based on need,” said Jan Barker, addictions director for the organization. “And Curry County fell into the top 10 counties in Oregon that have this problem. That fact that the state is willing to give us a grant for that speaks loudly.”


Sinkhole repair falls behind schedule

Rain, and difficulty locating a failed culvert in the sinkhole in Harbor, has delayed the opening of Shopping Center Avenue to traffic after a landslide swept it away last month.

Oregon Department of Transportation officials had hoped to have that road “under gravel” by the end of last week.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, Feb 24-28, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs
for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, Feb. 24-28:


Wednesday, Feb. 24

At 12:08 a.m., caller near the 2200 block of Harmony Lane reports she is being held against her will, however she sounds extremely intoxicated.

At 2:08 a.m., caller reports seeing two men steal a TV from Walmart, get into their car and drive away.


Mountain bikers plan trail for Mill Creek

More mountain bike trails are coming to Del Norte County soon. 

A group of local riders, led by Joe Gillespie, plan to use about $8,000 in Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) grant money to design a mountain bike trail in the Mill Creek watershed, with a possible connection to the Rellim Ridge Trail, and existing roads, that run through the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.


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