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Tolowa vigil to honor massacred ancestors

Before Ship Ashore and Salmon Harbor resorts existed, the Tolowa village of Xaa-wan’-k’wvt (Howonquet) lay at the mouth of the Smith River.

The valley was a forest back then and the village was large enough to have suburbs, said Cynthia Ford, a language teacher for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. But a series of massacres, starting at the village of Taa-’at-dvn near Crescent City in 1853 and including the villages of Xaa-wan’-k’wvt, Yan-daa-k’vt (Yontocket) and ‘Ee-chuu-le near Lake Earl would leave a lasting impact not only on the Tolowa people, but on the land they inhabited.

Members of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and Elk Valley Rancheria will light candles Friday for their ancestors who were killed and who survived the massacres. The vigil will be held at the Ship Ashore boat ramp near the site of the old Xaa-wan’-k’wvt village and will include keynote speaker Reno Franklin, chair of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians.


Probation trainee faces sex abuse charges

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 A Crescent City man training to work in the Del Norte County Probation Department is charged with multiple counts of sexually abusing a child over more than two years and will likely see trial by summer. 

Primo Bonilla III, 54, was charged in February with five counts, accusing him of molesting a pre-teen between October 2013 and January 2016. 

On Wednesday, Del Norte Superior Court Judge William Follett approved a motion by Anna Marie Padilla of the District Attorney’s office to add two new charges, one of them describing non-specific sexual abuse over a period of time. 


College breaks ground on long-awaited science lab

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Former College of the Redwoods instructor and trustee Rick Bennett (right) turns the soil at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new science lab with Trustee Carol Mathews and contractors. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
 A groundbreaking celebration for the new science lab stole the show Tuesday during Del Norte’s annual visit from College of the Redwoods trustees.

“This, this is something else. This is something that I’ve dreamed about,” said former instructor and trustee Rick Bennett, who was introduced as the “father of the Del Norte campus” and a “huge supporter” of the project. He took a moment to reflect on the evolution of the college’s local presence, then said of the coming science lab: “I’m thrilled it’s come to pass.” 

Already a decade in the making, the $1.5 million project should be completed by spring of 2017, using mostly 2002 bond measure funds.


Harbor District nears inking deal on solar power system

Harbor District Commissioners are two weeks away from signing an agreement for an extensive solar power system with the potential to produce 539 Kilowatts and save the harbor a projected $24,400 annually on their electric bill.

Commissioners decided Tuesday to take a little more time to review the particulars of the 20-year agreement.

The system involves installation of 1,739 panels on the roofs of at least 12 of Harbor District buildings. The system has the potential to provide all of the Harbors’ electrical needs said Business Development Director David Feller with Trinergy LLC, the solar company the Harbor is favoring for the job 

Jessica Mercado with Del Norte Economic Development Corporation was instrumental in the Harbor’s decision to step up and revolutionize the Harbor’s operation with solar energy. She said EDC helped facilitate the initial relationships and presented the opportunity for the harbor to install a state of the art solar system with no out of pocket cash.


Emergency dispatch call logs, April 4-6, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 4-6:  

Monday, April 4

Note: From 4:08 p.m.

At 5:06 p.m., report of a large fight in the park on the 3400 block of Kings Valley Road.

At 5:34 p.m., caller on the 1000 block of Vipond Drive says his brother pulled a knife on him. 

At 7:44 p.m., caller on the 13600 block of Ocean View Drive in Smith River would like to report his gas being siphoned. 


Property tax payment due Mon.

Property owners have until Monday to pay the second installment of the 2015-16 property taxes. A 10 percent penalty plus a $10 cost on each parcel will be tacked on after that date.

Property owners can visit the tax collector’s office at the Flynn Center in Crescent City to pay their bill. Payments can also be sent to the tax collector’s office at 981 H Street, Suite 150, Crescent City, CA 95531.

For more information regarding your tax bill, call 464-7283.


Letter to the Editor, April 7, 2016

Roger Gitlin is the top choice for supervisor

The other day as I was checking my mail there was a gentleman checking his mail as well. So I stopped and asked him if he could help me open my mail because I have Parkinsons and it’s difficult to open envelopes.

He was very nice and helped me and as he was helping me he asked if I was registered to vote and I replied, yes.


Registered voters up from 2014

With a little more than two months before the primary election, voter registration in Del Norte County has picked up. 

But despite reports of fraud affecting primary elections in Arizona and other states, Del Norters haven’t rushed to the registrar’s office, said County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup. 

“People are calling with concerns because they hear stuff,” she said. “But it’s more about the process. They’re inquiring, how do they know if they’re registered.”

Del Norte County currently has 13,135 registered voters, according to Northrup. This is up from November 2014, the previous election year, which saw 12,743 registered voters.

Del Norters have a chance to vote for county supervisor in Districts 1, 2 and 5 this year while Crescent City residents will be able to participate in a special election for City Council. But Northrup said the uptick in voters is due to the fact that this is a presidential primary election. The deadline to register to vote in the June 7 primary is May 23, 15 days before the election.


Emergency dispatch call logs, April 1-4, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 1-4: 

Friday, April 1

Note: From 5:29 p.m.

At 6:11 p.m., request for a stray dog from the 900 block of McNamara Avenue to be taken to the pound.

At 6:37 p.m., report of a stray dog running around the 1500 block of Park Court.


CR breaks ground on new lab today

A groundbreaking celebration for the construction of new science labs is set for Tuesday at the College of the Redwoods (CR) Del Norte campus. 

State-of-the-art wet and dry lab learning spaces will enhance the center’s learning environment by providing the capacity to offer biology, chemistry, nursing, anatomy and physiology courses, as well as a dry lab to support the geology curriculum. The project also includes improved and upgraded pathways that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a new emergency backup generator and improved fire lanes.

"The Science Lab project is a fabulous addition to our Del Norte Center and will provide more opportunities in education for our students, faculty and the community," said Dr. Keith Snow-Flamer, interim president of CR. 


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