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Roadwork around Del Norte

Flatiron West, Inc. has posted the following schedule for replacement of the George Tryon Bridge (Second Bridge) on South Fork Road:

On Monday, May 9, extended 2-hour closures, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.

On Thursday, May 19, all-day closure, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


News of Record, April 7-14, 2016

Danielle Renee Stover, 45, Crescent City, was sentenced to 45 days in jail for a probation violation.

Paul Lawrence Fisher, 32, Crescent City, was sentenced to 6 days in jail for a probation violation.

Robert Christopher Saylor, 22, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a probation violation.

Bridget Sarah Litz, 31, Crescent City, was sentenced to 20 days in jail, 3 years probation, and fined $2,274 for driving on a suspended driver’s license with a prior conviction.


Emergency dispatch call logs, April 20-22, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 20-22:

Wednesday, April 20

Note: From 3:24 p.m.

At 3:53 p.m., caller on the 400 block of Elk Valley Road says someone broke into a business a few days ago and stole some items.

At 5:27 p.m., caller on the 100 block of Annandale Court says her son and husband got into a fistfight but have since separated.

At 5:32 p.m., report of a person trespassing at a residence on Dell Street.


Recreational crabbing opens at Humboldt Bay

Recreational crabbers can now fish at the northern jetty of Humboldt Bay, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday.

Recent test results show domoic acid levels in Dungeness crabs south of the Humboldt Bay entrance and in Mendocino County no longer pose a significant human health risk, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, the commercial Dungeness crab fishery remains closed north of the Sonoma-Mendocino county line.

The recreational Dungeness fishery in Humboldt and Mendocino County ends July 30.


State issues reminder of toxins in razor clams

Razor clams in Del Norte and Humboldt counties are still unsafe for eating, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Recent testing shows that dangerous levels of domoic acid, produced by a single-celled algae, continue to be present in the clams, the agency said in a press release on Wednesday.

“CDPH is aware that people may have forgotten about this warning over the winter, and are anxious to take advantage of good clamming tides,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “However these toxins are still present so it’s very important that people pay attention to this warning.”


Howland Hill Road partial closure Tues and Wed

The western gateway to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on Howland Hill Road will be closed for a paving and road maintenance project Tuesday and Wednesday.

The closed section of Howland Hill Road will begin just east of the Elk Valley Casino and continues to just before the Boy Scout Tree trailhead. Locked gates at each end of the roadway will block access for vehicles.

Buses and other traffic headed to Redwood National and State Park’s Howland Hill Outdoor School will be allowed through on Tuesday and may experience delays.


Sen. McGuire appointed to Appropriations Comm.

California State Sen. Mike McGuire of District 2, was appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León.

The seven-member committee decides the fate of hundreds of bills prior to making it to the Senate floor. It’s chaired by Sen. Ricardo Lara, District 33.


Ready to show off

A Kellogg's lily, painted in watercolor by Arthur Van Deventer, the wildflower show namesake's husband. Submitted
With spring comes the blossoming of wildflowers across the Del Norte region, many of which will be on display at the annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show on Friday and Saturday. 


Effort to protect N. Fork advances

City Council supports petition for river designation

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality voted 3 - 1 Wednesday to initiate rulemaking in regard to Oregon Rivers in an effort to protect certain rivers and watersheds from mining and other potentially harmful endeavors, said Smith River Alliance Executive Director Grant Werschkull.

The action moves the North Fork of the Smith River and its tributaries in Curry County, Oregon a step closer to designation as an Outstanding Resource Waters.

On Monday, Crescent City Council lent its support of the petition by voting unanimously to send a letter of support to the Oregon DEQ.


Governor declares emergency for roads

Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency on Tuesday for weather-torn roads in 11 Northern and Central California counties, including Del Norte.

The declaration will allow the state to apply for federal Emergency Relief money to make repairs.

State highway infrastructure took a beating during a series of storms that hit the coast beginning March 5. Flash flooding, erosion and landslides that followed on the coast were exasperated by extreme drought conditions, according to the proclamation.


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