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Family of 4 rescued from crash in river

Emergency vehicles line Highway 199 after the wreck. Submitted
A driver on Saturday lost control of his truck on Highway 199 and careened down the embankment where its back half ended up in the Smith River. One of the vehicle’s four passengers was hospitalized.

‘Threatened’ listing sought for fisher

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to list the fisher as a threatened species. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public comment on its proposal to list the fisher, a forest-dwelling mammal found locally that is about the size of a large housecat, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

The agency will hold an informal informational meeting from 6–8 p.m. at Arcata Public Library (500 7th St., Arcata) about the fisher, its threatened-listing proposal, and how the public can comment.

After-school instructor Moore loses job

The termination of an after-school instructor wrapped up in controversy was made final last week when he chose not to appeal the decision by last Thursday’s deadline. 

Gary Moore, who was arrested last year on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under 14 and then went free after prosecutors dismissed the case for lack of evidence, was terminated by the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on Oct. 23, his last day of employment. Moore had 13 days to appeal the decision.

Two homes burn Sunday

Fire engulfed two residential structures at 1766 Wildwood in Crescent City on Sunday evening.

Two people escaped uninjured, though a small dog succumbed to smoke, according to Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield.

Foster kid advocates dwindling

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
She was 12 when she entered the foster care system, an all-too-adult maze of temporary homes and austere courtrooms, service providers, social workers, judges and stigma.

She doesn’t remember exactly how many times she was moved in and out of homes between the ages of 12 and 18, not right off the top of her head.   

“That’s kind of a tough question,” 20-year-old Rainbow Buck said by phone this week, settling on “about six,” after a long pause.  

Doing Without

Albert Halls finishes lunch at the Del Norte Senior Center, where a loss of funding soon will mean scaled-back meals. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Local services for kids and seniors are grappling with the loss of $500,000 in state grant funds that dried up this year. 

The $2 million Community Development Block Grant, which both the city and the county government compete for every couple of years, is often awarded to both. This year however, only the city’s application was approved. 

County officials have chalked up the rebuff, the first in more than five years, to increased competition among projects and services benefitting low- to middle-income families across California. 

“A bunch of people also applied for funding this year, and one of the bigger things that was noted was poverty level. I guess competition was pretty steep, and there were areas where the poverty level got considerably higher points,” County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina recently told the Triplicate. 

Dam pact, timber plan get a boost

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden successfully pushed forward two top-priority bills Thursday — one to implement the Klamath Basin agreements that would remove four Klamath dams and another to boost logging on federal land in Oregon, including large areas of Southern Oregon.

Wyden hopes to push the bills through the lame-duck session of Congress before Democrats lose their majority in the Senate, and he intends to attach the bills to must-pass legislation and win passage in the Republican-controlled House.

‘We can’t stop people from going out’

Search and Rescue had nothing but stern words to discourage a Tulare family that walked out on the jetty Friday in high surf. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Rescuers left without means of keeping people off of jetty

Members of Del Norte Search and Rescue and local law enforcement agencies responded to a call of two groups stranded on the Crescent City jetty Friday afternoon, but ultimately all nine people walked off the structure on their own without incident — not before getting a strong talking-to from Search and Rescue coordinators Terry McNamara and Bill Wortell, however.

Crab look ready for Dec. 1 start

Dungeness crabs tested in the coastal waters of Crescent City and Eureka show the region’s flagship crustacean should be ready for commercial harvest by the scheduled Dec. 1 opening date.

Regulations allow for a delayed opening to California’s Northern Management area (Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties) if crabs are shown to have soft shells or a low meat-to-weight ratio. 

Jefferson documentary airs tonight

Last summer’s election saw the State of Jefferson defeated on the ballot, but that doesn’t mean it won’t live on in Del Norters’ spirits or — starting Monday — on film. 

“State of Jefferson,” a new Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary that debuts Monday on Southern Oregon Public Television and will be available for Del Norters to watch online the next day, will take a look at the history of the movement and feature interviews with several experts on the subject.

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