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New addition to the business

Company will expand Crescent City facility to take on lactose production 

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Baird Rumiano watches demolition work begin Monday on an apartment complex where a lactose-processing plant will be built. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Rumiano Cheese is expanding its business, but first the apartment complex next to the factory has to come down.

An excavator dug out huge chunks of the apartment building at 820 F St. on Monday, one of the early steps in a plan to launch the Crescent City cheese maker into the lactose business.

“That’s a pretty good size,” Rumiano Cheese owner Baird Rumiano said, watching the Caterpillar 325C hydraulic excavator as it prepared to demolish the apartment building on Monday. “More than enough.”

The apartment building, which Rumiano Cheese purchased in 2011 with expansion in mind, stood on a lot that Rumiano has planned for a new addition to the factory — an 8,000-square-foot building that will hold the state-of-the-art equipment used to isolate lactose. 

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Caltrans agrees to study

Judge forces reassessment of hwy. work’s salmon impact 

In a lawsuit settlement reached last week, Caltrans has agreed to reassess the impacts a highway widening and straightening project on highways 199 and 197 could have on federally protected coho salmon in the Smith River.

The $26 million project was scheduled to break ground this summer, but a federal judge halted construction in May in response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that successfully argued that Caltrans and the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to fulfill their responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.  

“The important thing for Caltrans to know is that the environmental laws are on the books for a reason,” said Don Gillespie, president of Friends of Del Norte, which is one of the plaintiffs along with the Environmental Protection Information Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Gasquet resident Ted Souza, who is also an FDN member. “Caltrans and the NMFS should have pursued a scientific study to start this process rather than pay lip service to written environmental law.”

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Library Board on the defensive

Public, trustees talk past each other about use of funds 

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The library’s book selection and upkeep were among issues the board was urged to address. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Anyone who thought the fireworks in Crescent City ended on July 4 wasn’t at the Del Norte County Library Board’s special meeting last Thursday morning.

More than 25 members of the public showed up for the 9 a.m. meeting — that’s about two dozen more than usually come — and even though “Triplicate Article and Letter” were the only items on the agenda, that didn’t stop those in attendance from airing their grievances about various issues that had been on some people’s minds for months.

“Usually (the meetings) are pretty dull, but this one was exciting,” library Trustee John Mertes said. “I think a lot of people saw it as a chance to be heard, and a lot of them spoke out.”

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College Board splits Del Norte

College of the Redwoods officials last week approved a resolution that reduces the number of trustees on its governing board and splits Del Norte County between two districts. 

If ratified by the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, the number of CR trustees would decrease from nine to eight. Trustee area boundaries would also be reconfigured, with portions of Del Norte sharing a representative with eastern and southern Humboldt.

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Foster Farms recalls chicken with March dates

Del Norte County residents are encouraged to check their freezers to see if there’s any Foster Farms chicken in there.

Foster Farms is recalling certain chicken products that may have been contaminated with salmonella. The Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services reports that local retailers have voluntarily pulled those products from their shelves. 

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Harbor to hold public budget hearing

District is over $580,000 in the red; deficit stems from depreciation, debt 

The Crescent City Harbor District will hold a public hearing today on the final budget for fiscal year 2014–2015, which shows the harbor operating more than $580,000 in the red. 

Almost half of that negative amount ($260,000) is from depreciation, but that still leaves $320,281 worth of reasons to increase economic development for a port that recently took out a $5.4 million loan to cover its portion of a $54 million project to rebuild from tsunami destruction.

 

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A road more safely traveled

Popular scenic drive is revamped and open for travel along Crescent City’s shore 

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Wider shoulders, new asphalt and striping make Pebble Beach Drive safer for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
One of Del Norte County’s most scenic drives just became much more safe to enjoy.

Freshly installed smooth asphalt, bright road stripes and wide shoulders on the county’s stretch of Pebble Beach Drive for pedestrian, bike, skateboard, dog-with-human, mom-with-stroller and all other forms of non-vehicular traffic was opened to the public on July 3, just in time for Crescent City’s Fourth of July festivities.

“It’s the first time I felt safe riding here on a bike,” said 80-year-old Terry Torngren, donning his Korean War veteran cap and clocking 25 miles on his bicycle on Tuesday alone.  Torngren, who lives in Redding but has been spending summers in Crescent City for 17 years, said he’s happy he can now feel “safe on the streets.” 

Del Norte County engineer Jim Barnts said there is still some signage and other smaller tasks to be completed for the $586,000 project, but the surface work is done and there will no longer be any ongoing traffic control.

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Police: Man had bomb parts in Chevron

Suspect locked himself in bathroom with explosives 

The Crescent City Police Department was able to subdue and arrest a man who had apparently locked himself inside a bathroom at Chevron South with explosive devices on his person.

Emitt Kling, 30, was arrested at 12:48 a.m. on Wednesday for possession of an explosive device in public, possession of substances to make a destructive device, attempt to discharge a harmful substance in public, carrying explosive substances on his person and manufacturing an explosive without a permit.

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College adds justice admin degree

Students attending College of the Redwoods for the fall semester will be able to pursue an administration of justice degree in Del Norte.

Counselors and instructors at the Del Norte Education Center hope to keep local students interested in a law enforcement career or a similar field from moving out of the area to obtain their degrees. 

Del Norte students have been able to pursue an administration of justice degree with an emphasis on corrections, academic advisor Rory Johnson said. But up until now the standard administration of justice degree has only been offered at CR’s main campus in Eureka.

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‘Go Wild’ mobile app launched

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A billboard sign at the fairgrounds advertises the new app to passersby on Highway 101.
Triplicate, Pilot introduce comprehensive coastal guide 

Imagine having a tour guide, mapping system, phone book, events calendar and daily updates all available at the tap of your finger — and all focused on America’s Wild Rivers Coast.

Covering 150 miles of coastline, the Go Wild Rivers Coast mobile application has been launched by the Del Norte Triplicate and its sister paper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, which together serve Del Norte and Curry counties.

“We’ve already added more than 1,000 items — 1,000 ways to enjoy the Wild Rivers Coast,” said Pilot Publisher Charles Kocher, “and we’re adding more every day.” 

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