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Water leak in Hiouchi

Hiouchi residents can safely use their water now after a pipe leak last Sunday left their faucets dry.

A water quality test on Friday showed that it is safe to drink the water and residents no longer need to boil it, said Mike Wylie, general manager of Big Rock Community Services District.


Settlement reached in Klamath Basin

 A legal settlement announced Monday between California’s second-largest Indian tribe, an environmental group and a water district that operates dams and diversions on the Shasta River has the potential to improve salmon runs throughout the Klamath Basin.

The Karuk Tribe and Klamath Riverkeeper jointly announced Monday that they reached a settlement with Montague Water Conservation District dismissing litigation the groups filed in August 2012  that alleged that the district’s dams and diversions on the Shasta River lead to the illegal killing of endangered coho salmon.


Images of 2013

TSUNAMI BOAT: Students clean up a boat from Japan that beached in Crescent City two years after it was set adrift during a tsunami following a massive earthquake that also spawned damaging tidal surges here. The boat was returned to Japan. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 A look back at the fast fading year

In the print edition of the Dec. 26 and Dec. 28 Del Norte Triplicate there is a collection of photos noteworthy because of the events they documented or, in some cases, because of the quality of the images themselves. Pick up a print copy for the whole series.


2013: Driest year on record

North Coast in a moderate drought; other parts of state are even thirstier than here 

With only 29 inches of rain since January, Crescent City is about to finish its driest year on record, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.

During the previous driest year, 1976, the area received 33.21 inches, said meteorologist Ryan Aylward. Normally, the area would have received 60 inches of rain.

“We’re four inches or so below the record and we’re not going to reach 33, so it looks like this will be a record year,” Aylward said, adding that no rain is forecast for the rest of December. “It looks that way for the whole state. It’s been a very dry year.”



Native task force revived to deal with DN schools

Representatives from Del Norte County’s tribal communities have resurrected a task force focusing on the progress of Native American students in local schools.

The group, which includes representatives from the Yurok Tribe, Smith River Rancheria and Elk Valley Rancheria, hopes to become a recognized committee within the Del Norte County Unified School District. 

Its members plan to use the task force as a way of airing their concerns about matters they say are still unresolved, such as the district’s compliance with a 2010 American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit settlement agreement. The task force also hopes to reinstate an annual report card that includes academic performance data, school attendance, dropout rates and discipline data for local Native American students.  



Teaching skills for the future


Second-year teacher Derek Arnell currently has 128 students enrolled in four classes of 21 Century Skills at Del Norte High School. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 21st Century Skills class aims to give students technological understanding, teach life lessons

A digital-based class implemented at Del Norte High School is helping students look toward the future.

The 21st Century Skills class taught by second-year teacher Derek Arnell adds a life skills element to a class that revolves around technology.

Arnell currently has 128 students split among four classes who receive instruction on topics that vary from keyboarding to a presentation on “sexting” and “cyberbullying” presented by the lead investigator from the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office.



Crescent City man identified in fatal Hwy 199 crash

A Crescent City man who died Saturday after his van struck a redwood tree on U.S. Highway 199 north of Walker Road has been identified.

Anthony Pate, 57, was driving his 2002 Dodge Caravan south around 11:45 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, California Highway Patrol stated. 


Third-graders visit Sunset: Teens turn into mentors

Principal Tony Fabricus holds a wooden beam in place while Sunset High School freshman Felicity Lopez demonstrates how someone would cut down a massive redwood tree for a group of third-graders from Joe Hamilton Elementary School. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Felicity Lopez and Vanessa Cooke are used to youngsters traipsing through the second-growth redwood forest behind their high school.

Previously Lopez and Cooke, a freshman and senior at Sunset High School, would man an interpretive station and focus on one aspect of redwood ecology. But on the final day of high school students teaching third-graders recently, the two teens guided their charges through the whole forest themselves.

“Last week I watched a rotation and picked it up,” Lopez said. “My little cousin learned a lot and is telling his mom about it. In Crescent City there’s so much trees and wildlife it’s nice (for them) to be able to learn about it.”



Tolowas: Back to the beginning

Chris Peters, left, speaks Friday near Lake Earl at a vigil commemorating the massacres of Tolowa Indians. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
 Candlelight vigil on winter solstice is a time to reflect and regenerate for tribe

Long before the concept of Christmas was known in this corner of the world, thousands of Tolowa Dee-ni’ (people) of Northern California and Southern Oregon would make the long pilgrimage — every winter solstice since time immemorial — to the village of Yan’-daa-k’vt near the mouth of the Smith River.

Canoes would line the shores of the nearby ocean beaches as the Tolowa people, numbering up to 10,000, gathered to celebrate Nee-dash, the spiritually crucial Earth Renewal Ceremony that lasts for 10 days starting on the solstice.

“The reason that the Dee-ni’ hold a Nee-dash ceremony is to celebrate, commemorate and reenact the act of Xvsh, the beginning of time, the genesis,” said Loren Me’lash-ne Bommelyn, the cultural leader of Smith River Rancheria, a local tribe of Tolowa people, in an educational video.  



Stabbing results in 1 arrest

Read more... Local man, 30, held after altercation outside Shooters

Crescent City police arrested a 30-year-old man who allegedly stabbed another man in the neck during a fight outside Shooters Billiards early Sunday.

Matthew Honeycutt allegedly slashed 25-year-old Aaron Herring, also of Crescent City, resulting in a 4-inch-long laceration to the neck, said Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack. Herring had allegedly been hitting Honeycutt in the face while Honeycutt was in his car, Plack said.

Police received the call at about 1:45 a.m. Plack said Honeycutt and Herring may have been involved in a verbal dispute before it escalated into a fight.


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