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Solar power, events, leases on harbor agenda

Del Norte Harbor Commissioners plan Tuesday to review a proposal to install a solar energy system encompassing a portion of the parking lot north of the inner boat basin, augmenting the Harbor’s existing power supply.

Commissioners will also consider a presentation at their meeting for future musical events presented by Scott Faas of Sounds of the Surf Entertainment Group.

Faas promoted the Fisherman’s Benefit, kicking off Tsunami Safe Days on March 19. The event featured live music, food, beer and more. Held at Whaler Rock, the event raised money to help local crabbers and their families dealing with the loss of the 2016 season.

Fire truck purchase on City Council meeting agenda

Crescent City Council will move a step closer Monday to buying a new fire truck funded through an Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG), and they will consider the proposed policy and procedure manual written by City Clerk and Administrative Analyst Kymmie Scott.

Scott said the new fire engine will cost about $300,000 and is being paid for by part of the ICDBG grant awarded to the Elk Valley Rancheria for 2015. The rest of the $605,000 grant will be used to help pay for the Building Modernization Project for the Crescent City Fire Hall. The Modernization project is scheduled to happen at the same time as the $686,966 Cal OES Grant Seismic Retrofit Fire Hall Project.

The Crescent City Fire Department responds to the Elk Valley Rancheria, which is why the organization donated the grant money.

Meth found while processing Evans

The female partner convicted in a phony money scheme is facing new charges after jail personnel say they found drugs on her while locking her up to await sentencing.

Ronnie Theodore Meyer, Sr., 48,  of Crescent City, and Krystal Starr Evans, 34, of Crescent City, were found guilty by a Del Norte County jury earlier this week following a three day jury trial of conspiracy and fraud/theft-related charges in connection with their having teamed up to pass phony bills through Wayside Liquor, where Evans was working at the time as a clerk.

Surveillance video inside the market caught the crimes unfolding as Meyer is seen exchanging counterfeit bills with real bills and merchandise with Evans who was behind the counter and working the cash register. 

Police on lookout for stabber

Police are looking for an unidentified man involved in a stabbing behind the Safeway shopping center Friday afternoon.

The suspect, described as a tall white man in his mid- to late-30s with long blond hair, got into an argument with a homeless man, who had been camping behind the shopping center and produced a knife, said Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal. Police officers along with California Highway Patrol, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent Fire Protection District responded to the area at about 3:20 p.m

Emergency dispatch call logs, March 30 - April 1, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, March 30 - April 1: 

Wednesday, March 30

Note: From 3:48 p.m.

At 4:39 p.m., caller reports purse was stolen from her shopping basket on the 900 block of Washington Boulevard.

At 4:50 p.m., request for the removal of a subject from a property on the 400 block of Elk Valley Road.

At 5:10 p.m., caller reports that he is lost in the woods. Subject’s phone shows that he is near the roadway and west of his vehicle.

Open house at Redwood Parks

Redwood National and State Parks will be hosting open houses next Saturday to reach out for new volunteers within the community.

“A lot of our volunteers are coming from somewhere else,” said Ranger Mike Poole. “We’re hoping they’ll want to make this their park.”

Volunteers need only be willing to bring their talents and passions to Redwood for four hours a week, a press release says, where they’ll improve visitor services and park safety by staffing visitor centers and hiking on park trails.

Public defender charged with DUI

Crescent City police arrested a local public defender early Friday morning after allegedly finding him passed out behind the wheel of his car with the engine still running.

Peter Benjamin McLaughlin was unresponsive when officers responded between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., according to Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal. McLaughlin’s car was in the parking lot between the Apple Peddler restaurant and Bayview Inn on U.S. Highway 101, but not in a designated space.

“He was parked in an area where he could merge into traffic, but he was in the parking lot,” Minsal said. “He was identified and transported to the sheriff’s office where he was booked and released (later) this morning when he was sober.

Rash of OHV tracks in state park

OHV tracks are visible just behind a sign marking the state park boundary. Photo courtesy Linda Medders
Damage is 'worst I've ever seen' says Tolowa Dunes guide 

Fresh tire tracks have been turning up on the beaches, dunes and forests of Tolowa Dunes State Parks unchecked since December, and some park users are beginning to wonder how much more damage will be done before the problem is quelled. 

Broken tree boughs, exposed roots, rutted trails, damaged gates and fences are just some of the results of the recent off-highway vehicle traffic. 

Although the activity is illegal in state parks, it’s become regular. 

Complaints prompt probe of county dept. director

Quarter of Health and Human Services employees sign petition 

Del Norte County administration is investigating claims against the director of the Department of Health and Human Services after a petition signed by 50 — roughly a fourth — of her employees was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 8. 

Former complaints and grievances had been filed without resulting in any action, the petition states, calling for the supervisors’ “immediate oversight” and for Director Barbara Pierson to be disciplined for flawed leadership and money management. 

Complaints include HIPAA violations; “disintegrating communication” amongst co-workers, supervising staff and clients; misuse of county money and time; and low morale. 

Challenging road to building new bike trail

As plans for a world class mountain bike trail system in Del Norte County continue to move forward, issues of how to convert miles of existing decommissioned roads into trails is proving a challenge.

A group of local riders led by Joe Gillespie plan to use about $8,000 in Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) grant money to design a mountain bike trail in the Mill Creek watershed with a possible connection to the Rellim Ridge Trail and existing roads that run through the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

The grant money will be used to hire National Trails Coordinator Mark Loseth of the American Conservation Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona to design a mountain bike trail with features and trail options appealing to every skill level.

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