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F/V Bountiful unloads rigging Monday at Crescent City Harbor. Unlike many others, its crew will keep fishing crab here. Del Norte Triplicate / Emily Jo Cureton
Dungeness catch appears better to south for second year in a row 

The boat’s called Bountiful, but lately the catch has been anything but.

A month into commercial crab season, some fishing crews are calling it quits early, while others hope that calmer seas and a bit of luck will lead to a late showing by the region’s most sought-after crustacean, Dungeness crab.

At $4.50 a pound, crabs are fetching $1.40 more than the record-breaking opening price set Dec. 1, but the volume caught is low, according to anecdotal reports from local fishermen, buyers and industry observers. (Landing data logged by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has not yet been tallied.)

Helping others find their place

After coming out as a transgendered individual five years ago, Christie Lynn Rust says she feels completely at home in her community. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Local woman hopes her story of gender transition will ease the journey for others 

Five years after revealing her “authentic” self to Crescent City, Christie Lynn Rust says she’s comfortable in her own skin now.

But because she knows that she’s the exception to what is normal for many transgender individuals, Rust spends much of her time sharing her story to anyone who wants to hear it. On Dec. 10, Rust spoke to her fellow Del Norters about what it means to be transgender. The presentation, “Transgender 101,” was sponsored by Gender Talk.

“I love this community,” she said. “I absolutely love this community. And I’m so glad that Christie Lynn was born here and not someplace else by myself.”

Bank to close local branch

North Valley Bank’s drive-through will no longer be available when the branch closes Jan. 21. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
North Valley, Tri Counties to consolidate after merger 

The only banking institution in the northern Crescent City area and one of only two in town with a drive-through option will close next month.

North Valley Bank at 1492 Northcrest Drive will close its local branch on Jan. 21. Accounts will be moved to the Tri Counties Bank branch at 936 Third St. the following day, according to a customer notice.  

Federal land payment approved

A little federal funding for local services came in a big package this year.

In December, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $577 billion appropriation with a chunk of Del Norte’s general fund riding on its coattails.

Besides supporting Department of Defense operations and continued U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, the NDAA includes a provision renewing payments in lieu of taxes or PILT, a federal program in which the Department of the Interior compensates local governments for reductions to the property tax base due to federally owned land that cannot be taxed. 

Hmong community invites public to ‘Education for Life’

Hmong National Development Services is hosting an Education for Life Conference today at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Family Center, 250 9th St. in Crescent City. Admission to this educational celebration is free and all are welcome. 

The event will feature food, music and special speakers, part of a scholarship drive to benefit Del Norte youth, said organizer Jeremiah Yang. 

News of Record Dec. 19–25

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Dec. 19–25:

Todd Nastiuk, 50, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violation of post-release community supervision.

Smith River in destructive fury

Smith River residents drive through a flooded area, above, and the corner of Lake Earl Drive and Bailey Road, below, is under water. Courtesy of the Del Norte County Historical Society
Phyllis Tedsen can’t remember the exact day floodwaters drove her and her family from their home, but she knows she didn’t take refuge in their barn.

Tedsen, her husband Harry and their three kids operated Tedsen Dairy on Pala Road on the south side of the Smith in December 1964 when the river crept up to their door. 

On Dec. 24, 1964, Gladys Lehmkuhl, a Smith River correspondent for the Crescent City American reported: “There was much concern about the Harry Tedsens. No one had seen or heard from them. As the river started to go down someone in a boat rode out in the Tedsen Barn. There they all were safe.”

Senator focuses on DN interests

McGuire takes strong stance on mining in Smith watershed 

California State Senator Mike McGuire dropped by the Triplicate offices last week, one stop on a Dec. 19 tour around Del Norte that included the airport, Rumiano Cheese Factory, Fred Endert Municipal Pool and Redwood State and National Parks.

Newly-elected to represent the 2nd Senate District, McGuire promised to personally visit its most northerly county once a month. He also plans to open a district office in Crescent City by February, he said. 

Tips for watching whales start Saturday

With sharp eyes, patience and a good pair of binoculars folks in Del Norte may catch a glimpse of the gray whales wending their way south from Alaska. 

Alan Justice, a volunteer with the Oregon State Parks program Whale Watching Spoken Here, can help. He’ll be providing tips, educational materials and brochures at Brother Jonathan Point at the foot of 9th Street in Crescent City Saturday through Wednesday, weather permitting.  

Brothers’ quarrel ends with arrest

The Crescent City Police Department arrested Daniel Nunez, 29, of Crescent City after Nunez allegedly attempted to run over his brother on Dec. 17. 

Crescent City Police Sgt. Joe Sullivan said Samuel Nunez noticed that Daniel Nunez had gone through his room the previous day. 


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