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Crab relief money divvied up

Nearly all of the $40,000 raised locally this winter has been dealt out to crabbers who never made it to sea.

Marooned by toxic domoic acid levels in California’s Dungeness crab, fisherfolk have spent the good part of the crabbing season scraping by on whatever work or aid they could find.

The March 5 fish fry at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, coupled with donations made to the Community Assistance Network, totaled $28,000, CAN Interim Director Stuart Nichols said.

This was divided to provide 56 fishermen who applied with their valid licenses, boat captain’s name and income a $500 check.

Deal inked to install 1.7K solar panels

Harbor Commissioners signed a memorandum of understanding with Trinergy LLC, a Florida company, moving forward with plans to install a solar panel system capable of  harnessing enough sunlight to produce 539 kilowatts of electricity.

The system includes more than 1,700 solar panels with the potential to produce more than 100 percent of the Harbor’s electrical power needs. Any excess power would be sold back to the Pacific Power via the power grid.

The system has a potential savings of $24,400 annually on the harbor’s  electric bill, according to a Harbor District solar review update.

Yuroks showcase GMO ban

Ancestral Guard Adviser Sam Gensaw speaks at the first ever tribal food sovereignty gathering hosted by the Yurok Tribe. Native tribal members discussed ways to protect and cultivate use of traditional foods at home. Yurok Tribe / Matt Mais
The Yurok Tribe put its newly adopted GMO ban on display during a two-day indigenous food sovereignty gathering in Klamath this week, with  tribes from around the nation sharing seeds and ideas for cultivating traditional foods.

The GMO ordinance is the first enforceable ban on genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals enacted by a sovereign nation in the U.S., and is meant to be a model for other tribes.

Developing the law, then sharing and discussing it during the two-day conference, was done through a $50,000 National Congress of American Indians grant.

Roadwork around Del Norte

Flatiron West, Inc. has posted the following schedule for replacement of the George Tryon Bridge (Second Bridge) on South Fork Road:

On Monday, May 9, extended 2-hour closures, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.

On Thursday, May 19, all-day closure, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

News of Record, April 7-14, 2016

Danielle Renee Stover, 45, Crescent City, was sentenced to 45 days in jail for a probation violation.

Paul Lawrence Fisher, 32, Crescent City, was sentenced to 6 days in jail for a probation violation.

Robert Christopher Saylor, 22, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a probation violation.

Bridget Sarah Litz, 31, Crescent City, was sentenced to 20 days in jail, 3 years probation, and fined $2,274 for driving on a suspended driver’s license with a prior conviction.

Emergency dispatch call logs, April 20-22, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 20-22:

Wednesday, April 20

Note: From 3:24 p.m.

At 3:53 p.m., caller on the 400 block of Elk Valley Road says someone broke into a business a few days ago and stole some items.

At 5:27 p.m., caller on the 100 block of Annandale Court says her son and husband got into a fistfight but have since separated.

At 5:32 p.m., report of a person trespassing at a residence on Dell Street.

Recreational crabbing opens at Humboldt Bay

Recreational crabbers can now fish at the northern jetty of Humboldt Bay, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday.

Recent test results show domoic acid levels in Dungeness crabs south of the Humboldt Bay entrance and in Mendocino County no longer pose a significant human health risk, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, the commercial Dungeness crab fishery remains closed north of the Sonoma-Mendocino county line.

The recreational Dungeness fishery in Humboldt and Mendocino County ends July 30.

State issues reminder of toxins in razor clams

Razor clams in Del Norte and Humboldt counties are still unsafe for eating, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Recent testing shows that dangerous levels of domoic acid, produced by a single-celled algae, continue to be present in the clams, the agency said in a press release on Wednesday.

“CDPH is aware that people may have forgotten about this warning over the winter, and are anxious to take advantage of good clamming tides,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “However these toxins are still present so it’s very important that people pay attention to this warning.”

Howland Hill Road partial closure Tues and Wed

The western gateway to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on Howland Hill Road will be closed for a paving and road maintenance project Tuesday and Wednesday.

The closed section of Howland Hill Road will begin just east of the Elk Valley Casino and continues to just before the Boy Scout Tree trailhead. Locked gates at each end of the roadway will block access for vehicles.

Buses and other traffic headed to Redwood National and State Park’s Howland Hill Outdoor School will be allowed through on Tuesday and may experience delays.

Sen. McGuire appointed to Appropriations Comm.

California State Sen. Mike McGuire of District 2, was appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León.

The seven-member committee decides the fate of hundreds of bills prior to making it to the Senate floor. It’s chaired by Sen. Ricardo Lara, District 33.

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