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Bright future on DN horizon

State Sen. Mike McGuire discusses locally relevant state news at Friday’s economic summit in Del Norte. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Optimistic was the mood at this year’s economic summit, as presenters from various Del Norte groups and agencies announced big news, delivered status reports of current projects and outlined plans that mostly painted a bright picture of the direction the county is headed.

The summit’s eight presentations, including an enthusiastic update on locally relevant state news from Sen. Mike McGuire, drew a crowd of more than 100 to the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center on Friday, where anyone who had ever wanted to spend the day learning about Del Norte’s hot topics while dining with elected officials had his wish granted. 

Harbor draws 2 new outfits

Sport rental shop, car wash planned to open this summer 

Two new businesses are coming to Crescent City Harbor, and its commissioners would like to see more, as shown by a vote of confidence this week in Harbormaster Charlie Helms, who got a new contract that includes financial incentives to bring them in. 

One new outfit, expected to open this summer, will rent bicycles, sea kayaks and paddle boards. North Coast Ocean Sports may utilize up to 1,000 square feet at the corner of Anchor and Starfish ways to install two trailers, one for an office and another as equipment storage.

Anti-watercraft petition started

A petition is being circulated to ban or otherwise restrict the use of personal watercraft — commonly referred to as PWCs or Jet Skis — on South Beach one week before dozens of riders plan to gather there for a weekend on the water.  

For the second year in a row, Crescent City riders Kendri and Roy Rook have invited over 30 professional and amateur riders from the close-knit trick jet skiing crowd throughout the Northwest to come for an unofficial free ride on South Beach April 17–19, but several local citizens would prefer that they stay home.

DN’s flawed census data raises questions

Del Norte County’s annual Economic Profile was released this week, a hulking 80-page document that coalesces data from scores of sources, meant to paint a statistical portrait for community planners and prospective business owners. 

The profile’s offerings range from basic population figures, say, 25,477 total unincarcerated county residents; to more complex calculations, like the change in total value of newly constructed housing units, down almost a percent since 2012, after it nose-dived by more than 50 percent the year prior. 

Ex-coach charged with possession

A former high school coach was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance Friday, after a car accident led law enforcement to find more than 12 grams of methamphetamine, authorities say, in his vehicle and home. 

The charge comes two weeks after the traffic collision landed John Horner, 40, in the hospital with severe injuries. 

Child visitation debate led to SR assault

Prosecutors say a dispute over supervised visitation prompted a Smith River man to run over another with his car last month. 

At a hearing Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Todd Zocchi said that Jacob Kupecz, 25, was motivated to attack Jose Aguilar-Lorios, 30, after the victim was granted access to children he was accused by Kupecz of molesting.  

“He was upset with your ruling allowing supervised visitation,”  Zocchi said, addressing Judge Darren McElfresh. “He didn’t think that was right, so he went over to the victim’s residence,” where, Zocchi said, Kupecz would not rest until he’d attempted to take out Aguilar-Lorio’s eyes with a knife.


Reporter's Notebook: Conflict of interest concerns over ‘Safe Routes’ contractor

Local contractor Johnny Jacobs attended a Del Norte Local Transportation Commission meeting with a handful of others this week to air their concerns about Del Norte County Supervisor Martha McClure being considered as a private contractor to manage the commission’s Safe Routes to School program, claiming that the arrangement would present a conflict of interest.

Jacobs’ comments were among the most colorful: “Just hand the keys to her,” he said. “Let her run the county, and we’ll all go home!” 

Wildflower art show entries due Wed.

Participants have until Wednesday to submit photographs and paintings to the Arthur Van Deventer Wildflower Painting and Photography Competition.

The competition is held in conjunction with the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show, which will take place April 24–25. The theme of the competition is the native wildflowers of Del Norte and Curry counties.

Students invited to submit art for show

Entries are still being accepted for an art show featuring the work of local students.

Students can submit drawing, painting, beadwork, ceramics, pottery and sculpture to the Del Norte County Unified School District Office by Wednesday. The work will be on display at the Gallery of Arts and Culture from April 24 to May 10. 

News of Record March 27 – April 9, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for March 27 – April 9, 2015:

Dustin Steel, 27, McKinleyville, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $876 for felony possession of narcotic/controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a probation violation.

Terry Jolley, 62, Crescent City, was sentenced to 365 days in jail for a probation violation.

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