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Escaped Alder Camp inmate apprehended

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Darius Louis, Photo courtesy CDCR
The inmate who walked out of Alder Conservation Camp in Klamath on Monday evening was apprehended Thursday morning in Oakland, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Darius Louis, 19, was in custody since June 2015 for a Lake County grand theft and was originally set for release in March 2020. He served on an inmate firefighting crew at Alder Camp, a minimum-security prison. 

 


Holiday pushes back tax deadline

Good news for dawdlers: the Internal Revenue Service granted the nation one more weekend to file its taxes.

The usual April 15 deadline was pushed back to Monday, April 18 this year, for both federal and state income tax returns.

Because Emancipation Day, usually observed on April 16, falls on a Saturday, IRS offices in the District of Columbia will be closed the day before, on what’s typically tax day. This gives people three more days to get their forms together and file.

The holiday is officially observed in D.C. to commemorate the end of slavery in 1862.


Overnight fire burns restaurant

Investigators from Crescent City and Humboldt County are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Monday morning that will restrict operations at Northwoods restaurant for the foreseeable future.

A local crew headed by Crescent Fire Protection District Chief and Northwoods owner Steve Wakefield responded just before 4 a.m. April 11 to a report of smoke coming from the shared building on the 700 block of L Street. The restaurant had shared a roof with Tsunami Lanes bowling alley, owned by Elk Valley Rancheria, after temporarily relocating there late last year.

Its previous location near Good Harvest Cafe on the 600 block of U.S. 101 is undergoing renovations and management hoped to move back in as early as this summer.


Sewer rates challenged once again

Donna Westfall and her supporters believe they are right and refuse to go away. They want the voters of Crescent City to decide the fate of a new Consumption Based Sewer Rate Plan adopted unanimously by the City Council last December.

Westfall believes the entire process of building the new sewer treatment plant has been fraught with corruption and the $45 million original price tag is an unrealistic burden on the community.

Westfall and her Del Norte Crescent City Taxpayers Association have successfully waylaid the rate increase until City Council decides what to do. If they do nothing the ordinance goes on the November ballot and voters will decide.


Emergency dispatch call logs, April 11-13, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 11-13: 

Monday, April 11

Note: From 7:05 p.m.

At 7:27 p.m., a person in the Sheriff office lobby wishes to report an old burglary at a property on the 300 block of East Madison Avenue.

At 8:13 p.m, another person entered the Sheriff office lobby to turn in some ammunition that she no longer needs.


SCH hires new administrator

Carlos Priestly is Sutter Coast Hospitals new administrator effective April 18, according to a hospital press release.

“I am delighted to be joining Sutter Coast Hospital and the not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals,” said Priestley in the release. “I’m looking forward to doing my part to assure the community has access to high-quality services and adopting best practices from across our innovative organization.”

 Priestley is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and joins the hospital’s leadership team with 20 years of healthcare executive experience.

Recently, Priestley was the chief operating officer at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. Priestley has also worked for Dignity Health at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, as the vice president of operations, and is familiar with the Northern California area.


Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation remember

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Reno Keoni Franklin Chairman of Kashia Band of Pomo Indians speaks at the vigil. Photos courtesy Briannon Frailey / Tolowa Dee-ni’
Swallows cavorted above the Smith River estuary Friday as members of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation gathered to remember their ancestors killed in 1853 and honor those who had survived.

Before white militia and settlers led the massacre that claimed the lives of at least 70 Tolowa, Xaa-wan’-k’wvt (Howonquet) was a bustling community large enough for roads, alleys and suburbs, said tribal chairman Loren Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn. Its sea-going canoes were capable of weathering trips to Humboldt Bay and its warriors, trained in hand-to-hand combat, made Howonquet a community to be respected among neighboring tribes.


Monument to move forward

A long-awaited monument honoring members of the U.S. armed forces is gaining steam. 

Members of the Del Norte Veterans Monument Committee, local elected officials, the project’s architect and manager will hold a celebration Friday to kick off fundraising for the Point of Honor Memorial. The monument will be built at the southwest corner of Front Street and U.S. 101.


Keeping the peace

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Fran, 57, has been out of work for almost a year after an injury. He relies on recycling and handouts to stay alive. Del Norte Triplicate / David Grieder
 For the business community in Crescent City, loitering, panhandling, and shoplifting are a few of the common low-level concerns that simply come with the territory. 

Some merchants see the issues as closely related, while others see them as largely distinct yet concurrent. There are a handful of resources in city limits to serve those without other outlets for the essentials of life, but anyone who cruises through the seat of Del Norte County can see human faces to those who fall through the cracks.

At times conspicuous and other times marginal, a visible portion of the so-called transient or homeless community in Crescent City seems by practice to be quietly tolerated, neither amply supported nor aggressively scorned. 

“It’s not against the law to be homeless, it’s not against the law to be a transient, it’s not against the law to ask people for money,” said Crescent City Police Department (CCPD) Chief Ivan Minsal. “We keep the peace. We get compliance, which is primarily what we want.”


Rate hike's fate up to voters

City verifies enough petition signatures for referendum on sewer charge increase 

The new consumption-based sewer rate ordinance is suspended by a successful referendum petition drive organized by Donna Westfall and the Crescent City Del Norte County Taxpayers Association, city officials announced late Monday.

City Clerk and Administrative Analyst Kymmie Scott said she has verified the required number of signatures.

“The referendum effort needed 172 signatures to place the item on the November ballot,” Scott said. “Of the 219 turned in, 211 were deemed valid.”

The ordinance includes an increase in sewer charges and revenue. It was adopted unanimously March 7 by Crescent City Council.


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