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Second and B St. intersection closed through Tuesday

The Crescent City intersection at Second and B streets is closed through Tuesday as construction crews get ready to lay 300 feet of sewer pipe.

The closure is part of the city’s Second Street sewer replacement project, which started in November. Motorists are asked to use detours available at 3rd Street and A Street.

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County looks to slow traffic through Lake Earl crossing

Area sees heavy traffic from prison, Redwood School

County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Lake Earl Drive and Moorehead and Kings Valley roads in Fort Dick.

Two stop signs currently exist on Moorehead and Kings Valley roads where they meet up at Lake Earl Drive, according to the county’s staff report. The Board of Supervisors’ decision will result in an additional pair of stop signs installed on Lake Earl Drive. County workers would also add “stop ahead” signs and crosswalks for each leg of the intersection, said County Engineer Jim Barnts.

Barnts said he expects the stop signs to be installed in about two weeks.

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School accepting musical instrument donations

Smith River Elementary goes on holiday music tour next week

Got a musical instrument collecting dust in a closet or on a shelf? Smith River Elementary School will take it.

The Wildcat Band does its tour of Del Norte next week, playing holiday music at other elementary schools, the district office and at the Crescent City Rotary Club meeting on Dec. 19. The 80-member band starts its day performing for KCRE 94.3 FM to kick off its January instrument drive.

“Out of 80 kids in band I have two kids that own their own instruments,” said director Marshall Jones. “The band’s getting to a point that we’ve got to start looking at having enough instruments. I can’t have 12 drummers. That’s what I do when I don’t have any more instruments left.”

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Former ‘Meth Summit’ takes on broader focus this year

The Community Action and Prevention Alliance will be hosting “Cultivating Community Health” on Tuesday as this year’s prevention and action forum in Del Norte.

In years past it has been known as the “Meth Summit,” but it has been changed this year to have a broader focus then previous events.

“Historically, this event has been called ‘The Meth Summit’ or ‘The Meth and Other Drugs Forum’,” said Holly Wendt, prevention program coordinator for Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, in a prepared statement.

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Parkway Feed burns — again

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Fire crews stayed outside Saturday while fighting a fire at Parkway Feed after debris hit a firefighter battling flames on the inside. Courtesy of Debra Wakefield
 Firewalls built after 2007 blaze save majority of store and its animals

Almost seven years after a fire burned down their business, Parkway Feed owners Diana O’Dell and husband Dewey Crager have to rebuild once again.

On Saturday morning around 9:15 a.m., O’Dell received a call from her son informing her the store was on fire. She replied by saying that’s not a funny joke before quickly realizing it wasn’t one at all. 

The fire began around 8:30 a.m., likely in a room in the center of the building where crickets were held, said Fire Chief Steve Wakefield.

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Students will go to Japan

Funding acquired to send group to town hit by tsunami

Eleven students from Del Norte High, parents, teachers and other community members are planning a February trip to Japan after securing enough donations to visit Rikuzentakata, the tsunami-ravaged town where a boat was ripped to sea during the 2011 tsunami and washed ashore in Crescent City last spring.

In April, Del Norte High students scrubbed barnacles off the 20-foot boat, which was declared the first official piece of 2011 tsunami debris to land in California, and started fundraising to send the boat back to its owners: Takata High School in Rikuzentakata.

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Sometimes the rescue you write about is your own

“Damn it. This is going to be in the newspaper,” I told my bike-riding companion after I reluctantly told the dispatcher on the other end of our 911 call Sunday night that, yes, we want them to send Search and Rescue. 

I was hesitant to unleash Del Norte’s finest on the Mill Creek Addition area off Hamilton Road because, you know, we weren’t really “lost” — we knew what road brought us there and we could easily follow that back to our car. We just weren’t sure how long that would take. And it got dark quickly. And cold. And we were wearing daytime clothes, not ready for a night in the woods. 

“Couldn’t you just send a pickup and meet us along the way?” I asked.

And that’s what they did. But more like three pickups. Nine Del Norte Search and Rescue members overall responded to the call of two mountain bikers who attempted a 7.3-mile loop on old logging roads highlighted on a Redwood Parks map but missed a turn and almost rode clear to Klamath. 

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Season off to slow start

It’s called fishing, not catching. And you never really know what the catch is going to be until the season opens, the price is settled, and the Dungeness crab fleet actually starts to check to see how fast their traps fill up with that sweet crustacean.  

In 2006, Crescent City crab landings were at a 26-year high of 12.9 million pounds. Just five years prior, the port was at a 26-year low of only 1.1 million pounds landed.

This winter’s crab season is shaping up to be on that downside, with crabs being caught at a slow pace.

“It’s wages; not much more than that,” is how one commercial fishermen described the season so far.

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New ‘Crab Shack’ open at harbor

Del Norters have another option for acquiring local Dungeness crab at the Crescent City Harbor.

While North Coast crab fishermen were arguing for a better price, Lisa Butenschoen and her partner Debbie Lewis last week painted and put other finishing touches on the former Beacon Burger building, now the Crescent City Crab Shack. 

Now that crab pots are coming into the harbor, the silver vat in front of the crab shack displays live crustaceans. The shack also offers cooked crab. Both live and cooked crab are being sold for $4.99 a pound currently, Butenschoen said Monday.

“I had two great days,” she said. “It’s awesome.”

Lewis, who owns the Christina Maria boat, will be the business’s main source for crab, although the crustaceans will also come from other local fishermen. Lewis said other than Alber Seafoods on Starfish Way, her business will be the only other shop offering Crescent City crab. 

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Sheriff Log Dec. 17, 2013

Here are excerpts from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office call logs for Dec. 6–12.

Friday, Dec. 6

• At 2:03 a.m. a report of tires slashed on the 1400 block of Inyo Street.

• At 9:31 a.m. a report of a baurglary on the 2300 block of Morehead Road. 

Saturday, Dec. 7

• At 12:32 p.m. a report of a death on the 500 block of Macken Avenue.

• At 5:00 p.m. a report of an attempted burglary on the 7400 block of South Bank Road.

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