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Far afield, white pelican graces Del Norte

An American white pelican preens at the harbor on Monday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 An American white pelican spotted at Beachfront Park on Monday had many locals interested in why the bird typically found farther east in the northern Great Plains and Mountain West was in Crescent City.

Alan Barron, who has been birding in Del Norte County for more than 30 years and organizes local Audubon Society bird counts, said that this particular American White Pelican has been in the area for about two months.


Pursuit ends in arrest

Read more...  The California Highway Patrol with the assistance of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a man on car theft charges on Saturday after a car chase and brief manhunt.

Sgt. Rick Thoma of the California Highway Patrol said officers initially saw Derrick Norris, 25, of Crescent City at a stop sign on U.S. Highway 101 just north of Dr. Fine Bridge.


School’s preschool to add class

Bess Maxwell Elementary School will get an additional preschool class next fall, allowing the district to serve an additional 32 students.

The Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the additional preschool class, which included hiring three classified employees. Funding for the new preschool class will come from additional money the district expects to receive from the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, according to Superintendent Don Olson.


Perceived threat to school resolved

A police car is posted outside Crescent Elk Middle School on Tuesday morning while an apparent threat against a school in Del Norte County was being investigated. Del Norte Triplicate/Michael Zogg
The Del Norte County Unified School District is no longer on high alert after a high school student admitted to posting a message on the internet that had local schools and law enforcement on the lookout, school officials said.

The message that caught law enforcement’s attention was posted on the social media site whisper.com. Whisper allows users to anonymously post a message and a photo to the website.

Law enforcement was informed of a message that read, “I have planned the deaths for over half the people at my school,” according to assistant superintendent Jeff Napier.


Redwood School: Too popular for its own good

Vehicles that have come to pick up students at Redwood School are backed up on Lake Earl Drive. The school’s parking and loading areas were designed for an enrollment of 350–400 students, but the school currently has a population of 492. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 School district officials on Thursday decided to restrict the number of students that will attend Redwood School next fall, giving priority to children who live within the school’s boundaries and those whose siblings are enrolled.


Locals honored for help to victims

Members of organizations from around Del Norte and Curry County that fight for victims rights and wellbeing gathered at the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Luncheon in the Pelican Bay State Prison cafeteria on Thursday.


Yurok Tribe gets permission to release condors

Species has been absent from area for more than 100 years

Yurok tribal tradition holds California condors as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers.


Pursuit from Brookings ends at casino

Authorities arrested a Smith River woman at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after she led police on a car chase from Brookings to the Lucky 7 Casino.


Northcoast Marine Mammal Center: Elephant seal goes airborne

Pittsburgh Zoo’s Megan Paluh uses fish to coax Coolio into a shipping crate while members of the Marine Mammal Center block his exit on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Rescued blind pinniped Coolio off to Pittsburgh Zoo 

Zookeeper Megan Paluh crouched inside the 700-pound crate, murmuring words of encouragement as Coolio tentatively wriggled his way inside.


Alcohol, tobacco sales may be limited

City places moratorium on new stores as options weighed

A month after 90 elementary school students brought their concerns about tobacco to City Hall, the Crescent City Council on Monday enacted a 45-day moratorium on new tobacco retailers and liquor stores.

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