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Del Norte jobless rate hits 11.5 percent

Del Norte County’s jobless rate for February dropped slightly from January, according to numbers released by the California Economic Development Department on Friday.

With a jobless rate of 11.5 percent in February, Del Norte currently ranks 36th out of California’s 58 counties in terms of unemployment, according to a department press release. Del Norte’s jobless rate in January was 11.6 percent.



1964 Tsunami Anniversary: Tracing the path of the waves


Eighth-grade students depart for tsunami history walking tours on Wednesday after posing in front of a preliminary version of a 21-foot representation of the 1964 tsunami to be erected on the side of the Cultural Center. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte schools teach students potentially life-saving lessons about area’s history

Todd Flackas, Chris Jones-Koczera and 14 students from Crescent Elk Middle School gazed at a black-and-white version of Crescent City’s main drag.

Flackas had stopped his tour group of eighth-graders in front of the mural on the side of Del Norte Office Supply on Wednesday. In the image of a pre-tsunami Second Street, old cars were parked alongside tall wooden buildings that housed department stores, restaurants and soda fountains. Flackas told his group that the photo had been taken not far from where they were.



City eyes sewer rate hike


Both city and county users would see 3.6 percent increase

Less than three months after residents saw an increase in their water bills, the Crescent City Council may raise sewer rates.

By a 4-0-1 vote, the Council on Monday scheduled a public hearing for May 19. Councilwoman Kelly Schellong was absent. 

If approved, sewer rates would increase by 3.6 percent for all users both in the city and the county, according to Public Works Director Eric Wier. The proposed rate increase reflects the increased costs of goods and materials as well as operational costs, Wier said.



City Council applies for $1.9M in grants

After a short public hearing, the Crescent City Council on Monday finalized an application for roughly $1.9 million in 2014 Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Mayor Rick Holley and Councilwomen Kelly Schellong and Kathryn Murray also approved using the funds, if awarded, to rehabilitate a city-owned building and pay for a sewer project on B Street. The application will also include a request for $300,000 to fund Rural Human Services’ food bank and domestic violence shelter through 2016.



Truck crash oil spill on Highway 199 cleaned up

An 18-wheeler truck headed northeast toward Oregon spilled more than 30 gallons of diesel last week after colliding with a bridge on U.S. Highway 199 roughly six miles east of Gasquet.



Three injured in motor home fire

A motor home using candles caught fire near the Department of Motor Vehicles  office on Railroad Avenue on Monday at 9:36 p.m.


Economic summit on Friday

Del Norte agri-business leaders will take center stage at this year’s economic summit on Friday.


Wanted man in custody after tip

Read more... The search is over for a Smith River man wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.



Harbor reconstruction: Ready to cut the ribbon

Crescent City Harbor’s recently retired harbormaster/CEO Richard Young surveys the completed work last week. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 After undergoing a $54 million reconstruction project, Crescent City Harbor has become the first tsunami-resistant port on the West Coast — and quite possibly on the planet, a team effort that will be celebrated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday in the marina.

“The whole community should be proud of this because it was a community effort that built it,” said Richard Young, former harbormaster/CEO, during a recent tour of the state-of-the-art facility.

Young’s tenure as the harbor district’s lead official throughout the reconstruction project will also be celebrated during Saturday’s ceremony, and the port’s torch will be passed with an introduction to Charlie Helms, the new harbormaster/CEO.



Lack of paperwork could cost millions

Harbormaster Richard Young explains why he needs local fishermen to submit proof of employment. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Harbor loan in jeopardy as not enough fishermen are providing needed information

If 70-some commercial fishermen continue to not submit paperwork showing that the existence of Crescent City Harbor helps provide them with a job, the harbor district could be forced to repay $2.5 million in grant funding used to rebuild the port.

Del Norte County received $5 million from the federal Community Development Block Grant program for the marina’s reconstruction, under the condition that the harbor district could prove that the inner boat basin project retained at least 143 jobs.


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