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‘Go Wild’ mobile app launched

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A billboard sign at the fairgrounds advertises the new app to passersby on Highway 101.
Triplicate, Pilot introduce comprehensive coastal guide 

Imagine having a tour guide, mapping system, phone book, events calendar and daily updates all available at the tap of your finger — and all focused on America’s Wild Rivers Coast.

Covering 150 miles of coastline, the Go Wild Rivers Coast mobile application has been launched by the Del Norte Triplicate and its sister paper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, which together serve Del Norte and Curry counties.

“We’ve already added more than 1,000 items — 1,000 ways to enjoy the Wild Rivers Coast,” said Pilot Publisher Charles Kocher, “and we’re adding more every day.” 


Assault suspect arrested

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Britton Mode
The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a man suspected of assaulting another man with a stun gun and a firearm at a residence in Fort Dick on June 3.

Britton Mode, 42, had outstanding warrants for assault with a firearm stemming from the June 3 incident and an unrelated warrant for violating the conditions of his post-release community supervision. His bond was set at $100,000.


News of Record July 4–10, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of July 4–10:

• Stephen J. Mealue, 56, Crescent City, was sentenced to 19 days in jail and four years of probation and fined $2,602, $500 in public defender fees and a $61.87 city booking fee for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a prior and special allegation.


County, city: ‘No’ to mining

Local officials respond to public outcry with letters opposing exploratory drilling  

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Local residents show their opposition to a mining proposal in the Smith River watershed during last week’s Fourth of July parade. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The people of Del Norte and their representatives have spoken and the resounding consensus is a firm “no” to drilling in the watershed of the North Fork Smith River.

In an uncommon alignment of solid public support and unanimous board agreement this week, a unified local voice was forged in opposition to Red Flat Nickel Corporation’s proposed exploratory drilling operation planned for the immediate vicinity of the North Fork Smith, a principal tributary of the Smith River located in southwestern Oregon.

Both the Crescent City Council and the Board of Supervisors, encouraged by community members who spoke passionately during both board meetings’ public hearings, voted to send letters of opposition to the Oregon Water Resources Department asking the permitting agency to deny Red Flat Nickel Corp.’s application to use water for drilling.


Wasted water penalty to rise

State water regulators mull cost of misuse during drought 

SACRAMENTO — Brown lawns and dusty cars could become the norm in California as state regulators consider unprecedented $500-a-day fines for water-wasters, after acknowledging that voluntary steps to reduce consumption amid a historic drought haven’t worked.

Water regulators are set to consider the draft emergency regulations when they meet in Sacramento next week, invoking for the first time mandatory statewide restrictions on residential outdoor water use.

A combination of mandatory and voluntary restrictions has resulted in a statewide water use reduction of 5 percent through May, far short of the 20 percent sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Volunteers to ID dead waterfowl

A free training session will be held Saturday by a citizen science organization of the University of Washington that is looking for volunteers in Crescent City to survey local beaches for carcasses of marine birds.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will hold a training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the College of the Redwoods’ Del Norte campus (room DN-2) to show folks how to collect monthly data on dead marine birds to establish a baseline pattern of beached bird mortality for local beaches.  

The interactive, hands-on workshop will get volunteers acquainted with field identification and give them a chance to try out their new skills.


Police, fire: It could have been worse

Holiday weekend keeps public safety officials working hard  

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Illegal fireworks put on their own display Friday night around Crescent City Harbor and throughout town. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
As the population of Crescent City swells for the Fourth of July holiday every year, so too does the workload for local law enforcement and firefighting
agencies.

As usual, this year’s celebration kept officers and deputies occupied all weekend long, but Crescent City Police Department and Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office officials agreed that things could have been worse.

Festivities kicked off on Thursday with the deck party and the city was full of people throughout the weekend.

Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack said scheduled events alone kept police officers busy.


Solid Waste Authority looks to scale back tasks

The board of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, which handles all recycling and garbage issues in the county, seems intent on scaling back the agency to something without “all the bells and whistles,” as commissioner Roger Gitlin put it.

The authority board will be discussing the future direction and goals of the agency during its regular monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m Wednesday in the Flynn Center, 981 H Street, Crescent City.

During a June 24 special meeting, four of the agency’s five commissioners voiced their support for combining the authority’s top two administrative positions into one combined contract position for the private sector and scaling back the agency from pursuing new programs.


Fourth of July favorites selected

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One of the youngest drivers in the parade escorts the Del Norte County Probation Department, which took second place in one of the float categories. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Here are the winners provided by the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce from the 2014 Fourth of July parade and BBQ Wars contests: 

Bicycle

Bob and Arlene Eckhardt

Car: 1960 or Earlier (stock)

First place: Judge Chris Doehle


‘Small town feel is all around’ at Fourth of July celebration

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A woman in the procession waves a flag — “Helen is 102. Jeep is 72,” said the sign on the side of the vehicle. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crowds of hundreds lined downtown streets and filled Beachfront Park on Friday for Crescent City’s annual Independence Day shindig, known up and down the coast for its patriotic parade, vendor-packed park party and the most impressive fireworks show around.

“It’s a mishmash of Americana tradition,” Christie Lynn Rust, former Del Norte High School band director, said as she prepared to help lead the Del Norte Community Marching Band in the parade. “It’s a showcase of all different parts of our community. It brings everyone together.”

And then Rust took off down H Street, followed by a marching band of a couple dozen trombones, clarinets and percussionists, all hammering out groovy tunes like “Louie Louie” and “Tijuana Taxi” while revelers young and old clawed for the candy being thrown to them.


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