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C.C. firefighting agencies to merge

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Firefighters with the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department and Crescent Fire Protection District worked together in a live burn training exercise at 746 A St. on Tuesday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Efforts are underway to merge the two primary firefighting agencies in the Crescent City area. 

Elected officials overseeing the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department and Crescent Fire Protection District are pursuing a contract to combine them into a single agency.

The Crescent City Council oversees the Crescent Volunteer Fire Department, which responds to fire and medical calls within the city limits. 

 


Survival on the high seas

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Jason Wiley jumps into Fred Endert Municipal Pool Friday during Coast Guard-conducted fishing vessel drill conductor training. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Jason Wiley shimmied into his red immersion suit and took his place behind his classmates. Wiley, a crew member aboard the F/V Darin Alan, and his classmates had practiced donning their suits in less than a minute on Thursday. 

On Friday, they were at Fred Endert Municipal Pool to see how they worked in the water.

“We had to learn how to get into the suit and get into a life raft,” Wiley said. “This is for a man overboard, a fire on the boat or for a boat sinking.”


Lighthouse vigil to honor Tolowa

Before there were lighthouses on California’s coast, there was a holocaust. 

This Friday a sunset vigil at one of Crescent City’s proudest landmarks will remember that. 

Battery Point Lighthouse cast its first beam in 1856, the same year 316 Tolowa Dee-ni’ (people) were imprisoned on the same barren rock. Three years prior the inhabitants of a nearby village called Taa-‘at-dvn were massacred, homes burned to the ground.


New commander for local CHP crew

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Lt. Rick Thoma
California Highway Patrol in the Crescent City Area has a new commander.

Lt. Rick Thoma, who has been a member of CHP for over 20 years and worked as a CHP sergeant in Del Norte for more than three years, took on the position earlier this month, according to a CHP news release. Thoma replaces Lt. Mike Redow, who retired in December.


More aid on way to victims of crimes

DN Victim Witness program gets $23,000 boost from state grant 

Even as the number of people looking for help from Del Norte’s Victim Witness program has increased over the past few years, the program’s state funding has shrunk, but a recent budget boost for the grant-funded service will help change the course of that contradiction.

The program, which acts as a voice in the court system for victims of crimes and also provides those people with various services, was infused with a $22,650 grant augmentation at last week’s Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting. The money comes straight from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, which funds victim witness programs across the state. Director Alison Baxter said the new money brings the program’s funding back to pre-2010 levels, providing some relief to not only the service and the people it aims to serve, but also to the agencies and organizations that have stepped up to help shoulder the financial burden when money was tight.


Lighthouse vigil to honor Tolowa

Before there were lighthouses on California’s coast, there was a holocaust. 

This Friday a sunset vigil at one of Crescent City’s proudest landmarks will remember that. 


Reporter's Notebook: Visiting team’s mascot stirs controversy at Jaycees tourney

Although most attendees of the Crescent City Jaycees Tournament last weekend reported having a great time, at least one of the fans was less than pleased with one opponent’s mascot.

In the first round of the tournament, Hoopa, a school with a large Native American population, played the West Cottonwood Chieftains.

Hoopa supporter Tayshu Bommelyn vocalised her displeasure at the West Cottonwood mascot via social media later that night.


Chase highlights safety issues

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Sheriff Erik Apperson, left, and County Supervisor Chris Howard talk public safety at the community meeting. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
Sheriff discusses week’s manhunt at community crime-prevention meeting 

Some 20 people showed up at a Smith River Neighborhood Watch meeting Wednesday evening, where much of the discussion revolved around a recent manhunt.

“We had some pretty exciting things happen over the last couple of days,” neighborhood watch coordinator Joni Forsht said to get the ball rolling. 


Lawsuit alleges neglect of patient

An ambulance took Donna Reichlin to Sutter Coast Hospital on April 21, 2014. 

The infection in her legs was far gone by then. Her heels and calves were covered in “very foul smelling” and “longstanding” bedsores, described in clinical detail by the doctors who treated her that day, one of whom requested that a social worker from Adult Protective Services evaluate the case. 

Donna Reichlin died two weeks later, at age 67. The immediate cause, according to her death certificate, was sepsis, an immune system failure triggered by infection. 


Crosswalk installation a big step for safety

A new installation on the north end of town should mean safe crossings for pedestrians over a historically risky stretch of highway. 

The first of its kind in the district, in a couple weeks the High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) will have motorists come to a complete stop as dictated by a pedestrian’s push of a button. Then the mast arms that flash red and yellow over U.S. Highway 101 will bridge the Shangri-La Trailer Park and Alisa’s Custom Coffee to the Patriot Service Station and Big 5 Sporting Goods for people afoot. 


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