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Wildfires gain steam in Gasquet

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The Gasquet airfield has been transformed into an incident command base which was humming with activity Sunday evening. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 The Coon Fire claimed another 300 acres over the weekend, inching closer to nearby lodgings, with fire personnel reporting more vigorous fire activity than much of what’s been seen since the Gasquet blazes ignited more than two weeks ago.

At 1,511 acres Monday afternoon, the Coon Fire remains the largest of the six wildfires burning up Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District. It breached Coon Creek Sunday, making an uphill run toward the next ridge line to the south. Deer Creek and the South Fork Smith River lie below that, lending the residences of Rock Creek the space of a mile and a half between them and the fire.

“The forecast told us that the conditions were going to become more unstable weather-wise, so there was a potential increase in fire behavior,” said Incident Commander Don Garwood, with the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Command Team 2. “We expected it to pick up.”


Rich Enea resigns from City Council

Monday’s regular meeting of the Crescent City Council came with the announcement of a long-time city council member’s resignation and the promotion of a staff member.

Mayor Pro Tem Rich Enea declared that he will be resigning after the Oct. 5 City Council meeting.

“Due to health reasons” Enea will be moving out of the area, he said. Enea added he was happy to have spent the past 11 years in Crescent City, serving on the planning commission as well as the council.


Gitlin's actions on authority up for review

Whether Commissioner Roger Gitlin should be disciplined for his actions as a member of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority is up for discussion at today’s meeting, before the authority takes on a special report critical of board behavior.

The Del Norte County Grand Jury’s 2014-15 special report accused Gitlin and two former commissioners of repeated violations of the board’s own code of ethics over the past three years. Many of these breaches involved the commissioners’ continuing to push for privatizing trash and recycling services in the county, arguing it would save ratepayers money even though evidence (including five years of assessment) pointed to the contrary, according to the Grand Jury report.


Disaster response receives disability training

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Stuart Haskin, founder of GETSAFE USA, speaks to law enforcement and first responders about working with adults with developmental disabilities at a disability awareness workshop last week. Courtesy Rene Quintana
 Local law enforcement and emergency personnel received training last week on how to work with a group of people whose disability is often labeled as invisible.

Stuart Haskin, founder of GET SAFE taught Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies, Crescent City police officers and volunteers with Crescent City Fire and Rescue how to approach someone with autism and other developmental disabilities and how to recognize that person’s disability.

It’s the first such training to be offered to Del Norte County law enforcement, according to Rene Quintana, manager of Supported Living Services, an independent living program through Rural Human Services.

 


Background checks bring Bar-O one step closer to RSVP

Supervisors approve federal checks on volunteers as ranch closes in on program

Editor's note: Due to a production error, an incomplete version of this story ran in Tuesday's print edition. The full story follows. 

A recent decision allowing background checks signals progress on a delayed partnership that would see local volunteers share their experience with teenagers at Del Norte’s Bar-O Boys Ranch through regular classes and presentations.


Naturalist finds trail's end

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Biologist Wendell Wood identifies a wetland plant in 2012 in Tolowa Dunes State Park. Courtesy of Sue Calla
Wendell Wood, defender, explorer and lover of wild places in Oregon and Northern California, died on Tuesday. He was 65.

Wood, who had lived in Crescent City with his wife Kathy for about 14 years, identified,  photographed and documented nearly 500 plant species and 400 mushroom species in Tolowa Dunes State Park.

He had found a new plant he wanted to identify and report during a hike with his wife and friends at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park just before he died on Tuesday, said Wood’s neighbor Sandra Jerabek.

 


Deals get sweeter with C.C. neighbors

Read more... Where can you go to find the local sheriff, district attorney, chief probation officer and a group of people known for selling used goods for cheap?


Contract for $5.6M awarded to restore Pac. Shores

There was no outcry from competing contractors this week when the Airport Authority awarded a complex restoration project to the lowest bidder. 


7 years is top sentence for defendants in brutal beating

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 Josh Andritsch and Ashley Piekosz, who severely beat a 40-year-old man in February, were sentenced to 7 and 4 years respectively in state prison on Thursday for the planned attack that put the victim in a coma with permanent injuries.


Trinity flow to increase 1 week for Hoopa rite

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will begin pumping more water into the Trinity River Sunday in support of a native dance ceremony, Six Rivers National Forest announced Friday in a news release.


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