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Rare wagtail cameo at Lake Tolowa

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This white wagtail stopped at Lake Tolowa on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of David Wadsworth
The appearance of a white wagtail at the mouth of Lake Tolowa on Tuesday created quite a stir among birders online. But the rare bird’s visit was brief and only a handful of local enthusiasts were able to see it.

“It was a one-day thing,” said Alan Barron, author of “A Birdfinding Guide to Del Norte County, California.” “Wagtails, once they get migrating, they don’t really stay put.”


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 11-13

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 11–13:

Wednesday, May 11

Note: From 2:46 p.m.

At 4:16 p.m., report of a woman trying to fight another woman in the Walmart parking lot on the 900 block of East Washington Boulevard. 

At 4:42 p.m., caller on the 200 block of Michigan Avenue says he took a picture of a suspicious vehicle and then the driver started yelling at him and threatening to sue. 

At 5:43 p.m., report of two children entering a house on the 200 block of Wallace Avenue and telling the resident that they came over because they had been beaten.


News of Record, May 6-12

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for May 6–12:

Gary William Edwards II, 32, of Crescent City, was sentenced to 160 days in jail and fined $920 for conflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Roberto Carols Baltazar, 22, of Crescent City, was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $833 for reckless driving upon a highway.


Not the only starfish in the sea

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A sea star is exposed during a minus tide at Point St. George on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Decimated sea star population making comeback in parts of Del Norte 

After a wasting disease decimated sea stars on the West Coast over the past two years, babies have been returning to Oregon and Northern California beaches, with Point St. George being one of the most abundant sites.

Joe Tyburczy, a marine ecologist with the California Sea Grant Extension Eureka office, said out of the seven sites he and Humboldt State University researchers monitor, Point St. George and Patrick’s Point saw the largest increase of juvenile sea stars last summer.


Board wont back river status

As expected though not without some opposition, Del Norte County supervisors formalized their opposition Tuesday to a proposed upgrade to the Smith River’s protected status. Other notable events included a semi-rare visit from Green Diamond Resource Company and the board’s tentative approval to co-sign a multi-million dollar loan for a new terminal at the regional airport.

The designation of Outstanding National Water Resource (ONWR), ventured earlier this year by the North Coast Regional Water Control Board (NCRWCB), would impose ever-more stringent regulations regarding activity and degradation to the entirety of the Smith River.

  


Yuroks widen fishing closures

In 1964, an estimated 11,000 adult spring chinook returned to the South Fork Trinity River, but in 2015 Yurok crews counted just 20 adults in the same run. Yurok Fisheries Director Dave Hillemeier said there have been several other years since 2004 with less than 100 adults counted during the spring run on the South Fork.

To help reverse that startling trend, the Yurok Tribal Council announced spring fishing regulations for tribal members last week that are more stringent than in years past. The regulations aim to further reduce the tribe’s impact on the spring chinook salmon run and help protect the green sturgeon that spawn in the mainstem Klamath in late spring and early summer.


Yuroks widen fishing closures

In 1964, an estimated 11,000 adult spring chinook returned to the South Fork Trinity River, but in 2015 Yurok crews counted just 20 adults in the same run. Yurok Fisheries Director Dave Hillemeier said there have been several other years since 2004 with less than 100 adults counted during the spring run on the South Fork.

To help reverse that startling trend, the Yurok Tribal Council announced spring fishing regulations for tribal members last week that are more stringent than in years past. The regulations aim to further reduce the tribe’s impact on the spring chinook salmon run and help protect the green sturgeon that spawn in the mainstem Klamath in late spring and early summer.


Despite law, DN devoid of emergency housing

Although state law requires local jurisdictions to explicitly recognize emergency, transitional and supportive housing in their zoning code, Del Norte County does not offer emergency housing for homeless.  

“We don’t have supported living or transitional housing,” said Del Norte County Supervisor Martha McClure. “We do have a women’s domestic violence and Our Daily Bread Ministries. The Health and Human Services (department) does offer emergency shelter dollars to be used at hotels.”


Study: Billions of Calif. trees at risk

An epidemic of Sudden Oak Death is killing trees on the West Coast. 

The disease has killed millions of trees in California since 1995. And while it hasn’t shown up in Del Norte County yet, local experts say it is getting close and may be only a matter of time.


Realtors host candidate forum tonight

All nine candidates seeking three open Del Norte County supervisor positions are expected attend a Del Norte Association of Realtors forum today, facing questions on several issues one more time before the June 7 primary election.

The forum starts at 6 p.m. at Veteran’s Hall, 810 H St.


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