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Homelessness: Sheriff seeks targeted approach

The Del Norte Sheriff’s Office hopes to assist a portion of the county’s homeless population one person at a time by targeting those who might only need a simple boost to improve their lot.

Newsroom nets 10 honors in contest

The Del Norte Triplicate netted three first-place awards, four second-place awards and three third or fourth place awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2015 Better Newspapers Contest.

Articles by staff writers Emily Jo Cureton and Adam Spencer took first-place honors, as did a column by staff writer Aaron West and an inside page layout by Design-Photo Editor Bryant Anderson. Stories by Staff Writer David Grieder and Features Editor Jessica Cejnar received second place as did a photo essay from Bryant Anderson.

Third and fourth place honors went to an article by Staff Writer David Anderson, two page layouts by Sports Editor Michael Zogg and a column by Ruth Rhodes and Lydia Leonard-Rhodes.

Murder suspect extradited to Oregon

The third and final suspect in the October killing of a Crescent City man was at last brought to custody in Josephine County this weekend. 

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 6-9

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 6-9:

Friday, May 6

Note: From 9:52 a.m.

At 11:45 a.m., report of a person with bloody knuckles passed out near U.S. 101 and Huston Street.

At 12:12 p.m., report of a woman yelling and cursing near Harrold Street and Hoover Avenue.

Growing Pain

Art therapy is one of many specialized treatment approaches available to clients of the Open Door Community Health Centerís suboxone program for narcotics addicts. This drawing is taken from a larger composition made recently by one of the clients. Submitted
Recent crimes highlight emerging trend of narcotics abuse in Del Norte 

Citing “staggering” statistics, Assemblyman Jim Wood called this week for a task force to address a rising opioid abuse epidemic in California. Meanwhile, prescription drug overdoses have spiked across most of the country in the past 10 years. Locally, community leaders hear murmurs of the same trend in Del Norte and are battling to beat it back. 

Last weekend, the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office collected more than 185 pounds of pills that were brought to the lobby for the annual prescription drug-take back day, a program Sheriff Erik Apperson said he would like to make available year-round.

Health district tables hiring consultant

Failure to give proper public notice will be rectified next week, chairman says 

A proposal to spend as much as $80,000 to hire a consultant was tabled Thursday because the Del Norte Healthcare District failed to give proper public notice.

The healthcare district board met in special session to consider hiring  Quorum Health Resources. The plan, according to a majority of board members, is to find an alternative to replace Sutter Health and Sutter Coast Hospital.

Move to block mining advances

Feds release environmental assessment for public review 

A plan to exclude mineral development on about 100,000 acres of federal land to thwart a proposed nickel mine near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is nearing fruition and that has local environmentalists pleased. 

The U.S. Forest Service released its environmental assessment last week, and written comments will be accepted through May 27, 2016.

Farmers markets readying for season

The Crescent City Farmers Market begins June 4 with new hours from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
Ultra-fresh produce, free range eggs, hand-harvested honey and other fresh, small-batch food stuffs are the hallmark of Del Norte County farmers markets.  

Crescent City offers two separate, non-profit farmers markets: Crescent City Farmers Market begins June 4 with new hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; the Downtown Crescent City Farmers and Artisans Market is scheduled to open June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both entities are venues for producers and consumers alike to come together, forge relationships, and exchange information.

Sentence extended for inmate with knife

A Pelican Bay State Prison inmate will serve five additional years after he was caught in possession of a homemade knife and gang literature. 

Luis Avalos, 25, of Oakland, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Del Norte Superior Court by Judge William Follett.

Tall Ships: Lady Washington captain stops to express his regrets

Johann Steinke, captain of the tall ship Lady Washington, stopped in Crescent City Friday to explain why the ship failed to anchor here this week as originally planned.

“It was a decision not made lightly,” said Steinke.

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