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Burglars target business locations

Months-long trend has accelerated in recent weeks 

A rash of burglaries targeting businesses over the past few months has picked up steam with at least six Crescent City businesses being hit in the past three weeks.

The most recent crime wave started with a break-in at Divine Salon and Spa on July 18. Salon owner Sandra Jackson said that the burglars took tools and trashed her business by ripping open cabinet doors.

“They also went through the garbage cans,” Jackson told the Triplicate. “I guess that is to find Visa and debit receipts from clients. I don’t have that kind of stuff there, thank God.”

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Education, not fines, prioritized for water limits

California’s severe drought conditions might not have totally reached Crescent City, but the regulations have. 

Emergency state regulations put in place in light of California’s severe drought status were implemented in Crescent City this week with a unanimous approval from the City Council. The regulations, which for Crescent City fall under Stage 2 Restrictions in the city’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, were officially put into effect on Monday, and according to the emergency state measure they will continue for at least 270 days.

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Resighini: Return to Indian mascot

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The current Warrior logo features a Spartan helmet and shield. Courtesy of Del Norte High School
Local school district officials Thursday turned down a request from Resighini Rancheria to remove Del Norte High School’s current Spartan helmet logo. 

Frank Dowd, who spoke to the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on behalf of Resighini Rancheria, said the rancheria supported use of the high school’s Native American head icon, which was retired in 1998. He said he and other tribal members found it offensive when the high school adopted the Spartan helmet icon last year. 

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Improved turnout at this year’s fair

CEO: Attendance shows need to keep fair alive with tax 

The number of visitors to the Del Norte County Fair this year outpaced 2013’s attendance despite a larger event up the road. 

Based on preliminary numbers, attendance at the fair last week was up by 7 percent over last year, said Fair Manager Randy Hatfield. The event typically attracts 21,000–28,000 people annually, but even more passed through the gate this year.

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Butterfly dune walk planned for Sunday

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An Oregon silverspot is one of many area butterflies. Submitted photo
Del Norters will have a chance to learn about and spot some of the rare butterflies that call the local dunes home.

For their latest summer activity, The Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards will host a presentation about coastal butterflies and an introduction to butterfly watching on Sunday. Gary Falxa, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arcata field office, will focus on common and rare butterflies found in the Tolowa Dunes-Lake Earl area. He will also discuss the latest efforts to conserve the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

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Climbing high

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Raeh Davis works her way to the top of the rock climbing wall provided by U.S. Army recruiters during physical training at the Redwood Coast Explorers Leadership Academy. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Explorers groups come together at leadership academy 

The annual Redwood Coast Explorer Leadership Academy is back in full swing this week as the Explorers make Del Norte High School their home for the week.

Every year, law enforcement Explorers from around Del Norte gather at the high school for a week of intense classes and workouts. For the first time this year, however, the academy has expanded to included all of the Explorer programs in the area.

“This is the first year that all these other Explorer agencies have come,” said Erik Apperson, who started the academy in 2003 and has been running it ever since. “In the past we have had Explorers from other areas come, but they were all law enforcement. The main difference this year is it is all local kids, but we have Fire Explorers, Del Norte Ambulance Explorers, Sheriff’s Explorers, the Police Explorers and the Sea Cadets. 

“We put all of those Explorers together and we have been able to hold classes that are a little bit more universal. The curriculum encompasses a multitude of courses that would apply to all of those.”

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Local helms national forest

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Merv George Jr.
Former Hoopa chairman named Six Rivers supervisor 

Six Rivers National Forest announced Wednesday that Merv George Jr. will serve as the new forest supervisor, becoming the first forest supervisor of Native American descent in the history of the Pacific Southwest Region.

As a graduate of Humboldt State University (1997) and Eureka High School (1991), George is also most likely the first local to hold Six Rivers’ top position.

“As a lifelong resident of the area and as the deputy forest supervisor for the last several years, Merv brings with him an unparalleled knowledge of the natural and cultural significance of the Six Rivers National Forest,” said Acting Forest Supervisor Mike Minton.

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Loftin witness a no-show at hearing

A Crescent City man accused of stabbing a teenager with an eel hook in May and shooting another man less than a month later is still wrapped up in the Del Norte Superior Court system.

Michael Loftin, 31, who has been in jail since local law enforcement found him hiding under the backseat of a car in the Denny’s restaurant parking lot in June, will be kept in local custody for at least a little longer. Deputy District Attorney Todd Zocchi requested a continuance after Christina Letti, the prosecution’s material witness, deliberately skipped out on Tuesday’s preliminary hearing. The hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 19. Loftin faces multiple life sentences in state prison for two attempted murder counts, among other charges.

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Interim chief heads police

Three new police officers, one of them the interim police chief, were sworn in at the Crescent City Council meeting this week.

Interim Police Chief Scott Berry, Officer Sarah Asbury, and Reserve Officer Alex Pearson all took oaths of office, as well as read and repeated the Peace Officer Code of Ethics at Monday’s meeting.

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Irrigation cut off to some farms

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Water is being cut off to about a third of the farms on a federal irrigation project in the drought-parched Klamath Basin of Oregon and California.

A July 31 letter from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to irrigation districts says that the flows into the Klamath Reclamation Project’s primary reservoir have been below pre-season forecasts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, forcing a reduction in releases to districts with junior claims on water in order to meet minimum water levels for endangered fish.

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