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Lights out in Klamath

Pacific Power workers keep an eye on a generator taken to Klamath to restore power until a permanent fix was made.
Tree leaning on line cuts electricity to 803 houses through Friday 

A power line failure in a remote area knocked out electricity for 803 Pacific Power customers in Klamath on Thursday morning, and power wasn’t expected to be fully restored until Friday evening. 

More rain over weekend

The Klamath and Smith rivers will crest above 25 feet but not flood as a barrage of storms soaks the North Coast this week.

County’s vaccine rates see decline

A growing number of Del Norte parents are choosing not to have their children vaccinated, according to California Department of Public Health statistics, but that could change due to state legislation introduced Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated.

No trial yet for alleged machete thrower

The Del Norte Superior Court found a machete-wielding 71-year-old man incompetent to stand trial Thursday. 

Having been examined by a court-ordered psychiatrist, William Alberts has been referred to local mental health officials. 

Emergency notification system on way to DN

Del Norte County is on deck to purchase a new mass notification system that officials say will keep residents in the loop during emergencies and other events, like power outages, that might require mass updates.

News of Record Jan. 30-Feb. 5

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, 2015:

Fin-footed fun in marine lesson

Bess Maxwell Elementary students examine skulls of sea-dwelling creatures during the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s visit to the school. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Aquarium educators give elementary students a hands-on lesson about pinnipeds 

Jenni Remillard acknowledged that bringing a seal or sea lion with her to Bess Maxwell Elementary School was neither a practical nor a pleasant concept for pinnipeds and humans alike.

“The worst thing you will ever smell is a seal fart,” she told her young audience Wednesday.

Deal to build affordable housing OK’d

Arcata developer plans apt. complex for seniors in C.C. 

A new agreement between Crescent City and an Arcata-based developer aims to put a new three-story, affordable housing complex for seniors in the downtown area.

The deal, a disposition and development agreement approved at Monday’s City Council meeting, green-lights the sale of the property where it will be built to DANCO Communities and provides a road map for future development of the apartments.

Tribe: Restrict fishing at creek

State to consider changes to Klamath sport regulations 

The California Fish and Game Commission will consider changes to sport fishing regulations on parts of the lower Klamath River at a public hearing to be telecast live from Sacramento on Feb. 12.  

Three proposals on the table stand to impact sport fishing by non-tribal entities at two famously bountiful spots on the main stem of the river, including a ban on catch-and-release fishing at the sand spit along its mouth and a closure 15 miles upstream near the river’s confluence with Blue Creek, a half-mile section of uncharacteristically cold water that the Yurok Tribe has requested be placed off limits to non-tribal anglers during the warmest months of the year.Reach Emily Jo Cureton at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Heavy rain, high winds to hit DN

Eight to nine inches of rain and high winds between 20 and 30 mph are forecast for Del Norte and the surrounding area over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in Eureka, and residents are advised to watch out for flooding.

The rain and winds will hit over four episodes, NWS Science Officer Mel Nordquist said, from Wednesday evening  until at least Sunday afternoon, with the heaviest episode — bringing about 4–5 inches — predicted for Thursday night and Friday morning. 

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