Donald Jones, the Crescent City man who faced felony animal cruelty charges for shooting a dog in the head in January and leaving it to suffer for hours before it died, was sentenced to a month in jail on Friday when the judge reduced his charges to a misdemeanor.
Winding down the 101 from Crescent City to Klamath teetering above a thousand-foot drop down to the Pacific is just one example of the twice-daily demand put upon the school buses in Del Norte — an arduous task that makes it much more difficult to be a school bus amongst California’s rugged northwest terrain versus those cushy urban routes. Add in the thin budgets common to rural school districts and replacement of the hard-ridden transports can be an uphill climb for officials.
Sheriff Erik Apperson says he is having the time of his life while facing many challenges in his first 180 days in office. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Sheriff's Office, Yurok Tribal Police work closely as cross-deputization inches near
When Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson was sworn into office on January 5, he was the new face at the office on 5th Street after working for the Crescent City Police Department since 2001. Like any new employee, Apperson said his most pressing concern when he took the reins from 12-year veteran Dean Wilson was how the staff would respond to him.
Del Norte’s on course to see its biggest tourism year ever, and with all the new visitors looking for places to stay, the number of locals renting out rooms and houses to tourists for short stays has been increasing lately.
Tribe says existing science backs up new fishing restriction
The Yurok Tribe will host a meeting open to the public on Monday to discuss issues affecting the local fisheries, and one of the top items on the list is the fishing closure at the mouth of Blue Creek that has been criticized by county officials and fishing guides.
City, county leaders back resolution to expand health care
Taking note of Sutter Health’s declaration that its widely criticized effort to downsize the local hospital has been put on hold, the Crescent City Council passed a resolution this week that aims to move past an adversarial relationship between local officials and the health network and enlist Sutter’s support for improving and expanding health services in the county.