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Lessons learned from tragedy

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Leveled buildings and boats washed ashore cover the Japanese coast after the devastating March 2011 tsunami. Wikimedia / Mitsukuni Sato
Visitors from tsunami-stricken Japanese town share their experience with disaster 

Japan thought it was ready for disaster, but when the earth quaked on March 11, 2011, it shook longer and heavier than anything they’d previously experienced. 

In a presentation given at this month’s Del Norte County Emergency Operations Center meeting on Thursday afternoon, Principal Akihiko Yokota of Takata High School in Japan chronicled the devastating toll the 2011 tsunami took on his community and the efforts they’ve made to rebuild in the past four years. 


Coastal Commission clears the way

Airport gets permit to turn Pacific Shores lots into wetlands 

What unfolded in under 10 minutes at a distant California Coastal Commission meeting this week marked a major victory for a Crescent City airport project 10 years in the making, while putting another nail in the water-logged coffin of Pacific Shores, a failed subdivision by the sea dating back half a century. 

These two Del Norte County institutions, one where people go to fly, the other to learn to drive on vacant roads, have become entwined in recent years due to a state environmental policy requiring that developers along the coast recreate wetland habitats four times more than the acreage disturbed by new construction projects. 


Harbor gets ‘OK’ on trail construction

Will connect Sunset Circle to Anchor Way 

By a unanimous vote Thursday, the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission granted the Crescent City Harbor District $370,100 for the construction of the Starfish Way segment of the Harbor Trail. 

The awarded sum comes from Regional Surface Transportation Program funds and will be matched by $21,850 from the harbor for administrative costs. 


News of Record Jan. 2-9, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Jan. 2–9, 2015:

Scott Allen Vandecar, 24, Crescent City, was sentenced to two years in local county prison and fined $300 for burglary and attempted burglary.


Charter school returning donations

Community members who donated items to Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods are invited to retrieve those items by Tuesday.

KRECR, which had its last day of instruction in December, will soon be closing its doors permanently. Interim Director Susie Minx said she wants to make sure that any donated items will be available to the original donor if they want them back.


Cross-Cultural Exchange

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Nao Murakami, a student from Takata High School in Japan, teaches Japanese calligraphy to freshman Brook Nolan at Del Norte High School on Tuesday. Nao was one of 14 Takata High School students visiting Del Norte County this week. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Japanese youth teach calligraphy, the traditional way, to Del Norte High students 

Brook Nolan and Taylor Melton watched Nao Murakami’s graceful brushstrokes as she demonstrated Japanese Kanji, or calligraphy.

Nao, one of 14 students from Takata High School in Japan visiting Del Norte High School, visualized the character for “flower,” tracing it out with her brush suspended above the paper, before executing it in a few swift strokes. She then gestured for Brook to do the same, showing her which lines to make first.

“It was hard,” said Brook, a Del Norte High School freshman, adding that it would be fun to learn a new language. 


Harbor budget woes in focus

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Niehoff Construction workers reveal and dismantle a long-standing sign at the Crescent City Harbor. A new sign, paid for with $45,000 in Coastal Conservancy state grant funding, will likely be up in the next month after its concrete base cures. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Will cost $120,000 to fix leaks in new infrastructure 

The Crescent City Harbor District’s finances aren’t sitting nearly as pretty as its new tsunami-resistant docks.

With a $54 million reconstruction project complete, the Harbor Commission focused on operational finances at its regular meeting Tuesday night, sizing up costs great and small under a fine lens. 

Everything from a staggering monthly electric bill to an annual ethics class was scrutinized by the commission, which unanimously agreed to comb through financial statements at the second meeting of every month in an effort to reign in everyday expenses that far exceed revenues. 


Patrick Creek Road reopens after landslide

Patrick Creek Road is open after clear weather in recent days has allowed for the clearing of debris. 

Torrential rains in December caused a massive landslide that blocked both lanes of the road about 1.25 miles from Highway 199 and rerouted the creek, pushing it closer to the road. 


Public comment sought on new hunting proposal

The local Fish and Game Advisory Commission is seeking public comment Thursday on a proposed ordinance to restrict hunting with firearms in the Bertsch Tract area.

The Del Norte County Fish and Game Advisory Commission hopes to eventually forward a proposal for a no-firearms hunting restriction in the Bertsch Tract to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, said Commissioner Frank Galea. He said this proposal ties in with efforts by the commission to address the problem of elk getting into people’s backyards.


Safeway fined nearly $10M for illegal disposal of waste

Del Norte among plantiffs in lawsuit vs. grocery chain 

The Safeway supermarket chain has been ordered to pay nearly $10 million for illegally dumping batteries, electronics and pharmaceuticals in California landfills.

This occurred at more than 500 Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘n Save stores and distribution sites throughout California for more than seven years, according to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.


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