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Stimulus funds go to California tribes

Some of the money from President Obama’s economic stimulus package is trickling its way down to California American Indian Tribes.

More than $1.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go towards providing quality child care in native communities. From that chunk of money, the Yurok Tribe will be receiving $129,221 and Smith River Rancheria will be getting $42,244.

In nearby Humboldt County, the Karuk Tribe is receiving $41,262 and the Hoopa Valley Tribe will be getting $32,878.   

Matt Mais, public relations manager for the Yurok Tribe, said the money will be used for providing “new child-care related jobs and assisting Yurok families in need of child care.” Mais said how the funds will be used specifically is up to tribal council members, who haven’t discussed the matter yet.

The Yurok Tribe’s education department currently provides child care to 35 families or about 50 kids, Mais said.
At Smith River Rancheria, the funds will go towards operating Howonquet, the tribe’s Head Start and day care facility, said Tribal Administrator Russ Crabtree.

He said enrollment at Howonquet fluctuates between 12 and 22 children. Tribal members, the rancheria’s employees and the general public can all utilize the child care facilities in Smith River, Crabtree added.

Prison without water for five hours Monday

A broken water main left Pelican Bay State Prison without water for about five or six hours Monday.

The break, which has since been fixed, forced prison officials to modify inmate schedules while work crews repaired the problem.

“We ended up just shutting the programs down so we could get everything up and running,” said Lt. Ken Thomas, Pelican Bay State Prison’s public information officer. “We didn’t have yard (time), we didn’t have anything like that going on.”

Thomas said maintenance workers at the prison accidentally broke an above ground water line while moving equipment behind one of the buildings at the facility. The actual damage was fixed quickly, he said, but it took awhile to flush the system to make sure no contaminants had gotten into the pipes.

“It was just an accidental break,” Thomas said. “It was a temporary shutdown of the prison’s water system while the broken water main was repaired.”


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Westfall wants colleagues out

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Westfall, Nickerson, Murray, Schellong
 

Recall effort targets three


A Crescent City Council member wants to boot three of her elected colleagues out of office.

Donna Westfall, who was elected to her first term in November, plans to push for a recall of Mayor Kelly Schellong, Councilwoman Kathryn Murray and City Clerk Dianne Nickerson.

The move shocked city officials, some of whom learned of it late this week and others who didn’t know at all.

“I don’t know anything about it right now,” Nickerson said Friday. “I guess she has a right to her opinions.”

Murray seemed equally perplexed. Like Westfall, she was elected to her first term on the council in November, which was when Nickerson was re-elected.


Weekend parenting

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Eighth-grader Courtney Magana holds one of the simulated babies Thursday afternoon at Crescent Elk Middle School. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)
 

Students get taste of what it’s like to care for infant


About 30 eighth-graders at Crescent Elk Middle School will become parents this weekend, but  don’t worry, they’re just simulation babies.

They look and weigh about the same as newborn infants; they cry, coo and burp like real babies, too. Students (who volunteered to participate) will have to take care of their simulated baby’s every need.

The Del Norte County Department of Child Support Services introduced its “Baby Think It Over” program at the middle school this week.


Measure A bond sales start soon, board told

First projects are still undetermined

 

Del Norte County Unified School District expects to sell about $6 million in bonds for upcoming capital projects in the coming months, the first round of sales that will eventually reach nearly $25 million.

“The school district will have its first bond sale in three to four months,” the board was told by Jon Isom of Dale Scott and Co., the district’s consultant for the general obligation bond.

Selling the bonds means the school district will now have the money to start the projects it has long talked about. Just which projects will be done first has not been determined.


15 unlocked vehicles get burglarized

Fifteen unlocked vehicles were burglarized Wednesday night and early Thursday and authorities have no leads, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

A dozen of those vehicle burglaries occurred in county neighborhoods off of Lake Earl Drive in the Vipond Drive area and neighborhoods off of Howland Hill and Humboldt roads.

 


Del Norte’s jobless rate up in March


Air Force group plays Tuesday

Numbers include rock, jazz, blues


The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will present a free concert by its popular music group Mobility at Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


Students’ art on display at festival

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The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority is hosting the Earth Arts Festival at the Crescent City Cultural Center on Sunday.

The free event begins at 1 p.m. with a welcome and blessing from Michael Penny.

At 1:10 p.m., there will be a presentation of the Earth Art Contest winners.


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