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Another pitch for tourism dollars

Visitors Bureau seeks permanent funding

The local Visitors Bureau is planning a demonstration for Monday night’s Crescent City Council meeting in another effort to secure permanent funding for the tourism marketing entity.

Visitors Bureau Chairman Jim Strong has asked a number of community leaders and members of the Chamber of Commerce to come to the meeting and show their support of his agency’s efforts to obtain a commitment of 25 percent of the city’s transient occupancy tax by standing up and raising their hands.

“Our agenda is to get permanent and sustainable funding for tourism,” Strong said Friday. “We want to show, by all the people present, the support that’s out there in the community for 25 percent of the transient occupancy tax.”

Parks get $9M in stimulus funds

Redwood National and State Parks announced it has $9 million more in project money than previously budgeted after receiving federal stimulus funds.

“These funds will help immeasurably in fulfilling plans for new recreational opportunities, addressing resource protection needs and tackling deferred maintenance projects,” said Redwood National and State Park Superintendent Steve Chaney.


Outdoor mariijuana cultivation warning issued

As state and federal parks gear up for tourism season, local authorities are warning that another outdoor season will begin as well—marijuana cultivation.

“I think last year we had nine or 10 calls from concerned citizens regarding suspicions they had come across a marijuana garden,” said Sgt. Steve Morris of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Forest Service recently issued a statement advising hikers and campers what to do if they find pot growing on public lands, and Morris offered a few tips as well.

The first thing to do is “definitely think about your own safety, that if something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t,” he said. “Think about your own safety and make a retreat.”

Moving beyond rescues

Director sees new roles for local center

Monica Hiner, right, works with volunteer Jenny Varden during an examination of Teddy, a rescued harbor seal pup. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Marine Mammal Center’s new director can barely contain her enthusiasm.

Monica Hiner, a former fisheries biologist for the Yurok Tribe, started her new job in Crescent City on Monday.

“I’m excited,” Hiner said Thursday. “The center preforms a valuable function just with its rescue program, but I feel like I can help make it more than just a rescue center.”

That’s a sentiment that resonates with the center’s founder.

“I started the center with the idea that it would have three major goals,” said local veterinarian Dennis Wood. “They were; rescue and rehab, education and research.”

Inmate shot in assault

Officers break up attack on prisoner

A Pelican Bay State Prison inmate was transported to an out-of-area hospital  this week after being shot in the head with a high-velocity foam bullet by a correctional officer to stop a fight on one of the exercise yards.

Prison officials are investigating the incident, including a review of the officer’s use of force, and will charge the injured inmate and his accomplice in the fight with the attempted murder of another prisoner, Pelican Bay spokesman Lt. Ken Thomas said Thursday.

“We’re investigating the whole matter right now as to determine if gang activity was involved,” Thomas said. “All the inmates involved have been housed in Administrative Segregation pending the investigation.”

The inmate who was shot is still in the hospital, Thomas said, and the names of the names of the men involved in the fight have not been released.

Grad party gets a boost

Myriad of events planned for May 31

Del Norte High School senior George Peterson washes a truck Saturday to raise money for the graduation night party. The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas
Money is best raised by having fun, according to the creator of “Community Movement,” a set of simultaneous events May 31 to benefit Del Norte High School’s Safe and Sober Grad Night.

Activities will range from a guided bike ride to bowling. Other activities involve walking, running, swimming, golfing, exercising at two local gyms, basketball, baseball and tennis at various locations.

The high school will be a central location for the beginning of some events and the place to participate in others.

“We’re going to have live music at the high school and there will be refreshments,” said Patrick Finley, a retired Del Norte County Unified School District administrator, and creator of Community Movement.

Woman victim of an attempted rape

A woman was the victim of an attempted rape at Beachfront Park on Wednesday evening, said Crescent City Police on Thursday.

Chief Doug Plack said the woman was in her 50s. He said police have interviewed a possible suspect, but no arrests have been made.

“This is between people that are familiar with each other and have been for a while,” he said.

“This isn’t a safety issue for the community,” said Plack.

Police Logs May 15, 2009

‘A life of its own’

Wildflower show starts on Friday, May 15 at Fairgrounds

Henry Tryon at his homein Gasquet. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
After several years of planting seeds, Rick Bennett is beginning to see the fruits of his labors.

“The flower show has taken on a life of its own,” Bennett says.

The Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show, which was spearheaded by Bennett, returns for a second year starting Friday.

Perhaps best known as an art teacher and trustee for College of the Redwoods, Bennett has been trying to preserve the legacy of Ruby Van Deventer, a beloved Del Norte schoolteacher and botanist who identified and catalogued thousands of local wildflower varieties. Bennett’s interest was spurred by the recent rediscovery of more than 1,000 beautiful watercolors of local wildflowers that were painted by her husband, Arthur Van Deventer.

Bennett formed the Ruby and Arthur Van Deventer Legacy Project in partnership with the Del Norte County Historical Society with the goal of producing a biography of the Van Deventers that would include prints of Arthur’s paintings.

To see more pictures of Rick's wildflowers click here .

6-year sentence for DUI death

Victim’s family says punishment not tough enough

Breena LeAnn Cardenas
Crescent City resident Angel Lin Lopez, 23, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday in the death of Breena LeAnn Cardenas, 19, in a drunken-driving wreck.

The sentencing hearing took place in a courtroom packed with Car­de­nas’ relatives and friends wea­r­ing her photograph around their necks.

To the sounds of sobs, Judge William Follett listened to testimony from four Cardenas family members and Lopez’s sister before passing sentence.

Cardenas’ mother, Oma Cardenas, expressed disbelief and shock at the brevity of Lopez’s sentence.

“People who do armed robbery without hurting anyone get longer sentences than drunk drivers that kill someone,” Oma said. “Angel has done this before,” she said, referring to a prior DUI conviction, “but he only got off with a slap on the wrist.”

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