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College of the Redwoods finds new dean

Anita Janis is dean of College of the Redwoods’ Del Norte campus.(The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

After a three year search, College of the Redwoods has found a dean for the Del Norte campus in Anita Janis.

Janis has been in the role of dean, the top administrative position at the local campus, for three weeks now and feels it was the right decision for her.

“It was a good move for me to come here,” she said. “So many experiences and career decisions have come together in one place.”

Community colleges have been a major part of Janis’ adult life — she has worked at several in Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado.

She has come to appreciate the role that community colleges play in a community, she said. Her goal is to figure out what type of education would benefit the community and then provide it — to help both the college and the community grow.


School's Out

Cream of the Crop

 Del Norte High School juniors Kai Lemrise, left, and Tucker Schultz, center, celebrate the last day of school Thursday with a shaving cream fight. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Julian Markussen finds himself taped to a tree.  The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Julian Markussen finds himself taped to a tree. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

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Visitors Bureau may disband

Chairman resigns; money almost gone

Jim Strong has resigned as the volunteer chairman of the local Visitors Bureau, leaving a tourism promotion organization that is struggling to find the money it needs to stay afloat.

A number of people involved with the Visitors Bureau say that if significant funding from Crescent City and Del Norte County isn’t received, the organization will fold, and all the work it has done over the past few years will eventually fade.

“If we don’t have permanent funding secured before the new fiscal year, the Visitors Bureau would be disbanded,” spokesman Chris Howard said Thursday. “The goal of the Visitors Bureau is to bring the next new customer to Del Norte County, and the Visitors Bureau focuses on marketing Del Norte County. If you don’t have a dollar to market Del Norte County, you can’t bring the next new customer in.”

The Visitors Bureau is under the auspices of the Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce. It was formed in 2006 with the intent to advertise the area and increase tourism.

Tsunami work nets award

Yurok Tribe Emergency Services Coordinator Labecca Nessier received a Community Leader Award from the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group this week for her efforts in making the Klamath area tsunami-ready.

It was the first time the Work Group, which is an interagency coalition that works to reduce earthquake and tsunami hazards on the North Coast, has presented such an honor, and it was given to Nessier in response to her dedication to preparing her community for a future disaster.

“Labecca started out by attending all the meetings and all the functions — such as drills — that other communities were conducting,” Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group co-chair and Redwood National and State Parks geologist Vicki Ozaki said in a statement. “She then went on to do an outstanding job preparing her own community.”

Police Logs June 12, 2009

Life after high school

Program tries to ease way for graduates

Zak Conger is headed to the University of the Pacific with a full-ride scholarship. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
It’s difficult enough getting into college.

Figuring out how to pay for it comes later.

Despite the rising costs, high school graduates are still going to college in hopes of landing good-paying, fulfilling job someday. Many of those students have received scholarships, grants and loans to pay for their education.

About 80 percent of Del Norte High School’s graduating seniors plan to attend either a four-year or community college, according to Sally Roy, the head counselor at the high school.

One of them, Zak Conger, doesn’t have to worry about the cost. He will head into his freshman year with $52,000 to cover tuition, books, housing, everything. He will be attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton this fall and wants to go into psychology or pre-med.


Bus route to Gasquet starts soon

Crescent City-Arcata evening run planned

The Redwood Coast Transit Authority will begin a new route through Crescent City, Gasquet, and Hiouchi next month.

The route will operate three times a day on Tuesdays and Fridays.

For more information on routes and schedules call 464-6400 or visit the Web site www.redwoodcoast­transit.org .

Later in the year, the bus route between Crescent City and Arcata will begin running in the evening at 8:30 p.m. and return around midnight.

This will allow travelers arriving in Arcata on Greyhound and Amtrak transportation at 9:50 p.m. to continue to Crescent City, where they can spend the night and depart the next morning to Oregon via the Redwood Coast Transit connection to the Coastal Express, or the Southern Oregon POINT bus to Medford and Klamath Falls.

Ridership and passenger fare revenue have increased more than 200 percent on Crescent City routes since RCTA redesigned the local route system in May 2007, said RCTA Manager Mark Wall in a press release.

In addition to service expansion, RCTA has received nearly $1.2 million in capital improvements for purchasing new buses, a new mobile radio system, and passenger waiting shelters. Most of the funding for these improvements will come from the federal stimulus package.

Local man, 2 juveniles arrested

Curry County eyes burglary charges

A Crescent City resident was arrested Monday for allegedly running a juvenile theft ring.

Frank Linberg, 54, is alleged to have been behind at least one burglary committed by two juvenile males, and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating and expects to have further charges in the near future.

“It was learned that the adult was having the juveniles engage in burglary and then helped them get rid of the property,” a Curry County Sheriff’s Office press release states.

Both Linberg and the two juveniles were arrested. Linberg is being held in the Curry County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and theft. Linberg’s bail was set at $50,000.

2-year battle with cancer ends

Community rallied around Jessy Nail, 10

Jessy Nail in October 2007. Submitted Photo
Jessamine Lee Nail, a 10-year-old  Smith River girl whom the community rallied around for two years after she was diagnosed with cancer, died Saturday.

“You know, it’s really hard to even express it, or even explain it in words,” said Kimberly Floyd, who had coordinated numerous fundraising events for “Jessy” since 2007. “She’s just a really neat little girl and she’s my hero.”

Floyd has acted as a spokesperson for the Nail family since Jessy, then 8, was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma in August 2007.

Jessy, who was a Smith River Elementary fifth-grader, leaves behind her mother, Deanna Owen and stepfather Wade Owen, her father Richard Lee Nail, two brothers Chase and Blake Owen, and stepsisters Dessirae and Ashley.

Pursuit case leads to more arrests

Three Brookings residents have been arrested and more arrests are expected in connection with a home burglary and subsequent high-speed police chase that started in Harbor and ended in Crescent City.

“This is a simple case that has become very complex,” Curry County Sheriff’s John Bishop said Tuesday. “We expect to arrest another two or three people before this is all over.”

 Meanwhile, authorities are asking residents living along several Harbor roads to check their property for suspicious items that may have been tossed from a truck during the  chase.

Authorities believe the items — which may include firearms, stolen goods and plastic bags containing possible drugs — were ditched from a green 1993 Chevy pickup by the driver and two passengers as they attempted to elude police in two counties just before midnight Sunday.
At 7:02 p.m. Sunday, the Curry County Sheriff’s Depart­ment received a 911 call from Phyllis and Joseph Speir saying their home off North Bank Chetco River Road had been burglarized.

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