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Comedian donates tickets for raffle

Comedian Rob Schneider’s generosity will take two Crescent City residents to a Giants baseball game.

Schneider donated two VIP tickets for the Giants vs. Phillies baseball game Aug. 1 that will be raffled off today.
The two winners should not worry about getting nosebleeds.

“These are great tickets,” said Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack. Winners will be sitting in the 13th row of section “C”, between home plate and first base.

Schneider donated the tickets to Crescent City K-9 volunteer Suzie Spehling, and the raffle is a benefit for the department’s K-9 unit.


Police Logs July 10, 2009


‘This is unbelievable’

Five departments respond to stubborn blaze that threatened Tsunami Lanes

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A live power line that melted from the heat of the Wednesday night fire sprays sparks on the ground as fire crews work nearby. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Four people escaped a raging house fire Wednesday night that threatened Tsunami Lanes bowling alley and refused to be put out.

At approximately 8 p.m. the four people in the residence at 736 L Street were spread throughout the house.

“My wife’s son and his friend had just gotten done eating dinner and were upstairs,” said resident Kenneth Mattz Jr. “The fire came from the front of the living room.”

Mattz said that the two young adults were upstairs and noticed the fire first.

“The kids came running downstairs screaming, ‘What the heck, what the heck is all this smoke?’” Mattz said.

Neighbor Peter Krokodilos was in his garage when he smelled the fire.

“I heard the neighbors screaming bloody murder and thought there was some sort of crazy fight or something,” Krokodilos said. “When I looked over they were jumping out the windows. I still didn’t know what was going on.”


Westfall cancels recall effort

Councilwoman says colleagues open to discussing important issues

The recall effort to unseat Crescent City Mayor Kelly Schellong and Council Member Kathryn Murray is officially over.
There’s a question, however, of whether it even started before it began.

In April, Council Member Donna Westfall initiated the process of ousting Schellong, Murray and recently retired City Clerk Dianne Nickerson by serving them with recall notices that outlined why she and her supporters wanted them out of office.

Under Cal­if­ornia law, Westfall then needed to publish these no­tices in a newspaper of general circulation — which in Crescent City’s case is The Daily Triplicate — before moving forward with the remainder of the recall process.

Westfall did publish the notices in The Triplicate, but according to Crescent City Attorney Bob Black there was some missing information that the state Election Code requires to be included.

“There was the lack of any correct publication in the newspaper,” Black said. “There needed to be a publication in the newspaper that listed all the names of the recall sponsors.”

College back on warning status

College accrediting commission says CR has work to do

The College of the Redwoods has suffered a setback in its status with the organization that accredits community colleges.

While CR remains fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), it has been placed back on warning status.

That’s because CR needs to design a uniform way to review all academic, vocational and administrative programs within the college. In addition, the college will have to review the roles and responsibilities of the faculty and administration.

CR is based in Eureka and has several campuses, including one in Del Norte County.

The ACCJC put CR on warning status in February 2006, identifying areas that needed to be improved, such as developing an educational master plan. In February, CR was taken off warning status.


Wind turbines on city planning agenda

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A wind turbine operates at Crescent Elk Middle School. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Chris Renner sees an opportunity in Crescent City. In fact, the local owner of Renner Petroleum can feel it.
It’s in the air.

“Really, we should be a pretty green community,” Renner said. “I think we have the potential for wind energy where solar doesn’t pan out as much.”

Expanding upon his current business model, Renner recently became a dealer for small scale wind turbines.

To help advertise his new endeavor and provide tourists with a “green” impression of Crescent City, he wants to install a nearly 50-foot-tall wind turbine behind one of his buildings near the S-curve on U.S. Highway 101.

“The wind blows through there all the time,” Renner said. “I want to capitalize on it.”

The problem is there currently are no laws on the books pertaining to small wind energy systems, and Renner needs the Crescent City Planning Commission to grant him a use permit and height variance to construct the turbine on his property.


Arborist: take out trees

Stately cypresses beside courthouse may be imperiled

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An arborist's report recommends removing these Monterey cypress trees in front of the courthouse. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Like anyone who isn’t satisfied with a harsh prognosis after a routine check-up at the doctor’s office, Crescent City is seeking a second opinion.

An arborist’s report from a recent examination of the prominent Monterey cypress trees in front of the courthouse on H Street found the large conifers to be in poor health and in danger of falling. The arborist, who was hired by the state to do the inspection, is recommending their removal.

City officials are opposed to this idea and intend to have another arborist, this time of their choosing, inspect the trees.
The trees are some of the most stately and venerable in Crescent City’s urban area, adding a touch of botanical class to an otherwise unremarkable downtown tree scene. They are also classified as landmark trees under city ordinances, meaning they’re considered to possess attributes — such as height, girth, form, beauty and historical importance — that make them significant and unique to the community.

“They certainly are a great example of attractive, mature trees that have been in the community a long time,” Crescent City Manager Rod Butler said. “They are kind of a landmark of the central downtown area.”

The California Administrative Office of the Courts is behind the arborist report. In 2002, the Trial Court Facilities Act was passed to shift the governance of California’s courthouses from the counties to the state. The Office of Court Construction and Management was then formed to oversee the facility maintenance, construction and upkeep at courthouses throughout California.


Public smoking ban considered

Council eyes various levels of restrictions

A city-wide ordinance that could eliminate smoking in some or virtually all public places is in the works.

The proposed restrictions, which include everything from banning smoking in bars and in front of ATMS to prohibiting people from smoking at parks and on public beaches, were unveiled at Monday’s Crescent City Council meeting.

While the initial list of public areas was all-inclusive, council members acknowledged the need to refine the ordinance to make it feasible.

“We can’t be too restrictive, people have their rights,” Mayor Kelly Schellong said. “I personally think we need public input before we decide what items should be included.”


Get ready to wait on 101

Last Chance Grade work starts Thursday

Starting Thursday, motorists should expect delays on Highway 101’s Last Chance Grade about 10 miles south of Crescent City.

And those delays won’t end anytime soon.

A $6.4 million plan to improve the troublesome section of Highway 101 10 miles south of Crescent City will involve building six retaining walls, smoothing out curves and widening shoulders.


Downtown Market

The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas
Ken Opiat of Smith River prepares bouquets from his homegrown flowers to sell at the downtown Business Improvement District Farmers Market last week. Another downtown market is scheduled today from 3 to 6 p.m., while the Farmers Market at the fairgrounds continues every Saturday from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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