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Absence rate is improving

A new crop of high schoolers attends freshmen orientation at Del Norte High School in August. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
County’s poor record 
was nearly twice as bad as U.S. average in 2012–13 

A recent analysis of attendance at Del Norte Unified School District revealed a chronic absence rate almost double the national average, but newer data suggests improvement is in the works.

According to a California Center for Rural Policy study that looked at attendance rates during the 2012–13 school year, one in six students at DNUSD was considered chronically absent, compared to one in 10 nationally. The study reported that 18 percent of students, or 605 out of a total of 3,324, missed 10 percent or more of total school days — a rate the report said has remained about the same across the district for the past three years. 1,706 students, or 51 percent, were considered to have satisfactory attendance and 1,013, or 30 percent, were deemed “at risk.” The report defined “chronic absence” as missing 10 percent or more of total school days. 

Assault case defendant out on bail

Michael Loftin faces trial for teen’s eel hook stabbing 

A Crescent City man who is well-known to law enforcement and currently facing a charge for a teenager’s stabbing, possibly with an eel hook, in May posted bail and was released from Del Norte County Jail on Thursday.

Michael Clarence Loftin Jr., 31, of Crescent City, posted $60,000 bail through Aladdin Bail Bonds on Thursday, $10,000 bail from a probation violation and $50,000 bail from the assault with a deadly weapon charge.

Early storm may set record

Cold front is expected to bring 1.5 inches to Del Norte 

A cold front expected to move into the North Coast region Tuesday night has the potential to bring record rainfall on Wednesday, with at least 1.5 inches expected for most of Del Norte County.

“It looks like (the record) should be beaten for Crescent City,” said Jeff Tonkin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Eureka. “It looks like Crescent City and Gasquet should easily exceed an inch and a half.”

Long day for cops ends without arrest

A report of an alleged kidnapping and rape of a 21-year-old woman Monday afternoon may have been fabricated, according to the Crescent City Police Department, but law enforcement crews from three agencies spent almost six hours and paid overtime to several responding deputies in the effort to arrest a male suspect who was later released.

Town Hall meeting on Transition Del Norte

A town hall meeting to talk about Transition Del Norte, a movement to create a resilient, self-reliant community in Del Norte County in terms of food, energy and other necessities, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Crescent Fire Protection District building, 255 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City.

Writer’s conference draws large crowd at college

Left to right: College of the Redwoods English Professor Ken Letko and writers Stella Pope Duarte and Nancy Ellen Dodd at the North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference last weekend. Submitted photo by Hannah Thorpe, Northern Exposures Photography
The crowd at the Friday night panel of the North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference almost filled the library at College of the Redwoods, Del Norte. English Professor Ken Letko welcomed all present and thanked the numerous conference sponsors. Letko then introduced the participating writers: Stella Pope Duarte, Nancy Ellen Dodd, Lawson Fusao Inada and Scott Michael Carter and publisher Kim Wyatt. 

Car veers off Hwy 199, minor injury

A 67-year-old woman suffered minor injuries Monday after driving her car off the road on U.S. Highway 199 south of Patrick’s Creek, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

'Breaking Barriers'

Rene Quintana guides Michelle Larson to the piñata during the first annual Disability Pride Day. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
DN, Humboldt locals celebrate all abilities at barbecue 

Dennis Mendes and Matthew Bailey live on opposite sides of the region. Bailey is a Del Norter and Mendes is from Redway in southern Humboldt. 

Both went head-to-head in a game of horseshoes at the Disability Pride Day barbecue at Florence Keller Park on Friday. With attendance near 200 people, the first-ever event brought those with disabilities and those who care for them together with folks lucky enough not to have a disability.

Airport project wins long-awaited grants

FAA funds to pay for land, construction and wetlands rehab  

Del Norte County Regional Airport is inching ever closer to beginning long-awaited construction on its federally-mandated Runway Safety Area project, thanks in part to recently-awarded federal grants.

Police get new crime tip line

Concerned residents will now have another option to report crime tips to the Crescent City Police Department that could pay out bigger dividends.

The Crescent City Council approved a contract with WeTip Inc., a national nonprofit crime tip line, during Tuesday’s  council meeting.

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