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Why are we tsunami prone?

Read more...  Seafloor and harbor shapes worsen hazard 

As a small coastal town, hundreds of miles from major urban centers, Crescent City is off the radar of your average American, but in a room full of tsunami experts, everyone knows this place.

After all, 37 tsunamis have been recorded along our shores since 1933, and in the past 150 years no other community in the contiguous U.S. has sustained more damage from them than Crescent City.



Tsunami preparedness: Courses of action charted for harbor

Nobody has to be more aware of tsunami dangers than fishermen and mariners.

Tsunamis that have zero threat of causing damage on land can still destroy a marina and the boats it holds — as seen in Crescent City Harbor in 2011.

And the way that boat owners and captains have to react for each particular tsunami can be very different.



Summit: Agri-biz thriving


Products attracting national buyers, local companies say

The scrambled eggs at breakfast came from chickens raised on Del Norte pastures. The cheese at lunch came from Del Norte cows, and the salad, broccoli and carrots were grown in Del Norte soil. 

But attendees at a local economic summit on Friday learned that local products reach far beyond Del Norte’s borders.

The 11th annual Economic Summit, hosted by the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, covered topics ranging from projects in local and tribal government as well as challenges and accomplishments in health, education and transportation. 



Lawsuit to block highway project filed

Environmental groups filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Wednesday in an attempt to block a road-widening and straightening project planned to break ground this summer on U.S. highways 199 and 197, which run along the Smith River.

The lawsuit, filed by Friends of Del Norte, the Environmental Protection Information Center, and the Center for Biological Diversity, claims that the highway project “will likely cause irreparable, ongoing, and permanent harm to Southern Oregon-Northern California Coast” coho salmon, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.



Six Rivers National Forest supervisor leaving post

 Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley is leaving his post to become the Director of Engineering at the Forest Service Pacific Southwest’s Regional Office in Vallejo.

Kelley has been the Forest Supervisor of Six Rivers since June 2006.



Fire in Smith River


6 departments fight 12-hour battle with flames fire

Firefighters battled a blaze throughout the night on Thursday in Smith River.

The top floor of the two-story house at 111 Dean Lane, next to Highway 101 in Smith River, became engulfed in flames at 3:48 p.m. 



Del Norte jobless rate hits 11.5 percent

Del Norte County’s jobless rate for February dropped slightly from January, according to numbers released by the California Economic Development Department on Friday.

With a jobless rate of 11.5 percent in February, Del Norte currently ranks 36th out of California’s 58 counties in terms of unemployment, according to a department press release. Del Norte’s jobless rate in January was 11.6 percent.



1964 Tsunami Anniversary: Tracing the path of the waves


Eighth-grade students depart for tsunami history walking tours on Wednesday after posing in front of a preliminary version of a 21-foot representation of the 1964 tsunami to be erected on the side of the Cultural Center. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte schools teach students potentially life-saving lessons about area’s history

Todd Flackas, Chris Jones-Koczera and 14 students from Crescent Elk Middle School gazed at a black-and-white version of Crescent City’s main drag.

Flackas had stopped his tour group of eighth-graders in front of the mural on the side of Del Norte Office Supply on Wednesday. In the image of a pre-tsunami Second Street, old cars were parked alongside tall wooden buildings that housed department stores, restaurants and soda fountains. Flackas told his group that the photo had been taken not far from where they were.



City eyes sewer rate hike


Both city and county users would see 3.6 percent increase

Less than three months after residents saw an increase in their water bills, the Crescent City Council may raise sewer rates.

By a 4-0-1 vote, the Council on Monday scheduled a public hearing for May 19. Councilwoman Kelly Schellong was absent. 

If approved, sewer rates would increase by 3.6 percent for all users both in the city and the county, according to Public Works Director Eric Wier. The proposed rate increase reflects the increased costs of goods and materials as well as operational costs, Wier said.



City Council applies for $1.9M in grants

After a short public hearing, the Crescent City Council on Monday finalized an application for roughly $1.9 million in 2014 Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Mayor Rick Holley and Councilwomen Kelly Schellong and Kathryn Murray also approved using the funds, if awarded, to rehabilitate a city-owned building and pay for a sewer project on B Street. The application will also include a request for $300,000 to fund Rural Human Services’ food bank and domestic violence shelter through 2016.


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