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S.R. man with knife in custody after pursuit

A Smith River man is in custody after he allegedly led deputies on a foot pursuit Monday and then fought with them once law enforcement caught up with him.

Travis Myron Rhodes, 28, began kicking deputies as they tried to place him in handcuffs, said Del Norte County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven. Rhodes continued fighting after deputies deployed a Taser. 

Plenty of winners emerge from Fourth

Del Norte community went off with a final bang last weekend with everyone coming up a winner.

Soroptimist International of Crescent City, lists this years winners for cow chip Bingo, as follows:

Cyclists team up with trail designer

Trails Coordinator Mark Loseth of the American Conservation Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona, arrived in Del Norte County Wednesday to begin the process of designing a world class mountain bike trail system running from the crest of the Smith River National Recreation Area through the Redwoods and out to the beach. It would include trails, trail-loops and features meant to appeal to every level of rider.

Coast Guard halts search for 3 aboard plane that crashed

BROOKINGS — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its more than 12-hour search for three people aboard a small plane that disappeared.

The agency said late Tuesday that Cessna 172F pilot John Belnap, his 17-year-old son Max, and a 17-year-old friend, Ryan Merker, remain missing.

McGuire introduces Whale Protection & Grab Gear Romoval Act

Bill initiated by California’s Dungeness crab fishermen aims to lessen entanglement 

Last year’s crab season delay had a disastrous impact on our state’s fishing industry, and it wasn’t great news for humpback whales either – California saw a record number of entanglements off the Coast. 

Several proactive/short-term measures have been taken by the fishing industry, emergency entanglement teams and the state legislature to address this increasingly common occurrence,  state Sen. Mike McGuire said in a press release.

SOPTV takes a look at the local homeless crises

MEDFORD — In 2004, Oregon adopted a 10-year plan to end homelessness. It is 2016 and by all accounts that plan has failed.

Southern Oregon Public Television takes on this reality with a look at veterans — who comprise nearly half of all homeless people on the streets today, many of whom are ill, exhausted and out of hope.

Gasquet Raft Race set for 47th year

Dress up in costume and bring a decorated inflatable raft to the Horace Gasquet Bridge on Saturday.

The 47th-annual Gasquet Raft Races will launch from the convergence of the Smith River’s north and middle forks at noon. Racers will paddle downstream about 2½ miles and haul out at the Mary Adams Peacock Bridge.

Fourth of July celebration

The American flag flies over the crowds at Beachfront Park during the Fourth of July celebration in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Hundreds of all ages lined the sidewalks Monday as Crescent City paraded through the streets for the Fourth of July Celebration. 

Even though the skies were sunny and a slight breeze could be felt, the storm hit Del Norte as family, friends, and visitors gathered for the July 4 festivities.

Del Norte is not only a community that works together, but also a community that plays together. Many local residents gathered with excitement, eagerly waiting their turn to exhibit their importance and portray their ownership and presence within the community.

Brookings grounds Del Norte terminal

The city of Brookings declined to enter into an agreement with the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority Monday to build its dollar terminal at the Del Norte County airport. Courtesy Del Norte County Regional Airport
The city of Brookings declined to enter into an agreement with the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority Monday to build its multi-million-dollar terminal at the Del Norte County airport.

Mayor Ron Hedenskog made a motion to the council to match the contract Crescent City has signed — $20,000 a year for three years — but the motion died for lack of a second.

Grand Jury: Chaotic DHHS failing children

Read more...Del Norte County’s Department of Health and Human Services is a house divided — underfunded, understaffed with clients “falling through the cracks” to create a “near epidemic rate” of child abuse and neglect cases, according to the latest Grand Jury report.

Released Thursday, the Grand Jury’s report describes a chaotic department lacking leadership with many caseworkers fighting changes already put in place at most other social service agencies across the state.


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