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Surprise Visit: Lady Washington Returns

Headwinds force tall ship to dock

The Lady Washington enters Crescent City Harbor on Wednesday after strong winds forced it to detour here. The Daily Triplicate/Kurt Madar
Strong headwinds out at sea have given Crescent City residents a chance to once again see and tour the tall ship Lady Washington.

On its way to home port in Aberdeen, Wash., it had to make an unscheduled stop in the Crescent City Harbor on Wednesday.

The Lady Washington is a replica of its namesake, a 90-ton merchant sloop that carried freight between colonial ports in the 1700s and later became the first American vessel to land on North America’s West Coast.

“We are a sailing ship,” said the ship’s education coordinator Owen Weinstein. “We are a little underpowered for our size when under engine power. “With those headwinds we were barely making 5 knots an hour.”

It was not the only vessel seeking shelter.

“We’ve had a number of vessels that have come into the port seeking temporary refuge from weather,” Harbormaster Richard Young said Wednesday. “We’ve really had to shuffle things around because we don’t have a lot of temporary moorage.”

To see more pictures of the arrival click here .

Westfall: Recall effort still on

No mention of it when Council met

Read more...Barring major changes at City Hall, Crescent City Councilwoman Donna Westfall said she will move forward with her effort to oust some of her elected colleagues.

She said there’s no timeline on when she expects to file the proper paperwork and start collecting the signatures needed to force a recall election. But she said that as long as she continues to be ignored on the issues that she thinks are important, her push to remove Mayor Kelly Schellong, Councilwoman Kathryn Murray and City Clerk Dianne Nickerson remains.

“Little by little it’s moving forward,” Westfall said. “It is still over the same reasons because nothing has changed.”

Last week, The Daily Triplicate reported on an email it obtained in which Westfall outlined the process for recalling Schellong, Murray and Nickerson. When asked about the email, she cited the difficulties she had in gaining support from her fellow council members on issues dealing with both the city’s $42.5 million wastewater treatment plant and the fluoride in the public water supply as the reasons she is pushing for the recall.

Man pleads guilty to child pornography

A Crescent City man who was accused of secretly photographing two teenage girls who were staying at his home pleaded guilty Tuesday to 14 felony charges he faced in two cases involving child pornography and forgery of a prescription.

Harold Ray Hutchens, Jr., 43, who was previously convicted of molesting a 3-year-old girl in Modesto, made his pleas while attorneys in Del Norte Superior Court were still trying to select a jury for a trial that was supposed to begin Monday.

“Mr. Hutchens did the right thing and entered a guilty plea,” Del Norte County District Attorney Mike Riese said Tuesday. “He faces up to 19 years in prison.”

Burning down the house


A controlled burn of a Crescent City home brought real life training for firefighters and a spectacle for onlookers Tuesday evening on H Street.

For more pictures of the burn click here .

Harbor channel to get deeper

More dredging money; work starts in Sept.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be able to dig deeper into a dredging project at Crescent City Harbor than originally thought, and work will begin in September.

Last week, Army Corps of Engineers representatives told local officials that they had received an additional $2.25 million dollars for dredging the harbor’s federal channel.

According to a statement released by the corps, it will be able to dredge the critical section of the federal channel by 10 feet instead of 8.

Some confusion materialized after the meeting about whether the new plan meant the channel would be dredged to a depth of 10 feet, or that 10 feet of sediment would be removed.

In some spots, the channel is a mere 2 feet deep now.

Humboldt Creamery filing for bankruptcy

Business owes Rumiano Cheese $1 millon-plus

After months of uncertainty about Humboldt Creamery’s finances, the Fortuna-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court Tuesday.

Its creditors include Rumiano Cheese Company, which is owed more than $1 million.

Humboldt Creamery has been trying to straighten out its finances since former-CEO Rich Ghilarducci unexpectedly resigned in February.

“The bankruptcy filing was necessitated by its impaired financial condition,” a press release from the company stated.
In the bankruptcy documents, Humboldt Creamery stated it had 1,000 to 5,000 creditors, assets of $50 million to $100 million, and liabilities of the same amount.

Len Mayer, who was named CEO of the company, said in the press release that Humboldt Creamery is looking for a buyer and has negotiated a loan agreement for $3 million with its lenders, CoBank and American AgCredit.

‘Bigger and better’

Large turnout, plenty to do makes youth  fair a success

Alexis Hunte maintains control during the Hula-Hoop contest at the 9th annual Youth and Family Fair held Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Hundreds of kids and families showed up to the Ninth Annual Youth and Family Fair at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday and gave the event its highest attendance ever, according to organizers.

“I think this year’s has been bigger and better,” said Cathy Tryon, resources and referral coordinator for the Family Resource Center, one of the sponsors for the event.

“We have so many agencies here that know the importance of a family center,” said Tryon, citing one of the reasons for more than 40 booths and 1,800 people in attendance.

From a skateboarding demonstration, a Lego building contest, a paper airplane and hula-hoop contest, the event had it all, including a free lunch ca­tered by the Bar-O Boys Ranch.

To see more photos from this event click here .

A new Junior Miss

Nine students compete for scholarships

Brittany Enos, right, accepts flowers and a plaque for winning the award of Junior Miss 2010 on Sat­urday night at the Crescent Elk Auditorium. Presenting is Krista Haban, Junior Miss 2009. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Brittany Enos will be heading to college next year with at least $1,900 in scholarships.

Enos won the Junior Miss competition Saturday, which secured her a $1,000 scholarship. The high school junior also won the Scholastic, Judges Interview and Self-Expression categories for another $900, said Junior Miss Program Director Debra Wright.

Enos, who plans on attending a California university to become an elementary school teacher, will now go on to compete at the state Junior Miss competition in Bakersfield this August, Wright said.

The Crescent City Jaycees sponsor the pageant each year and award about $3,600 in scholarships with the help of donations from local businesses and service organizations.

More photos from the Junior Miss competition are available, click here to view them .

Green Ribbons awarded for cleanup efforts, reducing waste

A variety of Del Norte County businesses and individuals received awards at the 2009 Earth Arts Festival Sunday for extraordinary efforts at reducing waste and promoting conservation.

Altogether, the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority, the agency that hosted Sunday’s festival, presented 13 Green Ribbon Awards.

“We feel that it is important to acknowledge businesses and individuals who have worked to reduce waste,” authority director Kevin Hendrick said.

According to solid waste authority program manager Ted Ward, the list of businesses who won awards was generated internally at the authority.

To see photos from this event click here.

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