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Hutchens sentenced to 15 years

Convicted of child porn, molestation and forgery

A Crescent City registered sex offender accused of secretly photographing teens was sentenced to prison on child molestation and child pornography charges on Thursday in Del Norte County Superior Court after more than a year of court appearances.

Harold Ray Hutchens Jr., 42, was sentenced to 15 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“It’s about what we’d thought we’d end up with, with his plea,” said Del Norte County District Attorney Mike Riese. “We got the sentence we thought the guy deserved.”

Hutchens was sentenced for three counts of child molestation with a prior conviction, possession of child pornography and forging a prescription while out on bail, along with a five-year sentence enhancement for committing a new offense as a registered offender.

He had been convicted in Modesto in 1990 of the sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl.

‘This is the last go around’

Maine veteran given six months to live makes final trip to redwood country

Dealing with throat cancer, Nye Whiting of Maine is visiting Del Norte County one last time. The Daily Triplicate/Nicholas Grube
Del Norte County makes an impression, a long-lasting one.

For Vietnam War veteran Nye Whiting, the redwoods, wild coastline and rock fishing are on his list of final things to see and do again before he dies.

Whiting, along with his long-time friend and Korean War veteran Bruce Warring, is taking a last trip to places from his past that he loved.

“This is the last go around,” Warring said, speaking for Whiting whose tracheotomy left him needing an electrolarynx to talk. “We’re hitting all the places that he used to live. We’ve been camping every night from Maine to California.”

An electrolarynx is an electronic speech aid that allows people to talk after having their larynx removed, in Whiting’s case, for throat cancer.

Police Logs June 19, 2009

City told to consider rising sea

State commission adds new policy to OK development  in coastal areas

Crescent City could be one of the first cities to test out a new policy that takes into account potential sea-level rise when considering new developments along the coast.

The California Coastal Commission recently certified several amendments to Crescent City’s local coastal program (LCP) that determines what can be developed within the coastal zone.

These changes will update outdated land-use designations and zoning to accommodate the Coasta Norte development slated to be built at 200 A St., but also make sure that no views of the ocean are blocked.

The commission also decided to add new policies that would require the city to look at potential flooding from tsunamis and sea-level rise as a result of climate change before approving development on the coast.

“This is the first time (the Coastal Commission) has addressed sea-level rise,” the agency’s Executive Director Peter Douglas said at its most recent meeting in Marina del Rey.

Klamath fire district adds volunteers

More firefighters now than before walk-out

The Klamath Fire Protection District now has more volunteer firefighters than it did in May when a number of people quit and left behind their gear to protest the termination of their chief.

While this bodes well for the small southern Del Norte County community, the district’s new fire chief, Labecca Nessier, said the new firefighters still need additional training.

“We still are missing some of the knowledge base that was here before,” Nessier said. “We’re holding some steady training and we’re getting people up on board again.”

The Klamath Fire Protection District now has 16 firefighters, which means there are about four more volunteers than there were before the walk-out. It’s still unknown why the fire district board fired its former chief, Lonnie Levi, and members have refused to comment on the issue.

‘Rethink Your Drink’

Local health advocates are encouraging residents to kick the can this summer and replace sweetened drinks with healthy alternatives.

The Rethink Your Drink campaign launch, a partnership between the Northcoast Nutri­tion and Fitness Collaborative and Del Norte County Unified School District, is kicking off a year-long campaign designed to combat soaring childhood obesity rates.

The campaign will launch at the 2009 Del Norte Commun­ity Health Fair on Saturday and fits in with the fair theme “Total Health.”

The ReThink Your Drink Campaign educates parents and children about how to identify healthy drink choices and encourages everyone to reduce the amount of sweetened drinks while increasing the amount of healthy drinks each day.

News of Record June 5-11

High tech to the rescue

Ambulance fleet adds new vehicles with state-of-the-art life-saving tools

Del Norte Ambulance Service CEO Ron Sandler shows state-of-the-art equipment that comes with two new ambulances. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Shiny and with newer technology, two new ambulances are cruising the Crescent City streets.

Del Norte Ambulance Service just added two new ambulances that can treat a larger range of medical problems than most other services in California.

“In California there is no one doing more than we’re doing,” said CEO Ron Sandler. “Even in L.A. their ambulances aren’t equipped to do as much as ours.”

The two Chevrolet Leader ambulances are definitely state of the art.

The interior is designed to hold up to three patients, and no expense was spared on keeping the equipment up-to- date.

Compartments are packed with life-saving supplies such as a secondary fold-up bed that attaches near the ceiling and $25,000 EKG monitors the size of a car battery.

Students surveyed

Report shows shifting trends in teen use of drugs, alcohol

Source: Healthy Kids Survey-Graphics: Bryant Anderson
Some local students drink, some have tried smoking cigarettes and marijuana and a few have tried harder drugs.

But a lot have not done those things and a majority of students seem to have a healthy dose of self-esteem.

The California Healthy Kids Survey provides Del Norte County Unified School District a peak into students’ tobacco, alcohol and drug habits, their sense of  safety at school and their emotional wellbeing.

The survey is required of school districts that receive Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program and Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools funding.

Del Norte High School Assistant Principal Jeff Napier explained that it’s optional and anonymous. Every two years, fifth-, seventh-, ninth- and eleventh-graders take the survey.

County proposes terms for land deal

Supervisors request  role in decisions on all Forest Service projects

With the impending Hurdygurdy Creek land deal poised to take private property off Del Norte County’s tax rolls, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to put forth a proposal that would mitigate the loss of revenue and provide leverage for future negotiations.

In that proposal, the supervisors ask that in exchange for the Smith River Alliance buying more than 5,400 acres in the Hurdygurdy Creek watershed and turning it over to the U.S. Forest Service for inclusion in the Smith River National Recreation Area, the county will be compensated with land, money and a promise to coordinate with local officials on everything from forest management to access issues.

“We have been asked to support this process, and without a proposal we found that we were unable to blanketly support it,” Del Norte County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Hemmingsen said. “We can either stand our ground, having no acquisition happen between the federal government and the Smith River Alliance, or we can have our own proposal and negotiate from there.”

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