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Doctors’ orders

Medical marijuana dispensary is Del Norte County’s second

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■Dante Vitullo, of North State Collective, demonstrates how he handles medical marijuana at the county’s newest dispensary. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Walk into North State Collective, Del Norte County’s newest medical marijuana dispensary, and it’s almost like stepping through the door of a small clinic.

There’s a waiting area, a reception desk and a table in the corner with reading materials, though it’s not scattered with the typical magazines you’d find in a doctor’s office. There’s no Sports Illustrated or People.

Instead, you can find a copy of Treating Yourself, a medical marijuana journal that includes in its pages articles on topics such as, “Marijuana and Adult ADHD” and “The Use of Cannabis Tinctures to Treat PTSD.”

The man behind the desk also looks the part of a medical provider. Dante Vitullo wears a welcoming smile and a bright white lab coat over his T-shirt.

“It’s not a party here, it’s for medical reasons,” he said. “Professionalism is important.”

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Pagaent is coming up

Nine vie for title of Jr. Miss

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Nine Del Norte High School students will compete for more than $3,500 in scholarship money next Saturday during Del Norte County’s Junior Miss Program, and tickets are being sold to watch their performances.

The event begins at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.

The scholarship program for high school juniors, is sponsored by the Crescent City Jaycees and has run since 1968.

The girls will participate in five levels of competition: scholastics, interview, talent, self expression and fitness.

“I think the talent portion is most enjoyable, because they really do show their individuality and it showcases their personal talent,” said Debra Wright, program director for the event.


Endowment picks officer for Del Norte

An organization that could provide major financial assistance to health efforts in Del Norte County over the next decade has selected an official to oversee its work here.

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Laura Olson
The California Endowment has appointed Laura Olson as its program officer to put together a proposal on how endowment funds should be spent in the county and adjacent tribal lands.

The endowment recently chose Del Norte — along with a small portion of Humboldt County because Yurok tribal lands were included — and 13 other areas across California to take part in the endowment’s “Building Healthy Communities” program.

Over the next 10 years, the endowment will provide grants to all 14 sites that could total up to $1 billion for various health-related initiatives, according to Peter Pennekamp, who served as an endowment trustee and is also executive director of the Humboldt Area Foundation.

“Essentially it’s a plan to plan,” Olson said. “You really want to do the planning right; we need to know where to start.”


Police say man is not suspect in hit-and-run

One of the men arrested after a hit-and-run collision this week was misidentified by the Crescent City Police Dep­artment, an officer said Friday.

Christopher DeWitt, 27, was arrested on a warrant for probation violation at a home on E Street while authorities were looking for the suspected driver who fled the scene of  a hit-and-run collision Tuesday, authorities said.

However, DeWitt is not suspected of being the hit-and-run driver, police said Friday. DeWitt is also not the owner of a wallet and cell phone that were left in the vehicle, as police had indicated earlier.

The cell phone was used to set up a fake drug deal that resulted in the arrest of two Crescent City men on suspicion of solicitation of a specified criminal act and criminal conspiracy to commit a crime.

Officer Eric Apperson, who answered the cell phone call, said Friday that the man who owns the wallet found in the car has not been arrested.

Apperson said the investigation is continuing.


Grocery store chain lays off 63 workers

Brookings, Ore.-based C&K Markets Inc., which operates 59 stores in Oregon and California, has laid off 63 employees, reduced some workers’ hours and cut the pay of others to counter a drop in sales spurred by the continuing recession.

“Retailers in all industries are feeling the impact of people spending less,” said Elizabeth Bauer, CFO and general counsel for the company.

“We have a responsibility to our employees and to the communities in which we operate to make careful and strategic decisions during this time,” she said.

No more layoffs are planned, Bauer said.

“We planned this as a one-time restructuring; we didn’t want to do waves of layoffs,” she said.


Rocky road repairs

$14 million project will eventually open access

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A boulder dislodged by workers takes flight, above, on South Fork Road. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Two of Del Norte County’s most isolated communities will become a little more accessible over the next several months. But until then, the residents of Big Flat and Rock Creek will just have to wait.

Construction has begun on South Fork Road to widen the one-lane sections to two lanes and to replace a couple of bridges that are just as narrow.

This has caused one-hour traffic delays for those wishing to pass, and the wait will only get longer as work on the nearly $14 million Federal Highway Administration project progresses.

“I guess it’s a necessary evil,” one Big Flat resident said about the delays, even though he prefers there were no construction at all.

“Why do I want to build a freeway to my front door?” he asked. “I moved out there to be away.”

The inhabited areas of Big Flat and Rock Creek are surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. One of the only ways to get to these communities is by driving along South Fork Road, which is just off U.S. Highway 199 east of Hiouchi.

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Prison’s trash now hauled to local site

It costs more, but proceeds stay in area

A dispute about where the state prison’s solid waste should be hauled has been resolved.

Del Norte Disposal, the company that has a franchise agreement to haul all trash in Del Norte County, has begun taking Pelican Bay State Prison’s solid waste to the Del Norte Transfer Station in Crescent City instead of to Brookings.

The change was sought by local officials who said the revenue from  processing the waste should stay in Del Norte County, but the prison is paying a bigger garbage bill as a result.

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority wrote a letter to Del Norte Disposal on March 12,  stating the company was now legally required to deliver the prison’s solid waste to the Del Norte Transfer Station rather than shipping it over the border into Oregon.

The authority cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing local governments to adopt ordinances requiring that any garbage collected within their jurisdictions must be brought to their publically owned facility.


Local site possible for dredged silt

One of the issues with dredging various sections of Crescent City Harbor is what to do with the sediment, but a creative solution may be in the works.

The harbor has limited space in its dredge ponds for dredging spoils, and the site at Whaler Island can only accept large-grain sediment. That rules out much of the material that would be dredged from the inner boat basin, and possibly some of the material from the federal channel, harbor officials said.

A further problem is that the Army Corps of Engineers won’t pay to empty dredge ponds, and any cost of shipping and disposing of dredged material takes money away from the dredging itself, said Harbormaster Richard Young.

“The Corps won’t pay for emptying dredge ponds,” Young said. “They will put it in your dredge pond for you, but the problem is that the harbor dredging (outside of the federal channel) will fill the ponds.”

This means that some of the roughly $2 million allocated to the Corps by Congress for dredging the federal channel will go to shipping and disposing of dredged sediment instead of paying for dredging itself, which will  limit the amount of dredging that can be done.


Police Logs April 10, 2009


The arcade doldrums

Cloudy skies translate into teen boredom

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Forest Sky Clayberger plays arcade games with friends at the Crescent City Cinemas on Wednesday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
It’s spring break in Crescent City and pretty cold and windy outside — what is there for a teen to do?

It was quiet around town Wednesday afternoon. The hundreds of kids on spring break from school this week were not crowding the parks, beaches or the skate park — the weather just didn’t allow for it.

A few teens were spending their allowances in the arcade at Crescent City Cinemas. They agreed the city needs more fun activities for those not quite yet adults when the weather is not that great.

What have they been doing?

“Hanging out, partying, doing what we’re doing,” said Forest Sky Clayberger, a 14-year-old freshman at Castle Rock Charter School.


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