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Oceanside condo plan downsized

Proposal now calls for 37-unit development

After multiple public hearings and appeals, an oceanside condominium development planned for the 200 block of A Street has been redesigned.

Coasta Norte originally was designed as a three-story building with 44 residential units, medical offices and underground parking garage. Now the office portion has been eliminated, along with one story and seven units, according to Randy Baugh, developer and president of the El Dorado Hills-based Development Consultants Inc.

“It’s changed quite a bit,” he said of creating a design that fits both the local community and the California Coastal Commission’s tastes.

The exterior has also been redesigned to capture the look and feel of living on the North Coast, he said.

The business of fantasy

Author Julie Crabtree sits in front of her Crescent City home recently. Crabtree is the author of “Discovering Pig Magic.” The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Don’t let Julie Crabtree’s incredulity fool you.

“It’s unbelievable,” she says. “It’s weird. I mean, I have had a lot of rejection. I had this out-of-body, is-this-really-happening feeling. I’m humbled by it. It’s just amazing.”

 The Del Norter’s first novel, “Discovering Pig Magic,” was recently published by a highly respected young-adult literature publishing house, and the book has earned strong reviews for its deft and charming portrayal of three teenage girls. The publisher has an option for a second book, and next year, it will pay to send Crabtree on a multi-state promotional tour.

Future harbor leaders study up

Three future members of the Crescent City Harbor Commission were brought up to speed Tuesday.

Incoming commissioners  Scott Feller, Jack Reese and Patrick Ramsey and two returning  commissioners met with harbor personnel all day to gain an understanding of how the harbor operates and its current issues.

“A lot of our business depends on tourism and Dungeness crab,” Harbormaster Richard Young told them. “This is the worst recession in many people’s memory, so we need a baseline projection into the future.”

Man crushed by van ID’d

Authorities have identified the Crescent City man who was crushed by his own vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot last week.

Kenneth Lehr, 51, died of massive head injuries Friday after his broken-down van lurched forward and the front bumper of the vehicle pinned his head against the concrete wall of Crescent City’s newest pharmacy.

Crescent City Police Sgt. Eric Capon said the investigation into the accident is ongoing and there is no timeline on when more information will be released.


New laws to take effect Jan. 1

Drivers in general and those who like to text-message behind the wheel in particular will have new laws to follow beginning New Year’s Day.

Some make penalties for repeat DUI offenders more severe, while others adjust existing laws, such as a new ban on text-based communication while driving.

The ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving enacted earlier this year had allowed some text-based communication, said Officer Don Bloyd of the California Highway  Patrol.

The previous law made texting illegal only for drivers under 18; now the ban will be expanded to all drivers.


Garage explodes

Firefighters are visible through the blasted-out windshield of a pickup that was parked in front of the garage when it exploded. The Daily Triplicate/Kurt Madar
Eighty-year-old David Wardale just finished tidying up his house and was preparing for his daughter to arrive from San Diego to spend New Year’s with him when he heard the first explosion.

“I thought someone was letting off a grenade or something,” Wardale said. “It shook the whole house.”

When he walked outside his Jones Avenue home in the Bertsch Tract on Monday, Wardale saw his truck windows were shattered, the door of his garage had been blown off and a fire was creeping into his home.

“It was just engulfed in flames,” Wardale said as he stood in his lawn with his two dogs, Buddy and Tasha, watching as Crescent City firefighters worked to put out the blaze late Monday morning.


Deluge finally tapers

6 inches of rain in 2 days, flood warnings end

A truck turns onto U.S. Highway 101 from a swamped Sand Mine Road on Sunday. The Daily Triplicate/Adam Madison
The rain has let up and streams are retreating after a storm dropped near-record amounts of rain over the weekend and spurred emergency warnings for outlying areas of Del Norte County.

“We got almost 6 inches in two days,” said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Robert Ruehl.

The all-time record for Crescent City for one day of rain was 4.27 inches in 1965, said Ruehl, “so 6 inches in two days is a ton of water.”

On Saturday, Del Norte County got 2.13 inches of rain and on Sunday 3.86 inches.

Holiday sales come late downtown

Season pleases local businesses

Post-Christmas sales like this one at Beverly Jeans Gift are helping the holiday bottom line at downtown Crescent City stores. The Daily Triplicate/Kelley Atherton
Even though the new year has yet to arrive, downtown Crescent City retailers are already planning for a bigger and better 2009 holiday season after a successful December.

Several business owners new to downtown recently made it through their first Christmas and said being part of a group of businesses helped to boost sales.

However, evidence of the recession could be found in the conversations of customers and their purchasing choices.

News of Record for Dec. 19-25

Heavy rains inundate county

A truck drives through Sandmine Road near the U.S. Highway 101 intersection on Sunday afternoon. Drivers are not advised to drive through flooded areas. (The Daily Triplicate/ Adam Madison)


Flood warning issued; Smith River near flood stage, Klamath creeks flood

As relentless heavy rain pounds Del Norte County, small streams in many parts of the county are flooding, and the Smith River is nearing flood stage as of Sunday noon.

The profusion of rain has also caused some flooding in Klamath creeks, although the Klamath River is lower than the Smith. 


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