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Man stabbed on Saturday

A man was stabbed Saturday morning near the intersection of Amador Street and Wash­ington Boulevard.

“There was some sort of altercation between two adult male subjects,” said Del Norte County sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.

Steven said that the two men were walking and had a disagreement.

“The end result was one adult male stabbing the other adult male in the abdomen and face,” Steven said.
The stabbing occurred prior to 2:30 a.m.

 According to Steven, some people passing by saw the man bleeding and drove him to the emergency room at Sutter Coast Hospital.

The victim’s identity was not released Monday, and Steven said the Sheriff’s Office was not releasing the name of the suspect because he was “at large” and considered armed and dangerous.

Christina Jones wins 5th open Elk Valley Tribal Council seat

Christina Jones, who tied with Rick Warner in January’s Elk Valley Rancheria Tribal Council election, recently won the fifth open seat in a run-off. 

Jones will join the four winners of the January election on the council, including incumbent Chairman Dale Miller, Laura Juden, Michael R. Mattz  and Robert Lopez.

Jones said she will focus on education and elder care as a priority during her four-year term.

“The importance of our tribe’s educational program cannot be overstated in finding ways for our youth to become successful and participate in their tribal government,” she said in a statement released by the rancheria.

 “I believe care for our tribal elders is critical, especially for those members that have limited income and access to health care within our community,” she added.

Born and raised in Del Norte County, Jones met her husband Mitchell as a freshman in high school and married in 1991.
They are raising their daughter Payton, 15, and son Cameron, 12.

Two die near lighthouse

Fishermen washed into surf

A wave washes over Search and Rescue Team 4 leader Tom Cabrera as he prepares to retreive the body of a fisherman who died near Battery Point Lighthouse. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Two Crescent City men died after they were swept off a spur of rock into a surge channel on the south side of Battery Point Lighthouse on Monday afternoon.

The men, 36-year-old Troy Kuyken­dall and Hoyt Walker, 46, were rock fishing with a third man, Ben Kuykendall, on an unseasonably warm, sunny day when a sneaker wave swept the first two into the surf. Ben Kuykendall jumped into the water to help, but according to Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack, he was pushed back onto the barnacle-crusted rocks by a wave.

“The same wave that managed to wash the two men off the rock is the same wave that knocked the third man back onto the rocks,” Plack said. “He tried to save both of them by getting into that water.”

After being thrown back onto the rocks, Plack said the two men still fighting the ocean’s currents told Ben Kuykendall to get help.

Witnesses said they saw Kuykendall running for help across the pathway that leads to the lighthouse when he collapsed before reaching the parking lot.

To learn more about the '64 Tsunami

There is no shortage of other accounts of the 1964 tidal waves. Here are some sources:

“The Raging Sea,” a book by Dennis Powers that is still in wide distribution

“Dark Disaster,” a book by Wally Griffin, has just been reprinted by the Del Norte County Historical Society

  Author Beverly Raffael’s first-hand account can be read at

  To view numerous color photos of the destruction posted by the Maris Ward family, go to

What if the tsunami never came our way?

 A night of trauma can overshadow other setbacks

Highway 101 is still soaked after a tidal wave recedes in 1964 (Photos courtesy Del Norte County Historical Society)
Imagine the city that never was.

In the early hours of March 28, 1964, no tsunami rises from the sea. Eleven people do not die in Del Norte County. Everyone sleeps peacefully through the night while  homes, boats and businesses remain intact.

For the next 45 years, no other catastrophic tidal waves inundate Crescent City, and so its businesses, buildings, streets and parks change more gradually, subject only to the forces of an ever-changing economy.

In this alternate 2009, the city sports a charming downtown centered around a narrower Front Street and a fully paved Second Street. Here, brightly painted Victorian architecture, some of it authentic, houses long-standing family businesses as well as tourist gift shops, museums, galleries and restaurants.

City may consider annexing harbor

Jurisdictions might study the possibility

Crescent City and harbor leaders have agreed to discuss the possible annexation of the harbor by the city.

The move could create more revenue and jobs, officials for both jurisdictions believe.

The issue will be raised at the next meetings of the City Council and the Harbor Commission. The council meets 6 p.m. Monday in the Board of Supervisors room at the Flynn Center, 981 H St.; and the Commission meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.

Report finds city, BID not complying with statute

Changes considered for downtown group

A recent city report shows that Crescent City and the downtown BusinessImprovement District have been out of compliance with several parts ofthe law that created the district in 1993.

For at least the last two years, the city has been lax in collectingassessments from downtown businesses, according to the report from thecity attorney’s office. The money is supposed to go toward everythingBID does, from maintenance to events.


Nurse pleads guilty to drug-related charges

A Crescent City nurse pleaded guilty Thursday to posing as another person in order to obtain pain medications.

Judith Anne Ramsey, 50, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a narcotic prescribed substance and false impersonation.


Dem state leaders hold reception Saturday

The Del Norte County Democratic Party will host a reception for the state party’s vice chairwomen and controller Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. at 260 I St. in Crescent City.


In their own words

Readers give their accounts of ’64 tsunami

Bud Pyke outside the Ben Franklin store after the ocean crashed through its windows. Photo by Maris Ward courtesy of the Maris Ward family
Several readers responded to the newspaper’s invitation to write about what they experienced the night  tidal waves swamped Crescent City.

Excerpts from some of those accounts follow, including some people who were in the middle of the action and some who didn’t find out what happened until hours later.

Almost everyone who wrote also expressed opinions about what’s happened here in the 45 years since that night. Some criticized the rebuilding efforts, others praised them. Everyone agreed the town was radically changed in a matter of minutes.

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