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DUI suspected in crash at El Dorado and Reddy

Drunken driving is  suspected in a collision that injured two children Monday night at El Dorado Street and Reddy Avenue, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Shawnene Taylor, 35, of Crescent City, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the CHP said. She was booked and released, according to the Del Norte County Jail.

One of her passengers, Chloe Taylor, 3, suffered moderate injuries, and another, Sierra Oscar, 7, sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital. Chloe was later transferred to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, while Sierra was treated and released.

Chloe Taylor’s condition in Medford was unavailable Tuesday evening.

Shawnene Taylor was driving southeast on Reddy and ran a stop sign at El Dorado, stated the CHP report. Her vehicle collided with one driving northeast on El Dorado, the CHP said. The other driver’s name was not available.

Inmate dies after assault in cell

Prison attack now homicide investigation

An inmate who was assaulted in his cell at Pelican Bay State Prison about two weeks ago has died from his injuries, and authorities are now investigating the incident as a homicide.

James Lambert, 51, died Friday in a hospital where he was being treated for injuries he sustained April 19. His suspected attacker was his cellmate, David Martinez, 41, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

According to Lt. Ken Thomas, Pelican Bay’s public information officer, officials are still waiting to determine the cause of death.

“We don’t have any weapons recovered from the scene, and we don’t have an autopsy report yet,” Thomas said. “It appeared the victim was knocked unconscious and did not regain consciousness.”

Loans offered to low-income business owners

The Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority is offering “micro-enterprise” loans to low-income people who need a little capital to start or improve a business.

The authority board has $70,000 available for loans for low-income people with small businesses of five or less employees. Loans will be for $25,000 or less to be paid back in five to 20 years.

“Tri-Agency’s job is to drum up business and get the money loaned out,” said Bill Renfroe, executive director for the authority.

Del Norte County applied for Community Development Block Grant funds for business loans back in 2007, he said.
The county was awarded $247,250 from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, which arrived in 2008, but there wasn’t anyone to administer the loan program until Renfroe arrived in January.

“One of my first tasks was to get the micro-enterprise loan program together,” he said. “(The money) has just been sitting around.”

Wind, rain pound area

Weather front more typical of wintertime

Crescent City residents weather strong winds and rain Monday outside of Safeway.
An unseasonably strong storm pounded Del Norte County with high winds and rain Monday.

County residents donned slickers and went about their business as usual with heads bowed into the wind and rain, but local stores reported a run on bottled water and flashlights.

'Not a done deal'

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Another round of public input for Mill Creek

California’s Department of State Parks is releasing a General Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Report for the Mill Creek Addition to the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and is asking for public comment.

Several public meetings have been held on preferred uses of the 25,000-acre area.

“This is still not a done deal,” said Jeff Bomke, acting state parks superintendent for the Redwood Coast sector. “The plan is still open to collaborative input from everyone.”

The Mill Creek Addition, known for its salmon-spawning streams, old logging roads, a mill site and redwoods, has been awaiting a management plan since it was added to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park in 2002.

The non-profit Save the Redwoods League oversaw the purchase of the land from Stimson Lumber Co. before it was turned over to the parks.

The general plan amendment is a finalized version of a management plan that the state has been working on since 2002, but before it can become the official management plan for the park it needs to go through  another period of public input.


More pressure to hire local

School Board urged to adopt Measure A hiring preferences

Skepticism arose at the School Board meeting Thursday about whether the Del Norte County Unified School District will do everything in its power to hire locally for upcoming Measure A projects.

Some board members, in turn, expressed frustration that they aren’t being perceived as buying into the hire-local philosophy.

The board approved selling the first round of bonds for $6 million. The district will eventually sell up to $25 million in bonds that voters approved last November for improvements and modernization at Del Norte schools.

A faction of the community has started a movement of sorts, demanding that the School Board create a policy that would give local companies a hiring preference. This, some said, would put people to work and help Del Norte get through the recession.

Klamath concerns air in Omaha again

With deal in works, visit less confrontational

Local and regional American Indian tribal members and Klamath River stakeholders are traveling to Omaha, Neb. this weekend for billionaire Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, but their visit is expected to be less disruptive than in previous years where party-crashing, placards and protests were the standard.

The reason for the toned down approach this year, according to some who took the sojourn to Omaha, is the signing of an agreement in principle that, if finalized, would remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River that are operated by Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp, which in turn is owned by a subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

Credit card scam targets classified advertisers

Someone is targeting online classified advertising customers with a credit card scam, the Curry Coastal Pilot said Friday.

The Brookings, Ore., newspaper received reports from several customers saying they received calls from a “private number” from someone posing as a representative from the newspaper asking for immediate payment for their classified ad by credit card.

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