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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. 


A year later, city still trying to recover money

Effort to reclaim Council retirement benefits meets with partial success


 It’s been more than a year since Crescent City Attorney Bob Black filed a lawsuit against former city council members in an attempt to recover money that was paid to them in retirement benefits that were found to violate state statutes.
And even though none of the elected officials named in the suit have stepped foot in the courtroom for a trial, Black said progress is still being made to recoup these funds.

Father dies in tragic mishap

Was working on vehicle when it lurched forward


A son and mother may have watched their father and husband die Friday when the vehicle the father was working on lurched forward, said Crescent City Police.

Incompetence or fraud?

Advertisers want money back after map prints with glaring errors

 Unbeknownst to residents, Crescent City is actually on Monterey Bay.
At least according to a map of Crescent City, recently released by Universal Adcom. The map, produced for advertising purposes, has several prominent inaccuracies.

Second riot in a month at prison

Officer: Racial tension appears to be ‘contributing factor’ in recurrring black-white violence


A riot between 20 black and white inmates left two prisoners injured at Pelican Bay Friday morning.
This is the second riot between black and white inmates this month involving 20 or more prisoners and the third this year on the Facility B general population yard.

Riptide: Boogie-boarder swept out to sea

Bond raises hopes for gym

Student needs difficult to meet in wet weather, at sports events

Smith River Elementary’s multi-purpose room serves as cafeteria, undersized gym, indoor recess area during inclement weather and after-school activity area. Often, the MPR is needed for more than one purpose at the same time. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Smith River Elementary School has existed for 53 years without a gym.

The $3.5 million price tag for a gym has hung like a dark cloud over the school — that’s a lot of money to raise. But since Measure A passed, the gym seems like a real possibility.

Del Norte County Unified School District has set aside $1.7 million from its $25 million bond levy passed during the November election for a new gym at the school.

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