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Big Kahuna Karate tourney

Mitchell Harrison, 5, competes. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Tsunami Kenpo School’s Karate Big Kahuna Tournament was held on Saturday at the school in Crescent City.

On Saturday, the Tsunami Kenpo Karate School held its annual Big Kahuna Karate Tournament.

This tournament is held each year to celebrate the birthday of the late Grand Master Ed Parker, founder of  American Kenpo Karate. The event, held at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, drew 17  participants. 

More photos of the tournamet can be viewed here.

County may join Rx plan

All residents may be eligible for discounts

Del Norte County residents might soon be eligible to buy prescription drugs at a discounted price.

The Board of Supervisors today will consider enter­ing into an agreement with the Nat­ional Association of Counties to give residents a prescription drug discount card that could be used at local pharmacies. 

“Other counties do it throughout the country,” Del Norte County Administrative Officer Jeannine Galatioto said Monday. “We became aware of it and we decided we wanted to sign up our community.”

According to a Web site for the National Association of Counties Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, the benefit is free to participating counties and their residents. The discount card covers all commonly prescribed medications, and its use can result in an average savings of 22 percent off the full retail price.

‘Live code’: This is only a test

Tsunami warning system activated Wed. at 10:15 a.m.

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The National Weather Service will issue a “live code” tsunami warning along the North Coast on Wednesday as part of a test of the Emergency Alert System.

Even though an actual message will broadcast across local television and radio stations as well as over NOAA weather radios from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., officials administering the test do not want people in Del Norte County to actually heed the warning.

“If somebody thinks it’s a real tsunami there could be some significant consequences of that,” Eureka National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Troy Nicolini said during a briefing with local officials Monday.

The potential for problems vary, he said, from inundating the local Sheriff’s Office dispatch center with 911 calls to having a person who doesn’t know it’s only a warning speed to Hiouchi and getting into a car accident. These scenarios, should they happen, could hinder future tests from taking place.

Wednesday’s drill is designed to test the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System, which is used to notify the public about important information such as natural disaster warnings or AMBER alerts for abducted children. This test will be similar to others that are frequently on television and radio stations in that a voice-over will accompany the warning saying it’s only a test. But what’s different is the actual message will be the same one used during a real tsunami threat.

Klamath students to showcase work

The Klamath River Early College will showcase its work this trimester and receive critiques from local panelists Thursday at the Yurok Tribal Headquarters in Klamath.

From 3:30 to 4 p.m., there will be a gallery walk featuring student writing and science projects.

From 4 to 5 p.m., students will present their Community Action Project and Fellowship presentations, including:

• Yurok Tribe fisheries department: Protecting the Klamath River
• Creating a Yurok-English Healthy Start Yearbook at Margaret Keating Elementary
• Yurok Tribe public relations
• Animation-Cultural Story­telling
• Young Men's Cultural Awareness: Ah-Pah Village Brush Dance site

From 5 to 5:30 p.m., there will be  student awards, followed by a community pot­luck.

Fishermen, firms help harbor

Effort to obtain $5 million grant gets a big boost

The harbor is a step closer to replacing its inner boat basin thanks to the help of local fishermen and harbor-related businesses.

A harbor application for $5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds got a big boost when fishermen and businesses submitted documentation showing that many jobs are dependent on the harbor, said Harbormaster Richard Young.

The grant is needed to provide the local portion of the $22.5 million cost of replacing the inner boat basin, which was damaged in a 2006 tsunami.

Other work to repair tsunami damage begins next month, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay to remove 9,000 cubic yards or silt from the mouth of the inner boat basin.

But replacing the basin itself is a much bigger, and more expensive, project.


Del Norte jobless rate dips to 12.2 %

California rate reaches 10.5%


Del Norte County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in February to 12.2 percent, but it was still 4 percent above a year ago.

The state as a whole, meanwhile, reported February unemployment at  10.5 percent, well above the national rate of 8.1 percent.


Ray’s founder dies 5 days after wife found dead

Ray Nidiffer, 79, the founder of Ray’s Food Place and C&K Markets, died Friday, five days after he was rushed to the hospital for an apparent self-inflicted stab wound in what police suspect is a case of murder-attempted suicide.

His wife, June, 80, was found dead of multiple stab wounds inside the couple’s locked apartment at the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford on Sunday.

Man cleared of multiple charges

Acquittal, dismissals for Klamath resident in 3 separate cases


After months of court appearances, a Klamath man was cleared Friday of the last of three assault, battery and vandalism charges against him.

Michael Clarence Loftin, 26, had a jailhouse battery charge dismissed Friday, three days after a jury acquitted him of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.

And a charge against Loftin of vandalizing a cell in the Del Norte County Jail was dismissed last week.

HSU gets stem cell research grant

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has approved $17.5 million in funding for training in stem cell research at universities and research institutions across the state, with an anticipated $1.6 million slated for Humboldt State University.


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