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Program seeks marrow donors

Registration opportunity this month at college

The National Marrow Donor Program is looking for marrow donors.

“Right now patients of every racial and ethnic background are in urgent need of a morrow donor to survive,” a program press release states.

According to the press release, the best chance for a patient to find a marrow match is with someone of the same heritage.

“Every day more than 6,000 men, women and children desperately search the National Marrow Donor Program Registry for a marrow match,” reports the press release. “You could be the one to save a life.”

A registration opportunity for new marrow donors is being held Feb. 27 and 28 at the College of the Redwoods, 883 W. Washington Blvd. People who are interested in being a donor should call, (707) 464-8890.

Only people between the ages of 18 and 60 can provide marrow; individuals must be willing to donate to any patient in need and must also meet the health guidelines.

The registration process is easy, just fill out a consent/registration form and give a cheek sample; no blood sample is needed at this first step, and it costs nothing to be a donor.


‘A pro-life shelter’

County achieves major turnaround in percentage of dogs euthanized 
County Agricultural Commissioner Ken Smith receives affection from Barnabas, Smith’s favorite dog at the county pound. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Whether they know it or not, the 17 available dogs at the Del Norte County Dog Pound can breathe a sigh of relief.

County Agricultural Commissioner Ken Smith has succeeded beyond the Board of Supervisors’ expectations in reducing the amount of dogs euthanized at the pound.

“We don’t talk in terms of kill or no  kill shelters here, instead we like to refer to our shelter as a pro-life shelter,” Smith said. 

Officials praise detailed proposal on hiring locally

School board hears plan to hire builders  from county

Read more...Recruit locally! Build locally! Succeed locally!

That’s the message Angelina Countess Bieber gave the Del Norte County Unified School District Board on Thursday. 

Bieber, a real estate appraiser with Crescent Appraisal Service,  presented a policy proposal she created that would emphasize hiring local businesses for projects funded with Measure A, the $25 million bond levy voters approved in November. 

On the rapids

Courtesy of Mike Cuthbertson
Kayakers make their way through Smith River’s Middle Fork Gorge on Saturday during a break in the weekend’s intermittent showers. Cloudy weather with little if any rain is expected through Friday.

Hwy. 101’s weak link


The California Department of Transportation spends about $60,000 a year performing maintenance on Last Chance Grade, seen here as a truck heads southbound on U.S. Highway 101 approaching Wilson Creek. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

After the collapse,

question will be

how to repair it


Officials are resigned to the fact that Last Chance Grade will fall into the ocean. They say it’s not a question of if it will happen, but when.

The real question, though, and one that has been debated for years in Del Norte County, is what happens after that section of U.S. Highway 101 slides off the mountainside and maroons Crescent City and all the communities north of it from the remainder of the Golden State.

Public can address need for Solid Waste Authority

The public will have the opportunity to talk trash at the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Specifically, residents, business owners and anyone else wanting to comment on the formation of an ad hoc committee that intends to study the viability of the Solid Waste Management Authority are invited to give their opinions on the issue.

Robbery victim notifies police despite threat

Authorities still have no leads on a case in which a woman reported being robbed at gunpoint at an ATM machine a week ago, Crescent City Police said Friday.

The victim, 31, was using an ATM at Tri Counties Bank at 936 Third St. sometime from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 4, Police Chief Douglas Plack said.

High winds, rain through weekend

The National Weather Service predicts 20-mph wind and rainstorms will last through next week.

The NWS said Crescent City should see sustained winds of 13-20 mph and gusts of 24 MPH by Saturday night.


Food drive to kick off

Several organizations and local businesses are helping to support a food drive for the Community Assistance Network. 

“We CAN end hunger” will be held from March 1 through April 30. Food donations bins will be placed at several Crescent City grocery stores, including Ray’s Food Place, Shop Smart Food Warehouse and Grocery Outlet.

A community at risk

Del Norte County especially vulnerable to cuts

An enlarged image of the food stamp card used by 13.6 percent of Del Norte County residents.
Del Norte County is not the smallest or poorest county in California, but  it is pretty far down the list.

Dependence on food stamps, MediCal and welfare programs is far higher here than in the state as a whole, which could make the region especially vulnerable to looming cuts in government spending.

“I would say overall we are far more dependent on decisions made in Sacramento or Washington, D.C.,” said Gary Blatnick, director of the Del Norte County Department of Human Services.

 “The problem is that so many of our jobs are government-related, whether its the prison, state parks or federal employees, cuts to government spending affect more people here than in many other California counties. Then there are the services that we offer — they all depend on government monies.”

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