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Overnight shelter set up at fairgrounds

Woman, 47, found dead during frigid weather

A Crescent City women may have succumbed to wet, frigid weather while sleeping near a homeless camp near Ray’s Foods on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday, authorities said.
The body of Rosemary Thomas, 47, was found at about 9:30 a.m. “by somebody that was walking on the trail and called it in,” said Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack.
“When they got there she wasn’t breathing,” said Del Norte County Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.
Steven said the cause of death had not been determined, but authorities suspected “exposure to the elements.”
“We do believe that the weather events are a strong factor in this—there’s also a strong factor of alcohol being involved as well,” Plack said.
The chief said the woman was found by a transient “that resides there.”
Plack said Thomas “has a local address, but sometimes people just choose to live that life.” He added, “she did have a haven to escape to.”
Plack said his officers “have had numerous contacts with her before in that area.”

ER physician had joined Sutter Coast last summer

If it had been someone else, Onik Arian might have been the one attempting to save a life.
Arian, who was swept off the jetty near Battery Point Lighthouse on Sunday morning, was an emergency room physician at Sutter Coast Hospital.
The 61-year-old had recently retired to Crescent City from Southern California, but apparently missed the hurried pace of an ER and found a spot at Sutter Coast last summer, said Grant Scholes, the hospital’s director of marketing and public relations.

Doctor washed off jetty

Rescue workers at the jetty where a wave washed a man into the rocks Sunday morning.Photo courtesy of Bill Wortell, Del Norte County Search and Rescue.
Intense effort to rescue him proves futile

As emergency workers tried to reach a local doctor who was swept off the Crescent City jetty Sunday, a wave crashed over the breakwater with so much force that it pushed a rescue swimmer wearing a life jacket down to the sea floor.

“The really big wave hit us — I don’t know how big it was, but it was definitely over 20 feet — and it basically knocked me down to the bottom of the harbor,” said Tim Wiley, a Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol deputy.

“It was really kind of surreal,” Wiley said of his time underwater. “I was just walking around like I was walking on the sidewalk.”

 It was presumably a similar wave that knocked 61-year-old Onik Arian off the jetty in the first place, and resulted in the Sutter Coast Hospital physician’s death.

Wiley said that even though Arian fell on the harbor side of the jetty, where the water is calmer than in the ocean, the waves that crash over the concrete breaker can feel like a “high-pressure fire hose.”

News of record for Dec. 2-8

Cold rain, wind and maybe snow for weekend

Crescent City's secret garden

Scenic area has a bad reputation and few visitors

The view across one of the ponds at Elk Creek Park, a 160-acre wildlife refuge behind Safeway in Crescent City. (The Daily Triplicate/ Bryant Anderson)

A plaque sits alone, unreadable and overgrown by trailing blackberries as great blue herons stand in a reflection of the sky; all within walking distance of downtown Crescent City.

Nearby, a homeless man sits drinking beer, head bowed and oblivious to the geese, ducks and other waterfowl cruising the nearby wetlands.

Elk Creek Park is Crescent City’s own secret garden. Just behind Safeway lies a 160-acre wildlife refuge and park that, despite beautiful grassy paths, arching willows and numerous interpretive signs, rarely attracts visitors.

Race riot breaks out at prison

23 black and white inmates join fray


Correctional officers deployed chemical agents, including pepper spray and tear gas, and fired three warning shots to squelch a riot at Pelican Bay State Prison on Thursday morning.

Fluoride issue headed for City Council

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