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Marrow donor registration

The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Volunteer Nyle Henderson registers Teresa Bertolini of Crescent City as a potential marrow donor last weekend. Organizers are extending the registration opportunity to today from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Washington Medical Plaza behind Sutter Coast Hospital. The process is free and takes about 15 minutes. The event is sponsored by Project Share Life, Sutter Coast and the Crescent City Noon Rotary Club. For more information, call 464-8890.

Officials move fast for funds from feds

Accord paves way for road projects

In keeping with the Obama administration’s wishes to move quickly on economic recovery, it only took the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission a matter of minutes Thursday to approve a list of projects that are expected to be funded with federal stimulus money.

“We have a unanimous vote so we’re on our way,” Transportation Commission Chairman and City Councilman Dennis Burns said at the Thursday morning meeting.

The approval allowed the commission to meet today’s deadline for submitting projects into a regional transportation improvement program that will go the state and be used by the feds to dole out the money to qualifying jurisdictions. Had the commission missed this target date, the stimulus money could have been significantly delayed or even lost.

Originally, it was thought the Local Transportation Commission would have to make some hard choices because both the city and county proposed a number of projects that  exceeded the amount of federal money currently available.


Focus on SF, consultant tells airport

Adding Oregon flight not an option for now

A northern passage out of the Del Norte County Airport may not be possible right now.

The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority were told by a consultant Thursday they should focus on converting their Sacramento flight to a third flight to San Francisco instead of thinking about Oregon.

The flight should leave before 7 a.m. to catch connections and return after 9 p.m. for those who are only spending a day in the Bay Area, said Jack Penning, director of market analysis for Sixel Consulting Group out of Eugene, Ore.

The board set up a phone conference with Penning to discuss options for a flight to Portland and the possibilities of a travel bank, in which the community would raise money to guarantee an airline a certain return for offering a new flight.

“Crescent City is not meeting the demand for San Francisco or going north,” Penning said.


County unemployment reached 12.4% in Jan.

Del Norte County’s preliminary January 2009 jobless rate was 12.4 percent, up 2.1 percent from the revised December rate of 10.3 percent, the state reported Thursday.

That’s 3.4 percentage points above the January 2008 rate of 9.0 percent. Total Del Norte industry employment decreased 10 jobs from January 2008 to January 2009, ending the year-over period with 8,290 jobs, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The statewide seasonally unadjusted rate increased 4.2 percent — from 6.4 to 10.6 percent over the year.

Some surrounding county unemployment rates included 17.6 percent for Siskiyou, 20.9 percent for Trinity, and 11.1 percent for Humboldt. Marin had the lowest rate in the state at 6.6 percent and Colusa County had the highest with 26.7 percent. The comparable U.S. rate was 8.5 percent.

Year-over job growth for Del Norte occurred in natural resources, mining and construction and government
 Industry sectors with no change over the year included information, financial activities and other services
 Year-over job losses occurred in farm, manufacturing, trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; private educational and health services; leisure and hospitality.

The government sector gained 90 jobs over the year and natural resources, mining and construction gained 10 jobs. State government accounted for about 90 percent of the gain.

Farm and trade, transportation and utilities declined 30 jobs each. Professional and business services was down 20 and all other declining sectors were down 10 jobs each.

Police Logs March 6, 2009


Tribal police search for man

Missing since Nov., foul play suspected

The Yurok Tribal Police Department announced Wednesday it  is searching for a man missing since last year, and foul play is possible.

Read more...Melvin Dean Perkins, 48, was last seen at the Cher-ere Bridge Camp­ground in Klamath last Nov. 3.

“We are investigating this missing persons case as possible foul play,” said Tribal Police Chief Dave Parris in a press release.

He could not be reached for further comment Wednesday.


Insurance case results in 30-day sentence

Woman had faced dozens of charges

The first of two defendants who at one time faced dozens of felony fraud charges for an insurance scandal was sentenced in Del Norte Superior Court this week.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Page Castro to serve 30 days in jail and pay $5,000 in restitution after she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of grand theft by embezzlement for her part in a scheme that left some people falsely believing that they were insured when in fact they were not.

She is seeking permission to serve the sentence under house arrest instead of in jail, court documents show.

“I am pleased that it has come to a conclusion given the length of time it has taken to get to this point,” Del Norte County District Attorney Mike Riese said. “Half of the case is sentenced now.”


School Board to discuss layoffs again on Friday

Deadline looms to send notices

With a March 15 deadline for issuing layoff notices looming, the Del Norte County Unified School District Board will discuss sending the notices to administrators and teachers at a Friday meeting.

The district is facing about a $1.4 million cut in revenue from the state for the 2009-2010 school year.

School Board members already approved sending layoff notices for temporary staff members. Now, they are considering sending additional notices to 11 employees, mostly teachers, and 21 administrators, who may lose their jobs, be reassigned or have their work days reduced next school year.

It’s also possible that those who receive layoff notices will keep their same jobs next school year.


‘Still can’t get over it’

Dog nearly strangled by elevator

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Dorothy Gaudett with her dog Puffy and his rescuer, Darci Davis, in the lobby of the Surf Apartments. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The elevator at the five-story Surf Apartments in downtown Crescent City is not a dog’s best friend.

Darci Davis was getting her mother’s mail in the building Feb. 20 when she heard a dog choking.

“I heard this horrible sound,” Davis said. “It was a combination of gurgling, yelping and crying.”

The sounds were coming from the elevator in the lobby of the apartments and when Davis ran around the corner she saw Puffy, a Pomeranian, dangling from a leash in the upper corner of the elevator door frame.

“That dog was struggling and screaming bloody murder,” Davis said. “I knew right away that if I didn’t do something it was going to be a goner.”

Puffy’s owner, Dorothy Gaudett, an 83 year-old resident of the apartments, had returned from walking Puffy and entered the elevator on the way back to her fifth floor apartment. What she didn’t notice is that Puffy stayed outside the elevator as the door shut.


Stimulus: $626,000 for roads

City, county move fast to pick projects


Officials recently learned that President Obama’s economic stimulus package will inject about $626,000 into local transportation projects within Crescent City and Del Norte County.

The problem is the two jurisdictions will now have to compete for the federal dollars as there are more proposed projects than there is money, meaning some wishes will go  unfulfilled.

A decision must be made quickly, too, as the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission must submit which projects it wants to fund with the stimulus money by the end of the week or risk losing out on an immediate influx of cash.

“If we miss the deadline, it reduces our chances of turning around the projects quickly enough,” Local Transportation Commission Executive Director Tamera Buchanan said. “We could lose access to the money.”

With so many communities vying for federal economic stimulus money, Buchanan said if Del Norte County steps out of line for just a moment others will fill the void. While this wouldn’t necessarily mean a loss of the money, she did say it could result in substantial funding delays.


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