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News of Record Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2009

Septic tank rules fought

Rural areas decry guidelines driven by Malibu issues

Del Norte County Supervisor David Finigan addresses a state Water Quality Control Board hearing in Santa Rosa on Monday. Courtesy of the (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat
Del Norte County is part of a growing number of rural communities fighting proposed state septic tank regulations that could cost local homeowners tens of thousands of dollars if enacted.

The State Water Resources Control Board, in response to legislation passed in 2000, came up with a set of new guidelines meant to protect groundwater and other sensitive waterways from leaking on-site sewage treatment systems.

Local officials say the proposed rules shouldn’t apply to the entire state and are a result of legislative overkill designed to fix a problem in Southern California, and in particular, celebrity-filled Malibu.

“There is no such thing as California,” said Leon Perreault, the county's director of environmental health, who oversees septic system issues and permitting in Del Norte County. “California does not exist as a practical construct ... Shasta County is markedly different from Del Norte County.”

Board may settle issue Thursday

Local contractors come out in force against labor pact

As soon as Thursday evening, the Del Norte County Unified School District Board could decide on a controversial proposal that has lit up the local construction industry.

A group of unions, through a proposed “Community Benefit Agreement” with the school district, would help create and fund a technology academy at Del Norte High School to give students specialized training in the construction trades.

The proposal includes a “Project Labor Agreement” that would require contractors working on any of the district $25 million Measure A bond projects to hire part of their construction crews out of union “hiring halls,” and that anyone working on a project join the union.

Supporters of the local construction industry packed the Curriculum and Instruction Center behind the school district offices Monday night for a public meeting on the proposal. Dozens wore green anti-PLA T-shirts and buttons.

Ocean fishing hopes raised

Klamath River chinook count is up this year

The chinook count has sports fishermen thinking of a renewal of ocean fishing. The Daily Triplicate file photo
Sport fishermen may be hearing some good news come spring.

The prospect of a strong crop of Klamath River salmon feeding in the Pacific has local fishermen hoping for a limited ocean fishing season.

There was none last year.

The Klamath River Technical Advisory Team released a report Friday showing that a large number of 2-year-old chinook salmon went upriver in the fall.

When those fish go back out to sea and mix with the vast numbers of 2-year-old salmon that didn’t make the run into the Klamath, the eventual number of 3-year-old fish in the ocean could reach as high as 500,000, the report said.

Sting at casino catches pot dealers

Cards weren’t the only thing dealt at the Elk Valley Casino last weekend, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

 Two men were arrested in separate incidents late Friday and early Saturday after they were caught on casino surveillance cameras selling marijuana, said sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Morris.

Leonard Ray Attebery, 49, of Crescent City, was arrested on suspicion of selling and transportation of marijuana at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Morris said.

A little after midnight, Donald Wilson, 32, of Crescent City, was arrested on suspicion  of possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and sale or transportation of marijuana.

‘Fresh, clean, modern’

Damien Haycook shakes off water in the newly remodeled Fred Endert Memorial Pool during the kids swim Saturday afternoon. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
More than 400 people showed up for the reopening of Fred Endert Municipal Pool on Saturday, and more than 190 of them jumped in.

Since the pool was closed last April for a major renovation, local swimmers have sorely missed their weekly and sometimes daily swim, said Matt Hildebrandt, pool manager and one of many guiding forces behind the project.

“The pool means the world to me, and I’m very excited this happened,” Hildebrandt said Saturday afternoon just before a red ribbon was cut to celebrate the reopening.

Airport seeking Medford flights

Officials looking at ‘travel bank’
Local airport officials are looking more closely at the idea of a “travel bank” to pay for a daily flight between  Crescent City and Medford, Ore., with connections from there to northern cities.

Border Coast Regional Airport Authority board members will hear a presentation from Sixel Consulting Group on how to put together a travel bank at the March 5 meeting.

With a travel bank, the community raises a certain amount of money to procure air service, essentially guaranteeing an airline a return on its investment. This is how the Eureka/Arcata area got its Salt Lake City service.

Fishery coalition meets in Crescent City

The Klamath Fishery Management Zone Fishery Coalition met in Crescent City last week to elect officers and discuss the status of the Klamath River fishery and marine reserve proposals for California and Oregon.

Former Curry County Commissioner Lucy Labonte was re-elected chairman, Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmie Smith was elected vice-chair, Crescent City Harbormaster Richard Young was appointed secretary and Kathy Moore was appointed treasurer.

Three coalition director’s positions were filled as well.

Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run case

A Crescent City man pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run and other charges Friday stemming from a collision last September, said the District Attorney’s Office.

Patrick Gevert Dixon, 26, pleaded guilty to a hit and run with injury and a great bodily injury enhancement, which added three years to the possible sentence said DA Mike Riese.

According to a California Highway Patrol report, Dixon stole a truck last Sept. 4 and was leading authorities on a high-speed chase along Lake Earl Drive.
CHP Officer Don Bloyd said Robert Rodriguez, 59, was driving the opposite direction, when Dixon collided with Rodriguez’s vehicle just north of Red Hawk Lane.

Bloyd said Rodriguez sustained injuries to his left side and a broken elbow.

The DA said in September that after the wreck Dixon ran, but was found a week later. Dixon is scheduled to be sentenced next month, said Riese.

News of Record: February 10

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of Jan. 23-29 include:

•Tawnya Richards, 43, Smith River, was sentenced to 360 days in County Jail and fined $3,740 for driving under the influence; also sentenced to 360 days in County Jail and fined $4,780 for a separate driving under the influence charge; sentenced to 30 days in County Jail and fined $490 for driving without a license

•Patrick Rankin, 48, Crescent City, was sentenced to 2 days in County Jail and fined $1,600 for driving under the influence

•Cherie Rodman, 45, Crescent City, was sentenced to 3 days in County Jail and fined $1,020 for reckless driving 

•Troy Padgette, 28, Smith River, was sentenced to 5 days in County Jail and fined $510 for theft/larceny

•Ronald Thiessen, 57, Crescent City, was sentenced to 6 days in County Jail and fined $1,600 for driving under the influence

•Derik Israel, 19, Crescent City, was sentenced to 2 days in County Jail and fined $250 for driving under the influence

•Ryan Ellissanderson, 30, Smith River, was sentenced to 15 days in County Jail and fined $150 for possession with a hypodermic needle

•Dennis Lowrey, 49, Crescent City, was sentenced to 20 days in County Jail and fined $150 for driving on a suspended license

•Kenneth Bragger, 49, Crescent City, was sentenced to 2 days in County Jail and fined $1,600 for driving under the influence

•David Lussier, 32, Crescent City, was sentenced to 1 day in County Jail and fined $150 for petty theft

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