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Bogus map producer may be back in the region

The map scam may be back.

Advertising customers of The Daily Triplicate and its sister paper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, are reporting receiving calls from women claiming to be associated with one of the newspapers.

The customers said the women are soliciting ads for a map that is being produced by Premier Map Co.

This would not be the first time representatives of Premier Map Co. have solicited local businesses to pay for advertising space on a map of the area.

No. 1 in nation

Del Norte’s McCovey gets top U.S. ranking

Roger McCovey racks up another win Tuesday over a Eureka opponent. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Out of all the heavyweight high school wrestlers in the United States, Roger “Bronc” McCovey has been deemed No. 1 for the first time.

In the just-released rankings of Connect Wrestling, a national Web site, the Del Norte High School senior who was previously listed at No. 4 was top-ranked.

“It’s awesome,” McCovey said, adding that while the ranking gives him a sense of accomplishment, he understands that he still needs to win on the mat and defend his state crown against tough competition.

“I still have to prove it,” he said.

Veteran takes charge

Linda Kaufmann reshelves books at the Del Norte County Public Library on Wednesday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Linda Kaufmann first started volunteering at the Del Norte County Public Library in 1985 because she wanted to talk to adults.

“My kids were tiny,” Kaufmann said laughing. “I really needed to talk to grownups.”

Kaufmann, 54, was chosen to be the library’s new manager on Jan. 1 and since being hired has had to jump in with both feet.

“I’ve only had two days off since January 1,” Kaufmann said ruefully. “It’s been a lot of work. I had never been part of the administrative side of things before, so I am learning as  I go.”

Elk Valley Rancheria announces election results

Elk Valley Rancheria has announced the results of Tribal Council elections held earlier this month for five positions.
Incumbent Chairman Dale Miller was the top vote-getter, winning re-election to another four-year term.

Miller got 41 votes. Other Tribal Council members winning re-election included  Laura Juden with 32 votes, Michael R. Mattz with 26, and Robert Lopez with 22.

Richard Warner and Christina Jones each received 20 votes and tied for the fifth and final post. The tie will be broken in a run-off election Feb. 20.

Another candidate, Nita Rhodes, received 14 votes.

Public asked to help catch elk poacher

The Redwood National and State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) are asking for public help to catch an elk poacher.

On Jan. 14, the parks received a report of a Roosevelt elk being poached in the Crescent Beach area just off Enderts Beach Road, south of Crescent City.

“Upon investigation law enforcement staff determined that a female elk was shot and gutted on the scene,” a parks press release stated.

The crime occurred sometime from  6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 to the early morning hours of the Jan. 14.

“Investigators have reason to believe that perpetrators of this crime reside or have ties to the Klamath area of Del Norte County,” the press release reported.

A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators has been authorized by CDFG and information can be provided on a strictly anonymous basis.

People with information should call 1-888-DFG-CALTIP or the Redwood National and State Parks Law Enforcement, (707) 465-7302.

Window on the harbor

Supply store manager is eyewitness to decline

Englund Marine Supply Co. manager Chris Hegnes rings up a customer. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Chris Hegnes has spent the last 20 years watching Crescent City Harbor through the windows of Englund Marine and Industrial Supply Co.

In that time he has seen the store’s business steadily decline as the tightening of fishing regulations, vagaries of fish populations and gradual winnowing of the local fishing fleet drastically curtailed the number of fishermen needing supplies.

“I remember when the harbor was so full that people would have to wait out on the highway for an hour and a half to get their boats in the water,” Hegnes said.

He believes the marine supply store is a microcosm of how the steady decline in fishing revenue — most recently exacerbated by a completely closed ocean salmon season and poor Dungeness crab fishery yields — affects the community as a whole.

Miller pleads not guilty

Court proceedings begin after months of delays

Trading in his orange jumpsuit for a plaid, button up shirt and khakis, Josiah Miller walked into Del Norte Superior Court on Tuesday and had his attorney enter a not-guilty plea on his behalf in the Michelle Dickson murder case.

The plea, which occurred before a packed courtroom that included the families of both Miller and Dickson, ended months of delays due to jurisdictional quandaries and started the process for Miller to stand trial.

Miller now awaits his preliminary hearing, scheduled for March 11 and 12, where Del Norte County District Attorney Mike Riese will attempt to prove to a judge that there is sufficient evidence to justify the charges against the 28-year-old. In addition to murder, Miller is charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to Dickson’s vehicle and with a special weapons enhancement for the suspected use of a knife in her slaying.

Rancheria taps member as administrator

Former casino GM gains new position

Read more...Elk Valley Rancheria has hired Brandi L. Natt, a rancheria member, as its tribal administrator.

Since November 2003, Natt has been involved in tribal gaming as a member of the Rancheria Gaming Commission and most recently served as general manager of Elk Valley Casino. 

Prior to that, Natt helped the Yurok Tribe develop programs for staff and parents to address native youth development, culminating in summer camps focused on cultural enrichment, education, and advocacy. 

Push to 'buy local'

Strict laws, remote venue limit district

Angelina Bieber listens to the board during her presentation urging the board to use local companies for Measure A projects. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
There’s been a lot of talk about “buying local” in Del Norte County lately.

Ever since the economy took a turn for the worst last year, Del Norters have been hearing it like a mantra urging them to help local business owners and the hometown economy.

The message has been particularly focused on the school district, which gained voter approval of Measure A last November and now has a large chunk of money to spend.

It’s essentially Del Norte’s own version of an economic stimulus package. The $25 million bond levy will add an additional tax on property owners to pay for school facilities improvements and repairs.

Visitors Bureau seeks funding

City balks at request for 25 percent of its yearly tourism tax

The chairman of the Del Norte County Visitors Bureau is frustrated with the Crescent City Council, and he said it’s time for the group to “step up” and give his agency the funding it needs in order to flourish.

At Monday’s joint meeting between the City Council and the county Board of Supervisors, Jim Strong attempted to get both groups to sign off on an agreement to give the Visitors Bureau a quarter of the total transient occupancy tax the entities receive each year from the various hotels and motels in the area.

While county officials have been supportive of the idea, the city continues to lag behind, putting off making a definitive decision.

“What I would like is either a yes or a no,” Strong said after the meeting. “We’re not able to be effective as part-time volunteers.”

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