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Woman who reported being robbed at gunpoint now says it was a hoax

A Crescent City woman who reported being robbed at gunpoint two weeks ago has confessed that it was a hoax, Crescent City police said.

Rebecca Ann Say, 31, reported on Feb. 5 that she was robbed at gunpoint at the Tri Counties bank automated teller machine Feb. 4, said police.

Her case was submitted to the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible formal charging on suspicion of filing a false report, said Police Chief Doug Plack.

Detective Keith Doyle interviewed Say on Tuesday, and she recounted her previous story and admitted to filing a false police report, Plack said.

Say filed the false report “basically because she had spent her money on other things besides food” and did not want to have to answer to her father, Plack said.

 


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Locals want piece of the pie

Stimulus package signing raises hopes for shovel-ready projects in county

A local wish list for federal stimulus money is long and expensive.

Del Norte County, Crescent City and the Crescent City Harbor District all have shovel ready projects that they hope to get funding for from the federal economic stimulus package President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.

The harbor commission had a priortized list of eight projects that they were going to submit to Congressman Mike Thompson.

“Dredging, dredging, dredging. If we don’t dredge that harbor, we might as well put a fence across it,” Crescent City Harbor Chair Jack Reese said, explaining why dredging should be number one on the harbor’s wish list.


Long night in Capitol

Del Norte braces for state cuts

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With a sleeping bag under his arm, state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, walks into the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday. On Monday, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, warned Senate members to be prepared to stay in the chambers until they got the one vote needed to pass the state budget. Rich Pedroncelli/AP photo
With California facing a $42 billion budget deficit, Del Norte County is bracing for a fiscal emergency.

In order to prepare for what are expected to be major cuts to local government services, county officials said Tuesday they want to have a plan in place that is similar to those already instilled that are used to respond to natural disasters.

“This is a different kind of emergency,” Del Norte County Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen said at a board meeting Tuesday. “$42 billion is like the tsunami of all tsunamis.”

What this plan will look like is unclear due to the ongoing budget negotiations in Sacramento, but it will likely take the form of triage.


Skepticism over study of waste authority

Some question need for ad-hoc committee


During Tuesday’s Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting, it became apparent there’s still some skepticism over the decision to form  an ad-hoc committee to study the viability of the Solid Waste Management Authority.

Though only a few Del Norte County residents took the opportunity to comment on the creation of the committee, about half of them questioned the motives behind the plan.

“I’m wondering if there’s an undisclosed agenda,” Crescent City resident Donna Thompson said. “The way you’re going about this seems to lack transparency, and that needs to be remedied.”

County resident Eileen Cooper also said she didn’t understand looking into the possibility of dissolving what she sees as a government agency that doesn’t seem to have any economic hang-ups or glaring problems in need of fixing.


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 
 
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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

 

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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.


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