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Serious sun run forecast

Blue skies could last for a while
A sunny Tuesday at South Beach is enjoyed by Crescent City resident Jackson Bowen, 3. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Local residents and visitors should be able to enjoy sun-soaked weather through the weekend and beyond.

“To have a dry period in January is not atypical, but to have a dry period this long is unusual,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Reginald Kennedy.

Kennedy said Crescent City hit a record high temperature of 69 degrees Monday, with the previous record on that day at 67 degrees in 1981.

“We’re looking for things to be returning to something more typical by  Wednesday or Thursday next week,” when a storm system out of the Gulf of Alaska could bring rain, said Kennedy.

Dissent on board over new leaders

Hemmingsen new chairman of supervisors

Controversy kicked off the new year at the first Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting of 2009.

After the selection of Gerry Hemmingsen as chairman and Mike Sullivan as vice-chairman, another  supervisor complained that some board members ignored protocol and came to an agreement on who to select for those positions before Tuesday’s meeting.

“It’s just unfortunate to see politics rather than process,” District 2 Supervisor Martha McClure said after the meeting. “It felt very orchestrated.”

Typically, when a chairperson is selected at the beginning of each new year, McClure said the proper decorum is to have the vice chair from the previous year take the lead seat on the board. In this instance it would have been District 1 Supervisor Leslie McNamer’s turn, since she was the vice chair the previous two years.

CHP: Van’s beach plunge was an ‘intentional act’

Officers watch Monday as the van is hoisted back onto Pebble Beach Drive. The Daily Triplicate/Richard Wiens
The van that tumbled over an embankment on Pebble Beach Drive on Monday night was apparently  pushed, authorities said Tuesday.

The van’s owner told the California Highway Patrol that it had been stolen the same evening.

“It looks like an intentional act,” said CHP Officer Don Bloyd, who added, “we have a suspect under investigation,” but no arrests have been made yet.

“As far as I know, someone pushed it off, but I don’t know who,” Bloyd said.

The van’s owner, Lyle Snook, 73, said he was questioned Monday night after CHP found his insurance information inside the crushed van.

Collisions at hospital injure 2

Two collisions, including a hit and run, occurred in front of Sutter Coast Hospital within a few hours of each other Monday, injuring two women.

A woman allegedly fled in her SUV Monday afternoon after her vehicle hit another woman who was pushing a stroller with a baby in a crosswalk on Washington Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

The CHP is still looking for the silver Ford Excursion and the driver, said Officer Don Bloyd.

Amanda Fulton, 21, of Crescent City, suffered minor injuries and had a complaint of “a tingling sensation to her left thigh,” said the report, which noted the baby was not injured.

Empty van goes over cliff

Crescent City Fire Protection District firefighters inspect a van that rolled off Pebble Beach Drive. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
A blue Ford van rolled off a cliff to the beach below Pebble Beach Road last night.

“Apparently there was no one in the van,” said Sgt. Steve Hablitzel of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

At approximately 8 p.m., a resident who lives off Pebble Beach Road on Macken Street reported, after hearing a loud crash, that a car had driven off Pebble Beach Road, Hablitzel said.

“A white male wearing a dark watch cap was seen leaving the area shortly after the accident,” said Officer A. Randall of the CHP. “All of our eyewitness accounts came shortly after the incident.”

Goose Festival to skip a year

Annual event falls  victim of weak economy

Rick Hiser makes buttons for the 2008 Goose Festivle. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
After watching the economic crisis that has troubled the nation for the last six months, Aleutian Goose Festival organizers have decided to postpone the event for a year.

Held annually for the last decade, the festival celebrates the recovery of the once-endangered Aleutian Cackling Goose. The weekend event includes workshops and field trips such as watching the geese take off at dawn, drift boat trips on the Smith River, walking in the footsteps of the Tolowa Tribe, learning about the Klamath River and Yurok Tribe and the fundamentals of birding.

The steering committee for the festival determined it had enough money from last year to put the event on, but would probably lose out in the end.

City planner leaves post for Oregon

Replacement sought for Will Caplinger

Will Caplinger
Just as Crescent City completed its nearly eight-month search for a city manager, it again finds itself with a high-level vacancy at City Hall.

Crescent City Planner Will Caplinger, who is also the town’s economic development specialist, recently announced his resignation to take a job in Oregon.

“We’ll be looking for some way to fill it in the interim basis,” said Michael Young, interim city manager. “We’ll get somebody here to provide some assistance over a three- or four-month period if we need it.”

Though there aren’t any major projects on the immediate horizon, Young said the city will consider hiring an outside planning consultant to take care of the day-to-day operations or asking the county to fill in on a short-term basis. The latter option, he said, could become permanent depending on talks with county officials.

Woman dies in fire

Apartment blaze burns her son, 6

CalFire’s Jim Smith checks out the burned-out lower level. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Residents of the Pebble Beach Apartments at 8th and C streets may never forget what they saw and heard  Sunday morning.

A fire  caused by a heating pad that possibly shorted and ignited a downstairs couch in a two-story unit killed Victoria Di Silvestro and badly burned her 6-year-old son, Anthony.

“I was lying on the couch when I heard her screaming for help,” said neighbor Ray Sanders, 61, on Monday.

Sanders ran outside barefooted and saw smoke coming from Di Silvestro’s nearby apartment at 5:30 a.m.

News of record for Jan. 2-8

Advisory comm. candidates to be interviewed

School board hears architect presentations at meeting

The local school board will be conducting interviews for the Measure A Citizens Advisory Committee next week.

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