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Chairman: Visitors Bureau in peril

Mayor: Too soon for city to make funding decision

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If Crescent City doesn’t help fund the local Visitors Bureau, the tourism marketing entity could slip into obscurity and even disappear, two of its primary proponents said Friday.

Funds are drying up and the Visitors Bureau has stopped many of its campaigns, such as advertising Del Norte in specialty outdoor and travel magazines, that are designed to increase tourism.

“This is important,” Visitor Bureau Chairman Jim Strong said Friday. “The City Council needs to prioritize it as important.”

The loss of the Visitors Bureau would mean “it’s not going to be an economic cog in the economic wheel of Del Norte County,” he said.

Police Logs January 31, 2009

Charges dropped in diesel spillage

City Council pay goes up by 40 percent

Despite uncertainty surrounding the municipality’s budget, Crescent City Council members received a 40 percent pay raise this month.

Council members’ monthly stipends increased from $434.16 to $610.92.

The former City Council approved the salary increase in September, but then-Councilwoman Kelly Schellong suggested including a stipulation that the implementation date could be pushed back if the finances were bleak.

Since last summer, the city has been unclear about how much money was actually in its coffers, and as a result decided to suspend any discretionary spending. According to the city finance department, this order is still in  place.

They do it for free

Chief lauds ‘ultimate community service’

Volunteer city firefighter Bruce Arellano stands in front of the City Center Motel controlled burn last July. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
They save lives while risking their own, and in the process save residents from higher taxes.

Among the many calls they answered, local firefighters have battled two fatal fires over the last four months. And they do it for free.

“If there weren’t volunteers, there wouldn’t be a fire department,” said Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield, who holds the only paid position. “If there was, it would cost taxpayers between $6 and $7 million dollars, which is a lot more than our current $1 million annual budget.”

Actually, the volunteers make up two fire departments in two stations, one downtown and the other on Washington Boulevard.

Is Solid Waste Authority needed?

Hemmingsen wants to study whether agency still viable

In one of his first actions as chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Gerry Hemmingsen, formed an ad hoc committee to determine if the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority should be disbanded.

The agency, formed as a joint venture between Crescent City and Del Norte County, owns the transfer station and is the independent government entity responsible for overseeing trash disposal and recycling in the area.

Hemmingsen’s decision to suddenly scrutinize the Solid Waste Authority’s existence came as a surprise to some city and county officials.

“I’d really like to know if we need oversight from an entire government bureaucracy for garbage collection,” Hem­ming­sen said Wednesday. “Let’s get the government’s hands out of there if they don’t need to be there.”

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.

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