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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.”

TV switch no big deal in Del Norte

Most locations can’t get free signal now

Crescent City and Del Norte County residents don’t need to worry about the upcoming switch to digital television.

The reason, local service providers say, is that unlike other areas, there is no free signal here that can be adequately picked up by rabbit ears or antennas.

“People get a little bit of a signal with rabbit ears and antennas, but it isn’t strong enough to actually be watchable,” said Dennis Sutton owner of Sutton Enterprises, a local satellite television service provider.

A switch to all-digital television will occur nationwide Feb. 17 and according to experts will provide better picture, better sound and more channels for areas that receive a free signal.

County considers traffic signs

A couple of new stop signs and yield signs are in order after the county completed a traffic study of 48 intersections in the Filkins Tract, which runs from El Dorado Street to Inyo, and from Pacific Avenue to Hamilton Street.

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors still needs to approve the signs at today’s meeting, along with some other recommendations from the study, before they are installed.

Stop signs are recommended for both Inyo Street and Cooper Avenue, and yield signs are suggested for Fresno and Humboldt Streets.

At Inyo, the county wants to put in a stop sign at the Murphy Avenue intersection. The reason for this, according to the traffic study report, is that in the past five years, there have been four accidents at this particular intersection, and the curvature of the roadway restricts a driver’s vision.

News of record

Parolee and wife arrested with guns, drugs

School district sends stimulus wish list to Washington

The Del Norte County Unified School District is trying to get a piece of President Obama’s economic stimulus package.

Superintendent Jan Moorehouse said the district recently put together a $8.5 million list of project requests to be included in the president’s $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

The district sent the list to U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson and is awaiting further instruction on what to do with the proposal. The city, county and harbor  recently sent a joint $50 million list to the office of Thompson, who represents California’s 1st District that includes Del Norte. That list has since been updated to include another $10 million, and it will be discussed at Monday’s joint meeting of the Crescent City Council and Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

Man hit by car on Highway 101

Victim’s pickup
had broken down

2 arrests in attack on school computers

Vandalism caught on tape at Crescent Elk

Miller ‘railroaded,’ dad says

Investigators say evidence points toward defendant

Josiah Miller’s father says his son is innocent of murder, and he claims local officials are ignoring evidence that indicates someone else might have killed 23-year-old Michelle Dickson.

Jerry Miller bases his belief on information that was shared with him by his son’s former defense attorney in Oregon, and he said because investigators are not looking for other suspects, his son is essentially being “railroaded” by an overzealous prosecution.

“He knows he’s innocent and he knows that the evidence that they have is not going to convict him,” Miller said about his son. “There’s too many unanswered questions, and they think they have a slam dunk with Josiah.”

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