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New harbor leaders address leases

Processing plant, art gallery receive payment reprieves

The new Crescent City Harbor Commission didn’t waste any time getting down to business at its first meeting Tuesday night.

The commission elected officers and made short-term decisions on two issues that had been in front of the previous board for a long time — lease rates for the Harbor Art Gallery and Alber Seafood Co.

Its first major action was to elect new Commissioner Jack Reese as the chairman of the board.

The first lease to be discussed was that of the Crescent Harbor Art Gallery, 140 Marine Way.

A century and counting

Senior Center holds party as man turns 100 

Crescent City Mayor Kelly Schellong attaches a pin to the lapel of 100-year-old birthday boy Lloyd Perkins. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
When Lloyd Perkins was born, there were only 8,000 cars in all of America and 144 miles of paved roads.

Perkins, a resident and visitor to Crescent City for the last 40 years, turned 100 Wednesday and received a letter from President Bush while enjoying accolades and birthday festivities at the Del Norte Senior Center.

“There’s been a lot of changes,” Perkins said about seeing a century of American culture. “Most of them have been good. It’s tough to see the hard times, but they’re not the first I’ve been through. The hardest part is seeing so many older people losing their homes.”

Murder suspect is back in Del Norte

Miller awaits arraignment in stabbing case

Murder suspect Josiah M. Miller was transported to the Del Norte County Jail on Wednesday, where he now awaits his arraignment on charges stemming from the July stabbing death of 23-year-old Crescent City resident Michelle Dickson.

Miller, 27, was previously being held in Curry County, Ore., where he was scheduled to face charges of murder and abuse of a corpse after he was accused of throwing Dickson’s body over the 345-foot-tall Thomas Creek Bridge on U.S. Highway 101 north of Brookings.

Offer an early flight, airport board urged

There are now two options on the table for a flight change at Del Norte County Airport.

SkyWest Airline officials had suggested changing the current Sacramento flight to a third San Francisco flight. However, the question arose at the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority meeting Wednesday whether to keep the Sacramento destination and just change flight times.

Both the public and board members expressed a desire for an early morning departure/late night return flight to either Sacramento or San Francisco. This flight would more than likely stop in Arcata, but that’s at the discretion of SkyWest.

3rd flight to SF eyed

Move would end Sacramento trip; Medford mulled

Scott Whaley of San Diego waits for a flight out of Crescent City on Thursday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Crescent City airport users may soon have a third opportunity each day to fly to and from San Francisco, and possibly a daily flight to and from Medford, Ore.

The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority is considering asking SkyWest Airlines to switch the daily flight to Sacramento via Arcata for another flight to San Francisco via Arcata.

Currently there are two direct flights daily between Crescent City and San Francisco.

SkyWest is apt to make the change, since officials from the airline suggested it.

Airport Manager Jim Bernard said board members want public comment before making any decisions.

School Board considers Measure A panel

The local school board is getting closer to choosing the Measure A Citizens Advisory Committee.

On Thursday, Del Norte County Unified School District Board members will decide whether to seat some or all of the committee, or they may chose to just whittle the pool of candidates down.

Measure A is the $25 million bond levy passed by Del Norte voters in November. School board members must select not only a citizens oversight committee, but one or more architects for the facility improvement projects.

Superintendent Jan Moorehouse received 30 applications for a seven-person board in December. Board members have had almost a month to review the applicants, but have not done any interviews.

“We had a beautiful outpouring of applicants,” she said. “We’ll discuss whether they want one more step.”



Condos take step ahead

Council approves land-use change for Coasta Norte

The fate of oceanside condominiums proposed for Crescent City will now be in the hands of the California Coastal Commission.

On Monday, the Crescent City Council changed the land use designations in the coastal area on the former site of the A Street Clinic where the Coasta Norte condominium project is expected to planned.

Crescent City Planner Will Caplinger said the council still needs to forward the changes to the Coastal Commission for certification, but after that it’s up to the state agency to approve the project and guide the specifications of the development because it has already been ratified by the city.

“It’s going to be a fully engaged process at this point,” Caplinger said. “We’ve knocked down some of those barriers and that then enables the Coastal Commission to focus on the development-specific issues and not the maps and zoning code.”

24-hour alert at border

State steps up effort to stop invasive species

The inspection station on U.S. Highway 101 south of the Oregon border is now open 24 hours per day. The Daily Triplicate/Nicholas Grube
In the second half of last year the California agricultural inspection station on Highway 101 caught almost 10 times as many bad bugs as it did in the first six months.

The “Bug Station,” has been open more often than it has been for the last five years. In fact, it never closes now.

After five years of frequently shuttered bays, the inspection stations at the California/Oregon border on highways 101 and 199 returned to operating 24 hours a day in August 2008, and  business is booming.

In the first six months of 2008, inspectors at the Highway 101 station found 35 prohibited pests and noxious weeds, said Steve Lyle, director of public affairs for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

Since last summer’s increase in staffing and hours, more than 300 separate incidents of “bad bugs” were caught at the border, he said.


City hires new manager

After months of interviews, the Crescent City Council announced the hiring of a new city manager Monday.

With a unanimous vote, the council appointed Rod Butler to fill a position that was long left in the hands of an interim administrator who came out of retirement after the previous manager resigned unexpectedly in May 2008.

Butler, 44, has 19 years of experience working as an administrator in city government. His most recent job was as the assistant to the city manager of Pomona, the fifth largest municipality in Los Angeles County.

Though Butler was not at Monday’s meeting when the council made its announcement, he did express his gratitude and excitement in a written statement.

City Council supports theme

No decision made on how to present city to visitors

Crescent City Councilwoman Donna Westfall didn’t have to nudge her colleagues much to get the type of response she was looking for.

And she definitely didn’t need a sword or an eyepatch to do it either.

Instead, at Monday’s City Council meeting, Westfall — who once donned pirate’s garb to help exemplify her desire to bring a theme to Crescent City — only needed to ask for her fellow council members’ opinions about the subject.

Councilman Charles Slert, an accomplished architect, liked the idea of bringing a theme back to Crescent City. He noted that there have been attempts to do so, citing some of the nautical artifacts strewn along Front Street.

“Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’d like to see us get back on track,” Slert said. “It just creates a framework, or a point of reference, so there’s continuity throughout the community.”


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