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Harbor board backs forming trade corridor

Proposal would shift from trucks to barges

The Crescent City Harbor Commission has approved providing a letter of support for the formation of a trade corridor on the North Coast.

“We stand to lose nothing,” said  Commissioner Ron Phillips at Tuesday’s meeting. “Yet we could gain revenue.”

The corridor would span an area from Del Norte County to northern Marin County and create a trade corridor linking U.S. highways 199, 101 and 299.

According to the California Department of Transportation, creating a trade corridor would make the counties involved more competitive for state dollars.

Harbormaster Richard Young proposed the letter of support at Tuesday’s meeting, saying “to even get a study under way of how this would affect the harbor we have to draft a letter.”


Klamath students show off their work

Art for sale at KRECR reception

It’s the end of the semester and time for finals. For Klamath River Early College of the Redwood students, that includes public presentations.

The school will have an “In Perspective” event today from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The art reception, symposium and community dinner will be in the Klamath Tribal Community Room at the Yurok Tribal Office.

“The school was founded on community input — what students should know and do,” said Director Geneva Wiki. “We invite community members to assess student work ... Why this learning is important and relevant.”

Students will showcase work from their college art class, which includes both high-schoolers and local adults. Framed art pieces will be on sale for $75.

“It’s exciting for the first time ever the artists will not only have their work on display, but for sale,” Wiki said.

Ashley Powell, a senior, will be showing seven of her art pieces from class this year. She was a little unsure of her art skills at first.

“I never really painted before,” she said. “I tried it and it turned out well.”

Future firefighters?

Tours, safety lessons for 2nd-graders

Mary Peacock Elementary second-graders Tyler Reynolds and Gabriel Provencio try to knock down flaming window cutouts on a cardboard house on Wednesday during a tour of the firehouse on Washington Boulevard. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Second-graders are getting a taste of the firefighting life this week during visits to the firehouse.

At the end of a Wednesday tour, a call came in and the volunteer firefighters had to stop what they were doing, jump in their trucks and speed off.

“That’s the life of a firefighter,” Debbie Wakefield told the group from Mary Peacock Elementary.

Every year, second-graders visit the firehouse on Washington Boulevard to learn about what firefighters do and the equipment they use. This visit coincided with a story from their English language arts curriculum.

Over the course of two days, 300 second-graders from local schools took the tour.

Five years ago, Debbie Wakefield organized the annual trip to the firehouse. She is the literary coordinator for Del Norte County Unified School District, education coordinator for the Crescent City Fire Department and Fire Protection District and wife of Fire Chief Steve Wakefield,

Six stations are set up all over the firehouse for the tour. Students get to not only see how firefighters do their job, but what do if their home or school ever caught fire.

Holiday effort supports military families

Despite all the local charity organizations in Del Norte County, there is one group of deserving families that hasn’t been specifically targeted for assistance until now, according to the Crescent City Boys and Girls Club.

Operation Homefront was created to help families of active-duty soldiers who need help while their loved ones are away at war.

“This is the first year that we’ve done this, we found that nobody was picking up that donation in Crescent City,” said Holly Gensaw, director of the local Boys and Girls Club.

Gensaw said for some military families “ this time of the year is especially difficult, because the economy has taken a little bit of a dip.”

The Boys and Girls Club is working with the Dollar Tree on U.S. Highway 101 and Ninth Street to collect unwrapped toy donations for the event.

“They have a donation box in front of their checkstand,” said Gensaw.

Fluoride stays, at least for the time being

Westfall considers petitioning for vote

The Crescent City Council brushed off the idea of defluoridating the city’s water supply Monday.

Councilwoman Donna Westfall pushed to have the discussion item put on the agenda, but she didn’t garner much support from colleagues who agreed with Interim City Manager Michael Young’s recommendation to keep the tooth-decay-fighting mineral in the water.

“I absolutely believe in fluoride preventing tooth decay,” Councilwoman Kathryn Murray said. “And I believe we have a lot of people in this community that can’t afford (fluoride supplements).”

Westfall might continue her crusade to have fluoride taken out of the water supply.

In order to stop fluoridation, the matter would have to be put to a vote of the people. The City Council decided it would not support such a ballot measure, but if members of the public collect enough petition signatures it can be put on the ballot.

“I think that’s the next step,” Westfall said.

Doctor was on jetty for bird count as wave hit

Bird-watchers were conducting annual survey

Onik Arian was taking advantage of a break in the storm to go out on the Crescent City jetty and spot a few birds Sunday.

That’s when a wave swept the local emergency room physician off the concrete breakwater into the rocks below, where he died of blunt force head trauma.

An avid bird-watcher for many years, Arian was taking part in the National Audubon Society’s annual holiday bird count early Sunday.

Alan Barron, a local ornithologist and friend of Arian’s, spoke to him shortly before he died.

“He called about 20 minutes before it happened telling me about the break in the weather,” Barron said.

“He was happy. He was telling me about the birds he had seen and how he was going to get out of his car and do some more.”

In from the cold

25 people use shelter on 1st night

Richard Keehn, 61, relaxes at the fairgrounds shelter: ‘I would have frozen if this hadn’t been here.’ The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
As Crescent City woke to frozen puddles and frost-covered grass, 25 people who otherwise would have slept outside Monday night got up from cots in a warm room to a pancake breakfast.

With a series of winter storms bringing cold air extreme enough to kill a local woman, Our Daily Bread Ministries took money earmarked for its annual Christmas party and rented the arts and crafts building at Del Norte County Fairgrounds for the rest of December for $1,000.

“We had the Christmas fund, and after praying about doing something at the fairgrounds we decided to try and rent the building,” said Our Daily Bread director Mike Justice. “It means no Christmas dinner or gifts this Christmas, but with the cold weather this is much more important.”

The money was well spent, judging by the reactions of people who enjoyed warm beds, showers, dinner Monday night and breakfast Tuesday morning when they could have been out in the elements.

Husband, wife arrested with drugs, cash

Nearly $4,600 in cash and 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine were confiscated during a pull-over last week, resulting in the arrest of a Brookings man and a Crescent City woman.

The husband and wife were arrested Friday by Del Norte and Curry County officers working together to serve a warrant on the man for drug sales in Oregon.

“The man had outstanding warrants out of Brookings,” said Del Norte County sheriff’s Deputy Joe Garcia.

Luis Jaramillo Cerros, 32, of Brookings, and Jesusita Cerros, 25, of Crescent City, were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sale and transportation of controlled substances in order to sell. Jesusita Cerros is also suspected of  possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and her husband is also suspected of receiving known stolen property, according to the Del Norte County Jail.

Helicopter makes emergency landing

A smell of something burning caused a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to make an emergency landing at Jack McNamara Field on Monday.
The odor resembled that of singed electronics, according to Lt. Jg Russ Merrick, the public information officer for the Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay. After crew members detected the smell, he said they landed in Del Norte County to check out the problem, and then flew back without incident.
“If anything’s abnormal with a helicopter you want to be extremely cautious,” Merrick said.

Overnight shelter set up at fairgrounds

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