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Back in the heart of Texas

Thor takes a break at a truck stop in New Mexico earlier this week. Photo courtesy Bruce Heinichen.
The epic saga of Thor, a blue-grey Pit Bull that resurfaced in Crescent City after disappearing from Texas four months earlier, is finally at a close.

As with any great saga, the story is marked with heroic and improbable events. Thor was barely a year old when he went missing during severe Memorial Day weekend floods in San Marcos, just south of Austin. His family saw neither hide nor hair of him for the entire summer, only to hear that he was picked up by a Crescent City police officer in late September.

Nobody knows how Thor made his way almost 2,000 miles from home. 

Toxins may delay crab season

Crab pots await their day at sea at the Crescent City Harbor. Del Norte Triplicate file
The start of the recreational crabbing season is likely to be delayed by the California Fish and Game Commission at an emergency meeting this morning, as high levels of an algae-produced neurotoxin were detected lingering in local shellfish.

State health officials issued an advisory Tuesday, warning people not to consume dungeness and rock crab harvested off the California coast between the Oregon border and Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment recommended fisheries be closed until levels of the toxic domoic acid decrease to less than 30 parts per million.

The commission will respond to the recommendation this morning. A decision on whether commercial  dungeness crabbing should be put off is expected to come from the Department of Fish and Wildlife in the next week or two.

Homeward bound


Thor, pictured with Bruce Heinichen. They left Sat. morning from Crescent City and will arrive in San Marcos this evening. Del Norte Triplicate / David Grieder
Thor, a dog that mysteriously turned up in Crescent City, nearly 2,000 miles from home, posed Saturday morning with Bruce Heinichen before the two hit the road together. 

Heinichen is transporting a U.S. Border Patrol boat to Laredo then continuing through San Marcos, where Thor will be reunited with his owners, who lost him when they evacuated their home during a major flood in May. 

Coats for Kids is off and running

The annual Coats for Kids campaign is under way and continues until Dec. 31.

The campaign collects, cleans and distributes new, and lightly used coats to children in need from Klamath to Port Orford, Oregon.

Last year the campaign distributed almost 2,000 coats, according to the group’s press release. This year the campaign’s goal is to exceed that number and it has added extra donation sites to help make that happen.

Council hopefuls discuss casino's future

Anthony Trombetti directs questions from the public to Yurok Tribal Council candidates (from left), Chair Thomas P. O'Rourke, Sr., James Dunlap, Vice Chair Susan Masten and David Gensaw, Sr., at True North Organizing Network's forum on Sunday. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
 Four candidates vying for a seat on the Yurok Tribal Council shared their views on how to give the tribe and its members a leg up at a forum Sunday in Klamath.

Dam removal, backing the casino, recreational marijuana and improving members’ access to information and council procedures were among the issues touched on, in addition to the poverty, addiction and tragedy current Chair Thomas P. O’Rourke, Sr., says “plagues our people.”

O’Rourke’s position as chair, held since 2010, is challenged by James Dunlap, the self-described “tribal watchdog,” who started the website yurokvoices.com, an online forum for members to discuss tribal issues.

U.S. 101 construction zone: Waukell woes

A failing culvert that carries Waukell Creek water beneath U.S. 101 south of Klamath, required the installation of a temporary bridge in January. Photo courtesy Caltrans
 Emergency repairs continue on U.S. 101, south of Klamath, a year after Caltrans set out to assess what was going wrong with the culvert meant to direct the passage of Waukell Creek.

Once crews were out there, conditions actually worsened, spokesperson Myles Conchrane said. He said that prompted installation of a temporary bridge, where four lanes of 65-mile-an-hour traffic have been funneled into two, at 35 miles-an-hour, since January.

The road has been actively sinking for some time, and pipe corrosion is to blame for the need to continually re-pave that section of highway. Water descends into the earth beneath the road, and it’s worse when the creek is high.

From boat to book

Illustrations, above and below, from a new children’s book that tells the story of teens from Del Norte County and Rikuzentakata, Japan, brought together by a boat set adrift in the 2011 tsunami. Source: “The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home,” illustrations by Amy Uyeki
 Two and a half years ago a piece of Japan touched Crescent City’s shores in the form of a 20 foot long panga boat. The barnacle-encrusted vessel belonged to Takata High School in Rikuzentakata, a small town ravaged by the March 2011 tsunami. She quickly became a symbol of hope, resilience and international friendship between two very similar communities.

Wayward dog gets ride to Texas

Thor, a dog that resurfaced in Crescent City after being missing from Texas for months, is going home. 

Thor, a young blue-grey Pitbull, disappeared in late May when his owners evacuated their house in San Marcos, Texas during a severe flood on Memorial Day weekend.

He was assumed gone forever until his owners got a call from a small town nearly 2,000 miles to the northwest. Inexplicably, Thor had made his way to Crescent City, where a law enforcement officer found him unattended on the street in late September.  

Arson fire damages Redwood playground

Charred newspaper and burnt plastic are the only remaining evidence of an isolated arson incident occurring early Thursday morning at Redwood School in Fort Dick. 

A custodian for the area K-8 school came to work at 6 a.m. and noticed a smoldering pile of embers beneath a plastic slide on the school's playground. Nearby, a basketball game apparatus was almost destroyed and charred wood chips indicated an erstwhile fire beneath the geodesic dome.  

By 6:35 a.m., two engines from Fort Dick Fire Department (FDFD) arrived on scene. 

Council to determine BID's fate

After its nearly 30 years put a rift between business owners over compulsory fees and project priorities, the Downtown Business Improvement District may meet its end Monday.

The Crescent City Council had given BID until November to tie up the Downtown Crescent City Farmers and Artisans Market season, the most visible of the district’s projects, and one President Cheryl Corpstein spoke of with fondness.

With the season over, the council is slated to make a decision Monday.

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