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‘We can’t stop people from going out’

Search and Rescue had nothing but stern words to discourage a Tulare family that walked out on the jetty Friday in high surf. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Rescuers left without means of keeping people off of jetty

Members of Del Norte Search and Rescue and local law enforcement agencies responded to a call of two groups stranded on the Crescent City jetty Friday afternoon, but ultimately all nine people walked off the structure on their own without incident — not before getting a strong talking-to from Search and Rescue coordinators Terry McNamara and Bill Wortell, however.

Crab look ready for Dec. 1 start

Dungeness crabs tested in the coastal waters of Crescent City and Eureka show the region’s flagship crustacean should be ready for commercial harvest by the scheduled Dec. 1 opening date.

Regulations allow for a delayed opening to California’s Northern Management area (Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties) if crabs are shown to have soft shells or a low meat-to-weight ratio. 

Jefferson documentary airs tonight

Last summer’s election saw the State of Jefferson defeated on the ballot, but that doesn’t mean it won’t live on in Del Norters’ spirits or — starting Monday — on film. 

“State of Jefferson,” a new Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary that debuts Monday on Southern Oregon Public Television and will be available for Del Norters to watch online the next day, will take a look at the history of the movement and feature interviews with several experts on the subject.

Forest Service to hold Thursday training on identifying Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death is an invasive forest pathogen that is killing tanoaks and certain oak species in 15 coastal counties in California, but  despite being in every county around Del Norte, the disease has not yet been introduced to forests in Del Norte County.

News of Record Oct. 31 to Nov. 13, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 31 to Nov. 13:

Zachary Scott, 34, Eureka, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison and fined $1,791 for robbery in the second degree with serious felony allegation; carjacking with serious felony allegation; two counts of assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of carjacking, possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm by a felon (all felonies); and two special allegations for prior prison terms.

'A Day of Pride'

Jim Husong, a Navy veteran of the Korean War, rides in Tuesday’s parade as one of four grand marshals honored at the event. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Courtney Opolski held her little girl Haley close, bracing against the blast of the cannon that signaled the start of Crescent City’s Veterans Day parade on Tuesday. 

Soon Haley’s dad, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Opolski, would march by with other Del Norte County veterans. Opolski and his family were also introduced at the Veterans Day dinner later that night.

“These guys have given up a lot even if they weren’t hurt,” Courtney Opolski said of America’s veterans. “Today’s their day.”

Crab fleet heads south

Commercial Dungeness crab vessels were stacked high with crab traps in Crescent City Harbor this week preparing to head south for Friday’s crab opener on the Central Coast. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Dungeness season outlook is better for Central Coast 

Most of the Crescent City commercial crab fleet set out this week on the 36-hour ride to California’s Central Coast, where the commercial Dungeness season opens Friday and early sport reports indicate a much higher volume of Dungeness crab than on the North Coast. 

In a cyclical fishery like West Coast Dungeness crab, the coastal zones with the most crab change from year to year. Judging from the time it’s been taking for sport crabbers to fill their pots on the North Coast, this season’s catch looks to be much better in the Central Management Area, south of the Sonoma-Mendocino county line.

60-day sentence for ranger’s thefts

A former Redwood National and State Parks ranger was sentenced to federal prison yesterday for stealing more than a pound of marijuana and about $2,500 from the parks’ evidence locker over the course of his three-year employment. 

Chad McLane, who as the parks’ evidence custodian was the only person with keys to the locker and also was responsible for record keeping of evidence, will serve 60 days in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction for theft of government property.

Seasonally Fresh Fare

The Abalone Bar and Grill opened this past weekend in the Redwood Hotel Casino. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Casino’s new restaurant features indigenous food and flavors of the Pacific Northwest 

From wild Klamath River salmon to Dungeness crab, the Pacific Northwest fare enjoyed on California’s Redwood Coast is unique — a taste on display at the Abalone Bar and Grill, which opened in the Redwood Hotel Casino in Klamath this weekend. 

Alongside the restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, the Yurok Tribe also opened the small casino portion of the Redwood Hotel Casino. The hotel operates under the Holiday Inn Express brand and has been welcoming guests since opening its doors in July.

Sewer rates to rise 5% yearly

Four hikes till 2019 save city $15 million on loan 

The city has possibly hammered out a deal with the state on paying back its multi-million dollar wastewater treatment plant loan, but part of the bargain means that sewer users are going to see more rate increases in the future. 

The deal, which is built around a graduated repayment plan and a zero-percent interest rate, as well as the sewer rate increases for users, has been in the works since July and will save the city more than $15 million, according to City Manager Gene Palazzo. It’s set to be considered on Nov. 18 at the State Water Resources Control Board’s meeting, and fortunately for the city and its residents, Palazzo said, the state recommended to the board that the deal be accepted.

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