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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.

Civics classes get face-to-face with local, native history

History department chair Lisa Howard (right), introduces Wednesday's panelists to discuss the fight for their sacred high grounds which were threatened by the proposed G-O Road, a fight that climbed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the mid-1980s. From left: Yurok elder Walter Lara, Sr., Yurok Tribe Education Director Jim McQuillen and Chief Judge Abby Abinanti, of the Yurok Tribal Court. Courtesy Gavin Olson
 A distinguished panel of three sat facing a room full of civics students in the Del Norte High School library Wednesday morning, where they recounted the fight to protect their sacred high ground from a developing highway project that would have cut right through it.

The Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association lost that case in 1988, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the guaranteed “free exercise of religion” outlined in First Amendment did not hold the U.S. Forest Service to considering the religious practices of native people when making plans for resource extraction and paved roads.

Paving a road through those prayer grounds was akin to putting one right through the Vatican, panelists said. Only, unlike many “western” religions, a new church couldn’t simply be erected elsewhere because it is the location that is sacred.

Thor is a long way from home


Del Norte County Animal Control Director Justin Riggs takes Thor for a walk on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Last month a dog missing from Texas for months and feared dead was discovered wandering the streets of Crescent City.

Thor was four months missing and 1,700 miles away from home when his delighted owners were told he was alive and well on the North Coast.  One can only guess how he got there. 

But now the dilemma facing owner Eddie Hurtado is how to reunite. He can’t afford the price to bring Thor home. 

Achievements, challenges on table at Sen. McGuire's Town Hall

Infrastructure, agriculture, social services, and economic development were some of the hot topics at Sen. Mike McGuire's first town hall meeting Tuesday in Crescent City. 

The gymnasium of Joe Hamilton Elementary was packed with more than 100 interested citizens and representatives from state, county, and city leadership.

"We have nearly every elected official in this room right now," said Crescent City Mayor Ron Gastineau, "I hope nothing happens." 

Stretching for nearly three hours, the meeting saw McGuire acting as emcee for the first portion, making introductions and moderating between short presentations and question and answer sessions from the featured speakers. 

Yurok, Hupa and Karuk artifacts on display at Stanford

A collection of Yurok, Hupa and Karuk Indian artifacts held almost completely in storage by Stanford University for decades is now on exhibit until June 2016 with new interpretations that allow tribal members to “tell our own side of the story.”

The exhibit features artifacts — including drums, fishing nets, utensils and clothing —  collected by former California Lt. Governor John Daggett and sold to Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University, in 1899.

Like so many early stories of Euro-American expansion into California, Daggett came from New York to the Golden State in 1853 to strike it rich. He was the primary operator of the quartz gold Black Bear Mine on the Salmon River in the Klamath Basin for decades.

Forum for Yurok Tribal Council candidates Sunday

A candidate forum will be hosted in Klamath on Sunday for those who qualified for the Yurok Tribal Council runoff election.

Hosted by the True North Organizing network, the forum will hopefully better inform voters, not only on the candidates’ plans and positions, but on what the role of the chair and vice chair actually are, said Klamath Community Organizer Chrystal Helton.

“People make assumptions about what the job is. They think that they run programs, but in reality, the council’s job is to give direction to departments, and the departments run the programs,” she said.

First installment of property taxes for new owners due Dec. 10

Del Norte County Tax Collector Barbara M. Lopez is urging all new property owners to contact the collector’s office if they have not receive bills by Nov. 10.

The 2015-16 secured property bills were recently mailed for taxes due by Dec. 10 for their first installment and Apr. 10 for the second.

Failure to receive a bill does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility to make timely payment, Lopez said in a press release from her office.

Contact the Tax Collector’s Office at 707-464-7283 with questions or to request a new bill.

Family mourns homicide victim

Roger Huntington, of Crescent City, was fatally shot Oct. 23 at Lake Selmac. Submitted
 It took Jane Miller five days to crawl through the fog of grief that swept in with news her youngest brother Roger Huntington was gone, shot and killed in a senseless homicide at one of his favorite escapes near Selma, Oregon.

She’s still trying to claw her way out.

“I feel like my heart is just bleeding,” Miller said Wednesday. “I love him so much. My little wonder boy.

“For somebody who loved so much to be taken like that,” said Miller, “I just can’t wrap my head around it.”

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