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DA says attorney committed fraud

A Crescent City attorney under contract with Del Norte Superior Court is accused of felony insurance fraud in a complaint filed Tuesday by District Attorney Dale Trigg.

Hwy. 199: Another crash in troubled area

Another vehicle crashed in a rollover recently at a troubled spot on U.S. 199 near mile marker 10.5, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP said a northbound Honda Civic was traveling too fast Sunday and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car collided with the rocky embankment on the opposite side of the river, which caused it to roll several times before coming to rest on its roof on the highway.

Howland Hill closing for maintenance

Beginning Tuesday through June 10, a portion of scenic Howland Hill Road running through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park will be closed to all traffic on week days for annual maintenance of the road, according to a press release from the park.

Howland Hill Road will be reopen June 3 and remain open through June 5 for weekend visitors.

Stony Creek botanical walk to be held Saturday

A free botanical walk will be held Saturday in Gasquet on the Stony Creek Trail. The event, hosted by the Smith River Alliance and funded by a Del Norte Resource Advisory Commission grant, will highlight the rare and endemic plants found in the rare serpentine geology of the North Fork Smith River basin.

Correction, May 26, 2016

A May 14 letter to the editor concerning Del Norte County District 2 Supervisor candidate Lori Cowan’s 2010 failed business venture contained errors.

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 23-25, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 23–25:


Note: From 4:29 p.m.

At 4:27 p.m., a business on the 1300 block of Northcrest Drive reports female subjects that they have had problems with in the past are at the business and causing problems.

At 5:07 p.m., report of shoplifting from a business on the 400 block of M Street.

HCD to vote on $82,500 health study

The Del Norte Healthcare District board is poised to approve an $82,500 consultant contract with Quorum Health Resources at its meeting Tuesday and that has one board member questioning why the contract wasn’t bid.

Board member Clarke Moore acknowledged Monday the board isn’t legally obligated to seek bids or Request for Proposals (RFP) on such contracts. Moore said he believes, however, it would be more fiscally responsible to seek competitive bids.

“There is no requirement, but is it a prudent way to spend taxpayer dollars?” Moore said in an email. “If it is so specialized that it is not feasible to do an RFP, then OK; that is not the case here.”

Deadline passes to register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the June 7 primary election loomed Monday, but Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup said her office was slower than expected.

Between 50 and 60 Del Norters turned in their voter registration card at the counter while about 50 people registered online over the weekend, Northrup said. Voters had until 5 p.m. Monday to register at the Del Norte County Elections Office. Those choosing to register online had until midnight, Northrup said. 

After-school programs in rural areas may receive more money

Del Norte school officials aren’t sure how or if A Rural After-School Program bill authored by Assemblyman Jim Wood might benefit local programs already in place.

Wood’s bill was unanimously passed May 12 by the full Assembly and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate.

Osprey wear out Brookings’ welcome

An osprey with a fish in its talons perches atop a 150-foot-tall communication tower next to Brookings City Hall. Photo courtesy of Donny Dotson
Brookings City Hall has new residents — a pair of osprey — but the mess the predatory birds are making has officials looking for a way to gently evict them from their perch at the top of a 150-foot radio tower.

“They are beautiful birds, and we don’t want to harass them, but we want them to go elsewhere,” said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

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