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Public input sought on library’s future

The Del Norte County Library Board is seeking community input as it drafts its plans and goals for the next five years.


Yurok casino plans opening Friday

After months of construction and preparation, the Redwood Hotel Casino will be fully open for business this weekend.

The casino and restaurant will open its doors on Friday at 8 p.m., according to a press release from the Yurok Tribe, and then the first full day of operation begins on Saturday at 9 in the morning for the casino and 11 a.m. for the restaurant. The hotel, which has 60 rooms, opened for business in July.


New Sheriff in Town

Police sgt. says he feels affirmed by voters after 10-point win

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Sheriff-elect Erik Apperson and his wife Kyoko wave to supporters Tuesday night after hearing the final election returns. Del Norte Triplicate / Emily Jo Cureton
Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson defeated incumbent Dean Wilson in the race for Del Norte County sheriff Tuesday night with a 10-point lead.

“The thought that keeps going through my head is affirmation,” Apperson said the day after election night. “I was born here, I grew up here, and to see the folks from here come out and demonstrate they believe in me is what is resonating with me right now."


Feller to take reins at RHS

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Scott Feller
Rural Human Services, the largest independent social service provider in Del Norte County, will see some changes in leadership this winter just as the nonprofit weathers less-friendly realities for securing grants, the organization’s largest funding source.

Rural Human Services announced last week the appointment of Scott Feller as interim executive director to replace Michael Costigan, who will be leaving RHS Dec. 15.


C.C. man’s ‘Pawn’ interest goes on T.V.

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Crescent City veteran Joseph Burrell (second from left) poses with ‘Pawn Star’ stars Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, Chumlee Russell and ‘Pawnography’ host Christopher Titus. Submitted
Joseph Burrell’s fascination with historical things makes him a regular on eBay and other Internet auction sites and a fan of the History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars.”

Interested primarily in sports and American history, particularly the Civil War era and Victorian period, the 28-year-old disabled veteran wrote “Pawn Stars” producers hoping to be able to sell some of his most prized finds. Burrell didn’t expect to be contacted with the producers of “Pawnography,” a History Channel game show featuring the stars of “Pawn Stars.”


Fishing deaths a reminder as season nears

Four people drowned during a recreational crab outing off the coast of Bodega Bay this weekend, serving as a tragic reminder of the importance of boater safety for this winter’s sport and commercial dungeness crab seasons.

Beverly Noll, a volunteer with Crescent City’s Coast Guard Auxiliary, has been walking the docks of Crescent City Harbor performing boat examinations and safety equipment check as the local fleet prepares for the beginning of the commercial crab season, scheduled to begin Dec. 1 north of Mendocino County.


1½ tons of trash collected in forest

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Despite heavy rain and wind, volunteers turned out with smiling faces Oct. 25 to clean up 3,100 pounds of trash in the Smith River NRA. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Hundreds of pounds more was bagged 
at illegal pot grow 

Volunteers removed more than 3,100 pounds of trash from the Smith River National Recreation Area and other parts of the watershed last weekend, and that doesn’t include hundreds of pounds of waste tagged and bagged at an illegal marijuana grow up Patrick Creek Road.

Tents, fertilizer containers, tarps, food waste and other refuse that was found and bagged at a 3,000-plant weed grow raided this summer will be picked up by helicopter at a later date.


Public transportation focus of Wednesday meeting

In a geographically dispersed area with limited population like Del Norte County, providing adequate public transportation can prove to be quite a challenge.

To  address unmet public transit needs and talk about coordination possibilities, there will be a public meeting at 1–2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Health and Human Services building, 880 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City.


Transition Del Norte turns to energy

In late September, the first meeting of Transition Del Norte, a movement to create a more self-reliant, resilient and sustainable community, attracted nearly 40 people, with many in attendance being interested in the idea of creating more renewable and localized energy sources.

To continue the conversation on that topic, Transition Del Norte is holding a “Local Energy Forum” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Wellness Center, 550 E. Washington Blvd.


News of Record Oct. 24–30, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 24–30:

David Ernest Wright, 43, Crescent City, was sentenced to six years in state prison and fined $2,420 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.


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