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Firefighting agencies form partnership, citing greater efficiency

With a potentially early and intense fire season on the horizon for much of California, Six Rivers National Forest and Redwood National Park announced the establishment of an interagency wildland fire management organization this week.

The “Service First” agreement between the two agencies, the departments of Agriculture and Interior, will combine the management staff of each fire organization into one, saving taxpayers money by sharing resources and making for more efficient firefighting and planning, according to fire officials.

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News of Record Feb. 28-March 6, 2014

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of Feb. 28-March 6 include:

Lee Curtis Sanders, 26, Crescent City, was sentenced to 180 days in County Jail for a probation violation

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Family affair on the river

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Indigo Creek Outfitters recently helped Gasquet shuttle driver Brad Camden fulfill his dream of taking his family down the North Fork Smith, a celebrated whitewater run. Courtesy of Will Volpert / Indigo Creek Outfitters
Every morning at 7 a.m. during the rainy winter season, “Bearfoot” Brad Camden goes down to the Gasquet forks swimming hole to check the height of the North Fork Smith River using lines he personally painted on the pipe that draws Gasquet’s water supply.

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A change on comics page

As of today, “Doonesbury” is out and “Non Sequitur” is in on the Triplicate comics page.

“It was that or publish reruns,” said Triplicate publisher and editor Richard Wiens, referring to the fact that “Doonesbury” writer Garry Trudeau has stopped penning his longtime daily comic strip  so that he can continue work on “Alpha House,” a video comedy series.

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Briefs March 6, 2014

Fallen tree blocks 199 at Walker Rd.

U.S. Highway 199 was closed at Walker Road after a 4-foot-diameter tree blew over the roadway at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Crews working on clear ing the roadway anticipated the work would continue past 8 p.m. Wedneday. 

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Man found dead is identified

A body found last weekend on national forest land near Gasquet has been identified as Sacramento-area resident Robert Essex, 52.

Autopsy results indicate Essex died of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, according to officials with the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Volunteers sought for weed-pulling

Redwood National and State Parks is looking for volunteers for the seventh annual Broom Bash in the Bald Hills on Saturday.

Volunteers who help remove the invasive Scotch broom from the Bald Hills will be able to hear an illustrated talk detailing the rich cultural history of the area.

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'Been a long time coming'

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Smith River principal Paige Swan speaks at an assembly Monday: “Students are what this building is all about.” Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
“It’s been a long time coming.”

Those words from the famous Sam Cooke song, “A Change is Gonna Come,” were spoken by several people in Smith River on Monday as school staff, students and community members celebrated the grand opening of the Smith River Community Gymnasium.

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Mann gets 3 years in fatal wreck

Ex-assistant principal’s lawyers can’t convince judge to overturn the jury’s verdict against him

An alcohol-related crash that killed one person sent another to state prison Monday when former Crescent Elk Middle School Assistant Principal Coulter Mann was sentenced to three years on charges of driving under the influence and causing injury.

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Tight timeline for new-state ballot stands

There’s also slight chance advisory vote may be delayed

County supervisors’ approval of a Jefferson-state advisory measure for the June 3 ballot means tight deadlines for those wanting to submit arguments for and against the movement, according to the Del Norte County elections officer.

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