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Sheriff on the lookout for kidnapper

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for an unidentified kidnapper after a 7-year-old girl reportedly resisted being taken from outside her Smith River home Saturday.


Hearings to discuss mining ban set for Sept. 9 and 10

The meeting location has changed for one of the two September hearings scheduled to discuss the federally proposed five-year ban on new mining claims in parts of southwest Oregon, including the headwaters of the North Fork Smith River. 


RAC accepting proposals to improve forest

The Del Norte County Resource Advisory Committee will be accepting until Aug. 15 proposals for natural resource projects to improve National Forest lands within the county. 


Crescent City to be featured on Animal Planet

Redwood Kings airs tonight at 9 p.m. 

Crescent City will be featured in tonight’s episode of Redwood Kings as the hosts scout out a treasure trove of fallen logs.


Updated: Gasquet Complex grows to 900 acres

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Gasquet Complex wildfires grow to 800 acres
Roughly 150 fire personnel from across the state are battling several wildfires in Six Rivers National Forest's Gasquet Ranger District that as of 9 p.m. total 910 acres in size with 2 percent contained.

In the best case scenario, the fires will only grow to several thousand acres, said Incident Commander David Kelly of Southern California Interagency Incident Command Team 2, which is managing response efforts. 

“The potential for large fires is great in this area,” he said.

Meanwhile higher humidity, marine layer and smoke in the atmosphere coming from fires farther south have helped fire crews by blocking solar radiation, said Deputy Incident Commander Dan Felix. However, the weather has also made it difficult to deploy helicopters, air tankers and other aircraft.

All of the fires were sparked by lightning, according to incident command spokesman Jim Wilkins, and due to the dry conditions, more fires may be smoldering, Wilkins said.

Many of the fires can be accessed by roads, but some are located within the Siskiyou Wilderness. Wilkins said fire crews have received permission to use chainsaws, helicopters and gas-powered water portable pumps within the wilderness area.


Saltwater threatens Harbor's tap water

Low Chetco River, high tides, full moon lead to brackishness in community's supply

Usually the dogs are the first to indicate something’s up with the water.


Huffman calls for water release

On July 23 Yurok Tribe raised the alarm about the earlier than expected appearance of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis’ — commonly known as Ich (pronounced ick) — on the Lower Klamath River. On Monday U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, added his voice to the calls for help combating the spread of the potentially deadly parasite prior to the start of the fall salmon run.


Assembly's Jim Wood talks about first term

Del Norte's representative paid a visit to Crescent City

Assemblymember Jim Wood, who represents Del Norte and four other Northern California counties in the California State Assembly, was in Crescent City this weekend.


Fires light up the region

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An unusually red sunset could be seen Sunday night from Pebble Beach a sign of wildfire smoke in the atmosphere. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Past week's lightning sparked dozens of blazes in 'unprecedented fire event'

Forty fires sparked by lightning strikes in the past week have been reported throughout the Six Rivers National Forest, including nine in Del Norte’s Gasquet Ranger District to make up the Gasquet Complex.


Catastrophe kept in perspective

Read more... Recent publicity over the “really big one,” a quake originating offshore sure to send seas lurching at 700 miles of rattled coastline, has heightened some people’s anxieties about living adjacent to the Cascadia subduction zone, but local experts say the event, while it will be bad, is not likely to be as thoroughly devastating as has been portrayed.


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