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Caltrans to discuss climate shift Thursday

Caltrans will hold a public meeting in Eureka on Thursday to discuss the results of a study that focuses on climate change impacts on state routes in Northern California.

State routes in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Lake counties were the focus of a study that considered the potential impacts of sea level rise and increases in flooding, erosion, landslides and wildfire as projected by current climate change modeling. 

Rare funnel cloud spotted

An unusual but not unheard-of sight caught the eyes of several people in the vicinity of Smith River during Friday’s stormy weather. A ropy funnel cloud descended partway from the cloud deck Friday shortly after 4 p.m., according to eyewitnesses, and lingered over the area for several minutes.

Mel Nordquist, a science officer at the National Weather Service’s Eureka bureau, said he’d looked at photos of the cloud and is “99 percent certain” it was a phenomenon called a cold-air funnel cloud.

Code Games

Fifth-graders Kian McKelfresh and Simon Bell build a computer game in Keegan Finley’s class at Mary Peacock Elementary. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Students get a look behind the screen in worldwide computer programming project   

Alexa Gomez Aguilar and Sinai Peña are no strangers to computers, but on Wednesday they became computer programmers.

Armed with iPads, Alexa and Sinai, students in Keegan Finley’s fifth-grade class at Mary Peacock Elementary School, used a program called Hopscotch, which taught “drag and drop” computer programming allowing the two girls to tell their character, a cupcake with turquoise frosting, what to do.

Phone book puts the ‘hot’ in hotline

Number listed to report poachers was actually a sex line 

A local phone book unwittingly sent Good Samaritans to a sex line, probably for years.

This year, three Del Norte County residents who tried to report illegal poaching and dumping to the State of California reached America’s Hottest Talk Line instead, thanks to an erroneous listing in the Wild Rivers Coast Black Phone Book.  

Ceremony marks KRECR’s closing

Bernadette Johnson broke down in tears as she celebrated Ryan Bennett, the last student to graduate from Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods.

Bennett, who sat next to the podium, stood up and folded KRECR’s former director into a bear hug. Through the tears, Johnson spoke of Bennett’s willingness to help out, not
only by carrying boxes, digging up invasive grass and setting up props for talent shows, but by helping his peers peacefully settle conflicts.

“Ryan is one example of how Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods encourages personal growth of its students,” she said. “By acknowledging real power and authentic responsibility for education, we asked them to speak up for what they believe in. We asked them to care about the people and the world around us. Ryan knows these requests do not expire upon graduation.”

Wind gusts up to 68 mph cancel flights

As storms go, Wednesday and Thursday’s event brought more rain to Mendocino and Humboldt than it did to Del Norte County, but the wind sure packed a punch.

Gusty winds caused a power outage in Klamath, canceled flights at Jack McNamara Field and caused minor damage in Del Norte County, but emergency personnel say the number of calls they responded to were minimal.

News of Record Dec. 5–11, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Dec. 5–11:

Matthew McKeown, 35, Crescent City, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison and fined $1,231 for second-degree robbery (felony) and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Christopher Bessant, 23, Crescent City, was sentenced to 75 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $1,190 for possession of dirk/dagger (felony).

To 'educate and inform'

Lori Moodie-Cotta, 12, takes notes as she peruses the Dec. 2 Triplicate, provided to schools through Newspapers in Education. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Lori Moodie-Cotta bent over the Dec. 2 issue of the Triplicate.

Lori and her peers in Heidi Graham’s fifth through eighth-grade class at Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods go through the newspaper every Tuesday and Thursday, making notes in a worksheet they turn in at the end of the lesson. 

The seventh-grader noted who the “Special good morning” message was to that day, the three-day weather forecast and the headlines. She then had to summarize any interesting stories in the newspaper, writing down “who, what, where, when, why and how” and write a paragraph explaining the article.

Flood danger falls as storm hits

Read more...Wednesday rain much lighter than earlier predicted 

Del Norte braced for high winds, potential power outages and the usual rock slides Wednesday as a strong Pacific storm system pummeled the North Coast.

High surf and wind advisories from the National Weather Service remained in effect until Thursday morning, with 19 to 24-foot breaking waves on west-facing beaches.

Mining corp. still pushing for test drilling

Red Flat Nickel disputes potential threat to fish, flows 

Proponents of open-pit mining in headwaters of the Smith River won’t take no, or even thousands of nos, for an answer. 

Red Flat Nickel Corporation has petitioned the State of Oregon Water Resources Department to reconsider its refusal to let the mining outfit pull from a tributary straddling the state line. The company wants water for test drilling, a crucial step towards developing a strip mine on its 3,000-acre Cleopatra claim within Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, an area encompassing three major tributaries of the North Fork of the Smith River.

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