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Motorycling couple injured in crash with deer on U.S. 101

A North Carolina couple was taken to Sutter Coast Hospital with moderate injuries Sunday after their motorcycle collided with a deer on U.S. 101 just north of the junction with S.R. 197, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.


Del Norte Scholarship Foundation: $344,381.75 sendoff

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Del Norte High School music director Dan Sedgwick recognized some of the most musically gifted seniors and awarded them scholarships at the Del Norte Scholarship Foundationís annual banquet on Wednesday evening at the school. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Foundation hands out scholarships to Class of 2016 

Roger Carrillo smiled shyly. Dressed in a black shirt and a bow tie that matched his shoes, Carrillo said, “I’m feeling good, anxious. This is exciting.”

Carrillo was one of 50 high school seniors granted cash needed for college Wednesday during the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation’s annual presentation. Celebrating 51 years, the foundation handed out more than $300,000 in scholarships.


Gitlin, Murray likely headed to runoff

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Del Norte County Clerk/Recorder Alissia Northrup scanned ballots on Friday before releasing updated results. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The election pendulum continued to swing as mail-in votes trickle in late in the week, raising the odds of another possible-runoff election in November.

According to unofficial results released Friday, District 1 Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin will most likely face Crescent City Councilor Kathryn Murray in a Nov. 8 runoff election, joining District 5 Supervisor David Finigan in his runoff against challenger Bob Berkowitz.


McClure defeat heralds change

Two out of three supervisor races are undecided, but even if the incumbents keep their seats, Martha McClure’s defeat spells change for Del Norte County.

McClure will no longer be able to serve on the California Coastal Commission after she leaves her District 2 seat, which she has held for 20 years.

Meanwhile, her successor, Lori Cowan, has set her sights on a faster fix for Last Chance Grade, but says she doesn’t subscribe to the five-year plan touted by Roger Gitlin and Bob Berkowitz, who are still in the running for Districts 1 and 5 respectively.


Troubled area of 199 gets safety measures

Caltrans has undertaken several emergency measures following a recent series of crashes on U.S. 199 that have taken three lives.

Steps taken include a new 45 mph cautionary speed limit sign placed at northbound mile marker 10.35 and four new signs alerting drivers to curves ahead at the 10.49 mile marker. A work order has been approved and a high friction surface treatment to pavement in the area will begin in 60 to 90 days, a Caltrans spokesman said during a public hearing held Wednesday by the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission (DNLTC).


Health District special meeting on hiring consultant

The Del Norte Healthcare District has scheduled a special meeting noon Tuesday to review and accept the Quorum Proposal it has been considering since the beginning of May.

Quorum said they promise to help the district develop an analysis of health care needs in the community. 

The board’s goal is to use the study to help develop a partnership, or partnerships with health care providers that could bring more medical specialists to Del Norte County, according to Dr. Kevin Caldwell, board chairman.


State water control board answers SB88 letter

The State Water Resources Control Board doesn’t care if Del Norte County is flowing with water while the rest of the state is in drought. 

The agency wants to track water withdrawals down to the minute, throughout the state, according to the latest response to an appeal by Del Norte County Supervisor Chris Howard and others. 


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, June 8-10, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, June 8-10:

Wednesday, June 8

Note: From 4:35 p.m.

At 4:54 p.m., report of a boat in the water off the Brother Jonathan Lookout with three subjects and a small child. None of them appear to have life jackets.

At 6:09 p.m., caller reports their neighbor’s aggressive dogs have been chasing her down the road on the 600 block of Vipond Drive.


Corrections, June 11, 2016

Crescent City Mayor Pro Tem Blake Inscore’s name was spelled incorrectly in a June 2 story concerning city council’s search for a new city manager.

A page one headline Thursday incorrectly stated Crescent City Council’s actions regarding allocations for Rural Human Services (RHS) and the municipal swimming pool. As stated in story, the council agreed to continue allocating $300,000 to RHS from a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The council also voted to give RHS an additional $40,000 from a $200,000 allocation originally earmarked for the pool.

The Del Norte Triplicate endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact will be corrected in a timely and appropriate manner. Please notify Editor Robin Fornoff of errors by calling 707-464-2141.


City wants bulk of grant to go to pool, not RHS

Rural Human Services could be getting additional money from Crescent City but not anything close to what agency directors say they need to cope with growing numbers of victims of domestic violence and the hungry.

At Crescent City Council’s meeting Monday, RHS requested all of some $200,000 public service funding included as part of a $2 million state grant the city is seeking. After much discussion, City Council agreed to allot RHS $40,000, should the city succeed in obtaining the grant. The remaining $160,000, councilors agreed on a unanimous vote, should go to offsetting costs for operating the municipal swimming pool.


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