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Rash of OHV tracks in state park

OHV tracks are visible just behind a sign marking the state park boundary. Photo courtesy Linda Medders
Damage is 'worst I've ever seen' says Tolowa Dunes guide 

Fresh tire tracks have been turning up on the beaches, dunes and forests of Tolowa Dunes State Parks unchecked since December, and some park users are beginning to wonder how much more damage will be done before the problem is quelled. 

Broken tree boughs, exposed roots, rutted trails, damaged gates and fences are just some of the results of the recent off-highway vehicle traffic. 

Although the activity is illegal in state parks, it’s become regular. 

Complaints prompt probe of county dept. director

Quarter of Health and Human Services employees sign petition 

Del Norte County administration is investigating claims against the director of the Department of Health and Human Services after a petition signed by 50 — roughly a fourth — of her employees was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 8. 

Former complaints and grievances had been filed without resulting in any action, the petition states, calling for the supervisors’ “immediate oversight” and for Director Barbara Pierson to be disciplined for flawed leadership and money management. 

Complaints include HIPAA violations; “disintegrating communication” amongst co-workers, supervising staff and clients; misuse of county money and time; and low morale. 

Challenging road to building new bike trail

As plans for a world class mountain bike trail system in Del Norte County continue to move forward, issues of how to convert miles of existing decommissioned roads into trails is proving a challenge.

A group of local riders led by Joe Gillespie plan to use about $8,000 in Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) grant money to design a mountain bike trail in the Mill Creek watershed with a possible connection to the Rellim Ridge Trail and existing roads that run through the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

The grant money will be used to hire National Trails Coordinator Mark Loseth of the American Conservation Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona to design a mountain bike trail with features and trail options appealing to every skill level.

Brookings woman takes plea deal on charge of burglarizing co-worker

A Brookings woman charged with burglarizing the Fort Dick home of her co-worker three times has agreed a plea bargain reached with the Del Norte County District Attorney.

Shana Moulton, 26, plans to plead guilty to one of three counts of felony first-degree burglary in relation to one incident in December and two more in February, the most recent of which were caught on home security cameras. Under terms of the deal submitted March 28 in Del Norte Superior Court, the remaining counts will be dismissed. 

Assistant District Attorney Katherine Micks said the deal remains open, meaning the judge will have liberty to take into account her dismissed charges while making a sentencing decision later this month. 

HCD extends olive branch

Old wounds may be on the mend as the Del Norte Healthcare District opens the door of communication with the Sutter Coast Hospital and Open Door Clinic.

District board members recently instructed Chairman Dr. Kevin Caldwell to reach out to the Sutter Coast Board and Open Door Clinic with letters of invitation.

HSU to look into beached dolphin

Scientists at Humboldt State University are investigating the death of a long-beaked common dolphin that beached itself near the Winchuck River last week.

The dolphin was alive when it became stranded at Sandpiper Beach last Thursday, said Marine Biology Professor Dawn Goley, stranding coordinator for HSU’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network. It stranded itself several times, but died on the beach, she said.

Counterfeit case yields convictions

Two Crescent City residents will likely spend years in prison after trying to scam Wayside Liquor Market out of $500 in cash last year. 

Ronnie Meyer Sr., 48, and Krystal Evans, 34, were convicted Wednesday by a 12-person jury following three days of trial in Del Norte Superior Court.

Sewer overhaul shifts focus

McLennan Excavation Inc. is keeping projects moving, shifting from the main sewer line replacement on B Street to the Howe Drive upgrade, a major component of the $1.4 million B Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, March 28-30

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, March 28-30:

Monday, March 28

Note: From 4:22 p.m.

At 4:26 p.m., caller on the 1900 block of Northcrest Drive says her roommate moved all of her stuff into the garage.

At 4:53 p.m., caller on the 2100 block of Malone Road says her neighbor is standing on the edge of her property yelling and pulled a knife on her husband.

No permission, no clean up

An RV graveyard has grown up at a vacant Pacific Shores lot since its occupants moved out a decade ago. The present-day clean up effort led by Patricia Tiso has yet to get off the ground, having been given the run around by local agencies. Courtesy Patricia Tiso
Effort to clean up Pacific Shores bogs down in bureaucratic mire

Sometimes it takes more than sheer will and a little elbow grease to clean up a lot full of rubbish. 

After three months being run from one agency to another, Fort Dick resident Patricia Tiso has learned this to be true for a privately held plot just off Tell Boulevard in Pacific Shores — the soggy subdivision near Lake Earl that never took shape.

“That’s my backyard. I’m out there all the time with my granddaughter,” said Tiso. “It’s so trashy and so ridiculous that nobody’s cleaning it up. Everybody’s passing the buck on this.”

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