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Irrigation cut off to some farms

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Water is being cut off to about a third of the farms on a federal irrigation project in the drought-parched Klamath Basin of Oregon and California.

A July 31 letter from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to irrigation districts says that the flows into the Klamath Reclamation Project’s primary reservoir have been below pre-season forecasts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, forcing a reduction in releases to districts with junior claims on water in order to meet minimum water levels for endangered fish.

Progress made on containing Siskiyous wildfires

Major wildfires in the eastern Siskiyou Mountains continued to burn on Wednesday, covering nearly 52,000 acres, although firefighters have been able to make progress on containment.

More than 2,300 firefighters are battling the Beaver Fire near the community of Klamath River 28 miles east of Hornbrook on Highway 96 and the Oregon Gulch Fire, which straddles the California-Oregon border southeast of Ashland.

Pacific Shores grass fire put out quickly

Firefighters got a small vegetation fire in Pacific Shores under control quickly Monday.

Fort Dick Fire Chief Randy Crawford said the fire, covering a quarter to half an acre, burned mostly grass, brush and some debris.

Bike theft surges in Crescent City

Crescent City may be gaining the wrong kind of reputation among travelers who come to the Pacific Coast on bike.

Crescent City Interim Police Chief Calvin Scott Berry said he has been surprised by the number of bike thefts in the area since taking over for now-retired Police Chief Doug Plack on Monday.

Pot bust yields 286 plants

Sheriff’s deputies seized 286 marijuana plants Monday at an illegal grow operation on Murphy Street in Crescent City. Courtesy of Del Norte Sheriff’s Office
The Del Norte Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the 800 block of Murphy Street on Monday and found a large marijuana grow.

Deputies arrested Illian Ginamarie Quinones-Cruz, 32, at the house and seized 286 marijuana plants along with thousands of dollars worth of growing equipment, said Commander Bill Steven.

Family: Thieves took photos of deceased relative

A robbery on North Bank Road has left some local residents scrambling to recover important memories.

The house was broken into sometime between Wednesday and Sunday last week while the owner, who asked to be unidentified, was out of town. He said he is still trying to tally everything that was taken, but of chief importance were memory disks in two cameras that contained about 400 photos of a family relative, Breena LeAnn Cardenas, who was killed in a drunk driving wreck in 2008 when she was 19 years old.

Locals rev up new fair event

For the first time ever, the Del Norte County Fair hosted the Quad Bash on Friday night in the North Valley Bank Arena. Don Vizgaudis took first place out of 18 riders in the men’s Chicago shootout. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
A brand new event took center stage at the North Valley Bank Arena in the fairgrounds on Friday as hundreds of onlookers bore witness to the first-ever Quad Bash.

The Quad Bash featured several different contests for varying ages and skill levels on all-terrain vehicles, including a youth barrel run, a 4x4 muscle pull and a men’s and women’s Chicago shootout for the finale.

“We designed a couple tracks and came up with some events that gave an opportunity for pretty much every skill level and age group to come out and ride in a safe environment and have some fun,” said Martin Graves, a local ATV enthusiast who took charge of putting the event together.

Wildfire smoke seen in county

Smoke from fires in the eastern Siskiyou Mountains clouds the peaks around the Bear Basin Butte fire lookout on Sunday. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Weather helps firefighters in Siskiyou, Jackson counties

Smoke from two major wildfires in the Siskiyou Mountains, one east of Ashland and one northwest of Yreka, covered eastern Del Norte County in a dusk-like orange haze on Sunday, and thunderstorms expected Monday night and Tuesday morning carried the possibility of more lightning-sparked fires. 

The lingering smoke was a common curiosity in Gasquet on Sunday, but by Monday the smoke cover had drastically dwindled.

“So far today it hasn’t been too bad,” said Leslie Helm at the Gasquet Market. 

Although the spread of the Oregon Gulch Fire near Ashland slowed as temperatures cooled Monday, giving firefighters a chance to build containment lines, the 10,516-acre Beaver Fire 29 miles west of Hornbrook was only two percent contained on Monday. The Beaver Fire near the town of Klamath River on Highway 96 grew by 3,000 acres from Sunday to Monday morning.

Masonic lodge rises from ashes

Russell E. Charnovia, Deputy Grand Master of California, ceremoniously tests the new cornerstone’s strength. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Crescent Lodge #45 rebuilt after burning in 2012

Freemasons on both sides of the state line came to Del Norte County on Saturday to celebrate a “phoenix from the ashes” — the completion of Crescent Lodge #45.

Two years after flames wiped out more than 150 years of records and memories, Crescent Lodge #45 Free and Accepted Masons laid the cornerstone of their new lodge. They anointed the stone with the corn of nourishment, the wine of refreshment and the oil of joy — historical items used in the dedication of a new lodge.

Led by Russell E. Charnovia, Deputy Grand Master of California, the Freemasons then buried a time capsule, which contained their bylaws, minutes from a recent meeting and pictures of Crescent City’s original lodge on Second Street. A photo of the previous lodge at Ninth and B streets as it burned was included along with a photo of the newly reconstructed lodge and its building plans. 

Harbor's insurance bill faces $160K hike

With great docks come great responsibility, and for Crescent City Harbor that translates to greater insurance premiums.

The harbor district is facing an increase of more than $160,000 for insurance premiums to cover new docks installed during the past two years. The increase will be discussed during the district’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Flynn Center, 981 H St.  

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