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Beach brush aflame again

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A CalFire firefighter sprays water on smoldering brush Tuesday afternoon near Crescent City’s South Beach. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Second fire in as many weeks south of town 

A brush fire Tuesday afternoon near South Beach scorched nearly five acres and blanketed eastern areas of Crescent City with smoke.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Tim Devos said the fire was reported at 1:14 p.m. across the highway from Sand Mine Road. Flames burned 3–4 acres before ground crews at the scene contained it an hour later.

Heavy smoke from the fire caused limited visibility for motorists on U.S. Highway 101, prompting California Highway Patrol officers to help with traffic control at the scene, Devos said.


Library settles budget issues

$300,000 of extra money earmarked for new building 

The Del Norte County Library Board last week took care of a few issues that had been delayed by months of controversy and red tape.

During a general tidying up of the library’s budget at its meeting last Thursday, board members moved money around, approved its 2014–2015 library budget and voted to appoint the newest library trustee — all agenda items that previously had been delayed by financial and procedural concerns.

With little of the arguing and public frustration that had surrounded the issue during previous meetings, the board determined where to put hundreds of thousands of dollars it says it wasn’t aware of until June. Originally thought to be $350,000, updated numbers showed it was actually a little more than $400,000, according to budget documents.


Docks won’t get tsunami insurance

Board: No room in harbor budget for costly coverage 

The new docks installed in Crescent City Harbor to replace old floats destroyed by tsunamis will not be insured for tsunamis, a decision harbor commissioners  voted on Tuesday.

Inner Boat Basin dock insurance, including “water exposure” for floods, tsunamis and wave wash, would have cost $124,400 more annually than the $70,000 annual policy chosen by commissioners in a 3-1-1 vote, with Commissioner James Ramsey dissenting and Commissioner Ron Phillips abstaining.


Theft arrests at troubled address

Two people were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of possessing stolen hardware tools and ammunition,  according to the Del Norte Sheriff’s office.

Keith Hulford, 30, and Elis Dickson, 27, were arrested around 9:30 a.m. at a residence on the 700 block of Vipond Drive near Lake Earl, according to Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.

Both were booked on  charges of possession of stolen property and felon in possession of ammunition.


Charges follow attack, bike theft

A 23-year-old male was arrested Tuesday morning several hours after an alleged attack east of the Crescent City Cultural Center that left a victim with several bruises.

Christopher Bessant was arrested at 7 a.m. on the 100 block of Elk Valley Road and faces charges of robbery and assault. 


Superheroes of Service

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Eager racers take off from the CASA Superhero Fun Run starting line Saturday at the Marine Mammal Center in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The first-ever CASA Superhero Fun Run/Walk drew dozens of beings of incredible power to the Marine Mammal Center for both the Kid Run and the adult 5K on Saturday morning.

Everyone from Batman to Superman and the Hulk showed up in support of CASA Del Norte to help honor the CASA advocates and raise money for the organization, which advocates for children caught in the middle of custody battles or other court cases.


Republicans stump for Del Norte votes

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Kashkari to join candidates at GOP campaign dinner Saturday 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is making a stop in Del Norte County Saturday as one of the featured candidates at the Del Norte Republican Party’s “Dinner At The Ranch.” 

The second annual event, to be held at the Alexandre Kids Egg Ranch in Fort Dick, will host several state and local Republican candidates on the ballot for this November’s General Election.


Brookings man killed in Fort Dick motorcycle crash

A Brookings man is dead and another is in serious condition at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City after an accident near Wonderstump Road on Highway 101 in California late Monday night.

Delmas Baumback, 49, was driving northbound on his Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 11:30 p.m. when a southbound 1995 BMW sedan driven by Royce Fike, 56, also of Brookings, veered into his lane of traffic and struck him, according to California Highway Patrol spokesperson Brandy Gonzalez.


Students open a new chapter

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Del Norte High principal Randy Fugate addresses the incoming class of freshman. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Young Del Norters get a first look at next phase of academic life 

As she waited for freshman orientation to start Friday, Misty Carter thought of the nine years she spent at Redwood School.

“I’d like to go back for one more year, but this has got to happen,” she said as she tried to find Del Norte High School’s multipurpose room.

Misty is the second child in her family to start high school. Her older sister Shonean graduated from Del Norte High last year and is starting her freshman year at Butte Community College, majoring in child development.


Board, biz irked by road project

Commerce may be stifled, they say, by divided highway 

A Caltrans highway safety construction project that caught County Board members and local business owners off guard has supervisors calling a timeout until they can get more details.

The supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday voted to send Caltrans a cease and desist letter regarding a planned island, crosswalk and traffic signal — referred to by Caltrans as a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon — for Highway 101 after a local business owner brought up economic and drainage concerns surrounding the project during the meeting’s public comment period. The board also requested that Caltrans present its plan and possible alternatives to it at a future meeting.


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