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Deadly explosive device disabled

The explosive device found by a Redwood National and State Parks maintenance worker at an illegal dump site off Old Mill Road was successfully neutralized without incident by the Humboldt County Bomb Squad on Monday.

“They were able to disassemble the device without destroying it, so we were able to retain a lot of the device,” said Redwood National and State Parks Chief Ranger Marshall Neeck.

Veterans monument effort ready for permit

The Crescent City Council on Monday approved a maintenance agreement in connection with a long-awaited monument honoring members of the U.S. armed forces.

Members of the Del Norte Veterans Monument Committee say the maintenance agreement is the final component necessary to obtain a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission. The committee has worked for nearly eight years to obtain all the required permits, said Harlan Ziegler, committee president. 

“It’s just taking a long time,” he said. “I think it was November 2007 that the idea was brought up at a City Council meeting, and the city adopted a resolution to have a monument honoring our veterans.”

Coat donations sought

A “thank-you” sign for Coats for Kids donors bears handprints of children who received winter clothing through the program. Submitted
Coats for Kids, a tradition started in 1994 with KPOD Radio, continues today with participation from all local Bicoastal Media Radio stations serving Curry and Del Norte County: KPOD 97.9, AM 1240 and KCRE 94.3.  

Coat donations are accepted through Dec. 31  from Port Orford to Klamath at Coats for Kids partners: Rogue Credit Union (all coastal branches); Curry Medical Center in Brookings; Cholwell Benz & Hartwick offices (Crescent City and Brookings); Recology Del Norte, Elk Valley Casino and Pem Mey Fuel Mart in Klamath. 

Owner gets stolen Jeep back after wild pursuit

The vehicle before it was stolen. Submitted
While sleeping on the first floor of her house, Brookings resident Jennifer Harrah heard her jeep being started up and driven away sometime between 6:16 and 6:50 a.m. on Monday morning. Still half-asleep, however, Harrah didn’t quite register what she was hearing.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Harrah told the Triplicate. “At about 6:50 a.m. I got my daughter up for school. When I came back downstairs I looked out my back window and my jeep was gone.”

Harrah said a neighbor walked past her house and noticed the jeep was still there at 6:16 a.m. on Monday, meaning the jeep must have been stolen sometime in the next 35 minutes.

Harbor bustles on opening day

California Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden A.J. Bolton checks the size of crabs being unloaded in Crescent City Harbor on Monday, the first day of the commercial season. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Ready to eat? Now there’s a third place to buy fresh crab at the harbor 

On the opening day of the commercial season in California’s top-producing Dungeness crab port, most people come to work — unloaders filling and dumping buckets of crab into totes held at the perfect temperature, game wardens checking  that crabs are large enough to harvest and fishermen, the ones who make it all happen, pulling into Crescent City Harbor with their first haul of the season.

But some just come to watch.

“We come down here every year to watch as the crabs are landed, especially on the first day,” said Crescent City resident Otto Hinckelmann, who has been coming to Citizens Dock with his wife Carol Czapla every opening day since they moved here five years ago.

Boater drowns in swift water

Santa Rosa man’s boat swamped near Jed Smith 

A 57-year-old Santa Rosa man died in the Smith River near Jedediah Smith Campground on Saturday morning after swift water swamped his drift boat and sent him into the icy current. 

A bystander pulled Jay Eugene Jackson from the river minutes later, but it was too late. Two Redwood National Park Rangers administered CPR for 45 minutes before Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders, according to parks officials. 

Bomb squad called to assess ‘device’

Police: Explosive found in park waste 

A maintenance worker with Redwood National and State Parks found an unusual device at the park’s North Operations Center while sorting through trash and recyclables that were collected from the site of an illegal dump off of Old Mill Road on Monday morning.

The device was identified as an explosive, said Redwood National and State Parks Chief Ranger Marshall Neeck. Aubell Lane, which serves as the entrance to North Operations, was immediately closed off as a safety precaution for the remainder of the day, Neeck said. 

Correction: Rate increase not tied to sewer loan

The Tuesday, Nov. 25, article titled “State OK with change to loan” contained inaccuracies. The state’s approval of a graduated repayment plan and a zero percent interest rate for Crescent City’s $44 million wastewater treatment plant loan was not contingent upon a proposed 5 percent annual rate increase between July 2015 and July 2019.

According to City Manager Eugene Palazzo, the rate increase coupled with the recent changes to the city’s loan will help stabilize Crescent City’s sewer fund. The state Water Resources Control Board recently found that the city’s sewer fund is insufficient to cover its expenses and cannot be supported by the city’s general fund, according to the state’s Nov. 18 staff report.

County reminds residents that dogs must have license, shots

Del Norte County’s agriculture department is reminding folks to renew their dog’s license.

The dog licensing period started Monday and will end Feb. 2, according to a county press release. County ordinance and state law requires any dog over 4 months old to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. Licenses are $25 each or $15 with veterinarian certificate of spay or neuter. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is also required.

Blessings on meal and friends

Marizta Sanchez, 5, eats dinner at a table with four generations of her family. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norters come together like family to cook, serve, feast — and give thanks 

The fairgrounds boomed Thursday as folks lined up for turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but Beulah Smith and her daughters JoAnne Smith and Dianne Ellis-Smith ignored the noise for a few moments.

The three women joined hands and brought their heads together in quiet blessing — their own family tradition — before digging into their Thanksgiving feast.

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