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News of Record June 27–July 3, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of June 27–July 3:

• David Mingelen, 54, Smith River, was sentenced to eight months in jail and termination of probation for two probation violations.

• Daniel Nunez, 29, Crescent City, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 3 years of probation and fined $670 for illegally obtaining utility.

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Family recipes highlight salsa contest

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Kaleo Abasolo, 11, and parents Wendy and Jerry squeeze limes into their cucumber-avocado salsa. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Fresh homemade salsa doesn’t have to be reserved for late summer, when tomatoes, chilis and other traditional ingredients ripen for harvest. In fact, salsa can turn into a fiesta for the taste buds anytime of year — all an aspiring salsa-maker needs is access to local produce, as seven families proved Saturday in a salsa-making competition at the Crescent City Farmers Market. 

The contest was part of the Champion Mom/Young Iron Chef program sponsored by the county health department and Rural Human Services. Health program organizer Sunny Baker said six families attended a June 24 nutrition class to learn about food and kitchen safety as well as get some tips on creating unique, flavorful salsa for the upcoming competition, and each team submitted their salsa ingredient list to Baker before the contest. Fresh produce complemented by cilantro, garlic and strawberries from Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick was provided for all the contestants, she added.

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Fireworks banned in national forest

In the national forest, all fireworks are illegal.

If you’re in the forest this week, don’t use any pyrotechnics or fireworks, not even the “Safe and Sane” kind. That’s the message that Mike Minton, Six Rivers National Forest acting forest supervisor, is reminding visitors of this week.

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Sacred ceremonial objects reclaim purpose after long absence

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After a years-long repatriation process, the Yurok Tribe recently received more than 100 sacred artifacts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which was celebrated Saturday at the Yurok Tribal Office in Klamath. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
For nearly 150 years, sacred ceremonial objects once used by the ancestors of the Yurok Tribe were held in private collections and museums, preventing the fulfillment of their intended purpose: to be danced in at Yurok ceremonies.

On Saturday, the Yurok Tribe celebrated the return of 128 ceremonial objects from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the culmination of a nine-year process and one of the largest repatriations of American Indian artifacts in United States history. 

“This is our backbone right here. This is our culture and who we are,” said Rosie Clayburn, the tribe’s Cultural Resource Manager, who in May accompanied the items as they traveled from Suitland, Md., to San Francisco, where a tribal delegation and traditional dance leaders met to transport the objects to Yurok Tribal ancestral territory.

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Local beekeeper looks forward to healthy honey harvest this summer

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Nursery owner and bee farmer Kees Oostra examines honeycomb from one of his 20 local hives. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Kees Oostra keeps five beehives on the second story of his barn, but you wouldn’t know it unless he showed you.

The space below the roof is calm, cool and shady. Oostra says he keeps his bees here so bears won’t raid the white wooden boxes arranged on sturdy tables that serve as hives. He lifts the lid of the first one with his bare hands and pulls out a frame thick with eggs and worker bees.

“These are all new bees in the making,” Oostra said.

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Library sits on $350k reserve

The Del Norte Public Library has nearly $350,000 in the bank, but you won’t see it in the Library Board’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

At its meeting last week, the Del Norte Library District Board of Trustees approved its 2014–2015 proposed budget, which lists the expenditures and revenues balancing out to $180,500. According to last year’s independent audit, as well as County Auditor Clinton Schaad’s records, however, there’s $346,741.77 in the library fund, plus another $40,997.82 in a building fund — all numbers Schaad confirmed when he showed up at the meeting last Thursday at the trustees’ invitation.

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Solid Waste Authority Board debates future direction

Following the recommendation of an independent consultant’s assessment, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board held a special meeting last week to debate the future direction of the embattled public agency that handles all local trash and recycling issues.

First up on the list of pressing issues was what to do about the top two staff positions at the authority: program manager and executive director.

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Driver of Harley dies from crash off 199

A motorcyclist died on Tuesday evening after he struck a guardrail and was thrown down a ravine on Highway 199.

 

According to the California Highway Patrol, Robert Gatlin, 59, of Gold Beach, was traveling alone southbound on Highway 199 on a Harley-Davidson when he left the roadway and struck a guardrail just north of mile marker 24 on Tuesday around 5 p.m.

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Collision on 101 diverts traffic

A collision on U.S. Highway 101 in front of Anchor Beach Inn left both drivers with minor injuries and caused the highway to close for about half an hour on Tuesday.

Christina Zendejas, 26, of Crescent City pulled her Chevy Astro out of the Anchor Beach parking lot onto Highway 101 just before 1 p.m., according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.

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Teen girls arrested for kidnapping minor

A Crescent City woman and a juvenile were arrested late Tuesday night by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office following an altercation that occurred on the 200 block of Maiden Lane.

Kianna Ownsbey, 18, of Crescent City was arrested on charges of kidnapping and accessory and a suspected accomplice, a 17-year-old female whose name was withheld due to her age, was sent to juvenile hall, Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said.

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