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No trial yet for alleged machete thrower

The Del Norte Superior Court found a machete-wielding 71-year-old man incompetent to stand trial Thursday. 

Having been examined by a court-ordered psychiatrist, William Alberts has been referred to local mental health officials. 

Emergency notification system on way to DN

Del Norte County is on deck to purchase a new mass notification system that officials say will keep residents in the loop during emergencies and other events, like power outages, that might require mass updates.

News of Record Jan. 30-Feb. 5

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, 2015:

Fin-footed fun in marine lesson

Bess Maxwell Elementary students examine skulls of sea-dwelling creatures during the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s visit to the school. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Aquarium educators give elementary students a hands-on lesson about pinnipeds 

Jenni Remillard acknowledged that bringing a seal or sea lion with her to Bess Maxwell Elementary School was neither a practical nor a pleasant concept for pinnipeds and humans alike.

“The worst thing you will ever smell is a seal fart,” she told her young audience Wednesday.

Deal to build affordable housing OK’d

Arcata developer plans apt. complex for seniors in C.C. 

A new agreement between Crescent City and an Arcata-based developer aims to put a new three-story, affordable housing complex for seniors in the downtown area.

The deal, a disposition and development agreement approved at Monday’s City Council meeting, green-lights the sale of the property where it will be built to DANCO Communities and provides a road map for future development of the apartments.

Tribe: Restrict fishing at creek

State to consider changes to Klamath sport regulations 

The California Fish and Game Commission will consider changes to sport fishing regulations on parts of the lower Klamath River at a public hearing to be telecast live from Sacramento on Feb. 12.  

Three proposals on the table stand to impact sport fishing by non-tribal entities at two famously bountiful spots on the main stem of the river, including a ban on catch-and-release fishing at the sand spit along its mouth and a closure 15 miles upstream near the river’s confluence with Blue Creek, a half-mile section of uncharacteristically cold water that the Yurok Tribe has requested be placed off limits to non-tribal anglers during the warmest months of the year.Reach Emily Jo Cureton at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Heavy rain, high winds to hit DN

Eight to nine inches of rain and high winds between 20 and 30 mph are forecast for Del Norte and the surrounding area over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in Eureka, and residents are advised to watch out for flooding.

The rain and winds will hit over four episodes, NWS Science Officer Mel Nordquist said, from Wednesday evening  until at least Sunday afternoon, with the heaviest episode — bringing about 4–5 inches — predicted for Thursday night and Friday morning. 

Energy assistance returns for seniors

The Del Norte Senior Center will welcome back a portion of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program come March, four years after the program was suspended entirely for misuse of funds.  

Senior Center doors will be open to low-income residents looking for help paying their utility bills, as the program is shifted back in increments from Redwood Community Action Agency, a nonprofit based in Eureka that took on program administration in Del Norte County when the senior center was deemed unfit to house it in 2011. 

Vendor call for antique, craft fair

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary is seeking vendors for a craft and antique craft fair that will be held March 7 at the Veterans Hall.

The table fee is $20 and the deadline to reserve a space is Feb. 28.

Trusting the Rope

Del Norte County Search and Rescue team leader Tom Cabrera communicates from the edge as first responders train on a Crescent City cliffside. Del Norte Triplicate / Emily Jo Cureton
Triplicate reporter gets unexpected inside look 
at rescue ropes training 

Like most people who end up on the panicky end of a rescuer’s rope, dropping off a cliff was not my plan last Thursday afternoon, when employees of Redwood National and State Parks, volunteers for Del Norte County Search and Rescue, and the Pelican Bay State Prison Crisis Response Team held a training exercise off Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City.

This Triplicate reporter just happened to pass by, curiosity piqued by the 20 or so participants gathered on a bluff with an array of ropes slung over its edge. 

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