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Winter won't end drought

Northern California falls in a zone of “equal chances” for having a drier or wetter winter than normal. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration graphic
NOAA predicts wetter winter for SoCal, uncertainty for rest of state 

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had good news for much of the country on Thursday with the release of its winter forecast, predictions for the next few months in Northern California were more reserved.

Although parts of the state could get above-average rain and snowfall this winter, it won’t be enough to end the drought, which in 60 percent of California is classified as “exceptional.”

Moore back at work

Judge wanted stiffer penalty than plea deal allowed 

A Del Norte Superior Court judge and the Del Norte County district attorney say a former Crescent Elk employee arrested last year on charges of inappropriately touching middle school girls shouldn’t be working in a school setting, but that’s exactly what he’s doing after the judge rejected a plea agreement for being too soft and the DA dismissed the case for lack of evidence.

Big 5 to hold hiring fair today

New businesses are bringing several dozen new jobs to Del Norte County. 

Big 5 Sporting Goods is teaming up with the Del Norte Workforce Center on Tuesday for a hiring event that they hope will net at least 25 people for the new store in Crescent City.

Reggae group plays tonight

Big Mountain plays tonight at the Crescent City Elks Lodge.
The Crescent City Elks Lodge will host some more reggae grooves on Tuesday when Big Mountain comes to town.

The show is open to patrons 21 years or older. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply and at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25.

Local unemployment down in September

Del Norte County’s preliminary September jobless rate fell from 9.6 percent in August to 8.5 percent in September, compared to 10.3 percent in September 2013. 

The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate (6.9 percent) is down 0.6 percent from August, according to the state’s Labor Market Information Division.

News of Record Oct. 10–16, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 10–16:

Cory Orensico, 25, Crescent City, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $1,752 for possession of a dangerous drug (felony) and possession of paraphernalia.

School Board candidate forum tonight

Klamath residents today have a chance to hear from a handful of candidates running for the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees.

True North Organizing Network is hosting a candidates night designed to draw attention to the specific educational needs of Margaret Keating Elementary School, one of the lowest performing schools in the district, according to a press release from the organization. 

Burning Season Heats Up

Wildland firefighters manage a prescribed burn Monday in the Bald Hills area. Shifting winds Monday afternoon created spot fires that at one point separated a firefighter from his squad, prompting him to deploy his fire shelter. Redwood National Parks / Eamon Engber
Shifting winds scatter flames of controlled burn, cutting firefighter off from his crew 

Controlled burns in the Bald Hills region of Redwood National Park went awry on Monday when winds shifted and caused spot fires, leading one firefighter to deploy a fire shelter after being cut off from the rest of his team.

“Fire can be unpredictable, and all it takes is a shift in weather conditions to cause the fire to do something that you don’t expect it to do,” said Jeff Denny, supervisory park ranger for Redwood National and State Parks.

Loftin avoids a trial in deal

DA: Better he’s off streets 1–2 years than risk probation 

Mike Loftin, the man who six months ago stabbed a teenager through the arm with an eel hook, was led out of the courtroom shouting on Wednesday after he agreed to a deal to plead guilty for his felony crime. Loftin could serve up to two years in state prison after he is sentenced in November.

Deputy interrupts burglar in garage

Pettis’s last day of in-field training ends with foot chase 

An in-progress burglary north of Crescent City was thwarted Wednesday by a Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputy at the tail end of his in-field training.

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