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Crescent City Harbor: Rebuilt port can weather similar events

The reconstructed harbor, completed in 2014, is the first on the West Coast with tsunami-resistant engineering designed to withstand a 50-year event. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
Tsunami-resistant renovation was already in the works, but after 2011 surges wrecked harbor, new federal money lowered the local burden by millions 

In March 2011, Crescent City Harbor was destroyed by the Tohoku tsunami, tearing docks from pilings, sinking 11 boats and dumping more than 100,000 cubic yards of silt and other fine material into the inner boat basin. But the port most likely would have endured the entire calamity with only minor damage if the tsunami had come knocking a couple years later.

On Feb. 18, 2011, the Crescent City Harbor District was handed a permit from the California Coastal Commission greenlighting reconstruction of the inner boat basin to withstand a 50-year tsunami — a force greater than what struck in 2011. The harbor was severely damaged by a tsunami in 2006, and for years harbor staff had been lobbying state agencies to fund a port designed to withstand the type of tsunami expected once every 50 years instead of simply rebuilding what was destroyed.

Emergency Response: It went so smoothly itís now a textbook example

By the time the waves hit Crescent City early in the morning of March 11, 2011, forecasters already had ample time to predict the surge’s precise impact and residents still had the state’s first complete evacuation drill fresh in their minds.

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets: Ready for inspection

Mark Lewis, regional director for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps Pacific region, looked over cadets belonging to the Nathan B. Bruckenthal Division during the divisionís annual inspection on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
It was a larger contingent of Sea Cadets who filed into Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday and faced Lead Petty Officer Mersadies McDougall for inspection. Wearing their dress blues, 11 cadets in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets’ Nathan B. Bruckenthal Division stood at attention while Mark Lewis, regional director for the Pacific Region, looked them over.

Cory's People: Doesnít get much sweeter than the Staffords

Bob and Brenda Stafford
I went and did it again. I met two amazing people who are the quintessential bees knees; the cat’s meow.

Birth: Ameylia Grace French

Ameylia Grace French
Ameylia Grace French was born December 30, 2015 at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces and measured 21 inches. Ameylia’s parents are Colt French and Brittney Phillips. Her sister is Paisley French. Ameylia’s grandparents are JoAnn Morrison, John Phillips and Debbie Morris, and Rory and Haley French, all of Crescent City. Her great grandparents are James D. Phillips Sr. and Alice Phillips, of Parsons, West Virginia, and Linda Bigger, of Oregon.

Derrick Jensen: Prolific author calls Crescent City home

Derrick Jensen has authored more than 20 books including his latest "The Myth of Human Supremacy," which will be released in April. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Derrick Jensen was just a kid when he began pushing back against the status quo. His father had broken his sister’s arm and, like any youngster might, Jensen wondered why. In the second grade, when a subdivision was built on the meadow that was his playground, he asked where the meadowlarks and garter snakes would live.

“I was driven by the question, ‘Why do we do crazy things?’” Jensen said. “Fast forward to college when I was asking the question about people working jobs they don’t like. I started asking myself if the vast majority of people spend the vast majority of time doing things they don’t want to do, what does that mean for society? Who is really being served?”

Church Notebook: Good neighbors are an important part of our lives

Neighbors — they can make or break a neighborhood, and some turn out to be people you never want to forget.

They are part of the phases of our lives as we are taken to various places over the years.

Coming Attractions: "Into the Woods"

Del Norte Triplicate illustration / Bryant Anderson; source illustration / Arthur Rackham
Brookings Harbor Community Theater’s take on a Tony Award-winning show 

Venture “Into the Woods” with the Brookings Harbor Community Theater as it and a cast of more than two dozen tackle James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.

Art Scene, March 3, 2016

Harbor Gallery activities in March

Crescent Harbor Gallery’s artist of the month for March is Patricia Thorpe, who studied art in high school and college, and whose favorite subjects are castles, angels and landscapes. Samples of her oils are currently on display, along with works by other gallery members.

Pistol River: Get ĎPossessed by Paul Jamesí Saturday

Konrad Wert brings his country-folk songs to Pistol River this Saturday night. Courtesy Konrad Wert
In the classroom he’s Konrad Wert, but when he plays his country-folk songs for fans he’s Possessed by Paul James and he’ll be at the Pistol River Friendship Hall on Saturday.

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