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Ambulance co. helps out at Super Bowl

They may not have been in the big game, but two Del Norte EMS workers provided a valuable service for Santa Clara County — home of Super Bowl 2016.

Del Norte Ambulance Paramedic Tom Phillips and Emergency Medical Technician Matt Sutton worked a 12 hour shift, from about 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., in Santa Clara on Sunday. They weren’t at Levi’s Stadium, but could respond to an emergency elsewhere in the area.

“It’s great experience for us,” Phillips said. “It’s a great training opportunity for us going down to somewhere we’re not used to or accustomed to and (responding) to 911 calls in a larger system.”

Crabbing crews in the cold as season in doubt

Owners offered loans while employees hope for federal aid

With the Crab Season hanging on the edge of cancellation the Small Business Administration is offering boat-owners low-interest loans but  crew members appear left to fend for themselves.

The SBA came to Crescent City on Monday and will be here on today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the harbor office meeting room, 101 Citizens Docs Road. The federal agency is offering low interest loans to businesses impacted economically by the 2015 Dungeness crab season delay and Rock crab closure, Harbormaster Charlie Helms said.

Jacob Linard, a crew member on a Crescent City crab boat, who, because of the closure was forced to leave the state to look elsewhere for work, doesn’t think the loan program offers a real solution.

Tribe plans for climate change

In this 2011 file photo, Suzanne Fluharty, of the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program, collects mussels to be tested for toxins expected to be more common due to climate change impacts. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
The Yurok Tribe lived in harmony with their natural environment for millennia. Although tribal members today live a decidedly modern life, many tribal members still fish, hunt and gather within their ancestral lands, making them keenly in tune with the effects of climate change.

Recently, the Yurok Tribe held the second in a series of three climate change adaptation workshops designed to assess potential aquatic impacts related to climate change, develop a climate change adaptation plan, and create a web-based monitoring network to identify expected changes as they come.

“We recognize climate change is happening and the impacts we're seeing now are only going to increase,” said Joe Hostler, an environmental specialist for the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program.

Queen moors in Crescent City Harbor

A steady stream of onlookers came to Crescent City Harbor on Monday to see the riverboat Queen of the Mississippi, which is on a relocation voyage. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
Riverboat stops in Del Norte on trek from Mississippi R. 

The Queen of the Mississippi briefly held court at Crescent City Harbor this week, drawing an unseasonable crowd of onlookers during an exceptionally warm day.

“We’ve never had this many people out here on a Monday,” Harbormaster Charlie Helms told one of the crew members aboard the five-story paddle steamer.

A steady stream of 15-or-so people sauntered on and off the dock all day, he said, to get a peek at the riverboat that had made its way from its former home on the Mississippi River, arriving in Crescent City’s little ocean port after dark on Sunday.

Summery weather breaks record

Offshore winds and a high pressure ridge had Crescent City cooking Monday afternoon, setting a record high for the winter day.  

Reaching 75 degrees by 2 p.m., Crescent City beat its previous record, set in 1987, by at least 4 degrees. Meteorologist Brad Sharboneau with the National Weather Service in Eureka said it was possible that the temperature could spike before the evening wore on: “But I’d be surprised if it did.”

A massive high pressure ridge has settled over the West Coast, following “more of a summer weather pattern,” Sharboneau said, and one that is statistically probable to occur less than once every 30 years.

Crab issues will take center stage at annual Fisheries Forum

The crab season or lack thereof will be the focus of this year’s annual Fisheries Forum, scheduled for Thursday in Sacramento.

Several industry experts and state agency heads will discuss a disaster declaration, the short and long term impacts to fishing families, the California coastal economy and the future of fisheries and aquaculture.

The hearing will also be livestreamed on the State Senate’s website at www.senate.ca.gov.

Two escape major injury in plane crash

A Del Norter-owned plane crashed upside down in Gold Beach. Submitted
Two Del Norte County residents escaped major injuries this morning after their Cessna plane crash landed at the Gold Beach Airport.

Pilot Daniel R. Harrison, 76, of Fort Dick,was approaching the runway from the north at 10:25 a.m. when one of the plane’s tires clipped the 5-foot-tall perimeter fence, causing the plane to flip upside down and land on the cockpit roof, according to Gold Beach Police Chief Dixon Andrews.

Gold Fire firefighters and authorities responded to the accident and found that Harrison and his passenger, Anthony Bettencourt, 51, of Crescent City, had exited the plane. Harrison, who had some scrapes and bruises, declined treatment. Bettencourt was not injured.

An American dream: part two in a series on domestic violence in DN

Tara Williams, 26, in a still from the Oct. 2 body camera footage shot by a responding Sheriff deputy. A bystander called 911 after overhearing an altercation at Tara's residence in Klamath. Courtesy Del Norte Sheriff's Office
To trace a cycle spanning generations, pick a point and follow it around, forwards and backwards through time. 

Try October 2, 2015.

Another 911 call about domestic violence reaches the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 

It’s a sunny morning in Klamath when DNSO Deputy Neal Oilar flips on his body camera in front of a neat blue two-story house on the Yurok Reservation, where a man is reportedly holding a woman against her will. 

Deputy Oilar and a partner are met by a man on the street. His name is Cliff Moorehead and he’s 30 years old. 

Ex-cheer coach's sex trial begins

With a jury just barely in place, the three-day trial for county employee and former Del Norte cheerleading coach Joseph Young started Monday. 

One juror after another was eliminated during five hours of consideration and interviews, with many candidates being excused after stating they had a personal sensitivity to the topic of child abuse that would keep them from remaining objective through the trial or even tolerating it. 

Young is charged with contacting a minor with intent to commit sexual offense, annoying or molesting a child, and willful disobedience of a court order. 

PenAir adds flight from Humboldt

A decision by Pen Air to begin offering flights from Humboldt County to Portland in April will change the airline’s schedule for Crescent City passengers.

Beginning April 21, the first departure out of Crescent City will leave an hour earlier, at 6:30 a.m., according to Pen Air spokeswoman Melissa Roberts. Meanwhile flights between Portland International Airport and Crescent City will leave slightly later.

“It opens up a lot more connecting opportunities for (Crescent City) customers going beyond Portland,” Roberts said Friday.

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