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Del Norte bird count hits ‘all-time high’

A red-eyed vireo may not be a big deal to a birder in South America, but spotting the songbird in cold, rainy Del Norte County is cause for excitement and celebration.

A group of birders participating in the Redwood Region Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday found the neotropical migrant at the Crescent City cemetery off Cooper Street, said Gary Lester, co-compiler for the Del Norte County count. The vireo was seen hanging with another neotropical vagrant, a blue-headed vireo.

“It’s only the second recorded ever for Del Norte County,” Lester said, referring to the blue-headed vireo, whose range includes Canada, the eastern coast of the United States, Mexico and northern Central America. “I’ve been birding for over 40 years in Del Norte County, and I’ve yet to see one.”


Fred Endert pool closes for updates

Crescent City’s swimming pool will be closed this week while workers install a new heater and underwater and overhead LED lights. 

But city staff say these small projects are a precursor to two larger ones scheduled to take place as soon as there’s enough dry weather. The projects include replacing the roof and skylights at Fred Endert Municipal Pool. To make it easier for folks with disabilities to use the pool, the project also includes removing structural barriers and installing access ramps, pathways and new doors.


Caltrans to discuss climate shift Thursday

Caltrans will hold a public meeting in Eureka on Thursday to discuss the results of a study that focuses on climate change impacts on state routes in Northern California.

State routes in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Lake counties were the focus of a study that considered the potential impacts of sea level rise and increases in flooding, erosion, landslides and wildfire as projected by current climate change modeling. 


Rare funnel cloud spotted

An unusual but not unheard-of sight caught the eyes of several people in the vicinity of Smith River during Friday’s stormy weather. A ropy funnel cloud descended partway from the cloud deck Friday shortly after 4 p.m., according to eyewitnesses, and lingered over the area for several minutes.

Mel Nordquist, a science officer at the National Weather Service’s Eureka bureau, said he’d looked at photos of the cloud and is “99 percent certain” it was a phenomenon called a cold-air funnel cloud.


Code Games

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Fifth-graders Kian McKelfresh and Simon Bell build a computer game in Keegan Finley’s class at Mary Peacock Elementary. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Students get a look behind the screen in worldwide computer programming project   

Alexa Gomez Aguilar and Sinai Peña are no strangers to computers, but on Wednesday they became computer programmers.

Armed with iPads, Alexa and Sinai, students in Keegan Finley’s fifth-grade class at Mary Peacock Elementary School, used a program called Hopscotch, which taught “drag and drop” computer programming allowing the two girls to tell their character, a cupcake with turquoise frosting, what to do.


Phone book puts the ‘hot’ in hotline

Number listed to report poachers was actually a sex line 

A local phone book unwittingly sent Good Samaritans to a sex line, probably for years.

This year, three Del Norte County residents who tried to report illegal poaching and dumping to the State of California reached America’s Hottest Talk Line instead, thanks to an erroneous listing in the Wild Rivers Coast Black Phone Book.  


Ceremony marks KRECR’s closing

Bernadette Johnson broke down in tears as she celebrated Ryan Bennett, the last student to graduate from Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods.

Bennett, who sat next to the podium, stood up and folded KRECR’s former director into a bear hug. Through the tears, Johnson spoke of Bennett’s willingness to help out, not
only by carrying boxes, digging up invasive grass and setting up props for talent shows, but by helping his peers peacefully settle conflicts.

“Ryan is one example of how Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods encourages personal growth of its students,” she said. “By acknowledging real power and authentic responsibility for education, we asked them to speak up for what they believe in. We asked them to care about the people and the world around us. Ryan knows these requests do not expire upon graduation.”


Wind gusts up to 68 mph cancel flights

As storms go, Wednesday and Thursday’s event brought more rain to Mendocino and Humboldt than it did to Del Norte County, but the wind sure packed a punch.

Gusty winds caused a power outage in Klamath, canceled flights at Jack McNamara Field and caused minor damage in Del Norte County, but emergency personnel say the number of calls they responded to were minimal.


News of Record Dec. 5–11, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Dec. 5–11:

Matthew McKeown, 35, Crescent City, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison and fined $1,231 for second-degree robbery (felony) and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Christopher Bessant, 23, Crescent City, was sentenced to 75 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $1,190 for possession of dirk/dagger (felony).


To 'educate and inform'

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Lori Moodie-Cotta, 12, takes notes as she peruses the Dec. 2 Triplicate, provided to schools through Newspapers in Education. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Lori Moodie-Cotta bent over the Dec. 2 issue of the Triplicate.

Lori and her peers in Heidi Graham’s fifth through eighth-grade class at Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods go through the newspaper every Tuesday and Thursday, making notes in a worksheet they turn in at the end of the lesson. 

The seventh-grader noted who the “Special good morning” message was to that day, the three-day weather forecast and the headlines. She then had to summarize any interesting stories in the newspaper, writing down “who, what, where, when, why and how” and write a paragraph explaining the article.


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