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Students open a new chapter

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Del Norte High principal Randy Fugate addresses the incoming class of freshman. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Young Del Norters get a first look at next phase of academic life 

As she waited for freshman orientation to start Friday, Misty Carter thought of the nine years she spent at Redwood School.

“I’d like to go back for one more year, but this has got to happen,” she said as she tried to find Del Norte High School’s multipurpose room.

Misty is the second child in her family to start high school. Her older sister Shonean graduated from Del Norte High last year and is starting her freshman year at Butte Community College, majoring in child development.

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Board, biz irked by road project

Commerce may be stifled, they say, by divided highway 

A Caltrans highway safety construction project that caught County Board members and local business owners off guard has supervisors calling a timeout until they can get more details.

The supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday voted to send Caltrans a cease and desist letter regarding a planned island, crosswalk and traffic signal — referred to by Caltrans as a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon — for Highway 101 after a local business owner brought up economic and drainage concerns surrounding the project during the meeting’s public comment period. The board also requested that Caltrans present its plan and possible alternatives to it at a future meeting.

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Report: Tourists are bringing in the bucks

Del Norte County tourism figures are in, and things are looking good.

Jeff Parmer, executive director of Crescent City’s Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, presented current tourism statistics to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s meeting, and the numbers showed a significant increase in revenue for the area.

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News of Record Aug. 15-21, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Aug. 15–21:

Darren G. Casteel, 39, Crescent City, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $630 and $75 in public defender fees for disobeying terms.

Rebekka J. Sutton, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of probation and 100 hours of community work service and fined $937 and $50 in public defender fees for possession of a dangerous drug and a probation violation. 

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Sheriff Log Aug. 23–28, 2014

Here are excerpts from the Del Norte Sheriff Office call logs for Aug. 23–28:

Saturday, Aug. 23

At 2:01 p.m., a report of an attack in a vehicle by a male subject at the 12500 block of South Indian Road in Smith River

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Police Log Aug. 23-27, 2014

Here are excerpts from the Crescent City Police Department call logs for Aug. 23–27:

Saturday, Aug. 23

At 11:37 a.m., a report of illegal dumping on the 1300 block of Oregon Street

At 7:59 a.m., a report of office theft on the 900 block of Sunset Circle

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Slippery Slope

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An overhead view of Highway 101 adjacent to Last Chance Grade shows how close the slide-prone slope is to to the road. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
North Coast one of 19 regions studied for climate change impact on highways 

Multi-million dollar transportation projects are meant to outlive their planners by decades, but how do you build long-lasting infrastructure in light of the dynamic world created by climate change?

The Federal Highway Administration is funding studies on what infrastructure is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and the North Coast is one of 19 pilot areas across the country going under the microscope to study how to deal with a changing world.

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Hospital foes eye different tactic

Healthcare District to look into eminent domain action 

The board of the Del Norte Healthcare District voted Tuesday to seek consultants for advice related to eminent domain action against the embattled Sutter Coast Hospital.

The process would seek to stop plans to change the hospital to a Critical Access facility, a proposal that has seen vocal opposition for more than two years.

If granted, eminent domain would allow the government agency to take control of the hospital for public use.

 

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Sparks fly at County Board meeting

Supervisors not happy with Gitlin op-ed against Finigan 

An item on the Board of Supervisors meeting agenda about reining in board member behavior was briefly derailed on Tuesday when board member behavior couldn’t be reined in.

Discussion surrounding the item, which concerned a proposed code of conduct to govern supervisor behavior during and outside of meetings, spiraled into a shouting match between District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin and Board Chair David Finigan about some of the issues that inspired Gitlin’s op-ed published last week in the Triplicate. That piece, which some supervisors said was an inappropriate venue for a board member to criticize a colleague, blasted Board Chair Finigan for alleged abuses of power and was a primary reason for the code of conduct proposal.

“We’re going to take a brief recess,” Finigan said after Gitlin interrupted him before a vote to direct staff to look into creating the code and accused him of trying to silence the voices of District 1. “Cut the mics.”

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Judge denies farmers’ request on Klamath water

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California’s Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Lower Klamath River survive the drought.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno, California, denied the temporary injunction sought by Westlands Water District and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority. Westlands is the nation’s largest supplier of water for agricultural use.

The judge ruled that the potential harm to salmon from drought conditions right now outweighs the potential harm to farmers next year.

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