Repair work on Washington Boulevard is seen through the new culvert waiting to be installed.
A sinkhole 5 feet deep caused by a dilapidated culvert had crews working quickly Tuesday and Wednesday. The Del Norte County Roads Division closed the west end of Washington Boulevard for two days to dig out the old culvert and install the new, deftly avoiding a phone line and two water mains — one of which turned out to be abandoned. A few hours ahead of schedule, the freshly paved section of road was open to traffic Wednesday afternoon. “We want to inconvenience the public as little as possible,” said Roads Superintendent Jeff Daniels. Happy to report the job was done, he said the division was keeping an eye out for the next culprit culvert threatening collapse.
As storms brewed throughout Northern California Feb. 7, the community of Hiouchi went dark. Whole trees and large branches were thrown by the wind into power lines and transformers, and more than 5,600 people in Del Norte lost power.
A California Senate bill has been introduced that would see millions in state-owed money given back to California counties, marking the first time such a payment has been made in over a decade if the legislation goes through.
A new online tool that aims to help school employees receive annual training to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is now available via the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education.
A ranger stands next to the scar burl poachers left on a redwood at the sound end of Redwood National Park in 2013. Courtesy Redwood National and State Parks
A recent rise in burl thefts within Redwood National and State Parks is intensifying investigations of local wood merchants, while a bill introduced to the California Legislature last week proposes gnarly punishments to deter would-be thieves, even as sentences for nonviolent offenses are lessening statewide due to a recent voter mandate.
Two Pelican Bay State Prison correctional officers were apprehended by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in Ukiah on Monday in connection with a hash lab that was uncovered in Crescent City last week.