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Local gaps in homelessness documentation

California accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation's homeless population, according to a report this month from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Del Norte County's share in those figures is unclear, due to lack of documentation. Ron Phillips, a special projects coordinator for Rural Human Services in Crescent City, said he is not aware of the PIT study having taken place in the county for the past several years, though they are expected to participate in the 2016 assessment on Jan. 26.

Phillips said his conservative estimate of the local homeless population is that it’s “close to 200 that are living out in the bush somewhere.”


A Communtiy Feast of Thanks

Ron and Lori Rooney, of Crescent City, greeted folks as they came through the door to the community dinner last Thursday. Lori said they have been volunteering at the dinner for the past 23 years. Del Norte Triplicate / David Anderson

Folks came out by the hundreds to enjoy food, fellowship and music at the 24th annual community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. 

Shooting for supper

Aura Wright takes aim with her bow and arrow.
Turkey, ham, bacon go to top marksmen at Del Norte Rod and Gun Club

Like the pilgrims and natives at that first thanksgiving in 1621, nabbing a Thanksgiving feast at the Del Norte Rod and Gun Club on Sunday depended largely on one’s skill with a weapon — though in a less direct manner.

Dust up between directors at HCD

Caldwell accuses Moore of obstructing group’s progress 

In the first Del Norte Healthcare District meeting since Beverley Hussey settled her lawsuit against Sutter Health, Director Kevin Caldwell accused board Director Clarke Moore of obstructionism.

Process debated, appointment of Black denied

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority will remain at 60 percent board capacity after county supervisors’ on Tuesday failed to approve Patricia Black as a public member to the authority’s board.

Thanksgiving holiday plans for leaders

Editor’s note: We asked various leaders of Crescent City and Del Norte County their plans for Thanksgiving Day. Here’s what a few had to say:

City Manager Gene Palazzo: 

I do have plans. I’m going up to visit my wife in Tahoe. Probably a typical Palazzo Thanksgiving is going to my parents house. My sisters and everybody shows up, and we focus on catching up  from the past year. We all try to get together. (My parents) they’re in Central Valley, California, and I have a sister in Phoenix. We try and get everyone together. My kids and my wife are all spread out in the Central Valley. 

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, Nov. 23 & 24

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs Nov. 23 & 24:

Monday, November 23

At 5:49 a.m., caller requests the removal of a subject at a business on the 300 block of U.S. 101 South.

Holiday roadwork in Northern California

Caltrans announced major roadwork scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, December 3, 2015.

“Please keep in mind work is weather dependent and subject to change. For updates go to www.dot.ca.gov/dist1/d1rib.htm, or check with the California Highway Information Network (CHIN) at www.dot.ca.gov or call 800-GAS-ROAD (800-427-7623).

Work on Northern California highway will be suspended from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving, according to a CalTrans press release.

“Caltrans wishes to advise motorists to drive with caution when approaching work areas and to be prepared to stop at traffic control stations,” according to CalTrans press release.

Process debated, appointment denied

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority will remain at 60 percent board capacity after county supervisors' on Tuesday failed to approve Patricia Black as a public member to the authority’s board.

Black would have filled the public member vacancy created when Angela Glore resigned in October to work as executive director for First 5 Del Norte. Black was selected from a pool of seven applicants at a special meeting of the SWMA early this month and approved unanimously by the Crescent City Council last week.

Black said she is not upset over the denied appointment, though she is disappointed "from the point of view of the solid waste board being able to accomplish the things that they need to accomplish." 

Yurok executive director dies of heart attack

Fletcher remembered as great Yurok, fisheries advocate 

Troy Fletcher, the Yurok Tribe’s long-time executive director and the tribe’s first fisheries manager, died suddenly of a heart attack Friday evening.

As executive director, Fletcher sowed the seeds that started the tribe’s natural resource protection programs, according to a Yurok Tribe press release. He is also responsible for ending a generations-long conflict between many competing Klamath River interests including farmers, commercial fishermen, a power company, environmental groups and other tribes.

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