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HCD to vote on $82,500 health study

The Del Norte Healthcare District board is poised to approve an $82,500 consultant contract with Quorum Health Resources at its meeting Tuesday and that has one board member questioning why the contract wasn’t bid.

Board member Clarke Moore acknowledged Monday the board isn’t legally obligated to seek bids or Request for Proposals (RFP) on such contracts. Moore said he believes, however, it would be more fiscally responsible to seek competitive bids.

“There is no requirement, but is it a prudent way to spend taxpayer dollars?” Moore said in an email. “If it is so specialized that it is not feasible to do an RFP, then OK; that is not the case here.”


Deadline passes to register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the June 7 primary election loomed Monday, but Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup said her office was slower than expected.

Between 50 and 60 Del Norters turned in their voter registration card at the counter while about 50 people registered online over the weekend, Northrup said. Voters had until 5 p.m. Monday to register at the Del Norte County Elections Office. Those choosing to register online had until midnight, Northrup said. 


After-school programs in rural areas may receive more money

Del Norte school officials aren’t sure how or if A Rural After-School Program bill authored by Assemblyman Jim Wood might benefit local programs already in place.

Wood’s bill was unanimously passed May 12 by the full Assembly and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate.


Osprey wear out Brookings’ welcome

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An osprey with a fish in its talons perches atop a 150-foot-tall communication tower next to Brookings City Hall. Photo courtesy of Donny Dotson
Brookings City Hall has new residents — a pair of osprey — but the mess the predatory birds are making has officials looking for a way to gently evict them from their perch at the top of a 150-foot radio tower.

“They are beautiful birds, and we don’t want to harass them, but we want them to go elsewhere,” said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.


Solid Waste Management Authority Board approves 12-year extension

Rate increase to start in August 

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board has approved a 12-year extension in its disposal agreement with Dry Creek Landfill in Eagle Point, Oregon, according to a press release received Monday from the authority.

The extension, approved May 17, was negotiated by an authority ad hoc committee of Commissioners Blake Inscore and Martha McClure. The extension agreement will extend through Mar. 3, 2038.

The contract amendment extends both the transfer station operations agreement and the disposal agreement with Dry Creek Landfill, so they will both continue through March 3, 2040.

Based on changes to the consumer price index, rates at the Del Norte County Transfer Station are adjusted annually.  Starting in August, disposal costs for mixed wastes at the Del Norte County Transfer Station will increase from $142.15 per ton with a minimum charge of $5.10 to $144.04 per ton with a minimum charge of $7.20.  

In addition, Hambro/WSG will begin recycling clothing and shoes. This service has not previously been available in Del Norte.  Customers who properly separate their textiles for recycling will be charged $75.15 per ton for textiles.  

Ward said, “Even after this contract extension and the addition of textile recycling, authority facilities will still have the lowest rates in Humboldt, Curry, or Del Norte Counties.”


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 20-23

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 20–23:

FRIDAY, MAY 20

Note: From 6:30 p.m.

At 6:52 p.m., a caller on the 100 block of Hillcrest Lane in Fort Dick stated he loaned his bike to a subject who had not returned it.

At 7:13 p.m., a caller on the 200 block of Beckett Street reported that an unoccupied sedan is in his driveway with the lights on.


School safety: A hole-y mess

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Students play near Redwood School’s soccer field on Tuesday. Several children have suffered injuries attributed to hazards in the field. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Despite broken bones and offers of help, Redwood School field still awaits repairs 

At least two broken legs and several sprained ankles still haven’t produced improvements in rough terrain on Redwood School’s soccer field, even after parents and students have volunteered to help.

School officials say two work orders submitted to the Maintenance and Operations Department regarding the field remain on hold.


Julindra seeks contract changes

Owner: Price drops for cartons, bags and styrofoam hurting business owner 

Julindra Recycling has lost $25,000 since October 2015, and if they don’t make changes in their contract with Recology Del Norte, they will go out of business, according to owner Julie Badorek.

Badorek took over operation of the company after her father, Jordan Kekry, died last year. She has “requested … Recology be allowed to stop recycling styrofoam blocks, packing peanuts, mixed bags, shrink wrap, milk and juice cartons, number 4 and number 5 plastic containers, hard rigid plastic and miscellaneous electronics,” according to a press release from Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority.


State cuts unrelated to Last Chance

Cuts and delays in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) will not impact Del Norte County’s Last Chance Grade bypass, according to Tamera Leighton, executive director of Del Norte Local Transportation Commission. 

“STIP funds are not an appropriate fund source for the Last Chance Grade bypass,” Leighton said Friday. “The Last Chance Grade bypass is about a $1 billion project; an amount far greater than STIP. No matter what we do, U.S. Highway 101 needs to be federally funded. There is never enough money in STIP funds for the bypass project.”


Bar-O escapee returned to custody

A 17-year-old male escapee from Bar-O-Boys Ranch was apprehended without incident 11 a.m. Friday by officers from the Del Norte County Probation Department.

The youth, missing since Tuesday, was walking along the narrow section of U.S. 199 north of Patrick’s Creek when he was apprehended, according to a press release from the Probation Department.


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