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Bogus bills seen in circulation

Local law enforcement has mobilized in response to counterfeit bills popping up at area businesses in the past week.

Police logs since last Friday show almost ten calls to Crescent City Police Department and the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office in relation to at least six separate incidents. Affected locations include Elk Valley Casino, Walmart, Safeway, Dollar Tree and two gas stations.

“I feel like it’s a spike. This seems to pop up from time to time. There have been a lot of incidents reported in a short time,” said Sheriff Erik Apperson. Apperson’s department received reports of fake bills appearing at Walmart, the casino, and the Shell station on Northcrest Drive on Sept. 25, 27, 28 and 29 between evening and early morning.

Reading, writing, arithmetic and jiu jitsu

Orlando Peace, left, and Kellin Coffman teach Del Norte High freshman techniques to defend themselves if grabbed by the shirt. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte High School saw a brief addition to its rudiments last week with four days of special lessons from a local Mixed Martial Arts club. 

Warrior MMA of Crescent City brought a small band of members to lead instruction in self-defense for freshman boys and girls morning gym classes Monday through Thursday. The format consisted of several brief interactive demonstrations in key skills such as breaking out of an opponent’s grip, recovering from vulnerable positions and disabling an aggressor long enough to withdraw from a dangerous situation.

But each day’s tutorial also started and finished with an emphasis on behavior, thoughtfulness and character. Students were encouraged to avoid confrontation in the first place: martial arts, then, as an exercise in physical conditioning, protection, and self-exploration rather than pugnacious prowess. 

Northwoods, Tsunami Lanes parley for shared space

Northwoods Restaurant may be wintering at Tsunami Lanes, if the two are able to strike a deal, while the local eatery undergoes construction.

“Obviously we need to have more discussions about what their plans are and what the timing is — that sort of thing. But I think both sides are willing to make sure it happens,” said Brad Downs, general counsel for the Elk Valley Rancheria, which owns the bowling alley.

A new menu will be tailored to a sports bar and grill setting, differing from the current menu that owner Steve Wakefield said caters more toward a fine dining experience.

Airport looks to phase 1 of terminal project

The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority gave airport officials the go-ahead for an agreement with the Del Norte County Engineers on Thursday, a first step in what will result in a brand new terminal at the Del Norte County Regional Airport.

The agreement enlists the county to assist the authority in taking on the design of basic infrastructure improvements to the airport necessary for the new terminal, which includes realigning Dale Rupert Road, installing sewer and water lines and laying the structure for a rotating beacon tower — what is considered Phase 1 of the project.

City Council honors Enea, welcomes Short Monday

Ten minutes of Monday’s Crescent City Council meeting have been reserved to wish Mayor Pro Tem Rich Enea a “fond farewell” before his seat will be handed over to his successor, Planning Commission Chairman Darrin Short.

Enea will be formally recognized for his two years of service on the Planning Commission and eight years on the council, during which he has sat on every board, commission and committee “at one time or another.” He announced his resignation in August, effective after Monday’s meeting.

Moving out of the area due to health reasons with his wife, Beth, Enea said he had no intention to continue with local politics in his new home.

Reports of bear harassing Bertsch

Pursuit, flight and confrontation marked three reported sightings of a black bear in the neighborhood of the Bertsch-Tract during the past several days.


On Tuesday night a caller reported seeing a bear run into some bushes near Elk Valley Rancheria. Another caller says his dogs chased a bear into a tree near Darby Street and Ames Way on Saturday morning.


The same area has been plagued by reports of mountain lion sightings and attacks on animals in recent weeks.

Dispute over trees cut near power line

An outraged property owner is looking to account for several trees removed from her land in Crescent City by Pacific Power early this summer. 

Sabrina Nilan currently lives in Riverside but came back to town a couple weeks ago and discovered stumps, brush and debris in place of the numerous willow and alder trees that used to occupy the front of her property near Railroad Avenue.

Nilan and her husband were seasonal occupants of the property for several years. She said Pacific Power trimmed their trees occasionally during that time but was never permitted to cut them down. For much of the past year, she and her husband rented the property to a couple from Fresno.

$10.8M profit in 2014

Sutter Coast Hospital turned a hefty profit in 2014 despite a prediction by the Camden Group in November 2013 that there would be losses through 2018. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Sutter Coast Hospital made a $10.8 million profit in 2014, according to a financial report released this week, despite projected losses that were expected to grip the hospital through 2018.

“Productivity monitoring in 2013 and strong labor management in 2014” were responsible for some of the gains, the performance review states, accounting for $2.6 million less paid in salaries last year compared to the year before.

AB1393 funds, which subsidize the costs of running smaller hospitals with the profits of larger ones, accounted for $7.8 million of the hospital’s revenue last year. The remaining $2.8 million was made in other ways, including some cost cutting.

LNG pipeline crossing Klamath R. OKd by feds

Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline that would cross the Klamath River, transporting natural gas from the Rocky Mountains to Coos Bay for shipment to Asia.

Earlier this month the Hoopa Valley Youth Council stated their opposition to the pipeline, which would cross the Klamath River south of Klamath Falls. They urged Gov. Jerry Brown to request an environmental impact statement on behalf of the state of California. Since the impacts made on the Oregon side of the border will make their way downstream and eventually affect California water quality, the state should be in on the process, the youth argued. 

The final environmental impact statement prepared for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found that building and operating the pipeline and a gas terminal in Coos Bay would cause some environmental damage. 


County denies 30-foot house

A Klamath Falls couple’s plans to build a 30-foot-tall home in Smith River to spend their retirement was thwarted last week when the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors decided allowing the home in a coastal zone with a 25-feet height restriction would violate the county’s general plan and possibly set a precedent.

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