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Science wins for salmon

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Klamath River Indians and activists protest at Bureau of Reclamation headquarters in Sacramento on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Seventh Generation Fund
Feds will release Trinity reservoir water to avoid a salmon kill in the lower Klamath 

Just three days after hundreds of Native Americans and activists protested outside the Bureau of Reclamation’s regional headquarters in Sacramento, the federal agency announced Friday that it will release extra water from the Trinity River reservoir to prevent a massive salmon-kill in the Lower Klamath River.

Indian tribal members, Humboldt County officials and river activists have been campaigning for extra Trinity water since early July, when Reclamation announced that it would only release water if dead and diseased salmon started appearing.

Indian tribes and river activists said that conditions were primed for a repeat of the 2002 fish-kill, when river diversions to Central Valley farmers during a drought led to the death of 60,000 adult salmon in the Lower Klamath River, leaving an ominous smell of death that tribal members say they’ll never forget.

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Lawsuit against county fails

Former D.A.’s civil rights claims tossed by federal judge 

A federal judge dismissed former District Attorney Michael Riese’s civil lawsuit against several county and city officials this week.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick, in a ruling that granted the defendants’ motions for summary judgement and blasted Riese’s arguments against them as “a jumble of conclusory allegations, unsupported assertions, confusing and incomplete cross-references to other opposition briefs,” on Wednesday effectively ended Riese’s campaign against members of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Crescent City Police Department stretching back to 2012.

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Climate change workshop Tuesday to look at roads

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Road construction crews battle erosion at Last Chance Grade, a notoriously unstable section of Highway 101. Submitted
Rising sea levels and heavier rainfall from climate change is expected to cause even more erosion for a notoriously unstable section of Highway 101 south of Crescent City known as Last Chance Grade, and a public workshop Tuesday will explore how the road system can adapt in the future.

A public workshop about how climate change will affect the region’s state road system — specially Last Chance Grade — will be held from 6–7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center, 2298 Norris Ave., Crescent City.

In California, climate change is expected to cause warmer temperatures and heavier rainfall, which will cause greater potential for flash floods and erosion.

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First major wildfire threat kept to 1 acre

So far, Del Norte escapes big burns seen around region 

A 1-acre wildfire near Ship Mountain on the Smith River National Recreation Area was quickly contained and snuffed out  by Friday morning after it was discovered Thursday morning.

The fire, located northwest of Ship Mountain Lake, was caused by lightning strikes on the crest of the ridge Monday evening and smoldered until it was discovered by the Ship Mountain Lookout Thursday morning. 

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Funding website to aid victim’s family

The family of a Crescent City man who lost his life in a car crash Tuesday is seeking the community’s help.

Jaime M. Torres, 39, died when his vehicle crossed the double line on U.S. Highway 101 on the Dr. Fine Bridge over the Smith River and into the path of an 18-wheeler traveling in the opposite direction. 

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Driver walks away from 199 cliff crash

A driver who lost control of his vehicle on Thursday night near Cooper Flat on Highway 199 plummeted down the ravine more than 150 feet and walked away uninjured.

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Trucking limits fuel highway debate

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A car travels along a narrow, winding section of Highway 199, where proposed construction would widen the lanes. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
City Council adds its backing 
to highway project 

The Highway 199/197 project won’t have its day in court for a few months, but Del Norters aren’t letting that stop them from debating it now.

Supporters and detractors of a proposed $38 million construction project on highways 199 and 197 continue to take sides at local public forums, peppering public comment periods with declarations of allegiance to either the highway construction, which some say will boost the economy, or the endangered fish that others claim it will threaten.

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Congressman plans stop in Crescent City

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A meet-and-greet pancake breakfast with U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman will be held Saturday morning from 8:30–10:30 a.m. at the Del Norte Senior Center, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City.

The first annual event, hosted by the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee, offers all community members a chance to engage in a community dialogue  with Huffman, D-San Rafael representing Del Norte, about the national matters in Congress and issues of concern more specific to the North Coast.

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Local man killed in Dr. Fine Bridge wreck

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A semi truck loaded with wood chips rests at the bottom of a 60-foot embankment at the south end of the Dr. Fine Bridge on Highway 101. The truck driver was unhurt, but a Crescent City man died after the small car he was driving collided with the semi. Courtesy of Cynthia Ford
A driver traveling on the Dr. Fine Bridge over the Smith River on Highway 101 was killed Tuesday morning when he drifted across the double line and collided head-on with a 70,000-pound 18-wheeler.

Jaime M. Torres, 39, of Crescent City, was traveling northbound on the bridge, which is about 9 miles north of Crescent City, shortly before 11 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the double line into the 18-wheeler’s path, according to California Highway Patrol. The truck driver walked away uninjured. An investigation of the crash is ongoing.

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Interim director starts at college

College of the Redwoods Trustees last week appointed an interim director to oversee the Del Norte campus while officials work to hire a permanent director by November or December.

Rory Johnson, an academic advisor at the Del Norte Education Center, will oversee the satellite campus until the position is permanently filled. CR Trustees appointed Johnson as interim director at their Aug. 12 meeting, according to spokesman Paul DeMark. CR’s fall semester starts Monday.

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