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PenAir flies through 1st major holiday

A PenAir flight attendant prepares her plane for a flight out of Crescent City headed to Portland. Del Norte Triplicate file photo / Bryant Anderson
 Crescent City’s newest commercial air carrier PenAir soared through its first major traveling holiday last week, ushering in a steady stream of passengers all the way and a handful of cancellations since their start two and a half months ago.

“Our flight loads have been holding rather consistent percentages since our inaugural flight on September 15, 2015. Thanksgiving Day and the day after were true to our average 50 percent flight load in the market,” said Melissa Roberts, PenAir’s vice president of marketing and sales.

Roberts said passenger numbers tend to “kind of inch up” as locals warm to the new service.

McGuire, Wood host "all-star panel" on crabs

High levels of domoic acid have caused officials to close the Dungeness and rock crab season on the California coast until further notice. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen among panelists

Public health concerns, oceanic conditions and how to maintain a healthy fishing economy will be discussed Thursday at a hearing hosted by California state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood.

The hearing is in Santa Rosa and is prompted by the delayed crab season.

The closure, announced in early November due to unsafe levels of domoic acid found in California crabs, remains in effect until further notice.

Whale of a lesson

Professor Chris Callahan examines the bone of a gray whale that washed ashore at Pebble Beach in April. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A rotting 35-foot long sperm whale may attract the curious, but eventually the smell  is enough to drive most beachgoers away. Not Chris Callahan.

Callahan, an associate professor of biology at College of the Redwoods and a member of Humboldt State University’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network, joins other scientists to determine how the animal died. He often brings his students with him.

Pelican Bay inmate awarded $25k for lawsuit

An inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison was awarded $25,000 in damages early last week in a case against correctional officers accused of violating his First Amendment rights. 

Jesse Perez was transferred to Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit after officers at another prison determined him to be a member of the Mexican Mafia. He filed a lawsuit against those officers in 2005, alleging their decision and his subsequent reassignment were a violation of his constitutional rights. 

That case was settled in late 2012, but on Oct. 10 of the same year Lopez and his cellmate were subject to search and seizure of their quarters at Pelican Bay. It was “just days after (he) obtained a settlement in another suit that contemplated (his) release from solitary and damages,” wrote Perez. 

Killer comes clean after 27 years

A convicted killer in San Mateo County has confessed to the double slaying of a couple in Crescent City, breaking a cold case almost three decades old.

John Kelley, 52, has already pleaded no contest to a 1986 sexual assault and murder in San Mateo County. He is expected to receive a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole on Dec. 11, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. 

Following that sentence, he will be transported to Del Norte County for hearing on the 1988 killings of Douglas and Rosina Anderson, who were shot and killed near Crescent City. 

Healthcare District Goes Public

The Del Norte Healthcare District board issued a statement Monday thanking the public for their continued support and announcing plans to increase their public information efforts to improve communication with Sutter Health while working toward ensuring affordable, quality healthcare for the citizens of Del Norte County.

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.

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