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Measures of relief

Java Hut owner Danielle Clarkson, second from left, and her staff, Jennifer Campbell, Strand Hill and Kyle Clausen, deliver Red Bull to Gasquet Market on Friday for the firefighters stationed at the airport nearby. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Despite regulations, locals find ways to give back to firefighters

Smoke hung in thick curtains Friday as Danielle Clarkson, Kyle Clausen, Strand Hill and Jennifer Campbell made their way to Gasquet.

Clarkson, who owns Java Hut, had 17 cases of Red Bull in her truck and was hoping to give them to the firefighters battling the four wildfires in Del Norte County’s back country.

“It was the idea of one of our customers who comes through all the time,” she said. “He wanted to know if he could open up a tab. He gave $25 and I said I’ll match that.”

California settles lawsuit with Pelican Bay inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California agreed Tuesday to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer.

No other state keeps so many inmates segregated for so long, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights. The New York City-based nonprofit center represents inmates in a class-action federal lawsuit settled on behalf of nearly 3,000 California inmates held in segregation statewide.

The state is agreeing to segregate only inmates who commit new crimes behind bars and will no longer lock gang members in soundproofed, windowless cells solely to keep them from directing illegal activities by gang members.

Rain, cooler weather gives firefighters an edge in battle

Smoky haze, seen last Friday in Gasquet, gave way to cleaner air after rain began falling hours later. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte County’s higher altitudes, host to several wildfires for more than a month now, welcomed rainfall over the weekend, buying firefighters time to catch up to some of the flare ups that got away from them in hotter, drier weather.

Between Friday and Sunday nights The coast saw 1.1 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Eureka. Further inland, Gasquet measured 1.2, while some of the loftier heights received nearly 2 inches.

The rain accompanied by cooler temperatures served to choke back the four blazes of the Gasquet Complex, Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team spokesperson Victor Gutierrez said. This, in turn, allowed crews to approach the fires’ edge in some places to put in or improve containment lines.

Biologist keeps check on the Chetco

The Chetco River is dotted with probes placd by Carl Page that check on water temperature and quality. He downloads the data to a laptop for study. WesCom News Service
 Six years and counting of temperature measurements are for future reference

Carl Page places probes at various places in the Chetco River to check on water temperature and quality. He downloads the data to a laptop for study.

Traveling down the Chetco River in a kayak isn’t the most typical day to spend a workday, but it’s certainly not a bad one.

For fisheries biologist Carl Page, though, it’s a fairly regular occurrence. Page, a Smith River resident, has been collecting data from the Chetco River for about six years, placing devices called temperature probes at various points along the lower nine miles of the river.

City mailer: Sidewalks are the owner's responsibility

Crescent City dwellers likely received a postcard in the past week reminding them it’s their responsibility — and not the city’s — to keep the sidewalk maintained.

“Clear sidewalks are crucial to the health of our city,” the card reads in blue type before it cites the city ordinance that puts the duty on the owner or leaser of any residential or commercial property within city limits.

All obstacles should be removed from the the pathway, City Clerk Kymmie Scott said. This includes trimming back bushes, removing weeds from the cracks and ensuring vehicles are not blocking a pedestrian’s right of way.

“They are used by our citizens and visitors everyday to move about town, including children and the elderly,” the city’s message. 

Police and sheriff call logs, Aug. 28-30, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, August 28–30:

At 3:01 a.m., report that the gate at the dog pound on the 2600 block of W. Washington Boulevard is unsecured and open.

At 7:45 a.m., report that someone in the lobby of a business on the 2500 block of Maher Avenue reported their car had been keyed.

At 7:52 a.m., caller states they are in a verbal argument with their friend on the 1600 block of Gainard Street and they require the assistance of law enforcement.

Warriors kickoff

 The Del Norte football team kicked off its season three days before the start of school hosting one of the top teams in the North Coast Section, ninth-ranked Cardinal Newman, at Whalen Field on Friday night. The Warriors fell 62-19 in a high scoring first half that gave way to a quick second half as the continuous clock went into effect. For the full story see the sports page.

Push to open Blue Creek

Del Norte County Supervisors have started a legal petition to repeal the sport fishing closure at and below the mouth of Blue Creek on the Lower Klamath River.

Supervisors approved the move Tuesday with a unanimous vote.

The Yurok Tribe recommended the state Fish and Game Commission enact the sport fishing closure due to concerns that low- and warm-water conditions on the Lower Klamath from California’s historic drought made the cold-water refuge area at the mouth of Blue Creek too important to the health of salmon and steelhead to allow fishing there this season.  

The regulation prohibits fishing on the Klamath River from 500 feet upstream and a half-mile downstream of the Blue Creek confluence from June 15 to Sept. 14 and 500 feet both upstream and downstream of the Blue Creek mouth from Sept. 15 through the end of the year.

Del Norte welcomes Harris to schools

 Del Norte County’s new superintendent of schools says he wants to get the community’s help when it comes to tackling issues like early literacy, discipline and behavior problems and parent involvement.

Jeff Harris described the enthusiasm representatives of the local Native American communities as well as the early childhood development community and the local adult education and alternative education programs have reached out to him.

“It’s been a really interesting few weeks,” he told the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on Thursday. “We are a county of some staggering diversity, but just what I feel from people who have reached out to us, not one person has come to us with something that’s opposed. We may have different viewpoints, but they’re looking to this district for leadership, they’re looking to this district for some organization and for a clear pathway on how to help kids.”

DHHS opens new location

A new location for a variety of family and child-oriented programs will give service providers the space to focus their energy on families’ diverse needs, county officials say.

“There’s kind of a push from the feds and others to figure out how do we integrate care better. You have a mind or a teeth or a body problem and that’s somehow separate from your housing issues,” said Barbara Pierson, director of the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services.

Moving into the Del Norte Healthcare District’s building on Washington Boulevard and Northcrest Drive, next to the health and dental clinics, a community garden and a playground means clients will have one place to seek help for their intersecting needs, she said.

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