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Water Board plans more tests

The non-conclusive preliminary findings from a water quality testing project in the Smith River floodplain had people lined up at Tuesday’s County Board of Supervisors meeting to say they didn’t believe enough was being done to assess the health of the lower river and the humans who live nearby.

Gearing up for an agricultural discharge permitting program for lily bulb growers, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board found that four out of the 12 water samples taken from lower river tributaries in 2013 proved toxic to a species of water flea, significantly lowering its rate of reproduction. The water flea is commonly used as an indicator of water quality. Three of these were taken downstream from lily fields, including one, taken from lower Rowdy Creek, that resulted in early death for the flea.

“So kind of the logical question that comes out of all this is, ‘What’s causing this response?’ And unfortunately I don’t have the answer to that right now,” the Water Board’s Senior Environmental Scientist Rebecca Fitzgerald said during her presentation Tuesday.

A time to honor the fallen

The eternal flame burns during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Crescent City Cemetery on Monday morning. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Memorial Day in Del Norte was especially poignant for comrades who survived 

Frank McNamara was in basic training when he received word that his friend Alan Lane was in a Spokane, Washington, hospital and wasn’t expected to live.

Transportation plan outlines DN priorities

Lists projects for transit,  pedestrian, cyclist needs  

County-wide projects that would ease the way for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit passengers have been compiled and evaluated in an Active Transportation Plan that prioritizes the most feasible projects with the most benefit to local communities. 

Klamath parents ask school dist. to address needs

Parents in Klamath demanded better communication from local education officials as well as a commitment to create policy that would address their concerns, at a meeting last week.

Community representatives from the True North Organizing Network, which facilitated a public meeting in Klamath last Wednesday, said their goal is to develop a parent engagement strategy and bring it to the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees in November for adoption. They hope to see it implemented by spring 2016.

Budget workshop for city held today

A workshop on Crescent City’s budget will be held today at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, where Crescent City Council members and city staff will be discussing priorities for the upcoming 2015–16 fiscal year. 

Volunteers chip in on playground

Read more... 100 cubic yards of wood chips spread at beachfront playground 

April 25’s JustServe event was immensely productive for the City of Crescent City and also for the many community volunteers who spent the entire morning working together for a good cause.

Scholarships, loan help for health students, pros

The Health Professions Education Foundation is now accepting applications from health care professionals and students in underserved areas for scholarships and loan repayment awards. 

More than a prisoner

Marquis Louden, a five-year inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison, is one of four who participate in the revived Arts-in-Corrections program.
 Arts-in-Corrections gives inmates an escape from prison life through art 

Marquis Louden regards his canvas, brush in hand, and squirts a dollop of purple onto his pallette.

There’s a rose on his canvas, but Louden says he doesn’t want to turn it into a typical rose. He blends the purple with white and begins to create a background as vibrant as his surroundings are neutral.

“We started with colored pencils, learning how to blend colors and what colors complement what color,” he said. “We still look at color wheels. We just did a project on split composition colors. It’s just a big learning process.”

School Board selects Jeff Harris

Currently runs 270-student district 

The Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees has entered into contract negotiations with Jeff Harris, the superintendent-principal of a 270-student school district, to fill the role of superintendent, the district announced Thursday.

In mottos we trust: A duel for wall space

Upstart rival’s first win in DN 

A Seattle electrician’s scrappy grassroots movement and a five-term Bakersfield city councilwoman’s influential nonprofit are locked in a cultural motto duel for wall space in government buildings across America, and both are claiming Del Norte as their latest slogan score.

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