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Saving each other’s lives

Kristina Davis, holding son Little Charley, is expecting her third child, a girl they’ve named Johanna. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Urged to abort her baby, Kristina Davis instead puts her faith in God

“There’s no chance for your baby to survive.”

For the third time in less than 48 hours, Kristina and Charles Davis faced the possibility of aborting their child, a little girl they have named Johanna. The day before, they discovered that Johanna was healthy at about 20 weeks into Kristina’s pregnancy. But the ultrasound also revealed an unusual thickness near Kristina’s cervix — Johanna was sharing space with a tumor, and doctors couldn’t tell how aggressive the cancer was. 

Twice before, Kristina and her family prayed for guidance, and twice her doctors came back with new information that put on hold the need to abort Johanna. But now a top specialist in the field of gynecological cancers told Kristina that she may not survive the pregnancy.


City will have to tighten faucet

For water users who don’t comply with new emergency state regulations, the price of water is going up — way up. 

The State Water Resources Control Board this week approved an emergency state regulation plan that will ask local courts to fine water users up to $500 a day for failure to implement new conservation requirements. And if local water agencies don’t comply they can be penalized up to $10,000 a day. 


Solid Waste Authority Board criticized

The board of the Del Norte County Solid Waste Management Authority was criticized by community members during its regular meeting last week for failing to hire a new authority director, a position that has been vacant for nearly a year. 

“I’m having a difficult time wanting to recruit an executive director without a clear mission statement,” said authority chairman and Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin. “I appreciate the audience when they say, ‘Get to it.’ We are. But that is a process that takes time. It can’t be rushed.”


Fun run planned for August

Who would win a foot-race between the Silver Surfer and the Flash? What about Superman?

CASA Del Norte and the Crescent City Jaycees are working to put these debates to rest on Aug. 30 with the county’s first CASA Super Hero Fun Run/Walk starting at the Marine Mammal Center. Participants of all ages are invited to join in the fun by dressing up as their favorite superhero (or just wear their trusty old running apparel if they’d rather).


News of Record July 11–17

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of July 11–17:

Erin Leann Gericke, 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $760 for possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug.

Nichole EllenMarie Frye, 20, Grants Pass, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year of probation and fined $520 for possession of a narcotic.


Relay for Life rallies locals against cancer

Motorists driving by Del Norte High School likely don’t need a sign to tell them Relay for Life is this weekend.

This is because volunteers have festooned the trees alongside Mike Whalen Field with purple ribbon. Purple ribbon also adorns the steps of Java Hut near the fairgrounds and the fence bordering Chimney Kraft’s parking lot at U.S. Highway 101 and Northcrest Drive.

“Purple is the survivor color,” said Jeri Ann Evans Scherer, the 2014 event chair.


Library District under scrutiny

Public questions trustees on long absence of elections 

Community members have begun shining a light on the Del Norte County Library Board’s election process, and what’s been revealed beneath the electoral fog has the board fending off the same accusations of dishonesty and unprofessionalism that plague its recently publicized financial affairs. 

Issues surrounding the board’s formal election process, or rather its alleged lack of one, were a major cause of community concern at the Library District’s special meeting last week, echoing a 2011–2012 Del Norte Grand Jury report that concluded the process has been “bypassed” since 1990 — the last time a library trustee position has been on a local ballot. Like the library’s undisclosed fund balance, the two principal concerns surrounding library district elections — exactly how the board appoints new trustees to its ranks and why a Library Board position hasn’t gone to election in over two decades — have community members up in arms about how the board is run and its tendency to “skirt the rules,” as one community member said. 


Sheriff: Pot in bust was headed to Washington

Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized 34 pounds of marijuana Tuesday night from two individuals the sheriff says were attempting to transport the pot to be sold in Washington state.

On his Facebook page, Sheriff Dean Wilson attributed the pot bust to Washington state’s legalization of recreational marijuana use.


Highway 101 crash claims life of Harbor man

Firefighters extricate Bradshaw from the pickup wreckage. WesCom News Service / Ryan Sparks
A Harbor man was killed Friday when his pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason and collided head-on with a motor home on Highway 101 at the Oregon-California border.

George C. Bradshaw, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene, and fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract his body from the wrecked 2007 GMC Canyon pickup truck.

At 11 a.m, the truck collided with a 2000 Dutch Star motor home driven by Lue Allen Hahn, 72, of Fairbanks, Alaska.

The crash brought traffic in both directions to a standstill for several hours.


Pato Banton reggae concert: A ‘Passion to reach people’

Banton says he is coming to Crescent City to “spread some love” after he couldn’t find a venue in town during his last tour. He performs July 23 at the Elks Lodge.
Artist Pato Banton brings reggae’s positive vibrations to Elks Lodge next Wednesday, July 23

Grammy-nominated international reggae star Pato Banton will be bringing his blend of positive reggae vibrations to the Crescent City Elks Lodge on Wednesday, July 23, as part of a 50-state tour that’s not too big for small towns like Crescent City.

“I’ve been touring across America, and we really want to hit as many cities as possible — different cities, remote cities; cities that a lot of artists don’t go to,” Banton said in an interview with the Triplicate, the day after headlining the 2014 Surf Rodeo surf and music festival in Ventura.


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