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Emergency landing

Airport staff and Crescent City Fire stand by to assist passengers after an airplane landing with damaged equipment Tuesday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A single failed bolt nearly spelled disaster Tuesday for three people on a Cal-Ore plane, which managed a successful emergency landing at Jack McNamara Field in spite of malfunctioning gear.

Lead pilot Dan Brattain as well as a business partner and a co-pilot in training were returning to the Crescent City airport from a meeting in Roseburg, Oregon around 3 p.m. when landing gear on the nose of the 7-passenger Piper Cheyenne failed to deploy.

“That was my first time doing a landing like that,” said Brattain, who founded Cal-Ore Life Flight more than 20 years ago. “That was the first and hopefully the last.”

With crab delay, SBA offers help

The Small Business Administration is offering low interest loans to businesses impacted economically by the 2015 Dungeness crab season delay and Rock crab closure, according to Harbormaster Charlie Helms.

The SBA will be in Crescent City on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the harbor office meeting room, 101 Citizens Docs Road, Helms said at Tuesday during a Harbor District meeting.

the SBA’s Ed Calvo will be there setting up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center and to assisting people with the Federal Disaster Loan Outreach Program, according to a press release received late  Wednesday from the SBA.

Brief bit of panic with area outage

A blackout striking more than 2,500 customers in Crescent City on Tuesday created headaches in one corner of town and brought out a good Samaritan at another.

The outage, which occurred about 4 p.m., was due to a regulator failure at Pacific Power’s Northcrest substation, according to company spokesman Tom Gauntt. It was centered primarily around the downtown Crescent City area.

Power was restored to all customers just after 5 p.m.

Agreement will remove Klamath dams within 4 years

The largest dam removal and salmon restoration project in world history appears poised to begin in four short years on the Klamath River.

The federal government, via the departments of Interior and Commerce, the states of California and Oregon, and PacifiCorp, owners of the Klamath dams, jointly announced Tuesday an agreement-in-principle that outlines a path to salvage the Klamath dam removal component of federal legislation that expired at the end of  2015. That legislation would have solved many decades-long disputes in the Klamath Basin by implementing three settlement agreements negotiated over several years by a diverse group of stakeholders including tribes, commercial and sportfishing interests, environmental groups and farmers to remove four Klamath dams, provide water security to farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin and recover fisheries in the basin. The agreement-in-principle sticks to dam removal.

“We hoped to implement a more ambitious plan to resolve Klamath water disputes between fishing and farming communities, but congressional Republicans blocked our efforts. This agreement-in-principle lays out a strategy that does not require congressional approval or any federal funding,” said Leaf Hillman, an enrolled Karuk tribal member and director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources, in a press release.

Climb to the summit

The Tsunami All Starz senior level one team: (back row from left) Leya Pofahl, Jade Potts, Grace Gromacki (coach), Kenzi Achziger, Katie Sandoval; (front row from left) Kaylee Eiserich, Kaydence Farley, Haley Patapoff-Pruitt and Sarina Deihl brought home a first place finish and a bid to the summit in Tampa from The American Masterpiece cheer competition in San Jose Jan. 23-24. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Tsunami All Starz senior level one cheer team ran into a bit of trouble on the first day of competition at The American Masterpiece in San Jose on Jan. 23. Some of the stunts performed by the youngsters were too difficult for the level 1 division and it costs the All Starz four points.

Luckily the senior team, consisting of eight girls ages 18-11, had put together such a clean performance that they were still in first place out of the six teams in their division.

“Being that much ahead of second place was really impressive,” said Tsunami All Starz senior level one coach Grace Gromacki.

Council hires new city manager

Michael Knight, a retired interim Eureka city manager, was hired Monday to serve as Crescent City’s interim city manager and to assist city council in its search for a permanent manager.

“I look forward to working with staff on the issues they have on their plate,” Knight said. “My first priority is to lead a nationwide search for a permanent city manager.”

The Council voted 5-0 to approve Knight, who takes over today for newly departed City Manager Eugene Palazzo.

Transportation plan requires multi-agency coordination

The most recent public Regional Transportation Plan meeting centered around what the plan covers and where people should go to voice concerns about a particular project.

The general interconnected nature of transportation infrastructure warrants discussions between agencies about how it all fits together, said Jeff Schwein, with Green Dot Transortation Solutions.

“You can’t just think in a box and do something for your own entity. You have to talk about what’s happening in the region and make sure it’s a good investment for the community as a whole, for the state as a whole, and for the nation as a whole. So, they’re trying to tie it all together,” Schwein said.

Friends, family and officials celebrate life of Jordan Kekry

Jordan Kekry talks about his life and business at Julindra Recycling in 2013. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A chance meeting and a first foray into computers prompted Jordan Kekry to ask 18-year-old Kelly Schellong for help.

Schellong and her mother, who was good friends with Kekry, ran into him at the former Roland’s Restaurant, had dinner with him and listened to his frustrations. The future city councilwoman went to Kekry’s office after dinner, took the computer out of the box, began setting it up and received a job offer.

“I worked for him for the summer,” Schellong said, adding she worked for Kekry just before she left to attend College of the Redwoods in 1988. “The guys would go out and do their beer orders and deliveries and they would call orders in over the phone. Back then I had this really long legal-size pad of order forms and I would take orders for different beers over the phone and I would put them into the computer. I also did daily bookkeeping for the recycling part of the business.”

Walmart employee struck by truck dies in hospital Saturday

Teena Ramsland, 58, of Crescent City, died early Saturday morning after being struck by a pickup truck Thursday evening in Crescent City.

She was taken first to Sutter Coast Hospital then airlifted to Redding for treatment of blunt force trauma to the head, where she died shortly after 2 a.m.

According to California Highway Patrol, Ramsland just came off-shift at Walmart and was walking home a few blocks away. While crossing Summer Lane, just north of east Washington Boulevard, she was hit by a Toyota pickup truck driven by John Gulick, 30, also a Walmart employee.

SOU student drowns in high surf at Whalehead

Separated from friends in waves

A Southern Oregon University student died 2 p.m. Saturday at Whalehead Beach, eight miles north of Brookings, after he was caught in strong currents and pounding surf in the cold ocean water.

Alex Howell, 23, of Ashland and, Alex Smith, 22, of Medford, were visiting the coast with two other friends and decided to take a swim in the ocean. According to Oregon State Police and Curry County Sheriff’s reports, the two were about 75 yards offshore when Howell indicated he needed to get back to the beach.

They were separated by a heavy surf and the strong current.

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