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Ex-DA disbar now final

The California Supreme Court has formally disbarred former Del Norte County district attorney Jon Alexander, denying Alexander’s petition for review Wednesday.

According to the court docket for Alexander’s case, he is disbarred from the practice of law in California and his name will be stricken from the role of attorneys. This decision comes about a year and a half after Alexander was recommended for disbarment by a State Bar Court hearing judge in April 2013.

Break in cold case made history

Twenty years ago this Sunday, an act of unthinkable brutality rocked the peaceful communities of Del Norte to the core with the discovery of a young woman’s murdered body among the quiet redwoods at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.  

Hikers chanced upon the body of 18-year-old Camillia J. Randall one late October afternoon less than 100 feet from popular scenic drive Howland Hill Road and only 1/8 of a mile from the park’s west entrance. Quickly identified as a hitchhiker from Longview, Wash., who was traveling alone down the coast, Randall’s gruesome death made national headlines as police furiously searched for answers. Then-deputy for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Gene McManus initiated the investigation, which would drag on longer than he or anyone else imagined. 

Local Red Cross director laid off

Reflecting a nationwide restructuring of the American Red Cross, there will no longer be an executive director for the Humboldt-Del Norte chapter of one of the nation’s largest humanitarian aid organizations.

“We will not have an executive director based in Humboldt-Del Norte area, but we will still have a disaster program manager that will be working with our volunteers,” said Cynthia Shaw, spokesperson for the Northern California coastal chapters of the American Red Cross.

News of Record Oct. 17–23, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 17–23:

Connor J. McCown, 20, Smith River, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $833 plus $75 in public defender fees for alcohol-related reckless driving.

It's the Great Pumpkin

Jim Buckles perches atop his 211-pound pumpkin, which may well be the largest gourd grown in Del Norte this year. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Many folks spend hours every day battling bugs, wind and weather to grow a giant pumpkin, but not Jim Buckles. Buckles, Del Norte County’s agricultural commissioner, is one of the Roots and Shoots Garden Club members who participates in its pumpkin-growing contest each year. 

Each participant received one pumpkin seed in the spring. They reported their progress to the rest of the club members on Wednesday.

Buckles said he planted his pumpkin seed on top of a compost pile inside his greenhouse and wound up with a plethora of the Dill’s Atlantic Giant variety of the bright orange squashes. The two largest weighed 150 and 211 pounds. 

Volunteers sought for river clean-up

A volunteer Smith River clean-up will be held Saturday afternoon,  meeting at the Forks Boat Ramp parking lot off South Fork Road around 12 p.m., rain or shine.

'Enhanced Enforcement'

California Highway Patrol officer Dina Hernandez patrols the south side of town Monday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Federal grant aiming to cut down on wrecks will pay for 1,200 CHP overtime hours  

A newly awarded federal grant aimed at reducing collisions will allow area California Highway Patrol officers to work more hours, issue more citations and increase the number of educational safety programs the agency puts on.

Green Diamond selling sawmill

Timber company doubles land with Oregon purchase 

California Redwood Co., a subsidiary of Green Diamond, owner of the largest timber holdings in Del Norte County, is selling its sawmill in Humboldt County.

The move to sell comes soon after Green Diamond Resource Co. nearly doubled its timber land  with a 600,000-acre purchase in Southern Oregon.

DN ranks among top sleepers

But sample size unknown, might be skewed 

According to new data, Del Norters appear to get more hours of sleep per night than many other counties across the U.S.

People in Del Norte and Alpine County, Calif., average 7.5 hours a sleep per night, notably higher than most other counties in the country, according to an article titled, “The only place where people go to sleep after midnight: Brooklyn” in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

Honoring Veterans

Signs that read “Where We Honor Veterans” were installed last week at three major highway entrances into Del Norte, two on U.S. Highway 101 and one on U.S. Highway 199. The signs come as a result of a resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors in May.


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