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Supervisors OK children’s budget

A new way to look at government money put toward services to benefit Del Norte’s children and youth aims to give local policymakers and their partners a better view of where those dollars are going and where they might be better placed to improve such programs. 

The children’s budget, which Del Norte County supervisors approved at this week’s meeting, will break down the funding of various children and youth-focused programs by specific line items, as well as detail where that funding is coming from and if it’s moveable or mandatory, as some state and federal money tends to be. It’s the fiscally specific counterpart to the Children and Youth Bill of Rights, also adopted at the meeting, that is intended to serve as a reminder of children’s needs when decisions are made regarding policies, budgets and government practices, according to the document.

CHP: NPR crime stats don’t match up

Much better rate of case clearance than database shows 

“The quality of American crime statistics is notoriously uneven, and these are no exception.”

So reads a disclaimer for NPR’s database tracking how often local law enforcement agencies are linking suspects to reported crimes — a disclaimer that’s been vindicated recently by area California Highway Patrol officials who say NPR’s stats don’t match up with their own.

Top industry honors for Trip ad sales rep.

Emily Reed with husband Thomas and daughters Annalena, 4, and Tee-me’, 20 months. Submitted
Five years ago, Del Norte native Emily Reed wouldn’t have believed you if you told her she would be featured in her industry’s leading trade publication for outstanding work as a Triplicate advertising sales consultant.  

“I never thought I would have a job in advertising,” she says, nor did she imagine all the skills she quickly would learn as publisher Cindy Vosburg assigned her to various positions around the office. Starting part-time at the front desk selling classifieds, Reed soon cross-trained so she could fill in for co-workers as needed. After graduating with her associate’s degree from College of the Redwoods, she went full-time at the paper as an advertising account manager, and now Vosburg says she’s an indispensable part of the Triplicate team.

Class on driving safety for teens, parents

The Crescent City Area will be presenting a Free “Smart Start” Class for parents and teenagers.  The “Start Smart” program is an Office of Traffic Safety funded grant and has been in place for over 11 years. The program is focused on providing comprehensive traffic safety education classes for teens along with their parents/guardians. The classes are facilitated by approximately 103 trained CHP Public Information Officers (PIO) and offered in schools, CHP offices, and community centers statewide.  

Collisions remain the No. 1 killer of American teenagers, killing almost as many drivers as passengers and killing more kids than homicide or suicide — California is no exception.  

Volunteers are library's 'glue'

Wisdom, left, and Janell Yang use a computer at the Smith River Library Thursday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Single-room Smith River Branch offers books, wifi and movie rentals

California’s northernmost library lies opposite a cow barn at the back of the Smith River Community Hall.

The single room houses adult fiction, children’s books, reference books and community information in English and Spanish. There are three computers for public use, offering residents access to the Internet. It’s the only public wifi spot in town and, since the Smith River Ray’s Food Place closed in 2013, the library is the sole place to rent movies.

But very few people, even those who live in the tiny community — population 866 — know the Smith River Branch Library exists.

Free state group back

The dream of the State of Jefferson lives on, and a couple of recent supervisor decisions in nearby counties show that the only people still thinking about secession as much as its supporters are those who don’t want to see it happen. 

A news release from Keep It California PAC — the State of Jefferson’s second-most bothersome antagonist with California in its name — declares the group is back with a revised strategy and a political action committee status, as well as a renewed vigor for battling Jeffersonians’ separation efforts. The return was sparked by supervisors in Lake and Lassen counties voting to put the Jefferson issue on 2016 election ballots, and just like the group successfully fought the issue in Del Norte last year, it plans to do so again elsewhere.

Escapees from boys ranch end up in jail

Three escapees from the Bar-O Boys Ranch were arrested near Cloverdale Saturday morning, when they were stopped by California Highway Patrol for speeding, reportedly on their way to Vallejo with a carjacked vehicle and the victim being held inside, according to a report from Santa Rosa’s The Press Democrat. 

When pulled over, the three 17-year-old suspects were not forthcoming about who they were or where they were going, the report says, but the CHP officer noticed that they were all heavily tattooed and wearing the same grey sweatshirts and blue jeans. The officer also noted that a rear window had been broken out of the Honda CRV, and there was shattered glass near the fourth occupant — the 28-year-old male victim from Redway.

Concerns detour ‘Safe Routes’ prog.

Concern about a potential conflict of interest has stalled the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission’s selection of a contractor to manage its “Walk and Roll” Safe Routes to School program.  

Last week’s meeting saw the added presence of local residents challenging a recommendation made to the commission that McClure and Company be selected to take on the two-year project, claiming that hiring Del Norte County Supervisor Martha McClure — the firm’s proprietor  — would have her “answer(ing) to her own colleagues,” according to fellow County Supervisor Roger Gitlin.

Contracted to manage the Safe Routes to School program for Bess Maxwell and Joe Hamilton elementary schools, the winning bidder will manage grants and promote safe walking and bicycling to schools, and rally support and involvement from law enforcement, parents and community organizations. 

Man who ran ‘flophouse’ sentenced

Read more...Pleaded guilty to doing lewd acts 

A Crescent City man who prosecutors say “made his home available as a sort of juvenile flophouse,” got three years in state prison last week after pleading guilty to committing lewd acts on a 15-year-old girl, according to a press release from the Del Norte District Attorney’s Office. 

Shawn Robert Frillman, 36, was convicted on charges stemming from a Nov. 6, 2014, incident that occurred in his home, when “the female victim was present... with several other juveniles,” the release states. 

DN to avoid new organic waste law

Lack of facilities, infrastructure cited 

Del Norte won’t be spreading composting services or firing up any new facilities that convert woody debris into energy, even as stuff that rots is being repurposed all over California due to a new state law soon to require recycling services for commercially-produced organic waste. 

Like agencies within 19 other rural counties with low populations, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority is eligible for an exemption from AB 1826, a law taking effect April 1, 2016, requiring businesses that generate certain amounts of organic waste recycle it using services to be provided by local jurisdictions. 

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