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Council gets back to work

With Labor Day weekend passed, it’s back to business for the Crescent City Council, with a meeting taking place 5 p.m. today instead of Monday, the holiday.

The council will hear a presentation on “Getting the rates right” for the city sewer system and consider paying a consultant to help. They also plan to hear a presentation from the police chief regarding new body cameras being used by officers and decide how to temporarily fill a seat on the council that becomes vacant with Richard Enea’s resignation effective Oct. 5.

Mining claim public hearings are this week

Two hearings are scheduled this week to discuss a federally proposed five-year ban on new mining claims in parts of southwest Oregon, including the headwaters of the North Fork Smith River.

The Wednesday meeting will be held at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach. Thursday’s hearing is in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium, 600 North West 6th Street in Grants Pass. Both are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the ban would withdraw 95,806 acres of National Forest and 5,216 acres of Bureau of Land Management territory targeted for nickel and other valuable metals from the purview of the Mining Act of 1872 while federal lawmakers consider legislation for a permanent withdrawal.

Sunrise Garden Club to talk about seed saving

The Sunrise Garden Club will discuss seed saving techniques on Wednesday.

The club will meet for lunch at noon at the Crescent Harbor Gallery, 140 Marine Way in Crescent City. It also welcomes new members.

For more information, call 457-3920.

Volunteers sought for ‘Blight’ cleanup project

Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s private Take a Bite out of Blight program is seeking volunteers to clean up a 12-acre parcel in Crescent City.

The cleanup starts 9 a.m. Sunday at the Amador Street cul de sac south of Washington Boulevard and adjacent to the Crescent City Fire Department station. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and shovels. Trash bags and water will be furnished, according to Gitlin. To volunteer, contact Gitlin at 951-6361.

Worship in a cathedral

Pastor Steven Perez cuts wood at the construction site of Hiouchi Community Fellowship. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
 The redwoods and wild rivers surrounding Hiouchi often feel like a cathedral of natural beauty to many a tourist, but not until now has the small community had brick-and-mortar church of its own.

With completion of a large addition and continued remodeling project-by-project as money allows, the Hiouchi Community Fellowship has converted a former tackle and rental shop on Highway 199 into a permanent space for a growing congregation.

The fellowship started as a Bible study group Pastor Steven Perez held at his home. When Perez found out many of the those attending his group did not attend any church on Sundays, he asked them if they were interested in starting their own.  

Vandalism blamed for regional outage

Phones, internet and TV service lost across N. Coast after cable cut near Ukiah 

Residents of the North Coast were back online Friday morning a day after a vandalized fiber optic cable south of Ukiah caused communication outages throughout the region. 

Cellular and standard phone lines, internet and television were among the services affected in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma counties after an exposed AT&T cable was severed by one or more vandals, presumably looking for copper, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office told the Press Democrat. 

The line was discarded after the suspects discovered it didn’t in fact contain copper, the Times-Standard reported. A landslide had initially damaged the line, which was being held off the ground by steel posts, easily visible, as a temporary fix until it could be buried underground.

Permit to kill cougar issued

 Five dead turkeys latest in series of Bertsch harassments 

A state fish and wildlife biologist issued a depredation permit to a homeowner in the Bertsch Tract on Thursday after confirming a mountain lion killed five of her turkeys.

Constance Rolon, who lives with her family near LeClair and Bertsch avenues, said a mountain lion broke into her turkey pen late Tuesday night, jumping over the metal wire fence surrounding the enclosure and punching through the orange safety fencing on top. Her family recovered four carcasses Wednesday morning.

On Thursday Rolon spent about two hours with Dave Lancaster, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist from Eureka, who inspected the dead birds and their pen and found the fifth turkey the big cat had fed on.

Construction training initiated

On the remote Yurok Indian reservation, on-site job training is hard to come by, but a new program started this week will provide 10 tribal members with 550 hours of real-world building construction. 

They will be building a new home for  Yurok Tribal Elder Ken 'Butch' Sanderson from the ground up.

“We’re so isolated here we don’t have access to training that tribes in urban areas or areas with more access have,” said Don Barnes, director of the Yurok Tribe's Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), which aims to secure more employment and training opportunities for tribal members. 

When Barnes saw a presentation from the Native Construction Careers Initiative — a program of the national TERO council providing green or novice tribal workers with building construction skills — he was committed to bringing the program to Yurok Country.

News of record, Aug. 14-27, 2015

Misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for Aug. 14-27, 2015:

Joshua Dunn Andritsch, 25, Crescent City, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and fined $1,190 for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and a special allegation. Restitution is still to be determined.

John William Reitterer, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to 80 days in jail and fined $891 for possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear and a probation violation.

Police and sheriff logs, Sept. 2-3, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, September 2-3:

Wednesday, September 2

At 12:19 a.m., caller reports her daughter’s ex boyfriend called and stated he was on his way over to the residence on the 1100 block of Oregon Street in violation of a restraining order.

At 12:47 a.m., caller reports someone threw something and broke a window at a business on the 300 block of M Street.

At 3:51 a.m., report of a broken window to a business on the 200 block of I Street.

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