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Wildfire smoke thickens

Quite possibly the heaviest smoke seen in Del Norte County this entire fire season came this week from the 82,956-acre Happy Camp Complex, which was at 19 percent containment Friday evening.

State air quality regulators issued a warning for Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties on Friday for wildfire smoke, which was even present on the coast for much of Friday.

Smoke was expected to travel southwest down the Klamath and Salmon River drainages this morning.


Median work on pause

A Caltrans highway safety project that aimed to reduce traffic collisions but inadvertently reduced traffic to local businesses has been put on hold while alternatives are considered.

The safety project, which would have seen an 80-foot median built on Highway 101 between Burtschell Road and Washington Boulevard, won’t continue as planned after Caltrans officials and engineers met on Friday with business owners and local officials to discuss concerns and possible alternatives.


Chase leads to arrest for stolen car

A vehicle pursuit led Crescent City Police to a stolen car, loaded rifle and one arrest Friday afternoon, according to police officials.

CCPD Officer Aaron King said the incident started at 11:46 a.m. when he spotted a mid-20s Hispanic male driver not wearing a seatbelt. King attempted to pull over a 1993 white Honda Accord near Essex and A streets when the vehicle took off.


Holiday weekend ends with 16 DUIs

Labor Day weekend saw what officials characterize as an usually high volume of alcohol and drug arrests in Del Norte County this past Labor Day weekend.

Sixteen arrests on drug- and alcohol-related charges were made between Friday and Monday. Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said the number was particularly high compared to the average.


Gasquet Farmers Market canceled

The Gasquet Farmers and Artisans Market is on hold due to insurance issues with the property where the market has been held each Sunday since June 15, according to organizer Susan Stewart.


News of Record Aug. 22–Sept. 4, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Aug. 22–Sept. 4:

Jenna Renae Skeen, 30, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for two probation violations.

Manuel Rivera Vargas, 58, Crescent City, was sentenced to 52 days in jail for violation of community supervision.

Angela Herrick, 34, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violation of community supervision.


Road Report Sept. 6, 2014

Caltrans is working on the following local projects in Del Norte and Humboldt counties:

Route 101 (mile-marker 0.5–14.0)  Culvert rehabilitation at various locations from just north of the Del Norte/Humboldt County line to Rudisill Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.   


Beach brush aflame again

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A CalFire firefighter sprays water on smoldering brush Tuesday afternoon near Crescent City’s South Beach. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Second fire in as many weeks south of town 

A brush fire Tuesday afternoon near South Beach scorched nearly five acres and blanketed eastern areas of Crescent City with smoke.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Tim Devos said the fire was reported at 1:14 p.m. across the highway from Sand Mine Road. Flames burned 3–4 acres before ground crews at the scene contained it an hour later.

Heavy smoke from the fire caused limited visibility for motorists on U.S. Highway 101, prompting California Highway Patrol officers to help with traffic control at the scene, Devos said.


Library settles budget issues

$300,000 of extra money earmarked for new building 

The Del Norte County Library Board last week took care of a few issues that had been delayed by months of controversy and red tape.

During a general tidying up of the library’s budget at its meeting last Thursday, board members moved money around, approved its 2014–2015 library budget and voted to appoint the newest library trustee — all agenda items that previously had been delayed by financial and procedural concerns.

With little of the arguing and public frustration that had surrounded the issue during previous meetings, the board determined where to put hundreds of thousands of dollars it says it wasn’t aware of until June. Originally thought to be $350,000, updated numbers showed it was actually a little more than $400,000, according to budget documents.


Docks won’t get tsunami insurance

Board: No room in harbor budget for costly coverage 

The new docks installed in Crescent City Harbor to replace old floats destroyed by tsunamis will not be insured for tsunamis, a decision harbor commissioners  voted on Tuesday.

Inner Boat Basin dock insurance, including “water exposure” for floods, tsunamis and wave wash, would have cost $124,400 more annually than the $70,000 annual policy chosen by commissioners in a 3-1-1 vote, with Commissioner James Ramsey dissenting and Commissioner Ron Phillips abstaining.


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