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Caltrans minimizes harm of 101 collapse

Last Chance Grade failure wouldn't cut off DN from south for long, official says

Even if Del Norters’ worst fears regarding Last Chance Grade were realized, Caltrans’ Sebastian Cohen assured them Crescent City wouldn’t be cut off from Klamath for long.

Cohen, project manager for Last Chance Grade, told Del Norte County residents at a town hall meeting Wednesday that a large and a moderate-scale slip out of the slide-prone stretch of U.S. Highway 101 has not happened, but if it does, the agency would “put whatever road we needed to to get traffic through.”

“This area is not going to be cut off long term from access,” Cohen said. “It could be that it’s a couple weeks, it could be a month, who knows, there will always be something there that we can cut back to and get it open.”


Library outlines scenarios to replace building

As the Library Board continues to carefully watch their finances and schedule upcoming fundraisers, plans continue to move forward on the Building Replacement Project.

At the board’s meeting Thursday, Trustee Mechelle Webb said she met with a commercial contractor at the Library last week and asked him to write up proposals on the following scenarios:

Remodel the current building. Add a second story with expansive southern views, an elevator, a coffee shop with a pavilion addition on the west side of the existing building. Use the donated empty lot as outdoor recreation space and parking. The upstairs would have more books, elevator access and the bottom floor would have meeting/conference rooms and media space.


State mandates drive higher cost of care in Del Norte vs. Oregon

Medical bills for the same procedures can come with very different price tags, and some may appear excessive or unfair.

A hospital in Medford, Oregon charged $3,335 for a colonoscopy that Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City charges more than $9,124 for, according to Virginia Bostwick, a former nurse at Sea Side and Sutter Coast Hospital who provided the Triplicate with a copy of hospital billings from February of this year.

Upon closer inspection, there are reasons for the differences, indicating it pays to educate one’s self about available health care choices.


Yuroks to host two-day gathering about food sovereignty issues

Tribal food sovereignty issues will be discussed at a two-day gathering hosted by the Yurok Tribe in Klamath next month.

Prominent leaders in the food sovereignty movement will speak at the first Northern California Tribal Food Conference April 18-19, an event hosted by the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition (NCTCC), the National Congress of American Indians, First Nations Development Institute, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples and the Yurok Tribe.

This year’s theme is “Restoring the Balance,” and panel topics will include:


One dead, one injured, driver flees crash site

Rollover in Cave Junction leads to driver's arrest

A Cave Junction, Oregon man was killed Thursday in a rollover crash.

Trevor Praszek, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel after being ejected from a car, according to Oregon State Police.

Police said the crash happened on Waldo Road near the intersection of Takilma Road in Cave Junction, according to police. The crash was reported to OSP at 3:20 a.m.


Free CPR classes in Smith River

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation will be teaming up with Cal-Ore Life Flight to offer free CPR classes next month.

A class from 9 a.m. to noon and another from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. will be offered April 15 and April 18 at the Howonquet Hall Community Center, 101 Indian Court, Smith River.

You need only attend one three-hour class to become CPR-certified.

Call Tessa LaFazio, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Emergency Services Coordinator, at 707-487-9255, ext. 1150.

More classes may be scheduled for future dates if classes fill up.


Caltrans county roadwork plans

Caltrans has the following roadwork scheduled for Del Norte County through Thursday:

U.S. 101 — Emergency drainage work from 1.6 miles to 1.2 miles south of South Bank Road will continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions at all hours. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

U.S. 101 — PG&E has been granted a Caltrans encroachment permit for tree trimming from Ehlers Way to McMillan Road on Monday and Tuesday.  One-way traffic control will be in effect 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.


Emergency dispatch call logs, March 21-23, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, March 21 - 23: 

Wednesday, March 23

Note: From 1:34 p.m.

At 2:04 p.m., caller on the 800 block of Small Avenue says her friend was assaulted at the College yesterday.

At 3:23 p.m., caller on the 100 block of Walton Street says a laptop was stolen from his motel room.


News of Record, March 18 -24, 2016

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte Superior Court for March 18-24: 

Adam Link Nott, 28, Crescent City, was sentenced to 64 days in jail, 3 years probation, and fined $1,306 for prowling/loitering, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of a dangerous drug.

Roy Wallace Kelley, 50, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $2,424 for driving on a suspended license and two probation violations.

Lori Ann Love, 57, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 3 years probation, and fined $2,274 for driving on a license that was suspended due to a prior DUI.


Extended delays on Second Bridge

Expect extended one-hour closures on South Fork Road on Monday while crews pour arches for the replacement bridge over the South Fork Smith River.

The construction company Flatiron West, Inc., has scheduled closures between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., at the George Tryon — or Second — Bridge. The original bridge was built in 1948.

The next full bridge closures are tentatively set for April 28 and May 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be no construction during Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30.

Call 855-746-4352 to confirm dates.


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