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Waste task force member files claim with county

Says director made personal complaints about panel member 

Wesley Nunn, member of the Del Norte Solid Waste Task Force, has filed a “Claim For Damages” with the county asking for a public retraction of statements made by Executive Director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Tedd Ward in a staff report written by Ward in November 2015.

In the report, Ward addresses points made by Nunn in a letter Nunn submitted to the Triplicate that was published October 29, 2015 about how he believes the authority is managed.


Man dies in wreck on 199

An unidentified male driver died on Sunday while traveling south on U.S. 199 near Knopki Creek at mile marker 28.36.

The vehicle, a 1994 Ford Bronco, drifted off of the road and struck a dirt and rock embankment which caused it to roll several times, coming to rest on its roof according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.


Pets seized from owners

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11 Boston terriers, including three puppies and roughly two dozen exotic birds, were seized from a search warrant at a house on Murphy Avenue in January. Since then they have been in the care of Del Norte Animal Control, which hopes to soon connect them with a rescue agency. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Fur, feathers and scales greeted county officials early this year at the execution of a search warrant for a residence on the 400 block of Murphy Avenue. 

Neighbors had complained of noise and stink. Others reported glimpsing a nasty scene when they went there to purchase a puppy advertised on Craigslist. 

Commotion and smell are well enough if you live in Fort Dick, said Code Enforcement Officer David Mason, but they become a problem when you live in a residential area.


Caltrans says no to guardrails

Guard rails are not a solution to the recent accidents on US Highway 199, around the 10.5 mile mark, said Caltrans Traffic Safety Chief, David Morgan during a presentation at the the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission meeting on Thursday. 

Concerns have been raised about that section of the highway following three crashes, two of them fatal, in the past five months in the same area. One occurred at the 10.3 mile mark to a vehicle heading southbound, and two involved vehicles heading northbound at the 10.5 mile mark.


Del Norte registers 900 new voters

Del Norte is among the top five counties in the state with the highest percentage increase in voter registration since 2012, according to the California Secretary of State. 

Almost 900 new voters have registered in Del Norte since April 2012, signifying a 7.3 percent increase in four years. 

County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup attributed the growth to a rush of local interest, particularly with 3 out of 5 county supervisor districts up for election June 7 and a push in recent registration efforts by organizations such as the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee (DNDCC), the Del Norte Republicans and True North Organizing Network.


Students share their security concerns

Student concerns about security were conveyed to the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees at their meeting on Thursday. The board also heard reports on the instructional coach program, and there was discussion of faculty’s challenges related to the end of the school year.


Rare wagtail cameo at Lake Tolowa

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This white wagtail stopped at Lake Tolowa on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of David Wadsworth
The appearance of a white wagtail at the mouth of Lake Tolowa on Tuesday created quite a stir among birders online. But the rare bird’s visit was brief and only a handful of local enthusiasts were able to see it.

“It was a one-day thing,” said Alan Barron, author of “A Birdfinding Guide to Del Norte County, California.” “Wagtails, once they get migrating, they don’t really stay put.”


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 11-13

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 11–13:

Wednesday, May 11

Note: From 2:46 p.m.

At 4:16 p.m., report of a woman trying to fight another woman in the Walmart parking lot on the 900 block of East Washington Boulevard. 

At 4:42 p.m., caller on the 200 block of Michigan Avenue says he took a picture of a suspicious vehicle and then the driver started yelling at him and threatening to sue. 

At 5:43 p.m., report of two children entering a house on the 200 block of Wallace Avenue and telling the resident that they came over because they had been beaten.


News of Record, May 6-12

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for May 6–12:

Gary William Edwards II, 32, of Crescent City, was sentenced to 160 days in jail and fined $920 for conflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Roberto Carols Baltazar, 22, of Crescent City, was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $833 for reckless driving upon a highway.


Not the only starfish in the sea

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A sea star is exposed during a minus tide at Point St. George on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Decimated sea star population making comeback in parts of Del Norte 

After a wasting disease decimated sea stars on the West Coast over the past two years, babies have been returning to Oregon and Northern California beaches, with Point St. George being one of the most abundant sites.

Joe Tyburczy, a marine ecologist with the California Sea Grant Extension Eureka office, said out of the seven sites he and Humboldt State University researchers monitor, Point St. George and Patrick’s Point saw the largest increase of juvenile sea stars last summer.


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