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Local unemployment down in September

Del Norte County’s preliminary September jobless rate fell from 9.6 percent in August to 8.5 percent in September, compared to 10.3 percent in September 2013. 

The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate (6.9 percent) is down 0.6 percent from August, according to the state’s Labor Market Information Division.

News of Record Oct. 10–16, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 10–16:

Cory Orensico, 25, Crescent City, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $1,752 for possession of a dangerous drug (felony) and possession of paraphernalia.

School Board candidate forum tonight

Klamath residents today have a chance to hear from a handful of candidates running for the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees.

True North Organizing Network is hosting a candidates night designed to draw attention to the specific educational needs of Margaret Keating Elementary School, one of the lowest performing schools in the district, according to a press release from the organization. 

Burning Season Heats Up

Wildland firefighters manage a prescribed burn Monday in the Bald Hills area. Shifting winds Monday afternoon created spot fires that at one point separated a firefighter from his squad, prompting him to deploy his fire shelter. Redwood National Parks / Eamon Engber
Shifting winds scatter flames of controlled burn, cutting firefighter off from his crew 

Controlled burns in the Bald Hills region of Redwood National Park went awry on Monday when winds shifted and caused spot fires, leading one firefighter to deploy a fire shelter after being cut off from the rest of his team.

“Fire can be unpredictable, and all it takes is a shift in weather conditions to cause the fire to do something that you don’t expect it to do,” said Jeff Denny, supervisory park ranger for Redwood National and State Parks.

Loftin avoids a trial in deal

DA: Better he’s off streets 1–2 years than risk probation 

Mike Loftin, the man who six months ago stabbed a teenager through the arm with an eel hook, was led out of the courtroom shouting on Wednesday after he agreed to a deal to plead guilty for his felony crime. Loftin could serve up to two years in state prison after he is sentenced in November.

Deputy interrupts burglar in garage

Pettis’s last day of in-field training ends with foot chase 

An in-progress burglary north of Crescent City was thwarted Wednesday by a Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputy at the tail end of his in-field training.

Band fundraiser snacks stolen

Members of the Del Norte High School Music Boosters on Wednesday reported a break-in at a concessions stand near the soccer field. 

Forest roads already closing

Road closure gates on the Smith River National Recreation Area have already started to shutter this season as a precaution against the spread of Port Orford cedar root disease.

Gates leading to Young’s Valley Trail, Summit Valley Trail and Gunbarrel Trail are all expected to be closed this week, according to Forest Service officials.

'Art on Wheels'

Stan Hogberg won Best in Show for his and his son Erik’s six-year restoration project, a 1937 Ford Woodie classic. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Local man claims top award at Crescent City’s annual classic car show  

Stan Hogberg was alone when he accepted the Best in Show award for his 1937 Ford Woodie station wagon at this year’s Sea Cruise, but the Crescent City resident said the award also belongs to his son Erik.

“It took us about six years to build it,” he said. “We started from scratch. We built all the wood panels from scratch.”

Hot Rods

Pat Ruelle of Piercy polishes his 1964 Chevy Impala drop top. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crowds admired classic cars from Model T’s to Camaros on Friday as Crescent City kicked off its annual Sea Cruise car show. While people inspected engines, upholstery and gear shafts outside, volunteers with the Northern Knights Car Club had just registered the show’s 308th entry.  

“These are all memories of our youth,” said Pat Ruelle, polishing his 1964 Chevy Impala drop top. “All us old guys want our youth back.”

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