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Nastiuk sentenced for burglary of homeless couple

51-year old Todd Nastiuk of Crescent City was sentenced this week to six years in state prison for burglarizing the tent of a homeless couple late last year. 

“Todd Nastiuk is a very violent man who has been terrorizing our community for years. Our community will be protected from him for nearly six years,” Del Norte District Attorney Dale Trigg said in a press release. Trigg noted Nastiuk will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence in prison before he is eligible for parole and any subsequent offenses will be eligible for three-strikes sentencing. 

According to court documents, Nastiuk is said to have assaulted and threatened four persons near a campsite behind the 1600 block of Riverside Street on Oct. 5, 2015. 

Test goes off without a hitch

Having just completed its eighth year of testing, Del Norte’s annual tsunami drill live code test with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration went off Wednesday afternoon without a hitch.

Between 11 a.m. and noon yesterday, Del Norte’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) assisting in the on-the-ground execution of the tsunami siren as well as the new Emergency Alert System (EAS).

County leaders were pleased at the the tentative success of the EAS implementation, which was subjected to its first substantial test.

To serve with honors

Holly Greene received Crescent City Police Department's Volunteer of the Year award at the LEADN awards ceremony on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate / David Grieder
The Crescent City Cultural Center was packed Tuesday evening for the annual awards ceremony recognizing achievement among the varied Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte (LEADN).

Among those honored were outstanding officers from California Highway Patrol (CHP), Crescent City Police Department (CCPD), the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office (DNSO), Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP), Search & Rescue (SAR), and Probation.

Not all to receive accolades this week wore a badge. In his presentation, Sheriff Erik Apperson opened by naming Kayleah Davis as Explorer of the Year and closed in recognizing three former DNSO employees who retired last year after decades of service.

Open Door CEO: Sutter not at fault for health care crisis

Strong differences of opinion between the Del Norte Healthcare District and Herrmann Spetzler, CEO of the Open Door Health Centers, about the causes of the health care crisis on the North Coast came to light at last Tuesday’s meeting.

Spetzler, came to the meeting to give an update on the Open Door Clinic in Crescent City, but ended up in discussion with the board members about the damaged relationship between the district and Sutter Health, and the negative effect it is having on the community.

Spetzler was not, however, without praise for the long relationship between his clinics and the district.

City, county move to cede some control over DNSWMA

Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors took steps this week to streamline their oversight of the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority by considering amendments to the Joint Powers Agreement.

The city and the county both agreed to allow the authority to appoint its own commissioner, approve its budgets and adopt new rates with minimal or no oversight. Currently, according to authority Executive Director Ted Ward, approval for such items must come from both the city councilors and county supervisors, even though the authority’s commissioners include two members from the Board of Supervisors, and two members from the City Council.

Supervisors push back on proposed Smith R. basin plan revision

Following emergency action by the Del Norte Board of Supervisors, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will postpone a meeting originally scheduled for Friday regarding a potential revision to its basin plan for the Smith River.

Early this week, Chairman Gerry Hemmingsen sent a letter to the water board requesting the postponement after receiving last-minute notification of the upcoming meeting. County officials took issue with what they said was a failure to give them sufficient advance notification on an action with potential for significant impact to local interests.

“This is an issue of great concern and more importantly an issue of communication between Del Norte County and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board,” said Supervisor Chris Howard.

Emergency dispatch call logs, March 21-23, 2016

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

Monday, March 21

Note: After 2:19 p.m.

At 2:26 p.m., request for the removal of seven transients hanging out and causing problems at a building on the 900 block of Northcrest Drive.

At 3:06 p.m., caller says she was attacked on the 600 block of M Street.

Help at the harbor: Fishermen aid

Del Norte folks came out to Whaler Island on Saturday to support local out-of-work fishermen and were rewarded with live music, food, brews and, if they stuck around long enough, a laser light show projected onto the rocks.  

Last Chance town halls to start

The first in a series of town hall meetings on Last Chance Grade will be held today in Eureka as Caltrans officials try to explain the project process to the public.

Caltrans officials will be in Crescent City on Wednesday and in Klamath on Thursday to speak about plans to keep the slide-prone stretch of U.S. 101 between the two communities open.

New emergency alert to be tested on Wednesday

Del Norte’s new emergency alert system will send out its first notice Wednesday as county, state and federal officials test the tsunami warning communications system.

Roughly 8,000 residents who have signed up for the Community Alert System should be notified of the test, said Cindy Henderson, Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services coordinator. A formal evacuation drill is not planned for Del Norte County, but local students may do a drop, cover and hold exercise in their classrooms, she said.

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