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Pelican Bay's inmate firefighters find a place to do some good

Members of Pelican Bay State Prison’s inmate firefighting program practice outside their firehouse. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
“We’re clamp sliding! We’re moving!” 

Three firefighters in heavy yellow jackets and helmets are crowded around a bulky hose connected to a fire engine — a pale yellow one, not the traditional red. The hose is blasting water 20 feet in front of them, and on command the firefighters begin to maneuver through a corridor of wooden pallets that have been set up outside the firehouse to simulate a burning structure.

The nozzleman — that’s the firefighter on the front of the hose shouting the commands — begins to move forward, and the guys behind him follow as water continues to shoot wildly around.


Radio personality ‘Dapper Dutch’ fondly recalled

For Homer “Dutch” Dremann, better known to his friends as Dutch, dedication meant a lot.

From the songs he’d dedicate to his wife Katherine on the radio — “And this one’s for Lady Kay,” he’d say — to the various hobbies and aspirations that he kept up with throughout his entire life, to the loyalty and encouragement he gave unconditionally to his family, friends, and strangers, Dutch could only be considered passionate, people who knew him say.


Sutter Coast names Hanna interim CEO

An interim CEO for Sutter Coast Hospital has been chosen to head Crescent City’s sole hospital while recruitment for a more long-term CEO continues.

Mitch Hanna, CEO of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn, has agreed to serve as the interim CEO of Sutter Coast and split his time between Auburn and Crescent City, heading both facilities at the same time, according to information released by Sutter Coast on Friday.


News of Record June 20-26

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of June 20–26:

Adam Link Nott, 26, Crescent City, was sentenced to 16 months in jail and fined $370 for petty theft with prior and sentenced to 12 months in jail and fined $220 for battery on a cohabitant. 

Carmina Alemar, 30, Crescent City, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $620 for false/fraud claims. 


Mining foes speak

A mining company is planning to drill core samples for nickel in the watershed of Baldface Creek, shown here. The creek is one of the primary tributaries of the North Fork Smith River, which helps supply the vast majority of water for Del Norte County. Courtesy of Zach Collier / Northwest Rafting Company
 Public has 2 weeks to weigh in on strip mining in watershed 

The Oregon Water Resources Department is accepting public comment until July 8 on an application to use surface water for exploratory drilling in the North Fork Smith River watershed with the intent of operating a strip mine for nickel and other metals.



Splash Sight: Fire hydrant gushes on 101

Read more...A blue Ford pickup truck traveling south on U.S. Highway 101 lost control and spun around, striking a fire hydrant just north of Cooper Avenue in front of Home Depot at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The top of the fire hydrant was separated from the base, allowing water to shoot dozens of feet into the air for about 20 minutes.

The driver of the vehicle, Deedee McDonald, was visibly shaken but unharmed and refused medical attention.


Man drowns trying to save nephew

A 35-year-old Crescent City man drowned on Tuesday after he entered the Smith River to rescue his nephew.

According to Commander Tim Athey of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Carlos Daniel Gomez-Diaz, who went by Daniel, was pronounced dead at the scene after a CPR attempt failed to resuscitate him. The 13-year-old boy that he and the boy’s father had jumped in to help was released to family on Tuesday after a medical evaluation.


Citizens, county at loggerheads over tree removal

Gasquet resident Bridget Kurz walks her dog at Ward Field. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract Tuesday to remove trees that pose a safety hazard to Ward Field Airport in Gasquet, a project that has been requested by Caltrans Division of Aeronautics, the permitting agency for the small airfield.

Actually carrying out the contract may prove more difficult since 56 of the 92 trees identified for topping or removal sit on properties owned by citizens who have recently rescinded the county’s right-of-entry onto their private property.


Tri-Agency settles with ex-director for $30,000

Bill Renfroe inspects the former site of the failed Surfside Grill & Brewery in 2011 when he was still executive director of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
After more than a year of legal wrangling, a cash-strapped agency looking to move past its financial woes settled a lawsuit out of court last week with its former executive director. 

Two files worth of complaints and counter complaints, motions and counter motions, judge transfers and a failed settlement negotiation were put to rest after the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority settled for $30,000 a breach of contract lawsuit brought by the agency’s former executive director Bill Renfroe. 


Camper van fire on Union Street quelled quickly

Firefighters responded to a small blaze off of Union Street on Tuesday around 6:30 p.m.

Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield said that an unknown party set on fire an old van that had been converted to a camper.

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