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Japanese students visit Del Norte

Del Norte High School students pose with new friends during a visit last year to Takata High School in Japan. Submitted
Schools began exchange after boat from Takata washed up in Crescent City  

Nearly a year after local students visited Takata High School in Japan, the teens  they met there will get a taste of what life is like in Del Norte County.

Fourteen high school students and four adults from Rikuzentakata, Japan, will land in San Francisco and be driven to Crescent City on Sunday. The Japanese students will be given a tour of Del Norte High School and be introduced to their American peers. They will take a handful of classes, be fed a school lunch and visit some of Del Norte’s attractions, including Stout Grove and Trees of Mystery.

Local women lead police on interstate chase

Two Crescent City women believed to be shoplifters are facing multiple charges in Curry and Del Norte counties after a high-speed chase from Brookings to Crescent City on New Year’s Day.

Krystal Star Evans-Thompson, 33, and Tiffany Elizabeth Maple, 20, were arrested without incident at 9:50 p.m. Thursday after Crescent City authorities and a Brookings Police K-9 found them hiding in the bushes off Elk Valley Road.

Quiet New Year’s Eve for law enforcement

Del Norte County rang in the new year with considerable restraint if the number of arrests made is any indicator of holiday excess. 

Only seven people were reined in and booked between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 

News of Record Dec. 29, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Dec. 29, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015:

Dawnelle M. Hendricks, 41, Crescent City, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $1,075 plus $75 in public defender fees for possession of paraphernalia and failure to appear.

All About the IQ

Sophomore guard Maddison Smedley watches her free throw at the end of practice Tuesday while the rest of the team waits to see if they will have to run. They didn’t, because Smedley sank her shot. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Girls JV coach John Horner is focused on improving basketball knowledge of up-and-comers 

The Del Norte junior varsity girls basketball team has gotten off to a perfect 2-0 start with wins over Brookings and Ferndale in December, but the Warriors are about to dig into the meat of their schedule starting with the Fortuna Tournament on Friday and Saturday followed by the beginning of Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league play at home against Arcata next week.

First-year JV coach John Horner said he was able to get all 11 girls on the team into each of the first two games of the season, and the Warriors built a comfortable lead and were never seriously threatened against Brookings and Ferndale.

Santa’s Workshop wraps up bountiful season

Fire captain Willy Morrison unloads donated Christmas gifts at Santa’s Workshop. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Over 1,100 kids given donated toys

Donations may have been down this year, but Santa’s Workshop volunteers gave toys, clothes and other gifts to nearly 200 more children than last year, according to “head elf” Ron Phillips.

Volunteers wrapped and distributed gifts to roughly 1,123 children in Del Norte County this year, said Phillips, special projects coordinator for Rural Human Services, which organizes the holiday program for low-income families every year. Last year, Santa’s Workshop provided gifts to 948 children, he said.

Deputy dodges machete; suspect held on $1M bail

William Alberts
A 71-year-old male was arrested after a domestic dispute late Monday morning, but not before the man got in a good scuffle with a deputy, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 

Tensions were already high when the deputy arrived at the 2200 block of Holben Road in Crescent City, where William Alberts was reported by witnesses to have attempted to choke his girlfriend, sheriff’s officials said. 


It might be easier to mail yourself

SkyWest’s flight from San Francisco to Crescent City was canceled Friday morning, but FedEx arrived with a load of packages. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
DN’s only passenger service cancels 1 in 5 flights, still eyes April departure  

’Tis the season of travel, though unless you’re a magic reindeer with a fog-piercing nose, flying has not been the most reliable way in and out of Del Norte this December.

Just over a month since it announced plans to drop commercial air service to the area, Crescent City’s only carrier, SkyWest Airlines, is ringing in the new year with widespread cancellations and delays primarily due to weather in San Francisco, airline officials say.


Low volume seen on North Coast

F/V Bountiful unloads rigging Monday at Crescent City Harbor. Unlike many others, its crew will keep fishing crab here. Del Norte Triplicate / Emily Jo Cureton
Dungeness catch appears better to south for second year in a row 

The boat’s called Bountiful, but lately the catch has been anything but.

A month into commercial crab season, some fishing crews are calling it quits early, while others hope that calmer seas and a bit of luck will lead to a late showing by the region’s most sought-after crustacean, Dungeness crab.

At $4.50 a pound, crabs are fetching $1.40 more than the record-breaking opening price set Dec. 1, but the volume caught is low, according to anecdotal reports from local fishermen, buyers and industry observers. (Landing data logged by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has not yet been tallied.)

Helping others find their place

After coming out as a transgendered individual five years ago, Christie Lynn Rust says she feels completely at home in her community. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Local woman hopes her story of gender transition will ease the journey for others 

Five years after revealing her “authentic” self to Crescent City, Christie Lynn Rust says she’s comfortable in her own skin now.

But because she knows that she’s the exception to what is normal for many transgender individuals, Rust spends much of her time sharing her story to anyone who wants to hear it. On Dec. 10, Rust spoke to her fellow Del Norters about what it means to be transgender. The presentation, “Transgender 101,” was sponsored by Gender Talk.

“I love this community,” she said. “I absolutely love this community. And I’m so glad that Christie Lynn was born here and not someplace else by myself.”

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