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‘Jury duty’ scam reported

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be wary of a new telephone scam reported Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office received five calls from residents who said they were contacted by someone claiming to be an employee of the Sheriff’s Office and informing them they have a warrant out for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty, Commander Bill Steven explained.

Greyhound service to expand to Crescent City

Redwood Coast Transit Authority will still operate buses 

Greyhound bus service from Crescent City to anywhere the national bus line travels could be available as soon as two weeks from now and almost certainly by Christmas.

The Redwood Coast Transit Authority board approved an Interline Agreement with Greyhound Lines on Wednesday, a project that has been in the works for years.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Rich Enea, RCTA board chairman and Crescent City Council member.

Workshop to educate home-based producers

A new do-it-yourself workshop Saturday will focus on new opportunities for home-based producers and walk folks through the California Cottage Food Laws.

Sponsored by the Community Food Council, the workshop will provide an overview of the California Cottage Food Act as well as Del Norte County’s licensing requirements. The California Cottage Food Law, which took effect in January 2013, allows individuals to prepare or package non-potentially hazardous foods in their private home kitchen. 

Landing his dream job

A self-proclaimed aviation aficionado, Matthew Leitner is the new airport director for the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Blind in one eye, new airport head was flying solo before he had a driver’s license 

Self-described “lifelong aviation aficionado” Matthew Leitner was appointed to be the airport director of the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority in October, a dream job for a man who loves the outdoors and was flying planes solo before he could drive a car.

“For the past 20 years I’ve been amassing the credentials with the intention of being where I am today,” Leitner said during a recent interview with the Triplicate. “I believe this is my zenith. I like small airports. I really love what I do. I’ve been doing this all my life.”

Virus may be sea star killer

Disease seen in Del Norte an epidemic along West Coast 

Grisly sea star deaths are continuing to litter the tidelands along the West Coast with decaying, ghostly goo, but scientists now believe they, at least, may have identified a potential culprit.

New evidence suggests a mysterious wasting disease killing sea stars by the millions may be the result of a waterborne virus that has been found in starfish since at least the 1940s, according to research published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Family of 4 rescued from crash in river

Emergency vehicles line Highway 199 after the wreck. Submitted
A driver on Saturday lost control of his truck on Highway 199 and careened down the embankment where its back half ended up in the Smith River. One of the vehicle’s four passengers was hospitalized.

‘Threatened’ listing sought for fisher

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to list the fisher as a threatened species. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public comment on its proposal to list the fisher, a forest-dwelling mammal found locally that is about the size of a large housecat, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

The agency will hold an informal informational meeting from 6–8 p.m. at Arcata Public Library (500 7th St., Arcata) about the fisher, its threatened-listing proposal, and how the public can comment.

After-school instructor Moore loses job

The termination of an after-school instructor wrapped up in controversy was made final last week when he chose not to appeal the decision by last Thursday’s deadline. 

Gary Moore, who was arrested last year on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under 14 and then went free after prosecutors dismissed the case for lack of evidence, was terminated by the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on Oct. 23, his last day of employment. Moore had 13 days to appeal the decision.

Two homes burn Sunday

Fire engulfed two residential structures at 1766 Wildwood in Crescent City on Sunday evening.

Two people escaped uninjured, though a small dog succumbed to smoke, according to Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield.

Foster kid advocates dwindling

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
She was 12 when she entered the foster care system, an all-too-adult maze of temporary homes and austere courtrooms, service providers, social workers, judges and stigma.

She doesn’t remember exactly how many times she was moved in and out of homes between the ages of 12 and 18, not right off the top of her head.   

“That’s kind of a tough question,” 20-year-old Rainbow Buck said by phone this week, settling on “about six,” after a long pause.  

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