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River activists push for fishing ban

Scenes from another era in the Smith River's history: Nora E. McKinnon, above, and her 59 pound Smith River salmon in 1938; the mouth of the Smith River, below, dammed with anglers in 1950. Photos courtesy Del Norte Historical Society
Fifty-short years ago, like all west coast rivers, the Smith River teemed with salmon. 

Deep pools, below the Middle and North Forks used to stack up with fish as they moved upstream to spawn. During October and November, at the peak of the upstream migration, pools boiled with life. Fish could be seen rolling day and night. 

Those days are over and today, according to longtime Smith River salmon fisherman Ted Souza, “you can watch the pools for hours without out seeing a single rolling fish.”

Final tally: District 1 runoff

It’s official. The race for the next District 1 Del Norte County supervisor will be decided in a runoff election Nov. 8, according to Del Norte County Clerk Alissia Northrup.

The election will pit incumbent and top-vote-getter Roger Gitlin against challenger and Crescent City Councilor Kathryn Murray.

Questions haunt Freese's loved ones

The wait has stretched on for seven months now.

Family and friends of Jordan Freese, 31, of Klamath, have been kept in limbo since he went missing on Nov. 15, leaving few clues as to his whereabouts and many unanswered questions.

“He was brilliant — a man before his time … he was such an incredible person,” said Jordan’s sister Kaitlin Freese. “It is really sad that we don’t get to see him anymore and I don’t get to hear from him. His friends all really miss him, I know that because they message me and they repost things that he had posted on their Facebook. We are all wondering what happened and we are all really worried about him.”

School district, BHC host literacy summit

About 175 community leaders, educators, parents and concerned citizens made the Literacy Symposium the priority on election night, June 7. 

“A major movement took place in Del Norte County in response to a crisis in childhood literacy, as community partners came together to host a Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Literacy Symposium,” said Nancy Raskauskas-Coons, communications manager of Building Healthy Communities / Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands. 

HCD adopts Quorum proposal

In a 4-1 vote the Del Norte Healthcare District approved a proposal Tuesday from Quorum Health Resources called a “Strategic Positioning Assistance Agreement.” 

Quorum said they promise to help the district develop an analysis of health care needs in the community. For this information Quorum will charge the healthcare district $82,500, plus expenses.

Union members picket at prison

SEIU members at Pelican Bay State Prison protest outside the facility Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Heidi Graham
Union members picketed outside Pelican Bay State Prison on Wednesday afternoon to keep furlough days out of their contract. 

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 chanted slogans calling for an increase in pay and other benefits. 

Local 1000 also proposes raising state employees pay 22 percent, according to the union’s website.

Death Notices, June 16, 2016

Mrs. Diana Lynn Hartman (née Brant), 69, of Gasquet, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Hartman was born to Sept. 10, 1946 in Gary, Indiana. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Humane Society of Del Norte Cat Shelter, 821 Elk Valley Road, Crescent City, CA, 95531.

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, June 13-15, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, June 13-15:

Monday, June 13

Note: From 5:00 p.m.

At 5:17 p.m., a caller on the 1100 block of U.S. 101 reported her neighbor’s dog bit her daughter but no medical attention was needed.

At 6:09 p.m., a caller on the 400 block of M Street reported a subject was blocking traffic into the store.

Grant money for Klamath coho

The Bureau of Reclamation, NOAA Fisheries, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that $3.7 million in grant and matching funds are now available to help with the Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Program, according to a press release from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The release said the award will be dispersed through 12 grants from the Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Grant Program.

Body of missing swimmer found

The body of a swimmer missing for two months was found at the Mouth of the Klamath River June 8 by a kayaker and recovered by Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies, Cmdr. Bill Steven said.

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