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Toxic substances in Smith R.

The state agency tasked with monitoring regional water quality has released a preliminary statement on findings from lower river samples taken in 2013 that indicate the presence of toxic substances without pointing to the cause. 


Arson suspect held after fire spree

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 California Highway Patrol and Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected of setting at least five fires within a span of about 30 minutes on Sunday morning.


County prepping for legal marijuana

Passionate discussion and pointed questions pushed Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting close to the three-hour mark, but some of the big agenda items, like a questionable Solid Waste Authority budget as well as a county policy on recreational marijuana, saw little action despite the discourse.


Waste appointee criticized, approved

The newly appointed Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board’s public commissioner, Angela Glore, ultimately won her seat on Tuesday after a spirited discourse and shift in opinion on the part of two county supervisors. 


Stolen jeep recovered, thief escapes

A red jeep that was reported stolen from Crescent City Harbor at 4:07 p.m. on Tuesday was recovered just 41 minutes later, but a manhunt its driver came up empty.


Shaken town seeks healing

Community strives to cool tempers after Dante Romannose-Jones' killing

A public gathering at the Klamath Tribal Offices on Saturday aimed to begin a conversation about healing in a community shaken by the previous week’s killing of a young teenager, and a peace march in Crescent City the next day turned words into action.   

But as criminal proceedings against Dante Romannose-Jones’ alleged murderer, 16-year-old Nathan Feliz, move forward, community unease persists in spite of family members’ pleas for peace.

“My biggest worry is that people will want revenge,” Martha Jones, Dante’s mother, told the Triplicate on Monday. “This is a tragedy for both families, and it’s just natural to feel anger — Dante had only barely turned 13. There are people who are angry and wanting to take the sides of their families. But both families that are involved are Native, and we want to grow together, not tear each other apart.”

Such sentiments, now the prevailing tone in the community, weren’t as established the night 13-year-old Dante was shot in the head at point blank range, allegedly in a dispute over drugs, an issue that was discussed at the meeting. Instead, a wave of reactionary anger and fear was set off that led to violence.


'God decided'

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Pastor Carol Layton warms the chapel of the Crescent City United Methodist Church with a smile. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 After 15 years, pastor reflects on unexpected career as 
she retires from United Methodist to return to hometown  

Carol Layton was good at her job.

She was at the top of the payscale at the United States Postal Service and had been a letter carrier for 17 years when she left. At 45 years old, Layton and her husband George moved from the Monterey Peninsula to Ohio, where she attended seminary and pastored two churches.


Tighter rules for alcohol sales

Updated zoning laws limiting where alcohol and tobacco retailers can set up shop in Crescent City and how they will be able to advertise are scheduled to take effect May 20 after a year-long suspension on any new establishments.


Crash on Hwy. 199 in Gasquet leaves one dead

A head-on collision on U.S. Highway 199 near the 14.03 mile marker in Gasquet resulted in a fatality and severe injuries on Sunday afternoon.


Triplicate nets eight honors in contest

The Del Norte Triplicate won two first-place awards, four second-place awards, and two honorable mentions in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s statewide 2014 Better Newspapers Contest.


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