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Drilling near the Smith? Fears voiced over mining

A mining company is planning to drill core samples for nickel in the watershed of Baldface Creek, shown above and below. The creek is the primary tributary of the Upper North Fork Smith River, which helps supply the majority of water for Del Norte. Courtesy of Zach Collier / Northwest Rafting Company
 The majority of public water systems supplying Del Norte County come from the Smith River, the headwaters of which is being considered for a nickel strip-mining operation.

The potential for contamination from a mining operation weighed heavily on Del Norters who attended an informational meeting last week organized by the Smith River Alliance, which opposes the mining proposal in the headwaters of the North Fork Smith River.


CR’s DN director is losing her post

Anita Janis
 The day after College of the Redwoods trustees held a rare meeting in Del Norte, the director of the local campus learned that she would be out of a job at the end of June.

Anita Janis said this week she was informed April 2 that her contract with the college wouldn’t be renewed once it expires June 30. The day before, CR President Kathryn Smith pledged her support for the Del Norte Education Center at the Board of Trustees’ first meeting held locally in more than two years.


Supervisors approve $1.8 million loan for airport

Del Norte County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to a loan that will help the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority complete runway safety area improvements at Jack McNamara Field.


Fire displaces three Smith R. households

Three households were displaced and one woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday after a fire damaged three trailers at the La Joya RV Park in Smith River.


Local California-backers organize

Group forms to fight Jefferson-state proposal on ballot 

A month after county supervisors approved an advisory measure asking voters if they support leaving California for a new state of Jefferson, a committee has formed to encourage Del Norters to vote no.


Solid waste money studied

Authority Board meeting on Wed. to discuss controls

A criticism of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority that has driven recent reform efforts is that it has had problems managing finances.


Distinguished Young Women: Scholarships up for grabs

11 contestants seek title as annual competition resumes Saturday at Crescent Elk 

Eleven Del Norte High juniors will compete for scholarships and the title of Distinguished Young Women of Del Norte County for 2015 on Saturday night.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Elk Auditorium.


Supervisors eye airport loan idea

Del Norte County supervisors will discuss a loan request from the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority and pending surface mining legislation at today’s meeting.


Candidates forum at fairgrounds

Candidates for Del Norte County district attorney and Superior Court judge have been invited to attend a forum tonight at the fairgrounds.


Brookings port cleans up mink carcasses

A boom around a commercial fishing dock contains rotten mink carcasses in Brookings Harbor. WesCom News Service/Scott Graves
 The sight of small, skinned animal carcasses bobbing on the water at the Port of Brookings Harbor last week was disturbing. The smell was even worse.


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