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Weekend lockdown after riot

A riot involving 34 inmates took place on the exercise yard of facility B Friday morning. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
On Friday morning a riot involving 34 inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison was quickly quelled by correctional officers armed with batons and pepper spray, according to prison officials. 

“We had two inmates go out to Sutter Coast Hospital to receive treatment, and they were brought back to the prison. The other inmates were treated and released on site,” said Lt. Chris Acosta, spokesperson for the prison. 

National Forest open house to discuss road system

The Wild Rivers Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is hosting an open house this Thursday, Dec. 11, in Grants Pass to discuss the current roads systems. The district includes areas around Grants Pass, Cave Junction and Merlin.

Tending to Tummies

Edrick Haggans smiles after receiving his “supper” Thursday afternoon at Bess Maxwell Elementary School. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
After-school ‘suppers’ keep hungry kids full until dinner 

Kris Casas, a site coordinator for Bess Maxwell Elementary School’s After School Program, leaned over a clipboard Thursday, checking off each student that came before her.

One by one, students lined up to receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of popped crisps and a carton of juice or milk. At 2:15 p.m., supper was in full swing, and even though it was only peanut butter and jelly, many youngsters were happy to get it.

“When I get home, I don’t say, ‘What’s for dinner? I’m hungry,’” said 9-year-old Izabele Schrader, a fourth-grader. “My mom thinks it’s a lot better.”

A ‘good week’ for justice in DN

Stiff sentences in armed robbery, home invasion 

Four felony offenders racked up 40 years in state prison after a string of unrelated sentences came down in Del Norte County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re just trying to do justice for the county. I think this was a good week,” commented Deputy District Attorney Todd Zocchi, who led the prosecution for two out of the four cases, each born of different unsavory acts, including: burglary, armed robbery, robbery and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. 

Shutdown of Korbel sawmill looming

One of the last redwood mills in the region will be boarded up in February, marking the end of Green Diamond Resource Company’s lumber manufacturing business in California, according to a Thursday press release. The timber giant owns 1.3 million acres, including 93,185 in Del Norte County. 

“We have made the difficult decision to move toward an indefinite shutdown of (the) Korbel (sawmill) in February,” according to a Dec. 4 statement issued by Douglas Reed, President of the Green Diamond-owned California Redwood Company.

Standoff with police ends safely

Sheriff’s Commander Tim Athey, center, holds the revolver allegedly aimed at police during the standoff. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Law enforcement officials closed down Temple Street for a couple of hours yesterday as Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies engaged in a standoff on the 100 block of Temple.

Deputies were alerted by a friend of the Burr family that George Burr, an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s and dementia, was in possession of a firearm and making suicidal statements, Sheriff Dean Wilson said.

News of Record Dec. 1–4, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Dec. 1–4:

Cris Underwood, 31, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $630 for obstructing/resisting a police officer and sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $630 for vandalism.

Maggie Tapia, 31, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $2,274 for driving on a license suspended for DUI.

Courthouse gets bomb threat

The Del Norte County Courthouse was closed for several hours Thursday morning when the Del Norte County Jail received an anonymous phone call claiming there was a potential explosive somewhere in the courthouse, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brandy Gonzalez.

CHP took the lead on the scene because the courthouse is state property, but the Crescent City Police Department, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent Fire Protection District all responded to aid in searching the courthouse, Gonzalez said. No explosives were found in the search.

'Something So Beautiful'

With temperatures 10–20 degrees colder than the main stem of the Klamath, Blue Creek is believed by many biologists to be a vital refuge for fish that might otherwise never reach spawning grounds in the upper river. Courtesy Western Rivers Conservancy / Barrie Kovish
Tribe will get back watershed regarded as key to salmon survival 

As controversial legislation to remove dams in the Klamath Basin awaits congressional approval, the right to manage one of the river’s main tributaries and its most important salmon stream will soon be restored to the Yurok Tribe. 

This month, some 6,479 acres along the middle reach of Blue Creek will be transferred out of Green Diamond Resource Company’s ownership as part of a plan to buy the entire 47,000-acre watershed and return it to Native American stewardship. Once the deal goes through, the Yurok Tribe will manage about 30,500 acres around Blue Creek, all acquired since 2011 through a partnership with Portland-based non-profit Western Rivers Conservancy. 

Humboldt supports rerouting Hwy. 101 slide area

A citizen’s advisory committee advocating rerouting U.S. Highway 101 around Last Chance Grade obtained a letter of support from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

In a letter to Caltrans District 1 Director Charles Fielder and the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission, Humboldt District 1 Supervisor Rex Bohn spoke on behalf of the entire board in offering its full support for finding an alternate route around the slide-prone area south of Crescent City.  

“Too often the ongoing collapse of the roadway and landslides in this area result in long-term road closures, delays in the passage of trucks hauling much-needed goods and services, and sadly the loss of life due to unforeseen accidents,” Bohn wrote. “It is only a matter of time before the entire mountain … and the roadway with it collapses into the Pacific Ocean.”

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