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Public services funding woes

County loses millions relied on for senior center, CASA 

The county was recently denied a multimillion dollar grant it depends on for public infrastructure and service projects.

The $2 million Community Development Block Grant, which the county applies for every year or two, depending on if the previous year’s award was spent, and is regularly awarded, won’t be part of the funds that go toward this year’s projects and services benefitting low- to moderate-income families — what the CDBG grant is designed for.


Beach access to improve

Grant to fund Beachfront Park beach access work 

A Coastal Conservancy grant awarded to the city last week will fund beach access facilities.

The $125,000 grant, which was awarded when city representatives traveled to a Coastal Conservancy meeting in Ferndale on Thursday, will go toward funding beach access improvements in popular Beachfront Park that include a new stairway and a ramp and are set to be installed next year.

 


Teens record brutal attacks

Girls gang up on victims; DA pursuing more arrests 

A 14-year-old girl was arrested at Del Norte High School on Wednesday and more arrests are pending in connection with attacks against two other students last week. 

Other girls filmed the attacks and sent the recordings to students, said A.C. Field, chief investigator for the DA’s Office.


Drop off hazardous waste for free

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A transfer station worker unloads paint cans and other hazardous waste items at a previous collection event. Submitted
Got trash you can’t dispose of in your regular garbage? Today is your chance to dispose of hazardous waste at the Del Norte County Transfer Station.    


News of Record Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2:

Kimberly Ann Lourenzo, 48, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $2,602 for driving under the influence of .08 or higher blood alcohol content.


Two charged in masked burglary

Crescent City Police arrested two men in connection with a burglary-in-progress at Puff-n-Stuff early Friday morning.


Looking Deeper

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Zack Larson checks the DIDSON fish counter on the Smith River. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Smith River basin is widely believed to have the healthiest wild (non-hatchery) salmon and steelhead populations in all of California, but monitoring the status of these fish takes a variety of complex techniques to get the full picture.

A sonar fish-counting program that was used for Smith River salmon and steelhead in years past but took hiatus due to lack of funding is back in business this year.


Accused stabber returns to jail

Bail raised after rap videos allegedly show Loftin high 

Michael C. Loftin, a Crescent City man facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge for stabbing a teenager, is back in Del Norte County Jail with a higher bail amount after a special allegation for great bodily injury was re-instated against Loftin on Wednesday.

At the request of the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office, Judge William Follett reversed Judge Chris Doehle’s decision not to allow the great bodily injury enhancement to be decided by a jury.


Monument 'lost' no more

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World War II Medal of Honor recipient Robert D. Maxwell stands next to the National Tribute Grove monument in its new home at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on Saturday. Maxwell came to Del Norte County from Bend, Ore., to unveil the monument, which had gone unnoticed for much of its 65 years. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Long-hidden monument honoring those who served in World War II is relocated 

The morning sun lifted the autumn chill off Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park as Robert D. Maxwell slid back the veil covering the lost monument to himself and his comrades.

For 65 years the monument sat near the park’s entrance unnoticed. Many veterans referred to it as “their lost monument” but had no idea how to find it, according to Wendy Malone, regent of the Del Norte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 


Pacific Shores lots will be sold

Airport Authority to buy $230K in tax-defaulted land  

Del Norte County’s general fund will get a bump in revenue of more than $230,000 by selling tax-defaulted lots in Pacific Shores Subdivision to the agency that manages Del Norte County’s airport.


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