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Tsunami had lasting effect in DN

Dustin Weber
Four years ago Dustin Weber was looking forward to a quiet life above the Klamath River.

The 25-year-old Yurok native, who grew up in Bend, Ore., had spent a month with his father, Jon Weber, refurbishing a house on 20 acres of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Weber’s grandmother had given the house and land to her grandson, who had hoped to get a job fishing on the Klamath.

“We just got a new roof put in,” Jon Weber said. “It was beautiful inside. He wanted a place for his friends to come visit and us to come visit — a little independence.”

Judge expands inmates’ fed. lawsuit

OAKLAND — A federal judge expanded a lawsuit filed by inmates being held in isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison to include prisoners who transferred to another prison.

The judge ruled Tuesday that inmates who spent more than 10 years in the prison’s security housing units but are now held in similar conditions in California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi in Southern California are now covered by the lawsuit, which was originally filed in September 2012 by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of 10 Pelican Bay inmates.

Former CO cleared in 2013 stabbing

A former Pelican Bay correctional officer on trial for cutting open a Crescent City man’s neck with a knife during a 2013 altercation outside a local bar was found not guilty on Tuesday.

After a trial that lasted less than two days, jury members concluded that Matthew Honeycutt, 32, of Crescent City, had acted in self defense and found him not guilty of the assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury charges that he faced for a stabbing incident that took place outside of Shooter’s Bar in December two years ago.

Klamath resident reported missing

Matthew Walker
A 59-year-old Klamath resident was reported missing to local authorities on Wednesday, 10 days after he was last seen by his landlord at a mobile home park near Crivelli’s bar in Klamath. 

Matthew Walker is about 5 feet 6 inches, 120 pounds, with blue eyes, graying brown hair and a bushy red beard. 

Walker suffers from alcoholism, seizures and other medical conditions, according to longtime friend Renee Traylor.

VA approves new clinic in Brookings

The VA Roseburg Healthcare System has awarded a build-to-suit lease for a new 7,000-square-foot outpatient clinic in Brookings.

The Healthcare System entered into the agreement with Klamath Falls-based developer Haze Grey LLC on Jan. 23, according to spokeswoman Debbie Mican.   

The new clinic will replace the existing 3,301-square-foot facility and will expand upon the services it already provides, which include ambulatory care, phlebotomy and telemedicine, according to spokesman Kregg Parenti.

County’s unemployment rate up from December

Del Norte County’s jobless rate cracked 10 percent in January, higher than it was at the end of 2014, but lower than it was last January, according to the latest data from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

The county’s preliminary January jobless rate hit 9.9 percent in January, up .6 points from the revised December rate of 9.3 percent. More people are working than were this time last year, when 11.8 percent unemployment was recorded.

Mendocino: Yes to Last Chance move

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has voiced its support for rerouting U.S. Highway 101 around the slide-prone Last Chance Grade area between Crescent City and Klamath. 

In a letter signed by Chair Carre Brown to Caltrans District 1 Director Charles Fielder and the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission, the board has urged Caltrans to “consider any and all viable options in the selection of an alternative route” as the area “prone to geographical activity ... has the potential to present residents and travelers with dangerous encounters.” 

Fishing vessel drill conductor training is tomorrow, Friday

A fishing vessel drill conductor training course will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday at the Fishermen’s Wives Hall, 150 Marine Way in Crescent City. This safety course meets the U.S. Coast Guard’s training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. 

Stabbing trial starts for former prison CO

Trial proceedings began Monday for a former Pelican Bay correctional officer who claims he acted in self-defense when he cut open a Crescent City man’s neck with a knife during a 2013 altercation outside of a local bar. 

Matthew Honeycutt, 32, of Crescent City, faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury for what took place outside of Shooter’s Bar in December two years ago, when he stabbed 25-year-old Aaron Herring in the neck after Herring approached him swinging. Honeycutt, who bailed out of Del Norte County Jail soon after the incident occurred and was in court alongside his attorney Robert Forkner on Monday, pleaded not guilty to the charges in November, alleging self-defense.


Tree farm to produce cancer drug ingredient

A Taiwanese pharmaceutical company recently put down roots in Smith River, planting thousands of yew seedlings that will be turned into globally distributed cancer drugs after they mature. 

An Tec Biotechnology Corporation bought 80 acres between U.S. Highway 101 and Fred Haight Drive for an estimated $704,000 last August, according to county tax records. The parcels were owned by longtime local companies Smith River Farms and Hastings Smith River Tree Nursery. 

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