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Bringing Christmas to CC

Downtown Crescent City businesses are gearing up for this year’s Santa’s Light parade and they need your help.

Volunteers are needed to help set up lights, trees and decorations, said Diana Tomasini downtown business owner and parade organizer. Volunteers should come to the Mason Mall by 9 a.m. Saturday to assist in getting downtown ready for this year’s parade, she said.

The annual parade is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27, rain or shine. Entrants will begin assembling an hour earlier, at 4:30 p.m., in the staging area, the corner of 5th and H Streets.

As of Tuesday, the parade has 38 entrants that include ReMax, the Cub Scouts and the Smith River marching Band. But Tomasini said they want more to participate in the parade.

Applications for parade entry can be found at the Del Norte Triplicate or Enchanted Florist in downtown Crescent City.

A tradition since 1993, the parade was first sponsored by the downtown Business Improvement District. Two years ago, BID could no longer afford to sponsor the parade. Several downtown businesses and some community members stepped up and took over parade managment.

“We are trying to build this annually,” Tomasini said. “We want to make it a county-wide event that will draw people from all over and to grow it into something spectacular.”

The parade route travels south down H Street from 5th Street, turns left on 3rd and ends in the Mason Mall, where there will be a traditional tree lighting and a stage with live entertainment.

Vendors are encouraged to set up along the parade route and promote their group, club or organization, Tomasini said.

All vendors must get a permit from the city. Non-profit vendors are free and for-profit vendors will be charged a $16 fee.

For more information about the parade or to enter or to volunteer call Tomasini at 707-464-2424, or Chere Wier at 707-464-9662.

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High bids stymie sewer rehab

It’s back to square one for Crescent City’s sewer rehabilitation.

The City Council rejected all bids on the project Tuesday and instructed Public Works to amend the plan and re-advertise for new bids.

The vote was unanimous.

Public Works Director Eric Wier reminded the council the city needs to get the project started before the end of the year or risk losing state funding that pays the bulk of the estimated $1.4 million cost.

The project is being paid for with a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and the grant expires if the money isn’t used this year, Wier said.

“Unfortunately all the bids came in higher,” Wier said. “The lowest bid was $1.68 million.”

After evaluating bids, the city found the cost of a pump system to bypass the main sewer line while the new one is being installed was driving the cost above the city’s original estimate.

Public Works estimated the cost of the pump system at $60,000, Wier said. Each of four sealed bids received put the cost at five times that amount — more than $300,000.

Wier and his team proposed two alternatives that could save money and get the job done at the estimated cost. Both bypass pump scenarios will be included with the new bid package being made available to contractors. Contractors are free to chose either one.


Maintenance workers repair a leak in the water line on U.S. 101 in Crescent City on Wednesday morning. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Temporary water outage necessary to find and repair leaks, keeping the supply clean

Crescent City’s municipal water system is made up of 60 miles of water line that contain 4,500 water connections, 2,300 valves and 492 fire hydrants.
Sometimes to keep the system safe and efficient, customers have to be inconvenienced while water is shut off to entire sections of the system to get repairs done, said Public Works Engineering Technician Kevin Tupman. That happened Wednesday in front of the Best Western Inn just off U.S. 101.
Kim Davis, a maintenance worker for Public Works said, to isolate the leak it was necessary to shut off four different valves. That effectively cut off the water to all of the businesses from the Patriot gas station at the corner of Northcrest Drive and Washington Boulevard to the intersection of 9th Street and U.S. 101.
Troubleshooting leaks is an important aspect of managing the system, both in terms of water conservation and system sanitation and safety.
A leak in the system could potentially taint the city water so keeping the system secure is a top priority, said Tupman.
Shutting down the water took longer than replacing the actual leaking valve, Davis said. But it was necessary to relieve the pressure from the system so the crew could get in there and replace it.
Monitoring the municipal water system for leaks is a regularly scheduled task undertaken by Public Works.

Yurok judge co-chairs Tribal Court-State Forum

Judge Abby Abinanti
 Chief Judge Abby Abinanti of the Yurok Tribal Court has served on the Tribal Court-State Court Forum since 2010, working on common solutions for problems shared by both court systems.  Now Judge Abinanti will serve as the forum's co-chair.

"Although we have separate jurisdictions, we live in the same place and have the same problems and we're anxious to solve them," Abinanti said Friday during a phone interview. "It's a better way to work together for common results."

Abinanti has been a part of the forum since its inception in 2010 and she succeeds one of the original co-chairs and driving force behind the forum's creation, Chief Judge Richard Blake of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.

Recreational crabbing closed on Curry Coast

An Oregon agency has closed recreational crab harvesting along the Curry County coast because the crab contain high levels of domoic acid, a toxin that can be fatal.

Any crab caught between heceta Head near Florence south to the Oregon-California border should not be eaten, officials said Friday in announcing the closure.

Oregon Department of Agriculture officials will continue to test crab in the coming weeks, and are currently unsure of how this will affect the Oregon Dungeness crab commercial season, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 1.

Police say yard sale offerings fenced

A tip from a yard sale client police say spotted his stolen laptop among merchandise for sale Saturday at a Crescent City home resulted in two arrests.

There could be more coming, police said Monday.

Police said merchandise confiscated from the yard sale near Joaquin Street and Murphy Avenue has been traced to at least four recent break-ins.

Challengers win Yurok election

Yurok Tribal Chair-elect James Dunlap shakes hands with Chair Thomas P. O'Rourke. Submitted
Challengers James Dunlap and David L. Gensaw Sr. won seats at the head of the Yurok Tribal Council, the Election Board certified late Monday.

Hoping to usher in change for their tribe, both victors said they’d start by reaching the membership with accurate and timely information on council procedures and decisions.

Chair-elect Dunlap’s first directive was to have the Nov. 30 installation ceremony live-streamed from Klamath, enabling even the most far-flung members to tune in and watch as he and Gensaw are admitted to their new posts.

Buying Blue Creek

The Save Blue Creek campaign worked with acclaimed photographers to capture views of the Blue Creek watershed to show why itís special. Courtesy Kyle Beck
 Western Rivers Conservancy turns to crowdfunding to buy timberland

One of the highest-priority salmon restoration projects in Yurok Country — and probably on the West Coast — turned to crowdfunding last week to generate the last money needed for the protection of Blue Creek.

Since 2008, Western Rivers Conservancy has been raising public and private cash to purchase 47,000 acres of industrial timberland in the lower Blue Creek watershed with the intention to transfer ownership and management of the land to the Yurok Tribe.

The Save Blue Creek campaign, led by creative agency Instrument, worked with acclaimed photographers and filmmakers, including one from National Geographic, to capture aerials, close-ups and underwater shots that reflect the elements that make Blue Creek special.

McGuire, Wood to host a hearing on stalled crab season

A hearing on the delay of California crabbing season will be hosted by State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood Dec. 3 in Santa Rosa.

Public health concerns, oceanic conditions, impacts on the coastal fishing economy and what to expect in the coming weeks will be discussed by a panel of experts in the main room of the Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Lane, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fisheries were declared closed until further notice in early November, following an advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health warning against eating Dungeness and Rock crabs harvested off the California coast north of Santa Barbara. Harmful levels of domoic acid were detected in the crabs. 

CR begins security upgrades

The College of the Redwoods has initiated several campus safety upgrades in communications, infrastructure, and personnel at their locations in Crescent City and Eureka, according to a press release from the college.

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