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Park stops fee thieves

National and state park rangers intercepted a somewhat notorious pair of sticky bandits in the act of stealing paid campground fees early Sunday morning, authorities say. 

Seven rangers staked out the campground at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park for a total of five hours, hoping to encounter the thief who had fished out over $1,000 from the “iron ranger” dropbox over the past several months, according to North District Ranger Greg Morse for Redwood National Park. 

Crosswalk to light up Thursday

Courtesy of Caltrans
A new crosswalk along U.S. Highway 101 about one mile south of Washington Boulevard will light up Thursday, enabling pedestrians to stop motorists when they wish to cross this historically accident-prone stretch of road. 

“A Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) is a special type of crosswalk. When activated, PHBs use flashing and solid lights to signal vehicles to stop,” according to a news release from Caltrans, which paid $230,000 to complete safety-centric improvements at the spot bridging Shangri-La Trailer Park and Alisa’s Custom Coffee to the Patriot Service Station and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Public hearing on alcohol zoning

The Crescent City Council will hold a public hearing on new potential zoning ordinances for tobacco and alcohol retailers at its regular meeting Monday.

A year after a moratorium was placed on incoming retailers, the City Council will make good on a promise to introduce new zoning laws that would give the city more say on where off-site liquor and tobacco sales occur. 

Public comment will be heard, and the council will consider extending the moratorium for another 45 days, should the new ordinances be approved.  

The Crescent City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Board Chambers at the Flynn Administrative Center, 918 H St.

Freemasons to honor student work

Del Norte County’s Freemasons, teachers and parents will celebrate student achievement next Wednesday.

Crescent City Masonic Lodge No. 45 will recognize 22 students — a boy and a girl from each local school — for their academics, good citizenship and work ethic. The students will receive certificates of achievement and $100 checks. 

News of Record March 27 – April 2, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for March 27 – April 2, 2015:

Jimmy Dale Center, 56, Smith River, was sentenced to one day in jail and two years of probation and fined $630 for resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

More with Less: Managing Medi-Cal

Del Norte Triplicate illustration/ Bryant Anderson
Last year thousands of people in Del Norte County signed up for health insurance, many for the first time, while the number of local doctors hit a two-decade low. People may wait weeks, even months for medical and dental care, an informal survey by the Triplicate found.

As insurance coverage explodes, fewer doctors are available and willing to see new patients, especially those covered by Medi-Cal, a state-funded program that serves about half of all the kids in California, while offering some of the lowest payments to physicians in the U.S.  

Some 10,541 people in Del Norte have Medi-Cal, a figure that jumped from 29 percent to 42 percent of the county’s total population when 3,247 new people signed up in the last two years.

Easter Bunny hops into town

County social worker Melinda Anderson fills Easter baskets with colorful eggs for children in need. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Social workers, volunteers prepare dozens of surprises for kids under county care

Melinda Anderson surveyed a rainbow of plastic buckets and baskets, tucking a turquoise egg into one and a jump rope into another.

There were chocolate bunnies and pink Peeps chicks. “Sofia the First” and “Frozen” for the girls. Spider Man and the Avengers for the boys. “Monster High” for the tweens and Eric Carle for the 1’s and 2’s.

This is the third year that Anderson, a social worker with the county Department of Health and Human Services, has spearheaded a project to bring Easter baskets to Del Norte’s foster kids and other children who the county works with. Children at the Harrington House will also receive Easter baskets, Anderson said.

Driver jailed in alleged vehicle assault

Jacob Kupecz
Man calls 911 after running into another with car Tues. evening

One Smith River man ran down another with his car Tuesday evening, and the impact sent both to the hospital after the alleged driver called in the incident himself, authorities say. 

After striking the man with his vehicle and colliding with a house — causing damage to a carport and truck in its wake — a frenzied Jacob Kupecz, 25, got out and proceeded to physically assault the victim on the 200 block of Westbrook Lane, according to a press release from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 


Stakeholders in Last Chance project named

Read more...U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman was flanked by state and local officials in Klamath Monday as he announced a group of stakeholders tasked with hashing out solutions to a notorious stretch of highway. 

Formed to address an unstable section of U.S. Highway 101 between Klamath and Crescent City known as Last Chance Grade, the group includes representatives of environmental and commercial interests as well as tribal and government agencies that are committed to attending at least 10 meetings over the next year. Those meetings should result in one or two detailed proposals for a solution, Huffman said. 


NPR logs ‘cleared’ cases

Database counts U.S. solved crimes 

A new tool developed by National Public Radio gives the public a look at how often local law enforcement agencies are linking suspects to reported crimes, an appraisal that puts Del Norte County’s rates, in many cases, near or better than national averages. 

Based on nationwide data reported to the FBI, only 48.1 percent of violent crimes were cleared in 2013, meaning that less than half of the cases handled in the U.S. led either to the arrest or — under exceptional circumstances — at least the identification of a culprit (if the suspect had died, for example). These rates don’t reflect the number of crimes that result in a


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