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HERO to help with energy efficiency

Crescent City residents can now take advantage of a state program that allows them to borrow against their home equity for water and energy efficiency projects.

The HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program enables homeowners to make energy and water efficiency upgrades and pay for them over time through their property tax bill, HERO representatives announced Wednesday. This includes improving heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, windows, roofs and water heaters.

Under the PACE program, the homeowner is not required to pay cash upfront, and financing is based on the life of the product, up to 20 years.

Emergency dispatch call logs, April 18-20, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 18-20: 

Monday, April 18

Note: From 6:04 p.m.

At 6:04 p.m., a caller at Pacific Avenue and Pebble Beach Drive reports he found a set of keys in the area of Pebble Beach and would like to turn them in.

At 6:15 p.m., a caller on the 100 block of U.S. 101 says he needs to speak with an officer about some stolen property.

At 6:35 p.m., a caller on the 300 block of U.S. 101 reports a female subject in the middle of the road in a wheelchair.

New petition defends DHHS director

Supporters: First petition alleging flawed leadership wasn't circulated to all union members

After several people urged them to retain and support the Department of Health and Human Services’ current director, Del Norte County supervisors took no action during a closed-door session on Tuesday.

The meeting agenda also included initiating new litigation and a worker’s compensation case, but it was the evaluation of DHHS Director Barbara Pierson’s performance they wanted to comment on.

Pierson has been on closed session agendas since November, when she had her routine oral review.

California Veteran of the Year: Living the creed

VFW 1381 Post Cmdr. Jerry Johnson is the recipient of the 2015 California Veteran of the Year Award. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
“Semper fi, brother,” VFW Cmdr Johnny Johnson said, after recounting his time as a Marine, the storm that blew him into Crescent City, his California Veteran of the Year Award and his commitment to helping veterans and the homeless in Del Norte County.

Semper fidelis, Johnson’s salutation and the solemn creed of every Marine. It means simply: “always faithful.” The way Johnson says it, with his easy North Carolina drawl, it sounds like it’s coming straight from his heart and you can tell he means it. According to those closest to him, he lives the sentiment in its purest form.

“I’ll tell you what,” said VFW Auxiliary Cmdr Lindell Scarbrough. “He is so gung-ho for our post. But it’s vets in general. Jerry is down here seven days a week and they know that if they need him they can call him in the middle of the night. Jerry works with everyone in the community and the county, and the state, trying to help all of the homeless. That’s why we keep electing him commander.”

Driver of car in river identified

Body of Grants Pass woman, 19, retrieved on Sat. 

The victim killed when her car left U.S. 199 and plunged into the Smith River near Gasquet on Thursday has been identified as Montgomery Shine Sophia Green, 19, of Grants Pass.

Crews were unable to get her car out because of the weather. They continued on Saturday and recovered the body.

Police said Green’s northbound Buick Regal veered off of U.S. 199 shortly before noon Thursday and crashed into the Smith River. The crash was within about an eighth of a mile from a similar crash that killed two others last December.

Coast Guard 'copter: On science mission, not rescue mission

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter seen hovering over Castle Rock on Saturday wasn’t fetching a pair of sodden, shipwrecked kayakers. It was delivering a pair of bird surveyors to do a few hours’ work.

“It wasn’t a rescue,” said Lt. J.J. Briggs, in command of the mission that afternoon.

Every couple of years, U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists must change out the equipment they use to monitor the cliffs that are home to several hundreds of thousands of seabirds in a year.

Weekend's warm weather set record

Crescent City reached new heights on Sunday with piping 73-degree weather. The previous record, set in 1954, was broken by a single degree.

Peaking at 67 degrees, Monday was warm as well, and just shy of meeting 1950’s long-held record of 69.

Emergency dispatch call logs, April 14-18, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, April 14-18:

Thursday, April 14

At 7:48 a.m., caller on the 100 block of Knutsen Lane in Smith River reports that someone stole some items from his unlocked vehicle.

At 8:02 a.m., caller on the 800 block of Third St., requests removal of a transient subject sleeping near the dumpster in the alley way.

At 8:37 a.m., caller on Leif Circle reports a subject walking around in the park taking recycling out of recycling bins.

At 9:24 a.m., caller on the 1200 block of McNamara Road reports that a customer had their storage shed broken into.

Veterans monument: Donations welcome

Mayor Pro Tem Blake Inscore challenges those in attendance to match his donation of $500 toward the Point of Honor veterans monument at the corner of Front Street and U.S. 101.
Local dignitaries and Sen. Mike McGuire proclaimed the beginning of the fundraising phase of the Point of Honor monument Friday and thanked the many people involved in bringing the project to a pivotal point.

The future 5,000 square foot monument will anchor the corner of Front Street and  U.S. 101.

From a podium set up in the grass of the future site, Kelly Schellong opened the event and welcomed all in attendance.

“The most important dignitaries are the veterans that are here,” Schellong said.

Weather suspends recovery of another car in river

Read more... Responders are hoping to proceed today with recovery efforts for a car that crashed into the Smith River Thursday morning.

Initial attempts to pull the car from the river were suspended late Thursday afternoon due to swift currents and a rising water level. At least one person is presumed dead.

At 11:25 a.m. April 14, a caller reported seeing a car sinking into the water near mile marker 10.50 of U.S. 199, just north of Hiouchi and within an eighth of a mile of the location where two Crescent City men died when their van plunged into the river late last year.

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