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What to do about a venomous snake bite

Kevin Grey’s German Wirehair Pointer, Ringo, had a recent run-in with a rattlesnake on the lower South Fork Smith River and his veterinarian, Dennis Wood of All Creatures Animal Hospital, would like the public to know what to do should they encounter a venomous snake. 


Property taxes due on August 21

Unsecured property taxes for fiscal year 2015-16 are now due, and will become delinquent if not postmarked by Aug. 31, according to a news release received Thursday from the Del Norte County Tax Collector.

A 10 percent penalty plus a $10 collection fee will be added to any payment made after Aug. 31. 


Bite out of blight

 Take a Bite Out of Blight volunteer Kathleen Benskin, 66, of Crescent City, recently cleaned up trash and debris accumulating at Summer Lane and Washington Boulevard. Benskin carted away two 5-gallon buckets of garbage on Monday, including empty beer cans, cigarette butts and dog droppings, according to Del Norte County Supervisor Roger Gitlin, who coordinated the cleanup. The debris was disposed by Crescent Ace Hardware, owners of the property who permitted and appreciated Benskin’s efforts, Gitlin said.


Nova is back

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New head coach Louis Nova spoke with his players when he got to practice on Tuesday. Nova coached the Warriors from 1990 to 2000 and again from 2004-08. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 Practice got off to a slow start Tuesday with 10 days remaining before the Del Norte football team kicks off its 2015 campaign with a home game against Cardinal Newman.

On what was a whirlwind of a day for Del Norte football, the players showed up on the practice field at 3:30 p.m. as usual but change was in the air.

Earlier that afternoon, Del Norte High School announced former head coach Louis Nova would be taking over the program.

“We had to post the position for six working days,” said Athletic Director Bob Hadfield, who made the decision along with Principal Randy Fugate. “(Tuesday was) that day. We held some interviews of three quality candidates and coach Nova came out as the top candidate and took the job.”


Fire creeps towards South Fork

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The Bear Fire on Bear Basin Butte made a significant run this weekend when humidity dropped and air temperatures increased. Courtesy of Southern California Interagency Incident Team 2
 Wildfire commanders have developed a voluntary evacuation plan for communities on the South Fork Smith River threatened by the 3,279-acre Coon Fire in the Gasquet Complex of wildfires.

Residents of South Fork Road that have respiratory problems, sensitivity to smoke or large animals that could be affected by smoke have been notified of a voluntary evacuation plan as fires draw closer and smoke has not dispersed quickly due to a high pressure weather system.

Emergency first responders, law enforcement, fire agencies and Red Cross representatives met Wednesday to discuss the impact to South Fork residents.

"Rock Creek and Paradise Flat will see fire at the river and we want to let people know that is the intention," said Del Norte County Emergency Services Manager Cindy Henderson.


Domestic violence doubled in July

The number of felony domestic violence-related arrests in Del Norte County doubled between June and July, according to Sheriff’s Office arrest logs.

In both May and June, the Sheriff’s Office arrested seven people for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. Then in July, that number jumped to 14, the records show.

Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said he’d noticed the increase and the number seemed high.

“The number of incidents seemed to have spiked this summer,” said Steven, clarifying his observations were based on anecdotal evidence. “I think it’s been higher than what it normally would be.”


Del Norte makes list of beautiful counties

Most Del Norters know they live in a spectacular place.

But they probably didn’t know that Del Norte, with its towering trees, rugged coastline and emerald rivers, is among the top 5 most pleasant counties to call home in the Lower 48 based on scenery and climate, according to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

Humboldt came in second after Ventura County. Santa Barbara and Mendocino counties came in third and fourth.

All of the counties in the Top 10 are in California, Christopher Ingraham wrote in his article posted on the Post’s website Monday.

Ingraham based his article on a 1999 study published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ranking counties as the best and worst places to live based on the “natural amenities index.”


Gitlin resigns his seat following censure by waste authority

County Supervisor Roger Gitlin resigned his seat on the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board Wednesday, hours after his fellow commissioners moved to have him formally censured for misconduct and expelled from his post.

In a letter addressed to Supervisor Chair David Finigan, Gitlin wrote: “In the wake of yesterday’s Solid Waste Management meeting, I have concluded I should resign from participation on that Board. Although reluctant to do so, I believe such is in the best interests of that organization as it attempts to cope with a range of difficult issues.
“My continued presence there would only complicate matters, for I find myself in disagreement with the way a host of unfortunate and crippling developments are being managed by (Director) Tedd Ward and his political supporters,” the letter said.

Gitlin declined any further comment.

Police and sheriff call logs, Aug. 14-16, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, August 14-16:

Friday, August 14

At 12:12 a.m. a caller reported a suspicious person going through the dumpster outside Coast Central Credit Union.

At 7:26 a.m. a caller reported her landlady kept coming onto the property on the 300 block of Fred Haight Drive without permission or prior notice.

At 9:08 a.m. a caller reported a man was pounding on the door at her house.

At 9:33 a.m. a caller reported an unknown subject was living in their trailer at Shangri La Trailer Park.

At 9:58 a.m. a caller reported two bicycles had been stolen from the bike rack on his vehicle near the 100 block of Oceanfront Lodge.


Solid Waste Authority responds

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority took a second and final crack at its response to the Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations Tuesday.

Given 90 days by law to respond to the report, the authority combed through Director Tedd Ward’s prepared response, suggesting edits before voting to approve the draft for submission, 3-1.

Commissioner Roger Gitlin cast the dissenting vote, expressing a desire to reject the report in its entirety.

Ward told the Triplicate he would put in the final edits and go over them with Chair Rick Holley before submitting the response to presiding Judge William Follett well before the Sept. 8 deadline.


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