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Del Norte jobless rate down 0.9, but ranking drops from 37 to 41

Despite its jobless rate inching down 0.9 percentage points in April from the revised March rate, Del Norte County’s unemployment ranking fell from 37th to 41st among 58 counties statewide, according to the California Employment Development Department.


Road Work, May 21-26

Caltrans has the following road work scheduled for Del Norte County through Thursday:

U.S. 101: Emergency work from 1.6 miles north to 1.6 miles south of South Bank Road will continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions at all hours. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slow downs.


News of Record, May 13-19

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for May 13-19, 2016:

Joseph Brown, 30, of Klamath, was sentenced to five days in jail and fined $630 for failure to appear.

Richard Bates, 23, of Crescent City, was sentenced to 120 days in jail for violation of post-release community supervision.


Airport breaks ground

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Project manager Jim Aboytes of Vanir Construction Management, right, points out elements in architectural renderings on display at the groundbreaking for the new airport terminal on Wednesday at Del Norte County Regional Airport. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Speakers celebrate teamwork at ceremony to start work on new terminal 

At the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for a new passenger terminal at Del Norte County Airport, “cooperation” was the buzzword.

There would have been no new terminal without teamwork, was the consensus among speakers at the event. The shovels forced into dirt yesterday were the result of a decade of planning for a redesigned airport that could hold its own against its modern counterparts in other big cities.


Supervisor: Report raises questions about Sutter

Supervisor Chris Howard, at last month’s Board of Supervisors meeting, referred to an article he read in the Sacramento Bee that said Sutter Medical Center, in Sacramento, had the second highest profit, made off patient-care, out of 2,993 acute care hospitals studied in the year 2013.

“Does the profit need to be made on patient-care?” Howard asked. “We are in the Sutter system. This is a Sutter hospital making this large profit off of patient care. We need to ask ourselves, as a community, and as policy makers, what is an acceptable level of profit, when we have such a poor demographic?”


Death Notices, May 19, 2016

Bruno Brunello, 93, of Santa Maria, died May 14, 2016, in Santa Maria. Brunello was born on Aug. 12, 1922, in Italy. Brunello will have a private service in Santa Maria, followed by his burial in his hometown in Italy, Paderno del Grappa.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 13-18

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 13–18:

FRIDAY, MAY 13

Note: From 5:59 p.m.

At 5:59 p.m., caller on the 2900 block of Lake Earl Drive reports being grabbed by her arm by a subject that lives with them.

At 7:07 p.m., caller requests the removal of transient subjects sleeping on the 1000 block of Northcrest Drive.


Lifejacket trade-in Sat. at harbor

Recreational boaters who have outgrown or worn out their life jackets are invited to swap them for a new one Saturday.


McClure faces ethics probe

Supervisor accuses L.A. Times columnist of ‘gotcha’ tactics after interview 

A $500 donation in 2012 from the domestic partner of a coastal development lobbyist has prompted an investigation of Coastal Commissioner and District 2 Supervisor Martha McClure by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

The investigation led to a starring role in a Los Angeles Times column penned Saturday by Steve Lopez.


Airport to break ground on terminal

Soaring to new heights is the sentiment that will kick off the groundbreaking ceremony and reception on Wednesday for Del Norte County Regional Airport’s new passenger terminal. 

Nearly a decade in the making, the airport is poised to begin the nearly $20 million project to build the terminal. Phase 1 includes infrastructure improvements to the airport necessary for the new terminal: realigning Dale Rupert Road, installing sewer and water lines and laying the structure for a rotating beacon tower. Phase 2 will be construction of the terminal itself.


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