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Loan change opens funds for terminal

Multiple grants the past few months means clear skies and cruising altitude for work at the airport.

Recent support from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the California Natural Resources Agency has reduced the financial burden for the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority. For the BCRAA, it means they won’t have to rely so much on their $1.8 million loan from Del Norte County.

“While we’ve had to use some of the loan, it’s greatly reduced,” said Susan Daugherty, Airport program manager. “What I project we’ll have to use is $450,000.”

Cave Junction woman killed in rollover

One Cave Junction woman was killed and another injured in a rollover accident near Wilderville on Tuesday afternoon, according to Oregon State Police.

Jacqueline Ihara-Stafford, 63, was westbound on U.S. 199 when her Mazda sedan drifted off the road near milepost 13, police said. Emergency crews pronounced her dead at the scene and took her passenger, Carolyn Stillett, 61, to a local hospital for treatment of non-severe injuries, according to police.

Volunteers sought for Tsunami Plaza cleanup

A local community service organization is seeking volunteers Saturday as it helps to beautify Tsunami Plaza ahead of this year’s Sea Cruise car show.

JustServe is seeking a minimum of 20 adults to plant trees, stain benches and clean the area. Folks should bring shovels, hoes, hand tools for pulling weeds, gloves, eye protection, drinking water and protection from the sun and weather.

Specialized equipment will be provided by Crescent City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will provide the insurance.

Emergency dispatch call logs, Sept. 21-22, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, September 21-22:

Monday, September 21st

At 7:20 a.m., caller reports a suspicious person banging on the door and yelling at a business on the 100 block of Butte Street.

At 8:08 a.m., caller reports his tires were slashed over the weekend on the 1700 block of Del Mar Road.

At 8:10 a.m., caller reports a person was causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at Clifford Kamph Park.

At 9:49 a.m., caller reports people squatting on the river bar of South Bank Road and would like them removed.

Del Norte Golf Course: Back on the market

Del Norte Golf Course had a prospective buyer who wanted to turn the site into an agricultural venture, but financing could not be secured. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte Golf Course is back on the market after a deal fell through, killed not by local opposition but by banks refusing to finance.

“No bank we found was willing to provide financing for the purchase of a golf course, regardless of our intentions with it,” said Sagi Ayalon of New York, who planned to purchase the course and create a local model for permaculture farming in the area.

Ayalo said his goal was to create a sustainable agriculture project premised on “recreating a forest, but with a focus on edible crops.” He emphasized it would have been on a  “community and personal level,” rather than a commercial priority.

Short chosen for vacant seat

Darrin Short, chairman for the Crescent City Planning Commission and a lieutenant at Pelican Bay State Prison, will take Mayor Pro Tem Rich Enea’s seat when he leaves office next month, the Crescent City Council determined Monday.

Seven people applied for the 8-month appointment and were publicly vetted by the City Council at a special 4 p.m. meeting.

Enea announced his resignation in August. He will be moving out of the area “due to health reasons,” he said.

SBDC moving offices to CR

The Small Business Development Center is moving its offices to the College of the Redwoods’ Crescent City campus this week to tap into the school’s resources and save a little on rent.

SBDC did not qualify for Community Development Block Grant funding for the second year in a row, which business advisor Amber Wier said has the center focusing on new ways to cut costs while it seeks local groups to match funds available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Last year, the center was able to raise the money needed to keep the doors on H Street open to counsel aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Wildfires seem to be winding down

As the days begin to grow shorter and very few hotspots remain on the perimeters of the Gasquet Complex wildfires, fire season appears to be wrapping up in Del Norte County.

Local firefighters, however, are awaiting an end of season event before they will call the whole thing off.

“We’re always hesitant to say that the fire won’t flare up again. There’s a small, small chance that if it gets really hot or really dry again we’ll see some more activity, but right now they’re quite confident,” said Public Information Officer Drew Mickolay.

Two arrested after shots fired

Shooting suspect Ronald Eric Holzhauser is taken away by a Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputy on Monday in Klamath. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
 Shots were fired in the Klamath townsite late Monday morning resulting in the arrest of brothers Chad Holzhauser and Ronald Eric Holzhauser, both 43 of Klamath.

Ronald Eric Holzhauser was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a deadly weapon, making death threats and felony possession of a firearm.  Chad Holzhauser was arrested on suspicion of making death threats.

A third man, Pete Thompson, of Klamath, told Del Norte Sheriff’s Office officers that he also fired shots, but he was not arrested on account of shooting in self-defense, according to sheriff’s Com. Bill Steven.

Sheriff, police chief field questions

Attendance was low Thursday but the conversation lively for the monthly ‘Lunch with the Law” gathering at First 5 Family Resource Center.

The event is a chance for community members to speak with leaders from local law enforcement. In attendance were Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson, Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal, and Chief Probation Officer Lonnie Reyman.

Turnout included only five others, including FRC Manager Amira Long.

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