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C.C. man’s ‘Pawn’ interest goes on T.V.

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Crescent City veteran Joseph Burrell (second from left) poses with ‘Pawn Star’ stars Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, Chumlee Russell and ‘Pawnography’ host Christopher Titus. Submitted
Joseph Burrell’s fascination with historical things makes him a regular on eBay and other Internet auction sites and a fan of the History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars.”

Interested primarily in sports and American history, particularly the Civil War era and Victorian period, the 28-year-old disabled veteran wrote “Pawn Stars” producers hoping to be able to sell some of his most prized finds. Burrell didn’t expect to be contacted with the producers of “Pawnography,” a History Channel game show featuring the stars of “Pawn Stars.”


Fishing deaths a reminder as season nears

Four people drowned during a recreational crab outing off the coast of Bodega Bay this weekend, serving as a tragic reminder of the importance of boater safety for this winter’s sport and commercial dungeness crab seasons.

Beverly Noll, a volunteer with Crescent City’s Coast Guard Auxiliary, has been walking the docks of Crescent City Harbor performing boat examinations and safety equipment check as the local fleet prepares for the beginning of the commercial crab season, scheduled to begin Dec. 1 north of Mendocino County.


1½ tons of trash collected in forest

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Despite heavy rain and wind, volunteers turned out with smiling faces Oct. 25 to clean up 3,100 pounds of trash in the Smith River NRA. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
Hundreds of pounds more was bagged 
at illegal pot grow 

Volunteers removed more than 3,100 pounds of trash from the Smith River National Recreation Area and other parts of the watershed last weekend, and that doesn’t include hundreds of pounds of waste tagged and bagged at an illegal marijuana grow up Patrick Creek Road.

Tents, fertilizer containers, tarps, food waste and other refuse that was found and bagged at a 3,000-plant weed grow raided this summer will be picked up by helicopter at a later date.


Public transportation focus of Wednesday meeting

In a geographically dispersed area with limited population like Del Norte County, providing adequate public transportation can prove to be quite a challenge.

To  address unmet public transit needs and talk about coordination possibilities, there will be a public meeting at 1–2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Health and Human Services building, 880 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City.


Transition Del Norte turns to energy

In late September, the first meeting of Transition Del Norte, a movement to create a more self-reliant, resilient and sustainable community, attracted nearly 40 people, with many in attendance being interested in the idea of creating more renewable and localized energy sources.

To continue the conversation on that topic, Transition Del Norte is holding a “Local Energy Forum” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Wellness Center, 550 E. Washington Blvd.


News of Record Oct. 24–30, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Oct. 24–30:

David Ernest Wright, 43, Crescent City, was sentenced to six years in state prison and fined $2,420 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.


Christmas tree permits go on sale

With the winter holidays fast approaching, the Six Rivers National Forest has announced that Christmas tree permits will be available Nov. 3 through Dec. 23. Permits may also be purchased by mail.


A Taste of Winter's Fury

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Waves crash over the Crescent City jette Saturday in front of Battery Point Lighthouse. Waves crash over the Crescent City jette Saturday in front of Battery Point Lighthouse. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Pounding rain, high winds, large waves and high tide ran emergency personnel ragged on Saturday as they responded to downed trees, sparking power lines and arcing transformers.

The storm, coupled with a high tide, swept large rocks, logs and driftwood onto Anchor Way at the Crescent City Harbor. Cars were driving through sea foam on U.S. Highway 101 south of Crescent City. 

The storm also left much of Del Norte County without power for several hours. According to Paul Vogel, Pacific Power’s vice president of communications, about 10,000 Northern California customers were without power intermittently since the early hours of Saturday morning. 


Code of conduct is not pursued

A proposed code of conduct was not pursued at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, seemingly putting an end to, if not the abuse of power accusations, at least the dramatic fallout that has surrounded them since May.

The code of conduct, which Board Chairman David Finigan originally directed staff to research in September, was deemed unnecessary after County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina said the job is taken care of in Rosenburg’s Rules of Order, a set of parliamentary procedure rules designed to guide decision-making bodies.


Altercation with Yurok Police leads to arrest

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Ronald Holzhauser
The response to a report of a man doing “doughnuts” in front of Yurok Tribal offices turned violent Friday when the subject tried to kick out the window of a patrol car and cut his head in the process.


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