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School district kicks off with Ready? Set! ‘K’

Register your child for kindergarten and they can be one of eight winners to receive a K-pad.

Del Norte County Unified School District (DNCUSD) has launched its ‘Ready? Set! ‘K’ campaign in an outreach effort toward parents and guardians with kindergarten-age children.


One disaster away from homelessness

Nannette Reid, is in her 70s. And like so many on a fixed income, she is losing ground fast. 

Every month she receives the same check and it seems like every month the cost of living rises. Her income is just enough to cover expenses. She has no money beyond that. No safety net. Meanwhile the trailer she lives in is falling apart around her.

Her situation began 24 years ago when in 1998 she used her Social Security settlement to buy a mobile home in the Spruce Haven Mobile park. The home even came with a travel trailer that she lives in today. Reid planned to live there the rest of her life.


Second cougar sighting in Brookings area

Another cougar sighting has been reported in the Brookings area — this one in the driveway of a Tuttle Lane home in Harbor on July 1.

“The alarm sounded at 10:45 p.m. and I went out to see what was in the driveway,” said Vickie Jewell. “With the sensor lights on we could see the whole event. We watched until it dragged its prize up the hill into the darkness.”


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, July 9-11, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, July 9–11.

Friday, July 8

Note: From 6 p.m.

At 6:01 p.m., a caller on Highway 199 reported a male subject in a small field right before Hiouchi who is just laying on the ground not moving.

At 6:27 p.m., a caller on the 1300 block of Douglas Street reported that a male subject pounded on her door and walked away in an unknown direction of travel.

At 6:49 p.m., a caller on the 100 block of Klamath Blvd. reported that her children’s father was kicking her kids out of the home. The father lives six hours away and she wanted documentation only.


Summer sprucing

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A maintenance crew works on the roof of Del Norte High School on Wednesday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Schools ticking off summer to-do list of maintenance, upkeep and building projects 

Students may be off but Del Norte County Unified School District (DNCUSD) administrators and the maintenance crew is working through the summer on construction projects as well as a thorough maintenance at all DNCUSD school sites. 

Jeff Napier, assistant superintendent, business services, said “General maintenance at all of the school sites include floor finishing, cleaning and routine upkeep.

“In addition to general maintenance, special summer projects are underway and planned to be completed by the end of summer,” Napier said.


Smith River: Residents call for sheriff station

Six Smith River residents begged the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors last week for increased law enforcement in their community.

Their pleas came after burglars broke into two homes during daylight hours on June 7. The goal is to get a resident deputy back in the northern area of the county, said Smith River Neighborhood Watch coordinator Joni Forsht.


Bills aims to restore $700,000 to county

Proposed legislation could shake loose the more than $700,000 local leaders say the state owes Del Norte County.

A bill introduced by state Sen. Mike McGuire — Senate Bill 1188 — is a bi-partisan effort to make payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) payments to counties a requirement. On Thursday, it passed unanimously, 15-0, in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. It will now head to Assembly Appropriations.


Lucky 7 turns 20 this month

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Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River as it began. Courtesy Lucky 7 Casino
Lucky 7 Casino and Hotel celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this month with a weekend party to include a barbecue, dancing to live music and a Sunday drawing giveaway.

Located on Tolowa Dee-Ni Tribal-owned land at 350 North Indian Road in Smith River, the casino provides round-the-clock slots, poker, bingo and blackjack, according to their website.


McClure, five other coastal panelists sued

Lame duck Del Norte County Supervisor Martha McClure will not be allowed to go quietly. 

The four-term incumbent is named in a lawsuit leveled at the California Coastal Commision. McClure and others are accused of failing to disclose ex parte discussions with a land developer.


District mulls how to spend $1.7 million increase

Del Norte County Unified School District’s (DNCUSD) is looking for the best way to spend a $1.7 million increase to the general fund. 

DNCUSD board members considered their options during a meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Jeff Harris said, “The $1.7 increase is an ending fund balance and comes from a lot of sources. The government created Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) … a uniform base grant for each school district and charter school per unit of average daily attendance (ADA), based on the grade span of the pupils. The difference in target ADA and actual ADA creates gap funding. (The) State pays 30 percent of gap funding.


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