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Californians can dedicate their vote to a veteran

Californians now have the opportunity to “dedicate” their vote to any number of veterans or active duty service members, according to an announcement Monday from Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

The “Honor Veterans. Vote” program provides Californians an opportunity to dedicate their vote in honor of a family member or friend who has served or is actively serving in the military. Sixteen other states have similar programs allowing a registered voter to submit the name, branch, rank, term of service, and a brief dedication for the service member they wish to honor. Participants can opt in for a certificate or lapel pin to commemorate their dedication.

Nearly 10 percent or about 2 million of all living U.S. veterans are in California, according to a press release from Padilla’s office.

Citizens can submit an entry or view existing dedications at honorveterans.sos.ca.gov.

Yuroks to honor WWII vets at visitor center

The Yurok Tribe will honor World War II veterans Wednesday and the families of tribal servicemen and women who died in combat.

The families of those who died in combat will receive a special gift from the Yurok Country Visitor Center, according to a press release from the Yurok Tribe. The gathering will also feature a book signing by Yurok Tribal member Chag Lowry, author of “The Original Patriots.”

Lowry’s book includes 60 interviews with members of the Yurok Tribe who fought in World War II.

Three local World War II veterans, whose stories were featured in Lowry’s book, will be present at the event. Lowry’s book also includes a summary of Native American participation during World War I and information about the boarding school system many Native veterans went through as children.

We asked our Facebook friends, "Who do you honor on this comming Veterans Day and why?"

Some answers: 

Beth Enea: My dad and hero C. Ray Smith, thank you for our freedom and the time you served with the Army in Korea. Love you.

Dante N Lisa Elliott: My son Micah Olson...thank you for your time served in the United States Air Force and the sacrifices you’ve made. I love you.

Mark Storrs: Ron Otremba, Ron has been instrumental as a mentor, fitness instructor and role model to many men within Del Norte county. Ron is also a very spiritual man, who is an Army Vet and worthy of such praise.

Sensing a shift

Augusta Johnson and John Retzloff with Spencer Electric install solar panels that will power a subterranean sensor at Last Chance Grade. Courtesy Caltrans
 Caltrans installs a system to measure the speed at which the troubled stretch of highway is sliding toward the ocean

A new monitoring system installed last week at Last Chance Grade will track the unstable roadway’s slippage in real time.

Using finely calibrated GPS points and a subterranean sensor beneath one of the retaining walls, Caltrans officials and the California Highway Patrol will now be notified immediately via text message if the slide-prone earth along U.S. 101 were to shift or drop to a large degree.

“It will enable us to close the highway more quickly in order to protect the public,” said Project Manager Talitha Hodgson.

Legislators eye rural 'Digital Divide'

State legislators are paying closer attention to area concerns about broadband but their progress remains to be seen. 

Second District Assemblyman Jim Wood of the 2nd District joined six colleagues recently in the first meeting of the Select Committee on the Digital Divide in Rural California, which reviewed efforts to make internet and mobile access more reliable and uniformly accessible throughout the state. 

Attendance at the Oct. 29 meeting in Sacramento included representatives of various government agencies and providers Frontier and AT&T, according to a press release from Wood. 

NWS says El Niño impact low in Del Norte

Forecasters are confident of a strong El Niño this year. What that means for the North Coast is not so clear. 

The latest word on wet or windy winters in Del Norte County is studded with meteorological jargon amounting to a tentative prognosis of higher temperatures and regular rainfall in the new year. Beyond that, we can only stay tuned. 

Far more of an indicator of climate to come for northernmost California is the storm's sister, La Niña, influenced by waters cooler rather than warmer than normal in the central and eastern sections of the tropical Pacific. 

Solid Waste to vet public applicants today

The three-member board overseeing Del Norte County’s trash and recycling will select a public member to join its ranks at a special meeting this afternoon.

Seven hopefuls applied for the seat Angela Glore gave up last month when she announced she’d taken a job as First 5 Del Norte’s executive director.

Rather than select Glore’s successor from the same pool of applicants, Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority commissioners determined to fly the position again, to avoid the appearance of forcing the often controversial authority in any particular direction.

Hearing Thursday in case against Sutter

A lawsuit alleging Sutter Coast Hospital’s attempts to cut patient beds in half by converting to a Critical Access Hospital violates terms of a contract through which land to build the hospital was donated gets a hearing 9 a.m. Thursday in Del Norte Superior Court.

Beverly Hussey, the widow of the donor of the land where the hospital was built, filed suit against Sutter Coast in April 2014. The suit also alleges three hospital board members who are also employees of Sutter Health violated the obligations of a charitable trust by not recusing themselves from votes to convert to Critical Access and to “regionalize,” merging the local hospital with a Bay Area-based Sutter corporation, therefore acting in their own interest and not the community’s.  Judge Leslie C. Nichols will preside over the Summary Judgment/Summary Adjudication hearing.

Hussey’s lawsuit alleges the Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions contract signed by Sutter and her husband Francis “Sonny” Hussey in 1988 outlining how the donated land could be used legally requires Sutter to maintain a “full service” acute care hospital and that a Critical Access Hospital would fall short of that binding requirement.

Emergency dispatch Call Logs, Nov. 2-4, 2015

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs Nov. 2-4:

Monday, November 2

At 2:14 a.m., caller says her car was stolen.

At 9:21 a.m., caller reports receiving threats from roommate on the 1300 block of Harrold Street.

News of Record, Nov. 7, 2015

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of Oct. 30 - Nov.5 include:

Johanna James, 29, Crescent City, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $1,229 for probation violation, child endangerment, and unlicensed driving. 

Joshua Musser, 27, Klamath, was sentenced to three years probation and fined $920 for battery on a cohabitant.

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