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Vets’ monument now taking bids

A long-awaited monument honoring members of the U.S. armed forces cleared a major hurdle Saturday when it received a development permit from the California Coastal

Members of the Del Norte Veterans Monument Committee are now seeking bids for the monument’s construction, president Harlan Ziegler said. The committee hopes to have bids submitted by April 25.

“We’d like (the monument) done with local labor, making it a local project,” Ziegler said. “That’s always been one of the goals.”

Tsunami warning test 11 to noon on Wednesday

Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties will conduct an annual test of the tsunami warning system tomorrow.

Folks in downtown Crescent City will hear the town’s tsunami sirens; radio and TV broadcasts will be interrupted with an emergency alert system and NOAA weather radios will be activated. The test will be held between 11 a.m. and noon.

Folks who hear or see the warning test do not need to take any action. They should not call 911 or local authorities and do not need to evacuate their home or business. 

To help emergency officials evaluate the test, visit www.weather.gov/eureka or call 707-443-6484. Learn more about earthquakes, tsunamis and other North Coast disasters at humboldt.edu/shakyground or call the American Red Cross at 707-443-6484.

Two charged in K-Falls death linked to Gasquet stolen car

Police in Klamath Falls have arrested two Humboldt County residents in connection with a late January homicide that may be connected to a car stolen in Gasquet.

Officers arrested Aaron Michael Riley, 28, at his home in Loleta and transported him to Oregon where he was booked into the Klamath Falls jail on March 13, the Herald and News reported. Barbara Ranae Bareilles, 36, of Eureka, was taken into custody on Feb. 11 and transported to Klamath Falls on Feb. 23.

Critical Access app. on hold

Sutter Health officials said Thursday they have put on hold a controversial effort to cut the number of inpatient hospital beds in Crescent City by half.

The Sutter Coast Hospital Board of Directors unanimously agreed to stall its pending application for Critical Access designation in response to an influx of patients in recent months, according to a March 19 press release from Sutter Health.

Easter lily org. honored for pesticide work in DN

Lilies at a Smith River farm are in full bloom. Triplicate file
This week the Oregon-based Easter Lily Research Foundation received an award from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for its work to reduce pesticide use on 1,800 acres of farmland in Del Norte County, which has seen an increase in the amount of acutely toxic chemicals annually applied to lily bulb fields of more than 50 percent over the past two decades, based on CDPR records. 

The Easter Lily Research Foundation is headed up by Lee Riddle, who accepted the state’s Integrated Pest Management Award in Sacramento on Thursday. He could not be reached for comment before press time. 


Violent carjacking remains mystery

Carjackers who put a battered Brookings woman in the ER when they took her car at knifepoint earlier this month remain at large, and the loose ends have raised questions about the quality of the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office’s response to the incident.

The carjacking, according to Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven, began March 6 as a late-night rendezvous among Karlie Geraghty, Eduardo Ramos and three others in the parking lot of the old Nautical Inn in Smith River. 

CVS Pharmacy to build by fairgrounds

Crescent City appears to be in for another drug store.

The city Planning Commission on March 12 unanimously approved building plans for a new 16,500-square-foot CVS Pharmacy store on the northeast corner of Cooper Avenue and U.S. Highway 101, just north of the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

City Council gives go-ahead to Beachfront Park fundraising

An artist’s rendering shows a proposed amphitheater at Beachfront Park. Submitted
Crescent City officials are moving forward with their plan to raise funds for Beachfront Park’s redevelopment, which it’s been eyeing since 2011 and would ultimately give the 35-acre park a facelift through various projects.

This most recent step, approved at this week’s City Council meeting, comes in the form of creating 14 separate financial funds for the different projects outlined in the plan, giving anyone who’s interested in supporting the redevelopment an opportunity to donate to the project of their choosing.

News of Record March 13–19, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for March 13–19, 2015:

Michael Joseph Chiappone, 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a probation violation and 30 days in jail and three years of probation for theft/larceny.

Christopher Michael Bessant, 23, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for a probation violation.

Reporter's Notebook: Tax refund can buy state parks pass

Tax refund burning a hole in your pocket? California is offering residents an option to purchase a “California Explorer Annual Pass” with their state tax refund. 

The pass costs $195 and covers vehicle-use entry fees for up to nine passengers at more than 130 state parks including beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and historic sites, according to a news release from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The pass is accepted at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Patrick’s Point State Park. 


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