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Lawsuit to block highway project filed

Environmental groups filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Wednesday in an attempt to block a road-widening and straightening project planned to break ground this summer on U.S. highways 199 and 197, which run along the Smith River.

The lawsuit, filed by Friends of Del Norte, the Environmental Protection Information Center, and the Center for Biological Diversity, claims that the highway project “will likely cause irreparable, ongoing, and permanent harm to Southern Oregon-Northern California Coast” coho salmon, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

 

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Six Rivers National Forest supervisor leaving post

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 Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley is leaving his post to become the Director of Engineering at the Forest Service Pacific Southwest’s Regional Office in Vallejo.

Kelley has been the Forest Supervisor of Six Rivers since June 2006.

 

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Fire in Smith River

 

6 departments fight 12-hour battle with flames fire

Firefighters battled a blaze throughout the night on Thursday in Smith River.

The top floor of the two-story house at 111 Dean Lane, next to Highway 101 in Smith River, became engulfed in flames at 3:48 p.m. 

 

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Del Norte jobless rate hits 11.5 percent

Del Norte County’s jobless rate for February dropped slightly from January, according to numbers released by the California Economic Development Department on Friday.

With a jobless rate of 11.5 percent in February, Del Norte currently ranks 36th out of California’s 58 counties in terms of unemployment, according to a department press release. Del Norte’s jobless rate in January was 11.6 percent.

 

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1964 Tsunami Anniversary: Tracing the path of the waves

 

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Eighth-grade students depart for tsunami history walking tours on Wednesday after posing in front of a preliminary version of a 21-foot representation of the 1964 tsunami to be erected on the side of the Cultural Center. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte schools teach students potentially life-saving lessons about area’s history

Todd Flackas, Chris Jones-Koczera and 14 students from Crescent Elk Middle School gazed at a black-and-white version of Crescent City’s main drag.

Flackas had stopped his tour group of eighth-graders in front of the mural on the side of Del Norte Office Supply on Wednesday. In the image of a pre-tsunami Second Street, old cars were parked alongside tall wooden buildings that housed department stores, restaurants and soda fountains. Flackas told his group that the photo had been taken not far from where they were.

 

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City eyes sewer rate hike

 

Both city and county users would see 3.6 percent increase

Less than three months after residents saw an increase in their water bills, the Crescent City Council may raise sewer rates.

By a 4-0-1 vote, the Council on Monday scheduled a public hearing for May 19. Councilwoman Kelly Schellong was absent. 

If approved, sewer rates would increase by 3.6 percent for all users both in the city and the county, according to Public Works Director Eric Wier. The proposed rate increase reflects the increased costs of goods and materials as well as operational costs, Wier said.

 

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City Council applies for $1.9M in grants

After a short public hearing, the Crescent City Council on Monday finalized an application for roughly $1.9 million in 2014 Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Mayor Rick Holley and Councilwomen Kelly Schellong and Kathryn Murray also approved using the funds, if awarded, to rehabilitate a city-owned building and pay for a sewer project on B Street. The application will also include a request for $300,000 to fund Rural Human Services’ food bank and domestic violence shelter through 2016.

 

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Truck crash oil spill on Highway 199 cleaned up

An 18-wheeler truck headed northeast toward Oregon spilled more than 30 gallons of diesel last week after colliding with a bridge on U.S. Highway 199 roughly six miles east of Gasquet.

 

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Three injured in motor home fire

A motor home using candles caught fire near the Department of Motor Vehicles  office on Railroad Avenue on Monday at 9:36 p.m.

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Economic summit on Friday

Del Norte agri-business leaders will take center stage at this year’s economic summit on Friday.

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