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Pounding the Parkway

Darcy Jo Glore, front, and Allan Sindelar run through a forested stretch of the 5K at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Runners of all ages take advantage of road closure in half-marathon and 5K races 

The first-ever Run in the Redwoods drew 75 participants to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park to take advantage of Newton B. Drury Parkway’s closure on Saturday for 5K and half-marathon races.

“It is a fundraiser to do some trail improvement here, but it is also an opportunity just to get people out into the parks and realize that we have fantastic public land to support,” said Cathy Bonser, executive director of the Redwood Parks Association. “Every year the parkway is closed to vehicles on this day, and we encourage hikers and bikers to come out. We thought, ‘Why not have runners, too?’ This was a good way to publicize that.”

College of the Redwoods president to retire in 2015

College of the Redwoods President Kathy Smith announced Monday that she plans to retire when her contract is up at the end of June 2015.

In an email to college staff on Friday afternoon, followed by a Monday morning press release, Smith said that she had informed the Board of Trustees last week that she will retire at the end of June, the end of her three-year contract, in order to visit family and travel. She started as president in 2012.


Attemped murder charge after fight

A dispute early Sunday morning at a local campground turned violent, resulting in three arrests, including one on an attempted murder charge, after a 49-year-old male was rushed to the hospital following an alleged blow to the head from a flashlight, according to Del Norte County Sheriff officials.

New director at county health department

The new director of county Health and Human Services is one week in at her new job.

Barbara Pierson was appointed to the position at a Board of Supervisors special meeting earlier this month and began working last week. She has more than 30 years of experience in health care, including working as the Behavioral Health Director of Lassen County for the past two years as well as a clinic manager at the Community Health Center in Del Norte County.

Under new law, drivers must give 3 feet to bikes

A new state law requiring drivers to give 3 feet of clearance when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction took effect Tuesday, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Texaco tear-down

Del Norte Triplicate / Stacy Pottorff
An old Texaco gas station on the 200 block of L Street across from Wild Bill’s Off the Beach was demolished Monday. Community Development Director Eric Taylor said that although there are no plans at this time, the property owners wanted to get the dilapidated building out of the way.

Coastal Commission gets firsthand look at Del Norte

Loren Bommelyn of Smith River Rancheria (left) and Bob Merrill of the California Coastal Commission (right), give commissioners a tour Wednesday of the Lake Earl eco-region, which could be environmentally restored as part of a Crescent City airport project. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Almost $10 million in contracts to improve the runways at Crescent City’s airport was awarded last week, but while the California Coastal Commission, whose approval was needed for the project, visited Del Norte County this week, eyes were on the contentious wetlands miles north of the airfield.

The federally-mandated Runway Safety Area project at Del Norte County Regional Airport will destroy wetlands, including “environmentally sensitive habitat areas,” prompting the Coastal Commission to require the airport’s governing agency to create wetlands in the Lake Earl and Tolowa Dunes area. 

Murray calls out Gitlin

Supervisor: Accusation of  disrespect to women a ‘show’ 

A City Council member called for a County Supervisor to step down from his position at the Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday.

Kathryn Murray, a member of the Crescent City Council, addressed the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors during its public comment period on Tuesday to call attention to District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s behavior at a recent Solid Waste Authority meeting, which she described as “very disrespectful.” Gitlin is the chair of the Solid Waste Authority Board.

Staff changes balance county budget

The County of Del Norte 2014–2015 budget, now open for public input until Tuesday, Sept. 23, is balanced, according to county staff, and will reflect the addition and elimination of several positions throughout various departments. 

The general fund, non-general fund as well as special district budgets that fall under the county’s purview are all balanced, according to CAO Jay Sarina, who presented the budget at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. No layoffs were necessary, Sarina said, and the balanced budget of $111,174,777, with a general fund of $24,530,400, was attained through a combination of salary savings, reductions in services and supplies, as well as increases in revenue. There’s also a $100,000 emergency contingency, according to budget documents.

Agencies’ pot raids yield 450 plants

The Del Norte County Sheriff Felony Investigation Unit along with other local agencies seized 450 marijuana plants and two firearms during drug raids this week.

No suspects were arrested but officials are hoping several promising leads turn into multiple suspects.

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