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Cougar gets confrontational

A family in north Crescent City has reported an increasingly comfortable cougar prowling near their home the past couple weeks.

On Monday, Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a complaint of a cougar chasing a teenage boy in front of his house near Blackwell Lane. An officer responded and notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Deputies said it was only the most recent of several cougar sightings on the family property since Sept. 3.

Del Norte in clear after Chile quake

An 8.3 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile on Wednesday prompted officials to issue a tsunami advisory for Southern and Central California but said it posed no tsunami threat to Crescent City.

The quake occurred at 3:54 p.m. PDT 34 miles west of Illapel, Chile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had generated a 15.1-foot tsunami as of 4:47 p.m. PDT Wednesday for Coquimbo, Chile, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

RAC proposals due by Nov.18

The Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee will again accept proposals until Nov. 18 for projects to improve National Forest Service Lands within the county.

A two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, gives the RAC $184,500 to distribute for projects of their choosing this year.

RAC decided to extend the deadline earlier this month after having received 10 proposals amounting to $164,000 in requests.

Passenger flights return

 PenAir was greeted by a ceremonial spray of water Monday afternoon as it touched down at the Del Norte Regional Airport, followed by a group photo with local and company officials. The Saab 340 spent its first night at McNamara Field, gearing up for regular twice a day service to Portland, which begins today at 7:30 a.m. PenAir’s inaugural flight will be the first commercial air service for Crescent City travelers in the last five months. 

Blessing and curse

Wet weather a boon to firefighters, but flooding may be worse this year 

Autumn hasn’t arrived in Del Norte County, but the spot of rain and cooling temperatures expected this week have put the inevitable change in seasons to the forefront as officials prepare for what could be a wet winter.

“Fall’s not here yet, no,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Buddy Martin.

County would use grant to connect sewer lift

Del Norte County Supervisors have approved a financing plan designed to help a mobile home park afford to connect to a sewer lift station sitting idle since it was completed in 2011.

11% drop in traffic injuries reported

A regional task force created to help reduce traffic injuries by 5 percent is on target to make its goal.

Bar-O Ranch escapees tried as adults get nine years

Three recent escapees from the Bar-O Boys Ranch who pleaded guilty to carjacking and robbery have each been sentenced to nine-year prison terms, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

Take a Bite out of Blight

Photo courtesy of Roger Gitlin
 Take a Bite out of Blight volunteers, from left, Gregg Cetnar, Dave Bartee, Mike Tolson and Jim Barnts clear trees Saturday blocking the Del Norte County IT beam from Flynn Center to Health and Human Services. The volunteers began splitting the logs and plan to deliver to needy Seniors free of charge for the upcoming winter.

Man gets 2 years for domestic abuse

A Crescent City man was sentenced to two years in state prison for committing corporal injury on his wife, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. 

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