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Solutions sought for speeding on Cooper

Cars have been bolting by Wayne Cooke’s home and rattling his windows on Cooper Avenue since he moved in last August, he says, but finding help to slow down traffic has been halting at best. 

“Speeding is an understatement. Sometimes it’s in excess of 60 miles an hour, and the biggest problem is with those hopped-up foreign cars the kids are driving and the motorcycles,” Cooke said. 

Currently, Cooper Avenue curves up graveyard hill, jutting west at the three-way intersection with J Street. It extends another seven blocks before traffic must come to its first complete stop at El Dorado Street, earning its status among commuters as a prized thoroughfare, in the midst of a mostly stop and start part of town. 

Indeed, Cooke says the stretch of road turns into a race track between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Veterans parade and luncheon this Wednesday

Del Norters will celebrate their veterans Wednesday with a parade and a luncheon in Crescent City and a special commemoration at the Yurok Country Visitor Center in Klamath.

Hosted by VFW Post 1381, the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H Street. Folks will be lining up for the parade at about 9 a.m.

The Veterans Memorial Hall will also be the venue for the luncheon, which is hosted by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The menu will be spaghetti, garlic bread and rainbow sherbet for dessert.

Front Street refurb high priority hampered by high cost

Front Street is in rough shape — it’s too long, too wide, too straight and filled with potholes. Few in Crescent City would dispute that assessment. 

Like a 12-foot-wide satellite dish rusting in a front yard, Front Street reminds us of a different time. A time when Crescent city turned its attention toward the bustling waterfront, with three busy piers and a hospital. 

But times have changed. The road that once served the needs of this area, and a concentrated busy waterfront, has over time fallen out of sync.

“It’s 80 feet wide and has major structural defects. We need to fix it right, so it won’t fail, and build it with a vision for the future,” said Crescent City Public Works Director Eric Wier.

Bite Out of Blight looking for helpers

Take a Bite Out of Blight is seeking volunteers from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday to clean land on Embarcadero Road, east of Carole Lane and a quarter-mile north of Walmart.

Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, shovels and gloves, although these items will be provided if you don’t have them.

Triplicate, Pilot want to hear about your holiday traditions

Holiday stories to be combined into special section this December

Share your favorite happy holiday tradition, recipe, memory or photo — and it might be published in the Del Norte Triplicate and Curry Coastal Pilot.

The Triplicate is asking readers to share their favorite activities and memories — be it Christmas, Hanukkah or another celebration — in a special section called “Hometown Holiday Traditions.”

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 17. The section publishes on Dec. 5.

BID suspended for at least 3 years

Farmers market not enough to justify existence critics say

The Crescent City Council voted unanimously to suspend the Business Improvement District (BID) for at least three years.

The resolution adopted Monday follows pressure from business owners who felt the BID was not fulfilling its intended function and no longer served the interests of downtown businesses by only managing the Farmer’s Market.

Created in 1993, the BID was an attempt to improve customer traffic to downtown businesses and to assess mandatory fees from area businesses that would go toward operating the seasonal downtown Crescent City Farmer’s Market.

Murder suspect still at large

Investigators are still seeking the man suspected of pulling the trigger in the Oct. 23 murder of Crescent City resident Roger Huntington, who was found dead in his car at Lake Selmac in southern Oregon.

Two out of three suspects were quickly apprehended by state police. Carroll “B.J.” Ballard, 20, and Blake Sibley, 22, of Denton County, Texas, were arraigned on Nov. 2 on charges of murder, robbery, assault and unlawful use of a weapon. 

They will have another hearing in Josephine County Courthouse on Jan. 5. Joe Maier and Dan Simcoe, the defense attorneys for Ballard and Sibley, respectively, could not be reached for comment.  

Trail project's benefits praised

A local transportation official is touting the safety benefits Crescent City will receive from completing its part of the California Coastal Trail.

The city recently received one of a small crop of grants for improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure throughout the state, which will be used for the Sunset Circle Multi‐Use Trail Project, finishing "the last significant segment" of the coastal trail locally by closing a gap from South Beach to the visitor's center near downtown. 

"That's really the way that trails are often built — one piece at a time, when we have a funding opportunity available," said Tamera Leighton, executive director of Del Norte Local Transportation Commission.

Back in the heart of Texas

Thor takes a break at a truck stop in New Mexico earlier this week. Photo courtesy Bruce Heinichen.
The epic saga of Thor, a blue-grey Pit Bull that resurfaced in Crescent City after disappearing from Texas four months earlier, is finally at a close.

As with any great saga, the story is marked with heroic and improbable events. Thor was barely a year old when he went missing during severe Memorial Day weekend floods in San Marcos, just south of Austin. His family saw neither hide nor hair of him for the entire summer, only to hear that he was picked up by a Crescent City police officer in late September.

Nobody knows how Thor made his way almost 2,000 miles from home. 

Toxins may delay crab season

Crab pots await their day at sea at the Crescent City Harbor. Del Norte Triplicate file
The start of the recreational crabbing season is likely to be delayed by the California Fish and Game Commission at an emergency meeting this morning, as high levels of an algae-produced neurotoxin were detected lingering in local shellfish.

State health officials issued an advisory Tuesday, warning people not to consume dungeness and rock crab harvested off the California coast between the Oregon border and Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment recommended fisheries be closed until levels of the toxic domoic acid decrease to less than 30 parts per million.

The commission will respond to the recommendation this morning. A decision on whether commercial  dungeness crabbing should be put off is expected to come from the Department of Fish and Wildlife in the next week or two.

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