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Moving truck crashes in river

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A California Auto Image tow truck was able to pull this 26-foot U-Haul out of the Smith River Tuesday. The driver, David Jackson, 73, was able to escape the wreckage without injury. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Brookings man emerges unharmed, but possessions are soaked 

David Jackson’s planned move from Brookings to Shady Cove, Oregon took an unexpected turn for the worst on Tuesday just before 5 p.m. when the U-Haul he was driving, packed with all of his and his wife’s belongings, allegedly experienced some mechanical issues.

The 26-foot truck veered off of U.S. 197, but managed to stay on its wheels as it fell more than 50 feet down a steep rocky slope, coming to rest in the middle of the Smith River roughly a mile upstream of Dr. Fine Bridge.


Pool celebrating 50 years

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A fourth-grader leaps off the diving board during a swim lesson at the Fred Endert Municipal Pool. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
It’s been a classroom, a gym, a race course, a respite for sore bones and a community hub, and for its 50th birthday staff and supporters of the Fred Endert Municipal Pool are throwing a party.

Promote Our Pool, or POP, will host its fifth-annual Run for the Pool at 9 a.m. Saturday. Following the run will be a barbecue, game booths, bounce houses and an afternoon of swimming.


Domestic violence: Nation gets $875k for advocacy programs

The Shu’-‘-aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence Program, part of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s Community and Family Services Department, was awarded a significant boost in funding in May with a five-year grant totaling $875,000 from the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Underserved Victims Unit.


City to interview candidates for manager

The Crescent City Council is meeting 8:30 a.m. Friday in a special closed session to interview three undisclosed applicants for the city manager’s position.

The meeting is at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 210 Battery St.


Chase ends in Dead Lake

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A Crescent City man was arrested Monday after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a short chase, ending on foot in the marshes near Dead Lake.

At about 10:30 a.m., shortly after the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office received a call about a motorcycle that had been reported stolen on May 25, James McKenzie Coddington, 30, was spotted on the bike by a CHP officer. The officer attempted to pull Coddington over near Washington Boulevard and Inyo Street, according to CHP.


Rellim Ridge trail opens to mountain bikers

A large piece of a world class mountain bike trail system coming to Del Norte County fell into place with the recent announcement the four-mile Rellim Ridge Trail between Howland Hill Road and Hamilton Road is now open to bicycle use.

“We’re pleased to offer a new opportunity to promote active recreation in the redwoods,” Parks Superintendent Stephen Prokop said in a press release. “There was a lot of enthusiasm from locals for bike use on this trail.”


Four injured in Tuesday crash on U.S. 101

A two-car crash on U.S. 101 just north of mile marker 37.9 Tuesday resulted in what police described as minor to moderate injuries.


Emergency Call Logs, May 30-June 1, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 30 to June 1:

MONDAY, May 30

Note: From 2:30 p.m.

At 3:00 p.m., report of a reckless driver on South Beach.

At 3:27 p.m., caller reports her mother’s purse was stolen from the 300 block of Elk Valley Road.


Paying tribute

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Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson speaks during a Memorial Day service at the cemetery on Monday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Joyce Daniel stood among hundreds of flags fluttering in the breeze at the Del Norte County Veterans Cemetery on Monday. Dozens of people crowded around the flagpole as Korean War veteran Stan Jones lit the eternal flame and Bob Cochran sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but Daniel, 82, stayed near the grave of her son, Martin. 


Water regulations: California monitoring mandate draws fire

While the rest of California may still be struggling with drought, Del Norte County is not. And, that has some local officials questioning why the state wants to apply the same tighter water regulations here as elsewhere.

A new regulation requiring water diversion permit holders to monitor withdrawal beyond what they are currently doing — down to the acre-feet-per minute — is drawing fire from Del Norte County Supervisor Chris Howard and other stakeholders because new monitoring systems could cost thousands of dollars to install.

“Is it really necessary in a community where there has never been a drought?” asked Howard during a recent interview from his office at Alexandre Dairy.


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