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HSU will study possibility of desalination plant in Brookings

A class of environmental engineering students from Humboldt State University will visit Brookings for a week this month to gather information to determine if the area is a good candidate for a desalination plant.

Del Norte County Fair: ‘The new energy’

FFA members show their pigs at the Swine Show in the Livestock Arene on Thursday, the first day of the fair. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Fair traditions and novel attractions keep a diverse crowd entertained on fair’s opening days 

Leslie Duncan and Tammy Wakefield didn’t waste any time.

The two contestants in the Amazing Race competition Thursday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds rushed to the main entrance and into the fair office. Then, with Wakefield’s help, Duncan donned black pants, a fireman’s jacket, the feet and head of Sparky the Fire Dog, mascot of the Smith River Fire Department. 

Gasquet wildfires: A small but determined crew

Nickie Washington, operations chief, and Jim Wilkins, Incident Command Team spokesman, study a map of the national forest. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
 Twelve miles up the G-O Road, a dozen firefighters hacked at the lower tree limbs on a steep slope Thursday afternoon in anticipation of a steadily expanding wildfire.

The Feeder Fire is just one of the six fires being tackled by the Southern California Interagency Incident Command Team 2 in Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District, covering a tenth of the total 1,143 acres aflame. 

Triplicate welcomes seasoned editor

 A new editor has taken the helm in the Triplicate newsroom. 

County opens talk on jury report

As it turned out, county supervisors didn’t have to respond to what nearly everyone had shown up to talk about at their special meeting Thursday — the 2014-2015 Grand Jury’s investigation of the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority. 

Sheriff addresses homelessness, drugs and DN history

The fifth and final part of the Triplicate’s series examining the 180-day plan published on Sheriff Erik Apperson’s campaign website and in a full page ad in the Triplicate will examine the final five claims included within the plan. Those claims include establishing a legacy group of former Del Norte sheriffs, addressing the drug epidemic, addressing the county’s issues with its transient population, establishing a Crime Free Multi-Housing Program for the county, and re-establishing a school resource officer.

Emergency Dispatch Logs, July 25-29

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch logs for July 25 to July 29:

Saturday, July 25

At 12:43 a.m. a caller at Seabreeze Apartments reported someone was at her house threatening her life.

At 4:23 a.m. a man was seen walking down the road and going through open vehicles.

At 10:34 a.m. Lake County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance in locating a van, which is associated with a missing female, that was possibly parked in the Safeway parking lot. 

At 11:41 a.m. a neighborhood watch group requested sheriff’s deputies check on a subject who seemed to be hanging around Macken Avenue too much.


Response team battles 7 wildfires

A Gasquet Fire engine leaves the station Wednesday morning. The department is assisting wildfire suppression efforts. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
 Incident commander: Several thousand acres the best hope 

Fire personnel from across the state are battling several wildfires in Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District that totaled 1,000 acres in size with 2 percent contained.

Learning on the job

KFUG’s newest program, Youth Unmuted, arose out of the seven-week Building Healthy Community Youth Training Program. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
 For 120 of Del Norte County’s young people, seven weeks of their summer break have been dedicated to finding their place in the community at large while they work toward getting a project of their choosing off the ground. 

McGuire speaks at DN stop

 Del Norte County’s newest state senator was in town Monday for National Farmers Market week, but spoke on a wide variety of issues and challenges his district is facing.

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