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First installment of property taxes for new owners due Dec. 10

Del Norte County Tax Collector Barbara M. Lopez is urging all new property owners to contact the collector’s office if they have not receive bills by Nov. 10.

The 2015-16 secured property bills were recently mailed for taxes due by Dec. 10 for their first installment and Apr. 10 for the second.

Failure to receive a bill does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility to make timely payment, Lopez said in a press release from her office.

Contact the Tax Collector’s Office at 707-464-7283 with questions or to request a new bill.

Family mourns homicide victim

Roger Huntington, of Crescent City, was fatally shot Oct. 23 at Lake Selmac. Submitted
 It took Jane Miller five days to crawl through the fog of grief that swept in with news her youngest brother Roger Huntington was gone, shot and killed in a senseless homicide at one of his favorite escapes near Selma, Oregon.

She’s still trying to claw her way out.

“I feel like my heart is just bleeding,” Miller said Wednesday. “I love him so much. My little wonder boy.

“For somebody who loved so much to be taken like that,” said Miller, “I just can’t wrap my head around it.”

Cross-deputizing on county agenda

In addition to offering a forum for public input, the Del Norte Board of Supervisors will consider items from the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Probation, and the Department of Health and Human Services at this morning’s regular bimonthly meeting. 

Among consent agenda items are appointments, openings, and the creation of new county positions. 

Supervisors will consider a proposed cross-deputization agreement between the sheriff and Yurok Tribal Police (YTP). 

Two in custody, one sought in fatal shooting

Slain Crescent City man Roger Huntington. Credit: Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police were still searching late Monday for the man they believe pulled the trigger in the homicide of a Crescent City resident this weekend. 

Roger L. Huntington, 43, was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in his Chevrolet Trailblazer early Friday evening near Lake Selmac, off U.S. 199 between Cave Junction and Grants Pass. 

Since then, two of three suspects were arrested and charged with murder, robbery and unlawful use of a weapon, state police said. 

Event draws focus on domestic violence

Harrington House, a resource in Crescent City for survivors of domestic violence, celebrated its 20th anniversary last week in time for a nationwide month of awareness and solidarity.

This October marks more than 25 years of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is of particular significance in Del Norte County. 

Recent reports show the county has the highest rate of domestic violence reports to the police in the state. Local law enforcement confirms this.

$150M cost for battling wildfires

Summer wildfires scorched about 188,000 acres locally and cost at least $150 million to get under control.

The figures were revealed Thursday as representatives of the Six Rivers National Forest hosted a town hall in Crescent City.

“We’re going to share our perspectives, but more importantly we want to have a dialogue with the community,” said Bridget Litten, public affairs officer for the USDA Forest Service. 

Among those attending the town hall were representatives from Smith River National Recreation Area, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, Smith River Alliance, and local logging interests. 

Trial date set for former cheer coach

County employee and former Del Norte High School cheerleading coach Joseph Young will face trial Feb. 8 on three charges, accused of making contact of a minor with intent to commit sexual offense, annoying or molesting a child, and willful disobedience of a court order.

He is accused of attempting to arrange a meeting in early April with a minor with the intention of “engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior”. 

Del Norte County Superior Court had issued Young an order to avoid contact with and not come within 100 yards of his alleged victim, a student at Del Norte High School. In mid-July they were found in proximity at a beach in Crescent City; he is now accused of purposefully defying that order. 

Library reopens Wednesday

Break room, office wall tests negative for asbestos, positive for black mold 

The Del Norte County Library will reopen Wednesday, allowing users to check out books and movies, use the computers and copy machine.

But due to the water damage that forced the library’s emergency closure, patrons will not be able to print documents using the facility’s computers, Manager Teena Capshaw said Monday.

Vets soon to receive recognition on licenses

Come Veteran’s Day, veterans will be able to have their status designated on their driver’s licenses in California.

There’s been a nationwide push for states to offer this form of identification, as the only way many veterans are able to prove their status is by carrying around their bulky DD-214’s, the Department of Defense’s notice of honorable discharge, which need to be accompanied by photo IDs.

The law passed the state legislature unanimously last year, allowing California to join 40 other states with the special designation next month. Oregon and Washington will be added to the roster in 2017.

Closing in on the Coastal Trail

The completion of the Sunset Circle section of the California Coastal Trail will connect foot, bicycle and board traffic from Pebble Beach to South Beach. The harbor section is seen here, where it opens to the highway and the trail seemingly ends. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Funding came in last week that will enable the city to develop the last remaining portion of the coastal trail connecting South Beach to Pebble Beach for bicyclists and pedestrians.

A $640,000 grant from Caltrans’ Active Transportation Program, with $160,000 of matching funds from the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission, will pay for a 10-foot multi-purpose trail along the bumpy back road that is Sunset Circle.

As it is, the trail section leading up to Sunset Circle from the Crescent City Harbor spills out at U.S. 101 with a liquor store on the right and a parking lot on the left, and it’s not immediately obvious that the beat up strip of pavement behind leads anywhere.

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