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Sinkhole repair: Getting the job done

Repair work on Washington Boulevard is seen through the new culvert waiting to be installed.
 A sinkhole 5 feet deep caused by a dilapidated culvert had crews working quickly Tuesday and Wednesday. The Del Norte County Roads Division closed the west end of Washington Boulevard for two days to dig out the old culvert and install the new, deftly avoiding a phone line and two water mains — one of which turned out to be abandoned. A few hours ahead of schedule, the freshly paved section of road was open to traffic Wednesday afternoon. “We want to inconvenience the public as little as possible,” said Roads Superintendent Jeff Daniels. Happy to report the job was done, he said the division was keeping an eye out for the next culprit culvert threatening collapse. 
Water is pumped out of the existing culvert.


Not a Chance worth taking

Report: Hwy. 101 cheaper to detour than risk collapse 

A report released earlier this month echoes what residents and government officials have been saying for years: that something needs to be done about Last Chance Grade. 


Visiting airman saved Hiouchi man during storm

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 As storms brewed throughout Northern California Feb. 7, the community of Hiouchi  went dark. Whole trees and large branches were thrown by the wind into power lines and transformers, and more than 5,600 people in Del Norte lost power.


Bill would send $700K to Del Norte

A California Senate bill has been introduced that would see millions in state-owed money given back to California counties, marking the first time such a payment has been made in over a decade if the legislation goes through.


Training to report abuse now online

A new online tool that aims to help school employees receive annual training to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is now available via the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education.


Office career class begins next month

A short-term training that aims to put people on promising career paths in general office positions is coming to the College of the Redwoods-Del Norte campus.


Redwood burl thefts: Bill takes swing at poachers

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A ranger stands next to the scar burl poachers left on a redwood at the sound end of Redwood National Park in 2013. Courtesy Redwood National and State Parks
 A recent rise in burl thefts within Redwood National and State Parks is intensifying investigations of local wood merchants, while a bill introduced to the California Legislature last week proposes gnarly punishments to deter would-be thieves, even as sentences for nonviolent offenses are lessening statewide due to a recent voter mandate.


Kink in bus line is now solved

Greyhound, RCT aim to prevent stranded passengers 

Del Norte’s Redwood Coast buses are now officially connected to Greyhound’s lines, but the connection, at least in terms of communication between the two organizations, is still a work in progress.


COs arrested on way to UK in hash lab case

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 Two Pelican Bay State Prison correctional officers were apprehended by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in Ukiah on Monday in connection with a hash lab that was uncovered in Crescent City last week. 


Washington Blvd. closed for sinkhole repair

With plans to rip up a good chunk of road, the Del Norte County Roads Division will have part of Washington Boulevard closed for the next two days to address a culvert failure.


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