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Coastal Cleanup

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Lions Club member Anne Mostovoy adds a final bag of trash to the dumpster filled by volunteers on state land near Sand Mine Road. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Volunteers remove invasive plants at Pacific Shores and collect 1.3 tons of trash on state land 

Del Norte County’s coastal zone got a bit tidier this weekend as two groups of volunteers spent Saturday morning filling dumpsters to the brim. 

With District 1 County Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s Take a Bite out of Blight group focused on removing litter from a quarter-mile of beach and brush, another crew was out in the Pacific Shores subdivision pulling up an interloping species of plant — the yellow-flowered scotch broom. 

Trash and debris collected by 36 volunteers on California Department of Fish and Wildlife land near Sand Mine Road amounted to 1.3 tons, according to Gitlin, who founded the blight-ousting group in 2011. 


Summer rec. grant apps due April 7

The Wild Rivers Community Foundation will accept applications for its Summer Youth Mini Grant program starting April 1. 

Small grants are awarded to agencies to expand and enrich summer recreation programs in Del Norte and Curry counties, paying for sports and recreational equipment, arts and craft supplies, special events, field trips and scholarships for low-income participants. Grant funds have paid for surf lessons, summer reading programs and acting classes for children. 


Billboards with pot pic, graffiti removed

Two highway billboards that offended some Del Norters were painted over and covered up recently, putting an end to a couple months’ worth of community inquiry that covered everything from the First Amendment rights of advertisers to the meaning of the term “sexing.” 

The billboards, located on Highway 101 at mile markers 24 and 44.5, south and north of town, respectively, had been raising community questions and complaints since before February, according to County Supervisor Roger Gitlin. Now, Gitlin said, after discussion at a Chamber of Commerce meeting and a letter from Del Norte’s code enforcement officer, both signs have been removed.


Tsunami walking tour draws crowd to Saturday dedication

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Kiosks with flags and maps mark points of interest on the newly opened tsunami walking tour in downtown Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Nearly 50 people turned out Saturday to celebrate the dedication of a walking tour that commemorates the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami.

Eight full-colored kiosks with information about Crescent City’s history of tsunamis as well as stories of residents who lived through the 1964 tidal wave are scattered throughout the downtown area. The kiosks also offer visitors access to additional information, including audio accounts of the tsunami read by members of Lighthouse Repertory Theatre via a QR code.


State water quality regulators forgive Harbor District fines

Some $123,000 in fines billed by state water quality regulators to the Crescent City Harbor District were forgiven this month. 

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board officially waived seven years of unpaid penalties after the harbor proved it had cleaned up its act, both by connecting to a new wastewater treatment facility and demolishing an old one. 


DUI charge for one driver in 101 crash; one taken to hospital

An early-morning collision landed one woman in the hospital and another in jail Thursday. 

Headed opposite directions on U.S. Highway 101 near Elk Valley Crossroad, Crescent City resident Linda Tucker, 64, was sideswiped by Susan Burket, 48, of New Kensington, Penn., when Burket swerved into the northbound lane, according to California Highway Patrol. 


A Grand Old Flag

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Former State Department dignitary R. Barrie Walkley unfurls a Stars and Stripes-themed quilt, one of many mementos from his service to his country. Del NorteTriplicate / Bryant Anderson
British-born Del Norte retiree reflects on three decades of service in U.S. State Department 

Visitors to R. Barrie Walkley’s home can read the story of his life and career on its walls.

Two American flags, a plaque commemorating the 2011 inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan and a U.S. Consulate General’s seal adorn the outbuildings. Wooden tablets hang from a bookcase near the front door. The Arabic lines, written by Somali and Guinean schoolchildren learning the Koran, share space with Steinbeck and Hemingway. A wooden stork headdress, crafted by the Baga people of Guinea, stands in one corner of Walkley’s living room. A second headdress, this one of a fish and a woman, reside in another corner. And two pairs of glass eyes from a stuffed springbok and gemsbok gaze out Walkley’s window onto the Smith River below.


Second chase suspect caught

Read more...Authorities believe they’ve caught up with the other man who led them on a chase into Smith River earlier this month that resulted in a school lockdown and two-day town-wide search. 

Suspected to be the person who shot at law enforcement from the passenger seat of a stolen vehicle during a high-speed pursuit, Brandon Proctor, 27, was apprehended at Wildwood Lane and Madison Avenue in Crescent City on Wednesday night by Del Norte County Sheriff deputies, who made the arrest without incident, sheriff’s officials said. Proctor, who said he is a Smith River transient, was spotted as deputies made contact with another unrelated subject who had been lying in the road.


Rancheria reclaims long-lost artifacts

Three-hundred and eighty-two pieces from a culture shattered by genocide may leave the Del Norte County Historical Society’s collection next week, when Smith River Rancheria is expected to reclaim things taken from the mass graves lying where Tolowa villages once stood.

A 1990 law enacted to protect Native American graves requires that control over their contents be returned to descendants within federally-recognized tribes. 

“There’s never been an apology by the federal government on what has happened to native people at all. But this is one step towards that apology. Let’s return these things so people can continue to practice their religion,” said Don Steinruck, Smith River Rancheria’s coordinator for the project. 


Huffman to visit Klamath for Last Chance Grade mtg.

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman will be in Klamath on Monday afternoon to announce the formation of a stakeholder group tasked with exploring possible solutions to Last Chance Grade, according to a press release from his office.

The group will be formed in response to ongoing trouble caused by a section of U.S. Highway south of Crescent City that is set on an unstable slope above the ocean. 

“Last Chance Grade has for decades experienced landslides, sometimes with tragic consequences, and frequently caused disruption of traffic, and posed major safety risks,” the release states. 

 


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