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PenAir adds flight from Humboldt

A decision by Pen Air to begin offering flights from Humboldt County to Portland in April will change the airline’s schedule for Crescent City passengers.

Beginning April 21, the first departure out of Crescent City will leave an hour earlier, at 6:30 a.m., according to Pen Air spokeswoman Melissa Roberts. Meanwhile flights between Portland International Airport and Crescent City will leave slightly later.

“It opens up a lot more connecting opportunities for (Crescent City) customers going beyond Portland,” Roberts said Friday.

Head on crash injures three

Three people were injured Wednesday evening in a two-car collision just south of Little Jones Creek Road on U.S. 199 outside Gasquet. Hours later, a woman stepped out of her car while stopped and waiting for responders to clear the scene of the wreck, only to tumble more than 50 feet into the river below and sustain minor injuries.

Ted Martin, 62, of Ashland was driving southbound around 6:25 p.m. on Feb. 3 when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet and collided head-on with father and son Jerry Rylee, 69, of Mad River, and Mark Rylee, 49, of Fortuna.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it was cloudy and raining at the time of the accident. CHP officer Pete Roach said Martin was overcorrecting from a sharp righthand turn near mile marker 24.08 and found his car sideways blocking both lanes of travel on the highway. Mark Rylee was driving with his father in a 2010 Dodge, saw Martin skidding, and braked, stopping on a small bridge.

McClure mum on coastal struggle

Executive Director's fate to be decided on Wednesday

Del Norte County’s own Martha McClure finds herself neck-deep in the surge of comments and reproaches that continue to wash in from beach-goers, environmentalists and government officials since news broke in mid-January that the California Coastal Commission’s executive director’s job is on the line.

Coastal Commissioner and District 2 County Supervisor Martha McClure, frequently criticized at home for being too liberal, is now under the public’s scrutiny for not being liberal enough at the state level, having been named one of the most pro-development voters on the panel and a co-conspirator in an alleged coup.

“I think it’s unfortunate that it’s happened like it’s happened,” said McClure, recalling one rather menacing phone message from someone looking forward to spitting in her face. “It’s frustrating not being able to discuss the details, but those will emerge shortly. I have no prediction either way for what will happen next week.”

An epidemic: a series on domestic violence in Del Norte County

Editor’s note: The identities of domestic abuse victims are not being disclosed in an effort to protect them from further violence.

Del Norte Triplicate // Bryant Anderson
For many people living in Del Norte County today, it’s a crisis. For others, it’s become normal, part of surviving. 

Often hidden behind closed doors, sometimes ignored by onlookers, domestic violence is undeniably woven into life here.

And it’s reported here at a higher rate than anywhere else in California.

Lately, Del Norters call police to report domestic violence eight times more frequently than the statewide average. Five years ago, this county’s call volume was right at the state average, around 6 out of every 1,000 calls to police. 

Emergency landing

Airport staff and Crescent City Fire stand by to assist passengers after an airplane landing with damaged equipment Tuesday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A single failed bolt nearly spelled disaster Tuesday for three people on a Cal-Ore plane, which managed a successful emergency landing at Jack McNamara Field in spite of malfunctioning gear.

Lead pilot Dan Brattain as well as a business partner and a co-pilot in training were returning to the Crescent City airport from a meeting in Roseburg, Oregon around 3 p.m. when landing gear on the nose of the 7-passenger Piper Cheyenne failed to deploy.

“That was my first time doing a landing like that,” said Brattain, who founded Cal-Ore Life Flight more than 20 years ago. “That was the first and hopefully the last.”

With crab delay, SBA offers help

The Small Business Administration is offering low interest loans to businesses impacted economically by the 2015 Dungeness crab season delay and Rock crab closure, according to Harbormaster Charlie Helms.

The SBA will be in Crescent City on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the harbor office meeting room, 101 Citizens Docs Road, Helms said at Tuesday during a Harbor District meeting.

the SBA’s Ed Calvo will be there setting up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center and to assisting people with the Federal Disaster Loan Outreach Program, according to a press release received late  Wednesday from the SBA.

Brief bit of panic with area outage

A blackout striking more than 2,500 customers in Crescent City on Tuesday created headaches in one corner of town and brought out a good Samaritan at another.

The outage, which occurred about 4 p.m., was due to a regulator failure at Pacific Power’s Northcrest substation, according to company spokesman Tom Gauntt. It was centered primarily around the downtown Crescent City area.

Power was restored to all customers just after 5 p.m.

Agreement will remove Klamath dams within 4 years

The largest dam removal and salmon restoration project in world history appears poised to begin in four short years on the Klamath River.

The federal government, via the departments of Interior and Commerce, the states of California and Oregon, and PacifiCorp, owners of the Klamath dams, jointly announced Tuesday an agreement-in-principle that outlines a path to salvage the Klamath dam removal component of federal legislation that expired at the end of  2015. That legislation would have solved many decades-long disputes in the Klamath Basin by implementing three settlement agreements negotiated over several years by a diverse group of stakeholders including tribes, commercial and sportfishing interests, environmental groups and farmers to remove four Klamath dams, provide water security to farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin and recover fisheries in the basin. The agreement-in-principle sticks to dam removal.

“We hoped to implement a more ambitious plan to resolve Klamath water disputes between fishing and farming communities, but congressional Republicans blocked our efforts. This agreement-in-principle lays out a strategy that does not require congressional approval or any federal funding,” said Leaf Hillman, an enrolled Karuk tribal member and director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources, in a press release.

Emergency amendment to marijuana law signed

SACRAMENTO — An emergency bill to fix a legislative drafting error that had local governments in California racing to ban medical marijuana cultivation won Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Wednesday.

The legislation, AB21, by Democratic Assemblyman Jim Wood of Healdsburg amends the comprehensive medical marijuana regulations the California Legislature passed in September to eliminate a paragraph giving the state alone authority to license pot growers in jurisdictions that did not have laws on the books by March 1 specifically allowing or outlawing cultivation.

Fearful of losing their power to set policy to the state, dozens of cities, including Crescent City, chose to ban all commercial pot-growing within their borders during the last three months.

State requires take-back service whenever selling new mattresses

That tired-out mattress of yours might finally get laid to rest now that retailers are obligated by state law to take in the old with a sale of the new.

An $11 fee is built into the cost of every new mattress and boxspring bought in California from now on, thanks to the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act of 2013, a law designed to boost recycling and curtail illegal dumping — a widespread problem in all of California, not just Del Norte County.

Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Director Tedd Ward recommends people make sure and remember to request the take-back service when they’re shopping for new bedding: “Money savvy customers will ask retailers to take back their old mattresses when they have a new one delivered. Under this new statewide mattress recovery program, everyone who buys a new mattress pays for mattress recovery. Only those who ask for their retailer to take back their old mattresses, however, will be getting the best service for that payment.”

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