A police photographer takes pictures on the scene of a fatal crash that involved a big rig and a bus in the northbound lanes of the I-5 freeway in Orland. McClatchy-Tribune
10 die, dozens hurt as truck hits busload of students
ORLAND — It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north.
The suspension and possible disbarment of District Attorney Jon Alexander has put the DA’s Office in a rough spot and candidates Robert Drossel and Dale Trigg both promise to bring change to the county’s top law enforcement position.
A Brookings commercial crab fisherman has been cited for first-degree water pollution after he allegedly dumped nearly 5,000 pounds of rotting, skinned mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings Harbor last week.
A mining company is planning to drill core samples for nickel in the watershed of Baldface Creek, shown above and below. The creek is the primary tributary of the Upper North Fork Smith River, which helps supply the majority of water for Del Norte. Courtesy of Zach Collier / Northwest Rafting Company
The majority of public water systems supplying Del Norte County come from the Smith River, the headwaters of which is being considered for a nickel strip-mining operation.
The potential for contamination from a mining operation weighed heavily on Del Norters who attended an informational meeting last week organized by the Smith River Alliance, which opposes the mining proposal in the headwaters of the North Fork Smith River.
The day after College of the Redwoods trustees held a rare meeting in Del Norte, the director of the local campus learned that she would be out of a job at the end of June.
Anita Janis said this week she was informed April 2 that her contract with the college wouldn’t be renewed once it expires June 30. The day before, CR President Kathryn Smith pledged her support for the Del Norte Education Center at the Board of Trustees’ first meeting held locally in more than two years.