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Decades of service

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Holly Austin, who has been executive director of the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness since 1986, is retiring from the position. Submitted
Arts association director stepping down after 30 years 

Holly Austin probably doesn’t need a visual representation of her tenure with DNACA but if she did, she just needs to look at the wall in her office.

Countless concert flyers form a collage and a timeline of musicians and artists who have visited Crescent City since Austin became executive director to the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness. But it’s only part of a story that has spanned three decades.


Last Chance Grade: Millions more for repairs

The latest on Last Chance Grade (LCG) is that Caltrans is going to start new repairs on LCG, spending up to $10 million to repair some of the same repairs recently completed.

Repairs that were completed in November of 2011 plus new walls/repairs just below where the November 2011 walls were completed are on the schedule again.


Seeking money for homeless problem on agenda

District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s new two-pronged proposal on the homeless tops an otherwise sparse agenda for today’s session of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

The meeting kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Flynn Center.

Gitlin’s motion for the board’s consideration includes a directive to the county administrator to determine if more than $400,000 in available state cash can be “redirected to the Board’s homeless effort.”


Klamath Gateway project nears completion

The Klamath Gateway Project is about 80 percent done and is expected to be complete by the end of August, according to Yurok Transportation Manager Joe James.

The Gateway Project, a $1.2 million dollar improvement to Klamath Boulevard, the major thoroughfare through Klamath, was a followup to the opening, last summer, of the Yurok Tribe Redwood Hotel Casino, the new tribal court building and a new visitor center.


Ordinance mandates removal of noxious weed from properties

Tansy, once a widely grown herb with a number of traditional medicinal uses, is a plant that has lost favor since being declared an invasive, noxious weed.

Debbie Lewis, a Fort Dick resident, is concerned with the abundance of tansy she sees in Del Norte County. 

“When I moved here in 2006, the tansy was under control,” said Lewis. “But now, people are not removing it. It’s everywhere.”


Correction, July 26, 2016

A July 19 story about the Florence Keller paintings contained errors. 

Prints of all the 106 Keller Paintings will be available for purchase during the Labor Day Weekend “Find Your Park” event. Also, the Coast Redwood Art Association will be cleaning and restoring the 106 paintings and the originals will be retained by the city for public display. Prints will continue to be available through the city.

The Del Norte Triplicate endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact will be corrected in a timely and appropriate manner. Please notify Editor Robin Fornoff of errors by calling 707-464-2141.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, July 20-25, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, July 20–25.

Wednesday, July 20

Note: From 10:17 a.m.

At 10:57 a.m., a caller at the Mill Creek Trailhead reported that her vehicle was broken into on Tuesday. She reported it to state parks and is advising that her phone is pinging to a location in Brookings.

At 11:44 a.m., a caller on the 1500 block of Northcrest Drive reported a break-in, but stated it is unknown what was taken, possibly tools and coins.


Del Norteís new look

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Co-designers Devon Jacot, left, and Adam Hancock, middle, and redesign co-char Barbara Burke, right, talk about the assembly of a display that will replace the aging one currently representing Del Norte County in the state Capitol. Additional features, including a Highway 101 road sign, Ewok, lighthouses and crab fishing, will be added to display before it goes to Sacramento. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Artists work on revamped diorama to represent county in Sacramento 

Del Norte County’s display at the state Capitol highlighting certain notable features of the area, sits right across from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, and it’s about to get a major upgrade. 

According to recent feedback, the display needed a facelift.


Homelessness: A safety issue

Sheriff’s liaison program aims to ease problems aggravated by lack of a shelter 

It’s not a crime to be homeless. But it is a crime to damage private property or park land, or worse, start a wildfire to name a few issues the National Park Service and Del Norte County Code Enforcement have had to face with the lack of homeless shelter in Del Norte County. 


Officials: School fire was arson

Reward offered for any information leading to arrest 

Local education officials are calling a fire that damaged part of a portable building at Smith River School on Wednesday arson and are working the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office to find the responsible parties.

A reward of up to $1,000 is offered to anyone whose information leads to an arrest and a conviction, although Jeff Napier, Del Norte County Unified School District assistant superintendent of business, said he hopes those responsible will come forward.


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