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PenAir gets DOT approval

A PenAir flight passes over Mount McKinley in southwest Alaska, where the airline is based. Courtesy PenAir
With Essential Air Service partner settled, airport awaits flight schedule 

The U.S. Department of Transportation selected PenAir to provide Essential Air Service to Crescent City, putting the company in position to be the airport’s next sole commercial carrier as it takes over for SkyWest, which has a final departure scheduled for April 6. 

Made public Wednesday afternoon, the order for a two-year contract has PenAir compensated with federal subsidies in the amounts of $3.5 million for the first year and nearly $3 million for the second, the same sums requested in the company’s February bid for service to and from Crescent City, set to begin in September. 

Local law enforcement honored for work

Deputy Robert Clarkson, left, shows off his award for Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year with Sheriff Erik Apperson, right. Submitted
Clarkson is DNSO’s 2014 Deputy of the Year 

Law Enforcement Administrators of Del Norte held its 21st annual award ceremony last week to honor employees as well as citizens for accomplishments in public safety during 2014.

“Del Norte is a small county, and LEADN is comprised of law enforcement personnel from local agencies who work together as a whole due to the remoteness of the area,” according to Pelican Bay State Prison spokesperson Lt. Chris Acosta.

DN a step closer to SRS funds

Austerity-shackled money the federal government owes to Del Norte and more than 700 other rural counties across the nation is moving closer to being released.

Secure Rural Schools funding, which has had an uncertain fate since it wasn’t renewed by Congress last September, was attached this week to a bipartisan Medicare bill that’s presumed will be approved when it’s voted on by Congress today, according to U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman’s office. A majority congressional vote won’t immediately release the funds, but it would send the accompanying bill to the Senate, which could vote on the legislation after it returns from recess in mid-April.

Ex-janitor of school guilty in sex case

Paul Reyman, a former Uncharted Shores Academy janitor and ice cream truck owner accused of having inappropriate sexual conversations with middle school girls last year, was found guilty on Thursday of two counts of annoying or molesting a child.

The misdemeanor convictions, which inspired tears and hugs among the victims and their families after they were announced, bring with them up to a year in jail each as well as mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender. Reyman, who left the courthouse holding hands with his wife, is scheduled to be sentenced April 16 at 2 p.m.

Search called off for man lost in surf

Authorities called off the search for a 20-year-old male who went missing Tuesday night following an attempt to rescue his dog from the surf near the mouth of Redwood Creek in Orick. 

Witnesses said they lost sight of the man, who was traveling through the area with friends, according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

Vigil honors Tolowa victims

Community members gather for a vigil in honor of Tolowa dead near Battery Point Lighthouse. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Beach gathering marks era of Indian genocide in region 

As the tide receded Friday evening, the waters beneath Battery Point Lighthouse made way for a vigil held to honor Tolowa people who had been slaughtered nearby in 1853, and those who had survived.

Following the retelling of that gruesome history, the names of 38 presumed survivors were read aloud as teal waters reeled in the background. 

“It’s important to read their names because ... of the Tolowa people here (today),” said Smith River Rancheria Tribal Citizen Lenora Hall, who read some of the names, each one preceded by the Tolowa word day-sri, meaning “poor thing, beloved.” 

Septic system issues persist

Mobile home park owner says city hookup fees too high 

A Crescent City mobile home park may lose its permit to operate next month due to a long-failing septic system, by order of the same state agency that paid to build an extended sewer line at the end of this mobile home park’s driveway seven years ago.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development, which regulates all the state’s mobile home parks in lieu of local housing authorities, also runs the Community Development Block Grant Program. It awarded Del Norte County $854,000 through this program in 2008 for a project “to mitigate an immediate problem with a failing septic system at West Park Mobile Home Park” on Northcrest Drive, according to the county’s application.  

Full plate for Supervisors’ meeting

The Del Norte Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Flynn Administration Center. Here is a rundown of some of the items the county representatives have on their agenda for today; a full agenda can be found online at www.countyofdelnorte.us/agendas/bos/publishedmeetings.

Regular items

After accepting public comment and receiving an update and summary from the Community Development Department about the status of the county’s General Plan, supervisors will vote to send a progress report to the state that will go over the status of plan’s implementation. The progress report will look into various local elements accounted for in the plan, like transportation, recreation, housing, and land use.

Vets’ monument now taking bids

A long-awaited monument honoring members of the U.S. armed forces cleared a major hurdle Saturday when it received a development permit from the California Coastal

Members of the Del Norte Veterans Monument Committee are now seeking bids for the monument’s construction, president Harlan Ziegler said. The committee hopes to have bids submitted by April 25.

“We’d like (the monument) done with local labor, making it a local project,” Ziegler said. “That’s always been one of the goals.”

Tsunami warning test 11 to noon on Wednesday

Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties will conduct an annual test of the tsunami warning system tomorrow.

Folks in downtown Crescent City will hear the town’s tsunami sirens; radio and TV broadcasts will be interrupted with an emergency alert system and NOAA weather radios will be activated. The test will be held between 11 a.m. and noon.

Folks who hear or see the warning test do not need to take any action. They should not call 911 or local authorities and do not need to evacuate their home or business. 

To help emergency officials evaluate the test, visit www.weather.gov/eureka or call 707-443-6484. Learn more about earthquakes, tsunamis and other North Coast disasters at humboldt.edu/shakyground or call the American Red Cross at 707-443-6484.

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