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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.”


City gets "D" from Lung Association

The state is at a standstill in the fight against tobacco use save for a handful of communities including Crescent City that enacted tighter restrictions on retailers,  according to a report released this week by the American Lung Association.

Given a “D” over all for smoke free air and housing and tobacco product sales reduction, Crescent City got a few bonus points for adopting a new ordinance in mid-2015 that limits where tobacco advertisements can be displayed and in what concentration.

That same ordinance expanded the city’s definition of tobacco products to include electronic cigarettes, said Community Development Director Eric Taylor, earning the city special praise from the association for addressing “emerging issues” with tobacco use.


Bridge closed Feb. 22 and 29

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Flatiron West, Inc., the contractor replacing Second Bridge on South Fork Road, announced the project’s first all-day closures are slated for Feb. 22 and Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while temporary supports are installed.


2015 Strategic Plan accomplishments

Kymmie Scott, Crescent City’s clerk, administrative analyst and public information officer stepped to the podium, at Monday night’s city council meeting, to present the City’s 2015 Strategic Plan accomplishments.

Scott had several of the city’s department chiefs stand behind her at attention — in a semi-circle.  

Councilor Blake Inscore seemed taken aback by the move but remarked how it took great leadership.


Active shooter training for law enforcement

Winter is the busy season for disaster training, as any member of Del Norte law enforcement and leadership could tell you.

Almost 30 officers graduated Wednesday from a two-day training and simulation on an active shooter situation, with instruction led by teachers from FEMA’s National Disaster Preparedness Center. A few of the students were refreshing their knowledge from Del Norte’s most recent prior drills in 2012, but the large majority were first-time trainees from city police, state and federal parks, Yurok Tribal Police, California Highway Patrol, Pelican Bay, and the Del Norte Sheriff Office.

Following classroom instruction all-day Tuesday and the first half of Wednesday, volunteers assisted playing the role of victims and shooters during a simulation at the old office for the Department of Health and Human Services, now a derelict building with many hallways and rooms near the 1000 block of U.S. 101.


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