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Students get $30k to build E-car

Ten Del Norte High School students will build an electric car that will seat three and be able to reach freeway speeds.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will be working on the car together when it arrives from Sebastopol-based Switch Vehicles Inc. next month. They also successfully pitched the product to representatives from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, the California Endowment, the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Del Norte County Superintendent of Schools, Eureka-based Coastal Business Services and Joby Rumiano of Rumiano Cheese.

Raindrops on roadsters

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Blues and brews moved indoors to accomodate weather

Crescent City’s grand display of classic cars will take place at Beachfront Park today before moving to the Cultural Center in the evening.

Folks are invited to sip local and regional microbrews and nosh on local food during the Blues, Brews and Cruise event. Car show participants will have one last time to show off their vehicles during a show-sanctioned cruise through downtown Crescent City.

The event starts with a pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 356 H St., Crescent City.

County to work on OHV plan

Del Norte County officials will be working on a plan to develop National Forest and county roads for OHV use. Courtesy North Coast Cliffhangers
 The steep and rugged Siskiyou Mountains dominating eastern Del Norte County are riddled with hundreds of miles of old logging and mining roads, and county gravel roads connecting, providing many ideal opportunities for off-highway vehicles, like ATVs and dirtbikes.

But off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the roads winding across the Smith River National Recreation Area has long been on the short side. To promote these recreation opportunities, Del Norte County has received a $54,110 grant to develop an OHV master plan, of sorts, with most of the funding going towards four-wheel drive vehicles that can scout the terrain.

“Without such a planning document in place OHV activities in Del Norte County will likely remain incredibly underutilized and undeveloped as they have been for years,” states the application for the grant that the county received.

Robbery leads to Pac Shores manhunt

The car was abandoned on Tell Boulevard in the Pacific Shores subdivision. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Authorities on Friday were searching for a man who robbed a Harbor woman at gunpoint while she was walking on West Benham Lane in Harbor at 6:20 a.m. that morning.

At the same time authorities in Curry and Del Norte County were searching for two men, one of them possibly the robbery suspect, who led sheriff deputies on a high-speed chase south on U.S. 101 into Del Norte County at 10:30 a.m.

The suspects, who ditched the vehicle at Pacific Shores subdivision and fled into the brush, remained at large as of Friday evening.

District looks at special ed program

New leadership at the Del Norte County Unified School District say they are taking seriously a report that highlights some of the special education program’s inadequacies.  

As reason for “organizational dissatisfaction” and the sometimes “below standard service” provided to students, the report, completed by School Services of California, Inc. in May of this year, pointed to the “absence of experienced leadership,” lean staffing, halting communication among faculty and staff and a lack of incentives for classified staff.  

The report was commissioned by Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Jeff Napier to improve the cost efficiencies of the program. Upon reviewing the district’s spending when he came to the position 20 months ago, he said he noticed that special education and maintenance and operations “had continued to increase expenditures year after year,” increasingly dipping into the general fund to cover costs.

Caltrans tweaks advisory speeds

Motorists traveling U.S. 101 south of Crescent City may have noticed a change to posted speeds as they wind up and down Crescent Hill.

The curves on this stretch of highway are among the first to be assessed using newer Federal Highway Administration standards as Caltrans works toward updating all its advisory speed signs, statewide.

Suggested speed limits — lower than the overarching regulatory speed and cued by yellow signs warning of an upcoming curve or bump — were tweaked using a more current formula. The new formula, based on a 1999 study, takes into account modern cars can navigate turns at higher speeds than their predecessors could in 1947, the last time such a thing was studied by the FHA.

Rain forecast moves blues, brews event indoors

Folks can still enjoy local and regional microbrews and groove to a blues band on Saturday, but they will do so indoors.

Due to a chance of rain, Blues, Brews & Cruise will be held in the Crescent City Cultural Center. Sea Cruise’s show-sanctioned cruise of the downtown area will continue, said Jeff Parmer, executive director of the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce.

The cruise route will go down G Street to 4th Street, continue up H Street to 3rd Street and will wind through Tsunami Plaza to I Street and continue through Beachfront Park on Play Street and Stamps Way.

Eight local breweries will be featured as well as local food. Live music will be provided by Brad Wilson and the Rollin’ Blues Thunder Band.

Blues Brews, & Cruise will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Center, 1001 Front St., Crescent City. The cruise will be held from 6-8 p.m. Twelve dollars will get folks a commemorative mug and their first 12 ounces of beer. Two-ounce increments of beer will then be on sale for $1 each.

For more information, call 464-3174 or visit www.delnorte.org.

Tribe files dam lawsuit amicus

Yuroks join Hoopa Valley effort against Klamath dams

The Yurok tribe filed a friend of the court brief Friday in support of the Hoopa Valley Tribe's lawsuit that asks the U.S. Court of Appeals to force a federal agency to end eight years of relicensing delays for dams on the Klamath River.

Relicensing of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project might force the removal of four Klamath dams due to the costs associated with bringing the dams into environmental compliance, including fish passage and water quality improvements, versus the $300 million estimated cost of dam removal.

The Yurok filed their amicus brief Friday, just a few weeks after withdrawing support from the Klamath settlement agreements that have caused the longstanding delay in relicensing.

Assemblymen campaign for marijuana bills

Del Norte’s representative from Assembly District 2 joined two other assemblymembers in Eureka on Tuesday to champion a legislative bundle placing regulation on the production, distribution and environmental impact of medical marijuana in California.

Jim Wood, who represents all of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties and part of Sonoma County, spoke in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse earlier this week to urge Gov. Brown to pass Assembly bills 243 and 266. Beside him were Rob Bonta, representing Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro of District 18, and Tom Lackey, representing eastern Riverside County in District 36.

AB 243 and 266 aim to support and finesse the major points of Senate Bill 643, which was introduced early this year by North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire and passed in mid-September. SB 643 imposes regulation and enhanced legitimacy on the state’s medical marijuana industry; it authorizes counties to tax cannabis-related activity, requires Gov. Brown to appoint a chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and encourages the FDA and the state Department of Public Health to oversee the quality and cultivation of the product.


Full pay restored to college employees

Focus now turns to turning around low enrollment

Employees of College of the Redwoods had their paychecks restored Tuesday afternoon following a year of cutbacks necessary to keep the school afloat when enrollment plummeted.

The Board of Trustees unanimously re-established regular salaries for managers, directors and administrators, agreeing also to send checks for a portion of the salary they missed out on in fiscal year 2014-15. These should arrive on their doorsteps Nov. 10, according to the meeting agenda packet.

Pay for faculty, associate faculty, classified and confidential staff was restored by the start of the fiscal year, said Lee Lindsey, vice president of administrative services.

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