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Warriors kickoff

 The Del Norte football team kicked off its season three days before the start of school hosting one of the top teams in the North Coast Section, ninth-ranked Cardinal Newman, at Whalen Field on Friday night. The Warriors fell 62-19 in a high scoring first half that gave way to a quick second half as the continuous clock went into effect. For the full story see the sports page.

Push to open Blue Creek

Del Norte County Supervisors have started a legal petition to repeal the sport fishing closure at and below the mouth of Blue Creek on the Lower Klamath River.

Supervisors approved the move Tuesday with a unanimous vote.

The Yurok Tribe recommended the state Fish and Game Commission enact the sport fishing closure due to concerns that low- and warm-water conditions on the Lower Klamath from California’s historic drought made the cold-water refuge area at the mouth of Blue Creek too important to the health of salmon and steelhead to allow fishing there this season.  

The regulation prohibits fishing on the Klamath River from 500 feet upstream and a half-mile downstream of the Blue Creek confluence from June 15 to Sept. 14 and 500 feet both upstream and downstream of the Blue Creek mouth from Sept. 15 through the end of the year.


Del Norte welcomes Harris to schools

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 Del Norte County’s new superintendent of schools says he wants to get the community’s help when it comes to tackling issues like early literacy, discipline and behavior problems and parent involvement.

Jeff Harris described the enthusiasm representatives of the local Native American communities as well as the early childhood development community and the local adult education and alternative education programs have reached out to him.

“It’s been a really interesting few weeks,” he told the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on Thursday. “We are a county of some staggering diversity, but just what I feel from people who have reached out to us, not one person has come to us with something that’s opposed. We may have different viewpoints, but they’re looking to this district for leadership, they’re looking to this district for some organization and for a clear pathway on how to help kids.”


DHHS opens new location

A new location for a variety of family and child-oriented programs will give service providers the space to focus their energy on families’ diverse needs, county officials say.

“There’s kind of a push from the feds and others to figure out how do we integrate care better. You have a mind or a teeth or a body problem and that’s somehow separate from your housing issues,” said Barbara Pierson, director of the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services.

Moving into the Del Norte Healthcare District’s building on Washington Boulevard and Northcrest Drive, next to the health and dental clinics, a community garden and a playground means clients will have one place to seek help for their intersecting needs, she said.


Firefighters expecting a little more help from rain

Though the Gasquet Complex wildfires claimed another 4,000 acres since Wednesday afternoon, firefighters were able to make progress with containment lines, hoping predicted weekend rains will temper the blazes’ activity.

The complex totaled 23,485 acres burned Friday afternoon at a 27 percent containment.

The most growth was seen in the Siskiyou Wilderness, where two fires are being left to consume what they find in their path.

 


Volunteers keeping a lookout for Bertsch lion

With a mountain lion on the prowl, citizens looking to protect their young will join law enforcement in being extra vigilant, particularly in the Bertsch Tract’s early morning hours.

School starts Monday, and Bertsch Tract children will need to line up outside in the low light just after sunrise if they are going to make the bus to school.

Neighborhood Watch Leader Emilie Simmons said this is of particular concern to her and other community members, who fear they could be putting their children at risk of being a cougar’s easy prey if they’re left to stand alone on the curbside.


Police and sheriff call logs, Aug. 24-27, 2015

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, August 24-27:

 

Monday, August 24

At 12:05 a.m., report of attempted shoplifting at a business on the 900 block of E Washington Boulevard. Subject left without his backpack.

At 12:18 a.m., report of three stolen tires from the yard of a residence on the 800 block of Endert Street.

At 7:57 a.m., report of a male subject sleeping at the backdoor of a business on the 1300 block of Northcrest Drive.

At 9:38 a.m., report of subjects that appear to be camping near a van on the 300 block of Harding Avenue. Caller would like them moved on.


Man gets two-plus years for criminal threats to girlfriend

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 Judge William Follett sentenced a Crescent City man to two years, eight months in state prison for making criminal threats to his ex-girlfriend.

Kerry John McKinney’s prior felony domestic violence conviction factored into his sentencing, the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

According to the DA’s office, McKinney phoned his ex-girlfriend on June 2  and threatened to pour gasoline on her and light her on fire. The victim and a witness to the phone call testified during the public hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Padilla handled the case for the prosecution.


Building habitat

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Spike, a western toad, dines on an earthworm in Pete Haggard's backyard. Haggard will show Del Norters how they can attract frogs and other wildlife to their own backyards on Sunday at the Lake Earl Information Center. Courtesy Pete Haggard
 Author Pete Haggard will offer folks the tools needed to build habitat for songbirds, insects, native bees and other wildlife.

Haggard’s presentation Sunday is the latest nature program sponsored by the Tolowa Dunes Stewards and the Redwood Parks Association. Haggard will focus on native plants that can thrive on the North Coast.

Haggard said he will put an emphasis on drought-tolerant plants, although most native species are already used to the area’s rainy winters and dry summers.

“The exceptions would be the ones that grow along streams where they get a source of water and maybe some high mountain places where the summer is short enough,” he said.


Bertsch Tract calls for action

An increasingly bold mountain lion frequently spotted in the Bertsch Tract neighborhood just south of Crescent City has residents concerned for their children’s safety with school starting next week and children waiting for the bus in dim, dawn light when a lion might be on the prowl.

“We've lived in relative harmony with this mountain lion since at least March. We had some minor sightings, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that the mountain lion became frighteningly bold and has lost its fear of humans,” said Emilie Simmons, leader of the Bertsch Tract Neighborhood Watch group, during Tuesday’s Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting.

In an emergency agenda item requested by board chairman David Finigan, county supervisors gave direction to ramp-up options to protect the public and private property from the mountain lion, suspected of killing residents’ goats, cats, and ducks. It also has residents worried school children at the bus stop might be the big cat’s next target.


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