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Wally's World

Longtime Del Norte resident and former Crescent City newspaper publisher Wally Griffin celebrated his 90th birthday Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Wally Griffin was in bed when an earthquake in Alaska sent a tsunami racing toward his hometown.

Armed with his camera and a notepad, Griffin raced around town recording the event. He put out an extra Saturday afternoon edition even though the Crescent City American normally published on Tuesday.

Sheriff hopefuls hash out platforms

The race for sheriff was summed up by the challenger as a contest between “experience versus change” at a Del Norte Tea Party Patriots forum for the candidates on Tuesday night.

Three-term incumbent Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson, who faces Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson in the November election, mostly spoke of his 12 years serving as the county’s sheriff, highlighting decreased crime rates and budget management as some of his accomplishments during his tenure. Wilson was elected to the position in 2002.

Degree not required of sheriff candidates

Del Norte County administrators plan to look closer at job descriptions for elected officials due to recent inquiries about whether Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson is qualified to run for sheriff.

County officials have affirmed that Apperson is eligible according to state code. 

School District approves teacher raises, new salary steps

Teachers working for the Del Norte County Unified School District received a 3 percent salary increase, according to a new three-year contract.

City interviews police chief candidates

Crescent City staff conducted interviews for the vacant police chief position last week, city officials report.

City Manager Gene Palazzo said interviews were conducted Sept. 18. The  city received quite a few applications for the position and interviews went well, he said.

Klamath bridge closure planned

Thinking of heading down to Eureka late Sunday night? You might want to think again.

California’s Department of Transportation is scheduled to close the Klamath River Bridge on U.S. Highway 101 for six hours overnight. 

News of Record Sept. 19-25, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Sept. 19–25:

Ketina Archulata, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to one day in jail and three years of probation and fined $1,547 for possession of a dangerous drug and theft/larceny.

Treetop High

The Sky Trail at Trees of Mystery in Klamath takes riders on an approximately eight-minute ride high through the redwood forest. On a clear day, visitors can see the Pacific Ocean from the cable cars. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Historic Klamath redwoods attraction sees a record 400,000 visitors 

Standing tall as the mighty redwood forest behind the legendary pair, a giant Paul Bunyan and his best friend Babe the Blue Ox greet hundreds — even thousands — of visitors each day as they arrive at the Trees of Mystery adventure park in Klamath.

“Well, hello there!” Paul booms as a young father and his toddler son approach the 10-foot boots at the huge sculpture’s base. 

Wildfire season doused by rain

A moisture-laden storm doused Del Norte County on Wednesday, breaking rainfall records by as much as 2 inches, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.

The storm brought 2.75 inches of rain to Crescent City and 2.72 inches to the Gasquet Ranger Station before tapering off in the afternoon, meteorologist Brian Garcia said. The rain broke a record of 0.72 inches from 1986, drenched mountains and wooded areas and could potentially put a damper on the North Coast’s fire season, Garcia said.

Lewd acts charges dismissed

A former Crescent Elk after-school instructor who last year was arrested on charges of inappropriately touching middle school girls is off the hook after a judge rejected the District Attorney’s plea bargain last week, forcing the DA to decide between dismissing the case or going to trial without enough evidence.

Gary Moore, 52, originally faced four felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under 14, but after the DA’s office interviewed the alleged victims in May it decided it didn’t have enough evidence to go to trial on the original charges, which led to the plea bargain. But when Superior Court Judge Doehle didn’t accept the two renegotiated misdemeanor battery counts, Moore was free to go with no jail time or probation.

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