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Restoration Report Card

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Mill Creek in a reach less affected by logging roads. courtesy of Jon Parmentier
Rumbling in a pickup truck over the rutted surface of an old logging road high above Mill Creek, fish seem very far away. Yet land managers say the fate of an endangered salmon species may cling to the iffy roads that traverse these steep, once heavily logged hills, as well as the streams flowing through them. 

Some 25,000 acres of former timberland now owned by California State Parks, the highs and lows of the Mill Creek Addition are ground zero for an ambitious restoration project that began more than a decade ago, when Stimson Lumber Company cashed out of the land with $60 million in state and donated funds, leaving behind over 300 miles of roads, more than a third of them long
unmaintained. 


Pre-K needs more pupils

The Headstart preschool in Smith River may close at the end of the school year, news that reached its parents and teachers last week when officials from Northcoast Children’s Services announced that low enrollment led to a decision to write the preschool out of the federal grant funding it.

There are currently 17 children in the preschool, two away from capacity. It’s operated by Arcata-based nonprofit Northcoast Children’s Services, which annually receives over $8 million in government grants to run more than 30 early childhood and family support programs for low-income families in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, including the half-day preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds in Smith River, as well as three preschools and one infant and toddler center in Crescent City.  


Stabbing interrupts CR class Thursday

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Warren Bailey
A political science class at College of the Redwoods was interrupted when one student reportedly stabbed another Thursday afternoon. 

Having grown agitated during the American government class discussion on current events, Crescent City man Warren Bailey, 23, abruptly left the room, course instructor Eli Naffah told the Triplicate, before he returned and assaulted another student. 

“He talked to somebody outside and ran back into the room,” Naffah said. “I thought that he was just heading back to his seat, but he kept running.” 


Invisible line in the sand

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Jet Ski riders take a break from the waves while enjoying the surf at South Beach Friday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Authorities clear up fuzzy boundaries 
of ‘bathing’ beach 

A day before roughly 10 personal watercraft (commonly called PWCs or Jet Skis) hit the shores of South Beach for an informal gathering of trick riders, the Del Norte District Attorney’s Office joined the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office in issuing some clarification that could be a big step in easing recently inflamed tensions between the riders and a group of surfers and other beachgoers. 

Del Norte Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Deputy Devin Perry and District Attorney Dale Trigg, who together are responsible for issuing and prosecuting citations that occur in the area, reached the understanding that South Beach was a beach frequented by bathers several weeks ago. On Thursday, Perry and Trigg clarified that position, saying that the “beach frequented by bathers” designation stretches from Anchor Way Road south to the Beachcomber Restaurant.


Bus driver honored for saving baby’s life

School bus driver David Webb thought he was finished for the day when he pulled over to the side of the road on a cool afternoon last month to close the windows on his bus. But there was still one more thing to do, as he soon found out when a car skidded to a stop in front of him.

“I wasn’t going to open the door at first; I thought I was being hijacked,” Webb said, going on to describe a scene where a woman ran out of her car and approached the bus carrying a small child.

“She started pounding on the door, screaming, ‘My baby can’t breathe! My baby can’t breathe!’” Webb recalled.


Juvenile escapees charged as adults

Three 17-year-old males who escaped from Bar-O Boys Ranch late last week were charged as adults in a Del Norte County courtroom Thursday. 

The Del Norte District Attorney’s Office charged each with kidnapping during the commission of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, dissuading a victim by force or threat and escape from a juvenile facility. According to press release from the DA’s office, if convicted they each could face life in state prison with the possibility of parole.    


Youth Conservation Corps apps due soon

Redwood National and State Parks will be offering young people ages 15–18 a chance to participate in conservation work through the Youth Conservation Corps this summer.

This year’s eight-week program begins June 22 and ends Aug. 13. Five young men and five young women will earn $9 an hour working four 10-hour days a week throughout the parks, according to a press release. All participants must bring their own lunch and provide transportation to and from either the Crescent City headquarters or the National Park Service office in Arcata. 


News of Record April 10–16, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for April 10–16, 2015:

Connor J. McCown, 21, Smith River, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a probation violation. 


Sharing South Beach

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Medford, Ore., rider Pete McAfee hops a wave during the first Crescent City freeride in 2014. Triplicate file
Informal Jet Ski freeride planned for this weekend prompts outcry from some
 

A conflict between personal watercraft (PWC) users, commonly called Jet Skis, and other beachgoers including surfers heated up this week when the disagreement was aired in front of county supervisors on Tuesday and a day later nearly half of those who planned to attend a PWC gathering this weekend canceled their trips.

Although the issue was not on the agenda at Tuesday’s Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting, Jet Ski riders and concerned citizens were both represented in the public comment period as both sides made their cases and offered possible solutions to the board just days before dozens of PWC riders were expected to hold an informal event at South Beach.


Supervisors OK children’s budget

A new way to look at government money put toward services to benefit Del Norte’s children and youth aims to give local policymakers and their partners a better view of where those dollars are going and where they might be better placed to improve such programs. 

The children’s budget, which Del Norte County supervisors approved at this week’s meeting, will break down the funding of various children and youth-focused programs by specific line items, as well as detail where that funding is coming from and if it’s moveable or mandatory, as some state and federal money tends to be. It’s the fiscally specific counterpart to the Children and Youth Bill of Rights, also adopted at the meeting, that is intended to serve as a reminder of children’s needs when decisions are made regarding policies, budgets and government practices, according to the document.


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