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Pebble Beach Drive: A longer drive home for some

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Only southbound traffic will be open on Pebble Beach Drive from Hemlock Avenue to West Condor Street beginning May 1. Map designed with openstreetmaps.org
 Northbound traffic to be closed May–August for safety improvements 

A project that will make it easier for pedestrians to share Pebble Beach Drive with motorists could also mean long detours for the residents who live on the scenic lane.

The Pebble Beach Drive Safety Project will start May 1 and is expected to be finished by the end of August, the Del Norte County engineering division announced last week. The road will be open to southbound traffic only during that time, according to the announcement.

“It’s to minimize confusion,” said Assistant Engineer Rosanna Bower. “A lot of residents will be able to (use) some of the side streets and get to their homes from a southbound direction.”

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Publisher, editor at Triplicate chosen

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Cindy Vosburg
 
Matthew Durkee
Matthew Durkee
 Longtime staffers Vosburg and Durkee fill vacancies

Familiar faces will take on new positions at the Del Norte Triplicate. 

Cindy Vosburg, the Triplicate’s regional advertising director since 2007, will also be its publisher, it was announced Monday.

“I am eager to continue the Triplicate’s mission of delivering local news and information to the community,” Vosburg said. 

Matthew Durkee, who has worked at the Triplicate since 2007 and served as assistant editor since 2008, has been named editor. 

 

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June election: County looking for poll worker volunteers

 

Registered voters and students 16 or older may apply

Del Norte County is looking for poll workers who will oversee the voting booths during the June 3 primary election.

Registered voters who are 18 years old or older can become either an inspector or a judge at each of the county’s 18 polling places, said County Elections Officer Alissia Northrup. And high school students as young as 16 can also become a poll worker, something that will look good on a scholarship or college application, Northrup said.

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Delay pushes back Last Chance Grade comment period

Caltrans will have to extend a public comment period regarding the construction of a soil nail wall to be built on U.S. Highway 101’s Last Chance Grade after a scheduling error prevented environmental documents from being posted online last  weekend.

A public notice paid for by Caltrans District 1 that ran in Saturday’s Del Norte Triplicate said that environmental documents for an upcoming major project at Last Chance Grade were available online.

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Supervisors may seek grants

 

County will discuss possible grants for roads, storage tank leak prevention

County supervisors on Tuesday will discuss applying for a California Environmental Protection Agency grant to implement a program that will prevent rural underground storage tank leaks.

According to the staff’s report, the environmental protection agency has allocated $64,343 to Del Norte County for the three-year grant period. The funds can be used to reimburse the county for the cost of an increased number of inspections, owner training, enforcement and continued development of the program.

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Fire Chief Minton named acting forest supervisor

Six Rivers National Forest Fire Chief Mike Minton will be Acting Forest Supervisor until September while a new permanent supervisor is sought. 

“Mike has been on the Forest since 2006, first as deputy fire chief and became fire chief in 2011. His leadership and knowledge of the Forest Program of Work will provide the continuity needed going into the field/fire season,” said Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley in a press release.

 

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The day when Del Norte flowers

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Lee Riddle, director of the Easter Lily Research Foundation, tends to some of the test plots in in Harbor, Ore. Del Norte Triplicate file / Rick Postal
 Local crop; holy symbol  

As millions of Americans file into pews to commemorate Easter this weekend, a small piece of the Wild Rivers Coast will almost certainly be providing the flowery white backdrop for the services.

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The battle of crime statistics

Sheriff’s race heats up in ads as finances are reported

Two candidates for Del Norte County sheriff, incumbent Dean Wilson and his predecessor, Jim Maready, are citing rival crime statistics in Triplicate advertisements.

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Campaign finance: Money tallied in judge, DA races

The first campaign finance disclosures have been filed in the race for Del Norte County judge and district attorney.

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Hambro finishes its slow burn

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A pile of waste smolders during Hambro’s prescribed burn. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 At least 1 resident complains about air quality during burn 

A prescribed burn at Hambro Forest Products over several days created smoky conditions that annoyed at least one nearby resident, but air quality management officials say the company had a permit.

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