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North Fork Smith drilling permit denied

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The claims are just outside the Smith River National Recreation Area and North Fork Wild and Scenic corridor, where mining is already prohibited. Courtesy of Kalmiopsis Wild
 Mining company denied surface water for exploratory drilling 

A mining company’s plan to perform exploratory drilling in the North Fork Smith River watershed was dealt a blow Monday when an Oregon state agency denied a request to use surface water for drilling. 

The Oregon Water Resources Department denied the application from Red Flat Nickel Corp. to use water for drilling after determining “that the proposed water use will impair or be detrimental to the public interest,” according to the Final Order from OWRD.

Red Flat Nickel Corp. could still pursue exploratory drilling for valuable metals like nickel and chrome in its 3,000-acre Cleopatra claim site, just north of the California-Oregon border and less than 1 mile east of the Wild and Scenic-designated North Fork Smith River. But the company would have to fly in, or deliver by other means, water for drilling or it would have to resubmit a permit to OWRD to use surface water.

Phone calls and emails to agents of Red Flat Nickel Corp. were not immediately returned. 

 


Young adults host School Board candidates forum Wed. night

Del Norters will have another chance to hear from candidates for the local School Board on Wednesday.

True North Organizing Network is hosting a non-partisan forum at the Crescent Elk Auditorium focusing on the candidates for the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees. The discussion will be led by local students and young adults and will be translated into Spanish and Hmong, according to a press release from the non-profit organization.

Child care will be provided at the forum.

The forum will be the first in a series of True North activities encouraging folks to participate in the election process. School Board candidates for Area 5 include former district employee Ronnie Sorensen, former city finance employee Jamie Forkner, Janet Wortman and Beth Green, Crescent Elk Middle School’s former library manager.

Candidates for Area 2 include incumbent Lori Cowan and Angela Greenough, former communications coordinator for the Wild Rivers Community Foundation. Area 1 candidates include incumbent Don McArthur and notary public Milton Reilley.

True North is a non-profit regional community organizing network that is currently established in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Since June, True North has provided workshops to youth across the county through the California Center for Rural Policy’s Summer Youth Training Academy.

Young adults also participated in non-partisan voter registration and outreach, focusing on populations less likely to vote, according to the organization. True North has registered 150 new voters since June.

The forum will take place 5:45–7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G Street in Crescent City. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TrueNorthOrganizing.


Wally's World

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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

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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. 


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