Triplicate Staff

DN jobless rate down 1.9 percent since a year ago

Del Norte County's preliminary October jobless rate was 10.5 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from the revised September rate, but down 1.9 percentage points from a year ago, according to state statistics released Friday.

The comparable, not seasonally adjusted, California rate (8.3 percent) was up 0.1 percentage points. Del Norte slipped from 43rd to 45th rank in employment among the 58 counties statewide.

Some surrounding county rates include Siskiyou (10.3 percent), Shasta (9.6 percent), Trinity (10.9 percent), and Humboldt (7.8 percent). Marin (4.8 percent) had the lowest October rate and Imperial County the highest (25.2 percent). The comparable U.S. rate was 7.0 percent.

Permits available for Christmas trees

One of the benefits of living near a national forest is the chance to search the hillsides and cut down your family's Christmas tree.

Permits for Christmas trees are available for purchase ($10 a tree) at Six Rivers National Forest offices through Dec. 23.

The Forest Service accepts cash, check or credit/debit cards and sales are final, with no refunds.

There is a limit of two tags per household; however one person may purchase a maximum of five tags. A separate name and address must be provided for each additional tag.

In Del Norte, the permits can be purchased at the Smith River National Recreation Area visitor office in Gasquet, 10600 Highway 199, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Permits can also be purchased by mail. For more information, call the Gasquet Ranger office at 707-457-3131.

Former restaurant to be burned today

A controlled burn is scheduled for Sunday at a former restaurant building off U.S. Highway 101 in Crescent City.

The burn is expected to last from 6 a.m. to 2 525 M St., the former location of the Raliberto's Mexican restaurant and, before that, a Carl's Jr. fast-food restaurant.

One lane of the highway is likely to be closed during the burn.