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Tuesday, Aug. 16

Del Norte County Animal Control seized two dogs Wednesday believed to be the culprits of a spate of pet cat deaths in the Fort Dick area since December. The dogs are at the Del Norte County Animal Shelter where they will likely be up for adoption, Animal Services Director Justin Riggs said. The owner failed to comply with the terms of an agreement he made with the county in June to keep the dogs restrained, Riggs said.
Fort Dick resident Krystol Berry, whose cat was attacked by the dogs in December, said the outcome is what she and her neighbors hoped for, though it’s a long time coming.

The candidate roster is set for the Crescent City Harbor District and Del Norte Unified School District’s Trustee Area 1. The filing period for the Crescent City Council and DNUSD’s trustee areas 2 and 5 seats will be open until Wednesday since the incumbents have not submitted their election paperwork, County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup said.
City Council candidates include Blake Inscore, who is seeking a two-year term, and incumbents Ray Altman and Isaiah Wright.
Rick Shepherd, Gerhard Weber, Annie Nehmer, Linda Sutter and Kevin Hendrick are running for the Harbor District.
William Meriwether is seeking the Trustee Area 2 seat on the DNUSD board. DNUSD Trustee Area 5 candidates include Brigette Finigan, Phillip Williams and Sunny Athey.

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex has merged into two fires and grown to nearly 20,000 acres with 17 percent containment, a Monday press release stated. The Campbell, Bremmer and Waterman fires have joined. Crews have secured fire lines along the western edge, protecting Willow Creek, and along the southern edge near Salyer. Fire crews also continue working on the Ammon Fire north of Grouse Creek.

A vehicle crashed through a guardrail and into a creek near Circle W Drive on U.S. 199 near Selma at about 12:56 p.m. Monday, shutting down traffic on the highway.
The driver was transported to the Illinois Valley Fire District Station 2 and flown out via Mercy Flights. OSP is still investigating the incident, the Illinois Valley Fire District stated.

Regional News

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s chief justice fired all the members of the Public Defense Services Commission on Monday, frustrated that hundreds of defendants charged with crimes and who cannot afford an attorney have been unable to obtain public defenders to represent them.
The unprecedented action comes as Oregon’s unique public defender system has come under such strain that it is at the breaking point. Criminal defendants in Oregon who have gone without legal representation due to a shortage of public defenders filed a lawsuit in May that alleges the state is violating their constitutional right to legal counsel and a speedy trial.
In a letter to the commission members, Chief Justice Martha Walters pointed out that their duty is to “ensure that Oregon provides public defense services consistent with the Oregon Constitution, the United States Constitution, and Oregon and national standards of justice.”

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 2,000 Kaiser Permanente psychologists, therapists, social workers and other mental health workers in Northern California began an open-ended strike Monday over staffing shortages that their union said have led patients to wait for months to get help.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents the workers, is negotiating a new contract with the Oakland-based health giant. It said the strike is to demand Kaiser hire more mental health workers to ease the burden put on the current staff.
“Our clients are not able to get the care they need and are waiting longer and longer. We have people waiting six to eight weeks to get an appointment,” said Jeffrey Chen-Harding, a clinical social worker with Kaiser who was picketing Monday in San Francisco.
Kaiser Permanente said in a statement it has hired hundreds of new mental health workers, including 200 since January 2021, and pointed out the shortage in mental health care professionals is happening nationwide.

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