Wednesday, Nov. 30
- Crescent City is pursuing a state grant to drill a 12-inch well that can produce 415 gallons of water per minute. This well would be on city-owned property in Fort Dick and would act as a secondary water source, The city’s sole source of water, a 64-year-old Ranney collector near the Smith River, is in good condition and provides more than enough for its 18,000 customers, City Manager Eric Wier said. But if it was compromised, the city only has enough water in storage for about three days. With that roughly 5.5 million gallons stored, the well could provide up to 14 days of water if the Ranney collector went down, Wier said.
The project is estimated to cost $1.3 million and the grant dollars would be reimbursed to the city, according to Wier. The city would also drill a 6-inch exploratory well to determine potential impacts to adjacent private wells, he said. The project is expected to start this spring and will last through 2025.
- In addition to appointing a new city manager pro tem, the Brookings City Council got a new member on Monday.
Isaac Hodges will take the seat left vacant by Brad Alcorn, who announced his intention to focus on his upcoming term as a Curry County commissioner on Monday. Alcorn, who received 63.36 percent of the vote to opponent Beth Barker-Hidalgo’s 36.24 percent in the Nov. 8 election, will replace outgoing commissioner Chris Paasch.
Hodges is the chief operating officer and chief experience officer for Curry Health Network. He’s a Curry County native and has worked in the healthcare industry for about 12 years. Hodges will serve out Alcorn’s term, which ends in 2024.
- The Redwood Parks Conservancy’s 2nd-Annual Candlelight Walk online auction goes live for 10 days starting Friday. The auction will close at 9 p.m. Dec. 11. Items up for grabs include a one-night stay in Battery Point Lighthouse and a $100 gift certificate to SeaQuake Brewking, a hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque, Phoenix or Colorado Springs, a wine country package with lodging, restaurants and wine tasting, a getaway in Sun River, Oregon and an Ashland getaway with two dinner certificates and Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets.
To bid on the items, visit https://app.galabid.com/candlelightwalk and register. Proceeds go toward public lands and parks on California’s North Coast.
- Del Norters will have a weekly chance to purchase goods from local artisans and food vendors starting at 9 a.m. today. The Community Market will take place every Wednesday with the exception of the first Wednesday of the month at the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, 494 Pacific Avenue in Crescent City.
Sierra Smith, who was the market manager for the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market last summer, said her goal was to showcase the programs at the FRC including Pacific Pantry and First 5 Del Norte. Smith said she is depending on the community and the vendors to show up to determine how long it will go, but she hopes it will last until the farmers market season rolls around again in June.
- SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator who made veiled threats against the Oregon State Police and the Senate president said Tuesday that he’s pursuing a freedom of speech lawsuit against fellow lawmakers who sanctioned him.
The Senate Conduct Committee on Monday rescinded the 3-year-old requirement that Sen. Brian Boquist give 12 hours’ notice before coming to the Oregon State Capitol. The “interim safety measures” were ordered by the committee in 2019 to give the state police time to bolster security in Boquist’s presence.
But Boquist told The Associated Press that despite the committee’s reversal on Monday, he’s still pursuing a lawsuit against Sen. Peter Courtney — the longest serving Senate president in Oregon history — and two other Democratic lawmakers.
He said he also is seeking an order from the Oregon Supreme Court that would prevent the state police or the state attorney general from enforcing legislative branch rules.
- SAN DIEGO (AP) — R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a request Tuesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to impose an emergency order to stop California from enforcing a ban on flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly approved by voters earlier this month.
The ban was first passed by the state legislature two years ago but it never took effect after tobacco companies gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot. But after nearly two-thirds of voters approved of banning the sale of everything from cotton-candy vaping juice to methanol cigarettes, it is set to go into effect by Dec. 21.
Supporters of the ban say the law was necessary to put a stop to a staggering rise in teen smoking.
J. Reynolds filed a federal lawsuit challenging it a day after the Nov. 8 vote, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the company’s emergency motion to block the law pending appeal.