Friday, Dec. 8
Crescent City councilors on Monday authorized staff to take steps to make the Tsunami Memorial Plaza safer. This includes pursuing an ordinance to institute operating hours at the open space in Downtown Crescent City, closing the area at 11 p.m. nightly.
City Manager Eric Wier said he would also obtain quotes to remove the scalloped walls at the plaza that have acted as collectors for garbage and limit visibility.
After approving a $5,000 project to reattach a bronze sculpture to the fountain pedestal at the plaza on Nov. 6, Councilors said on Monday they’d like it to stay there.
Del Norters have opportunities to participate in two toy drives for the holiday season. The first, hosted by Potter Real Estate, will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Enoteca, 960 Third Street in Crescent City. This toy drive will be for Santa’s Workshop, Rural Human Services annual gift-giving program.
On Monday, Addie Meedom House, 1445 Parkway Drive in Crescent City, is holding a toy drive and a Christmas party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The assisted living and memory care center is also a drop-off for Toys For Tots. In both cases, those wanting to participate should bring an unwrapped toy.
In Brookings, St. Timothy Episcopal Church, Brookings CORE Response and Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers are collecting items for the needy this month.
The church, 401 Fir Street, is looking for deodorant, shampoo, razors, wrapped candy and other small items to be used as stocking stuffers. St. Timothy is also collecting new jeans, sweaters, jackets, sleeping bags and backpacks for wrapped Christmas gifts.
Their drop-off location is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 539 Hemlock Street.
The commercial Dungeness crab fishery off the Del Norte Coast remains delayed due to the presence of humpback whales, The delay is also due to a leatherback sea turtle recently becoming entangled in gear left over from a previous season,
The recreational trap restriction off the Del Norte Coast is expected to be lifted at 8 a.m. Dec. 16. Currently, recreational crabbers can only take Dungeness crab by hoop nets, crab snares and other methods due to the trap restriction. For more information about the Dungeness crab fishery, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/crab.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Electricity utility PacifiCorp will pay $299 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 463 individual plaintiffs who were harmed by devastating wildfires in southern Oregon in 2020.
The settlement announced Tuesday comes after the utility lost a similar lawsuit in June for wildfires in other parts of the state, The Oregonian reported.
The utility has faced several lawsuits from property owners and residents who say PacifiCorp negligently failed to shut off power to its 600,000 customers during a windstorm over Labor Day weekend in 2020, despite warnings from state leaders and top fire officials, and that its power lines caused multiple blazes.
The fires were among the worst natural disasters in Oregon’s history. They killed nine people, burned more than 1,875 square miles (4,856 square kilometers) and destroyed upward of 5,000 homes and other structures.