Friday, March 1

Emergency personnel brought a man to safety after he spent Wednesday night in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt stranded near the mouth of the Smith River, according to the Del Norte County sheriff.

A county road crew doing work at the Mouth of Smith River Road spotted the man on a narrow spit of land across the estuary at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. When emergency crews got to him he was nearly unconscious, turning blue and slightly convulsing, Sheriff Garrett Scott said.

Scott said he was assisted by Deputy Dylan Balch, two Del Norte Search & Rescue volunteers and the Smith River Fire Protection District. An ambulance transported the man to Sutter Coast Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Staffing, housing and infrastructure were among the top concerns Del Norte County department leaders raised while discussing a strategic plan with a third-party facilitator.

Speaking at a public workshop Thursday, Don Ashton, project manager for Municipal Resource Group, told supervisors that while he didn’t discount the need for salary adjustments, Del Norte can’t rely on higher wages to address its recruitment and retention challenge. Though he said elected officials and leaders treat county employees well, Ashton suggested offering incentives and perks to attract and retain more staff.

Del Norte County will work with Ashton to finalize its strategic plan, they hope, by the time the Board of Supervisors is ready to adopt next year’s budget. Assistant County Administrative Officer Randy Hooper said he hoped to bring the plan to the Board in draft form in April.

More than 40 volunteers removed 3,620 pounds of trash and metal in about two hours along U.S. 199 and South Fork Road last Saturday. Spearheaded by the Smith River Alliance, the items recovered included a concrete mixer, according to a news release. Volunteers and partners included the Cal Poly Humboldt Natural Resources Club, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, Hiouchi Cafe, Home Depot and Smith River National Recreation Area staff and the Redwood Parks Conservancy.

A Ford F-350 belonging to a Black business owner in Eureka was fire bombed and spray painted with the n-word at about 1:45 a.m. Feb. 20, the Lost Coast Outpost reported Thursday. A spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department told the Outpost that the incident is still under investigation.

Archie Claybon, who owns Claybon’s Custom Tile and Design, told the Outpost that he’s not sure if the damage to his truck was motivated by a personal grudge or anger over where he’s parked his truck. He said he spent about $50,000 over the past two years to upgrade his work truck, including a wrap with advertisements for his business. Claybon told the Outpost that his family has lived in Humboldt County since the 1970s and he’s lived in Eureka for about 13 years.

Regional News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has denied a news report that he pushed for an exception to the states new fast-food minimum wage law that benefits a wealthy campaign donor.

Californias minimum wage is $16 per hour. But starting April 1, most fast-food restaurants in the state must pay their workers at least $20 an hour under legislation Newsom signed last year to much fanfare. It doesnt apply to restaurants that have on-site bakeries and sell bread as a stand-alone menu item.

That exception puzzled some industry watchers and was never fully explained by Newsom or other supporters of the law. But Bloomberg News on Wednesday reported it was connected to opposition from Panera Bread franchisee Greg Flynn, whose company owns 24 of the restaurants in California and has donated to Newsoms campaigns.

(OPB) A handful of Clark County Sheriffs Office deputies had been calmly questioning John Gale outside his RV in the rain on Feb. 20, shortly after 1 a.m.

When one deputy said they needed to detain Gale — suspicious the 53-year-old may have sexually assaulted a woman — he suddenly reeled backward and pulled something from his waistband. Three deputies then opened fire. Gale died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

The confrontation was recorded by the deputiesbody-worn cameras. The sheriffs office compiled, edited and uploaded a 15-minute video on Thursday to reveal more details about the fatal encounter.

In the video, the sheriffs office labels Gales object as a firearm. Outside investigators have said that they found a firearm in proximityto Gale that evening.

The deputies are not identified by their cameras in the video. However, investigators Thursday released the names of three deputies who opened fire: Deputies Forrest Gonzalez and Holly DeZubiria and Sgt. Tom Yoder.