Bicoastal Media News

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Story No. 1

Savage logging in the Rogue River-Siskiyoyu National Forest will be will be reduced from original plans, following a new draft environmental study following the Chetco Bar Fire.

The original plan called for about 20 square miles of land to be logged, but the new study limits it to about six square miles. Most of the land will either be left alone, or scheduled for removal of dangerous trees near roads, trail and recreation areas.

The areas were narrowed down after removing sections that were too hard to reach, on steep slopes or next to streams. The draft proposal also calls for 13.5 miles (22 kilometers) of short, temporary roads and opening about 6 miles (10 kilometers) of closed roads for log hauling.

In other news:

* Fishing boats and the U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of a Crescent City boat that caught fire Wednesday morning about 12 miles west of Trinidad. According to the Coast Guard officials in McKinleyville, the call came in at 8:30 a.m. that the fishing vessel Midori (Mi-door-ee) was in trouble and the five-person crew had abandoned ship and was in a lift raft. The Coast Guard sent out both a helicopter and a 47-foot motor lifeboat. Meanwhile, the F.V. Pacific Bully arrived on the scene and picked up the captain and crew, all of whom were uninjured. The remains of the boat were expected to be towed to shore Wednesday evening.

* The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority will discuss the status of contamination and strategic actions to reduce non-recyclable materials when it meets today at 3:30 p.m. in the Flynn Center on H Street in Crescent City. Also on the agenda is the presentation of the 2018 Green Ribbon Awards.

* The Curry County Planning Commission gathers at 5:30 p.m. today, when mini-storage parking standards will be discussed. The meeting is slated for the courthouse annex on Moore Street in Gold Beach.