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Bicoastal Media News for Americas Wild Rivers Coast  July 13, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
* Del Norte Fair officials are gearing up for the stretch run toward this year’s event, planned for Aug. 4 through Aug. 7. Christian singer Jordan Feliz will perform Thursday evening, while country stars Confederate Railroad will take the main stage Friday at 6 p.m. The professional rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, while the demolition derby and tough truck competition is slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday. Carnival wristbands are now on sale at the fairgrounds main office.
* The Northern California Community Bloodmobile will be in Crescent City today at the farmer’s market on Front and K streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Reports on the chalk festival and local murals is on the agenda of the Brookings Public Arts Committee, which meets at 4 p.m. today in the council chambers on Elk Drive.
* NORTH BEND — North Bend police say they have a suspect in a bomb scare that closed downtown nearly three weeks ago. The incident happened when a passer-by noticed a suspicious device comprised of electrical parts and other materials. Police conducted an evacuation within a 300-foot radius, and Oregon State Police sent in a bomb squad. The device that was on a window ledge turned out to be a fake.
* CRATER LAKE — A winter storm in summer brought 2 to 3 inches of snow to Crater Lake National Park and other parts of northern Klamath County. Meteorologist Mike Petrucelli said temperatures near or below freezing are unusual for mid-July, but clearly not impossible.
* SACRAMENTO – Federal funding could soon help improve habitat for water birds on rice fields in California’s Central Valley. The region is an important stop along the Pacific flyway for migratory birds, but drought and human activity have eliminated many natural wetlands. Collaboration between rice farmers and conservation groups encourages farming practices that help water birds.
* VALLEJO – The son of a Northern California woman still missing after the arrests of 4 people suspected of kidnapping her says he is baffled why anyone would abduct his mother for ransom. John Babb said that his mother, 57-year-old Elvira Babb, was bankrupt and neither he nor anyone in their family has the $60,000 that was demanded. Elvira Babb was last seen June 29 by a co-worker who dropped her off at a Vallejo market. Her son received a text the next day demanding money and threatening his mother’s life. An investigation led to the arrests.