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SMITH RIVER - After winning a national music contest, Smith River Elementary was finally awarded with a big surprise and several Del Norte County students got the opportunity to participate.

Last year Smith River Elementary's music program was nationally recognized by the NAMM foundation with a merit award, but this year they took it one step further.

“So that was already pretty...

FORTUNA- California assembly member Jim Wood was in downtown Fortuna Friday morning assessing the damage from Wednesday's fire at the Historic Star Hotel Building.

"I wanted to talk to the city manager and understand what happened here," Assemblymember Wood said. "I understand it was a pretty good coordinated response. I understand more about that and what can we do better in the future...

FORTUNA- Main street is now open to two-way traffic in downtown Fortuna, two days after a fire consumed five businesses.

Clean up continues around the historic star hotel building as crews work to clear charred debris from the area. Although the building is completely destroyed, the businesses say they are not giving up. In the aftermath, local stores are offering their space and...

FORTUNA- While emergency crews responded to the fire in Fortuna on Wednesday, just down the road thieves struck a local business.

Just after 6:30 a.m., Shaw's Computer Services was burglarized. A female suspect, identified as Natasha Sue Kotterman, allegedly broke the storefront window and stole a box from the shop. Authorities believe Kotterman thought the box contained high value...

BAYSIDE- 2015 marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision known as the case that legalized abortion nationwide. In celebration of that landmark decision, planned parenthood of Northern California hosted their annual Choices Breakfast Friday at the Baywood Country Club.

"It's important to not only remind us of what to be grateful for in the advances we've made...

EUREKA- The Humboldt County Coroner celebrated his last day on the job on Friday. The Coroner’s Office.  will now be under the umbrella of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. It's a move the Sheriff says will lead to increased efficiency.

"We're adding depth to the office.  We're able to bring more staff to bear at one time for reporting purposes, for issues that we have here to deal...

EUREKA- Organizers are making the final preparations for the first ever Eureka Crab Crawl Festival, and on Friday, a practice crab race was held.

The crab race will be one of the various attractions at next weekend's festival.  The Eureka Lodging Association is hosting the two-day event and organizers say the purpose is to attract more people to Eureka during the toursim off-season.  ...

EUREKA- North Coast residents looking to do their taxes sooner rather than later can get their returns prepared for free on Saturday at the 5th annual Taxapalooza."

211 Humboldt is organizing the event, where several IRS certified tax preparers will attend in order to make sure people receive their full refunds. The preparers will only serve those whose household incomes were...