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Oregon man held in motel burglary

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A man broke into a Klamath hotel and pilfered hygiene products and disposable cameras, but only made it to Crescent City before he was captured Monday evening, authorities said. 

Around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Julie Houchins, manager of Motel Trees at Trees of Mystery, said she awoke to a noise in the motel and discovered someone burglarizing the place.

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Solid waste views heard

Most of the 30-some people who spoke during a public comment period about the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority this week praised it and said privatization of the agency would be inappropriate.

Public input is being sought by a private consultant who is assessing the agency on several factors, only two of which have anything to do with possible privatization.

Nonetheless, to privatize or not to privatize was the question on the audience’s mind.

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New technology eyed for schools

As it works to implement the new Common Core State Standards, Del Norte County Unified School District will use most of its extra funding to update technology at schools districtwide.

State lawmakers last year appropriated $1.25 billion to help districts adopt the new education requirements. Del Norte County Unified School District’s share is $729,000, according to Superintendent Don Olson.

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Jurors convict on 1 of 2 charges

After more than a year of suffering the loss of Klamath resident Kenneth Jones and reliving his death through the trial of the man responsible for it, members of the Jones family say they can finally smile.

Jones, 67, died when a GMC Sierra truck driven by former Crescent Elk Middle School assistant principal Coulter Mann drifted into the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 101, south of Smith River, smashing Jones’ Ford Focus on Dec. 21, 2012.

About two hours later, Mann, 33, was lying in a hospital bed having his blood drawn for an alcohol test but not before arguing with a California Highway Patrol officer. He eventually relented, but verbally announced he was refusing the test, which showed a blood-alcohol count of 0.20. The legal limit is 0.08.


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Dustup over proposal for new state

Jefferson backers upset they aren’t yet on supervisor agenda

An attempt to put a Jefferson state declaration on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors agenda was rebuffed for the second time Tuesday.

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Home season finale

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Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Head coach Aaron Schaad prowls the sidelines at Tuesday’s dual meet.

 

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Supervisors decide not to breach the lakes

Lakes Earl and Tolowa are already low enough, thanks

Due to the drought, county officials on Tuesday backed away from the annual practice of breaching lakes Earl and Tolawa.

The decision had some residents living near the lagoon breathing a sigh of relief. According to some people who have nearby wells, breaching the lake would have had a negative impact on their water levels.

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Seafood plant looks to expand

Alber upgrades equipment and acquires another facility

Alber Seafoods, which operates Crescent City’s only on-site seafood processor, has recently expanded operations locally — with a complete equipment upgrade — and coastwide by purchasing a seafood company in southern Washington.

“We have updated all of our equipment inside the plant so we can increase our productivity, we can make more products, and it will also increase our quality to a higher level than it already is,” said Myriah Thurston, plant manager for Alber Seafoods’ Crescent City location.

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Mann testifies; trial goes to jury

Jurors will return to the courthouse today to continue deliberating on Coulter Mann’s fate after they heard him testify Tuesday and heard closing arguments in his trial Wednesday.

They went behind closed doors following six days of testimony in which the prosecution asserted that Mann was clearly intoxicated at the time of a fatal car crash, bringing in witnesses to testify to his .20 blood-alcohol level, while the defense claimed Mann’s BAC was inaccurate due to an “overshoot” in the blood test caused by the collision’s strong blow to his abdomen that pushed alcohol into his small intestines.

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Ultimate solution

Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
A dilapidated house at 308 G St. in Crescent City is torn down Tuesday. The city picked up the cost of the demolition but intends to be reimbursed as soon as the property is sold.

 
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