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Mann trial: time for the defense

A forensic toxicologist called it a “distribution phenomena” when testifying about former Crescent Elk assistant principal Coulter Mann’s 0.20 blood-alcohol level two hours after his truck crashed into a Klamath man’s car, killing him.

Raymond Kelly was called to the stand by Mann’s attorneys to testify how it was possible that Mann was not impaired when his GMC Sierra crashed into a Ford Focus driven by 67-year-old Kenneth G. Jones on U.S. Highway 101 south of Smith River on Dec. 21, 2012.

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G Street house set for demolition today

A dilapidated house in downtown Crescent City that is considered uninhabitable by the city will be demolished today.

North Coast Environmental Demolition Construction of Eureka will remove the asbestos at 308 G St. and tear it down, said Mike Young. A local civil engineer and former city manager, Young has been the court-appointed city-funded receiver for the property since July 2013.

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The wrestling Mattz family: a firm hold on tradition

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There have been plenty of Mattzes in the Del Norte wrestling room over the past couple years. Wrestling is a family tradition for, from left, Hawk, Nicole and Hunter Mattz. Even their mother Tina, pictured in back, and their father, Randy, get into the act. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Mattz family has been slowly making a name for itself in the world of Del Norte wrestling.

It all started with Randy Mattz, who wrestled for the Warriors when he was in high school. Now, three of his children are wrestling for Del Norte. Senior twin brothers Hawk and Hunter and their little sister, Nicole, a junior, have all donned Warrior singlets.

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Our own health insurance confusion

Contrary to some reports, Sutter Coast, Anthem are in accord

When Melissa Blackburn was told last week by her local broker that the health insurance plan she had just enrolled in through Covered California was not going to cover treatment at Sutter Coast, the only hospital in Del Norte County, she was shocked to say the least.

Blackburn would have plenty of concerned company, as the Anthem Blue Cross plan she enrolled in has been popular for Del Norters signing up through the state exchange.

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Merger affects 2 local banks

Tri County, North Valley both have branches in CC

Two banks with branches in Crescent City announced their merger this week.

Chico-based Tri Counties Bank will purchase North Valley Bank, which is based in Redding, according to a joint press release from the two banks.

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Expert: Driver was impaired

Defense claims notwithstanding, Coulter Mann was impaired when his truck smashed into a car and killed its driver, an expert witness for the prosecution said Friday at the former assistant principal’s trial.

Mann, who was Crescent Elk Middle School’s assistant principal at the time of the wreck, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury with an enhancement of great bodily injury, driving at or above 0.08 blood alcohol content causing injury with two enhancements of excessive blood alcohol content and great bodily injury and failure to drive on the traveled portion of the roadway.

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Third county votes to withdraw from Calif.

Glenn County Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in Willows to take steps to break away from California and join the proposed state of Jefferson, the Oroville Mercury Register reported.

Vice chairman of the board Steve Soeth said the new state would need 10-15 counties. So far, Glenn is joined by Siskiyou and Modoc counties, which also voted to make the move.

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Winds bring record heat, fire danger

It had never been hotter in Crescent City in January than it was Thursday.

Easterly winds and an off-shore flow raised the temperature to 75 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Tonkin. That beat the prior record for the date of Jan. 23, set in 1968, by 5 degrees. The only other time Crescent City hit 75 degrees in January at all was 1981, Tonkin said.

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Public input on Waste Authority sought

For years, the Del Norte County community and elected officials have debated whether or not structural change is prudent for the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority.

The Authority Board recently hired a consultanting agency for $33,000 to hopefully put the debate to rest, and on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Flynn Center, the consultants will be taking input from the public to help make their assessment.

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Time running out for sea lion

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A sea lion with fishing rope wrapped around its neck has been difficult to capture amid “800-pound sentries.” Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The chances of saving an injured sea lion in Crescent City Harbor are growing slimmer as rescue attempts have failed to capture the mammal who has languished for more than six weeks on the docks and sidewalk next to the Chart Room restaurant.

Volunteers from the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center have kept a daily vigil for the sea lion suffering from a piece of fishing rope wrapped around its neck that has slowly been digging through layers of muscle tissue.

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