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Community's gift of warmth

With clothing left over, second distribution event may be coming up soon

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Abby Randall, 2, models a Tinker Bell sweat shirt she picked out Saturday during the distribution at the Family Resource Center. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Kids often outgrow clothes faster than a family’s pocketbook can keep up, but thanks to last weekend’s Coats for Kids event, dozens of families will be able to have some warmth  and relief — at least for this winter.

Some 435 coats and jackets were distributed to needy families and individuals Saturday, and with hundreds of coats left over, organizers are considering holding another distribution.

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It’s always sunny on the coast; why not visit?

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A surfer enjoys January’s frequent sunshine on Pebble Beach earlier this month. Many people are driving here to escape inland fog. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
The number of visitors to Del Norte increased for the third year in a row in 2013, according to the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

More than 22,000 people visited the visitors center on Front Street last year, said Executive Director Jeff Parmer. This shows a steady rise from 19,000 visitors in 2012, 18,000 in 2011 and 17,000 in 2010.

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2 arrested after man is attacked

Two men were arrested for attacking another man in Crescent City last week.

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Crescent City Police officers responded to a call on the 700 block of 9th Street for a disturbance.

They found a man was sitting in front of an apartment with his face covered in blood, a nose injury and a broken tooth, said Police Sgt. Erik Apperson.

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Four rescued after boat sinks at mouth of Chetco River

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A U.S. Coast guard crew surrounds the sunken Jo Marie with a boom to contain any fuel that might leak from the commercial fishing vessel after it sank in the Chetco River channel Monday night.
TThe U.S. Coast Guard rescued four fishermen Monday night after large waves hurtled the commercial fishing vessel Jo Marie into the jetty at the mouth of the Chetco River and sank it.

A dog on board the boat was still missing as of Tuesday morning.

At daybreak Tuesday, only the uppermost structure of the 62-foot, steel-hulled vessel could be seen above the water. A crowd gathered at the south jetty to watch as Coast Guard personnel and Port of Brookings Harbor employees surrounded the sunken vessel with a boom to contain any leaking fuel.

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Burglary suspect is captured

Authorities say Rhodes eluded them Thursday, but not on Friday 

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Guns drawn, Sheriff Dean Wilson and a Highway Patrol officer search outside a home on Vipond Drive in north Crescent City on Thursday. The man they sought was caught Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
After raiding a north Crescent City home on Thursday in search of a local man suspected of several burglaries and thefts, authorities were able to apprehend him Friday.

David J. Rhodes, 27, was arrested in a residence in the Hidden Creek Apartments after authorities were tipped off he was in the area, said sheriff’s Commander Tim Athey.

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To save a sea lion

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A sea lion, center, has been seen in the harbor for weeks with a rope from fishing gear around his neck. A rescue effort was made Thursday. 

 

Judge will face challenge in June

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A race is shaping up for a Del Norte Superior Court judgeship.

Local attorney Darren McElfresh announced Friday that he intends to run against Judge Chris Doehle in June’s primary election.

McElfresh has been practicing law for 17 years in Del Norte County in cri-minal defense, prosecution and family and civil law.

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Drought is causing concerns on coast

Even on the North Coast — California’s only rainforest — a severe drought is in effect, causing farmers and some residents to brace for the worst.

California is nearly as dry as it’s ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are fallowing fields.

Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimed a drought Friday, saying California is in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century, the Associated Press reported. He made the announcement amid increasing pressure from lawmakers and as firefighters battled flare-ups in a Southern California wildfire that chased thousands of people from their homes.

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Educator’s trial on DUI-related death charges set to begin

Former assistant principal Coulter Mann is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday for his involvement in what the District Attorney’s Office contends was an alcohol-related vehicle accident that killed a man.

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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Radio station KFUG broadens its reach

A Crescent City radio station, once only available in certain spots of town and on the Internet, will now be able to broadcast to Fort Dick and beyond.

KFUG, which started out as an Internet-only station, received its 100-watt FM license from the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, said station owner Paul Critz. The station left its home at AM1570 behind last week and will air on 101.1 FM starting today.

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