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Coulter Mann's DUI sentence stands

Coulter Mann
Coulter Mann’s original three-year sentence for killing Kenneth Jones in a drunk driving crash stands.

After a brief and emotionally tense hearing on Thursday morning, the visiting judge who in March sentenced Mann to three years in state prison and then recalled his decision four days later, decided that the original three-year sentence was appropriate after all.


‘New Energy, New Life’

Tomasini’s Enoteca will reopen for business tomorrow after closing briefly for renovations. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Revamped Tomasini’s features larger music stage, an updated look and new menu items 

Business owners of downtown Crescent City’s favorite mishmash of bar, cafe, boutique and florist have decided that this 3rd Street building isn’t big enough for the two of them.

After sharing a space since opening in 2006, Tomasini’s Enoteca and the Enchanted Florist parted ways this week, allowing each business to expand and try some new things. 

Board: Do more to cut fire risk

Supervisors blast feds for ‘wholly inadequate’ efforts 

Half an hour after the U.S. Forest Service updated the Board of Supervisors on what the agency has been up to these days, the board passed a proclamation of local emergency declaring that it’s not enough.

In its latest move to bring attention to an uncontrolled buildup of natural fire fuels and what the board described as the Forest Service’s inadequate management of them, supervisors passed an emergency proclamation that called the conditions surrounding Del Norte extremely perilous and dangerous to local resources and infrastructure.

Unusual winds bring jellyfish-like creatures ashore

Vellela vellela have been spotted on several Del Norte beaches this summer. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey
A blue jellyfish-like creature that moves across the sea by sail has been washing ashore by the millions up and down the West Coast, including in Del Norte County where they have been seen littered across several beaches.

The small animals known as Vellela vellela to scientists and informally as “little sails” and “by-the-wind sailors” have been spotted beached en masse from Southern California to British Columbia since mid-July.

A Salute to Service

Ivan Stoltzfus mixes sand from South Beach in Crescent City with Atlantic coast sand after driving his tractor across the country. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Exactly 15 weeks after he left on a cross-country trip from Manasquan, N.J., Pennsylvania farmer Ivan Stoltzfus arrived at Crescent City’s South Beach, where he ended his 3,510-mile journey dedicated to America’s veterans.

Even for a coast-to-coast drive, 15 weeks is a long time to sit behind the wheel, but Stoltzfus actually made good time considering his ride: a 1948 John Deere Model A tractor with a 24-foot camper hitched behind it. Traveling an average of 15 miles an hour, Stoltzfus had plenty of time to reflect on the purpose of his journey. 

“I learned so much,” he said Saturday in Crescent City. “I’m a changed person coming across America. There’s so much good out there yet.” 

Mann returns for new sentence

Coulter Mann
Judge will take second run at decision in fatal DUI case

Coulter Mann, the former assistant principal whose original sentence for killing Kenneth Jones in a drunk driving crash was recalled by the judge, will be back in Del Norte Superior Court for resentencing on Thursday morning.

In a bizarre case of a judge recalling his original sentence, Mann will be back in court on Thursday at 9 a.m. for possible resentencing by visiting Judge Richard Kalustian, who in March sentenced Mann to three years in state prison before recalling his decision four days later. Mann has spent the past several months in San Quentin State Prison where he was being evaluated by staff there. That evaluation will recommend to the judge what an appropriate sentence might be.

Solid Waste Authority seeks legal advice on staff cuts

The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board is considering permanent cuts to staffing levels at the agency that handles all trash and recycling issues in the county, but first it has to determine what’s legal.

The authority board is expected to ask their legal counsel for an analysis regarding what can be pursued to merge positions, partially privatize or otherwise restructure authority staffing during its monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Flynn Center (981 H St., Crescent City).

Police arrest Smith River man for arson

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Smith River resident accused of setting fire to a home on the 12800 block of S. Indian Road in Smith River on Saturday.

Dewayne Lopez, 34, of Smith River was arrested at 10:12 a.m. on Saturday several blocks away from the fire off of U.S. Highway 101.

News of Record July 18–Aug. 7, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of July 18–Aug. 7:

Lynn Herriott, 38, Crescent City, was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and three years of probation and fined $1,864 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Angeline Gonsalves, 29, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $876 for possession of a dangerous drug. Gonsalves was also sentenced to 30 days in jail and reinstatement of probation for a probation violation.

Salmon peril worse than 2002?

Nat Pennington of the Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team observed dozens of dead chinook salmon on the Salmon River, a major tributary of the Klamath River, during a recent survey. Submitted
Tribes, biologists say feds aren’t taking threat of another major fish kill seriously 

In the wake of a federal agency’s decision not to release Trinity River water to improve conditions for fall chinook salmon entering the Lower Klamath River, local tribes, environmental groups and salmon advocates are crying foul and organizing protests planned for next week in Sacramento.

Tribal officials and environmental groups are warning that the drought conditions on the Klamath River are worse this year than in 2002, when low flows and warm water conditions caused by dams and diversions created the largest fish kill in U.S. history — at least 60,000 dead adult salmon.

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