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Mann returns for new sentence

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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.


Schellong, Bennett won’t run again

Deadline to file for election to open seats is tomorrow 

Councilwoman Kelly Schellong and College of the Redwoods trustee Rick Bennett are among several incumbents who will not seek re-election in November.

The filing deadline to run for local office in the upcoming election passed last week; however, deadlines have been extended until tomorrow for offices that incumbents aren’t contesting.


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?

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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.


Burglars target business locations

Months-long trend has accelerated in recent weeks 

A rash of burglaries targeting businesses over the past few months has picked up steam with at least six Crescent City businesses being hit in the past three weeks.

The most recent crime wave started with a break-in at Divine Salon and Spa on July 18. Salon owner Sandra Jackson said that the burglars took tools and trashed her business by ripping open cabinet doors.

“They also went through the garbage cans,” Jackson told the Triplicate. “I guess that is to find Visa and debit receipts from clients. I don’t have that kind of stuff there, thank God.”


Education, not fines, prioritized for water limits

California’s severe drought conditions might not have totally reached Crescent City, but the regulations have. 

Emergency state regulations put in place in light of California’s severe drought status were implemented in Crescent City this week with a unanimous approval from the City Council. The regulations, which for Crescent City fall under Stage 2 Restrictions in the city’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, were officially put into effect on Monday, and according to the emergency state measure they will continue for at least 270 days.


Resighini: Return to Indian mascot

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The current Warrior logo features a Spartan helmet and shield. Courtesy of Del Norte High School
Local school district officials Thursday turned down a request from Resighini Rancheria to remove Del Norte High School’s current Spartan helmet logo. 

Frank Dowd, who spoke to the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on behalf of Resighini Rancheria, said the rancheria supported use of the high school’s Native American head icon, which was retired in 1998. He said he and other tribal members found it offensive when the high school adopted the Spartan helmet icon last year. 


Improved turnout at this year’s fair

CEO: Attendance shows need to keep fair alive with tax 

The number of visitors to the Del Norte County Fair this year outpaced 2013’s attendance despite a larger event up the road. 

Based on preliminary numbers, attendance at the fair last week was up by 7 percent over last year, said Fair Manager Randy Hatfield. The event typically attracts 21,000–28,000 people annually, but even more passed through the gate this year.


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