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Fourth of July favorites selected

One of the youngest drivers in the parade escorts the Del Norte County Probation Department, which took second place in one of the float categories. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Here are the winners provided by the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce from the 2014 Fourth of July parade and BBQ Wars contests: 


Bob and Arlene Eckhardt

Car: 1960 or Earlier (stock)

First place: Judge Chris Doehle

‘Small town feel is all around’ at Fourth of July celebration

A woman in the procession waves a flag — “Helen is 102. Jeep is 72,” said the sign on the side of the vehicle. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crowds of hundreds lined downtown streets and filled Beachfront Park on Friday for Crescent City’s annual Independence Day shindig, known up and down the coast for its patriotic parade, vendor-packed park party and the most impressive fireworks show around.

“It’s a mishmash of Americana tradition,” Christie Lynn Rust, former Del Norte High School band director, said as she prepared to help lead the Del Norte Community Marching Band in the parade. “It’s a showcase of all different parts of our community. It brings everyone together.”

And then Rust took off down H Street, followed by a marching band of a couple dozen trombones, clarinets and percussionists, all hammering out groovy tunes like “Louie Louie” and “Tijuana Taxi” while revelers young and old clawed for the candy being thrown to them.

Campers nearly crushed by tree

Top 50 feet of Douglas Fir falls on Jed Smith campsite 

A tree that fell in Jedediah Smith State Park Wednesday night crushed a vehicle but narrowly missed campers. Photo courtesy of Brett Silver, Redwood National and State Parks
Campers were almost crushed Wednesday night when the top 50 feet of a soaring Douglas fir at least 3 feet in diameter fell in the popular riverside campground in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

“I feel like I hit the lottery in life because it didn’t hit us,” said Lori Chilcott of Crescent City, who was in the campsite just below the tree with her two young children when it fell. 

Chilcott was being visited by a local friend, Cyndi Vaughan, who also had her two young children with her, when the huge tree fell on top of Vaughan’s car, destroying it.

“The car is totaled, but the thing that I’m happy about is that no one got hurt. If just a couple of things were changed slightly it could have been devastating,” Vaughan said.

Council to look at mining proposal today

The Crescent City Council at its Monday meeting will take public input and vote to weigh in on an exploratory drilling project planned for the North Fork Smith River watershed, the first time a local public board has done so.

The Council will take public input and vote to approve sending a letter in opposition of the drilling project, planned by the Red Flat Nickel Corporation, to the Oregon Water Resource Department. If the water quality of the Smith River is compromised, which opponents of the drilling project say it will be, the city may be forced to increase the level of water treatment, according to staff documents. That would increase annual operational and capital improvement costs, the documents say.

Fire Safe Council’s future in doubt without volunteers

After a meager turnout to a June meeting of the Del Norte Fire Safe Council to find new volunteers and leadership, the founders and leaders of the group speculate that it may have to be dissolved or significantly restructured.

Dan and Sharol Leavitt, who have helmed the council since its inception in 2002, will host their last meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cal Fire Station, 1025 U.S. Highway 101 in Crescent City, and anyone interested is invited. The Leavitts are stepping down due to health and age concerns and are looking for a new generation to take over the council, which has brought millions in funding for fire prevention projects on mostly private lands in Del Norte County.


Curry County Sheriff resigns, citing job stress

Stress is killing Curry County Sheriff John Bishop.

The stress — fiscal insecurity in his department, huge turnover among his deputies, the constant fighting on behalf of his employees, an inability to get support to fund public safety — has prompted him to give notice and take a job in Salem.

“My doctor said, ‘You might want to think about getting out of this line of work,” Bishop said. “He said, ‘If you don’t get out of this job, you’re going to die young.’ I had to make a decision: Do I want to be around for my family or put myself out there 1,000 percent like I have been?”

News of Record June 27–July 3, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of June 27–July 3:

• David Mingelen, 54, Smith River, was sentenced to eight months in jail and termination of probation for two probation violations.

• Daniel Nunez, 29, Crescent City, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 3 years of probation and fined $670 for illegally obtaining utility.

Family recipes highlight salsa contest

Kaleo Abasolo, 11, and parents Wendy and Jerry squeeze limes into their cucumber-avocado salsa. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Fresh homemade salsa doesn’t have to be reserved for late summer, when tomatoes, chilis and other traditional ingredients ripen for harvest. In fact, salsa can turn into a fiesta for the taste buds anytime of year — all an aspiring salsa-maker needs is access to local produce, as seven families proved Saturday in a salsa-making competition at the Crescent City Farmers Market. 

The contest was part of the Champion Mom/Young Iron Chef program sponsored by the county health department and Rural Human Services. Health program organizer Sunny Baker said six families attended a June 24 nutrition class to learn about food and kitchen safety as well as get some tips on creating unique, flavorful salsa for the upcoming competition, and each team submitted their salsa ingredient list to Baker before the contest. Fresh produce complemented by cilantro, garlic and strawberries from Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick was provided for all the contestants, she added.

Fireworks banned in national forest

In the national forest, all fireworks are illegal.

If you’re in the forest this week, don’t use any pyrotechnics or fireworks, not even the “Safe and Sane” kind. That’s the message that Mike Minton, Six Rivers National Forest acting forest supervisor, is reminding visitors of this week.

Sacred ceremonial objects reclaim purpose after long absence

After a years-long repatriation process, the Yurok Tribe recently received more than 100 sacred artifacts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which was celebrated Saturday at the Yurok Tribal Office in Klamath. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
For nearly 150 years, sacred ceremonial objects once used by the ancestors of the Yurok Tribe were held in private collections and museums, preventing the fulfillment of their intended purpose: to be danced in at Yurok ceremonies.

On Saturday, the Yurok Tribe celebrated the return of 128 ceremonial objects from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the culmination of a nine-year process and one of the largest repatriations of American Indian artifacts in United States history. 

“This is our backbone right here. This is our culture and who we are,” said Rosie Clayburn, the tribe’s Cultural Resource Manager, who in May accompanied the items as they traveled from Suitland, Md., to San Francisco, where a tribal delegation and traditional dance leaders met to transport the objects to Yurok Tribal ancestral territory.

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