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Lucky 7 turns 20 this month

Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River as it began. Courtesy Lucky 7 Casino
Lucky 7 Casino and Hotel celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this month with a weekend party to include a barbecue, dancing to live music and a Sunday drawing giveaway.

Located on Tolowa Dee-Ni Tribal-owned land at 350 North Indian Road in Smith River, the casino provides round-the-clock slots, poker, bingo and blackjack, according to their website.

McClure, five other coastal panelists sued

Lame duck Del Norte County Supervisor Martha McClure will not be allowed to go quietly. 

The four-term incumbent is named in a lawsuit leveled at the California Coastal Commision. McClure and others are accused of failing to disclose ex parte discussions with a land developer.

District mulls how to spend $1.7 million increase

Del Norte County Unified School District’s (DNCUSD) is looking for the best way to spend a $1.7 million increase to the general fund. 

DNCUSD board members considered their options during a meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Jeff Harris said, “The $1.7 increase is an ending fund balance and comes from a lot of sources. The government created Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) … a uniform base grant for each school district and charter school per unit of average daily attendance (ADA), based on the grade span of the pupils. The difference in target ADA and actual ADA creates gap funding. (The) State pays 30 percent of gap funding.

Crescent City has ‘Outstanding Flotilla’

 Local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla gets top honor in District 11

For 2015, the Crescent City U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla was named Outstanding Flotilla in the entire 11th  District, according to  Auxiliary Cmdr. Jeffrey Leighton.

“The 11th District,” said Leighton, “which includes Coast Guard operations in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, and coastal and offshore operations from the California-Oregon border to the U.S.-Mexico border, including counter-smuggling law enforcement operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America, is a huge area and we are very proud of the honor.”

Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, July 6-8

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, July 6–8.

Wednesday, July 6

Editor’s note: From 11:20 a.m.

At 12:56 p.m., caller on the 1500 block of Parkway Drive reports being scammed out of $1,800.

At 3:27 p.m., caller reports being harassed by a neighbor on the 200 block of Maiden Lane.

Family roots

Les Spencer, 89, is a member of two families with long traditions in the barbering business in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Multi-generational businesses join forces under same roof 

Back in the 1950’s, two barbershops took care of tending to the families in Crescent City. One owned by Les and Bill Spencer, had Spencer’s Barbershop, and Kirk and Ray Bower had Bower’s Barbershop.

Both barber shops, located in downtown Crescent City, share memories of the Tsunami together, and both were able to reopen after cleaning the sand and mud out of the shops.

Airport expansion moving forward

Efforts to secure money continue 

Although Brookings didn’t enter into an agreement with the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority to match the contract Crescent City signed — $20,000 a year for three years — the airport expansion project continues to move forward.

Construction on the nearly $20 million project for the new facilities at the airport began on Tuesday.  Airport General Manager, Susan Dougherty said, “Tidewater Construction moved construction equipment last week, and after one day of work, the bypass road is ready to go.”

House fire survivor in critical but stable condition

The sole survivor of a fatal house fire in the Hunter Creek Subdivision is in critical but stable condition at a San Francisco hospital, according to his family.

Timothy Maxey sustained burns to 70 percent of his body as he tried to rescue William Clare and their four dogs. According to his sister, Kelly Remocal, 30 percent of Maxey’s body is covered with third-degree burns. His lungs also sustained a significant amount of smoke damage, she said.

S.R. man with knife in custody after pursuit

A Smith River man is in custody after he allegedly led deputies on a foot pursuit Monday and then fought with them once law enforcement caught up with him.

Travis Myron Rhodes, 28, began kicking deputies as they tried to place him in handcuffs, said Del Norte County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven. Rhodes continued fighting after deputies deployed a Taser. 

Plenty of winners emerge from Fourth

Del Norte community went off with a final bang last weekend with everyone coming up a winner.

Soroptimist International of Crescent City, lists this years winners for cow chip Bingo, as follows:

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