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Time slows down at Tall Trees Rendezvous

Browsers on Trader’s Row are reflected in a mirror at one of the tents selling goods. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
David Kahn doesn’t need matches to have a fire going in less than 10 seconds.

Kahn, also known as Doc, grasped the steel striker in his right hand and let fly with his left, raining sparks on char cloth and shredded hemp. When the cloth began to smolder, Kahn put the fiber to his lips and blew smoke.

“I believe chert gives a hotter spark than flint,” he said. “Nine seconds is about average.”

Veteran, businessman celebrates 90

Troy Wilson has lived in Del Norte County for 17 years. Submitted photo
As the years go by, men like Troy Wilson seem to be a dying breed.

At 17, Wilson was with the U.S. Navy fighting Vichy France in Casablanca in 1942. He was there as American troops made their way through Sicily to Salerno in 1943, and he saw both invasions of France in 1944.

After a short stint as a mail carrier, Wilson took up arms again in Korea, fighting in the battles of Inchon, Wonsan and Hun Sham. He received an honorable discharge in 1954 when a bout of polio paralyzed the left side of his body. Wilson said he still has problems swallowing.

Confluence of boating and costumes on Smith River at next week’s Gasquet Raft Race

Who needs sunscreen when you have face paint? Whimsical dress for racers and boats alike are encouraged at the event. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
The 45th annual Gasquet Raft Race, one of the longest-running events in the mountain town known for crystal-clear swimming holes on the Smith River, will take place on Saturday, July 12. 

The race, hosted by the Gasquet American Legion, often becomes much more of a floating costume contest than a speed competition, but awards will be presented for the fastest boater in each category as well as the more fantastic awards of best decorated raft ensemble and best costume.

C.C. native’s book tackles Nev. sheriff’s life, murder

Jackie Boor will have a book signing on Saturday at Del Norte Office Supply. Photo courtesy of Jackie Boor
Jackie Boor was 34 before she really got to know her great-grandfather. 

Until she attended a family reunion in 1985, Boor, who grew up in Crescent City, only knew that Thomas Logan had been a Nye County, Nev., sheriff who was killed in the line of duty. It wasn’t until she heard the conflicting stories about Logan’s death and met his alleged killer’s nephew that Boor began digging into her family’s past. She found out that her grandfather’s murder trial shaped the careers of some of Nevada’s most prominent citizens.

Art Scene July 3, 2014

Youth Performing Arts Camp soon

Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s seventh annual Summer Performing Arts Camp will be held July 22–25 and July 28–31 at Mary Peacock Elementary School, 170 Arlington Drive. 

Students entering the second through ninth grades are welcome to register by July 7, and need-based scholarships are available. Cost is $100 for one week or $150 for two weeks, and a 10-percent sibling discount is offered. 

Joint Chiefs play tonight

The Del Norte band Joint Chiefs perform at a previous concert at the Crescent City Elks Lodge. Courtesy of Christopher Cutter
Local funk rock band the Joint Chiefs will keep the party going tonight with an After-Deck Party at the Crescent City Elks Lodge.

Following today’s Deck Party hosted by the Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce, DJ Scratch Eklektik will open for the Chiefs with reggae, hip-hop and dance tunes at 8 p.m. at the lodge’s After-Deck Party and Elks membership drive at 359 H St. The Joint Chiefs will take the stage with their signature funk-driven psychedelic jams around 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.  

Variety spices up life at Tolowa


Lupine is one of many hardy wildflowers that grow in Tolowa Dunes State Park, where an educational field trip Sunday afternoon focused on the area’s plant life. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Less than 10 minutes from downtown Crescent City’s beaches and just a mile or two from the nearest redwood grove lies another of California’s coastal gems, this one a bit more off the beaten path. Tolowa Dunes State Park contains the West Coast’s largest lagoon outside of Alaska and the state’s northernmost sand dunes, in addition to incredible diversity in plants and animals throughout its 11,000 acres. 

“We all know about the redwood parks. People come from all over the world for the redwood parks, but this is an equally special place in its own way,” explained Susan Calla, a volunteer with the Tolowa Dunes Stewards. “Ancient trees — these are ancient dunes.”

Church Notebook: Reminded of the power of prayer

“The best laid plans …”

It doesn’t pay to get too confident about things. I don’t think the Lord likes for us to do that, and when we do, sometimes he reminds us just who is in control.

A couple weeks ago, I was confidently looking forward to getting my other hip replaced. After all, I had a fantastic recovery from the one in December, and why shouldn’t recovery be exactly the same this time?

Art Scene June 26, 2014

Mixed media collage workshop

Guest instructor Linda Mulvaney, an art therapist currently teaching at Southwestern Oregon Community College, is offering mixed media collage workshops from 3–6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Open Studio Arts in Fort Dick. This class is for artists and non-artists alike; rich and varied collage items in two and three dimensions will be provided.  

Life on the frontier relived at Tall Trees Rendezvous

Shooting contests with traditional muzzle-loading firearms are among the highlights at the rendezvous. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Some may see our nation’s birthday as a time to look to the future, but for others the week leading up to Independence Day is a time to return to our country’s roots.

New and experienced mountaineers and their families bring their muzzle-loading rifles, tomahawks and bows and arrows to the 36th annual Jed Smith Mountain Men Tall Trees Rendezvous, which starts on Saturday and ends on July 5.

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