In September 1987, the S curve near the south entrance to Crescent City was in the process of being straightened out a bit for safety. A site of many accidents, Cal-Trans was realigning the portions between L and M Streets and Front Street. Not only were fender benders frequent, but larger newer trucks had a problem getting around the curve and staying in their own lanes. Concerns about Elk Creek were unfounded as the creek was running fine and the Department of Fish and Game, Coastal Commission and Corps of Engineers all gave their OK to the project.
Pacific Sutter physical therapy's cardiac rehabilitation center graduated the first patient to complete the program. Ted Hoffman had five bypasses and following the 12-week rehab program now exercises at home. The program consisted of using exercise equipment while being monitored for blood pressure, heart rate, and pulse rate. Hoffman was proof that heart problems don't need to keep a person sitting in a chair feeling tired. Part of the program is education about diet and exercise to keep the heart healthy. Hoffman confessed that his eating habits still needed some changes.
A four bedroom two bath home with over 1,700 square feet was for sale for $79,000. For $2.99 at Pacific Market deli, one could get two pieces of chicken, potato salad, a hot apple turnover and a soda. Chrysler LeBaron sold for $10,858. Steel belted radial tires sold for $36.75. Chicken was 59 cents a pound.
Developer Walt Miller bought the Surf Hotel. He called his purchase "making lemonade out of a lemon." The identifiable building marks downtown Crescent City and deserved to be restored and used as it survived the 1964 tsumani. Another offer to buy the building fell through in late 1986. Miller proposed making it into an office and business space. His 280 unit Seawood apartment complex was under construction at the time. Miller also planned condominium units near the old Standard Veneer property for the new Pelican Bay State Prison employees.
Don Ricks, noted artist, gave five workshops at the Lighthouse Art Center. As he taught, Ricks reviewed the fundamentals of oil painting for himself and for his students. Ricks fell in love with our area because it is so beautiful and natural. He stated that many seaside communities "slick it up" so much that it takes away from their natural assets.
American Indian Day was celebrated in Beachfront Park on Sept. 26, 1987. A large and interested crowd enjoyed the Tolowa dancers, traditional Indian stick games, drumming and chanting, tribal face painting, Indian style cooked salmon, fry bread, chili beans and deserts. Speakers for event had a variety of subjects including alcoholism, Indian education, beaded jewelry and other topics of interest.
Sharon McKinney is a Del Norte Historical Society volunteer.