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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:

Cyclists team up with trail designer

Trails Coordinator Mark Loseth of the American Conservation Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona, arrived in Del Norte County Wednesday to begin the process of designing a world class mountain bike trail system running from the crest of the Smith River National Recreation Area through the Redwoods and out to the beach. It would include trails, trail-loops and features meant to appeal to every level of rider.

Coast Guard halts search for 3 aboard plane that crashed

BROOKINGS — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its more than 12-hour search for three people aboard a small plane that disappeared.

The agency said late Tuesday that Cessna 172F pilot John Belnap, his 17-year-old son Max, and a 17-year-old friend, Ryan Merker, remain missing.

McGuire introduces Whale Protection & Grab Gear Romoval Act

Bill initiated by California’s Dungeness crab fishermen aims to lessen entanglement 

Last year’s crab season delay had a disastrous impact on our state’s fishing industry, and it wasn’t great news for humpback whales either – California saw a record number of entanglements off the Coast. 

Several proactive/short-term measures have been taken by the fishing industry, emergency entanglement teams and the state legislature to address this increasingly common occurrence,  state Sen. Mike McGuire said in a press release.

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