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Ridin’ and ropin’: Rodeo fills North Valley Bank Arena with spectators

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A rider from Crescent City competes in the barrel racing competition. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
While patrons of the Del Norte County Fair where treated to some new entertainment this year with the Quad Bash on Friday and the X-treme AirDogs throughout the weekend, the annual rodeo was still one of the biggest draws of the weekend as hundreds of fans packed North Valley Bank Arena in the afternoon.

The California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association returned to Crescent City, bringing with them some of the most accomplished riders in California and even drawing a few competitiors from Oregon.

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Total destruction: Trucks hang tough at fair

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Nathan Campbell of Crescent City won the tough trucks competition after overcoming trouble with the fuel system on his first run of the day. Campbell says he can’t even remember how many tough truck competitions he has won after over a decade of competition. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Destruction Derby and Tough Trucks competition drew perhaps the largest audience of the weekend at the fairgrounds in an event that featured many local drivers.

Local driver Nathan Campbell, of Crescent City, was able to keep the tough trucks title in the county by finishing first overall in thecompetition. Although Campbell competes in similar tough trucks events all over Northern California and Southern Oregon, he got his start at home in the Del Norte County Fair over a decade ago.

“We got the old Bronco and just started beating on it and fixing it up as we went,” Campbell said. “When we find any weak spots we try to fix them with old junkyard parts for the most part. It is just something fun to do.”

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AirDogs show off their skills in new event

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Jill Galiardo’s dog Bocce leaps after a toy while competing in the Northwest Challenge Outdoor Series at the fair on Sunday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
This year, for the first time, fair attendees were able to watch some of the most athletic dogs in the region soaring through the air at the X-Treme AirDogs tent as part of the Northwest Challenge Outdoor Series.

Dogs and their handlers competed in three main events including x-treme retrieve, x-treme vertical and x-treme long jump. While the event is technically a competition, almost all of the owners are friends, both on and off the dock.

The main goal is just to entertain the crowds.

“That’s what we do,” said Cera Reusser, who competed with her dogs Olie and Olie’s mother, Elsie May. “We love our dogs so much; we want to be able to share what they can do. The smiles on the kids’ faces are really fun to see.” 

The highlight of the weekend for Reusser was Olie’s performance in the x-treme pro long jump. Olie finished first overall with a jump of 27 feet on Sunday after finishing as the top qualifier by jumping 28 feet on Saturday. 

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Girls golf practice starts Aug. 18

The Warrior girls golf team will kick off the season on Aug. 18 with an informational meeting at the high school at 4 p.m. in room D-5. Practices will begin Aug. 19–22 at the Del Norte Golf Course at 4 p.m. Practices from Aug. 25-28 will also be at the Del Norte Golf Course.

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It’s raining dogs: X-Treme AirDogs wow crowds at fair

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Tahoma, a black lab owned by AirDog trainer Josh Calloway, leaps 25 feet during competition on Friday at the fairgrounds. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Junie strained to break free from Josh Calloway’s grasp, her eyes locked on the water before her.

Carolyn Westbrook threw the tennis ball, Calloway let go and the chocolate lab sprinted to the edge of the platform and took a flying leap.

“She’s doing it for treats,” joked Westbrook, a Smith River resident. “She goes for sticks and balls in our pond. We thought maybe she’d like to try it.”

“It” is K9 Dock Diving with X-Treme AirDogs, a family-owned competition-entertainment organization from Junction City, Ore., which brought seasoned dock-
diving dogs to the Del Norte County Fair for the first round of a multi-city championship series. 

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Warrior Memories: Bieber provided thrills on hardwood

This is the fourth of six columns about the 2014 Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Warrior Brandon Bieber is a former class of 1995 Del Norte High School graduate who was fun to watch on the basketball court.

He played four years of basketball and was a member of some Kirk Burrows teams that dominated the Humboldt-Del Norte League for a decade.

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Reel Deal: Halibut biting hard as season ends

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The Oklahoma Sooners’ two-time All-American shortstop Shelby Pendley caught the first salmon of her life on the Lower Klamath River this week while fishing with Blue Creek Guide Service. Courtesy of Pergish Carlson / Blue Creek Guide Service
 Salmon fishing on Lower Klamath picking up as ocean salmon seem to be dropping off 

Fishing for salmon on the Lower Klamath River has been picking up in speed, just in time to make up for a lack of ocean salmon action out of Crescent City.

Halibut fishing was crazy good out of Crescent City this week, with several large ‘buts weighed in at Englund Marine Supply Co. in Crescent City Harbor, including a 78-pounder!

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A golf lesson for a lifetime

Just plain and simple, life isn’t fair sometimes and you never know what bounce your going to get in the fairway of life.

Recently, my family and I suffered a great loss and I want to use this installment of “King of Clubs” to highlight a very special person and her first and only golf lesson, which I had the privilege of giving.

Almost two months ago now, I started giving free golf lessons at Kings Valley Golf Course. In the beginning there was great interest, and it continues to this day; for that, I am thankful. 

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Youngsters learn new horse riding styles at the fair

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The Hi-Point winners at the fairgrounds on Sunday were, from left, Annie Luerra, Taylor Barrington, Mallorie Leavitt, Alexis Hunte and Madison Douglas, pictured above with horse judge Carri Maganzini. Submitted
 The Del Norte County Fair brought a little equestrian class to Crescent City on Sunday with six different horse riding classes focued on poise and showmanship from both the rider and the horse.

The classes culminated with awards as they announced the Hi-Point winners — an award based on the overall score the riders received in each of the classes.

 

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Slowpitch softball: Battle at the border

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Brooke’s Angels went undefeated through the double elimination tournament on Saturday and Sunday to earn the first-ever Coed League Battle at the Border championship by coming from behind late to top Royal Flush 18-14 in the championship game. Playing for Brooke’s Angels were, from left, Isaiah Sanchez, Danae Vanderpool, Sarah Chavel, Krystal Gutierrez, Camron Vanlandingham, Stephanie, Johnny Franz, Donna Bigs, Kristy Rippetoe, Clint Rippetoe and Kenny Royal. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 The Del Norte Recreation Department hosted the annual Battle at the Border slowpitch softball tournament over the weekend. For the first time ever, the battle included a coed division to let the ladies in on the fun.

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