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Man seeks to set paddleboard record in honor of vets

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Will Schmidt is attempting to paddleboard from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness for wounded veterans.

Will Schmidt is a paddleboarder on a mission. 

The former Marine and Laguna Niguel, California, resident is in the midst of a record-breaking journey for stand-up paddleboarding. Schmidt will spend several weeks navigating the Pacific Ocean in hopes of becoming the first paddleboarder to travel from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, and he’s doing it to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. 

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Battle on Beach highlights 21st annual Gold Beach Football Camp

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Gold Beach High School's football team (right) faces off against St. Paul in a scrimmage game at the Gold Beach Team Football Camp at Gold Beach High School. Photo by Randy Robbins.

They came, they saw, they played football. 

Hundreds upon hundreds of student athletes, their coaches, and families, all making the gridiron trek to the small seaside burg of Gold Beach.

The Gold Beach Team Football Camp (GBTFC) now in it’s 21st year, is widely known as the premier prep football camp of it’s kind in the United States and is run by Gold Beach High Athletic Director Kevin Swift. They played host for the last two weeks to two dozen high school football squads from locations all over the western U.S. and Canada.

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Save the whistle buoy

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Jim Custis of Brookings played the daily double on Thursday and caught rockfish and Chinook salmon out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

The Whistle Buoy desperately needs your help and it needs your help now. Also known as the Whistler and the CR Buoy, it is without a doubt, the single-most relied-upon AtoN (Aids to Navigation) that boaters (commercial, sport fishermen and sailboaters) use to find the entrance to the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Now, the United States Coast Guard is planning on dismantling the Whistler, erased from existence (and the charts) forever.

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Cedar Bend improves course before rehandicapping

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Current Cedar Bend Golf Course President Gil Davis looks across one of the newly renovated fairways that his staff and many volunteers have worked on.

Cedar Bend Golf Course president Gil Davis has been working hard the past few years to improve all aspects of the now 44-year-old course; and the fruits of his labor are beginning to show.

Davis and clubhouse general manager Shawna Webster have overseen several renovations and projects aimed at improving both the way the course plays, the infrastructure and clubhouse experience in the hopes to get people excited about golf.

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World’s best compete at Pistol River

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Pro division winner Levi Siver carves up a wave during the 2014 Pistol River Wave Bash held near Gold Beach this past week. Photo courtesy of Si Crowther/American Windsurfing Tour.

The Wild Rivers Coast is known for it’s blustering winds, challenging ocean conditions, and the hospitality of it’s people; making the area prime real estate for the best windsurfers from around the globe to compete in the American Windsurfing Tour’s fifth annual Pistol River Wave Bash held in Gold Beach last week.

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Cubs win Little League championship over A’s

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Members of the 2014 Brookings-Harbor Little League All-Star team will head to Grants Pass this Saturday to compete in the district tournament.

The Chetco Shrine Club Cubs pitchers Manny Zamora and Dodger Francisco combined to allow just one run on three hits, and the Cubs offense scored five runs in a second inning outburst to claim the Major Division championship of the Brookings-Harbor Little League, 5-1, over the Brookings Masons A’s at Bud Cross Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Chinook action hot in CC

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The author caught this large Chinook salmon while trolling a chartreuse-colored Bechhold Bullet and an anchovy in the ocean outside of Del Norte Harbor in Crescent City on Thursday, June 12.

It was another disappointing week for local-area salmon enthusiasts who were craving to be on the water out of the Port of Brookings Harbor, but were beset with gusty northwest winds and sub-par salmon water temperatures again preventing fishermen from crossing the bar and trolling their favorite setups for Chinook salmon. But as the saying goes, when the mountain cannot come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain.

So last week, many Brookings anglers who had the foresight to follow that famous old adage, as well as predictions made by the National Weather Service, loaded up their boats and made the trek to Del Norte Harbor on Thursday, a day where mild seas and winds less than 5 mph were predicted to occur.

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Local golfer records her first hole in one

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Golfer Tracy Lejeune stands at the 13th hole where she scored an ace at last Saturday’s American Cancer Society Tournament held at Salmon Run golf course.

Tracy Lejeune has only been golfing a short time, yet she has done something that the majority of golfers will never achieve.

While participating in last Saturday’s second annual Curry County Relay for Life Golf Tournament at Salmon Run golf course, Lejeune scored an ace using a 1-wood on the par-3, 115-yard 13th hole.

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