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"Thanks you"s published March 27, 2012

Fishing derby a success

First place winners of the Hank “Raider” Derby, from left: Marcus Bresko and Jayson Wartnick of North Bend, Ore., Ed Eckes, fishing guide Val Early, George Bussman and fishing guide Albert Kutskey. The teams caught 13 fish over two days for a total of 382 inches of steelhead trout. The 2012 Chopper and Hank “Raider” Derbies brought in around $50,000 for the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery on the Smith River. Submitted
First place winners of the Hank “Raider” Derby, from left: Marcus Bresko and Jayson Wartnick of North Bend, Ore., Ed Eckes, fishing guide Val Early, George Bussman and fishing guide Albert Kutskey. The teams caught 13 fish over two days for a total of 382 inches of steelhead trout. The 2012 Chopper and Hank “Raider” Derbies brought in around $50,000 for the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery on the Smith River. Submitted
Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery just wrapped up its annual Chopper and Hank Steelhead fishing derbies, celebrating 30 years since Hank and Chopper Westbrook first initiated them in 1982. A ton of fish were caught (and released), good times were had and most importantly funds were raised for the hatchery.

These derbies support the only private fish hatchery in the state of California and are crucial, not only to the well being of the hatchery, but also as an influx in our economy to local businesses and fishing guides year round.

On behalf of the hatchery we would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their contributions:

California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Lucky 7 Casino, Trees of Mystery, Pacific Choice Seafood, the CK Mondavi Family, Willie Boats, Fernbridge Tractor Company and Wireless  Store Verizon Wireless.

The goal of the invitational derby was to raise funds for the enhancement of fisheries and streams in the area to ensure that future generations could enjoy the pristine rivers, great fishing and beautiful scenery. We are continuing to strive for this important mission.

Thank you to the many volunteers who continue to make this event happen. Special thanks to Calrene Lacy, Red Chair Photography,  Joey and Rod Lesina Sr. and families.

­— Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery Board members Steven Westbrook, Bobby West­­brook, Dwayne Reichlin, Mike Finley, Mick Thomas, Rob Miller, John Pricer, Jim Waldvogel and Chris Howard

 

Vet showed great compassion

I would like to thank Dr. Martello and his wonderful staff at Crescent Animal Medical Center for their hard work. I took our 9-month-old dachshund Chloie to be spayed and wasn’t aware that she had suffered a lacerated spleen several days prior after falling out of the cab of our truck. During the surgery, his office called and let me know that she was having complications and had a 50/50 chance of surviving. Her lacerated spleen caused major internal bleeding, and she would have certainly died within days had Dr. Martello not operated on her.

After surgery, his compassion for his patients and dedication to work really showed. The first night after surgery, Dr. Martello stayed at the hospital until 4 a.m. because Chloie was so critical. During those several days when her condition was critical, he kept me informed and said he didn't know if she would make it, but he would do everything he could for her.

She has been home for two weeks and is doing great! If it were not for Dr. Martello and his dedicated staff, we would not have our wonderful Chloie with us today. Thank you so much!

­— Charmaine Sorrels

 

Tournament a success

I want to say thank-you to the Jaycees and everyone involved in putting on yet another amazing basketball tournament.

This year had to be especially difficult and beyond stressful without the head dude, Arman Gunnersun, leading the way. I was there the entire tournament and Eric, Terri, Coltan, Harry and all who worked to make this hapen: you did a great, great job. This tournament is so special to our kids. They look forward to playing in this tournament from early on and it was just as special as it has always been.

So good job, kids, and thank you for making this event continue.

­— Caryn Cleland

 

Donations appreciated

Thank you to the following people and businesses for their donations to the Elk Valley Rancheria Head Start raffle fundraiser held last December:

Mail Room; Ace Hardware; A Perfect Yarn; Cutting Loose Salon; Coast True Value; Northwoods; Designs by VJ; Sissy LaLa Hair Flair; Stacey’s Creations; Majestic Marble Countertops; Austin Nova; Sophia Lay; Dawna Gandy; Matt Mais; Macy Bommelyn; Melva Hurn; Rhiannon McCovey; Cutting Loose Salon; Los Compadres; Life Fitness; Jenna Flower’s Hair Accessories and More; Andrea McCovey; Nicole Wright; North Coast Roller Derby, Andrea McCovey; Johnston’s Gift, Garden and Home; Englund Marine; Fisherman’s Restaurant; Arthena’s Razing Hair Salon; Wing Wah Restaurant; Crescent Animal Medical Center; Charlene Martell; Josh and Emma Norbury; Sun Seekers; Coast Auto Center; Crescent Hay and Feed; Apple Peddler; Papa Murphy’s; Merry Go Round Kids Store; Local Roots Salon; Shear Joy Salon; Your Salon; Kathy Silva; and McDonalds.

­— Delfie Danner

Elk Valley Rancheria Head Start

 

Program is enriching for kids

I would like to recognize the Kids First (After School Program) at Pine Grove School. I am amazed at what they do and what they have to offer in the program.

I know a lot of individuals that think this is a place for kids to go after school until their parents get off work, but they are wrong. It is more structured than you would think. Yes, the kids complete their homework there, but they do enriching activities and learn different skills that are needed in life.

My children have learned behavior skills as well as everyday living skills such as banking, gardening, etc. When I go to pick up my kids they ask if they can stay longer because they are having so much fun learning.

Thank you to all the staff and the time that you have put into the program. The Pine Grove office staff, teachers, aides, nutrition educators, janitors, principal, lunch monitors, etc., are all awesome as well, and are very appreciated.

­— Haley Smith

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