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Del Norte People: Finding passion in whatever I do

Chuck Blackburn, right, was a fishing guide on the Klamath for 30 years. Jo Weitkamp, left, and her husband Bob Weitkamp, from Pasadena, were yearly visitors. Courtesy of Chuck Blackburn
 This month I would like to share some insights about my life, about my directions in life and how all of this has affected my relationship with this community.

As a broadcaster of Warrior football and basketball over KPOD Radio, I would say “I love this community and its people.” Everything that I have been involved with in Del Norte has used that statement for my motivations.



Engagement: Beckendorf and Anderson

Beckendorf and Anderson
 Hailee Beckendorf and Matthew Anderson are engaged to be married May 16, 2014, at the Riverview Wedding and Event Center in Anderson. 


Girl Scouts: 252 boxes of cookies donated

Read more...  Del Norte County Girl Scouts delivered 252 boxes of cookies to Rural Human Services’ food bank last Tuesday. The boxes were purchased by community members specifically for the food bank, according to a recent announcement.



A special time to remember and thank veterans for their service

Flags are planted at the cemetery every year on Memorial Day ­— one more way we can remember vets’ sacrifices. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 There is another special day this month.

A day to remember, to appreciate, and for some, to mourn.


Wide spectrum at Conscious Living Expo

Presenters with both liberal and conservative views will be featured at an expo this weekend that explores conscious living in Del Norte County.

Topics at the the first ever Wild Rivers Conscious Living Expo on Saturday and Sunday will range from composting and permaculture to Constitutional rights, Jefferson state and the Measure A ballot initiative.

Those attending will have the opportunity to hear Del Norte High School students talk about the Japanese boat that washed up on South Beach after the 2011 tsunami and their efforts to return it to Rikuzentakata, Japan. Team Klamazon, a group of local Native American youths who traveled to Brazil to help a local indigenous tribe protest a dam on a tributary of the Amazon River will share their thoughts.



Student-designed dance concert

Read more... After three months of practice, 120 Del Norte High School students are ready for the stage, dancing to a wide variety of music from jazz to gospel.


Wide spectrum at Conscious Living Expo

Presenters with both liberal and conservative views will be featured at an expo this weekend that explores conscious living in Del Norte County.


Sing your favorite show tunes, help LRT improve bldg.

As Lighthouse Repertory Theater moves onto the next phase of a project to turn an old cinema building into a theater, it’s asking the community to raise its voices in song.


Night Life May 15-May 21


Trivia Night is every Thursday at Tomasini’s Enoteca, 960 Third St., 6 p.m. Teams can be of two to four people; $2 buy-in per person.

Karaoke with Ketra is every Thursday at Shooters Billiards Bar, 1091 U.S. Hwy. 101 N. at 9 p.m.


‘Kind of like a roller coaster’

Read more...  Mountain School student faces 2½-year chemotherapy battle against leukemia

Lola Wiley is a typical 7-year-old: She loves to draw and play with dolls. She likes to shoot off rockets with her dad, sheriff’s deputy Tim Wiley. Her best friend is her older sister Avery.

But when a 104-degree fever kept Lola from enjoying a Saturday morning, her dad knew something was terribly wrong.

“I had never ever seen her asleep at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning,” he said. Lola had what appeared to be a cold for about two days. “I woke her up and took her temperature. Then I threw my shoes on and put her in the truck and went straight to the urgent care.”


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