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Younger students set longest beach grass record

Students Poy-Wuson Aguilar, Tyler Stanley and Walter Durkee show off an 8-foot beach grass root at Lake Tolowa.
 Students with Klamath Early College of the Redwoods set the county record for younger students with their removal of European beach grass roots that were more than 8 feet long.

Birth: Bates

 Curah Lynn Bates was born June 1 at Mad River Hospital in Arcata. She weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Curah’s parents are Lance Bates and Machelle Lehr of Klamath. She joins siblings Mason Lehr, Nik-wec Bates, Segep Bates, Chulhs Smiley, Malena Smiley and Nemechay Bates.

Curah’s grandparents are Malena Stewart of Brawley and Tammi Gaches and Richard Bates Sr. of Klamath. Curah’s great-grandparents are Bruce and Fern Bates of Klamath.

Siskiyou Wilderness celebrates 30 years

Clear Creek, a tributary of the Klamath River that runs through the Siskiyou Wilderness, has stunning water clarity, common in the wilderness. Courtesy of Steven Bratman
Towering over the eastern portion of Del Norte County is the vast rugged expanse of the Siskiyou Wilderness, more than 180,000 acres of steep, forested peaks, lush mountain meadows, cold, clear streams and glacial cirque lakes.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Siskiyou Wilderness in 1984, the Friends of Del Norte Conservation Council is holding a series of free events from July through September that includes guided hikes, backpacking trips, an artists retreat, restoration events, and a Siskiyou Wilderness Gala in September.

The local events are in accordance with celebrations being held across the country for the 50-year anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which defined the term: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

Seniors’ help at Bar-O Boys Ranch sought

Recruitment is forever ongoing at the Area 1 Agency on Aging’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, better known as “RSVP.” If you missed our article that appeared April 22 in the Daily Triplicate, RSVP works with retired seniors who want to keep active and remain a vital part of the community by doing volunteer work at one or more of our many RSVP worksite stations. 

It was after reading the April 22 article that I received a telephone call from Kirk Taylor, senior counselor at Bar-O-Boys Ranch. As he explained, “There is a great need for vocational teachers at the Ranch. While state and county funds provide for academic teachers, they do not fill in the gap for vocational instructors.” As Kirk further explained, if an at-risk youth can acquire marketable skills for future employment, that young man can have hope for a brighter future that does not include a return to criminal activity. Kirk offered me a tour of the Bar-O-Boys Ranch facility and asked for help from RSVP in recruiting retired senior volunteers to help provide vocational instruction.

Senior Sleuth: Interview with EDC on grant writing

Last week Senior Sleuth looked into the Del Norte Economic Development Corporation’s 2014 membership drive 2014. My inquiry focused primarily on the subject of grant writing. I spoke with Jessica Mercado, loan administrator, and office manager of the Del Norte Economic Development Corporation, 882 H St., Crescent City.

The Del Norte EDC is a membership organization and is inviting active community members in Del Norte, Humboldt, Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties to apply for general membership. If you have an interest in manpower planning, business or financial services or feel you could contribute to the growth of economic opportunities in your community, you are encouraged to consider this opportunity. 

Crescent Elk students set dune restoration record

Crescent Elk students Cody Bailey, Ethan Price, Gabe Provencio, Sebastian Puente, Bernadette Cervantes, Aiden Anderson, Madeline Burtschell and Pedro Aguilar hold a 16½-foot beach grass root at Tolowa Dunes State Park. Photo courtesy of Sandra E. Jerabek / Tolowa Dunes Stewards
Crescent Elk students set the county record for dune restoration at school year’s end by removing the longest European beachgrass roots of 16 feet, 5 inches and 11 feet, 6 inches. 

On a science class field trip these young people boosted ongoing efforts by California State Parks and California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to control this invasive alien grass that destroys native dune habitat for endangered plants, bees and birds. The trips are guided by Tolowa Dunes Stewards, a program of Smith River Alliance, with a grant from California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail License Plate program. 

Thank You: Support for Redwood School graduation appreciated

Thank you to everyone who made the class of 2014 Redwood School graduation and “Footloose”-themed dance so magical. 

The students were so lucky to have both a sensational graduation and a phenomenal dance. The graduation and dance would not have been possible without a myriad of individuals and businesses.

Engagement: Ferguson, King

Ferguson, King
Shannon Ferguson of Crescent City is engaged to be married to Zachary King of Bloomington, Ind., in October 2015.

Birth: Pass

Sophia Danger Pass
Sophia Danger Pass was born March 20, 2014, at Lodi Memorial Hospital in Lodi.

Church Notebook: Don’t miss out on special service

Where do those darn blackberries come from?

I’ve lived in the same house for the past seven years, and there were no berry plants in my yard. Not that I wouldn’t mind having berries for jelly, but I’d much rather have them in a place of my own choosing.

There’s a planter box across the front of the house. It has housed miniature roses, a small fuschia, and some vinca, presenting a variety of color as you walk up the sidewalk to the front door. There has never been any hint of berries there — until now.

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