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Girls to compete for rodeo court

Madison Douglas, Brinkley Webb and their parents stayed up late Nov. 7, waiting for the votes to come in.

Lesson in oceanography

Ricky Khilanai, left, and Rylee Weaver with one of the messages and bottles they are trying to set adrift to somewhere beyond Del Norte. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
 It’s been the subject of song, literature and the silver screen, but two local teens found that sending out a message in a bottle isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Garage Sale Review: The true value of remote-controlled deer

Quick Cash Charlie runs a garage sale out of his storage unit most days of the week on Highway 101 in Smith River. Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
 Hello you garage sale fiends! This weekend’s sales taught me a valuable lesson, and I’m going to share what I learned with you here because I think you might find it inspiring.

Spreading the word

Photo courtesy James Clifton
 On Sunday, Pastor Mark Wittenmyer of Church of Christ delivered his message on “Sunday Afternoon Hymns and Prayers,” a radio show hosted by Joan Miles that airs 3–4 p.m. every Sunday on KFUG 101.1 FM. The program features a different minister at each show. 

The mystic Bigfoot Trail

The Bigfoot Trail takes hikers through scenic areas like Red Buttes Wilderness, shown here. Courtesy of Michael Kauffmann
To the uninitiated, the Bigfoot Trail is a squiggly red line on a map, with Del Norte County’s coastal redwood groves at one end and a remote outpost some 360 miles away in Tehama County at the other.

In between lies a tumultuous sea of green: the Klamath Mountains. Neither the oldest nor the tallest peaks, they may be the most mysterious and least explored on the West Coast, famed for sightings of feral humanoids as well as plant communities that predate typical North American forest ecologies by millions of years.

For those drawn in to this rugged landscape, reliable maps and maintained trails make for a promising, if difficult to find, start. Add information sharing, much-needed trail work plus public-private entity collaboration, and a new star could be born among U.S. long-distance hiking treks.

Church Notebook: East Coast weather should make you glad to be here

How glad I am to be here in Crescent City!

Facebook has been inundated with pictures from family back east, and I am so glad I am not there. Especially New York!

I remember being there in scenes reminiscent of the ones they are sending — those of opening the front door only to find snow heaped halfway up it, my car totally invisible and that sinking feeling that no way was I going to make it to work on time, if at all, and feeling so dumb for not looking outside sooner.

Quick Pickers

A pair of lightning-fingered guitarists will perform in Crescent Elk Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 26, as the fourth concert of the season for the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness. Loren and Mark, as the duo is officially known, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. playing music inflected with bluegrass, western, popular and jazz in a guitar style built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.

Spaghetti fundraiser Friday

A group of preschool parents at Pine Grove Elementary School will host a spaghetti feed Friday to benefit Corben Chaffee, a 4-year-old preschooler battling leukemia.

Corben was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia over winter break, said preschool teacher Nicole Travis. He and his family have been traveling back and forth from Children’s Hospital Oakland for treatment.

Sat. auction to aid local with cancer

Del Norters are invited to bring their quarters to Elk Valley Casino and wear orange on Saturday to support a local woman battling leukemia. 

This month’s Quarter Craze Auction will benefit Charlotte Fakier, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September. Since her her diagnosis, Fakier has been undergoing treatments in Portland, away from her fiancée Sarah Mitchell and their 6-year-old daughter Aurora.

Tricks of the Trade

Matt and Mary, proprietors of a Victoria Lane garage sale, show off a “distinct” yellow couch they offered to customers Saturday morning. Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Yard sale culture has its own set of customs and traditions for haggling over another’s junk 

Hello! Welcome to my column. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to write a column for the newspaper, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted it to be about. What did I have to offer the people of Crescent City? I don’t know much about fishing; I have no radical opinions on hiking, and I still have flashbacks to my first clamming experience, which a psychiatrist might describe as “scarring.” So I figured I should simply follow my heart and write about a subject that since childhood has influenced me in deeply significant and personal ways. 


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