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Airing a voice for Del Norte’s disabled

David Falkenberg is “the voice for the disabled” on “Client College,” a radio program Thursday mornings on KFUG. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
David Falkenberg says he was skeptical when Rene Quintana approached him about going on the radio. Now a month later, Falkenberg is comfortable with the microphone and says he’s “the voice for the disabled.”

“I know a lot about being disabled,” he said, adding that he has lived with a learning disability since childhood. “We want to be part of the community."

Falkenberg, whose on-air name is “The Sand Man,” is part of a new radio program called "Client College." The show airs 8–10 a.m. Thursdays and focuses on the issues and concerns of people with physical and mental disabilities.   

Birth: Gutierrez

Oscar Guadalupe Gutierrez
Oscar Guadalupe Gutierrez was born Dec. 12, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20½ inches.  

Oscar’s parents are Humberto and Cristina Gutierrez of Crescent City. He joins siblings Diego and Sofia Gutierrez. Oscar’s grandparents are Jesus and Lourdes Gonzalez and Santos and Juana Nuñez, all of Crescent City, and Humberto Gutierrez of Mexico. His great-grandparents are Pedro Gutierrez, Dolores Verdugo, Eufracia Felix, Lucio Nuñez and Concepcion Gonzalez, all of Mexico.

Birth: Henion

Claire Evelyn Henion
Claire Evelyn Henion was born Jan. 8, 2015, in Roseville. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches.  

Claire’s parents are Kathy and Cameron Henion of Mather. Her sisters are Katie and Heidi Henion. Claire’s grandparents are Carmen Czorny of Aptos, Kathy and Jeff Reed and Dohn and Jennifer Henion, all of Crescent City. Her great-grandparents are Katie Hughes and Beth Bjorge, both of Crescent City.

Graduation: Quick

Katie Quick
Katie Quick graduated from Concordia University in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 10, 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in education and her teaching credential.  

Katie is a 2011 graduate of Del Norte High School. Her parents are Ron and Pennye Quick of Crescent City. She is enrolled in a master’s program.

Paw Print: Rewarding positive action

Jennifer Henion plays fetch with some of her boarders at Red Rover Ranch Tuesday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Editor’s note: This is the first installation of a new regular column by Jennifer Henion about dog care. Henion owns Red Rover Ranch, which provides day care and boarding for dogs at the Del Norte Couny Fairgrounds in Crescent City.

In my life as dog keeper at Red Rover Ranch, I spend a lot of time learning about dogs and how they think and operate. Luckily, it’s my favorite topic. It’s also my favorite hobby. When I’m not at work, I compete in AKC hunt tests and field trials with my golden retrievers. I’m always in training mode and researching the best methods to communicate with my dogs to form a great team in the field as well as in the house.

Church Notebook: Music one of God’s greatest gifts


One of God’s greatest gifts to us, I think. It has the ability to calm, or invigorate, soothe or even drive to anger. But I would hate to think of this world without it.

Last Saturday evening, Grace Lutheran Church hosted the Delgani String Quartet. If you missed it, you missed something very special.

Quarter Craze

The Quarter Craze Auction will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Elk Valley Casino, 2500 Howland Hill Road. Tickets are $5 if pre-registered and $6 at the door if available.
Adults are asked to break out their red, white and blue and bring quarters, lots of quarters, to a fundraiser to help local eighth-graders get to Washington, D.C.

Dozens of items, including jewelry, Tupperware and Mary Kay makeup, will be up for bid at the Patriotic Quarter Craze Auction for adults 18 and over on Saturday at Elk Valley Casino. Each item is being auctioned for one, two or three quarters, nothing more nor less, said Bev Carter, fundraising chairperson for the eighth-grade trip.

“You may be bidding on a basket of Mary Kay for 75 cents, or you may be bidding on a baby hat,” Carter said. “There are a lot of items. People usually go home with a fair amount.”

Writer’s outdoor stories feature DN

The North Coast is featured in three books by outdoor writer Meade Fischer, who also plans to write guides to area redwood groves. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
For some folks, the wilderness is in their blood, but for Meade Fischer, California’s untamed areas didn’t call him until he was well into his adulthood.

Growing up in the sprawl of Los Angeles County, Fischer said he wished he had a childhood that revolved around camping and the outdoors, but that didn’t happen. It wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he left the urban jungle for the Golden State’s backcountry.

Now, even though Fischer, a freelance outdoor writer, is south of the crowded Bay Area, living in Santa Cruz County, he looks to the north’s craggy beaches and towering redwoods for inspiration. If he does have to go to Southern California, he tears through Los Angeles without pulling off the freeway.

Two Decades of Service

Sgt. Grant Henderson
County Supervisors honor 2 of Del Norte’s finest for 20 years with sheriff’s office 

Their current boss was stomping the halls of Del Norte High School when Deputy Mike Shine and Sgt. Grant Henderson began their careers at the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty years ago, deputies had to get to work early to get a good patrol radio. There were only four. The Taser hadn’t yet reached the Sheriff’s Office, and it would be another two years before dashboard cameras were used.

Empowered Living: Protecting dignity in disability response

In this new column, Rene Quintana of Supported Living Services, a program with Rural Human Services, will explore the strides adults with intellectual disabilities have made in deciding their own future.

Not so long ago, adults with intellectual disabilities were treated differently. I recall as a young representative of the Red Cross how we would visit the institutions that would house hundreds of clients and what many weren’t aware of were the huge sanitariums that were located in the Los Angeles area. 

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