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Whale watching info volunteers return on Sat.

The Oregon State Parks program Whale Watching Spoken Here returns this weekend to share tips and educational materials on spotting California gray whales heading to their Alaskan feeding grounds. 


Wildflowers in focus at art, photo show

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Darlingtonia blooms along the Stony Creek Trail last spring. Local wildflowers are the focus of the upcoming Arthur Van Deventer Wildflower Painting and Photography Competition. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
In honor of local botanist’s husband, Arthur Van Deventer 

For the past seven years, Del Norte County has honored Ruby Van Deventer’s contributions to botany by hosting a wildflower show in her name.

This year the organizers of the show will also honor Van Deventer’s husband, Arthur, with a painting and photography competition. 


Dr. Seuss day

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On March 4, Uncharted Shores Academy had a “Reading is Fun” day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The teachers wanted to encourage children to read books, so they planned fun activities around reading for the day. 

Students and Teachers dressed up in costumes like Thing 1, Thing 2, the Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Suess characters. Students were divided into multi-age groups and rotated to five Dr. Suess activity stations, where they drew the Cat in the Hat and completed a “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” craft. They also played Dr. Seuss bingo with characters from different books by Dr. Seuss. A favorite part of the day was eating green eggs and ham while watching a video about the life of Dr. Seuss.  

To end the day of reading fun, a teacher dramatically read the story, “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket.”


Celebrating 30 years

Ed Fulton (far left) celebrates 30 years as a Del Norte County employee with his coworkers Richard Bryant, Beth DeArman, Robert Bobertz, Bryant Hicks and Chris Edwards on March 6. Submitted
The county hired Ed Fulton part-time in March 1985, and he was full-time by September. He was an animal control officer for about two years before he transferred to the Building-Maintenance Department.

“I was here for the remodel of the courthouse in ’89 and the remodel of the jail in ’94 and the opening of the Flynn Center in 2000 and juvenile hall in 2001,” said Fulton, who as head of the department currently supervises 12 employees.

When asked to name a significant change during the 30 years he’s been with the county, Fulton mentioned the evolution of technology. 

“There’s a lot of technology, especially in building maintenance with the facilities’ computers,” he said, adding that the heating systems that once ran on pumps and boilers now use electronic circuit boards. “In the old days cars had carburetors. Nowadays, you have to be an electronic genius to figure out the computer system of a car.”


Birth: Mathieson

Savannah Elizabeth Mathieson
Savannah Elizabeth Mathieson was born March 1, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20¼ inches.  

Savannah’s parents are Amanda and Brandon Mathieson of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Glenn Doney of Astoria, Ore., the late Jane Carson and Alice Mathieson and Gary Clawson of Crescent City. Savannah’s great-grandparents are the late Elizabeth and Harold Neiuber and the late Martin and Maxine Mathieson.


Early start to growing season

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Area gardeners can soon start sowing certain crops outdoors with the aid of a floating row cover to protect plants from chilly nights. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

Well, with weather like this, it’s hard to resist the urge to begin planting your garden.  Typically, we at Ocean Air Farms wouldn’t recommend planting outside this early, but this year seems to be a little different.

Let’s examine some figure: Turns out we’ve had a little over 30 inches of rain for the season so far, which is about a third of normal rainfall. It also has turned out to be the warmest winter on record for the North Coast of California. As surely you’ve noticed, we’ve had multiple record-breaking warm days throughout the winter — 70s in February, anyone?  


Church Notebook: Plans for Easter

How involved are you in your church? Are you someone who enjoys Sunday morning services, and find that’s all you need? Or do you want more than that?

Most of our churches offer a number of varied programs, from special study groups or multiple Sunday or even Saturday services and non-religious events, depending on your denomination.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church often offers some interesting and educational classes that help with everyday living situations.


South Pacific

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Lighthouse Repertory Theatre brings together locals of all ages and abilities for classic musical opening Friday evening  

Becky Wood and Marshall Jones had assembled their cast for Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” but they had a problem.

They had found their Nellie, Emile, Lt. Cable and Bloody Mary when auditions were held in December. They had their Luther Billis, Capt. George Brackett and Commander William Harbison. With about a month left until opening night, the role of Bloody Mary’s daughter and Lt. Cable’s love interest was still empty.


WWII vet inspires young students

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Free to Be co-founder Larry Tooker, right, introduces World War II veteran Jack McCutcheon, left, to local elementary students. Submitted
Traveling program focuses on teaching value of freedom 

Jack McCutcheon, eyes fixed on the screen, sat rapt as a video listed the casualties from every war the United States has been in since the American Revolution.

The 88-year-old World War II veteran was surrounded by kids young enough to be his great-grandchildren at an assembly at Redwood School on Wednesday. When the video concluded, McCutcheon and Larry Tooker, co-founder of Free to Be, a Texas-based nonprofit patriotic school assembly program, spoke about McCutcheon’s experience as a gunner’s mate during the war.


Teens weren’t first to send bottle message

80 years ago, local woman got a reply from Canadian man 

Nearly eight decades before a pair of Del Norte teens tried to use the ocean’s currents to communicate with others, a Crescent City woman had the same idea.

Drury W. Rice, whose given name was Sarah, wrote the following message dated July 17, 1937: “Finder of this bottle, please get in touch with a lovely, charming girl.” 

She enclosed her address, placed the note inside a bottle and dropped it into the water.


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