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North Coast nature: The humble vole: Prolific, yet overlooked

Often confused with moles due to similar-sounding names, voles are actually members of the same family as hamsters. Wikimedia
Some might mistake them for mice, especially when spotted in the clutches of a raptor. 

Others might hear of them from a park ranger and think they’re moles. But despite their physical resemblance to mice and a phonic similarity to moles, voles are neither.

“A vole is a rodent and they’re not related to moles,” said Chris Conroy, a researcher and staff curator for the mammal collection at the University of California, Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. “I hear that a lot. Is a mole the same as a vole? No they’re very different.”

M5 Mexican Brass

M5 is the best thing to come out of Mexico since tequila. Martin Hackleman, principal horn with the National Symphony Orchestra
Country’s leading horns quintet plays a wide range of musical styles 

Pieces by composers as varied as Vivaldi, Bach, Leonard Bernstein, W.C. Handy, Kerry Turner, and Paul McCartney will be on the program when M5 Mexican Brass performs Thursday as the fourth performance of the season for the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness.

Long live the king

Jordan Ridgley gets a hug from mom Deon Ridgley after being crowned Del Norte High School’s 2016 Homecoming King last week. Ridgley was nominated by Del Norte High’s senior class for the homecoming court and made it to the top three. At halftime of the Feb. 4 boys basketball game against Fortuna High, Ridgley received the crown. Princes were also nominated for the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes.

Writing workshop covers many genres

Folk duo Kate Power and Steve Einhorn will lead a songwriting workshop at the writers conference before performing in Pistol River on Saturday. Courtesy Pocket Images by Megan
Aspiring and experienced writers will have a chance to hone their craft with help from a panel of authors representing a variety of disciplines.

The South Coast Writers Conference, held Friday and Saturday in Gold Beach, will feature workshops on writing screenplays, memoirs and songs. Those attending can take a class on self publishing, transitioning from reader to writer, dialog and how to go about revising a finished piece.

Dustbowl Revival at Chetco Grange

The Stagelights Musical Arts Community features Dustbowl Revival with its energetic mix of old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and hot swing at the Chetco Grante Community Center on Feb. 24. Submitted photo
Known for its roaring live sets, Dustbowl Revival will perform its energetic mix of old-school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and hot swing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Chetco Grange Community Center in Harbor.

Chocolate festival a temptation celebration

Del Norters can satisfy their chocolate cravings in Brookings this weekend and maybe bring back the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Art Scene, Feb. 11, 2016

‘Sweets and Treats’ dance at Elks Lodge

Del Norte High School Stage Band and Tsunami Swing present a night of music, dancing, fun and desserts on Friday, Feb.19 in the Elks Lodge, 356 H Street. Come at 6:30 p.m. if you want a dance lesson; the music, mostly swing but some Latin, waltzes and cha chas too, begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available at Del Norte Office Supply and the door, and cost $15 for a single, $25 for a couple and $10 for students, which includes dessert and coffee.

James Patterson grant buys Redwood School new books

Redwood School librarian Jeannie Japp shows off the books the school bought using a $5,000 grant from author James Patterson. Submitted photo
Students at Redwood School have new books to check out and take home with them thanks to a grant from bestselling author James Patterson.

Redwood is one of 467 schools nationwide that received a Patterson Partnership grant, according to Scholastic, which sponsors the grant. Music teacher Krystol Berry said Patterson himself selected the grant recipients.

Cory's People: Ride the wild waves

John Ball, 72, who has been living in Crescent City for 48 years, got the surfing bug 60 years ago while growing up in Hermosa Beach. Special to the Triplicate / Cory Mitcham

“Saw one a couple years ago. About four feet long….going through the waves. You keep an eye on their dorsal fin. Also, about 25 years ago my dad (famed surfing photographer John “Doc” Ball) and a friend, Leroy Grannis (another famed surfing photographer) and I saw a 15-foot long one out here, cruising up the beach. We put our feet up on the boards and waited 'til he was gone. Dad and LeRoy didn't seem to mind, so I took my cue from them.”

Teens host conference for middle-schoolers

A group of high school students will teach their middle school peers how to reach goals, take positive risks and eat healthy.

Students involved in Del Norte High School’s Friday Night Live and the Del Norte Youth Council program spent months working on the topics they want to discuss during their Thinking Out Loud day camp. The day camp is for students in grades 6 through 8 and will be held Feb. 20 at Crescent Elk Middle School.

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