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Local Soroptimist award applications sought

Applications are now being accepted for three Soroptimist awards. 

The “Women’s Opportunity Award” is geared toward a woman who is the primary financial provider for her family and is enrolled in a training or undergraduate degree program. The funds can be used at the recipient’s discretion to best assist them in pursuit of their education.  

The “Ruby Award” honors women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. These funds will be given to the organization or charity that this woman supports. 

The third award is the “Violet Richardson Award.” This award recognizes the service of young women ages 14 through 17 in making a difference in solving a social problem or donating her time and skills to a local non-profit which will receive the funds designated for this award. 


Student Spotlight Nov. 19, 2013

Redwood School

• Students of the Month (Oct.): Jaylin Haberman, Elizabeth Love, Audrey Phillips, Kendra Williams, Kaiden Villarreal, Evan Drown, Zowie Heriford, Matthew Stephens, Mario deSolenni, Renni Loftin, Brooke Winingham, Micah Jones, Ashely Wheelon, Cage Wise, Shelby Countess, Ashley Dixon, Carolynn Hamm, Kayli Hale

• Star Readers: Baylee Dundom, McKenzie Costa, Carlee Harper, Anthony Devos, Gavin VanAlstine, Braiden Corbett, Ayden McManus, RJ Loftin, Joel Campbell, Jewel Pincombe, Natalie Dantzman, Kai Baugh, Stephen Henry, Zach Casares, Gavin Green

• Star Historians: Jaren Dixon, Jaelyn Olson, Denali Pearson

• Star Writers: Izabella Malone, Bailey Fox, Hannah Sandquist-Giddings, Sienna Wier, Lucy Schaub, Abbigail Stephens, Ariel Campbell, Gianna Taylor, Trinity Kawate, Sarah Peters, Kahner Tomlinson, Owen Mostovoy, Dhaval Prajapati, Zoe Nichols

• Star Mathematicians: Izaac Hererra, Tielor Garcia, Isidro Montanez, Naomi Ray, Noah Ranger, Anders Axelson, Bryson Price, Andre Aflague, Taylor Wilson, Jayce Bachmann, Scott Peters, Reiley Deshon, Denali Pearson, Paulina Gonzalez, Devon McGarr


Birth: Jameson Paul Daniel Pearcey

Jameson Paul Daniel Pearcey
Jameson Paul Daniel Pearcey was born Oct. 25, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 1/8 inches. His parents are Samantha Amarante and Justin Pearcey of Crescent City. His grandparents are April and Daniel Amarante and Paul Pearcey, all of Crescent City, and Marilyn Bush of Grants Pass, Ore.


Birth: Kali Rose Sandoval

Kali Rose Sandoval
Kali Rose Sandoval was born Oct. 10, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds and measured 20½ inches. She joins brothers Jordan, Jermyah and Jaden. Her parents are Gerardo Sandoval and Lesley Del Ponte of Crescent City. Her grandparents are David and Nancy Del Ponte of Klamath and Penny Ramos of Ukiah.


Outfit will offer raft trips on Smith

Read more...As the largest completely undammed river system in California, the Smith is revered by whitewater enthusiasts far and wide who are familiar with its emerald-tinted water clarity and steep rapids through rocky gorges.

But some of the same characteristics that set the Smith River apart also make it a difficult basin for offering commercial raft trips to the public: an undammed river without snowpack is dependent on unpredictable rainstorms for rafting flows, and the rocky drainage that produces the crystal-clear water also causes the river to rise and drop rapidly in and out of ideal rafting flows — both factors making it difficult to schedule trips.

Not to mention that even in Del Norte’s mild coastal climate, winter and spring trips can be a hard sell.

Indigo Creek Outfitters is not deterred, however, and the Ashland-based company will start offering multi-day rafting trips on the Smith this winter, tackling all three forks in three days, with two nights at the historic Patrick Creek Lodge included.

“The character of the Smith is different from any other river I’ve ever been on,” said Will Volpert, founder and owner of Indigo Creek Outfitters, a man born of river outfitters who took his first multi-day river trip at 6 months old. “It really depends on the fork because each fork has its own character.”

Running all three forks will allow the trips to be more adaptable to the Smith’s fast-fluctuating flows, Volpert said. And offering lodging will help to keep rafters comfortable.


A murder mystery and a meal at DNHS

Detective Samantha Spaed played by Savannah Nosik. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
It’s a show to die for.

Deborah Scott’s theater class at Del Norte High School is gearing up for its stage production of “Her Lips Were Sealed,” a murder mystery, set for Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on Nov. 23 in the high school’s Multi-Purpose Room.

Dinner will be served at the Friday night show. The buffet-style spread includes chicken alfredo, pasta primavera, veggie medley, tossed green salad, cake and beverages. Saturday’s lunch features chicken salad on a croissant, pasta salad with veggies, tossed green salad, cake and beverages.

Tickets cost $15 for Friday’s show and $12 for Saturday’s. They can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply or through a student of Deborah’s class. The last day to buy the tickets is Tuesday. There’s only room for 100 people per show, so get them now before they’re gone.

With a 1940s flair, a cast of 15 students will keep the audience guessing as to who murdered Hedda Parseword, the “real tramp of Bourbon Street.”

Hedda, played by freshman Gabby Dodson, has invited her upper-crust-of-Broadway friends to help fund her new show, “Snowball’s Chance,” starring herself, but she’s not the only one vying for the lead part. There’s the Broadway starlet, Misty Shores, played by Calina Foster, whose unsavory gangster boyfriend, Pretty Boy Barnes, played by Adam Dahlberg, and his sidekick Jimmy the Weasel (Jacob Gutierrez), exert their influence on helping her to obtain the part.


Versatile vocalist opens season

Maura O’Connell performs Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Crescent Elk auditorium. Submitted
The Grammy-nominated, Irish-born singer Maura O’Connell hand picks the songs she wants to sing. “No one has ever told me what to sing,” emphasized the chanteuse in a recent interview. 

The musical panoply that is her 30-year body of work as a solo vocalist includes songs by a variety of songwriters, and encompasses multiple styles — including acoustic pop, contemporary folk and traditional Irish. She will cut a broad swath across this repertoire when she performs as the first artist of the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

During her early years in County Clare, she heard and sang music all the time. There, “singing is the same as breathing,” said O’Connell. Her mother loved to listen to parlor tunes and light opera, and so those styles infused her early years, as did traditional Irish music, which had a rebirth in Ireland in the 1970s.

“It was the pop music of the times,” she said. “My reaction to all the traditional Irish music was I was turned off of it. It was too much.”

Her favored music was that of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and The Band.

She sang in choirs throughout her school years, and when she was 18 or so, she started singing in folk clubs, and went out on the road sometimes to do sessions.

“I had no intention of making music my business,” she said, noting that she intended to go into her family’s business, running a retail/wholesale fish market. “If I had gone to college, I would have studied accounting,” she said.


Around Del Norte: Herd pays visit to Crescent City home

Eunice: “That’s really having guests for breakfast.” Submitted by Victoria Helms
Eunice Zeck had a whole lot of hungry visitors stop by her home on Humboldt Road last week.

A large herd of elk, mostly cows and a few bulls thrown into the mix, came up to the front porch looking for handouts.

“Now that’s really having guests for breakfast,” said 93-year-old Eunice.

Living on the southern fringe of the city, she’s used to seeing elk in the neighborhood, but “this is the first time they’ve come right up to the house,” she said.

Even though they eat the new leaves and bite the tops off of some of the plants in her garden, she said, “They’re beautiful. I don’t bother them.”

They also went after the apples growing in her backyard. “That’s OK,” she said, “They needed them worse than I do.”

And as far as cleaning up after them? “I let the weather take care of most of it.”

Apply for Christmas baskets

The Del Norte Lighthouse Community Center is currently accepting applications for its annual distribution of Christmas baskets, which will be given out the week of Dec. 16.


Cleaning up blight

Submitted by Roger Gitlin
Take a Bite out of Blight volunteer Willy Micali fills bags and hauls away trash recently near U.S. Highway 101 South. He said, “Del Norte County is a beautiful place. No one should litter our community.” To report blight, call Roger Gitlin, founder of the Take a Bite Out of Blight program, at 951-6361.


On the sidewalks

Michael, left, and Ben Simmons look for signs that the parade has started. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Janice Yee hugged her dad’s leg against the blast of the cannon that started the parade.

The 3-year-old, dressed in traditional Hmong regalia, appeared unfazed Monday even though she was just across the street from the smoking cannon. Under the watchful eye of her father Vang Yee, the little girl waved to the first grand marshal to roll down the street during Crescent City’s Veterans Day Parade.

The grand marshals included Sua Phia Lo, a captain in the Hmong Army. Other Hmong veterans, including Janice’s grandfather as well as her sisters, marched in traditional dress with the Hmong Veterans of America, Inc. Vang Yee said his father helped the CIA during the Vietnam War.

“I’m in the service myself,” said Vang Yee. “You appreciate the people for serving their country. It doesn’t matter which country they’re from. If they were helping the U.S., they were working together.”

Yee, who moved his family back to the Crescent City area recently, graduated from Del Norte High School in 1993 and joined the U.S. Army. He is currently a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and serves in the Air National Guard.

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