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Birth: Peyton Allie Roach

Peyton Allie Roach
Peyton Allie Roach was born July 14, 2013, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore. She weighed 2 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 14½ inches. Her parents are Jesse and Jennifer Roach of Crescent City. 


Honoring our own

Warren Barnts, first from left, front row.
Warren Barnts
Warren Barnts
The organizers of Del Norte’s Veterans Day observances didn’t start out planning to have so many grand marshals in Monday morning’s parade. But once the decision was made to honor veterans of World War II, it just came naturally.

After all, these gents are in their late 80s or early 90s, so why put it off?

The procession that begins at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St., and heads toward Front Street, will honor five WWII vets, as well as Del Norte’s senior-ranking member of the Hmong Army that fought Communist forces in the Vietnam era.

Coffee and cake will be provided by Edward Jones financial advisors, and a special Marine Corps birthday cake will be served at noon at the VFW Canteen inside Memorial Hall.

That will also be the site for a 6 p.m. chicken fried steak dinner. Vets and spouses get in free. Otherwise, admission costs $8.50 for adults, and $3.50 for children, with tickets sold at the door.

The dinner speaker will be Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, a combat Marine Corps veteran and a senior officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. His address will begin at 7 p.m.


'Memorial of eternal gratitude'

The Hey Ranger column appears monthly. Today’s column was written by Park Ranger Michael Poole.

Hidden in the redwoods is a national tribute to veterans 

Attendees at a 1949 dedication ceremony included DAR president general Estella O’Byrne, just left of monument, Estelle Christin, national chairwoman of the Conservation Committee, just right of monument, and May Talmadge, right of Christin, honorary DAR president general. Photo courtesy of the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution
Del Norte County has a hidden jewel. A national heritage hiding in plain sight, it is a magnificent but forgotten tribute to the men and women who fought and helped win World War II — the National Tribute Grove. 

In the waning years of the war, a drive went out to form memorials to its veterans. Small memorials were established all over the country, but one in particular had national significance and it’s been here under our noses for the last 64 years.

Located in what is now the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park unit of Redwood National and State Parks, the National Tribute Grove includes 5,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest preserved with a dual purpose: to remember and honor the Americans who came forth when their country called them to fight, and to preserve this redwood grove as part of America’s heritage. 

The grove was meant to be a memorial like no other. Sequoia Sempervirens, the trees’ scientific name, translates roughly as Sequoia ever-green or ever-living. Some of these trees live as long as 2,000 years, longer than most man-made monuments.

No more fitting tribute

The founders of the memorial thought the ancient and scarred trees a most fitting medium to remember the veterans of WWII. Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, a former secretary of the interior, said “Instead of stone or concrete, this monument is made up of living trees, survivors of centuries of combat with storm, drought, fire and flood.” 

At the start of the war, this section of land was owned by the Del Norte Lumber Company. Save the Redwoods League contracted with the company to buy the land as 10 500-acre parcels and asked Americans to donate to the cause.


Around Del Norte: Veterans Day taking shape

Abigail Kendrick rides with her mother, Sarah, during last year’s Veterans Day parade. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
Volunteers are busy pulling together the details for next Monday’s day-long observance of Veterans Day.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 810 H St., and heads toward Front Street.

Coffee and cake will be provided by Edward Jones financial advisors, and a special Marine Corps birthday cake will be served at noon at the VFW Canteen inside Memorial Hall.

That will also be the site for a 6 p.m. chicken fried steak dinner. Vets and spouses get in free. Otherwise, admission costs $8.50 for adults and $3.50 for children, with tickets sold at the door. The dinner speaker will be Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, whose address begins at 7 p.m.

Watch upcoming editions of the Triplicate for more about Veterans Day, including a look at the three parade grand marshals. One of them, by the way, is the senior-ranking member of the Hmong Army living in Del Norte. The Hmong were Vietnam-era allies of the United States.

Later this week, watch for a special pre-Veterans Day installment of the Hey Ranger column looking back at the 1949 dedication of a redwood grove and a monument that still stands, thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Del Norte People: Growing up rural can help define you

Then-county Supervisor Chuck Blackburn is interviewed by then-Triplicate reporter Katie Klingsporn in 2005. Submitted
The title of my second book is “Kneebockers Asks Rural Counties, Who Are We?”

What motivates people to write articles or write books? My original book, “Kneebockers,” which I am selling locally now, was motivated by my memories of heading west with my dad, Wes, to Reno, Nev., in 1946.

The tremendous experiences he gave me over the years never really hit me until after his death in 1976. These memories kept jumping out at me even as busy as I was teaching, coaching, broadcasting and serving as a county supervisor for eight years.

I shared a lot of these experiences with my friends and many of them said that they were great tales of my life and I should write a book. I guess that my wife, Missy, had heard enough and when we got ready to fly to Kauai to attend my stepson Matt Starcke’s wedding, she said, “Enough. Take a tape recorder and note pad and get off your butt and start writing.”

I did exactly that and it took me over a year to write half a book. My heart attack and quadruple bypass occurred in March 2007, and the months of recovery really gave me the intensity to really write a book.

As I looked back on the contents of the book and what it was really about, I realized that I really found out about rural America. I was born in 1936 in northern New York in the Adirondacks — ski country. So I grew up in rural America from a very young age.


Student Spotlight Nov. 5, 2013

Smith River School 

• Students of the Month:

Ana Ramirez, Anna Bowdish, Dylan Rodriguez, Alden Walkley, Andrijaa Bigovich-Ritter, Aaron Parkinson, Lola Martin, Traden Williamson, Carlos Alvarez

• Star Readers: 

Zakayla Robinson, Leticia Herrera, Adrian Leon, Silas Williamson, Zoey Vistalli-Alvarado, Josue Ramirez, Erik Fuentes, Maranda Floyd, Aubree Parkinson

• Star Writers: 

Valeria Montez, Chase Owen, Isabel Alvarez, Westyn Fitch, Tyler Horn, Hunter Anderson, Franklin Reitterer, Kayleeann Knight, Angela Fortier

• Star Mathematicians: 

Aiden Smith, Alia Vistalli-Alvarado, Edgar Gomez, Julia Hopper, Helen Aguilar, Ariana De Los Santos, Cruz Cerros, Fatima Velasco, Skylar Throop

• Character Counts — Fairness:

Zander Fitch, Maria Regalado, Fausto Ortega, Gage Taylor, Paula Lopez, Dakota Studivent, Yarelsy Ortega, Carlos O’Conner, Israel Heredia


Birth: Jaeda Racqel Fosdick

Jaeda Racqel Fosdick
Jaeda Racqel Fosdick was born Aug. 31, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 18½ inches. Her parents are Christina and Trae Fosdick of Crescent City. Her grandparents are James and Dorothy Waddelow and Ron and Michelle Fosdick, all of Crescent City. Her great-grandparents are Tom and Donna Langford of Klamath and Ron and Darlene Fosdick of Klamath Falls, Ore.


DN grad is returning

The Wild Rivers Community Foundation welcomes a Del Norte High School graduate back to the community.

Jermaine Brubaker will return to Del Norte County to manage a project aimed to increase the number of 16- to 24-year-olds connected to school or work.

The Opportunity Youth initiative is funded by the Aspen Institute of Washington, D.C., and Del Norte is one of 21 communities nationally chosen to participate. Wild Rivers Community Foundation serves as the support organization for the one-year project. 

A local group of agency partners, including Del Norte Health and Human Services, College of the Redwoods-Del Norte, Del Norte Unified School District and the Del Norte Work Force Center, will spend the year identifying changes that could be made to local systems and policies to connect more 16- to 24-year-olds to school or work in Del Norte County.

Brubaker brings back to the community more than a decade of community development and group facilitation experience, including management of a regional YouthServe/Americorps program. 


Trash pick-up event a hit

Aspen Presler, the driving force behind the trash pick-up event. Submitted
A big thank you goes out to the Del Norte County Road Yard, Caltrans, All Tribes Church, Hambro/WSG, and our citizens and neighbors who volunteered their time and energy, made donations or helped in some way, on Sunday, Oct. 20, for the Parkway Drive roadside trash pick-up.  

Over 40 residents, including Supervisor David Finigan, participated in collecting 50 bags of trash, tires, chairs, a mattress, a propeller and a TV, which were hauled off for disposal.  

The event and lunch were coordinated by the Dundas Neighborhood Watch in response to one young neighbor’s concern about all the roadside trash.  

Karen Phillips

Sincere thanks to cleanup volunteers

Thank you to all the upstanding citizens who pitched in to help with the cleanup of Parkway Drive. It was about a week or so ago when I saw all these fine folks all pitching in, cleaning up trash from all of our Earth’s litterbugs who felt they couldn’t carry the burden of disposing their trash properly, instead just tossing it out the window because no one is looking or couldn’t handle it sitting on their floorboard for a few minutes until they could toss it in a garbage can. 


DNACA sets season lineup

A variety of acts is headed our way from November to April

The 2013-14 season of the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Crescent Elk Auditorium.

The keynotes of DNACA’s performances are — and have always been — quality, variety and authenticity. This year, the nonprofit local arts agency’s series features performing artists from around the United States, as well as an exciting but benevolent incursion from a unique part of Spain.

This season’s lineup will include:

Maura O’Connell kicks off the DNACA season Nov. 19 at Crescent Elk. Submitted
Maura O’Connell

First up will be an artist from Nashville who originally hailed from Ireland, where in the early 1980s she sang with a band called DeDannan, then embarking on a “solo” career (note she will be accompanied onstage by a guitarist and bass player).

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