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Pulling Pots

Jennifer Renzullo, field manager for the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project at UC Davis, heads out with Eureka fishermen to collect lost crabbing gear on Sept. 15. The project has recovered more than 550 crab pots off the coasts of Humboldt and Del Norte counties since July. Courtesy of Justin Cox, UC Davis
Fisherman, UC Davis team up to rid North Coast waters of leftover crab traps that ensnare wildlife, fishing gear 

Every winter, hundreds of commercial crab traps are lost at sea, creating a minefield of submerged pots that are an entanglement hazard for whales, new crab gear, salmon trollers and other boaters unable to see the derelict gear beneath the surface.

But now a collaborative project between North Coast commercial crab fishermen and University of California, Davis is cleaning the ocean of leftover crab traps, creating a friendlier sea for all users.

Harbor's fresh look

Harbormaster Charlie Helms talks about improvements to Crescent City Harbor on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
To showcase a $1.3 million project intended to make Crescent City Harbor more tourist-friendly, the port will dedicate a new feature during the “Anchors Aweigh” event at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the southwest corner of the Crescent City Harbor inner boat basin.

Following a short dedication  at 3 p.m., there will be an award ceremony for a youth chalk-art competition that will be underway on Saturday (contact the harbor to compete) and World War II  anchors that the harbor recently had painted, welded or decorated by regional artists. Refreshments will be served.

Artists cap off celebration

The Devil’s Punchbowl, pictured here from atop Bear Mountain, is a popular destination in the Siskiyou Wilderness, which turns 30 this year. Courtesy of Joe Gillespie
Seventeen artists will bring the wilds of the Siskiyou Wilderness to the Gallery of Arts and Culture on Friday.

An artists’ gala will culminate a series of activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Siskiyou Wilderness. These activities included hikes into the wilderness and rides out to Ship Mountain and Bear Basin Butte lookouts last month.

Dinner benefit for Africa school

Del Norters will have a chance to help a school in Ethiopia by sampling delicacies from that country.

Friends of Atse Zeryacob School will feature a “Taste of Africa” benefit dinner Friday at the Elks Lodge in Crescent City. 

Rotary refurbishes playground

John Ging takes apart the old Harrington House playground on Sept. 7 to make way for a new playground. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Some folks may have still been asleep at 9 a.m. on a Saturday, but Charlette Plunkett, Fran McNamara and Karen Kinikin were pulling weeds at Harrington House early Sept. 7.

Sunrise Rotary volunteers Plunkett, McNamara and Kiniken pulled up old landscape fabric at Del Norte County’s domestic violence shelter, along with wood chips, dandelions, blackberry brambles and English ivy roots. McNamara’s husband, Terry, manned a John Deere tractor and Rotary Club members Dohn Henion and Jeff Napier scooped old wood chips into the bucket with shovels.

Tribute stone gains visibility

DAR members pose beside the service members monument stone relocated in Jedediah Smith S.P. Submitted
The country’s largest monument for World War II veterans is in Del Norte County’s backyard, but not many knew about it until recently.

Nestled among the tall trees near the entrance to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, a stone dedicating the National Tribute Grove to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces went largely unnoticed for most of the 65 years it sat there. 

Birth: Mode

Read more...Levi Vandelee Mode was born August 16 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces and measured 19½ inches long.

Wedding: Smallwood, Quinton

Stacie J. Smallwood and Mark Wade Quinton
Stacie J. Smallwood and Mark Wade Quinton, both of Crescent City, were married Sept. 6 in Crescent City.

Stacie is the daughter of Robert and Loreen Smallwood, deceased. She has an Associate of Arts degree in paralegal studies and a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. She works for Big City Access in Sacramento.

A Harvest Multiplied

Dakoda Bigham, 5, harvests corn at her grandfather’s, who is a Del Norte Gleaning Project member. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Balancing a blue and gold macaw on your shoulder may seem counterproductive when you’re unearthing potatoes, but Camille Myers made it work.

Myers, Kelley Nolan and Karen Rath, volunteers with the Del Norte Gleaning Project, spent a muggy Thursday afternoon gathering corn, beans, potatoes and other produce from Kendal Smith’s garden off Ferndale Lane. Every now and then Myers would offer her feathered companion, McKayla, a piece of corn.

Free workshop on healthy meals for busy families

In its latest do-it-yourself workshop, the First 5 Family Resource Center on Tuesday will show families how easy it is to provide a tasty meal that’s healthy and inexpensive.

“This is for parents with kids in school,” said Connor Caldwell, a food systems coordinator for the Community Food Council of Del Norte. “For weeknight dinners.”

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