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Birth: Lucas George Dodson

Lucas George Dodson was born Jan. 19, 2016 in Santa Rosa, Califonria. He weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 inches. Lucas’s parents are Tim and Kate Dodson, of Santa Rosa. His grandparents are Bob and Gayle Peterson, of Santa Rosa, and Blane and Linda Dodson, of Crescent City.

Birth: Coulson Oliver Bray

Coulson Oliver Bray was born at 12:29 p.m. Feb. 7, 2016 at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, Oregon. He weighed 7 pounds 13.9 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. Coulson’s parents are Lauren and Matthew Bray. His sisters are Emery and Brynlee Bray. Coulson’s grandparents are Carol and Larry Stack, Mark and Shawna Bray and Kelly Brown.

Fourth of July theme ideas requested

The Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce is searching for theme ideas for the 2016 Fourth of July parade.

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

ďM5 is the best thing to come out of Mexico since tequila.Ē ≠≠≠ ó 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.

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