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Variety spices up life at Tolowa


Lupine is one of many hardy wildflowers that grow in Tolowa Dunes State Park, where an educational field trip Sunday afternoon focused on the area’s plant life. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Less than 10 minutes from downtown Crescent City’s beaches and just a mile or two from the nearest redwood grove lies another of California’s coastal gems, this one a bit more off the beaten path. Tolowa Dunes State Park contains the West Coast’s largest lagoon outside of Alaska and the state’s northernmost sand dunes, in addition to incredible diversity in plants and animals throughout its 11,000 acres. 

“We all know about the redwood parks. People come from all over the world for the redwood parks, but this is an equally special place in its own way,” explained Susan Calla, a volunteer with the Tolowa Dunes Stewards. “Ancient trees — these are ancient dunes.”

Church Notebook: Reminded of the power of prayer

“The best laid plans …”

It doesn’t pay to get too confident about things. I don’t think the Lord likes for us to do that, and when we do, sometimes he reminds us just who is in control.

A couple weeks ago, I was confidently looking forward to getting my other hip replaced. After all, I had a fantastic recovery from the one in December, and why shouldn’t recovery be exactly the same this time?

Art Scene June 26, 2014

Mixed media collage workshop

Guest instructor Linda Mulvaney, an art therapist currently teaching at Southwestern Oregon Community College, is offering mixed media collage workshops from 3–6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Open Studio Arts in Fort Dick. This class is for artists and non-artists alike; rich and varied collage items in two and three dimensions will be provided.  

Life on the frontier relived at Tall Trees Rendezvous

Shooting contests with traditional muzzle-loading firearms are among the highlights at the rendezvous. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Some may see our nation’s birthday as a time to look to the future, but for others the week leading up to Independence Day is a time to return to our country’s roots.

New and experienced mountaineers and their families bring their muzzle-loading rifles, tomahawks and bows and arrows to the 36th annual Jed Smith Mountain Men Tall Trees Rendezvous, which starts on Saturday and ends on July 5.

Band wins national video contest, earning visit from John Lennon education bus

With state-of-the-art recording studios, the John Lennon Education Bus will spend two days at Smith River River School in January. Photo courtesy of National Association of Music Merchants
Smith River School’s band has received national recognition, which enabled them to enter a video contest showcasing the school’s commitment to music.

Smith River School was one of 96 schools nationwide to receive the Support Music Merit Award from the National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM. The school’s zombie video, “Music Never Dies,” was selected as the winner in NAMM’s “What Makes Music Education Great in My School or District” contest. As a result, the band will participate in a national webcast and will host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, music teacher Marshall Jones said.

Birth: Thomas

Casey Marie Thomas
Casey Marie Thomas was born May 2, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20 ½ inches. Her parents are Dustin and Tahnee Thomas of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Robert and Linda Tedsen of Crescent City and Ken and Laurie Thomas of Crescent City. Her great grandparents are Barbara McKay of Crescent City, Phyllis Tedsen of Crescent City, Ed and Jinny Anderson of Elk Creek and Marjorie Thomas of Los Molinas.

Senior Sleuth: Community turns out for ping pong

Continuing my coverage of the ping pong program at the St. Joseph Catholic Church gym, Third and E Street, I can report that we’re off to a great start. We’ve got five tables so far, and we meet 3–6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday until the end of August. Due to the growing popularity of the program, we could use more tables if anyone wants to donate a table they’re not using. 

We are continuing to expand, and we would like to extend an invitation to parents to bring their teens and for grandparents to bring their teen grandchildren. The regulations limit participation to players 18 and older, as well as players under 18 who are accompanied by a parent or other adult. I believe the inclusion of mature young people would add a lot to the tournament that we are going to hold at the end of August.

Rotary Club awards nine county students

Nine Del Norte County students received “Spirit of Rotary” awards from the Crescent City Rotary Club last week.

The honors are selected by administrators and teachers at each school and are awarded each year, according to a Rotary Club press release. The only guideline is that the students demonstrate a commitment consistent with Rotary International’s motto “service before self.”

Crescent City Rotary Club members awarded honors and a gift certificate to each of the following winners:

Mary Peacock Elementary School - Troy Caul

Bess Maxwell Elementary School - Samson Brown-Uptegraft

Pine Grove Elementary School - Avery Hernandez

Mountain School - Maddy Wiley

Joe Hamilton Elementary School - Sterling Moon

Castle Rock Charter School - Julia Runnion and Morgan Perry

Redwood School - Vincente “Vinny” Diaz

Smith River School - Taylor Westbrook


Crescent Elk Middle School - Carolyn Cochran

4-H: Clubs attend rabbit, cavy convention

The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Christine Jones.

On June 7 4-H members from Wild River, Pine Grove and Giddy Up ’N’ Goat 4-H clubs headed up the road to Roseburg to attend the annual Oregon League of Rabbit and Cavy Breeders’ state  convention. In the past the shows have started on Saturday morning. This year the Western Frontier Rabbit and Cavy Shows held a benefit show on Friday night. 

Vaping: Too big of a hit

Today’s The Redwood Voice is written by Lydia Anderson, 16, a student at Castle Rock and College of the Redwoods.

A bright, colorful shop called “High Tide Vapes” recently opened on Northcrest Drive in Crescent City. Owners David and Susan Gearhart transplanted their business from Puyallup, Wash., to Crescent City to be part of what they consider an emerging market in northern California: e-cigarettes or “vapes.”

What are the benefits of using vapes instead of cigarettes? Vape manufacturers claim that vapes don’t contain the harmful tar or carbon monoxide that cigarettes do. And while they contain nicotine, users can control their dose. 

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