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Soup Supper and Country Auction set

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

Fall is in the air, and it’s almost time for the annual 4-H Soup Supper and Country Auction. 

As some of you may have noticed, the event will be held a little earlier this year, Saturday, Oct. 5. This year’s Soup Supper will be kicking off National 4-H Week, which runs Oct. 6–12. We will also be celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Del Norte County. 

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and can be purchased from local 4-H members or at Crescent City Hay and Feed, D & B Storage, Del Norte County Fairgrounds, Del Norte Office Supply and Parkway Feed.

Soup, warm bread, vegetable trays and desserts will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A silent auction will start at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 6:30 p.m. We have a wide array of soups to choose from this year, including our ever-popular clam chowder, chicken noodle, cream of broccoli, split pea and chili.

The Soup Supper and Country Auction is the only county-wide fundraiser for Del Norte County 4-H. Proceeds from this event are used to run our local 4-H program. This includes scholarships, travel programs, community service projects, county awards, 4-H events and essential office supplies when county funds are depleted. 


Doc bears gifts

From left to right, Bob Tetrault, Greg Duncan and Ron Griswold talk about the trains sent to disadvantaged children. WesCom News Service / Jane Stebbins
When local surgeon goes to South America, he brings more than medical savvy

Dr. Greg Duncan of Crescent City has been taking trips to South America for the past seven years, providing his orthopedic surgical services to kids who live in shelters and orphanages.

Some of it’s routine: a broken leg, a torn rotator cuff.

But when a woman asked him to fix her 9-month-old daughter’s club foot, he was baffled. He didn’t know much about such patients. He spent hours consulting via computer with surgeons in the United States and performed the surgery the following day. Two years later, the little girl walks like her peers.

“He doesn’t like to talk about himself,” said Ron Griswold of Brookings, who met Duncan in 1998 through their mutual love of triathlons.

Duncan would prefer to talk about trains — and in particular the one he brought to a school in Honduras.

“These kids play with Coke bottles, tin cans,” Griswold said, who has provided animals for the circus car. “The train was probably more appreciated than anything. They have nothing.”

Griswold was a teacher in Crescent City who was dismayed when the school closed its shop classes. Left over from the classes were hundreds of wheels — and he knew his neighbor Bob Tetrault made trains. Tetrault had been a patient of Duncan’s. The circle was complete.

So when Duncan told Griswold he wanted to bring something back to the children on his annual trek to South America, Griswold knew exactly where to point him.


Writerly event packs them in

Author Rebecca Lawton reads from her book on Friday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Wiens
Poets, playwrights, publishers and pupils sat in cozy surroundings at the College of the Redwoods-Del Norte campus in Crescent City last weekend. 

The theme of the 13th annual writer’s enclave was “Collaboration and Community.”

CR Professor of English Ken Letko helped sponsor the event and was the general host as well. 

While many tired commuters rushing home might otherwise have been hoping for a sunny fall weekend on Friday, these lovers of a simple sentence gathered and were enraptured by an energetic panel of authors discussing their wares. A panel discussion included published authors Julie Crabtree, Rebecca Lawton, Zara Raab and Jim Dodge, as well as the publisher of Bona Fide Books, Kim Wyatt.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, not even a break at 7:30 p.m. thinned a dedicated crowd at the local college campus. Friday night’s session ended with a writer’s panel whose members fielded any and all questions from the large library campus audience.

The panel answered some tough questions. When, during the day, does one write? What about the demands of family, careers, time? Former poet, teacher and overall pundit Jim Dodge had a ready answer for most questions. 

Author Jean Hegland was the keynote speaker to kick things off Saturday morning. She spoke of spark, luck, grit and secular faith as ingredients found in community and collaborative writing.


School menu

Del Norte Unified School District will serve the following breakfast and lunch entrées.


Breakfasts are served with fresh fruit, 100 percent juice and milk.

Tuesday (24): Whole grain cereal

Wednesday (25): Whole grain breakfast pizza

Thursday (26): French toast

Friday (27): Yogurt and Scooby Doo whole grain grahams

Monday (30): Egg and cheese omelet


Scholastic: Owings

Cara Owings
Cara Sue Owings of Smith River has been awarded the 2013 Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

The scholarship is awarded annually to Native American students in California based on their academic success and community service.

She is a student at Humboldt State University where she is working on a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies. She plans to pursue an MBA in strategic sustainability and work within the Native community. 




Meagan Curtis, an office administrator for a local Edward Jones’ branch, has been honored for her client service excellence.

A Smith River resident, Meagan works at the branch office of Brent Hoskinson in Crescent City.

The recognition has earned her an invitation to Edward Jones’ annual Branch Office Administrators Managing Partner’s Conference to be held in November at the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis.


Birth: Sebastian Ernesto Sanchez

Sebastian Ernesto Sanchez was born June 7, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 18 inches. His parents are Pedro and Maribel Sanchez of Crescent City. His grandparents are Eva Aguilar, and Guadalupe and Pedro Sanchez, all of Crescent City.


Conference's Friday events are free

Author Jim Dodge at his Arcata home: “Writing to me has been a process of getting humbled. It stitches the human community together.” Submitted
You don’t have to be a writer — even a budding one — to enjoy the first night of the North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference on Friday at the Del Norte campus library of College of the Redwoods.

Being an appreciative reader will suffice.

The conference kicks off at 6 p.m. with an evening of free events, including a panel discussion of “Collaboration and Community,” followed at 7 p.m. by readings by three authors, Rebecca Lawton, Zara Raab and Jim Dodge.

Those authors will be among the presenters of workshops all day Saturday. There’s still time to register for the entire conference at a cost of $95, which includes all events, a continental breakfast and a hot lunch catered by Fabulous Foods by Julie. For more information, call (707) 465-2303, visit www.ncrwc.org or just show up to register Friday at 5:30 p.m.

The Triplicate interviewed one of the featured authors, Jim Dodge of Arcata, who wrote the story “Fup,” the novels “Not Fade Away” and “Stone Junction” and the collection of poems and short prose “Rain on the River.”

Dodge is looking forward to the conference as “a chance to compare notes with my peers.” He thinks the event will be enjoyable not just for developing writers, but also anyone who enjoys reading.

“Writing to me has been a process of getting humbled,” said Dodge. “It stitches the human community together. That’s what I like about it.”


Finishing off Coast to Crest Trail

The view from the top of the Ship Mountain Fire Lookout along the Coast to Crest Trail. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hendrick
Funding has been obtained for completion of the last leg of the Coast to Crest Trail, and a hike is planned Saturday to celebrate the fact.

The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) of the USDA Forest Service has awarded a $33,598 grant to the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment to complete restoration of the remaining 8.6 miles of the 50-mile Coast to Crest Trail.

In celebration of the beginning of the end of the trail construction, self-guided hikes will be organized on the recently completed trails between the Big Flat campground and Hurdygurdy Creek and beyond. The first section is an easy 2-mile hike along Hurdygurdy Creek.  More adventurous hikers can cross Hurdygurdy Creek and hike up to see the historic mining flume or cross over the ridge into the Cant Hook Creek canyon.

Anyone interested in hiking should meet at noon Saturday.  Park near the interpretive kiosk at the trail head about ¼ mile along Big Flat Road or park near the entrance to the Big Flat Campground and hike a short distance up the trail to the interpretive kiosk at the trail head. Hikers will be provided a trail map and orientation to the possible hiking options.

Since 2004 the Rose Foundation has secured nearly $900,000 in grant funding to restore the historic Kelsey Trail, a mule trail built in the late 1800s from the Crescent City harbor to Fort Jones near Yreka and the gold fields inland. When it is completed, the Coast to Crest Trail is envisioned as a 50-mile trek that will link up existing trails from the Crescent City Harbor to Harrington Mountain in the Siskiyou Wilderness.  



Festival a hit

Sept. 10 was a very berry beautiful day at Klamath’s Camper Corral RV Park and Campground for the Klamath Berry Festival. Music was performed by Collette and Conrad, Ray Martel and Friends and two KRECR alumni, Scottie Witvoet and Isaac Johnson — good job, thank you. 

The festival began with a demo of a MOJO 60, a remote control plane going straight up, doing loops and spins with a miraculous landing to the amazement of all. The pilot enjoyed all the attention the planes got from the kids who wanted to take them home. 

Garretta and Nan Marie from Crescent Harbor Gallery graced us with their art skills. Nan Marie had fun dickering with the same man who bought a painting from her last year.

The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, the Wonder Bus, a maze, and U.S. forestry firefighters with Smokey the Bear encircled the activity area where kids created with paint, chalk, spray paint and clay.

Yvonne Whitehurst was beam­­ing proudly as her young beautiful ballerinas danced and twirled, delighting us all. 

The Crescent Elk cheer­leaders were very attentive while serving a delicious blackberry pancake break­fast. Willy Thompson did an awesome job with the traditional cooked salmon, Danny served pulled pork and hamburgers, Edie Baker made her famous fried blackberry pies, Mary Ann topped her funnel cakes with lots of berries, and Roxie Reyes didn’t stop making Indian tacos the whole day.

Congrats to Auntie Jo who won the dessert contest, to Tina Piña for second place and Marilyn Lunsford for third place. Thanks to all entries. 

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