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Senior Sleuth: Plack’s 40 years of insight

It was quite a privilege to talk last week with recently retired Police Chief Doug Plack. The resolution by both the city and the county honoring him for his outstanding service read in part:

“Whereas Chief Plack is recognized for his accomplishments in establishing lasting programs that benefited the community. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program; the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT); the K9 Program and the Dogs Detecting Drugs Discreetly Program; and always trying to add additional officers, Debbie the Traffic Decoy Program was established.”


Church Notebook: Donations sought for annual outreach at Beachfront Park

There won’t be a funeral, just a divorce.

Sometimes the relationship between things can be as bad as that between people!

For the past few weeks, my computer mouse has been slowly dying — or at least, that’s what it appeared. We tried changing batteries; no help. Cleaning it produced a tiny, brief effect.


Grist for the Mill: Subsidizing hunger

A few times a year, I see signs outside the supermarket advertising a “buy two, get three free” deal on 12-packs of national brands of soda. When was the last time you saw a “buy two, get three free” deal on broccoli? Never, you say? Me either.


Rooted in ancient blues

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Mali musicians Bassekou Kouyate & N’goni Blues will open the 32nd performance season of the Del Norte Assocation for Cultural Awareness at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in Crescent Elk Auditorium. Submitted
West African musicians play traditional lutes 

Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso picker, musical visionary and one of Mali’s greatest instrumentalists. In praising Kouyate and his work, which blurs the lines between West African and American roots music, bluesman Taj Mahal described him as “genius … and living proof that the blues comes from the region of Ségou (in central Mali).” 

Bassekou Kouyate & N’goni Blues will open the 32nd performance season of the Del Norte Assocation for Cultural Awareness at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in Crescent Elk Auditorium. On his October tour in the U.S., Kouyate (lead n’goni) will be accompanied by Amy Sacko (lead vocals), Mamadou Kouyate (bass n’goni) and Moctar Kouyate (calabash).


Healthy living focus of fair

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A youngster enjoys a fresh fruit drink at last year’s Binational Health Fair, which will again offer free health screenings and flu shots on Sunday. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Del Norters will be able to get their blood pressure and glucose level checked and be armed against the flu this season at the 14th Annual Binational Health Fair on Sunday.

The Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services and Open Door Community Health Centers have partnered with Building Healthy Communities and T.U.P.P. for Binational Health Week. In addition to offering free screenings and flu shots, there will be food, music and entertainment, including kids games, bounce houses and face painting.


Bike rides for cancer are Saturday

If car shows aren’t your thing, why not take a bike ride or a walk in support of breast cancer prevention and awareness?

Back Country Bicycles, Sutter Coast Hospital and Trek Bicycle Corp. are hosting 25-mile and 10-mile bicycle rides to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There’s also a 4-mile walk for those who don’t ride.


Library raffle raises funds for books

More fundraisers planned in hopes of paying for new facility out of tsunami zone  

The Del Norte County Library will kick off a monthly raffle this month to raise money for new books and computers and potentially to add to its building fund.


CR elects student government

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Michael Clark
College of the Redwoods-Del Norte just elected their new student government. The new senators, Michael Clark and Lydia Anderson, say they are excited to enter their new positions and are happy to be able to represent their fellow students. 


Thank You: Community supports troops

Del Norte First 5 Service Corps VISTA members and the Armed Forces serving in the Air Force would like to thank you, our community, for the outpouring of support this Sept. 11. 


Wearing the right jersey earns a Giant surprise

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Ruby Barnts poses for a picture with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 27. Submitted
Ruby Barnts’ birthday gift attracts the attention of catcher on her beloved team 

When Ruby Barnts opened the random brown package five days after her birthday, she never would have guessed what was inside nor the opportunity it would present to her less than six months later. But that No. 28 Buster Posey jersey would lead to the thrill of a lifetime for the longtime Crescent City resident. 


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