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Scholastic: Amy Niccole McLoughlin

Amy Niccole McLoughlin
Amy Niccole McLoughlin graduated May 12, 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in philosophy and religion from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

She is the daughter of John and Deidre McLoughlin of Crescent City, and a 2009 Del Norte High School graduate.

 

Anniversary: Siedschlag

Kristi and Wesley Siedschlag Jr.
Kristi and Wesley Siedschlag Jr. of Crescent City celebrated their third wedding anniversary recently.

The couple was married Sept. 11, 2010, in Crescent City.

 

Birth: Jett James Robinson

Jett James Robinson
Jett James Robinson was born April 9, 2013, at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna. He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches. He joins brother Jayce. His parents are Fred and Janelle Robinson of Loleta. His grandparents are Nola Penna and Ted and Brenda Robinson, all of Crescent City, and Jay and Neva Swan of Eureka. His great-grandparents are Bud and Joyce Newton of Crescent City.

 

Fishing frenzy

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Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
While the Yurok Tribe continues its commercial fishing nearby, the mouth of the Klamath River is where it’s at for recreational fishermen who have been landing thousands of Chinooks since the season opened Aug. 15. The means of capturing the suddenly accessible salmon vary, with poles, nets and even bare hands employed. If you’re a Del Norter and you haven’t eaten fresh salmon recently, you’re probably in the minority. Crescent Harbor Gallery’s annual Salmon Feed is today from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

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Smith River Alliance plans party

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This photo of the Smith River will be among the silent auction items. Photo courtesy of Jon Parmentier
Tucked in the northwest corner of California, the Smith River is revered as a world-class destination for fishermen, whitewater enthusiasts, hikers and naturalists. 

To celebrate this river and the work that’s been done to promote and protect it, the Smith River Alliance invites the public to Fall Splash 2013, the organization’s inaugural gala and benefit auction,  6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Room, 2332 Howland Hill Road, Crescent City.

It’s a chance to enjoy local and regional food and wine and participate in a silent auction offering vacation trips, outdoor gear and artwork  — often depicting the Smith River.

The Smith River Alliance has been working for more than 30 years to provide protection, restoration and stewardship of the Smith River watershed.  The organization also promotes the watershed through youth camps at its Rock Creek Ranch facility on the South Fork Smith River, where young adults engage with and learn about the river’s resources.

“It is very exciting for us to see young people active, inspired, learning things and having a great time at Rock Creek Ranch and really anywhere out in the amazing wild spaces we have here,” said Grant Werschkull, co-executive director of SRA.

There will be information about the Smith available at the event, including how the river is considered one of the best “salmon strongholds” on the West Coast.

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Around Del Norte: 30,000 miles and counting

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Dick and Penny Fleming walk 8 miles a day, rain or shine, sometimes to the harbor, other times to Washington Boulevard. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Couple hasn’t stopped walking since moving to Pebble Beach from Southern
Cal

They call themselves “The Walkers.”

And deservedly so. Former triathletes Penny and Dick Fleming, 68 and 72 respectively, walk eight miles every day, rain or shine.

“We’ve walked 30,000 miles since we’ve been here,” said Penny. “People just look at us and say, ‘What?’”

Tired of the smog and traffic in Southern California, the Flemings moved to Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City 12 years ago after retiring as microbiologists in Pasadena. “It’s so nice here,” said Penny. “This is like heaven.”

Their destinations are the harbor on one day, the next up to Washington Boulevard and through town. Penny said it takes them about two hours, “and of course we have to go by all the garage sales and the Farmers Market on Saturday.”

This summer they noticed something worth taking note of. Amazed by the number of out-of-state license plates they were seeing on their walks, they decided to start keeping track of all the different states as of June 30.

They’ve since seen plates bearing every state name – except for West Virginia.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Penny said. “We’ve seen most states twice,” including Alaska and Hawaii. “And we’ve seen four from Virginia.” Go figure.

“It just goes to show how many people come to our area.”

"The Walkers."
"The Walkers." Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Even without West Virginia, it all adds up to a sure sign of a good tourist season.

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Del Norte man on mission in Germany

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Mark Standring at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Submitted photo
Mark Standring, 19, a 2011 graduate of Del Norte High School, is taking a break from his college work where he was studying applied physics at Brigham Young University, and is now serving a two-year mission based in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

After six weeks of German language instruction at the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, Mark arrived in Frankfurt in March, and then was assigned to his first area of Koln (or Cologne), Germany, where he is currently serving and now helping to train other new incoming missionaries. 

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Art show winners announced

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Arlene Krogstad, first place winner, with her watercolor, "Stories to Tell."
A reception for the Coast Redwoods Art Association Juried Art Show was held on Aug. 31 at the Crescent Harbor Gallery.  

The following awards were presented by show co-ordinator Hank Northrip.

First Place winner:  Arlene Krogstad, “Stories to Tell,” watercolor.

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Help offered to jump-start a project

Business owners and other entrepreneurs in Crescent City will benefit from a new educational program on the topic of “crowd funding.”

Crowd funding is a collective effort of individual donors or investors who pool their financial resources, typically online, to help fund a business start or project.  

With the assistance of an adviser and a series of workshops, participants will learn about what is involved with a crowd-funding project, create and launch a campaign and utilize the opportunity to plan for the future of their business or project. Often a crowd-funding campaign will include a persuasive or informative video, which the participants in this program will receive direction and assistance to create.

The workshop series will include several presenters, including Dr. Letitia Wright, crowd-funding strategist, host of “The Wright Place” TV show, and author of “A Crowd Funded Life: The End of Funding Failure.”

Dr. Wright will share valuable information on identifying potential donors, how to provide rewards to donors, marketing strategies for the campaign and how to tell a compelling story that attracts donors. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with Dr. Wright one-on-one to discuss their campaign.

A production crew of high school students will be on hand to help participants create a video for their campaign. Participants should expect to be ready to launch their campaign with one of the crowd-funding sites on the Internet. These sites are essentially social gatekeepers that assist people in raising funds for their desired projects. Anyone, anywhere on the Internet, can access these sites and contribute monetarily to a small business or project.  

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School menu

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

Breakfasts

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

Tuesday (10): Whole grain cereal

Wednesday (11): Breakfast burrito

Thursday (12): Whole wheat ham and cheese muffin

Friday (13): Yogurt and Scooby Doo whole grain grahams

Monday (16): Whole grain mini blueberry pancakes

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