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'Californian of the Year'

Access Adventures founder Michael Muir helps physically and developmentally-challenged people of all ages experience the outdoors via horsedrawn wagon rides. Submitted
Being the great-grandson of the “Father of the National Parks,” Michael Muir says the wilderness is in his DNA.

Muir remembers summer treks into the high country behind Yosemite National Park using mules and horses on trips to the cabin that his famous forebear John Muir kept in the Sierras. 

Michael continued to spend time outside with his horses after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 15. 

Church Notebook: Time to reflect on tragedy

Where were you 13 years ago when the towers were tumbling?

It’s been said that we never forget where we were or what we were doing at those times. I know I have not forgotten.

Small farms, big impact

The farm tour stops at Alexandre EcoDairy. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Three Del Norte farms will be featured on a weekend tour promoting local organic agriculture

Del Norters will have a chance to see how the vegetables they find at the farmers market are grown and how the organic milk and eggs they buy in the grocery store are produced.

In support of Local Food Month, the UC Cooperative Extension will lead folks on a tour of three farms Sunday. The tour will start at Annie Mack’s Family Produce in Crescent City, continue to Alexandre Family EcoDairy near Smith River and end at Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

Jam with Latin fusion band in Pistol River

The rhythm-driven sounds of Los Pingous will entertain Saturday evening in Pistol River. Submitted
Spanish guitars and Latin rhythms will take concertgoers to warmer climes Saturday evening, courtesy of the Pistol River Concert Association.

The association will host Los Pinguos, whose mixture of reggae, rumba, flamenca and rock are fueled by a Cuban tres — a six-string guitar-like string instrument — a Peruvian cajon, or box drum, bass and harmonizing vocals.

Disability Pride Day is Sept. 19

Full Spectrum Services invites the community to celebrate the talents, skills, arts, energy and pride of people with and without disabilities next week.

Full Spectrum Services is holding the first-ever NorCal Disability Pride Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florence Keller Park on Sept. 19. The event will feature a barbecue, live music, games and local vendors. 

Del Norters rock out

Jenny Bayon plays drums for The Lost Woods during the first annual Rockin’ at Rowdy on Saturday in Smith River. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Hundreds turn out to revived event benefitting DN Child Care Council 

Country singer Scott Perry may have hit it big with a record deal in Nashville, but that didn’t stop him from giving a farewell performance in his hometown.

Perry and six other local bands jammed for hundreds of Del Norters at the Rockin’ at Rowdy music festival on Saturday. Perry later performed at Lucky 7 Casino, his final gig in Del Norte County. He said he will be recording with Big Buck Records in Nashville next month.

“I’m sad in a way,” Perry said. “I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ll miss a lot of people.”

Photographer turns Del Norte into fantasyland

One of Nash’s creations bursts with color. Submitted
The first thing one notices when they step into Adrien Nash’s Hiouchi home is the number of knickknacks that fill it.

One antique cabinet is the abode of wizards, dragons and clowns. Nash has devoted a room to pirate memorabilia including replicas of swords, axes and pistols and production stills from the 1999 Jodie Foster movie “Anna and the King.”

Outside across the lawn and through a hedge overgrown with ivy is his fairy garden dotted with frogs, toads, elves and a fishing boy. A crocodile lounges in a stream.

Ice bucket craze picks up steam among locals

You may have seen it on TV and Facebook — celebrities and other people dumping ice water on their heads to raise awareness for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Well, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached Del Norte County, and Jeff Parmer has thrown the gauntlet.

Parmer, executive director of the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, had a bucket of ice water thrown over his head during a trip to Cave Junction on Sunday, where it was about 90 degrees. He has challenged Del Norte County Supervisor Mike Sullivan, Crescent City Councilman Ron Gastineau, the DJs at KFUG and employees at Oregon Caves National Monument.

Birth: Davidson

Remi Elise Davidson
Remi Elise Davidson was born April 19, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Grist for the Mill: Water for our future

Thomas Cox, a third-generation Imperial Valley farmer, leaps across an open irrigation canal that will water a new wheat crop in Brawley. McClatchy-Tribune
I have a road trip habit that might, just possibly, annoy my husband. Whenever we drive by open irrigation canals, I make up songs about the idiocy of open water transportation in arid climates. 

Yes, I am that nerdy.

I lived for many years in the shadow of New York City’s largest reservoir. The aqueduct that takes the water to New York is a seemingly endless, 15-foot-high flat-topped wall snaking its way through the woods. Inside is a concrete pipe big enough to hold a Model T. The Ashokan Reservoir and its aqueduct were built in the early 1900s, by hand. If they could enclose their aqueduct, why are open canals and aqueducts so common here?

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