Can rare, giant scavenger be re-established here ?
California condors soar, above and below, in the Big Sur area. Someday, they may be seen in Del Norte County. (Photos courtesy of Chris West/ Yurok Tribe)
Tiana Williams kneels on a hillside holding a sharpened stick to the
ground. She just whittled it out of a fallen tree branch, and she’s
waiting for her colleague, Chris West, to bury it into the soil using a
large rock he picked up nearby.
“Just don’t hit me,” Williams says only half-joking as she looks
first at West, who’s standing above her smiling, and then again at the
impromptu stake in her hands, concentrating on it.
The rock is a rudimentary solution to a simple problem — they forgot
a hammer. But they still needed something to tie the bear carcass to.
“We don’t want the carcass to walk away,” West said. “We want to come back and see if there’s anything feeding on it.”
|Martin Anderson and David Placido of the Del Norte County 4-H, Giddy-Up-N-Goat Club, each received Gold Medals for their Illustrated Talks at the North Coast Sectionals in Upper Lake, on April 4.
David Placido (left) and Martin Anderson. Submitted Photo
Anderson’s gold medal presentation topic was “Miniature Goats,” while Placido’s was “The Goat Food Pyramid.”
Their presentation awards qualify them to attend the State Presentation Day competition, held as part of the 2009 California State 4-H Field Day in Davis on May 30.
Both are members of the Giddy-Up-N-Goat Pygmy Goat Club.
|Master Gardener Beverly Overstreet, president of the Crescent City Fuchsia Society, admires a fuchsia hanging basket during last Saturday’s annual spring fuchsia sale. The club celebrated its 36th anniversary in April. Overstreet founded the club in 1973 with 13 members. Today there are more than 75 members. The group meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds and welcomes anyone who wants to learn more about fuchsias. For more information call 464-3827.
The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The 2009 Del Norte County Fair themed “Cowboy Boots and Country Roots” is slated for Aug. 6-9 and will feature a special concert appearance by ACM country/Western crooner Jake Owen, who was recently featured on the 2009 County Music Awards.
This year’s fair theme contest winner was Taylor Jones, who submitted the theme. Fair-goers will also be treated to shows, such as the Miss Del Norte Pageant, the destruction derby and the local award-winning rodeo Saturday, which, for the second straight year, has been voted by the cowboys as the CCPRA Rodeo Committee of the Year.
Rodeo Committee member John Bohannan said, “This award is a gauge of an outstanding event, but our real award is looking up and seeing the grandstands full of people.”
At the Western Fairs Association (WFA) conference held recently in Reno, Nev., the Del Norte County Fair won seven WFA Achievement Awards in the small fairs division for photography and marketing materials, including first-place awards for “Give it Your Best Shot” photos in categories of Agriculture or Exhibits, Entertainment and Carnival by local photographer/physician and Fair Board Director John Tynes, which were displayed at the Western Fairs Association’s 86th Annual Convention and Trade Show.
|The Teen Life Choices group has two goals.
From left to right: Ashley Powell, Devon Morgante, Michelle Morgante, Misty Ridenour, Mike Jones, and Micah Evans. Not pictured but also attending the class was student Amber Gensaw. Submitted photo
The first is to educate students regarding the negative risk factors of teen alcohol and drug use, and the second goal is to provide fun, positive, alternative skill building activities.
Thus far, the students have traveled to a Native American art show at the Westhaven Gallery in Trinidad, and have been to a live theater production of Jagun Fly at Humboldt State University.
The attached photo shows the students participating in a homemade pizza cooking lesson generously provided by Vita Cucina owners Devon and Michelle Morgante.
Future plans include a teen community barbeque, a trip to the newly refurbished Crescent City swimming pool, and a teen dance.
Holly Amber Heise and A.J. Meyer-Zlokovich are engaged to be married July 11, 2009, in Crescent City.
Holly is the daughter of Sandy and Jerry Webster.
A.J.’s parents are Jackie and Curtis Zlokovich and Jerry and Marilyn Meyer.
I wanted to share these photos taken April 15 of Emma, 6, and Phoebe, 11, taking their Junior Ranger pledges to preserve and protect our country’s national park lands while at the White House President’s Park in Washington, D,C.
I believe the Junior Ranger program is a great way to become active learners in our nation's most treasured national parks, monuments and historical sites.
As homeschoolers at Castle Rock, we have been able to visit many places near and far to learn firsthand about the unique natural, cultural and historical treasures of our nation.