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Mobile veterinaray clinic in Klamath

Mitch Wright, 10, volunteers as a cat wrangler. Submitted
Mitch Wright, 10, volunteers as a cat wrangler at a spay-neuter clinic in Klamath on March 14 while his mother, Renee Hantke, a veterinarian technician, works inside the mobile unit assisting with surgery. Organizers spayed or neutered 20 cats in a single day, and vaccinated another 24 dogs and cats for rabies the next morning. The clinic was sponsored by the Animal Welfare Coalition of Del Norte, the Yurok Tribe, For All time Cat Haven, and the Humane Society of Del Norte. “With pet over-population alarmingly high in Del Norte County, we decided that something needed to be done,” said Chris McChesney, founder of F.A.T. Cat Haven.

Births Published March 25, 2009

Student Spotlight for March 25, 2009

Julindra Recycling


Scenes from Julindra Recycling (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

If it's reusable, it ends up here

A recycling center is where the containers of consumerism go to die, only to be reborn in some other form that can be bought and sold once again.

Whether you drop your recyclables off on the curb, in one of Del Norte Disposal’s recycling bins or personally take it in, it all goes to the same place: Julindra Inc, owned by long-time resident Jordan Kekry.


CAN to explore concept of a community farm

The Community Assistance Network (CAN) recently received notification that it had been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive a $25,000 planning grant to explore establishing a community farm in Del Norte County.

CAN is a solution-minded nonprofit organization interested in finding innovative ways to meet the needs of the community’s disadvantaged. In the spring of last year, CAN focused considerable energy on expanding the community garden project it had undertaken with the city of Crescent City and Seventh Day Adventist Church. The success of this project and the overwhelming support the gardens received from partners, businesses, volunteers, and low-income gardeners led CAN staff to begin brainstorming ways to expand the gardens so as to allow more clients to benefit from growing their own food.

Despite the vast availability of farmable acreage, Del Norte County has very little large-scale local agricultural production. As food prices in the area began to rise over the summer due to astronomical increases in fuel costs, the need for our community to become more self-sufficient in providing for its own food needs became that much more imperative. So, when a funding opportunity from the USDA came available to help nonprofits specifically address those needs, CAN jumped at the chance to undertake a planning phase for establishing a local farm.

With the help and knowledge of expert organic farmer Michael Laslovich, CAN will soon begin laying out the framework of a viable community farm for the region. The project is expected to not only involve low-income residents in growing their own produce, but will supply CAN’s food bank with fresh local fruits and vegetables; provide vocational education and outdoor learning opportunities for local students; and assist CAN in becoming more self-sufficient through the marketing and sale of specialty crops.

Anyone wanting more information about the impending farm project or those interested in partnering with CAN in this effort can contact Kirsten Green at 464-9190 ext 103.

Soroptimists awards luncheon

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Several women were presented with awards by the local Soroptimists Club at a luncheon ceremony March 10 at the Lighthouse Inn. From left, Kirsten Green received the Making a Difference for Women award, Neng Yang and Nicole Poole received the Women's Opportunity award, and Julia Dorman received the Violet Richardson award. Soroptimist International of Crescent City president Norma Niblack (second from right) and President-Elect Valerie Stapleton (far right) presented the awards.

Air Force graduate

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Air Force Airman Michael A. Thiessen has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Thiessen is the son of Annabell Thiessen of Crescent City, and a 2007 graduate of Del Norte High School.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

Homecoming queen

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Amy Ramirez, a Del Norte High School senior and 2008 Homecoming Queen, is competing in America’s Homecoming Queen Pageant and has been selected as a finalist for California’s 29th annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held March 21-22 at the Marriott Fullerton at California State University.

Amy participated in a three-year program at Del Norte High School, placing her in this year’s graduating class of 2009. She also attended College of the Redwoods, and plans to attend Humboldt State University this fall.

Amy is the daughter of Rocky and Rebecca Ramirez of Crescent City. Her sister, Rocksanne Ramirez, is the 2008 freshman princess.

Births Published March 18, 2009

Engagement: Powell-Mattingly


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