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Motorcycle Poker Run organized

The ninth annual Crescent City Motorcycle Poker Run will be held Saturday, June 6.

Tickets are $25 for single or $35 for a couple with all proceeds benefiting the 2009 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Crescent City. Tickets include entry into the event, a tri-tip barbecue lunch, ride pin for the first 150 participants, a raffle ticket, DJ music and a bike show.

A buffet-style breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Bingo Hall at Elk Valley Casino for $6 per person.

Registration will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Elk Valley Casino. The ride starts at 9 a.m. sharp. Participants will ride to Cave Junction, Ore., and return to the Elk Valley Head Start Building in Crescent City.

For information or a registration form, call Cliff at 460-3167 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Derby winners have been there before

The 27th annual Chopper Derby sponsored by Friends of Cal-Ore Fish was held last weekend.

In 1989, the team from Eugene, Ore., put together by Bob Ballin, won the derby sponsored by Friends of Cal-Ore Fish, parent organization Cal-Ore Fish Enhancement, Inc. In 1989, Bob was paired with a youngster guide who was a third generation Kutzkey fishing guide. Albert and Bob may have aged slightly, but their winning tradition continues in 2009.

While both have a few other wins under their fishing belts they put it all together again this year. Reminiscing about the derbies they have won and friends they made during the annual events provided many derby alumni with great memories of traditions.

Winter weather descended on the coast before the 27th annual event. The tradition of splitting teams between the Smith and Chetco took on a new twist since the Chetco River was deemed, by the Guide Committee, to be a little high for safe fishing/boating. Therefore, some last minute flexing of the schedule found all 28 boats on the Smith River for the Friday fishing.

Births Published March 4, 2009

Scholastic March 4, 2009

Chelsea Mellisa Newton of Crescent City has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Radford University, in Radford, Va.

She is the daughter of Richard Newton and a senior majoring in psychology.

Student Spotlight for March 4, 2009

Kidtown playgrounds to be enhanced

Wild Rivers Coast class, graduates of the 2008 Ford Initiative Leadership Program. Back row (from l-r): Pata Vang, Jody Mangum, Rob Carrillo, Tim Hoone, Reweti Wiki, Gerry Livingston, Perry Devine, Julie Payne, Moira Fossum, Jewels Cresser. Middle row: Va Her Vang, Michele Thomas, Karen Phillips, Brent Hoskinson, Georgia Nowlin, Randy Bancroft, Grant Scholes, Ruth Rhodes. Front row: Jodi Appel, Rachel Carrillo, Liz Lindley, Megan Webb, Jenesis Samai, Alycia Jacobson, Geneva Wiki, Susan Lunsford. Not pictured: Susan Bristow, Lisa Serrano. Submitted Photo
The popular Kidtown playgrounds in Crescent City and Brookings will soon be enhanced to make them more accessible for kids of all ages who have disabilities.

Graduates from the Ford Initiative Leadership Program, the Wild Rivers Coast class, have embraced this project as a positive contribution to their communities. Members of the class are from Brookings and Crescent City area and represent a diverse mix of citizens from business, local government, non-profits and high school students.

In 2008 Curry County was selected by the Ford Family Foundation for its Ford Institute Leadership Program. This program is a collaboration of the Ford Institute for Community Building and Rural Development Initiatives. A series of classes were given that focused on developing the community leadership capacity of individuals in order to promote vitality in rural communities.

The Leadership Development classes were in the fall/winter of 2008, with “graduation” in December. The selection and completion of a project within one year of the completion of classes is expected, and allows the participants to apply the tools they have acquired from their training.

Look for the Wild Rivers Coast class graduates in the coming months as they go out in the community to share their vision for Project Kidtown.

Students hear about law enforcement

Crescent City Police Officer Eric Apperson, left, and Officer Don Bloyd of the California Highway Patrol give a presentation on careers in law enforcement. Submitted Photo
The Del Norte High School Counseling Office is continuing to offer monthly career presentations for students to introduce them to a variety of career options.

This month’s presentation was on law enforcement. Officer Eric Apperson from the Crescent City Police Department, and Officer Don Bloyd from the California Highway Patrol shared their own personal and professional experiences with students. 

The next presenter will be Lisa Perry from the Natural Resources and Sciences department at Humboldt StateUniversity on Tuesday.

Interested DNHS sophomores, juniors and seniors can sign up in the counseling office by Monday to attend the workshop.

Advocates sought

Are you interested in helping children in our community?  CASA of Del Norte is holding a volunteer advocate training class at the end of March.

If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life and would like more information on volunteering, please call Anthony at 464-3320 ext. 203 or visit www.casadn.org .

Little black ants

The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

They’re a fact of life in rainy climates,

but there are ways to discourage them

The North Coast has an ant problem.
It’s not that our residents are dirtier than elsewhere, or that our houses are more open to invasion. It’s just that when the rain comes out, the ants come in, experts say.

Normal aging: the good, the bad and the ugly

Kathryn Wood will present a program on aging Saturday. Submitted Photo
Do you know the difference between normal and abnormal aging?

On Saturday, Kathryn Wood will present a program that will provide information to tell the difference. Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in gerontology nursing, and has been a family nurse practitioner for the past 32 years. 

Most experts agree that aging  happens throughout the life span. When younger, aging is associated with growth, maturation and discovery. But somewhere along the timeline of life, people begin to experience changes that are signs of decline.

Sore body parts are common.  Some changes are not necessarily harmful. With age, your hair thins and turns gray. Your skin thins, becomes less elastic and sags.

Other changes lead to loss of function of bodily organs. In the gastrointestinal system, for example, production of digestive enzymes diminishes, reducing your body’s ability to break down and absorb the nutrition from food.

So what body and mind changes are normal and what changes are abnormal that would require treatment and or medication? Learning the difference could mean a better quality of life.

The program is free and will be held at the Addie Meedom House, 1445 Parkway Drive at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be  served. For information call 464-3311.

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