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Donation means new dugouts

Del Norte Little League and Elk Valley Rancheria officials, along with some players, celebrate the $5,000 donation for dugouts. Photo courtesy Roger Schultz.
Del Norte Little League baseball and softball has for over 15 years provided the platform for thousands of our youth to experience a team sport. 

This year something special is happening down at Pike Field. This year we have been rewarded. Thanks to local business donations and volunteers, the Del Norte Little League 2009 Board is in the process of building new dugouts on two of the fields.

With no prompting other than for us to simply ask, several local businesses and people have donated time, money and materials that have allowed us to build four new dugouts for our baseball and softball fields. These dugouts are a momentous improvement to these fields. Our kids will enjoy the benefits from the use of these dugouts for years to come.

A new sense of pride has risen from our baseball and softball community.  With the variety of improvements the county has made combined with the improvements continued through Little League and now new dugouts, one would think they were fields from a much larger city. Anticipation and anxiety abound for kids and coaches alike. No one can wait until the new dugouts are complete and the first, “Play ball” is sounded. 

The 2009 Little League Board would like to express a deep heartfelt thanks to the local businesses and volunteers who have made the new dugouts possible.

• Elk Valley Rancheria
• Home Depot
• Red Sky Roofing
• Kenny Gavin, John Cox, Sam Davis
• The current 2009 Del Norte Little League Board and our volunteers

Planned Parenthood supports STD Awareness Month

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (SRPP) is proud to participate in a nationwide campaign with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation and to officially unveil “GYT: Get Yourself Tested,” a campaign to increase testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25 years of age. 

SRPP joins organizations across the country in the attempt to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases as well as educate the community. April 2009 is STD Awareness Month.

Sponsored by the American Social Health Association (ASHA), STD Awareness Month is an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases on the lives of Americans. It focuses on the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their health care providers and if sexually active, discussing it with their partners. 

School travel funded

Uncharted Shores Academy Director Margie Rouge, left, along with students Nicole Mattz, middle, and Courtney Mattz display the Target Field Trip Package that the school recently received. Submitted Photo
The Uncharted Shores Academy was recently awarded a grant for $800 from the Target Field Trip Grant Program.

The academy was selected from more than 25,000 applicants across the country, out of which 500 were awarded grants.

The grant will be used to take students from fifth through eighth grade to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., this month. Students are studying Shakespeare as part of their Renaissance studies and will be completing a dramatic workshop at the Shakespeare Festival as well as viewing a play.

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In the zone

A SLICE OF CASCADIA: This is a cross-section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone where the Juan de Fuca Plate is being pulled by gravity under the North American Plate.
Next time around, waves could be twice as high, and hit within minutes

On clear days, when the wind is  light and the storms have passed, the views from the bluffs of Pebble Beach evoke a feeling of serenity.

The waves lull. The surfers wait.

Placid waters disappear into the haze on the horizon.

Some who live here endearingly call this spectacle Lake Pacific. It’s peaceful. Beautiful. Calm.

But underneath our feet, and far below the pillows where we rest our heads, is a violently churning conveyor belt, endlessly recycling the earth’s crust in an area known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

In search of our last big Cascadia quake

This image of a simulated tsunami stretching from the West Coast to Japan is used on the cover of “The Orphan Tsunami of 1700 — Japanese Clues to a Parent Tsunami,” to show what would happen during a Cascadia Subduction Zone event. (Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)

More than a century before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on an expedition to reach the Pacific Ocean, the Cascadia Subduction Zone awoke.

When it did, it sent out a series of oceanic surges with devastating force, striking the eastern seaboard of Japan in what is known as the Orphan Tsunami of 1700.

Volunteers help River Run

Steve Berg strums the banjo and sings near the aid station during the Redwood Wild River Run on March 21. Submitted Photo
Most public events could not happen without the help of volunteers. The annual Redwood Wild River Run, held Saturday, March 21, was very fortunate to have many excellent volunteers.

Some of these wonderful people come year after year to help make the runs a successful and happy event. They help with registration, set signs and equipment up, collect number-name tags for the scoreboard, are timers for both the 5- and 15-kilometer races, put names and times on scoreboards, offer water and fruit, and man the aid station.

Steve and Debbie Berg have manned the aid station for many years offering water, encouragement and music. Steve plays the banjo and sings, even on rainy runs. When runners hear the music, they know they are close to the aid station. What a nice way to be greeted and encouraged!

The volunteers for this year’s Redwood Wild River Run were Mona Reich, Cliff Johnson, Lara Hirt, Kirk Roberts, Barbara and Larry Neumann, Mike Castagnola, the Del Norte Track Team, and Steve and Debbie Berg.

School District Kids 1st Fair

The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
With help from Taylor Powell, right, Sterling Moon, 6, and her brother Cameron Moon, 11, conduct a scientific experiment during the Del Norte Unified School District’s Kids 1st Fair on Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

Manos Unidos holds 2nd annual event

Participants talk to each other at the Latino Business Association meeting. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Manos Unidos Inc., a Latino-based organization, held its second annual Latino Business Association meeting Friday.

Crescent City Mayor Kelley Schellong and representatives of the Mexican Consulate, Assemblyman Wes Chesboro’s office, the office of the president of Humboldt State University, the Small Business Administration and local Latino businesses attended.

The event attracted more than 120 attendees, including participants from Curry and Humboldt counties.

“Economic growth and business enhancement is important to the Latino community,” stated founder Rene Quintana. “Now is the time for Latino business to grow and continue to employ local residents.”

The Del Norte Latino Business Association presented an award to Carmen Chavez-Fong for her years of  service to the community. An award was presented to the mother of Tania Torres, who at a young age passed away last year. Tania was recognized as a community leader and major contributor to the Latino community.

To view more photos of this event click here .

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