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Young athlete is Austria-bound

Grace M. Bruschi. Submitted Photo
Grace M. Bruschi, 11, of Del Norte County was recently accepted to attend the “People to People Sports Ambassador Program” to be held in Austria in July.

 Grace has been involved in local youth sports since she was 5 years old. She has done basketball, softball, wrestling and even youth football, helping her team to take championship this last year.

When Grace’s parents received the letter of nomination for her to attend this event, they were totally excited and Grace was extremely excited. Although the expense is overwhelming, the family has set out to make a very energetic girl happy and a dream come true.

This is Grace’s hometown as she was born here and is of Native American heritage. Of course we wouldn’t even think about this being possible without the help of our friends and families of the community.

Grace’s family will hold a spaghetti feed fundraiser  April 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center, 2298 Norris Ave.

For more information call 465-3786.


Read-A-Thon pays off big

Pictured, from left, are Jennifer England, Jessica Haas, Bella Sandoval, and Napooi Shorty. Submitted Photo
On March 12, Norma Smith’s and Mady Wolsfeld’s sixth-grade classes from Crescent Elk Middle School presented Jennifer England and Jessica Haas of the Del Norte Family Resource Center with a $558.38 donation. The  classes held a Read-A-Thon on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.



Local wins award from horse group

Sally Campbell of Crescent City recently earned an award for logging 3,000 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horseback Riding Program.

The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.


If I’m your new pet, be patient with me

Who knows my past? I do, but I can’t tell anyone, but my body may show signs of neglect or abuse. I may have been left outside or chained up and separated from my “Human Pack.” There’s no way to share what baggage I may be carrying.

Now this human comes along and falls “in love” with me because I’m beautiful and wagging my tail, and they haven’t a clue about my history.

You picked me! Now I have to totally rely on you for quality of my life. Will you give me a better home from where I came? I have no idea what you expect from me.

Remember, you picked me!

My life is now starting all over. I don’t know my new name, there’s not one familiar smell or sound and everything is strange. I don’t even know how to tell you I’ve gotta go potty. Whatever my past life was, I had a routine, good or bad. I have no idea of what’s expected of me. I feel overwhelmed, my brain is on overload. If I don’t respond, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to, I just may not know how.

I’m your new “jewel” in the rough!

You now are “Pack Leader.” Be gentle, be kind, but most of all, please be patient.  
                
Jan Darling is a Homewardbound Golden Retriever Rescue volunteer


Why are we tsunami-prone ?

'64 just the worst one—so far 

 

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The path of the tsunami, below: 1964 devastation (Photo by Maris Ward courtesy of the Maris Ward family.)
It’s well known that Crescent City is tsunami-prone.

Since 1938, 22 tsunamis have been recorded along our shores, and in the past 150 years no other community in the contiguous U.S. has suffered more from them than we have.

This distinction attracts many tsunami experts to our area, in particular Humboldt State University Geology Professor Lori Dengler.

“Crescent City is an exciting place if you’re interested in tsunamis,” Dengler said during a recent visit to town.

 


Tsunami: Not fit for surfing

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  You can’t surf a tsunami.

Though this might seem obvious, there are surely people who have imagined it.

Even if you were brazen enough to try, tsunami expert and Humboldt State University Geology Professor Lori Dengler says there’s no point in even getting your surfboard out in the first place.

“In surfers’ language, a tsunami has no face. It’s not a breaking wave,” she said. “In order to surf you have to have a face ... There’s nothing to dig your board into.


Quilts for Troops: 120 and going strong

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20-year-old Heather Shaffer, the newest member of the Lighthouse Quilt Guild, sews together pieces during the Quilt Day Tea on Saturday. The Daily Triplicate/Adam Madison
Since the Lighthouse Quilt Guild members began to send their patchwork masterpieces to injured soldiers last year at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, production and membership has grown, according to guild members.

“So far we’ve made 120 that have gone and we get thank-you’s from the hospital in Germany,” said Lois Gehrman, chairwoman of the Quilt Day Tea on Saturday at the guild hosted its annual Quilt Day tea. “And most of them come with a story.”

Ruth Burrell, member and coordinator for the Quilts for Troops program, said production has grown due to more local members joining.

“We are sending a minimum of 10 quilts each month since a little over a year ago,” said Burrell.

She said more than five women have joined since last year and become contributing members.

To see more photos click here .


Redwood spelling bee winners

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Redwood School students who placed  at the county spelling bee March 9 posed with their trophies and school officials. Back row, from left, are School Board member William Parker, school Superintendent Jan Moorehouse, and Bill Hartwick, principal at Crescent Elk Middle School and coordinator of the spelling bee. Front row, from left, Steven Berry, first place, third grade; Marshall Neumann, first place, fourth grade; Pa Le Her, first place, seventh grade; and Joren Adams, first place, eighth grade. Not pictured: Bobby Kuntz, second place, eighth grade.


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


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