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Off the Grid: Chopping, chanting to keep fire going

I … am … frontier … woman. I … am … uggh … frontier … woman. 

I chant this over, and over as I attempt to split wood.

Who knew obtaining, chopping and splitting wood could be so hard?


Petty Fever rocks Brookings

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Tom Petty cover band Petty Fever will play a free concert Sunday in Azalea Park in Brookings. Submitted
Classic rock fans will be able to sing along to their favor Tom Petty songs when Petty Fever, one of the premiere Tom Petty tribute bands, performs a free concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at Brookings’ Azalea Park.

The band will perform more than three decades of classic Petty hits such as American Girl, Free Falling, Breakdown, Running Down a Dream, I Won’t Back Down, and You Wreck Me.


Imagine our parks art installation

Imagine Our Parks, a moving artist installation made of objects, performances, readings and soundscapes, will visit Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on Monday and Tuesday.


Church Notebook: One place we can put our trust is in God

Sometimes we just have to learn lessons the hard way — like, maybe, thinking “It won’t happen to me.”

Or, finding out which things are really scams, though they are using the names of reputable companies.


Revisiting a new path

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Actor William E. Roberts returns to his Del Norte roots as a writer in two books, “An Ill Wind” and “Close to Home.” Courtesy William E. Roberts
Editor’s note: Triplicate Features Editor Jessica Cejnar received an acknowledgement in “An Ill Wind” for her help in the revision phase of Roberts’ book.

It may be difficult to peg William E. Roberts as a Del Norter.

His voice belies the 49 years he’s lived in Britain as well as his career as a stage actor, a voice actor and a narrator of audiobooks. But as he travels further down a new path as a writer, Roberts returns to the land of his childhood and in his first novel dumps a body in the Smith River.

“I had this idea, well, suppose this body is found, let’s see where that will lead,” Roberts said, adding that his main character, Arnold “Arnie” Rednapp, an investigative journalist from San Francisco, happens upon the scene by accident. “I felt my way as if I was Arnie Rednapp: What would I do next? I would use any friends I have to help dig out information.”


Parks celebrate 100 years

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Michael Muir, John Muir’s great grandson, will be at Redwood National and State Parks’ Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods on Sunday. Submitted
Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with the great-grandson of the “Father of the National Parks,” on Sunday.

Michael Muir, founder of Access Adventure and John Muir’s great-grandson, will bring his horse-drawn wheelchair-accessible vehicles to the foot of Bald Hills Road on Sunday for Redwood National and State Park’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods. 


Dune Ponds walk Sunday

Scope out the freshwater ponds that dot Tolowa Dunes State Park on Sunday.

Naturalist Sandra Jerabek will lead Del Norters on a four-mile hike through the heart of Tolowa Dee-ni’ territory during this nature program sponsored by the Tolowa Dunes Stewards and the Redwood Parks Conservancy.


Art Scene, June 23, 2016

Drum circle for veterans Saturday

A free of charge drum circle for veterans and their families will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St. Local professional percussionist Mombo Hernandez, a Vietnam veteran, will be the facilitator and hand drums and percussion instruments will be provided. Space is limited; veterans interested in participating must pre-register by contacting DNACA at 707-464-1336 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This activity is made possible by the Veterans Initiative in the Arts program of the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Parks host family camping trips

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Kids who participate in the summer hiking and camping program will have ‘endless rights’ to borrow backpacking and camping gear after summer ends. Submitted
Redwood National and State Parks has a summer of activities planned as it celebrates the National Park Service’s centennial, one of which is especially for Del Norte County’s fourth-graders.

Every week, youngsters and their families can accompany a National Park ranger down the California Coastal Trail to Nickel Creek Backcountry Camp. It’s a 2.5-mile hike along an abandoned section of the Old Redwood Highway with spectacular views at Crescent Beach Overlook.


Cory's People: 'Best day ever'

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Casey and Margaret Hague spend Father’s Day at Crescent Beach with their 1-year-old son Henry. Del Norte Triplicate / Cory Mitcham
Casey and Margaret Hague brought their adorable 1 year old son Henry to the beach this Father’s Day. Casey was born in Crescent City in 1980. The family lives in Blue Lake and made the 1 ½ hour trek to spend the day with his family at the beach. They were all smiles. Casey says, “Father’s Day is the best day ever.”


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