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Birth: Medeiros

Holden Monte Medeiros
Holden Monte Medeiros was born Feb. 9, 2015, at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 inches.  

Holden’s parents are Emily and Randy Medeiros of Sacramento. His grandparents are Monte and Karen Satern of Gasquet and Randy and Marcy Medeiros of Vacaville. Holden’s great-grandmother is Marilyn Shaw of Crescent City.

Senior Sleuth: Hope in aquaponics for future generations

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.

Teach a man to fish, and he can eat for a lifetime.

Teach a man to grow fish, and he can feed the world.

The first two lines are from a profound Chinese Buddhist saying. The last line is from Jerry Reed, who was the main speaker at the March 4 meeting of Transition Del Norte at the Wellness Center on Washington.

Birds of a Feather: Local birds as diverse as fans

A brown pelican feeds near Whaler’s Island, one of many bird-watching hotspots around Del Norte. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Originally from Holland, Lucas Brug currently lives in Klamath but seeks out rare and unique birds all over Del Norte County.

What is so special about birds? Why not look at trees? They don’t move, so once you find one you can look at it as long as you want. 

There are undoubtedly many different reasons why people like birds, just as there are many different kinds of people that look at birds. And then there are lots of different ways of looking at birds. Some people enjoy feeding birds in their yards; others spend most of their free time and money pursuing rare birds in unusual places. 


Grist for the Mill: In some ways, DN is a food desert

I realized this week that I have something in common with Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lived in “little houses” in the big woods, on the prairie and by the shores of Silver Lake. I’ve lived in food deserts in the high desert, on the tundra and by the many shores of Del Norte.

Did you know that much of Del Norte County is classified as a food desert? Well, it is! Except for parts of Crescent City, the whole county fits the USDA definition.

According to the USDA, a food desert is a neighborhood or rural area that has limited access to affordable, nutritious food. It is partly about location — is there a grocery store nearby? — but also about whether people in the neighborhood can afford to shop at the store. With high rates of poverty in our communities and no grocery stores outside Crescent City, that leaves most of Del Norte, and even some parts of Crescent City, high and dry in terms of affordable healthy food access.

Close call with heart blockage a hard reminder

I knew better.

But I delayed acting on what I knew. Big mistake.

In the past, I have been asked why I sometimes mention my health issues.

Classic musical revived again

Karen Martinez sketches a detail of a pin-up mascot on a World War II airplane fuselage for the set. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
When folks enter Crescent Elk Auditorium next week, they’ll be transported to a palm tree-dotted paradise. But bringing the tropics to Crescent City took Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s set designers, painters, actors and musicians countless hours of hard work.

Rehearsals for LRT’s production of “South Pacific” started Jan. 5 and have been held four nights a week since. Set designers have spent Saturdays recreating Bali Ha’i, Emile de Becque’s plantation and the naval hospital. 

“There’s a whole entourage of people that you don’t see,” said Becky Wood, who is the production’s co-director and producer. “The people who build the set, the people who paint the set. The production staff is made up of 30 people. Some of them have overlapping roles because it’s community theater, and they’re on the stage as well.”

Del Norte 4-H: 4-H wraps up home ec., speaking projects

The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Jacki Bennett.

Over the past month, 4-H’ers have been preparing, practicing and completing projects for two very fun county 4-H events: Home Ec Day and County Presentation Day.

On Feb. 21, we had Home Ec Day at Pine Grove Elementary, where youth entered projects such as decorated cakes, photographs, fine art, crocheted and knitted items, clothing, appetizers, scrapbook pages, dessert in a jar, nutritious cookies, crafts and no-sew handmade items. Participating youth were Zoe McManus, Ayden McManus, Kaliana Throop, Elizabeth Mickee, Taylor Jones, Ryleigh Bennett, Jasmin Tripp, Brinkley Webb, Payton Webb and Ashlee Hicks. All of these youth received gold or blue awards and a prize for attending the event. Our Best of Shows participants were: Kaliana Throop, clothing; Taylor Jones, fine art; Kaliana Throop, scrapbooking and Ashlee Hicks, photography.

Local ‘Champions for Change’

Karen Cardy has always tried to get her family to eat healthy, but last summer she decided to let her children find out what it’s like to live off of junk food.

She gave her kids $20 a week for a month to go to the grocery store and buy whatever food they wanted. At the end of the month, her kids wrote down how they felt.

“My son said, ‘I can’t eat another TV dinner. They’re disgusting,’” said Cardy, who has seven children and seven grandchildren. “He felt terrible. He was getting more acne. These things were happening to his body in just one month. Now, they’re back to eating apples.”

Del Norte People: Fisherman remembered for prowess on Klamath

Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears monthly.

This past month I lost a friend of many years on the Klamath River, Merkie Oliver. 

I met Merkie in the summer of 1956 as I started guiding for salmon fishing at the Requa Resort, owned by Alvin and Juanita Larsen. There were about a dozen Yurok guides working out of Requa. I was 20 years old at the time, and I believe that Merkie was 23 — three years my senior. 

Birth: Cowart

Deaglan Alexander-Peter Cowart
Deaglan Alexander-Peter Cowart was born on Jan. 15, 2015, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore.  

His parents are Tim and Mary Cowart of Crescent City. Deaglan’s grandparents are Nick (deceased) and Venita Corcovelos of Klamath and Robert and Barbara (deceased) Cowart of Laytonville. Deaglan’s godparents are Alex and Nikki Meister of Riverside.

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