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Livestock buyers invest in young farmers at the Del Norte County Fair auction

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Karayna Bocock holds her grand champion roaster rabbit. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
At 10 years old, Jarrod Dixon was one of the smallest boys at the livestock auction on Sunday. His animal, a 1,288-pound steer, was one of the largest.

Jarrod, who is in his first year with the Fort Dick Grange, wrestled the animal, which was taller than him, into the seller’s pen, gripping the halter and forcing it to face the buyers. Hemmingsen Construction placed the winning bet at $3.25 per pound. 

Jarrod walked away with roughly $4,186 to put away for college.

“(A steer) is not for beginners,” he said.

Jarrod and more than 75 other youngsters with local Grange, 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs presented more than 100 animals to potential buyers at the 2014 Junior Livestock Auction on Sunday.


Tractor trek supports veterans

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C. Ivan Stoltzfus has driven his 1948 John Deere tractor cross-country from New Jersey to raise support for wounded veterans. Submitted photo
A retired Pennsylvania farmer is nearing the end of a journey that took him from the New Jersey shore to Del Norte’s redwoods in an effort to raise money for wounded veterans.

C. Ivan Stoltzfus, 67, backed his 1948 John Deere Model A tractor into the Atlantic Ocean at Manasquan, N.J., on April 26. Fourteen weeks after navigating his rig across 3,498 miles of back roads, Stoltzfus was less than 20 miles away from his destination on Monday. 

On Saturday, Stoltzfus will wend his way through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Crescent City to South Beach. Once there he will dip the tractor’s front end in the Pacific Ocean.


Birth: Cobb

Remy Gene Cobb
Remy Gene Cobb was born June 22, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches. Remy’s parents are Brantly Cobb and Liana Algis of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Ron and Betsy Algis, Charlott and Dean Baker and Allen Cobb and Paula Eads, all of Crescent City. Remy’s great grandparents are Bob and Darlene Merriweather and Elizabeth Jane Schulze, all of Crescent City. 


Birth: Mejia

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Esmeralda Marina Mejia
Esmeralda Marina Mejia was born July 25, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured more than 20 inches.


Senior Sleuth: Fair offers time to get to know movers, shakers

What better place to catch up on background news than to visit the booths in the main hall at the Del Norte County Fair. In this column, I’m featuring my favorite booth, Margie Rouge’s Uncharted Shores Academy (USA tuition-free K–8), and my favorite interview, a discussion with the amazing Ron Phillips.

According to the charter school’s brochure, “USA opened as a tax-supported, free alternative educational choice in Del Norte County in 2007.” It now occupies the building that was formerly the site of St. Joseph’s Catholic School, at 330 E Street in Crescent City. Both home-study and site-based classes are taught by credentialed teachers.


Crowning Achievement: Miss Del Norte

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In addition to all-American activities such as the rodeo, livestock auctions and demolition derby, Del Norte County’s fair wouldn’t be complete without a new Miss Del Norte.

Those who become Miss Del Norte are more than mere beauty queens. According to Dee Newton, one of three coordinators for the Miss Del Norte Pageant, the contestants must have at least a C grade-point average and be college-bound.

“They are young women entering their senior year of high school up to 25 years of age,” Newton said. “(Miss Del Norte) is a scholarship competition. The goal is they’re going to college.”

 


Keeping the light on

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Kathie and Keith Hammer live at Battery Point Lighthouse for a month each year, volunteering time for tours, minding the gift shop, maintenance and keeping the beacon lit.
 Bay Area couple volunteered past three Julys as keepers 

Visitors picked their way across the tide pools and climbed the short steep hill to Battery Point Lighthouse. But since the museum was closed last Thursday, folks contented themselves with exploring the tiny island instead.


Admiral visits C.C. Coast Guard station

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Left to right: Thomas O’Connor, division commander; Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio, 11th District Commander; Bev Noll, commercial fishing vessel examiner; DeAnna Stewart, Flotilla 8-11 commander, and Stevin Strickland, Flotilla 8-11 vice commander. Submitted photo by U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Mark Tatara
 U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio, the 11th District commander, visited Coast Guard Station Crescent City on July 16.


Youth team up with local stores to curb alcohol theft

A group of local high school students looking to combat teen alcohol theft and abuse in Crescent City is making headway.


Lessons learned from Grandma on being a strong woman in business

Editor’s note: This article is being reprinted with permission from Chico News & Review, where it was originally published July 24.

This past week, I was by the side of my grandma, Berni Rimack, as she took her last breath. Cancer tried to steal her away more than three years ago, but true to her nature, she stubbornly fought its grip to make it to her 70th birthday and my wedding day. She never let anyone or anything stand in her way — even a terminal illness.


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