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Opening the door for teachers

Erik Tedsen, center, receives his teaching credential from CalStateTEACH staff in May. Submitted
 Erik Tedsen had already gone away for college, but when the time came to get his teaching credential he didn’t fancy leaving home again.

Tedsen, a 2006 Del Norte High School graduate, earned an English degree at Humboldt State University, specializing in education and minoring in recreation administration. After several years as a substitute teacher, Tedsen was accepted to Southern Oregon University’s credential program as well as CalStateTEACH.

“I decided I wanted to stay here,” he said. “I ended up going through CalStateTEACH and got a job at Crescent Elk.”

Birth: Saxon Steven Schultz

Saxon Steven Schultz
 Saxon Steven Schultz was born at 6:07 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2015. He weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20 inches. Saxon’s parents are Natasha and Saxon Schultz of Crescent City. His sister is Saraya Schultz. Saxon’s grandparents are Heather and Alfred Larson of Smith River and Tammy Taylor of Hiouchi. His great-grandparents are Susan Short of Crescent City and Donna and Jerry Cobb of Golden Valley, Arizona.

Birth: Derek Henry Soule

Derek Henry Soule
 Derek Henry Soule was born on May 29, 2015 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and measured 19¾ inches. Derek’s parents are David and Nicole Soule of Crescent City. His grandparents are Laurent and Linda Wanner, Hugh and Teresita Soule and Terile and William Keevil, all of Crescent City. Derek’s great-grandparents are Doris Wooley of Harbor, Oregon and Genevieve Fisher of Mountain Home, Idaho.

Historical bike tour of dunes planned

Tolowa Dunes Stewards on Sunday will take bikers and hikers near the site of one of the nation’s largest American Indian massacres.

The group, guided by Adam Spencer, local journalist and co-owner of Redwood Rides, will explore the northern end of Tolowa Dunes State Park. Hikers and bikers will travel an eight mile loop through forested dunes, grassy meadows and freshwater ponds. They may also see ducks, frogs, otters, butterflies and dragonflies.

The tour takes place from 9-11:30 a.m. Participants meet at the trailhead where they can rent a trail bike from Redwood Rides for $20 or bring their own mountain bike or hybrid for a suggested donation of $5. Participation is limited and registration is required by calling Sue Calla at 465-6191.

Stirring up interest

Read more... Local food policy advocates are gauging the community’s interest in a shared-use commercial kitchen for Del Norte County.

The Community Food Council of Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands has created a survey that asks if Del Norte County needs a shared-use commercial kitchen. It also asks what people would use it for, how much they would be willing to pay in hourly fees and where such a kitchen should be located.

If created, a shared-use commercial kitchen could help those wanting to get into the cottage food industry, said Angela Glore, the Community Food Council’s food programs director. It could also help those with existing home-based cottage food business expand.

Church Notebook: Much better to settle disputes than give in to vengefulness

As I have told many of you, I do this column Thursday nights after I return from Bible Study at my church. Sometimes, it seems like something from the study is worth sharing — and more so if it reminds me of something that illustrates that.

The study Thursday night centered around the passage in Romans that says we should not “repay evil for evil,” that we should not try to get even because God is the one who will settle the score.

I was reminded of a time, long past now, when I was not as strong in my faith. A time I relished the thought of doing just that.

I was an attendant in a state hospital, and a young, pregnant mom. My charge nurse was an old spinster, and if there was anything she detested, it was the three young, pregnant marrieds of us she wanted to be rid of in the worst way. And she had taken a particular dislike to me.

Able to feel pride of who they are

Chris Miller, the keynote speaker for this yearís NorCal Disability Pride Day, signs his name on a sign at last yearís event. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Disabled invite community to share at Friday pride event

Chris Miller says he spent the early part of his life bitter and angry.

Miller, who lives with cerebral palsy, was in a wheelchair for the first 10 years of his life. He said he was angry because he couldn’t do many of the things kids his age were doing. But as he neared adulthood, Miller’s attitude toward himself and toward his disability began to change.

“I started surrounding myself with positive people who were like, ‘What are you complaining about? Knock it off and do something with yourself,’” he said. “I began to see how many important gifts and abilities and things I have to offer to the world simply because I have cerebral palsy."

Locals place well in juried show

Doug Minty earned the top award for his self portrait. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Local artists took home the first, second and third place prizes as well as honorable mentions in the Coast Redwood Art Association’s 10th-annual juried art show.

The art association will display 45 examples of two-dimensional art from 25 artists at the Crescent Harbor Gallery through October. Entries came from as far away as Longview, Washington, said Hank Northrip, the Coast Redwood Art Association’s vice president. The judges announced the art show winners at a reception Saturday.

“The lady from Longview, Washington, her drawing went and got the People’s Choice,” Northrip said, referring to a drawing in graphite from 19-year-old Jubilee Steely. “The people there at the reception thought it was the best in the whole show. The judges never match up with what the people like.”

Tsunami Sirens best Humboldt 168-135 in finale

North Coast Roller Derby completes second half comeback to beat sister league

For the second straight bout, the Tsunami Sirens took their opponents down to the wire, and this time the North Coast Roller Derby came out on top with a 168-135 victory over their sisterly rivals, Humboldt Roller Derby.

It’s the second year in a row that the Tsunami Sirens bested the roller derby that originally trained North Coast Roller Derby as it was forming back in 2011, and once again it was a nail-bitter.

“It was a very back and forth bout,” said blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko. “It was really exciting with a lot of lead changes. It was a super hard-hitting bout. We were fighting hard.”

Reaping rewards of reading

Derik Perry, 5, receives two books and a gorilla Friday for his participation in Del Norte Libraryís reading program this summer. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Morgan Gossage clutched “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Friday as she waited for Teena Capshaw to announce the winners of the Del Norte Library’s summer reading program.

The Bess Maxwell fifth-grader had received the second book in the saga of “the boy who lived” for taking part in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge last year. This year, she would add the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder to her bookshelf.

“My goal this year was trying to get as many books as possible to read,” Morgan said, adding that she particularly enjoys R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps books. “And to have a good time.”

Morgan was one of 20 kids who took part in the library’s summer reading program, said Capshaw, Del Norte County’s library manager. Three adults also took part in the summer reading program while about 18 preschoolers attended the library’s storytime program.

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