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Coastal Voices: KRECR responds to serious fiscal challenges

School to close its Klamath campus 

As chairman of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods (KRECR) School Council, I’m writing to explain our serious financial situation, our response to it, and to highlight our commitment to educational excellence.

KRECR is a small charter school. For the past six years, we have served around 40 students a year. Knowing there was broader interest in our educational model, this year we opened a larger campus in Crescent City. Many families enrolled their children, boosting our enrollment to 126. 

We have learned through experience-won knowledge that the four components to a thriving school are community, social/emotional, teaching/learning and administration/financial. We now recognize that we have focused our talent and energy on building a positive school environment that meets students’ needs to the detriment of our financial operations.

This year, I’m happy to say we have straightened out our books. With clarity comes reality. We discovered we had made a serious accounting error and mixed restricted and unrestricted funds in response to cash flow challenges.

Accountability and sustainability are integral components of cash flow. Cash flow challenges are indicative of every school, especially in these dire financial times. This error failed to accurately reveal our operating shortfall. As such, KRECR is facing a deficit of $163,380 this school year. This may seem daunting, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to students, parents and/or guardians and are taking decisive action to address this serious fiscal challenge. We do have the ability to respond to this concern.

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House Calls: The risk of pneumonia, flu going up

 

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Doron Andrews, a respiratory therapist at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Now that winter has come upon us and the rain has finally stormed its way in, many of us are considering staying inside to avoid the weather.

While most of us stock up for the cold season with hand sanitizer and vitamin C, there are other things we should stay aware of.  This time of the year is also known as flu and pneumonia season.

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Most people are ill with the flu for only a few days, but some get much sicker and require hospitalization. Imagine all off a sudden you start to feel exhausted, dehydrated, and unable to take in a full breath of air without feeling pain. If this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s no longer the flu or cold you’re fighting against, you have pneumonia.  Today I’ll remind you of the signs, symptoms and some preventative measures you can take for both the flu and pneumonia.     

 

 

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Faith: Time to celebrate our faith and hope

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Father Adam Kotas
 Christmas season brings reminder that there is always a place to find hope 

The following was written by Father Adam Kotas of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crescent City.

Right before Christmas for the past few years a group of atheists puts up billboards in many states that read in part, “why are you celebrating Christmas, don’t you know it is all just a myth?”

My response to these self-proclaimed atheists is, “try living without the Christmas message of hope in times of trouble, in times of trial, in times of sickness, in times of death, in times of suffering!”

I feel sadness for the people behind these billboards for I know firsthand the results of atheism in the life of a person, a country, and the destruction it causes in the life of a family. I know this because I grew up under an atheistic system in my native Poland that strove to remove God from people’s lives.

 

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Coastal Voices: A look at what the city accomplished

As your outgoing mayor for 2011/2012, I want to thank the community and my fellow City Council members for the honor bestowed upon me and highlight some of the projects we have achieved together:

Last year’s Christmas celebration started off the season with Santa landing in a helicopter dazzling kids of all ages thanks to the Business Improvement District efforts.

Former Mayor Charles Slert unexpectedly resigned, bringing us Rick Holley in an appointment to the City Council.

The city became more involved with the California League of Cities Redwood Empire Division, and I was appointed to the Legislative Committee, Richard Enea continued his appointment to the Public Safety Committee and we attended the quarterly conferences in Lakeport, Eureka and hosted the meeting here in July offering us an opportunity to showcase the city with tours of the area and facilities in addition to becoming involved with the Coastal Cities group in an effort to work in a more homogeneous nature with the California Coastal Commission and the amendments to our Local Coastal Plan.

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Vista Point: DN place to be after apocalypse

Beware of nukes. Beware of zombies. Beware of too much of a good thing, and beware of the consequences of not enough.

About 10 years ago, an in-law relative of mine bought a small second home in extreme southeast Idaho. It was, he figured, the safest spot within reasonable driving distance of his home to be in the event of a nuclear bombardment of the United States.

Personally, I’m not losing any sleep over thermonuclear war, but I confess to a certain kind of what-if doomsday thinking of my own. 

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Artisan Cuisine: Keep warm with French onion soup

When I owned a cafe in Brookings, the No. 1 item requested and served was French onion soup.

I started the day before slicing onions into thin rings, as thin as I could get them with my mandolin. You can get thin slices with a good knife too. Either way, be careful and take precautions not to slice your fingers.

Since I was making a lot of them I would caramelize my onions in the oven. This makes it easy to do a huge panful and you don’t have to babysit it and keep stirring it constantly.

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Hey Ranger: SPECTATOR SPORT: SALMON SPAWNING

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Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson A spawning salmon in Mill Creek thrashes in the water as one of its final acts before expring after a journey from the sea.
The “Hey Ranger” column written by employees of the Redwood National and State Parks is published monthly. Today’s column is by Park Ranger Susan Davis.

There! Right by that mossy rock, where that white stick is twitching in the current! Wait … well, I thought I saw it … maybe not.

The dark mass shifts ever so slightly, teasing with a brief flash that one doesn’t quite see; the shadow moves, then morphs into a different shape, then shifts again. And you’re still wondering in the quiet if something is really there. Suddenly the water explodes in a tumult of splashing as writhing forms tear against the current and you can see one, two, no — three —huge fish in improbably shallow water thrash their way up to the next deep sheltering pool.

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House Calls: Getting the facts about heart failure

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Trish Walker, a registered nurse with Sutter Coast Home Care. It is the first in a series addressing heat failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF).

Heart failure (HF) is the fastest-growing diagnosis in the world today. It affects nearly 6 million adults. There are approximately 450,000 new cases diagnosed annually, and 20 percent of those diagnosed will die within the first year, 50 percent within five years.

HF is also the most frequent cause of hospitalization in adults over 65. The numbers are staggering. There are approximately 900,000 people hospitalized with HF annually, and of those, 250,000 die.  The costs amount to roughly $40 billion annually, with emergency room costs at around $15 billion.

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Reel Deal: Rain means time to fish the Smith

Don’t drop anchor when other fishermen are present on rivers

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Courtesy Wild Rivers Fishing Jeff and Brandon Chambers of Sacramento hold up a pair of king salmon caught Thursday on the Smith River while fishing with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The salmon were caught on MagLip plugs with a sardine wrap. They drifted from the Outhouse to the county ramp on Fred Haight Drive.
Nobody loves the rain more than a Smith River fisherman, and dozens of anglers took to the Smith this past week to get in on some chinook salmon action with the first big rains of the season.

Even though it’s late in the Klamath River season, the bite continues with monster-sized salmon reported to be entering the system.

There’s still five more days left for catching groundfish on the ocean (Del Norte’s season closes Wednesday), but the forecast doesn’t look calm enough to take advantage — but it’s your call.

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Transition to winter season

Del Norte Gardening runs monthly. Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

As the leaves turn color and the chill returns to the air, we are reminded of the changing seasons. From our perspective it was a beautiful summer.

All in all, we at Ocean Air Farms are satisfied with the 2012 growing season. However, all good things must come to an end, leaving us an undisclosed amount of time to prepare for when the weather is not as favorable, or downright atrocious.

We usually take this time of year to transition into winter by putting our fields to rest with cover crops, by stashing everything inside that could be damaged or fly away. Last year, we were blessed with a mild fall, which provided ample time to close shop for winter.  

 

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