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Del Norte People: Lance Duey: The story of a fisherman

This is another story about the traditions and culture of rural America, our home, the North Coast, Del Norte County. It’s about hardy souls who have chosen to venture out in good weather and bad to do best in what is in their heart and souls to support themselves and their families.

Most of all, it’s about Lance Duey.

My father Wes became a commercial fisherman after he retired as an iron worker and welder back in the early 1970s. I helped him build the Sea Otter, which is now set up on the southeast corner of Anchor Way. I pass by it proudly each time that I drive to Whaler Island or to eat at the Chart Room. He mainly fished for salmon during the summer and also fished for bottom fish at other times. He loved the ocean and what it provided for him.

 

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Reel Deal: As rain fell, a chance to fish the Smith

Local anglers took advantage of the rain and fished the main stem of the Smith River while it was high enough to bust the low-flow closure. But the flashy Smith drops quickly, forcing anglers to fish below the mouth of Rowdy Creek until the next showers.

Klamath salmon can still be found in great numbers far upriver with a lengthy drive, but salmon in the lower Klamath River has slowed down greatly. Steelhead, however, are just getting started. 

Smith River

Hordes of salmon are waiting for the right time to migrate up the Smith River and spawn. And while they wait dozens of anglers from boat and bank have been fishing the area below the mouth of Rowdy Creek, which remains open during low flow closure. 

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Artisan Cuisine: PRETZELS: FREEZE, BAKE AND SERVE

You can create an Oktoberfest all your own with homemade Bavarian-style pretzels. While I use food-grade lye in my home bakery for the color, flavor and texture, I’ve discovered that a simple substitute at home can help give your pretzels more flavor and color without lye.

What you do is take a box of baking soda and layer it an inch thick on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake it in your oven for 1 hour at 250F. Then, let cool and store in a sealed container until ready for use in the recipe.

This recipe is from my first ecookbook, “Pretzel Baker,” which is available on Amazon.com. You can freeze the pretzels once they are cooled down and they will reheat nicely in a hot oven or even a toaster. 

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Reel Deal: Tourists thin, but salmon keep coming on Klamath

Klamath River fishing is better than last week, although still relatively hit or miss, but the biggest change has been an exodus of the out-of-town anglers who flocked to the lower Klamath in recent weeks.

As for other bites, the ocean has been mostly too rough for fishing, the Smith River is under a low-flow closure until rains bump the main stem above 400 cubic feet per second, and the Trinity River is very crowded with anglers while producing steelhead.

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House Calls: Three things to give your unborn child

 

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Laura Lyons, a nurse practitioner at the Sutter Coast Community Clinic.

I’ve been honored to have cared for women in labor for almost 20 years. Now as a women’s heath care nurse practitioner I take care of women during their pregnancy, to help bring healthy babies into this world.

It is such an exciting time, and there is so much to talk about. It is also a time to make decisions that will affect you and your baby. We talk about the many changes going on and how to care for yourself and your growing baby.

It is the time in your life to take the best possible care of yourself. It is important to eat healthy, drink several glasses of water daily, exercise and get plenty of rest. Avoid things that can hurt you and your baby like toxic fumes, smoke, alcohol and drugs.

One of my favorite discussions is about a mother’s three gifts to her newborn. The first one is love, sometimes that’s not an instant, overwhelming feeling. Don’t worry, they will grow on you.

Remember if it isn’t love at first sight there is a good chance the birth was one of the greatest, most intense workouts of your life. Not to mention the tsunami of hormonal changes. Just put that little one skin to skin between your breasts right after birth and whisper a little prayer.

The second gift is clean air. Please, please don’t let anyone smoke around your little one. They can’t protect themselves, so it’s your job to protect their fragile lungs. Take them outside to breath in our fresh ocean air.

The third gift is your milk. It is a natural resource, healthy and nutritious. Your milk is everything your newborn needs for the first six months of life. Plus breastfeeding is cheap, always ready and helps protect your baby from infections. Another big plus is breastfed babies’ poop doesn’t stink.

We are programmed to survive, and one of the most healthy ways that babies can do so is the breast crawl. The baby is placed skin to skin between the mother’s breast and they can instinctually find their mother’s milk without guidance. They will latch on and begin to nurse.

Babies have limited vision but they can see a contrast of colors, which, along with their sense of smell, touch and taste, they can use to  find their mother’s milk. The best time to do this is right after birth while they are most alert.

Just think, in the animal world they are hard-wired to do the same. Little kangaroos are called joeys and their journey after being born is an incredible one. They are blind and much undeveloped when they are born, but still they can crawl up their mommy’s belly and into a pouch to find their source of mother’s milk.

So remember there is no formula that comes close to the ingredients that are in mother’s milk.  For a newborn to find life-supporting nutrition is an instinct; this is a skill a new mother may need some advice and assistance with. Here at Sutter Coast Hospital, our labor and delivery staff is experienced, knowledgeable and supportive.

Further, a newly developed group called The Del Norte Breastfeeding Coalition has the mission of making breast-feeding being the cultural and social norm in our county.  The coalition is composed of health-care professionals, community members and public health nurses.

Email suggestions for future House Calls columns to Beth Liles at Sutter Coast Hospital, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Artisan Cuisine: Eat raw local honey; reap many benefits

Ever see signs for raw local honey? Its flavor is so much nicer than the pasteurized honey sold at the store and it’s very good for you, too.

I love using it in my gourmet recipes instead of sugar or corn syrup. Did you know that you can start your own beehive and collect honey from the flowers and plants growing along your property?

If you  and your neighbors don’t spray with pesticides or use chemicals on your lawns and gardens you can have bees of your very own. Talk to a local beekeeper for advice or visit this website to find out how to get started:

http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/urban-livestock/bee-keeping/start-beehive.aspx.

 

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Reel Deal:Adult chinook are increasing on Klamath R.

 

Last week’s additional release of water from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River seems to be drawing more Chinook salmon into the lower Klamath River, according to fishing guides.

“Things have been picking up a little bit,” said fishing guide Steve Huber. (Tribal commercial season has) started, so that definitely took out some of the supply of fish, but there’s still plenty of action going around.”

Huber said the water temperature of the lower river “definitely cooled with that water release.”

More adult Chinook salmon were trickling into the system  along with salmon jacks and steelhead.

“Things will only get better from here on out,” Huber said.

 

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Warrior Memories: Looking back at a true star

One thing I always enjoy is looking back at some of the great teammates I had the privilege of playing Warrior sports with.

It seems the older I get the more treasured these memories become.

A 1950 graduate, Sonny May, is one of those special people. While at Del Norte Sonny played both football and baseball.

It was on the baseball field where Sonny really excelled. He was the corner anchor on two Warrior championship baseball teams. The 1949 and 1950  teams were the first of three straight championships.

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Yoga Bites: Make the most of gnarly waves and little ones

Yoga Bites appears every four weeks.

Everything everywhere moves in waves. Wave motion is the movement of life. Everything in the universe vibrates in wave-like patterns: sound waves, light waves, radio waves, ocean waves, seismic waves, heat waves, brain waves, peristaltic waves — even our breath, blood and heartbeats move in waves.

Here on the coast summer equals Lake Pacific, and deprived surfers tend to go a bit bonkers.  (Thank goodness this is also the Wild Rivers Coast where summer also equals river season!)  In perfect surfing paradise, head-high waves would peel for miles, one glassy peak after another. But in surfing, as in life, you’ve got to have the flat spells and micro swells to appreciate the excitement of the crazy, epic times.

Life is like a wave.  All waves come with crests and troughs, ups and downs, highs and lows. These ups and downs are the constant play of the polarities of life. Day follows night, fortune follows misfortune, and rain follows sunshine.  It is our attachment to having the “good” and our aversion to the “bad” that creates suffering.

 

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House Calls: Think about posture and get healthier

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Kristine Vargas, a physical therapy student at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Summer is here, and school is out. This may be the perfect time to address some of those aches and pains you have.

Most of us don’t realize how our posture could be causing us pain whether we’re fishing, running, swimming, window shopping, working at our desk or just sitting in front of the television.

Your spine has three natural curves, a cervical curve (your neck), a thoracic curve (your mid-back), and a lumbar curve (your low-back). Proper posture helps maintain these curves. Poor posture can cause extra stress on joints, leading to fatigue and pain in your neck, shoulders, back, and hips. This can also contribute to headaches, numbness and tingling in arms, wrists, and hands in people of all ages. 

 

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