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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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  

 


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.

 


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. 


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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