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Del Norte 4-H: Del Norte County 4-H Christmas happenings

Editor’s note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. To­day’s column was written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado.

4-H open house is coming up

Del Norte County 4-H will be holding an open house and enrollment day Jan. 21 in the Arts and Crafts Building at the fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities and displays. We will also be taking enrollments for members and leaders. Enrollment is open to youth kindergarten through 18. Come and see what 4-H is all about.


Yoga Bites: We regenerate our bodies, why not our minds?

Yoga Bites appears every four weeks.

You are younger than you think you are.

People tend to think of their body as a fairly continual structure, however the majority of your body’s tissues are in a state of constant renewal, as old cells are discarded and new cells are generated in their place. Each type of tissue has its own rate of turnover, some regenerating in a few days, some over many years.

On present evidence, the only tissues that last a lifetime seem to be the neurons of the cerebral cortex, the inner lens cells of the eyes, and a woman’s oocytes (eggs). The average age of the cells in an adult body may be as young as seven years. The entire human skeleton rebuilds approximately every 10 years.


House Calls: Update that list of all the meds you’re taking

House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Ken Ortman, director of the Medial/Surgical Unit at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Did you ever wonder why the hospital asks you about your medications every time you go there?  Or ask yourself why they don’t remember from the last visit or can’t just get the list from your old records?

Well, according to numerous studies in hospitals throughout the country, medication errors injure and sometimes kill patients in alarming numbers. Nothing is more devastating to physician or nurses than knowing they have injured a patient. The emotional scars from a single incident will last a lifetime.

We as nurses and doctors have a commitment to you, the patient, to provide the best care possible, and that includes ensuring that the medications you’re taking are the ones you need for the illnesses you have. We also have a duty to ensure you’re not taking medications that don’t work with other medications or are no longer needed. A current list of all the medications you are taking is critical to this commitment. Only you know everything you are taking and can provide that information to us.


Meth, gun found during traffic stop

Driver’s home was scene of fatal shooting Nov. 20

A local man was arrested Saturday after authorities found methamphetamine and a gun during a traffic stop.

Authorities found about a gram of methamphetamine, a couple of grams of marijuana, paraphernalia and a small pistol in the car Donnell Parker was driving, sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said.

On Nov. 20, Parker was involved in an altercation at his house on A Street, which resulted in the death of Mike Napoli, a local business owner, after Napoli’s  gun went off during the struggle for it, authorities said.


CRDN Report: Several campus organizations hold recent events

Editor’s note: CRDN Report will appear every four weeks.

Welcome to the second edition of the CRDN report which is a monthly column designed to keep you the reader aware of what is going on or what has gone on, at the Crescent City campus of College of The Redwoods.

For those that might have missed the first column let me briefly introduce myself: my name is Steven Bevier and I am one of two student senators that represent CRDN in the College of The Redwoods college district. I am also the president of the Literary Club and an active member of the A.S.B. Club.


Del Norte People: The giant Chinook that got away

Editor’s note: Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears every four weeks.

This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime stories that can happen to a fisherman in his years on a lake, ocean, river or stream.

In this particular story, it happened to me, Chuck “Chub” Blackburn, veteran guide of 30 years on the North Coast, and Phil Schafer, prominent attorney from the Crescent City area.

This adventure took place on the Smith River, the spawning grounds of the giant Tyee Chinook salmon and the streamlined steelhead. The salmon in the Smith go up to the 60-pound range and the state-record steelhead was caught weighing 27 pounds, 7 ounces. This is the setting of this fish story on that Dec. 4, 1980.


Coastal Voices: Vets are still serving their communities

Veterans. They walk among us.

Americans have a short attention span about patriotic themes. It is popular to think about them on certain days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, sometimes on Armed Forces Day and a few other days during the year, but then attention shifts to other things.

Pearl Harbor Day mostly went unnoticed. The events of 9/11 have mostly faded from our minds except when the media reminds us for a few days. “Memorial” has changed from its original meaning.

I’m a flag waver and proud of it. I’m also a veteran and proud of my service. But I’m also very proud of all our veterans from all our war encounters.


Coastal Voices: Follow the law on cannabis

Regarding the Nov. 10 article, “County may target dispensaries,” Del Norte County counsel Gretchen Stuhr and certain officials from many of our communities are being completely disingenuous in their arguments against a well-regulated cannabis industry.

To declare that money can never change hands, that labor is not a business expense or that non-profit and not-for-profit organizations aren’t recognized whenever they’re comprised of qualified patients, are all theories that are demonstrably incorrect.

In the real world, community gardens, and cooperative or collective efforts all pool their resources, both physically and financially, to achieve their stated goals. In fact, our courts have already ruled (in County of Butte v. The Superior Court of Butte County) that associations of qualified individuals may contribute to and invest in cannabis associations however they are able to, with money or labor or in-kind contributions.


Warrior Memories: Changing seasons

People who work on a normal calendar look at this time of the year as the season changing from fall to winter, with the prospect of rainy days and cold nights.

Sports nuts like me look at this time of the year as changing from football season to basketball with the prospect of spending exciting nights in Thunen Gym watching our boys and girls basketball teams and our wrestling squad thrill Warrior fans.

I am really excited to see Blaine Lopez back on the court leading our varsity boys team. Blaine has always been one of my all-time favorite players when I was a coach and has proven to be as good a coach as he was a player.


House Calls: There is help to deal with end of a life

Read more...House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Melissa Ford, clinical director of Sutter Coast Home Care.

Emptiness, sadness, anxiety, and anger; these are just some of the emotions that a person may experience when facing a life-threatening illness or the loss of a loved one.

It is helpful to know what to expect, how to care for your loved one, and what to do when you think you can no longer go through the process alone.

It is not easy to specify exactly what will happen during the end of life process, as each person is unique. Sometimes the news of a life-threatening illness is sudden, and other times it is expected.

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