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About to sail & dragging anchor

About to sail: Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and we don't mean the kind that fit on a finger or dangle from an ear. We instead refer to softball diamonds, on which the Del Norte High School Warriors team has sparkled this year. They're 17-3 and are 7-2 in the Big 5 Conference. On Wednesday, they earned an 8-4 victory over Eureka to take possession of first place. Friday, they split a doubleheader against Arcata. Be sure to check out one of their few remaining games.

Dragging anchor: How long does it take to find a president for the College of the Redwoods? At least a year. Despite that the last permanent president left in July, the Board of Trustees recently was unable to agree on one of three potential candidates for the post. Trustees now have hired a head-hunting outfit to find an interim president. Meanwhile, the search for a vice president to head the college's Del Norte campus is on hold. Given the college's declining enrollment and revenue, the need for a permanent president to get the institution turned around is paramount.

About to sail: The Tall-Masted Ships Festival has proven to be a big hit, drawing a wealth of visitors Tuesday to watch the vessels arrive and attracting school classes and visitors despite rainy weather. Considering the limited time to organize and raise funds, the event's organizers and sponsors certainly deserve kudos for their efforts. So also do the tall-ship's crews, who've been fabulous with the public and kids, showing them all around and taking time to answer questions. If you haven't seen the tall ships yet, then head down to the Crescent City Harbor this weekend.

About to sail: Kudos to Linda MacDonald for resigning. A federal inspector general found the Interior Department official had pressured field staff to rewrite assessments for animals being considered for endangered species listing. The result was the reduction of many species' habitats, including the bull trout on the Klamath River. Rather than uphold and enforce the law, she deliberately subverted it.

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