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Coastal Voices: Some tips for giving before year’s end

During the holiday season many Del Norte and Curry County residents, from all walks of life, support causes they care about with financial contributions, large and small.

For many nonprofits, a high percentage of donations are made in December (often in the last days or even hours of the year), which allows donors an opportunity to deduct their charitable contributions on their upcoming tax returns.

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Coastal Voices: Crucial partnership between state, tribe

As the holidays near, many Americans start planning how and where they will travel to meet up with family all around the U.S.  It is a foreign concept to me.

As an indigenous person, I cannot separate myself and my family from the lifeline of our redwood forests, the Pacific Ocean and the Smith River; we are from and of the land and waters of Northern California. I am a part of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, of the Smith River Rancheria. We have fished and gathered and lived among the redwoods and on the shores of the Pacific since our genesis, and our stewardship of ocean resources like seals, salmon and seaweed resulted in the abundance Europeans found when they came to our land.

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Basketball starting up brings back memories

Basketball season is here again. This is always a fun and exciting time for Warrior fans. 

I can look back a few years to the start of the 1947 season, when I first put on the red and white of old Warriors and took to the basketball court. 

Things have changed a lot since then. Colors changed from red and white to blue and gold.

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Artisan Cuisine: Candied citrus peels a nice holiday treat

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Candied citrus peels can be chopped up and added to cookies or dipped into chocoloate and given as a holiday gift. Photo courtesy of Ann Boulley
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

I love taking something normally thrown away like orange peels and turning it into a gourmet treat.

Yeah, instead of the compost bin, you can keep those citrus peels and make them candied and dipped in chocolate. Or, they can be added to holiday cookies for an extra zesty punch of flavor. 

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House Calls: Flying out patients common

House Calls runs monthly. Today’s column is written by Wayne Bunn, a case manager at Sutter Coast Hospital.

There is so much talk in the community and through the media about the concerns of patients being transferred out of Sutter Coast Hospital.

This is not a new concern for our hospital. We regularly transport patients out of the area for specialty services or higher level of acuity needs. We also transfer patients for services that can be provided locally because not all medical specialty services have 24-hour call coverage.

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Church Notebook: Plenty of local holiday services are coming soon

It’s almost Christmas.

So often, the real reason for Christmas is overlooked  as we go about our myriad chores getting ready for it. I think you all know by now that I like to use plants, pets, family situations — anything we encounter to highlight the importance of faith when I write this.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a miracle of birth.

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Letters to the Editor Dec. 19, 2013

Positive experience with Critical Access

I came to work at Sutter Coast Hospital in 2009 and fell in love with this community. I was fortunate to be offered a full-time job in 2010, and have worked here ever since.

Prior to working at Sutter Coast I worked at another small rural hospital that was designated a Critical Access hospital by the federal government.

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Church Notebook: Complete Grace Lutheran holiday services scheduled

Times have changed!

In the early days of my nursing career, I was reprimanded more than once for making my patients laugh!

It seemed to me that some cheer would help folks who were in the hospital — but some of my supervisors did not agree.

Tuesday, I had my right hip replaced at Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. I came home Thursday, a much shorter stay than that procedure used to take.

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California Focus: California kids holding own in math, science

Maybe it’s time to stop the steady stream of handwringing over how poorly America’s schoolkids, and California’s in particular, perform in subjects like math and science and realize they are actually doing OK, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

That’s the takeaway from 2011 test scores in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMS), an exam given by some states and 46 other countries and provinces. The 2011 results, latest available, were released this fall.

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Letters to the Editor Dec. 17, 2013

Lovely experience flying out of Crescent City

About 2 months ago I had the pleasure of waking up at 3 a.m. to meet our red eye flight to SFO that departed at 5 a.m. When I arrived after a lot of anticipation and primping only to find the plane was fogged in and wasn’t there, I decided to go back home and get a little more beauty sleep (at my age, I need all I can get). Well, by the time we flew out at 2 p.m. the sky was sunny and blue, you could easily see the white caps on the ocean and the whale vapor from the occasional passerby. 

For anyone that has never flown out of Crescent City, I highly recommend that trip — it is so beautiful from the air. 

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