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Henry Perdue a key part of ’46 Warriors

While still a student at Crescent Elk and with a father who taught and coached basketball and baseball at the high school, I had the privilege of watching a lot of high school teams practice.

The 1946 Warrior football team was one I spent a lot of time watching and as a result got to know many of the players.

Eleven-man football was just making a comeback after being dropped during World War II. The team was coached by Phil Crawford, who was only here for one year.

As a former coach myself,  I am amazed at the job he did coaching by himself — he had no assistants. Since I had never played football but always wanted to be an end, I took special interest in the Warrior ends.

Henry Perdue, a 1947 Warrior graduate, was one of the starting ends on the 1946 team. The team had a five- game schedule and finished with a 1-4 record, beating Ferndale 14-0.

 Henry was a three-sport Warrior, playing football, basketball and baseball. When Henry took to the basketball court he was considered one of the Warriors’ best all-around players. The team was also coached by Phil Crawford, since in the old days a coach was hired to coach everything. The team played 12 games, all against league teams, and won four.


Walk Your World: A drive to visit the Vulcans

After about a mile on the trail, both Vulcan Lake and Vulcan Peak come into view. From this point, the descent to the lake begins. Del Norte Triplicate / Richard Wiens
This column usually focuses on what happens afoot, but if you’re thinking about heading for Southern Oregon’s Vulcans, the lake and/or peak, the first thing to consider is the drive.

The Vulcans are about 30 road miles northeast of Brookings, but the last 14 or so miles are on gravel and get increasingly dicey as you climb. Laura and I drove them the other day in our Honda Civic, but the bumpy ride had us missing our old Jeep Cherokee. We probably wouldn’t do it again in a sedan.

The real adventure came near the top. We’d planned to head for the Vulcan Peak trailhead first, but we missed the unmarked turnoff. Plan B kicked in as we drove the last 1.7 miles of Road 1909 to the Vulcan Lake trailhead. One of our hiking books describes this stretch of road as “rough.” That’s one accurate word for it.

It was a white-knuckler. The path narrowed and bigger rocks proliferated. Fearing for the Civic’s undercarriage, I stopped twice to toss aside the largest stones. Gazing at the drop-off’s expanse of scrubby pines, I was reminded of our off-roading days in the Colorado Rockies. Did I mention we used to have a Jeep Cherokee?

There was no turning back and eventually we reached the road’s end where, miraculously, another couple was pulling hiking gear out of their sedan. Hard as they are to get to, the Vulcans attract their share of visitors.


House Calls: Skin-to-skin contact for newborns

Jeannine Williams-Barnard is a registered nurse for the Family Birth Center at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Remember the old images of a baby being born, held upside down by the feet and spanked by the doctor to make it cry?

I’m not sure if this was actually ever done to newborns, but one thing is clear — when it comes to the experience of being born, we’ve come a long way, baby!

 All of the major organizations involved with improving health of newborns, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the World Health Organization recommend skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth for all stable mothers and babies.

Following Sutter Health’s lead, the staff at Sutter Coast Hospital’s Family Birth Center began practicing the “Golden Hour” of skin-to-skin bonding time a few years ago, and have seen first-hand the benefits to both mothers and babies. 

Our efforts to promote skin-to-skin bonding time led to major changes in the way mothers undergoing caesarean sections receive recovery room care as well. Previously, mothers moved from the operating room to the recovery room, causing a delay in contact with their babies. Now, mothers proceed from the operating room directly back to their Family Birth Center room for recovery and simultaneous bonding time. 

To further reduce any delay in bonding, we are beginning to give thought to how to safely achieve skin-to-skin contact in the operating room for mothers who would like to try.


Church Notebook: Music events at two churches

Time is getting short for filling up Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

Have you gotten started on your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child yet?

Before we know it, September will be over — and they have to be ready by the middle of November, so Samaritan’s Purse folks can get them sorted and headed in the right directions for Christmas.

I hadn’t started yet, and was reminded by a friend who brought me several boxes of crayons “for your shoeboxes.” Oops! Time for me to get busy.

I love doing these, and it’s fun to see just how much I can stuff into an individual box. I do that not only for the fun of it, but so that if the folks at Samaritan’s Purse find a box that has been sparsely packed, they can take some things out of my boxes and fill out some of the others.

The boxes go all over, in needy places here in our country, and in many, many others. They let children know that someone cares about them. Often they are the only Christmas gifts these children will receive.

Boxes are identified with tags showing gender and age groups 2–5, 6–10 and 11–14.


Pages of History: High school newspaper makes debut

From the pages of the Crescent City American, September 1930.

The first issue of the Crestonian, official Del Norte High school paper, came out Monday with a summary of the school’s activities since school began Aug. 18. 

The paper is published under the following capable students of journalism: editor Ruth Jenkins, business manager Sue McNamara, sports editor Howard Moll, assistant sports editor Donald McMillan, humor editor Ann Ireland, reporters Mary Peacock and Gertrude Juza, circulation manager Leland Peterson and faculty advisor Miss Edith Loomes. 

Telephone men here 

Chas. Gannon, district equipment supervisor, with his assistant, Mr. Schmitz, were in this city the first of the week from Marshfield, Ore., the West Coast Telephone Company’s district headquarters, to make adjustments on the local switchboard.

First preparations to install the printer, which is on this year’s program, were also taken by Mr. Gannon. They will return here in a few weeks to make further preparations for the installation of the printer, which when installed will take the place of the present telegraph system. 

Naturalization papers filed

When naturalization classes are held here in December under a representative from the Naturalization Department in San Francisco, four aliens will take the exam.

Those who have filed their papers with County Clerk Emma Cooper for admission to citizenship are: Viggo Hoyer, native of Australia; Magnus B. Ingvardsen, native of Denmark; Manuel G. Maciel, native of Portugal; and Eugenia Sarina, native of Switzerland. 


Letters to the Editor Sept. 19, 2013

Call on Brown to veto unconstitutional gun bills

Recently, Colorado voters recalled two state senators responsible for forcing restrictive gun control measures onto law-abiding gun owners.

Our assemblyman, Wes Chesbro, has also voted in support of numerous gun control bills, including the onerous SB 374, which bans virtually all semi-automatic rifles and shotguns in California. Not only so-called “assault weapons,” but all semi-auto rifles and shotguns!

Chesbro also voted in support of restricting the purchase of handgun ammunition and the creation of a fingerprint database for all ammunition purchasers.

Under the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, these bills are blatantly unconstitutional. However, the gun-grabbers in Sacramento know that it will take years for the courts to rule on these matters. They are counting on eliminating these firearms before the courts can intercede.

Law-abiding gun owners must act now to protect their Second Amendment rights. SB 374 has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature. He has until Oct. 13 to veto the bill or it becomes law.


E & P: Publisher’s office finally open again

My column bears a new name today, and arrives with a fresh commitment to write it more regularly. The last few weeks have blown by in a whirlwind — a pretty lousy excuse for not corresponding with readers, but the best I’ve got.

With the retirement of Michele Postal in early August, I took on the dual roles of Triplicate editor and publisher. Hence the new column name.

Only this week did I move into the publisher’s office, however, after it got a bit of a makeover courtesy of my wife and Neighbors editor, Laura, a true Renaissance woman who not only painted the walls but then adorned some of them with her own oil paintings.

I’m also maintaining a desk in the newsroom, but moving into that office is an important step. Being there is a constant reminder to think like a publisher who is ultimately responsible for the entire operation of the newspaper and its printing plant.

Fortunately, I’ve got help. Last month also saw the promotion of Kyle Curtis to operations manager and the arrival of circulation director David Jeffcoat. They’re part of a management team that includes Cindy Vosburg in advertising, Stacy Pottorff in accounting and David DeLonge at the printing plant.

All of them were sitting at a conference table in the reopened publisher’s office this week. I silently marvelled at their expertise as we got down to the business of making sure we’re doing everything we can to serve our community as its primary source of local information — both news and advertising.

Meanwhile, maybe 20 feet west in the newsroom, Assistant Editor Matthew Durkee and Photography/Design Editor Bryant Anderson have stepped up to keep things rolling while their boss has been somewhat distracted.

We’re currently without a sports editor after Robert Husseman returned to his Western Oregon roots, taking a job at the McMinnville News-Register. Bear with us as we keep track of sports by committee until Robert’s replacement arrives next month.

Bottom line: Things are OK, and we’ve got the folks in place to keep it that way as the Triplicate evolves. More on that in the coming weeks.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 17, 2013

Bypass Last Chance Grade with bridge

I am writing in response to the recent letters concerning Last Chance Grade.

I would like to suggest putting in a bridge. Start back about one-eighth of a mile in both directions where the land is stable, come out over the ocean and bypass this unstable land. 

Dorothy Heinisch, Crescent City

Criminals not held accountable here

Do you know the problem with this county? It is when someone steals something from someone else or breaks into a house or place of business and no one wants to press charges against these thieves.


Letters to the Editor Sept. 14, 2013

Tsunami resistant, but what about rust?

Reading the Triplicate’s article on the tsunami upgrades of our harbor (“The harbor gets tougher,” Sept. 5) brought to mind an observation I made there.

Dutra Co. stored various parts in the yard all around the harbor and I noticed some hot dip galvanized weldments of varying shapes, apparently to be used on or under water.

One needs to know that weld spatter, the little droplets of metal and slack that happen to fall next to the weld seam, are only lightly fused to the base metal and are easily knocked off. If one galvanizes over them, in time rust will form under them or they will get knocked off and rust will start at that uncoated site.

Since the failure of a zinc coat is predictable, most companies would not accept improperly prepared weldments for galvanizing.

If memory serves right, in California, Caltrans has an industry-wide recognized specification for galvanizing of welded structures. It did not appear any effort was made to remove weld spatter on the weldments I saw.

So while our harbor may be tsunami-resistant, simple rust is a different matter.

Norbert Beising, Hiouchi


California Focus: Lines blur between citizens, non-citizens

As the lines begin to blur between American citizens living in California and immigrants who are here legally, it’s fair to begin asking, what’s the difference? What rights and privileges should be reserved strictly for citizens?

These questions are highlighted by two bills that swept easily through the California Legislature, one already signed without much fanfare by Gov. Jerry Brown, the other awaiting his signature at this writing.

Essentially, they take some functions previously reserved entirely for citizens and open them up to legal residents, green card holders.

These developments really began almost 150 years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment applied to foreign residents of this country and not only to citizens. From then on, immigrants were entitled to equal protection under all laws. They already could own property, and right up to this day, they can hold virtually any job if they possess documents showing their presence here is legal.

So what’s left as the exclusive realm of citizens? Voting and its offshoots, for one thing. One of those offshoots is jury duty, where voting rolls are usually used when state and federal courts summon individuals to serve. Another is working at the polls, where individuals sign up with county officials to verify that voters only cast one ballot and to assist anyone who can’t understand how to use the state’s seemingly ever-changing ballots, which in the last two decades have evolved from punching chads out of cards through electronic machines to the Ink-a-Vote system used in most counties today.

But the new law and its possible companion put big dents into these former reserves for citizens.

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