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Able to feel pride of who they are

Chris Miller, the keynote speaker for this year’s NorCal Disability Pride Day, signs his name on a sign at last year’s event. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Disabled invite community to share at Friday pride event

Chris Miller says he spent the early part of his life bitter and angry.

Miller, who lives with cerebral palsy, was in a wheelchair for the first 10 years of his life. He said he was angry because he couldn’t do many of the things kids his age were doing. But as he neared adulthood, Miller’s attitude toward himself and toward his disability began to change.

“I started surrounding myself with positive people who were like, ‘What are you complaining about? Knock it off and do something with yourself,’” he said. “I began to see how many important gifts and abilities and things I have to offer to the world simply because I have cerebral palsy."

Locals place well in juried show

Doug Minty earned the top award for his self portrait. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Local artists took home the first, second and third place prizes as well as honorable mentions in the Coast Redwood Art Association’s 10th-annual juried art show.

The art association will display 45 examples of two-dimensional art from 25 artists at the Crescent Harbor Gallery through October. Entries came from as far away as Longview, Washington, said Hank Northrip, the Coast Redwood Art Association’s vice president. The judges announced the art show winners at a reception Saturday.

“The lady from Longview, Washington, her drawing went and got the People’s Choice,” Northrip said, referring to a drawing in graphite from 19-year-old Jubilee Steely. “The people there at the reception thought it was the best in the whole show. The judges never match up with what the people like.”

Tsunami Sirens best Humboldt 168-135 in finale

North Coast Roller Derby completes second half comeback to beat sister league

For the second straight bout, the Tsunami Sirens took their opponents down to the wire, and this time the North Coast Roller Derby came out on top with a 168-135 victory over their sisterly rivals, Humboldt Roller Derby.

It’s the second year in a row that the Tsunami Sirens bested the roller derby that originally trained North Coast Roller Derby as it was forming back in 2011, and once again it was a nail-bitter.

“It was a very back and forth bout,” said blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko. “It was really exciting with a lot of lead changes. It was a super hard-hitting bout. We were fighting hard.”

Reaping rewards of reading

Derik Perry, 5, receives two books and a gorilla Friday for his participation in Del Norte Library’s reading program this summer. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Morgan Gossage clutched “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Friday as she waited for Teena Capshaw to announce the winners of the Del Norte Library’s summer reading program.

The Bess Maxwell fifth-grader had received the second book in the saga of “the boy who lived” for taking part in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge last year. This year, she would add the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder to her bookshelf.

“My goal this year was trying to get as many books as possible to read,” Morgan said, adding that she particularly enjoys R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps books. “And to have a good time.”

Morgan was one of 20 kids who took part in the library’s summer reading program, said Capshaw, Del Norte County’s library manager. Three adults also took part in the summer reading program while about 18 preschoolers attended the library’s storytime program.

Superheroes will spring into action

Local kids and grownups take part in CASA of Del Norte’s 2014 Superhero Fun Run. Last year’s event raised $3,000. CASA staff and volunteers hope to raise $4,000. Del Norte Triplicate file
 Beachgoers and funseekers shouldn’t be surprised Saturday to see Flash Gordon or Superman sprinting through Beachfront Park.

CASA of Del Norte invites runners and walkers of all ages to transform into their favorite masked crime fighter for the second-annual Superhero Fun Run. The event will include a 5k run/walk around the Crescent City Harbor and Beachfront Park as well as a one-mile kid run.

“One thing we’re doing differently this year is we’re trying to make it more of a bigger event for kids in the community,” said Christine Slette, CASA of Del Norte’s executive director. “Every kid who participates will get a medal and ACE Hardware will donate a bounce house. We’ll have a popcorn machine and we’ll have music.”

Birth: Marigold Nell Dauber

Marigold Nell Dauber
 Marigold Nell Dauber was born July 6, 2015, at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, Oregon. Her parents are Jessica and Canyon Dauber of Crescent City. Marigold’s sister is Elle Dauber. Marigold’s grandparents are Susie and Patrick Hawkins and Craig and Carlotta Dauber. Her great-grandparents are Gerold and Gilda Veneau, Marilu Mayer and Bob Dauber, Nell and Lloyd Powell and Tom and Cleon Hawkins.

Births: Jaxson Aldean Smith

Jaxson Aldean Smith was born July 28, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 6 pounds and measured 19 inches. Jaxson’s parents are Robert Smith and Kristin Folkenberg of Crescent City. His brother is Isaac Folkenberg. Jaxson’s grandparents are Doug and Kathy Folkenberg of Crescent City, Roberta Goodwin and Robert Smith, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. His great-grandparents are Norman Folkenberg of Crescent City and Danny Rood of Arlington, West Virginia.

Packed & ready to go

 Staff from Uncharted Shores Academy and Dennis Louy, safety trainer for the Office of Emergency Services, show off new disaster preparedness backpacks. The backpacks and emergency supplies were purchased with a $2,000 grant from the Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services. The backpacks will be kept in each classroom and other student areas.

Church Notebook: City provides us lots of worship options

Crescent City has a lot of churches.

We even have more than one of some denominations, and some non-denominational ones.

From the most traditional to the contemporary to the charismatic, whatever your choice, you can find it.

You're Jewish? No problem. There's Temple Beth Shalom and a congregation worth joining.

The science of wildfires

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke from multiple fires burning in Washington, Oregon and California on Aug. 19. Courtesy NASA
 Fire, a chemical reaction of heat, oxygen and a fuel source, has been wreaking havoc on the tinderbox that has become the West.

The National Wildfire Coordinating group’s Inciweb page shows 29 active blazes in Washington, 34 in Idaho, 19 in Oregon and two in Nevada. In California, firefighters are battling 38 wildfires from the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino County to the Gasquet Complex Fires in our own backyard.

Resources have become so scarce, firefighters are being brought in from other countries.

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