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Revisiting a new path

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Actor William E. Roberts returns to his Del Norte roots as a writer in two books, “An Ill Wind” and “Close to Home.” Courtesy William E. Roberts
Editor’s note: Triplicate Features Editor Jessica Cejnar received an acknowledgement in “An Ill Wind” for her help in the revision phase of Roberts’ book.

It may be difficult to peg William E. Roberts as a Del Norter.

His voice belies the 49 years he’s lived in Britain as well as his career as a stage actor, a voice actor and a narrator of audiobooks. But as he travels further down a new path as a writer, Roberts returns to the land of his childhood and in his first novel dumps a body in the Smith River.

“I had this idea, well, suppose this body is found, let’s see where that will lead,” Roberts said, adding that his main character, Arnold “Arnie” Rednapp, an investigative journalist from San Francisco, happens upon the scene by accident. “I felt my way as if I was Arnie Rednapp: What would I do next? I would use any friends I have to help dig out information.”


Parks celebrate 100 years

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Michael Muir, John Muir’s great grandson, will be at Redwood National and State Parks’ Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods on Sunday. Submitted
Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with the great-grandson of the “Father of the National Parks,” on Sunday.

Michael Muir, founder of Access Adventure and John Muir’s great-grandson, will bring his horse-drawn wheelchair-accessible vehicles to the foot of Bald Hills Road on Sunday for Redwood National and State Park’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods. 


Dune Ponds walk Sunday

Scope out the freshwater ponds that dot Tolowa Dunes State Park on Sunday.

Naturalist Sandra Jerabek will lead Del Norters on a four-mile hike through the heart of Tolowa Dee-ni’ territory during this nature program sponsored by the Tolowa Dunes Stewards and the Redwood Parks Conservancy.


Art Scene, June 23, 2016

Drum circle for veterans Saturday

A free of charge drum circle for veterans and their families will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St. Local professional percussionist Mombo Hernandez, a Vietnam veteran, will be the facilitator and hand drums and percussion instruments will be provided. Space is limited; veterans interested in participating must pre-register by contacting DNACA at 707-464-1336 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This activity is made possible by the Veterans Initiative in the Arts program of the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Parks host family camping trips

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Kids who participate in the summer hiking and camping program will have ‘endless rights’ to borrow backpacking and camping gear after summer ends. Submitted
Redwood National and State Parks has a summer of activities planned as it celebrates the National Park Service’s centennial, one of which is especially for Del Norte County’s fourth-graders.

Every week, youngsters and their families can accompany a National Park ranger down the California Coastal Trail to Nickel Creek Backcountry Camp. It’s a 2.5-mile hike along an abandoned section of the Old Redwood Highway with spectacular views at Crescent Beach Overlook.


Cory's People: 'Best day ever'

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Casey and Margaret Hague spend Father’s Day at Crescent Beach with their 1-year-old son Henry. Del Norte Triplicate / Cory Mitcham
Casey and Margaret Hague brought their adorable 1 year old son Henry to the beach this Father’s Day. Casey was born in Crescent City in 1980. The family lives in Blue Lake and made the 1 ½ hour trek to spend the day with his family at the beach. They were all smiles. Casey says, “Father’s Day is the best day ever.”


Habitat for Humanity: Family breaks ground for home

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Del Norte Habitat for Humanity volunteers broke ground last week on a new home in the Bertsch Tract. Submitted
A Del Norte family put shovels in the dirt last week on what will soon be their new home.

Mindy Davis and Jonathan Hurley and their kids, Dylan and Bailey, are partner families with Del Norte Habitat for Humanity. In about two years, Davis and Hurley will move into their first home and volunteers will have completed Del Norte County’s fifth Habitat for Humanity house.


Birth: Madilynn Amelia Hofmann-Noble

Madilynn Amelia Hofmann-Noble
Madilynn Amelia Hofmann-Noble was born May 1, 2016, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20 inches. Madilynn’s parents are Veronica Hofmann-Noble and Bryce Hofmann, of Crescent City. Her brother is Nathaniel Hofmann-Noble. Madilynn’s grandparents are Linda and Eddy Noble and Sheryl Rhines. Her great-grandparents are Duke and Maureen Bolen.


Birth: Wintress Iva Kirko

Wintress Iva Kirko
Wintress Iva Kirko was born May 31, 2016, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and measured 21 inches. Wintress’ parents are Bob Kirko and Ashley Siedschlag, of Brookings. Her siblings are Sophia and Wyatt Kirko. Wintress’ grandparents are Wes and Vickie Siedschlag, of Deming, Washington; Barbara and Lance Duey, of Crescent City; Mark and Jodi Kirko, of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Carl Maple, of Crescent City. Her great grandparents are Larry and Julia Worrell, of Mt. Vernon, Oregon; Vernon and Bobbie Silvers, of Limestone, Tennessee; Pat Siedschalag, of Deming, Washington, and Carol Maple, of Crescent City.


Birth: Madison Simone Woodley

Madison Simone Woodley
Madison Simone Woodley was born May 18, 2016, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces and measured 19 inches. Madison’s parents are Nina and Michael Woodley. Her sisters are Sarai and Savanna. Madison’s grandparents are Boon Hakchaleun, Sooth-ta Hakchaleun, Elynn Boshear and Tammie Hicks, all of Crescent City. Her great-grandparents are Vivian Heriford and Seth Hakchaleun, both of Crescent City.


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