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Artist returns to redwood country

Laura Wiens will return to Del Norte County from Hawaii this week for a showing of her paintings. Submitted
Laura Wiens has painted paradise for two years.

Living in Honolulu, Wiens’ oils have captured emerald mountains, tropical oceans and fiery sunsets. But she longs for Del Norte’s storm-ravaged rocks, towering redwood forests and rolling sand dunes, a feeling that has intensified since she began preparing for her latest art showing.

“It’s funny, all these paintings I’ve been doing here in preparing for this show, I felt like Richard and I were out hiking in the redwoods and the Tolowa Dunes again,” Wiens said, referring to her husband, former Triplicate editor and publisher Richard Wiens. “It was really cool.”

Tall ships making a brief stop after weather cuts visit short

Read more... Travel back to the 18th and 19th centuries when sail-festooned sloops plied the oceans to bring goods to a young United States of America.

The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will tie up at Citizens Dock in the Crescent City Harbor Monday and Tuesday. People will have an opportunity to tour the two ships for an hour on Tuesday before they depart the area for Coos Bay on Wednesday.

According to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, due to a system of severe weather, the two tall ships will extend their stay in Eureka while cutting their visit to Crescent City short. The ships’ Evening and Adventure Sails and their famous Battle Sails will be offered out of Eureka through Sunday.

Wolves in California: Biologist will field questions

Read more... Wildlife biologist John Stephenson will answer questions Friday about the growing presence of gray wolves in Oregon and California.

As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s wolf coordinator for Oregon, Stephenson has monitored the population growth of the large canines, tracked their movement and worked with ranchers concerned with potential danger to their livestock.

At a presentation sponsored by the Friends of Del Norte and College of the Redwoods on Friday, Stephenson will speak to the wolf recovery effort in the Northern Rockies in the 1990s and give a background on their status in the Lower 48. He said he won’t speak to wolf management policies in California, but will talk about OR7, the wolf named Journey who ventured from Oregon into Siskiyou, Shasta and Lassen counties.

Celebrating 100

Wiana Rustan will celebrate her birthday with 100 candles on her cake. She will reach her centennial on May 4. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Wiana Rustan will celebrate her birthday with a party, but when she puts another candle on the cake it will be ablaze with 100 flames.

Europe was in the throes of war when Rustan was born on May 4, 1916 in Mount Vernon, Washington. Woodrow Wilson was in the White House and it would be another four years before American women could vote.

Cory's People: Of quilts, church and kelp candy

Judy Potter came to Crescent City in 1961. Special to the Triplicate / Cory Mitcham
Is it that she was married to the same man for 50 years until his passing two years ago? That she was adopted at 6 weeks of age, taught in Del Norte Schools for 38 years, and beat breast cancer? Or is it that she can rock a quilt? 

I vote it’s because she knows how to make seaweed candy from bull kelp. Whatever the reason, there are many ways to appreciate Judy Potter.

Del Norte Rotary seeks foreign exchange students

Ella Uusitalo expected to go to Santa Rosa, but wound up in Del Norte County.

The 18-year-old who hails from Oulu, Finland’s fifth-largest city, was initially disappointed — Sonoma’s county seat is much bigger and is closer to San Francisco — but it didn’t take long for Uusitalo to realize that Del Norte is an amazing place.

“There’s some amazing people over here,” she said.

Wedding: Uhreen, Crockett

Amanda Uhreen and Don Crockett will soon share the same name. “I will laugh with you, see you smile, be your best friend, hold your hand, kiss you and be with you forever.”

Coming attractions: Distinguished Young Women

Savanna Alexandre
A total of $3,400 in scholarships will be up for grabs for nine girls Saturday who are competing in this year’s Distinguished Young Women of Del Norte program.

The girls, juniors in high school with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, will be judged on their scholastic achievement, talent and fitness. They will also face a one-on-one interview with the judges who will evaluate their self expression, said competition director Linda Taber.

Contestants also have a chance to receive an award, the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women, from their peers.

Rain's bounty brings burst of color

Read more... Months of heavy rains have turned Del Norte into an artist’s pallet of color with wildflowers springing up on the dunes, in the forests and in the mountains.

Folks will be able to see many of those flowers on display at the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show on Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds. Those attending will get to examine the carnivorous plants that call Del Norte County home and view wildflower art from local third-graders.

And for those who want to see the flowers in all their wild glory, naturalist Sandra Jerabek will lead a walk through the Tolowa Dunes on Saturday.

Beekeeping: Find out what all the buzz is about

Read more...With her two youngsters playing nearby, Alena Mack pulled a frame from her Langstroth hive and examined it.

Mack, who lives with her family off the grid in Big Flat, has never kept bees before, but her parents have. When she came home from college she’d watch her folks work with their hives. On one lucky day, Mack happened to be home when one of her father’s hives swarmed.

“Dad’s like ‘I could really use a hand, can you help me?’” She said. “That was so eye-opening for me on learning about bee behavior and why they swarm and how to collect a swarm. And that piqued my interest. Some day I really want to keep bees.”

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