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Members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California pose in front of the Stout Tree. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
As an outdoorsman who moved here three years ago to work for the newspaper, the Outdoor Writers Association of California gig held here during the past week was right up my alley.

Having started Redwood Rides, a local kayak and bike tour guide service with a longtime friend from Minnesota this summer, I was even equipped to show the writers myself what convinced me to stick around America’s Wild Rivers Coast past my soon-to-end Triplicate days. 


Students comb beaches for trash

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Crescent Elk Middle School students fan out to look for trash along Kellogg Beach during a September 2012 cleanup. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Volunteers statewide will fan out across California’s beaches, shorelines and inland waterways Saturday to clear away the debris that has accumulated over the past year.

But Del Norte County students are getting a head start on Friday. They’ll work on Saturday and next weekend too, said Crescent Elk Middle School teacher Joe Gillespie, who has coordinated the local California Coastal Cleanup effort for more than 20 years.


Local music fest is Saturday

Three regional bands will perform a mix of blues, rock, jazz, swing, funk and a little bluegrass during Stagelights’ outdoor Community Music Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The free three-hour concert, from 1-4 p.m., is set in the idyllic grass amphitheater on private property about a mile up Cape Ferrelo Drive off Highway 101, 6 miles north of Brookings.


Ocean Air Farms Fall Shin Digg

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Farm fans of all ages enjoy the festivities. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Ocean Air Farms opened their gates Sunday and put on a spread for the community featuring the best the farm has to offer.  

Ocean Air Farms, a 15-acre farm in Fort Dick that specializes in organic vegetables, held its annual Fall Shin Digg, featuring a lunch of pulled pork and salads and a dessert potluck.


Poet’s trials inspire work

Third-generation Japanese American poet Lawson Fusao Inada was born in Fresno, where his grandparents founded the Fresno Fish Market, his father was a dentist and his mother held a college degree in teaching.

“When I was a little kid — I had just turned 4 — we moved into the county fairgrounds,” Inada said in a recent interview. “We were there for several months — they built barracks at the fairgrounds — and then were moved by train to a camp in a swampy area in Arkansas.” 


Senior Sleuth: Harrington House joins Purple Purse Challenge

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year RHS Harrington House was chosen by the Allstate Foundation to participate in the Purple Purse Challenge, a fundraiser for domestic violence and sexual assault programs throughout the United States. The Allstate Foundation, which promotes economic independence for victims of domestic violence, joined with Crowd Rise, an online fundraising site, for this project.


Thanks for the sweet times at Berry Festival

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Sunny Baker, right, of the Department of Health and Human Services, helps a young cook put together a blackberry recipe at the Klamath Berry Festival. Submitted
Smokey the Bear, everybody’s favorite U.S. Forest Service employee, and some of his crew were able to take a break from fighting the nearby fire and attend our Berry Festival in Klamath this last Saturday. We had so much fun. 

Alex and his team from Home Depot brought little airplane constructing kits for the kids to build and then paint. It was the perfect activity to pair with the huge display of RC planes and flight simulator at another vendor’s booth, and all for free. 


Thank You: Firefighter saved a life

It was Saturday morning. My husband Bob and I had just come home from his appointment at the podiatrist for his toes and stopped at the Hiouchi Cafe, where we had a nice breakfast. We were in the process of walking up the garage stairs at our home and Bob lost his balance and tumbled down the stairs. His head lay motionless on the cement with his legs partially on the stairs. The fall had knocked him unconscious.


Birth: Pierce

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Colby James Pierce and Brody James Pierce
Colby James Pierce and Brody James Pierce were born July 27 at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. Colby weighed 4.1 pounds and measured 16 inches. Brody measured 4.7 pounds and measured 16¾ inches.


Engagement: Patterson, Thorpe

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Julie Patterson and Christopher Thorpe
Julie Patterson and Christopher Thorpe, both of Crescent City, are engaged to be married at 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 2015, in Hiouchi. Grace Lutheran Church will perform the ceremony.


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