Park visitor was a bit stuffy
Redwood National and State Parks draw thousands of visitors each summer from all over the world. This summer's guests include a stuffed moose dressed like Theodore Roosevelt.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bull Moose Party, the National Park Service is circulating a bull moose stuffed animal, equipped with round-frame Roosevelt glasses.
The bull moose started at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, N.Y., and was then sent to Redwood Parks for his second stop.
Park Ranger Robert Gering took the moose to Corkscrew Tree, Big Tree and Howland Hill Road.
"He was impressed by Stout Tree," Gering said.
Roosevelt, a staunch supporter of the National Park Service,
criss-crossed the nation in 1912 to promote his Progressive (Bull Moose)
"Our adventurous moose wants to get his picture taken at some of the
nation's most beautiful and significant landmarks," a press release
states. "He's hoping to meet as many people as Roosevelt did back in
Minding students' business
Del Norte High School will have a business teacher for the first time
in 15 years this fall.
The school district recently hired a teacher from Minneapolis,
Superintendent Don Olson announced at the School Board meeting Thursday.
The new teacher will be instructing high schoolers in everything
business from how one works to personal finance to using Microsoft
Hiring a business teacher after all these years became possible after
reorganizing the teaching staff at DNHS, Olson said.
Unidentified and speedy
A UFO sighting shouldn't always imply aliens in the sky, but simply
an unidentified flying object - possibly an aerial military exercise or
maybe a commercial plane that just doesn't look right.
Darrin Bolshakoff, of Crescent City, was with his sister and her
boyfriend Sunday night when they saw something in the air they couldn't
"It looked like a satellite, but it was moving side to side and it
was much brighter," he said.
All three star-gazers then saw a red glow that blinked five to six
times before disappearing, seemingly zooming away at speeds too fast to
capture with the human eye.
"I had goosebumps and my hair was standing on the back of my neck,"
The National UFO Reporter Center (www.nuforc.org) collects and lists
sightings in an online database.
Three other California UFO sightings from Sunday were listed on the
website, but none was close to Del Norte County.
School gym bidding war
Ausland Group's low bid to build the gym at Smith River School has
been protested by the second-lowest bidder, Pierson Company in Eureka.
Deputy Superintendent Rodney Jahn told the School Board on Thursday
that the protest was over one of Ausland's subcontractor who isn't
licensed to work in California. Ausland is based in Grants Pass.
The district has been assured by Ausland that the subcontractor's
license had expired and would pay the fee to have it reinstated, Jahn
The advice from the district's attorney is that this is okay, as long
as the subcontractor is licensed "before setting foot on the project,"