Rancherias indispensable to anti-abuse efforts

I would like to take a moment to express a heart felt thank you to both the Elk Valley Rancheria and the Smith River Rancheria.

Last year they both donated the use of their facilities so that we could hold "The Vagina Monologues." Since these were benefit productions we wanted to donate as much money as possible to our beneficiaries. With the support of the community and Elk Valley and Smith River rancherias, we were able to donate $7,800.

This year Elk Valley Rancheria is again donating the use of the community center for one performance and Smith River Rancheria is donating the use of the Tolowa Event Center for two performances.

Our goal is $10,000 for this year. I know we can do that and more. Please come out and support the agencies in our community who provide services to abused women and children.

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Our beneficiaries are: North Coast Rape Crisis Team, RHS Harrington House, Smith River Rancheria Community and Family Services Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program, and Inter Tribal Council of California's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.

Please come out and experience this amazing play. Tickets are only $10 at Del Norte Office Supply. Shows are Feb. 8andndash;9, 7 p.m., at the Tolowa Event Center; and Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center.

Again, thank you all for the generosity that you have shown to this important cause to stop violence against women and girls.

Feb. 14, 2013, is the 15th anniversary of the world wide V-Day Movement. One hundred and eighty-two countries are taking part in One Billion Rising. One billion women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. This is unacceptable!

We are asking one billion women and the men who care about them to dance in support of ending this violence. From noon to 11 p.m. we will hold a dance and silent auction at the VFW Hall at 810 H St. Please come and dance. Admittance is free! For more information go to

Benita Cabrera

EMTs quick to help

On Jan. 24, we had a medical emergency here at our home. I called 911 and in very short time the emergency response team from the Yurok Tribe arrived and administered initial care.It was necessary for them to contact Del Norte ambulance service. They also were quick to arrive here in Klamath. The 88-year-old patient was transported to Sutter Coast for further treatment.

The emergency responders from the tribe were efficient, timely and very knowledgeable. We wish to thank all involved in this emergency.

George C. Herrick,Klamath

Grateful to city

On my way south from Oregon to visit a friend, I stopped in Crescent City to check out the disc golf course at Beachfront Park. My uncanny luck allowed me to spend the afternoon with the course designer, Ron Cole.

Not only did I receive a guided tour of the course, but an amazing amount of helpful advice and instruction on how to improve my limited skills.

I found the course to be well-designed with good variety and am grateful to the community for their support of incorporating it within this beautiful park. I also commend the foresight of those involved to rejuvenate this area so devastated by the tsunami many years ago.

I especially appreciated Ron Cole's hospitality and his willingness to patiently impart his knowledge to this 61-year-old man, and spend his afternoon with me.

Thank you, Ron Cole, and Crescent City for this opportunity.

Tom Winters, Canyon City, Ore.