Back Payne Wilson, Miller

for Smith River Tribal Council

May 19 will find the Smith River Rancheria holding their annual election for Tribal Council members. There are two seats up for grabs and I would like to endorse two candidates, as I had the pleasure and honor to have worked with both of these individuals during my seven-year employment in the administration department.

It is time now for some fresh blood and fresh ideas. Therefore I would like to endorse Connie Payne Wilson, who is astute in the financial and accounting field. During my association with Connie, I found her to be dependable, conscientious and honest and very much in tune with the tribe. I believe she will be an asset to the tribe and bring much needed fresh ideas to the council.

I would also like to endorse Kara Miller for re-election. As chairperson she has proven that she doesn't make split decisions but analyzes the situation and takes all matters into consideration.

Although I no longer work for Smith River Rancheria, I felt I could share my unbiased opinion with other members of the tribe. I highly recommend Connie Payne Wilson and Kara Miller for election to the council.

Marie Garcia


Community support ensured awareness activities' success

During the past month, service organizations and the local community rallied in support of April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. One of the events included the andquot;Blue Ribbon Fundraiserandquot; at Ray's Food Place. The fundraiser consisted of selling Blue Ribbons, a national symbol of the fight against child abuse. The ribbons were sold at check stands and displayed in the front window of Ray's for all to see. The Child Abuse Prevention Council would like to thank Ray's and all of the people who helped support the fundraiser and continue the fight against child abuse in Del Norte County.

The Seventh Annual Youth and Family Fair was the highlight of April. The Youth and Family Fair was a family friendly event held April 14 at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. More than 1,400 people attended the event that included 31 booths representing numerous groups that support youth and families all over the county. The booths were child friendly and offered games, raffles, food, face painting and free resources for families. Children's entertainment was also provided, as the crowd enjoyed demonstrations from Pacific Coast Aikido, the Skateboard Association, along with performances by Hmong Dancers and FIRST 5's Happy Toes. Jump Co also joined us for the second year, bringing Blow Up Slides and Bounce Houses for the kids.

A big thank you goes out to those who helped make Youth and Family Fair 2007 possible. CAPC, Del Norte County Health and Human Services, The Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods and First 5 Del Norte came together in collaboration to fund the event. Ray's and Chetco Federal Credit Union also provided water and bags for the event. The Family Assistance Network played a big role as well, providing a committee that spent hundreds of hours organizing and planning the event. Without all the support the event would have never been possible. Their time, dedication and passion for this event is priceless.

Thank you to all for helping make Child Abuse Prevention Month a success.

Dylan Nelson

Child Abuse Prevention Council


Crescent City