About to sail: Congratulations and good luck to Del Norte High School track and field athlete Kelsy Hintz. who is competing today at the CIF State Meet at Sacramento City College. Though only a junior, this marks Hintz's second appearance at the state tournament. In fact, she's been identified by many coaches, universities and media outlets as one of the state's best girl pole vaulters. She says her goals this weekend are simple: do better than last year by placing higher than fifth and breaking her mark of 12-3 feet. Regardless of how Kelsy finishes, we're all rooting for her and just proud to have her representing Del Norte County.

Dragging anchor: In today's rushed world, stopping in the middle of the street to let one's kids out of the car or mini-van may seem like a timesaver. It's also asking for a serious accident to happen. Unfortunately, a few motorists dropping off kids at local schools have fallen into this dangerous habit. The safe place for kids (even if in middle or high school) to cross a street is at a crosswalk. At a crosswalk, children do not need to dart in front of oncoming traffic. In addition, the biggest cause of fender benders are rear-enders when a car stops in traffic and the motorist behind can't brake in time. As stopping in the middle of the street is unexpected, the chances for such collisions is higher then at a stop sign - where there is a crosswalk for children to reach school grounds.

About to sail: We're glad to see that at least one travel writer is giving Crescent City its fair due. Carole Terwilliger Meyers, author of andquot;Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern California,andquot; visited town last weekend to write a chapter about the city for the upcoming ninth edition of her travel guide. andquot;I've always felt it was overlooked,andquot; Meyers told The Daily Triplicate. We are indeed an undiscovered gem - and Meyers' acknowledgement of that is yet more proof of our potential as a tourism destination.

About to sail: Talk about a neat school project: A group of Early College of the Redwoods students are honoring their tribal elders by locating them and asking them to speak about their contributions. Of the 25-30 elders on the students' andquot;Local Heroesandquot; list, some were involved in the political fight for fishing rights while others passed on to the teenagers traditions such as making a feather bed and hunting. In a society that worships youthfulness a bit too much, it's pleasant to see high school students reaching out to the generations that came before them.

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