I know I speak for hundreds in saying I'll miss nature festival
Little did I know one year ago how privileged I was to be one of the
many festival volunteers who experienced the exciting and positive
California Redwood Bird and Nature Festival.
One year ago, after living in Del Norte a year and having discovered
the many nature offerings in the area via the Bird Festival, I was
looking forward to spring 2011 and being a participant in some of the
trips I was missing. Sadly, now I read that last year's event was to be
the last festival - hopefully only a temporary situation. However,
things sometimes change quite rapidly and unexpectedly.
I missed the Smith River Rafting event, and signed up too late for
the boat trip around Castle Rock Island. I anticipated this year an
early rise to see the murrelets flying down the Smith River to the sea.
I know I speak for hundreds when I say how much I will miss the
enjoyment of the nature event; the opportunity to become more informed
about Del Norte forests, dunes and marine life, to be educated to the
important first people's cultures of the Tolowa and Yurok and their long
history as custodians, to experience first-hand the wonders of weather,
flora and fauna and to meet new people of kindred spirit in a positive
and rewarding environment.
So much appreciation goes to all those who organized this event, for
your expertise, diligence and determination, for delivering a fantastic
experience. May you do so once again at some point in the
Because the fesvial has been one of the area's most profitable
sources of revenue for local businesses, one would presume the event
would always be held, year after year, an asset to Crescent City and Del
This is one of life's lessons for me personally -'never put off until
next year what you can enjoy today! And never miss an opportunity to
volunteer for a project that is as rewarding as the California Redwood
Bird and Nature Festival.
Thompson's anti-drilling views holding back Calif. employment
This is a letter sent to Congressman Mike Thompson:
With unemployment high along with high gas prices, are you still not
willing to drill for gas and oil? Your liberal viewpoints are holding
back full employment for California.
Do you remember when we had good congressmen in our district? Our
airport is even named after one of the good ones and everyone that
wanted a job had one. Our mills are all down and you on the left with
eco-wacko viewpoints won't even let us log the dead and dying trees to
create jobs in this area.
You can be an Obama liberal and still consider all your constituents
without a job.