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Life cycle of salmon

An Elk River Fish Hatchery worker shows children the details on an adult salmon. The Pilot/Submitted photo

Third graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary School learned all about the life cycle of salmon and steelhead first-hand during a field trip last week to the Elk River Fish Hatchery, just north of Port Orford. 

 “It gives us lots of opportunities to teach different avenues of science,” third-grade teacher Ken Olsen said. “It’s just a component of a bigger piece. This is the central thing we do in third grade.”

While at the hatchery, students observed big pens in which the fish are kept, went to the fish ladders and saw them swim into the hatchery from the river, watched an employee go into the water with a net and scoop up salmon and learned the differences between male and female fish and how to distinguish between them.



Chasar paints Lincoln

Pete Chasar shows his first painting of President Abraham Lincoln. The Pilot/Submitted photo

Brookings artist Pete Chasar, primarily a landscape painter, has taken on a new challenge and has recently completed a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.

The portrait is acrylic on canvas with a painted gallery-wrap edge and measures 16-inches by 20-inches and may be view at The Snug, upstairs at Brian Scott Gallery. Chasar has created a second painting of Lincoln, only horizontal, and is hanging at South Coast Fitness. 

Chasar has been planning a Lincoln portrait for several months. His decision has nothing to do with Hollywood.



Spectator sport: salmon spawning



Editor’s note: Susan Davis is a Crescent City-based park ranger for the Redwood National and State Parks

There! Right by that mossy rock, where that white stick is twitching in the current! Wait … well, I thought I saw it…maybe not.

The dark mass shifts ever so slightly, teasing with a brief flash that one doesn’t quite see; the shadow moves, then morphs into a different shape, then shifts again. And you’re still wondering in the quiet if something is really there. Suddenly the water explodes in a tumult of splashing as writhing forms tear against the current and you can see one, two, no — three —huge fish in improbably shallow water thrash their way up to the next deep sheltering pool.

The quiet closes in again and you find you’re holding your breath, marveling at what you just witnessed — salmon in their epic journey home.



Historic Hughes House open for Christmas tours


SIXES — Victorian splendor in grand holiday style is presented at the annual Christmas opening of the historic Hughes House in Cape Blanco State Park north of Port Orford. 

Visitors will get a chance to peruse the Victorian farmhouse, built for pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Dec. 15) and continuing Sunday, Dec. 16, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 23, and Wednesday, Dec. 26.



A gift for the animals

Read more...Most children ask for presents on their birthday — a new doll, the most recently released video game, the next book in a series — but 8-almost-9-year-old Charlize Nolte doesn’t want gifts. Instead she’s asked all of her friends to bring a donation to the South Coast Humane Society to her birthday party on Friday. 

“I was watching TV, and I saw somebody donated shoes to the people who don’t have any,” the Brookings resident said. “So then I thought, ‘We have a Humane Society here and why not donate, because animals probably need money because they don’t have a home yet.’


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