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Pelican Bay: Wonder what it's like to work at the prison

Sgt. Dell Higgerson in the “A Yard” at Pelican Bay State Prison. The Pilot

It’s a Tuesday morning. The sun shines on the tree-studded hills of the North Coast. Danny Forkner stares out at a green field with basketball courts, soccer goals, chin-up bars and other exercise equipment sectioned off by chain-link. He could see for miles save for the cement buildings obstructing his view.

Forkner is one of the 824 people tasked with guarding California’s so-called “worst of the worst” as correctional officers at Pelican Bay State Prison north of Crescent City.

They oversee the murderers, rapists, robbers and gang members that no other prison wants. Outcasts banished to a remote location hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from their families.




Honoring the Survivors, Remembering the departed

Balloons are released to mark the beginning of the Relay for Life. Cancer survivors took the first lap around the track. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Memories of loved ones – survivors of cancer and those who did not – were evoked and honored Friday night at the Relay for Life of Curry County 2012 as people listened to inspiring speeches, dressed in costume to show their spirit and walked all night to raise money for cancer research. 

“It was fabulous. I think that, and this is just my opinion ... I think people get a little bit more seasoned every year to this,” event chair Vanita Roland said. “I think in functionality it’s smoother. It’s wonderful to see the community come out for it. I think it was probably one of the best Relays ever.”


Competition brings out the inner chef among teens

Walker Doan, Madi Connolly and Katherine McPherson prepare their winning appetizer, entree and dessert at Iron Chef competition. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

The challenge:

“Break into six teams. Teams of two, no more than four.”

“You have to make three things for each judge: three hors d’oeuvres, entrées and desserts. All three things must be the same.”



Pete Chasar enjoys simplicity

Pete Chasar shows a model house he built using slides, which is on display at Manley Art Center and Gallery. The Pilot

Brookings artist and sculptor Pete Chasar is the Manley Art Center and Gallery’s Artist of the Month for July.

 As featured artist, Chasar will display several of his large-format, acrylic-on-canvas paintings, as well as a few three-dimensional pieces. He is also scheduled to do a live painting demonstration in the Manley classroom during the Second Saturday Art Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. today (see story below).

Chasar’s newest piece on display at the Manley is Slide House, a three-dimensional representation of a small, Frank Lloyd Wright-style house fabricated from 3,000 vintage 35mm slides and other recycled materials.




Relay for Life steps off Friday evening


As in years past, cancer survivors will take the first lap around the track during all-night event. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School track will be transformed into a campsite Friday complete with live music, refreshments and participants and volunteers decked out in purple and passionate about fundraising and raising awareness for cancer research. 

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Brookings will be held Friday and Saturday at the BHHS track.



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