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ROCK ON! Auditions for teen band set

Country and rock musicians ages 14 to 20 who play an instrument and/or sing are encouraged to audition for a band at 6 p.m. on July 7 at the Brookings-Harbor Community Theater. 

The public is invited to attend with a donation at the door. All proceeds will go toward future Brookings-Harbor Community Theater productions. 

Country-rock singer Camryn Ridgley, 16, of Crescent City, will be the lead singer of the band. 



Sanger Lake: Off the beaten path in Eastern Del Norte County

Sanger Lake is in a bowl at 5,000 feet above sea level in Eastern Del Norte County. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
GASQUET – Nestled high in the Siskiyou Mountains is a crystal clear jewel of a lake near the Del Norte-Siskiyou county line.

Sanger Lake sits in a bowl, 5,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountain peaks on three sides and a portion of a fourth. A stream flows out of the lake, the water almost immediately plummets down the side of the mountain where it feeds into the upper reaches of the Middle Fork Smith River.

Nearby is a jagged mountain of ancient serpentine that has the same name as the lake. Sanger Peak rises 5,862 feet above sea level and is among the highest peaks in the immediate vicinity. The east side of the mountain is steep with vertical walls rising 500 feet.

Sanger Peak and nearby Haystack Mountain are prominently visible from Highway 199 looking south from Cave Junction. Likewise, from Sanger Peak is an unobstructed view of the Illinois Valley.


Oregon Caves: Underground trek into ancient geology

A calcite column, flanked on the left by a stalagmite and on the right by a stalactite, was created by 2.5 million years of seeping carbonic acid. Photos courtesy of Barb Gonzalez

CAVE JUNCTION — It made one heck of a great hunting story.

It was the fall of 1874. Accompanied by his hound dog, Bruno, 24-year-old Elijah Davidson had just tracked and shot a deer in a mountainous region of the Siskiyou Range south of Grants Pass. Davidson was preparing to carry the animal out when Bruno took off up the hill, distracted by some other scent.

Davidson left the deer and went in pursuit of his canine friend, whose baying was becoming muffled and distant. Just as he had traced the sound to a small opening in the rocky mountainside, near the point where an underground stream was emerging, he heard yelps mixed with barks and loud snarls. He followed to see what all the commotion was about.




‘We did it!” BHHS grads celebrate education milestone

Graduates dance to the song "I've had the time of my life" before they graduate on Saturday. The Pilot/Scott Graves
Speeches were made, hands were shaken, caps were thrown, hugs were given and tears were shed at the Brookings-Harbor High School Class of 2012 commencement ceremony Saturday as 103 seniors graduated.

During the windy ceremony on Elmer Bankus Field, graduates, their friends and family, staff and community members listened to Sea Breeze members perform a few numbers including the national anthem, a presentation of the Academic Excellence and Honors Diplomas recipients, and to speeches by the salutatorians and valedictorians, teacher of the year, faculty speaker and keynote speaker before the roll call for diplomas.

As expected, the ceremony was serious, full of reflection and inspiration. Yet at times it was also light-hearted and funny.


Rotary-sponsored swim lessons a hit with Kalmiopsis students


Instructor Kaylee Kocher helps Trinity Gutierrez learn the right way to kick her feet. The Pilot/Charlie Kocher
Third-graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary School splashed and squealed in excitement as they bobbed their heads, practiced streamlines, swam on their backs and learned to swim freestyle at the Brookings Municipal Pool this past week.

The Kalmiopsis students were participating in a week of swim lessons sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor.



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