GRANTS PASS (AP) — Poeple won’t see a different cave or a new chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument, but some are calling the expansion of the landmark a monumental change.
The monument will be nearly 10 times its original 488-acre size, with 4,000 acres added. It will include the entire watershed above the caves, where scenic Bigelow Lakes lie below Mount Elijah — named after Elijah Davidson, who discovered the cave in 1874.
The Azalea Pageant board has selected five girls to serve as Azalea Princesses for 2015 — Adelaide Fitzgerald, Iva Hart, Brittney Lamar, Kimberly Medina and Courtney Watwood.
During the next four months, the girls will be learning how to walk on the runway, and to develop their talent, etiquette and public speaking skills. According to Gordon Clay of Chetco Chatterers Toastmasters club, the Speechcraft workshops will begin the week of Jan. 12 and continue for six weeks.
The preparation will culminate in the Azalea Scholarship Pageant scheduled in early May. There, one will be crowned queen and reign over the annual Azalea Festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
Whether looking to party into the new year or walk off a few of holiday pounds, people won’t have trouble finding occasions to do so today (Dec. 31) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).
Curry and Del Norte counties will have two concerts tonight, both featuring local bands. Residents will then be able to get outside the following day with a first day hike or paddling trip in Humboldt County as well as a first day bike ride in Brookings.