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Three Little Pigs head out to a ranch

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Baby Bear (Leif McKay), left, attempts to teach the Three Little Pigs — Sooey (Caleb McKay), Pigtail (Taylor Trent) and (Hooey) Dylan Speir how to yodel, but all they can do is snort.

It’s time for folks to get their boots and cowboy hats on, get a partner and giddyap on over to our rodeo ranch because Brookings Harbor Community Theater presents the youth production of “The Three Little Pigs Out West.”

This show, which opens Thursday, March 5, is filled with knee slappin’, toe tappin’ songs and energetic characters, according do Director Charis Abblitt. 

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Oregon’s giants

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Hikers will find a well-manicured trail, although steep in places, through a redwood forest between the Winchuck River and the state line.

Last year, I wrote for the Pilot about the Oregon Coast Trail through Boardman State Park from Lone Ranch Beach to Hooskanaden Creek. 

My goal was to write about easy--to--find, easily accessible trails, while getting exercise and connecting with nature. I had a lot of fun in the process. 

Though I grew up in Brookings, there were quite a few sections of this trail I’d never hiked. Now that I’ve hiked the whole thing, I can say 100 percent of the trail is beautiful and worth your time and energy. I can’t express that enough.

Recently I’ve seen lots of people posting on the social media (many of whom are newcomers to the area) asking about local trails. To the rescue, here I am. This year, I intend to showcase several trails east of Highway 101. The kind where getting there is half the adventure. There are several trails in the area I’ve never explored, so I’m excited!

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Students geared up for robotics competition

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Kevin Brambila and Kylie Johnson make adjustments to robot.

On a Wednesday afternoon, students are hard at work in the Brookings-Harbor High School robotics lab. 

Kevin Brambila and Kylie Johnson huddle around the base of the robot with a wrench, tightening some bolts. Ben Saucerman and Jesse Wiseman hunch over a laptop, trying to connect the robot to the school’s network. They are busy refining the mechanisms that control the robot’s actions.

These students, part of the BHHS robotics team, are making changes to a machine that they will soon debut at the First Robotics Competition, an event that gives students the opportunity to design a robot with a specific purpose, and have that robot compete against those built by teams from high schools around the state. 

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New festival for Brookings

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Two-day event will feature national music acts, regional food, breweries and artisans

National music artists Hot Buttered Rum, T Sisters and the Dead Winter Carpenters are among the seven bands launching this summer’s inaugural Wild Rivers Music Festival at Brookings’ Azalea Park.

“We’re creating a two-day village of great music, food, brews and community,” said festival chairman Gordon Later. “It’s going to feature some of the best musicians and singers, and the best food, beer and artisans in our region.”

The event, scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 15 and 16, will feature top-notch artists performing bluegrass, folk, country and rock, with a few world music flourishes. The other bands booked for the event are the Moon Mountain Ramblers, Achilles Wheel, Supermule and Patchy Sanders.

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Guitar duo sets concert on Crescent City stage

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Loren and Mark will perform Thursday, Feb. 26, at Crescent Elk Auditorium.

CRESCENT CITY — Guitar duo Loren and Mark will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G Street, Crescent City.  

The duo’s presence marks the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness’ (DNACA) fourth performance of its 32nd season.

Loren and Mark, as the pair is officially known, will perform music inflected with bluegrass, Western, popular and jazz in a guitar style built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, according to a news release.

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