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Students geared up for robotics competition

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. 


New festival for Brookings

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.


Guitar duo sets concert on Crescent City stage

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.


There’s something about chocolate

Joyce Brandon, of Chocolate Bliss, slices a blue cheese and chocolate truffle for visitors to sample.

Warm weather and advertising in the Rogue Valley may have been the primary reasons for a record turnout at the Winter Art are Chocolate Festival, said organizer David Willhite.

Nearly 1,500 people passed through the doors at the Brookings-Harbor High School on Saturday. Joyce Brandon, one of the five chocolate vendors with booths at the event, said Sunday mornings are usually slow, but she was surprised.


Lon Goddard performs at Gold Beach library

Lon Goddard, who performs around Brookings, will present a free Sunday afternoon concert at Curry Public Library in Gold Beach.

GOLD BEACH —Brookings musician Lon Goddard will perform in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Curry Public Library, 94341 Third St.

Drawing on his musical upbringing, Goddard writes and sings his own material and arranges hand-picked songs from the areas of folk music, country, pop, rock and even reggae, according to a news release. Styles feature full fingerpicking and a variety of rhythms on different guitars.


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