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Directors threaten Humboldt County fair manager’s job
Supervisors clear hurdle for Salt River restoration project
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Rainfall in Ferndale
Week ending 9 am5/13 .02Weather year to date, 7/1 to 5/13 36.80Last year July 1 to5/13 45.50Average since 1971, July 1 to 5/13 39.16Average for May since 19711.42 ````Average per year since197142.06Percent of average as of 5/13 94%
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Director and Ferndale Mayor Jeff Farley.
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Above, the new District 1 California Milk Advisory Board Dairy Princess, Emily Janowski from For-tuna, is crowned by last year’s princess Kelly Pedrotti of Eureka during a ceremony Friday night at the River Lodge. The newly-named first alternate  princess is McKinleyville’s Hannah VanDuzer.There was a tie for second alternate between Lau-ren Graben, Eureka, and Paxton Woodward, Sco-tia. In photo on left, possible future dairy princesses from Ferndale, Sienna Radelfinger, left, and ClaraChristiansen, both six, enjoy one of several door  prizes given away at the annual event.
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ionWells Fargo Advisors has again designated Fern-dale’s Laura Hussey, senior vicepresident – branch manager, as amember of the firm’s PremierAdvisors Program, a distinction,according to a press release, thatreflects Hussey’s achievement of professional success through aconsistent commitment to clientservice.“Hussey is among a selectgroup of professionals at WellsFargo Advisors who haveachieved the status of PremierAdvisor by consistently demonstrating her willingnessand capacity to understand her clients’ life goals, as wellas an ability to develop and execute plans designed tohelp achieve their aspirations,” said Jim Hays, presidentof the Wells Fargo Advisors Private Client Group. Toqualify for the Premier Advisors Program at Wells FargoAdvisors, financial advisors must demonstrate a highlevel of production and a commitment to professionalservice. The Premier Advisor Program represents thebest of the best of advisors at Wells Fargo Advisors.Hussey has been a financial advisor with Wells FargoAdvisors for 21 years and has 25 years’ experience in thebrokerage industry. She lives on Rose Avenue with BrianMorrison and their cat, Felix. She is a board memberfor the Ferndale Repertory Theatre and has been involvedwith Six Rivers Planned Parenthood for many years.Kinet
 
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Long-time manager told to stop reminding fair board about the Brown Act;newspaper must not publish stories that makes any directors “look bad”
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The general managerof the Humboldt County Fair could lose his job if thisnewspaper reports on any story that makes the fairboard directors “look bad,”either as individuals or asa group.That was the messagedelivered by one fair boarddirector during a publicopen meeting of the fair’sexecutive committee onApril 30 to Stuart Titus, thegeneral manager of the fairfor 21 years.Titus was also warnedto stop reminding theboard of the requirementsof the state’s open meetinglaw — the Ralph M. BrownAct — or risk losing his job,according to draft minutesreleased publicly Tuesday in board members’ packetsin preparation for Mon-day’s regular monthly board meeting.Titus was for 14 yearsthe vice president of thecorporation that publishes
The Ferndale Enterprise.
He is no longer a corporateofficer. His wife is theowner, editor and pub-lisher.The first example of stories published in thisnewspaper that made aboard member “look bad,said Director Cindy Olsenat the committee meetingheld in the fair manager’soffice, were articles pub-lished in July 2009 aboutthe arrest of Ferndalemayor Jeff Farley, who isalso a fair board director,for driving under the influ-ence and other charges.Farley was arrested onFifth Street in Eureka whenhe blocked the street withhis commercial milk truck.He was initially chargedwith DUI, driving withouta valid commercial licenseand impeding traffic. TheCHP also recommended tothe county’s district attor-ney that he be charged withchild endangerment sincehis granddaughter was inthe vehicle. The charge wasnot filed. He agreed to aplea bargain and pled guilty to a “wet reckless” offense.According to the draftminutes from the April 30meeting, Titus explained toOlsen and the rest of thecommittee, that he is asilent partner in the co-ownership of this paperand that he plays no role inits content.Olsen asked Titus if he“understood the degree towhich
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sto-ries about Director Farley hurt and embarrassed himand his family.”Titus told directorsthat “personal decisionsmade by director Farley . .. were not his (Titus’s)responsibility and thatgiven the nature of the cir-cumstances surrounding”Farley’s DUI arrest andguilty plea, “media cover-age of elected andappointed officials shouldhave been expected.”The second example of an article that should nothave appeared in
The Enterprise 
, according toOlsen — who was amongfive directors, includingFarley, who voted againstoffering a one-year contractto Titus in February — wasa March story about the fairboard’s meeting and thereport of the vote to renew the manager’s contractgiven publicly at the end of the closed session, perBrown Act requirements.Also voting againstTitus were Ferndalers DaveMogni, Tim Renner andClare Bugenig. Fifteendirectors voted to offerTitus a contract.The committee’s draftminutes state that Olsen
With their hands tiedby state law, HumboldtCounty supervisors onMonday, albeit some of them reluctantly, cancelleda Williamson Act contracton the Riverside Ranch,formerly the Ambrosinidairy — a 444-acre prop-erty located near wherethe Salt and Eel Riversmeet.The act allows localgovernments to enter intocontracts with landown-ers for the purpose of restricting land for agri-cultural purposes. Inreturn, landowners pay less property tax.The unanimous voteby supervisors was one of the last hurdles hangingup the $16 million project,aimed at unclogging thesilted-in Salt River andrestoring, eventually, sevenmiles of the channel.At issue at a publichearing held before super- visors Monday was thenew valuation of the prop-erty now owned by West-ern Rivers Conservancy (WRC).While the property was sold for around $2million, the new value of the property placed on itby the California Depart-ment of Conservation,which administers the act,was $227,000.Property owners whowish to opt out of the actare required to pay a 25percent penalty, based onthe assessed value of theland. Half of the penalty isto go to the county, theother half to the state.The rationale for thedecreased value, a WRCrepresentative told super- visors, was because of therestrictions now placed onthe property. Plans call forthe majority of it to beflooded by salt water in aneffort to restore tidal flush-ing to the channel.“With recordedrestrictions, we think it’sworth less than $220,000”said the WRC’s Cam Tre-dennick. “We don’tbelieve anyone would pur-chase it for that.”Advocating againstthe decreased value Mon-day were representativesfrom the HumboldtCounty Farm Bureau andthe Humboldt Del NorteCattlemen’s Association.The Farm Bureau’s Jay Russ said the DOC used aThe racing sched-ule for this year’s Hum-boldt County Fair,which will run August15-26, was agreed uponlast Thursday at a meet-ing of the fair’s racingcommittee.The full fair boardis set to approve theschedule on Monday when it meets begin-ning at 7 pm at the fair’sboard room.Live racing will beoffered on the twoWednesdays of the fair— note the fair willopen a day earlier thanits traditional Thursday 
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 After nearly 40 yearson Main Street, Trudy  Williams owner of Trudy's Sweets, will retire as of May 31. In August 1972, Trudy started her business inthe building next to Red  Front and two years later moved to her present location at 492 MainStreet. Trudy has welcomed children of all ages to her shop over the years for a lot of 'grandmotherly advice'and she has the photoalbums to prove it.Children of all ages areinvited to honor Trudy on Satuday, June 2nd  which has beendesignated Trudy Williams Day by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. Details of  her celebration will beforthcoming.
 
Letters to theEditor
(Editor’s Note: The Ferndale Enterprise welcomes signed let-ters, (real names only, please) with telephone numbers forverification, but reserves the right to edit them. Opinionsexpressed in columns, cartoons and Letters to the Editor donot necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Ferndale Enterprise. Thank you letters are not permitted. Instead theyare welcome in our paid Card of Thanks classified section.)
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600 Main Street, Ferndale, California 95536 (P. O. Box 1066)Telephone 707/786-4611 • Fax 707/786-4311Email: editor@ferndaleenterprise.uswww.ferndaleenterprise.us Founded 1878. Published weekly.Publication #USPS 189-920Periodicals Postage paid at Ferndale, CaliforniaunderAct of Congress, March 3, 1879.
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- Sendaddress changes to our address.Subscriptions: $50 a year • $75 (airmail) outside the U. S.Caroline Titus . . . . . . . . . . Publisher/Editor/Writer/Production/SalesCaroline Blattner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ProofreaderContributors: WendyLestina,JackMays,ElizabethTitus,TamarBur-ris,Ann Roberts, Emily Silver, Lynn McCulloch, Mike Foster, CarolConners.Published by Cages Publishing, Inc.Caroline Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PresidentElizabeth Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice PresidentMember, CaliforniaNewspaperPublishersAssociation,National NewspaperAssociation
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Page 2 The Ferndale (California) Enterprise May 17, 2012M
 
ay 8:Traffic control atShaw and Fifth for the ele-mentary school.— Seatbelt and registra-tion violation in the 1000block of Main.— Speed violation atFifth and Fairview.May 9
 
:Speed violationat Strawberry Hill.May 10:Welfare check on child in the 400 block of Main, per request of outsideagency.— Delivery of civil doc-uments.
 
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or:I want to thank Audrey Miller who liveson Shaw Avenue. She isthe tall, slender womanwho walks miles daily.Along the way, shealways carries a bag andpicks up trash on ourstreets. I asked her onetime why she did this andshe said, "Well I figuresomebody better do it.Why not me?" Not only is she conscientious aboutour Ferndale streets, Ihave discovered she isbrilliant, like so many people are in this town.I walk every day, too,but so far, I 'forget' tocarry a bag for trash. Ihave learned a lot fromAudrey; we are blessed tohave her here.Di
 
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on,former City of Ferndalepublic works employee,passed away Tuesday,May 8, 2012 at the age of 57. Rick was born inAtlanta, GA January 24,1955. He was currently living in Sacramento,where he worked as aheavy equipment opera-tor.
Obituaries 
 
Rick leaves behindhis wife of 36 years, Lori,a son, Ricky, and daugh-ter, April. Also survivedby a sister in GA andalways remembered by ahost of loving nieces,nephews, in-laws andfriends. Locally, he is sur- vived by Rick and SignoraPierceall.Rick was a proud for-mer Marine and a hardworking man all his life,taking pride in everythinghe did. He lovedNASCAR, the 49ers, andFerndale Wildcat football,but most of all he lovedhis family. He will be for-ever loved and missed by all who knew him.Funeral services wereheld May 12, 2012 inCarmichael, CA.
Assurance
In case you haven't been reading the details, thenow former vice president of the corporation that pub-lishes the 134-year-old
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, and who always hashad a silent position in any matters involving the paper,has managed the fairgrounds for 21 years with seventhree-year contracts. Recently, however, with some new and some old members on the self-perpetuating board,controversy has emerged.Now, with the proof from draft minutes from anexecutive committee meeting open to the public, it's evi-dent that the controversy is related to this newspaperand that some board members of your county fair-grounds are unwilling to accept the fact that the fairassociation is not a private club.How sad. How sad that a few self-interested boardmembers are willing to risk the future of the fair, by vio-lating state law and attempting to silence the press, whenso many of us are working so hard to shore up budgetshortfalls caused by the elimination of all state fundsand the continued decline of the horse-racing industry due to the weak economy.Remember the "tea party" at the Humboldt County fairgrounds in March of 2006?We're not talking about the right wing patriot types.We're talking about that infamous "tea party," AKA orgy at the Red Barn.The Eureka-based “Just Say Yes” group walked intothe front office of the fairgrounds and booked the RedBarn for, what they said, would be a Saturday afternoontea party . . . Earl Grey and McVities, right? Little didfairgrounds staff know that there would be a little spicethrown into the so-called afternoon gathering, formally titled “Wicked Interludes.”When word quickly got around town that a sex party was held at the Red Barn, unbeknownst to fair man-agement, we were confronted with the dilemma of reporting what went down at the fairgrounds, or ignor-ing it for the sake of not embarrassing the fairgrounds'staff or the fair board. Despite our family's bread beingbuttered by the primary bread winner in
The Enterprise 
ownership — the long-time manager of the HumboldtCounty Fair — our lead story that week was the orgy.Fairgrounds General Manager Stuart Titus argued againstus doing the story. We insisted and reminded him of his silent role as vice-president of the family-owned cor-poration that owns
The Enterprise.
If we ignored the story, we told him, we might aswell close up shop. The town was atwitter, before Twit-ter, over the sex party. How could we ignore it? Youcannot deviate from your fairness as an editor, even if it comes at a personal cost or embarrassment. He agreed.We have never been willing to compromise our jour-nalistic integrity. And, even now, as the husband of thiseditor is threatened with his job unless fair board mem-bers are made to “look good” — even in the reportingof non-fair related issues — we will not compromise.Making one exception for one situation is a slip-pery slope that we are not willing to embark on. The very basis for an independent newspaper is that of truth,fairness and the unwillingness to be bought or censoredby any entity, business, cause or personal conflict. Wehave been confronted with all the aforementioned and,despite great personal sacrifice that most of our read-ers are unaware of, we have never wavered in our com-mitment to bring you, our reader, “just the factsin aforum open to all for debate or correction.
The Enterprise 
has long championed fair efforts,donating advertising, reporting on all events held at thefairgrounds and covering board meetings. We’ve writ-ten dozens of editorials advocating for the future of rac-ing at the fair. We’ve even helped raise $100,000 to savethe fair’s Cape Mendocino lens. In fact, just last monththe fair board enthusiastically accepted our volunteereffort to revive the old fair ball to raise much-neededfunds.To threaten the long-time manager with his job if he doesn't make fair board members "look good" in thenewspaper that he has owned for more than 14 yearsbut has had no say in during that tenure — case in pointorgy reporting — is egregious. To protect directors whohave other motives, such as our mayor, by attemptingto silence the press, is an assault of the very basis of ourdemocracy — the First Amendment.It is uncomfortable for us — your editor/publisherand the fairgrounds manager, as husband and wife —to be in this situation. Perhaps the easiest remedy wouldbe divorce. Try explaining that one to the children.In the meantime, this we know for sure:
Enterprise 
readers deserve the continued effort and track recordof fair and accountable reporting and, despite the occa-sional isolation and uncomfortableness, assurance thatwe are beholden to no one except you, our reader.The Humboldt County Fairgrounds belongs to allof us and it is more than worthy of all our efforts to keepit alive and thriving. We are fully aware of the fact thatfair managers will come and go (although there haveonly been four in its 116 years). But we can assure youthat the publisher/editor of your award-winning home-town newspaper and the manager of the HumboldtCounty Fairgrounds, will continue to give both endeav-ours their full effort, attention and passion.Come what may.
Editorial 
 
— Cell phone violationin the 1000 block of Main.May 11:Speed violationat Main and Lewis.— Report of suspiciousperson at Firemen’s Park camping. Individual wascontacted and advised aboutcamping.— Report of suspicious vehicle being driven aroundMain and Ocean. Vehiclewas gone on arrival.— Stop sign violation atArlington and Main.May 12
 
:Report of female having difficulty breathing in the 1000 block of Cream Court. Subject wastransported to RedwoodMemorial Hospital.May 13:Report of pos-sible drunk driver in the 100block of Ocean. Driver wascontacted. Negative DUI.May 14:U-turn viola-tion in the 400 block of Main.
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little referenced state codeto negotiate a new value forthe land rather than theusual government codethat requires a valuationbased on the “current fairmarket value of a land asthough it was free of thecontractual restriction.Russ said the county isleaving $237,500 on thetable; the state $237,500 by accepting the reduced val-uation.Russ, who admitted tosupervisors that it “wasn’teasy to be critical” of theSalt River project, becauseit is aimed at helping farm-ers reclaim ag land that isusually flooded and willhelp the city of Ferndale’snew sewage treatmentplant, but he said the“absurd value” could set aprecedent for other prop-erties that wish to opt outof the act.Other area ranchersalso spoke against thereduced value.Speaking in favor of the cancellation and thereduced value wereMichael Bowen with theCalifornia Coastal Con-servancy, who said super- visors should look at the“broader public interest”of the project. Ferndaledairy owner and Hum-boldt County PlanningCommissioner DenverNelson said if the Salt Riverproject doesn’t get done,his friends in Ferndale“won’t be able to use theirtoilets,” referring to thepossible impact on thetown’s sewage treatmentplant.U.S. CongressmanMike Thompson’s fieldrepresentative JohnDriscoll told supervisorsthe cancellation had thecongressman’s “full sup-port” and that the projectwill be a “real value to ag.”County counsel toldsupervisors while thestatute allowing the reduce value is “rarely used,” it is“quite clear” and that theboard of supervisors or thecounty assessor have no jurisdiction over state law.“There’s nothing wecan do,” said Chair Vir-ginia Bass. “If we don’taccept, it will throw theproject upside down.With their unanimous vote to cancel the contract,supervisors requested thatstaff ask the DOC to sendits portion of the penalty,about $28,000, back to thecounty as a good faithmove.
 
Page3TheFerndale(California)EnterpriseMay17,2012
Land and Life in theMattole RiverValley
ByTamar Burris
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, authorI grew up in a small farm town in northern Illinois,one much like Ferndale and of similar size. Our life andtimes as children was a matter of keeping cows out of the back yard, sharing one bicycle among many sibs, andturning every barn and cornfield into sets for ourintrigues of Cowboys & Indians or, later, I Spy. Obvi-ously life was much less mechanical back then —“onlinereferred only to what was hanging out to dry — and theentertainment that occupied us was mostly of our owndoing. There was selective TV but even that was stymiedin my early years when our set died for the second timeand Dad declared we could live without it. Stunning pro-nouncement, but he meant it and proved it by haulingin boxes of library books in its stead. Imagine the hor-ror!Despite our caterwauling, what came out of thisexperiment was a passel of creative thinkers with a deepappreciation for all things artistic. As I made my way through life, those many Muses inspired by Dad’s dra-conian mandate have proven my dearest and most loyalof companions. I think often of his prescience and smile.But appreciation for the arts goes only so far inhomes, schools, and communities strapped for dollarsto fund it and the prioritizing to keep it alive. If a budgetis available for the senior musical, excellent. If not, the-atrics are often lost to athletic extracurriculars. Whenfamilies need a new roof, ballet lessons twirl right outthe door. And community theater? Nice work if you canget it, but too often economics limits the exploration.Which is why I find it revelatory that Ferndale, nes-tled miles away from the nearest big city, as impacted by the economy as any, has doggedly maintained an ongo-ing repertory theater, public art in town greens, atten-tion for artists in galleries and shops and, as reported inthe May 3
Enterprise 
, a museum that’s been awarded a$10,000 grant to produce a documentary. These thingsdon’t happen every day, they rarely happen concurrently in one small town, and they speak loudly to the creativespirit of the entire community.Why is it so important, art? Surely it’s nice to havea functioning theater, the tourists love the “artsy-craftsy”shops, and who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful piece of blacksmithing now and again? But, really, when the nutsand bolts of life hit us in all the ways they do, couldn’twe live without it?Of course we could. People, schools and communi-ties could
live 
without art, but the richness and expan-siveness of life would be significantly diminished…aswould its often unconsidered benefits.It’s been well documented that the activity of artstimulates the brain and body in ways beyond what onemight imagine. David A. Sousa, international educationconsultant, wrote: “The arts play an important role inhuman development, enhancing the growth of cogni-tive, emotional, and psychomotor pathways. Neuro-science research reveals the impressive impact of artsinstruction, such as music, drawing and physical activ-ity, on students' cognitive, social and emotional devel-opment. Much of what young children do as play —singing, drawing, dancing — are natural forms of art.These art activities engage all the senses and wire thebrain for successful learning.”For both children and adults, art has proven a nat-ural component in mental and emotional development.Art therapy is now an established practice in the heal-ing of brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anda host of other social, emotional, and psychological dis-orders. It calms and engages Alzheimer sufferers, oftenbringing out an internalized patient more than any otherforms of interaction. These same healing/calming strate-gies are employed with children with a wide range of emotional issues from autism to extreme shyness. Artclearly brings out the best in people!Then there’s commerce. As Angus McCabe, SeniorResearch Fellow at the University of Birmingham, stated,
“Grassroots arts groups play a major role in local economies and beyond.” 
Art attracts tourism (and allits ancillary commerce); it nets dollars to a theater boxoffice, to retail sales, to local artists. It’s win/win.But beyond commerce, learning, and healing, art’suniversal gift is its ability to lift the human spirit, toinspire, excite, entertain, and create commonality. Anartist creates either alone or in collaboration with oth-ers, but
always 
with the audience — the viewers, listen-ers, appreciators, or readers involved. That equation isan essential component in art’s most basic, illuminatingrelationship.So while a town like Ferndale could be “just fine”without its art, it
would 
be the poorer. Author Henry James once said, “It is art that makes life.” Think of thatthe next time your scruffy teen settles into a theater seatto find himself transported, if only for a moment, by music and narrative. Just by being there he’s fulfillinghis role as a collaborator in the art that makes life, inspired— whether he realizes it or not — to a deeper view of the nuts and bolts world around him.Don’t be surprised if you hear him singing “Don’tCry For Me Argentina” the next time he mows the lawn!
Writer, photographer, rock & roll vet and part-time Ferndale resident Lorraine Devon Wilke has built her eclectic career along many avenues of the creative arts.She is filling in for the next few months for Enterprise columnist Wendy Lestina. Check out Wilke’s blog at www.RockPaperMusic.com, as well as her regular page at The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com/Lor-raine-Devon-Wilke); for links to her music, fine art pho-tography and career highlights, be sure to visit her site at www.lorrainedevonwilke.com.
 
Somehow, havingopen roads out here in thecountry makes a lot of peo-ple think they need to racearound, or at least givesthem the feeling that they can do so without causingtoo much damage.Most days, it seemsthat at least one person isdriving too fast and at leastone more is complainingabout it. On Saturday,April 21 – for one nightonly – all that was differ-ent. Not only was everyonein the valley looking todrive as fast as possible butalso they were doing it atMattole School, sur-rounded by children.Luckily for localpedestrians, all that "dri- ving" took place on anindoor track with carsmeasuring less than onefoot long. Let's hear it forthe annual Mattole SchoolPinewood Derby!Normally a Boy Scoutsof America event, the Mat-tole School PinewoodDerby began eight yearsago as a valley-wide cele-bration thanks in part tothe efforts of Becky Grant,who'd always felt upset asa young girl because shecouldn't partake in herlocal pinewood derby, asshe was clearly not a boy scout.Over the years, theevent has become a majorsporting contest for chil-dren young and old. Somepeople work on their carsfor 15 minutes and race amisshapen block of freshly painted wood down thetrack, while others spendmonths planning out theirdesign or carefully consid-ering which weights to useto make this year's car evenbetter than last. No matterthe speed at which they fly down the track, all the carsmake a dazzling impres-sion as they go.This year there were64 race entries. Designsranged from unadulteratedwooden blocks from thecar kit covered in crayondrawings to perfectly chis-eled sports cars covered insleek auto paints andeverything in between.For the first hour orso of the evening, peopleate tacos and cupcakesand spent time at the entry tables assessing the dif-ferent looks of all theunusual cars.Eventually, commu-nity votes had to be castand tallied and winnerswere declared.The award for BestMattole Valley Theme Carwent to Tina deProsperofor her "Stumped" vehicleshaped just like a stand-ing tree stump. And, theaward for Best 'Not' Cardesign went to Maple andCassidy Wheeler for"Hedgehog," which withits painted brown sidingand spiky quills lookedexactly like its namesake.Other incredibly innovative designsincluded Cedar Mattole's"Watermelon" car thattook home the Most Orig-inal prize, Ossian Briar-Bonpane's "Fairy Racer"which won the Art onWheels award with its glit-tering hood and sparkly fairy doll, and Daisy Cockburn's "London Taxi"design which earned BestClassic Car with its accu-rate depiction of a trueBritish taxi cab.Highly deserving of the belly laughs it earnedfor chomping down on atoy car, Salmon Sigman's"Roadkill" won the Funny Car award. And, Cory Lane garnered the awardfor Best Sports Car withhis "Outlaw" vehicle.When everyone had voted on the artisticdesigns, it was time for theraces to begin. Provingthat hard work truly doespay off, Wren Belchertook home two prizes with
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McKINLEYVILLE
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
DOWS PRAIRIE GRANGE
BLUE LAKE
Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.
MAD RIVER GRANGE
MATTOLE VALLEY
Sunday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m.
MATTOLE GRANGE
 GARBERVILLE
Friday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
 GARBERVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
FORTUNA
Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
FORTUNA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
FRESHWATER
Friday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
FRESHWATER GRANGE
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his "Speed of Darkness" –both Best Workmanshipand 1st place in the fastestadult car race.However, winning theprize for fastest adult carwas no easy feat for Wren,as it took several heatsbetween Speed of Dark-ness and Chris King's sec-ond place speedster "KingOne" before a winnercould actually beannounced!Placing a close thirdbehind the two was ChadOlsen with "Goldenspike."In the kid's events, IzabellaStephens took second placewith her "Odie Mobile"and Ty Marquez won firstplace with "1984 Daddy'sBoy."As a reminder that theraces are all in fun, eventhe losers came out aheadat the end of the night. Inaddition to winning her adesign award, deProspero's"Stumped" also took homethe prize for slowest adultcar.In the kid's division,Kaily Cook earned thesame distinction with her"Bri Bri" vehicle.While in previousyears the derby was racedon a ramp borrowed fromthe Boy Scouts organiza-tion, this year logistics pre- vented that fromhappening. With that, the2012 Pinewood Derby would not have happenedwithout Dave Grant andhis crew of helpers whobuilt a brand-new com-munity track for the derby races.A huge thanks alsogoes out to Lost CoastVineyards, Jim StephensPlumbing, By NievesBodycare, Lost CoastCamp, Mattole RiverOrganic Farms, Gold RushCoffee, and CounterPunchfor donating the funds andmaterials to make the Mat-tole Pinewood Derby ramppossible.If you missed thisyear's race, rememberthere is always next year!
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