• By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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The Golden Age Center is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and other times with reservations or rentals. Come in to use our wireless. Check out our Web site and find our donate button.

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  • By Lynn Hartley lynn@velotech.net
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The saying goes: "A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work or school.” Seventy-one kids with their families came from all over Northern California, braving rough roads and rain, to participate in the Trinity Lake Lions annual Fish Derby last Saturday.

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  • By Kristen Barnes sluicebox96052@yahoo.com
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Things are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend. Bless all of our armed services personnel, past, present and future. Thank you for your dedication, your duty, your unwavering loyalty, and your unbelievable sacrifice. We have our freedoms because of you. Keep it safe, folks.

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  • By Patrick Meagher pmeagher@trinitycounty.org
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This monthly column is devoted to military veterans issues and information. If you are a military veteran your main source for assistance and information is Trinity County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Patrick Meagher.

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150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, April 28, 1866

Nitroglycerine — The introduction of this new blasting agent into California has been attended with fearful loss of life. Eleven persons died in San Francisco on Monday.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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Congrats to the Downriver Fire Company for a successful Spring Fling this past Saturday. They did raise funds to go toward the addition of bathrooms to their firehouse and by golly had fun doing it.

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  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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Several people felt disappointed in the outcome of last week’s Celebrate the Hmong Community potluck at the fairgrounds.

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  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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Nobody was happy about the decision to destroy a black bear in Rolayne and Randy Bashaw’s neighborhood on May 14. But after it killed and fed on two of their pregnant llamas on May 5 and 13, Fish and Game was consulted.

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  • By Kristen Barnes sluicebox96052@yahoo.com
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Thanks to my friend, Katie, for penning the Sluice Box for the past couple of weeks while I have been dealing with some health issues. Much appreciation for stepping up, girlie.

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As you read this, Kelli is off gallivanting around Italy with her sister – the “sisters trip” they never had. So Kelli’s little elf is helping out this month.

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150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, April 21, 1866

Canon City — It will be noticed by advertisement elsewhere that Brooks & Kellogg, successors to Mr. Depinett in the mercantile business, do not intend to be outdone by anybody in the matter of making their intentions known to the public, or in selling goods at low but living prices.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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Have you noticed JC monitor is taking on a new look? We Junctionites may take for granted the monitor next to the JC Store and post office building but oft times one can observe folks from out of the area stopping, taking time to read the plaque and look over this piece of our local history.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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May has been proclaimed Older Americans Month by the federal government, and we are all about finding ways to make the Happy Golden Years a reality. Come in to use our wireless. Check out our Web site and find our donate button. Like us on Facebook.

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  • By Linnea Kneaper
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Greetings from Coffee Creek Elementary! First, we would like to welcome our new families to our school. It is great to have young families that love our area as much as we do.

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Lucky you! You did not miss the Lewiston Art & Garden Party after all. It was postponed to May 21 due to chance of rain on May 7.

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Sing on with Community Band and Chorus

from Randall Walker

Weaverville

As the director of the Weaverville Community Band and Chorus, I want to express my appreciation to those of you who have attended our programs and continue to support us by your generous donations.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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Thanks to the JC School for another lovely night out. The school held its annual Taco Feed this past Wednesday, May 4, and it was the usual success. Folks were lined up early and the school cafeteria was soon filled with smiling people enjoying the ever-tasty food served up by the school's capable cooks and their volunteer helpers.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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May has been proclaimed Older Americans Month by the federal government, and we are all about finding ways to make the happy golden years a reality.

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  • By Oresta Esquibel, County Librarian 530-623-1399
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The advent of spring continues to bring precipitation, lovely blooms along with allergies for those of us who have difficulty with wind-blown pollen. Spring has also brought to our libraries a wealth of new resources courtesy of grants from the State Library and Friends’ funding.

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  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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What kind of remedy could ease the turmoil in a community knee deep in political controversy and on the heels of a terrible tragedy? It may seem impossible, but not to Hayforker Michelle Roberts (aka Chell Bee on Facebook).

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  • By Roberta Morgan endoftrail14@gmail.com
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Sunday in Hyampom was pleasant. The annual kite flying contest took flight with a total of 12 entries.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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Our annual Cinco de Mayo Dinner Fundraiser last Saturday was a great success, with many members, their families and friends, and community folk all coming out to help celebrate and raise funds for the center.

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150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, April 14, 1866

Our good friend, Grant Taggert, was here Wednesday. He brought a precious cargo for somebody and us a present of the first asparagus and rhubarb of the season. Another renewal of thanks.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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The May Faire at the JC Park this past Saturday was a "booming" success! A great sigh of relief and huge round of applause to Travis Finch of Velocity for volunteering time and tools to put the finishing touch to the Maypole in the JC Park.

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  • By Joann Mathis hjmathis@tds.net
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What a beautiful weekend in the North 40. Daffodils, lilacs, dogwood and tulips are blooming and spring is here.

The memorial service for Luke Lucas will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Trinity Center Community Church.

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  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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This season’s Hayfork Farmers Market will mark the end of an era: The Cordtz Family Farm will no longer be a participant. Debra and Larry are putting away their gardening gloves and tools, probably for the last time.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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Today, April 27, the JCVFD Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting. These board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month and begin at 6:30 p.m.; the agenda is posted in the post office and on the exterior of the engine house (between the fire bay doors). The meeting is open to the public and the board does invite public comment.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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Coming up this Saturday, April 30, is our annual Cinco de Mayo Dinner Fundraiser, from 5 to 7 p.m. Presale tickets at the front desk, $13 adult. At the door, adults $15 each, children $6.

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  • By Kristen Barnes sluicebox96052@yahoo.com
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Lewiston Road is looking pretty tidy thanks to the Lewiston De-Litter Bugs who came out on April 16 to gather trash and recyclables. They covered 10 miles, including both sides of Lewiston Road, plus four miles on Highway 299.

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150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, April 14, 1866

Mrs. C.E. Williams and children left on Saturday morning last for San Francisco, en route to her old home in Virginia. Speedy and safe may their journey be.

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  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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Word is getting around about the artistic talents of Hayfork’s Rebecca Wiley. Remember that stunning mural she painted on the store doors during the major firestorm last year?

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  • By Patrick Meagher pmeagher@trinitycounty.org
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This monthly column is devoted to military veterans issues and information. If you are a military veteran your main source for assistance and information is Trinity County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Patrick Meagher. His office is located in the Veterans Memorial Hall in Weaverville.

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  • By Barry Bowen barry-mary@tds.net
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We are all saddened with the passing of Luke Lucas. Luke was the pillar of the Trinity Center Church and had served the community in various positions. He will be missed.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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The Golden Age Center dining hall was swarming with dancers last Saturday night moving to sounds from 11 members of the Latin jazz dance band Sabor. What an exciting evening. Many of our local folks over 60 attended along with younger family members and friends, all moving joyfully to the Latin beats.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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Saturday night's annual North Fork Grange Scholarship Dinner was an over-the-top success! According to Kathy Adams, the guiding force and chairperson for this event, this was the financially most successful since the first dinner in 2005.

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  • By Kristen Barnes sluicebox96052@yahoo.com
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Heads up for those that live on Salt Flat Road and Goose Ranch Road, in that area there is a large female mountain lion denned up somewhere close to the Salt Flat bridge. She has recently been seen, twice, on the bridge. She is quite large, and skinny, so please take precautions.

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  • By Lynn Hartley lynn@velotech.net
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As reported in last week's column, the Bowerman barn and property volunteers have been busy. Congratulations to you hard workers that got the grant for the trail and plan to have it functional by Memorial Day. Soon, docents will be needed to assist with tours.

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  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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There’s a very interesting and timely program coming to the fairgrounds next Thursday, April 28. It’s called “Trinity Tree Mortality,” sponsored by the UC Cooperative Extension, Trinity County Resource Conservation District, and the Trinity County Fire Safe Council.

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150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, April 7, 1866

Broken Leg — At Junction City, on the 30th, Barney Donahue fell from the porch of Raab’s Store to the street and broke his leg. He had been employed in Sheridan’s claim at Arkansas Dam and was about to start for the Blackfoot country.

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  • By Roberta Morgan endoftrail14@gmail.com
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Joleen Skylar Watkins, also known as Bean, was life itself. A perfect image of an angel. Everyone she met she touched in her unique and special way. She had an innocence about her that would never falter. Her biggest strength was her kindness and her love for all.

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  • By Kristen Barnes sluicebox96052@yahoo.com
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OK folks, concerning the Community Garden up at Lewiston Park, between now and Memorial Day garden plots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All assignments are final, so no one may be displaced, or disputed, without just cause. Unassigned plots, as of Memorial Day, may be… Read more

  • By Christine Seronello hayforkvalleyviews@snowcrest.net
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Murder is an extreme event, and when it explodes this close, it’s a shock to everyone. There will be a celebration of life for Amanda Patton at 11 a.m. at HHS this Saturday. Me? I’m going to focus on the more positive aspects of life in Hayfork.

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  • By Kelli Gant
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Good news for our lake ramps. The Calif Department of Boating and Waterways approved a $1.6 million grant for renovation of Trinity Center’s boating facility.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director 530-623-2324
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Let’s dance! The Latin dance band Sabor will be playing a fundraiser at the Golden Age Center from 8 to 11 p.m. this Saturday, April 16. Time to put on your dancing shoes and come on down.

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  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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And the "good vibes" flowed. This past Saturday night saw a record crowd at the North Fork Grange with what has fast become the one of the "must attend" events in the area.

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150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, April 7, 1866

In Town — Our old friend and townsman, Israel Comstock, is here to breathe mountain air a few days, preparatory to the opening of the summer campaign at the head of navigation.

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  • By Kit Porritt, executive director goldenagecentertrinity@gmail.com ● www.goldenagecenter.org
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Voila! It is spring, and look what is coming up at the Golden Age Center: Read more

  • By Donna Taylor junctioncitymonitor@gmail.com
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The JC Fire Jills continue to bring new things to the community and all as fundraisers for the JC Fire Protection District. The Junction City Fire Jills are having a class April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the JC Community Center. Learn how to make an elegant bracelet with Swarovski Crystals… Read more

  • By Joann Mathis hjmathis@tds.net
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I want to remind everyone in the North 40 to attend the Planning Commission meeting at 6 p.m. this evening, April 6, at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville. This is the time to speak out regarding the proposed marijuana ordinance. Many of us are going so if you need a ride… Read more