Thursday is Kid’s Day at the Siskiyou Golden Fair, and Clay Walker in Concert

sgf-d-26-front.JPGYREKA – Thursday, Aug. 7, is McDonald’s Kids Day, with kids 12 and under getting in free all day The day starts off with Kids Games at 10:00 am with Lanky the Clown, as well as fun entertainment all day long. Pepsi Bottling Co. of Mount Shasta presents Clay Walker and Steve Holy in the Scott Valley Bank Grandstand that evening (tickets required).

Lanky the Clown is one of the most energetic and colorful clowns on the fair circuit. With over 25 years of clowning experience, Lanky and friends have traveled the world to bring smiles and laughter to over 10 different countries.
In addition, international goodwill clowning tours and church clowning are part of his dedication to the art. He has repeatedly toured Russia and Guatemala, and has toured Afghanistan and Cambodia as part of ansis-dist-ad-2.jpg International Coalition of Clowns put together by renowned Medical Doctor, Patch Adams – yes the same Patch from the famed movie. The concept was to take the simple universal language of clowning to the children of that war torn country. Thousands of children were visited, many in hospitals and orphanages. This tour was undertaken at great risk to the thirty or so clowns from around the world that took part in it. Most of the tour participants returned to their home counties feeling enriched for the opportunity. (more…)

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Mathematics for the Totally Confused

northerncapaving-225.jpgWEED – College of the Siskiyous is inviting students to register today for “Mathematics for the Totally Confused” (Math 90 / #0600-0605 / 1.5 units). The class will begin Tuesday, August 19, in the Distance Learning Center, room 8 on the Weed Campus and will be taught via videoconferencing to sites in Yreka, Happy Camp, Butte Valley, Etna, and Tulelake. The class will continue to meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm until November 6. Deborah Randolph is the instructor. (more…)

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Smiley’s sweeps Sue Tribe to take Bev White Tourney

bw-48-front.JPGFORT JONES – The Smiley’s team battled through the elimination bracket of the 26th annual Bev White Memorial Mush Ball Tournament, and swept the Sue Tribe in the double elimination championship games.

Four teams out of nine entered the final day of competition on Sunday—The Crew and the Sue Tribe on the winner’s side of the bracket, and 5150 and Smiley’s on the elimination side. The Sue Tribe defeated The Crew in the first game of the day to advance to the championship game.

Smiley’s beat 5150 to move into the semifinal game against The Crew. Smiley’s punched its ticket to the championship game with a 7-3 win, avenging a game-2 loss to The Crew on Saturday. The Crew, sponsored by Karen Pearson of AAA, took third place.

Smiley’s faced a daunting task coming into the championship game, having to beat the undefeated Sue Tribe not just once but twice to capture the title.

bookstore-text-click-aug-sized.jpgSmiley’s set the tone early in game-1, with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. They then proceeded to play stellar defense, and add two more runs in the third inning on the way to a 4-0 shutout.

In the second championship game, Smiley’s pasted four runs on the board in both the first and second inning, taking an 8-0 lead. The Sue Tribe scored their only run of the championship games in the third inning, making it 8-1. Smiley’s added a run in the fourth, and went on to win 9-1, capturing the crown. (more…)

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River Valley 4-H donates to Siskiyou Golden Fair

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YMCA volleyball camp has big turnout

y-v-ball-2-front.JPGYREKA – Thirty-six volleyball players from around the county, ranging from sixth grade to high school seniors, attended this year’s YMCA volleyball camp—and, why not? YMCA Senior Program Director, former collegiate player, and former Yreka High School volleyball coach Scott Eastman assembled an impressive staff.

Former All-League setter for Yreka High School, collegiate player, and current Simpson University volleyball coach Melissa Church and one of her players, defensive specialist Taylor Lukehart, made the trek up from Redding. Yreka varsity head coach Carla Truttman, Yreka JV coach Laura Martin, and Mt. Shasta High School’s varsity coach Greta Jones also brought their talents.

Joining the coaches were YHS All-League and current collegiate players Anna and Mary Leal, as well as recent YHS graduate and future Simpson player Jenny Hopkins. Also assisting was YMCA youth sports coach Teresa Gomes.

mittan-ad-2.jpgOne of the features about the YMCA camp that Eastman feels is key to its success is the way that fundamental skills are taught.

“We’ve molded this one to be a real fundamental development camp. I think there is a fine line between teaching what the fundamental skill is, and actually showing the progression of how you achieve that fundamental development,” said Eastman. “A lot of times coaches will have drills where they’ll say, ‘You gotta do this, and this, and this to improve your setting.’ But, what they don’t do is tell them this is exactly where you foot position needs to be to align your hands up, and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. We need to break it down, and isolate different parts of the fundamental skill.” (more…)

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Siskiyou Heat U16s end season on positive note

heat-u16.jpgBy Donna Cruz

The Siskiyou Heat ASA U16 girls fast pitch softball team returned home from the NAFA Summer Nationals in Milwaukee, OR with the 2008 Sportsmanship Award.

The Heat placed fifth, after being eliminated from the tournament by Lebanon, OR. The team conducted fund raising activities to help offset the traveling expenses for the Summer Nationals

Coach Joe Spini was extremely pleased with the team’s performance, noting a close 2-1 loss against the Washington state champions as one of many positive achievements for the girls.

coffe-break-revised.jpgThe Heat placed third at the Cooper the Dog tournament in Eugene, OR the weekend prior to Nationals.
Although the summer season is over for the Heat U16 team, they plan to go to a couple of tournaments in the fall.

The U18s Summer National Tournament was canceled due to lack of teams.

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Rachel Hanna family honored with Siskiyou Golden Fair Blue Ribbon Award

blue-ribbon-award.jpgYREKA – The Siskiyou Golden Fair annually honors individuals and/or groups who go above and beyond to support the fair through volunteer activities. This year the Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Award will be bestowed upon the Rachel Hanna Family for their creation and sustaining of the Rachel Hanna Park at the fairgrounds.

Rachel Hanna, daughter of Greg and Sherri Hanna, lived on her family’s ranch in Etna and died in April of 2000 at the age of eight. Her parents met when they were children at the Siskiyou Golden Fair and both of Rachel’s grandfathers, Ron Lillard and Skip Hanna were a part of the fair management for over 25 years each. Lillard served as the fair CEO and Hanna was a member of the board of directors, and is the creator of the fair’s longtime mascot Old Nugget.

Fair time was always exciting for Rachel and she enjoyed every aspect of the fair’s offerings from the livestock barns to the carnival rides. She also performed her gymnastic talents on the mall lawn with her team and received the biggest applause, as she was the smallest member of the tumbling troop.

valley-tire-red-b.jpgIn her honor, the family partnered with the fair to create the Rachel Hanna Park located behind the Ag Hort Building. Every year, the family works tirelessly on maintaining the beautiful park that they brought to life in 2001. New flowers, plants and trees are put in the park each year by the family to create a subtle change each year. The park provides a safe, cool, and fun place for families to spend time with their children during the fair. (more…)

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G&G Ace Hardware helps Siskiyou Golden Fair replace stolen scale meters

gg-check-donation-001.JPGYREKA – Jeff Bourke of G&G Ace Hardware in Yreka donated $1,000 to the Siskiyou Golden Fair to help with the replacement of two livestock scale meters that were stolen in a fairgrounds robbery on July 8. One meter was part of a $5,000 beef/sheep scale project donated to the fair by the 10th District Junior Livestock Auction Committee, a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers. The other meter for the hog scale was purchased by the fair. The scales are used strictly for the junior livestock program. The total value of the loss was $2,000.

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Lady Lions continue to build volleyball program

etna-v-ball-camp-16-front-b.JPGETNA – Your volleyball team has a strong season, with a Shasta Cascade League co-championship. What do you do during the summer? For varsity coach Kayla Nadig and JV coach Linda Berry, the answer is bring down Adam Wagman and Molly Grossmann from Ashland, OR, and put on a camp for your team.

Wagman is the coach of mOcean, a club team based in Ashland, and an assistant coach at Southern Oregon University. Grossmann was a setter on the SOU Lady Raiders volleyball team and also coaches mOcean, with Wagman.

sis-dist-ad-2.jpgWagman and Grossmann came in contact with the Etna staff through Lady Lion volleyball standout Claire Pynes and her father, Scott. Pynes plays for Wagman on the mOcean team.

Seventeen Lady Lions and prospective Lady Lions are participating in the camp, which runs for three days, 5 ½ hours a day. Players range from incoming freshman to seniors. (more…)

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Show your talents on the Avery stage

wbs-web-generic.jpgThe Scott Valley Theater Company, which runs the historic Avery Theater in Etna, invites all interested groups to consider using the Avery Theater for events. The Avery is a 300 seat house with excellent acoustics and sound support. The Board, consisting of community members, is available to assist with planning, public relations and production of the event. (more…)

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Xtremely Amped Motocross coming to the Siskiyou Golden Fair

xtremely-amped-sized.jpgYREKA – The thrill of motorcycle stunts combined with the energy of live rock and roll music will be coming to the 2008 Siskiyou Golden Fair. PremierWest Bank will be presenting Xtremely Amped on Friday night, August 8, beginning at 8:00 pm.

Xtremely Amped is the ultimate combination of high voltage rock and high flying stunts. Live bands are constantly pumping out rock favorites that combine with the adrenaline rush of pro-level freestyle motocross riders to morph into Xtremely Amped.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this unique show to the fair this year,” said CEO Rebecca Desmond. “It is going to be one exciting night!”

Some of the country’s top motocross stunt riders will be performing to the sound of live music interspersed with some great variety entertainment. No show like this has ever been seen at the Siskiyou Golden Fair.
Xtremely Amped will appear in the Scott Valley Bank northerncapaving-225.jpgGrandstand, with tickets priced at $15 for box seats, $12 for reserved grandstand and $10 for general admission. General admission tickets will not go on sale until the other tickets are sold out, or the day-of-show.

For more information, contact the fair office at 842-2767 or go to the website at The 2008 Siskiyou Golden Fair, “A Mountain Fair with Country Flair,” runs August 6-10 in Yreka.

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Donate school supplies and maybe win a prize at the Siskiyou Golden Fair

bookstore-text-click-sized-july.jpgYREKA – The Siskiyou Golden Fair and the Siskiyou County Office of Education have teamed up to put on a school supply drive. Everyone who donates school supplies during the fair gets a chance to win a cookware set valued at $1,500, donated by longtime fair vendor Healthy Gourmet.

“This is so exciting,” said fair CEO Rebecca Desmond. “Our local schools are really feeling the budget pinch and this is one way the fair can help.” (more…)

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Locals shine at Lions All Star football game

lions-all-star-7-front-b.JPGOROVILLE – The South All Stars won the 31st Lions All Star football game, 27-19, last Saturday, but local gridiron stars did their part for the North.

Yreka’s Jeremy Tuner picked off a pass and nearly returned it for a TD. The North eventually capitalized on the turnover by finding the end zone.

“That pick felt good, almost taking it back, and putting us in a position to score,” said Turner.

As a linebacker, Turner led the Yreka Miners and the Northern Athletic League in tackles last season, and was fifth in the Northern Section (170). Turner will be playing at Azusa Pacific University this fall, and enjoyed his taste of college rules at the Lions’ game.

mittan-ad-2.jpg“The overall experience was a blast. Hanging out and getting to know some of the guys I have been competing against for the last four years was one of the highlights. Getting to play on the same side is something I won’t forget,” said Turner. “The game was physical and hard fought. With such a short amount of time to prepare, I thought it was a real competitive match up. Playing college length quarters and rules gave me a feel of what to expect.” (more…)

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Ferreira sixth All Round at Nationals

y-ad-1.jpgFARMINGTON, NM – Strong first and second round performances in Steer Wrestling, along with a solid time in the second round of Team Roping, secured Larry Ferreira a respectable sixth place finish in the All Round Cowboy category at the National High School Rodeo Finals, last week. His point total was 640, just 20 points out of second place. Cameron Hopper-Craig from Battle Mountain, Nevada was the All Round Cowboy, with 1131.25 points. (more…)

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Etna Old Timer’s Rodeo Results

queen-princess-luiz.JPGMuttin Bustin: Matthew Martin
Kid’s Calf Riding: Blake Shepherd, Yreka
All Around Cowboy: Pistol Bray Montague
All Around Cowgirl: Kendra Hemphill, Tulelake

Jr. Steer Riding
1. Tyler Murphy, Etna
2. Kent Johnson, Ft. Jones

Jr. Steer Dobbing
1. Kayla Johnson, Ft. Jones
2. Ali Andreas, Montague
3. Elizabeth Sousa, Montague
4. Adrianna Scala, Edgewood

Bareback Bronc
Josh Scharer- Hornbrook

Calf Roping
1. Lane Wilson, Montague
2. Ed Sarmento, Montague

Saddle Cow
1. JD Rose, Daryl Lara, Shasta Valley
2. Ron Ladd, Joe Martin, Hornbrook
3. Aaron Coleman, Haley Stringfellow, Etna
4. Aaron Casci, Ricky Harris, Ft. Jones

valley-tire-red.jpgTeam Roping
1. Chuck Cash, Pete Bray, Shasta Valley
2. Ed Sarmento, Martin Andreas, Shasta Valley
3 Ed & Darrel Lemos, Shasta Valley
4. Travis & Dalton Cash, Shasta Valley


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Special Days at Siskiyou Golden Fair

sis-dist-ad-2.jpgYREKA – The Siskiyou Golden Fair has something for everyone and will celebrate that diversity in five special days at the fair.

It begins on Wednesday, Aug. 6 with Nestle Waters Community Night. The fair opens at 5:00 pm and there is free admission for everyone. All the exhibit buildings will be open, and there will be free entertainment on the PremierWest Bank Mall Stage, along with the KSYC Siskiyou Superstars Talent Show in the Scott Valley Bank Grandstand. (more…)

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Brooks to play international baseball

dallas-brooks-usa.jpgLake Shastina – Dallas Brooks, a recent graduate of Mt. Shasta High School, is headed to Australia to play baseball with the USA Athletes International team (USAAI). To say he’s excited might be one of the world’s greatest understatements.

“Never would I have thought that I, Dallas Brooks from Mt. Shasta, would be going to Australia to play baseball. I was in complete shock. I mean here I am a kid from a small town thinking I’d never get recognized,” said Brooks. “I was actually in the Seattle Airport headed to Barrow, Alaska to visit my dad  (When he learned of his selection). I was going up there to get away. I was having a rough time, and I just wanted to take a breather so it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I honestly wanted to cry because I was so happy.”

Brooks first came to the attention of USAAI while he was attending the Top 96 Program, a baseball camp held at Sonoma State. He was selected to play on the team by Jon Martin, the head baseball coach at Vassar College. Brooks leaves Monday for Brisbane, Australia to play at the Gold Coast U18 Baseball Tournament. Then, he’ll fly to Cairns, Australia to play some more ball.

coffe-break-revised.jpgBrooks, who played catcher and pitched at Mt. Shasta High, is the son of Brenda DellaBona and Jim Brooks. He currently resides in Lake Shastina. This fall, Brooks will attend Shasta College, where he will play baseball, and begin working towards a degree in Sports Medicine—an education that he hopes will lead to a career as a sports trainer or physical therapist. Of course, he is hoping that the sports medicine careers might be a bit delayed by reaching his baseball goals. (more…)

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