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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Eureka City Hall


Who’s in Charge? 
Who’s on First?
What’s on Second?


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The money’s gone and there’s no telling where it went.
The fiasco will end up costing Eureka taxpayers more
once the lawyers get their say in court.  Meanwhile,
there’s nothing– and no one– to show for it.

First off, we have this lovely excerpt by Lorna Rodriguez
gracing the Times-Standard today about Eureka’s Martin
Slough Interceptor Project:

Apex Directional Drilling, the company once hired by the city of Eureka to provide drilling services for the Martin Slough Force Main project, filed a claim against the city on Wednesday seeking nearly $6.3 million in damages.

Apex walked off the job in April, and the Eureka City Council earlier this month authorized the Public Works Department to negotiate a contract with Wahlund Construction, Inc. to complete the project.

“In the case of the Martin Slough Force Main, we bent over backward to make this project work,” Apex President Mike Lachner wrote in a statement to the Times-Standard.

“Frankly, we are puzzled and troubled by the city’s unresponsiveness and refusal to acknowledge ground conditions that were vastly different than advertised when hiring for the project.  We filed this complaint because Eureka officials need to step up and be accountable for the damages caused by the city’s negligence, misrepresentations and breach of contract.”


Second, and to follow up on some recent Martin Slough history, we have this charming excerpt taken previously from the Tuluwat Examiner:

On Tuesday, the Eureka City Council held a special meeting regarding the recent troubles with the Martin Slough Interceptor. 

The meeting was to decide whether to award a $3.9 million dollar contract to Wahlund Construction to complete the work which Apex Drilling had pulled out of. 

That was the same amount originally awarded to Apex last year.  Watching the meeting, it was easy to see that the diligent and hardworking Council took this huge expenditure of public funds seriously.  Not.

The meeting lasted about 5 minutes and none of the Council members asked any questions of city staff.  $3.9 million dollars and no questions asked.  WTF? 

In looking at the agenda documents, Examiner staff saw numerous areas that demanded clarification.  The Council didn’t care or didn’t want to know any more information, though.

First off, in the documents Apex Drilling claims that the project they bid on had a flawed soil analysis by SHN Consulting.  Instead of “Hookton Formation” soil, there was supposedly just gray sand.  They described the soil as “just like beach sand.” 

Apex stated that a third party company conducted daily analysis of the soil, and gave those soil analysis reports to SHN on a daily basis.  SHN supposedly refused to accept those reports or engineer changes to the plan to account for putting a pipe into the sand (as opposed to stable dirt).  

To date, Apex has been paid $2.7 million dollars for the project.

That’s right; Apex has been paid $2.7 million.  And now Wahlund has been awarded the same contract as Apex– which brings this Boondoggle to $5.6 million dollars. 

Has the city analyzed the soil to check Apex’s claims?  Is the city still using SHN’s plans and analysis in their contract with Wahlund?  

None of that is clear in the agenda documents, and certainly weren’t touched on in the meeting. 

We ask the question, is the same City Engineer that oversaw this disaster still in charge?

Also in the agenda documents, were references to the Cincinnati Insurance Company, who issued bonds regarding the work to be done under the contract. 

The City had made a claim to the insurance company, but the insurance company hasn’t accepted the claim.  So, does that mean that the $2.7 million dollars paid to Apex might not be recovered? 

We don’t know, because the Council never saw fit to ask.

The Examiner has to wonder whether it’s a lack of intelligence, complete hubris, or just not caring about spending the public’s money that causes this Council to vote on spending huge amounts of cash without asking questions or apparently really knowing what’s going on.

Or, maybe they have the answers to all of the above questions because they discussed them already outside of the public’s view. 

Given the repeated Brown Act violations by this Council, it wouldn’t surprise us.

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We wonder what’s going on too.  It stinks to high heaven.  The original $3.9 million dollar project could potentially mushroom to $11.9 million, and may go higher.  All for a project– a mile of pipeline under Pine Hill– that is outside of the City limits and doesn’t benefit Eureka.

We wonder who’s in charge and who’s on first base because this is appearing like some bad Abbot and Costello number with all the bumbling and fumbling going on and no explanation and no one held accountable.

Then, of course, there’s also the little problem of Measure O lining the coffers of a bumbling Eureka City Hall to contend with, too.

We can only hope that someday the City of Eureka will actually spend the millions of dollars they take for fixing our poor and dilapidated roads and policing the streets rather than lining developer’s pockets. 

Until that happens, we’ll bleed away more money until City Hall, like the town of Bell, can get itself into fiscal rehab before it’s too late.


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The Laid-Back Arcata Farmers Market


Good Food, Good Vibes



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Just another Saturday morning at the Farmers Market on the Plaza in downtown Arcata, California.

Over the years, folks have become loyal groupies of the Farmers Market.  

They wait for the seasons of harvest like anticipating the arrival of Christmas.  Why?  It’s a fun place to walk around, buy and eat good food, and meet friends.

The Arcata Farmer’s Market is more than a farmer’s market.  It’s a destination spot.  There’s a lot to see here:  a celebratory lovefest hub of entertainment, vendors, local flavor and some great people watching. You can easily be occupied for several hours taking it all in.

One of the biggest and best farmers market around, there’s a fairly large selection of stuff:  eggs, plants, juices, mushrooms, soaps, seafood, garlic, flowers, herbs, cacti, regular produce fruits and vegetables, and a gazillion other groovy things.

You can pick up all sorts of goodies here.  There is honey fresh from the hive.  Locally fished and smoked salmon.  Tamales and fried things.  Coffee from Los Bagels, the best darkest sweetest French Roast you’ll ever have in del todo mundo.  Candles, crafts, olives, and sweets.

Even beanies spun out of some lady’s bunnies’ hair.

Many of the growers know exactly what they’re talking about and will be straight up with you on how their food is grown and whether or not a plant will survive where you plan on taking it. They love what they’re doing and like showing the passion for their mission.

The prices vary depending on what you’re looking for and what stand you buy from, so it helps to look around and barter a bit– but understand that some things are only available at one stand.

Oh, to frolic amongst the wannabe hippies, yuppies, jugglers, lumberjacks and potheads. Take our word for it, where else can you see a menagerie of people like this?  And where might you find excellent food, crafts, music, and stories to go along with it?

With an atmosphere that’s way laid back and all unto its own, locals bring their own bags or baskets to bring home their fresh, organically-grown produce.  Those that are less than local end up purchasing a bag or basket so they can look cool, too.  It’s all good.  Everyone takes part in the pleasant scene and the overall vibe happening.

And no, there are no weed vendors here… well, none that are legal and part of the Farmer’s Market.

With the smell of marijuana and patchouli and fresh onions in the air, you know you are in Humboldt County– and the Farmer’s Market is the highlight of Humboldt’s quintessential laid-back culture.

Peace and love, vegetables and broccoli, do still abound.



Kinetic Grand Championship Plaza Start 2008 from Kimberly Perkins on Vimeo.

Videos courtesy of Michael LM Joyce and Kimberly Perkins. 
Photos by Ben G.


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Sunday Pancakes Made Easy


Freshwater Grange Pancakes and Eggs 

Sunday Morning, May 4 from 8-11 am



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Breakfast… the most important meal of the day.

And there is nothing quite like a hot pancake breakfast with your friends and family on a Sunday morning.

It’s an awesome meal when the Freshwater Grange is preparing and passing out their hot cake ‘n egg and ham and sausage and French roast coffee dishes for you to sample.  It’s been a hit and the pancake family grows larger.

Think of it as a breakfast delight, where you get to try a bite of a little bit of everything along with the maple syrup– and not have to wash a dirty pan or dish.

It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help.  Well, most of the time it does anyway.

What’s great is the rock bottom price:

$5 for adults, and only $3 for the kids!


Wrangletown would love to have you.  All in all a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.  Just beware that a nap will be necessary following the impending food coma.

When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Where: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road

…Just follow the smiley balloons and sign on Myrtle Avenue/Old Arcata Road.  At 3 Corners Market turn east onto Freshwater Road and drive 2.2 miles to the Garfield Little Red School House, and onto Grange Road. 

You can’t miss it.

Our appreciation goes to the Ahrens’ family for letting us in on their fine breakfast and love of family. 
It sure feels good to be alive.

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The Amazing New Humboldt Bay Eagle Cam


They’re Back

And So is a New Higher-Def Camera



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


They’re back.  And they’re beautiful.

We’re excited our namesake mascots are back.  We watched these eagles all last summer and were kind of sad when they all left.  Talk about having an ‘empty nest syndrome’.

Welcome to the nesting pair of bald eagles in Humboldt Bay, Arcata.

Constructed on top of a Douglas fir tree near Bayside, this famous and rare nest has a well recorded breeding history going back to 2006.

In the 2013 breeding season two nest cameras were installed by the Institute for Wildlife Studies who monitor a number of active nests in the area.  The Humboldt Bay Eagles nest is quite different from other nests because the nest is monitored by multiple tilt-zoom cameras and can relay information from different angles.

Bald eagles breed once a year and remain with one mate as long as they are alive and successful at breeding.  The nest has created quite the buzz and offspring in Humboldt and the newly installed higher-definition camera seen at the top, above, has been a hit for viewing better quality images of the breeding pair. 

Just press the blue  ’Play’ button above and give the site a few seconds to upload itself.  You can also watch both camera views at and see reports of nesting activities at the Humboldt Bay Eagles Forum.

Shhh.  The exact location of the nest, however, is a closely guarded secret.

To note, this nest is also unique because it harbors activity of other animals besides the eagles.  It turns out the nest is very actively used by Northern Pacific Chorus frogs living in the tree.  The frogs generally come out when the evening weather warms above a certain temperature.

During the camera installation, the person in charge left the camera lying in the
nest.  When he returned the next day to finish, there was a frog hiding in the mounting housing.  As a canopy ecologist, he knew right away that this was significant– it’s the second highest known location for a Pacific Chorus Frog.

With infrared lighting, observers are able to see the frogs at night and knowing there is no data about chorus frog behaviors at this “elevation” in trees, a citizen science project was started.

But the raptors are the fascinating star of the show.  Come back to this site again and again– day or night– to see what our eagles have been up to during different times of the day and season. 

A word to the wise:  the family is growing– and the hatching is happening.

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JEH, Humboldt Bay Birds,
and Lithuanian Princess!

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HSU Bus Crash Remembrance Today


Remembrance and Vigil to be Held Thursday

Students and Public Welcome to Attend



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


A memorial and candlelight ceremony will be held today at
Humboldt State University to remember those affected by last
week’s deadly bus crash near Orland.

The memorial takes place at 12:30 pm in the university campus quad.  A candlelight vigil will also be held later, at 5 pm in the quad. 

Both ceremonies are open to the public, HSU spokesman Jarad Petroske said. 

In a released statement,  HSU President Rollin Richmond said:

“Humboldt State University continues to grieve over last week’s I-5 bus accident that took the lives of 10, a group of young people filled with hope and promise.  This was a tragedy we will never forget, and one that affects people throughout California.”

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Feeding The World


The Food Crisis Paradox

Award-Winning Film


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



“People are not hungry because they are ignorant… The issues are more fundamental. 

The fish are there.  The people know how to fish.  Yet, there is barbed wire around the pond– literally and figuratively.”


Why buy local?  This is why:  Food security.

It’s baffling that in some parts of the world, there’s an oversupply of food, while elsewhere people are suffering from malnourishment.

This infotainment film, How to Feed the World, was directed by Denis van Waerebeke for kids age 9 to 14 in an effort to explain resource disparity, malnutrition and the food crisis in an eye-catching and accessible way.

Waerebeke lays it all out, showing that it all boils down to food dependency.  He describes how a system of imports and exports complicate a process that could be simplified and sustainable if it focused on the local paradigm instead.

Of course it’s a little more convoluted than that, but the video explains it in a way that manages to be both digestible and informative.

The moral of the story? 

Work hard, think and buy and local, and thank your lucky stars if you’re fortunate enough to feed your family today.

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It’s Cakes ‘N Eggs Time Again


Freshwater Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup Sunday Morning:

April 6, 8-11 am



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

Wake up and smell the coffee– and the cakes.  Eating them is even better!
The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Sunday.
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh.  We welcome, delight, and would love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.  Every time it happens more and more of you show up and our ‘pancake family’ grows bigger.   Thank you!
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and Wanda’s bottomless French Roast coffee.  Hungry?  Come back for more.  It’s all included.
James cracks all the fresh eggs early in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing up the fresh batter to the right proportions for the griddle.  Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham. 
Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is hot and brewed fresh for your cup.  Jen and Clay and Tissa will be there helping, too.  Dr. Dick is up to something, Janice did the Easter decorations, and Nancy made the quilts!
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like
you remember at home– is happening all morning.
It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help. Well, most of the time it does anyway.
What’s great is the rock bottom price:
$5 for adults, and only $3 for the kids.
The price hasn’t been raised in eight years.  Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family. Why not?
The money goes to the good cause of fun-raising: fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange. So far you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps. It needs our community help and care. And you help us put the word fun back into funky!
We hope to see you there– and fill your plate with some happy, happy, happy down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking.
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
The Place: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road
…Just follow the smiley balloons and signs: up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past Garfield’s Little Red School
House onto Grange Road.
You can’t miss it. If you do happen to miss it, just ask anyone standing nearby.  They’re all friendly, they’re on Aloha Time, and they have no worries.
You may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.
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Freshwater Country Store Dream Come True


The Kneeland Glen Farm Stand


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


It’s a happy, friendly, and delightful kind of business place.

Kathy Mullen has started a farm stand in Freshwater that is
unique for Humboldt:  a farm-based cottage industry cooperative.

Members of the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand take turns working the small indoor shop, and sell their fresh organic produce, handmade items– like Kathy’s Kneeland Glen Soap, a handmade goat’s milk soap, and also skin lotions– and cottage-made food items and crafts.

There’s fruit and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, olives, breads and pastries, beautiful and colorful children’s clothing, and a wide range of other things to numerous to mention.  For such a small place, the variety and vibe is amazing.  The community came together helping Kathy’s humble dream come true– and vice-versa.  It’s a match made in heaven.

She’s working on bringing in new partners and so far the farm stand is a success. The small and adorable country store is a pleasant and friendly oasis, a place that feels more like a warm and loving home than your typical store.

Almost out of time, the place harkens back to the way things used to be so many years ago: a Humboldt-based farm and cottage industry cooperative, as well as a community gathering place.

Kathy is a warm, welcoming and thoughtful person, a real pleasure to be with.  She, like her business, are Humboldt gems.  And she loves to chat about anything under the sun.

When we were there, Kathy picked fresh basil for us even though she’d just closed up shop and on her way home for dinner.  That’s the kind of person she is.

Not a problem at all, she said, taking us kindly inside. We sat down and talked, having the most pleasant conversation we’ve had in quite awhile.

Open, genuine and wearing her heart on her sleeve, she told us about herself and getting walloped in the face recently by her horse, her long-time ranching family, our mutual friends in common, her milk goats, and her inspiration for starting the store.  Our conversation was sweet and beautiful and timeless.

See it for yourself.  We’re sure you’ll like it, finding something delightful in this little oasis. 

It’s open everyday from 12-6 and located close to the 3 Corners store at 5851 Myrtle Avenue and her phone is #496-0459 should you need it.

Stop by and say hi to Kathy and her daughter, Jenny, working there.  And don’t be surprised if you’re treated like an old friend.


KHSU’s Food For Thought audio post has Kathy explaining more about her mission and how others can be involved. You can listen to it here.

You may be amazed and perhaps inspired and transformed of how some dreams—great or small– can come true.











Some nice fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, and Granny Be Jammin’ Fresh Pastries and Blackberry Cobbler


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Humboldt Weed: ‘One Good Year’


Feature Film Documentary Premiers April 14



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



“In Humboldt County, everyone has sticky stuff on their fingers…Every business in this county relies on the marijuana business.”
~Grower, One Good Year


One Good Year is all about the Humboldt weed.

While “Humboldt” has become synonymous the world over with high-grade marijuana for both the medical and black markets, the outside world knows little about the farmers themselves and their lives, history, dreams, and hopes for the future.

A feature length documentary in post production relating the inside story of Humboldt’s legendary pot-growing culture, One Good Year follows the everyday lives of four medical marijuana growers and their unique community.

Directed by local author, nursery owner, author, and volunteer firefighter Mikal Jakubal, the film is set in the remotely familiar hills where “Humboldt Grown” is well known.  Why did he do it?

As Jakubal explains:

“Humboldt pot farmers maintain one of the last remaining small farming economies in the country, the last of a tradition where people working the land with their hands could still sustain themselves and their families.

This is why we have to show the world the real face of pot farming.  Otherwise, when the inevitable regulation or legalization happens, we’ll be excluded by laws based on the paranoid public perception of pot farming as a dangerous,
gangster activity.

As the marijuana economy moves mainstream, we need to keep it democratic and accessible to farmers at any scale.

I think my film will go a long way toward that end by influencing public perception in a positive way.”


The outside world knows little about the marijuana growing culture.  One Good Year offers us a peak into it. 

You can expect the premier opening happening next month, on April 14.  We expect it to come closer to home soon for a showing.  Mikal won’t let us down.



Film and Photo CreditOne Good Year, Mikal Jakubal, Vimeo

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Bare-Faced Messiah


Book About Scientology Founder Finally Allowed To Be Published



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


We believe in transparency of information being accessible
for all, even if others don’t want you to have it.

A book Scientologists have kept off the shelves of American book stores for 27 years that alleges church founder L. Ron Hubbard was a fantasist with a predilection for bizarre sexual rituals, is finally set to be published.

Written by British journalist Russell Miller in 1986, ‘Bare-Faced Messiah’ cuts a swath through the many myths the Scientologist chief built up around himself and exposes him as a charismatic charmer, and one who targeted celebrity devotees.

Miller alleges that Hubbard lied about his service in World War II, and that instead of the millions of members the church claims to have, it only counts around 25,000 people as followers.  And there’s much more than that.

‘Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard’ was published around the globe, but two years of litigation and censorship from Scientologists have held up the book’s publication in the United States.

Now finally, it has been printed by Silvertail Books with a newly written introduction from Miller, a prize-winning journalist, researcher, and the author of eight previous books.

The biography goes right back to the start of Hubbard’s life in Montana, where Hubbard said he grew up breaking wild horses on his grandfather’s ranch.

However, Miller claims that Hubbard’s grandfather was a ‘small-time veterinarian who supplemented his income renting out horses and buggies from a livery barn.’

Hubbard also claimed to have traveled Asia intensively, where he developed
his love of philosophy and mysticism after spending time with holy men who thought him to be wildly precocious.  However, all Miller could find was evidence of two trips to Asia as a teenager while his father was stationed in Guam.

Hubbard’s early writings with Scientology– after his mediocre stint at writing science fiction– claimed that he was one of the United States’ first nuclear physicists and also held a medical degree.

Miller discovered during the course of his biography that Hubbard failed the one class he took in nuclear physics– and dropped out of George Washington University after his sophomore year and never got a degree.

 But not all of Miller’s research was to debunk the man behind the legend…


An excerpt, you can read the full article in the UK Mail here.

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Humboldt is an area of rugged independence and individualism.  We look after each other, our families, and our community.  We do good, work hard, and  believe in our free mutual well-being.

Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth.  Believe in yourself– and ourselves.  Beware of those groups taking your time and money for their own personal gain; ‘Clear’, Anonymous, secret bunkers in Humboldt, Printelligent and otherwise.


SeaArrrgh II – Protesting the Cult of scientology – June 13 & 20, 2009 – from TheDonzerlyLight on Vimeo.

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More Humboldt Mayhem


Machete-Wielding Man Attacks Wife


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


What is happening to the City of Eureka now?

More violence.  According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Eureka man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, domestic violence, violation of a court order and violation of probation after allegedly attacking his wife with a machete.

Torry Williams, 32, reportedly attacked his wife Friday when she stopped by his residence with a friend to speak with him.

He allegedly grabbed her by the hair, dragged her into the home and immediately began assaulting her with his fists, and later, a machete.

The woman was able to fend off Williams and run to her friend’s car.  The two drove away while Williams hit the vehicle with the machete, the release states.

Deputies found Williams at his residence, along with the 18-inch blade machete on the kitchen counter.

A piece of the friend’s car that appeared to have been sliced off by a sharp object was located on the ground outside.

Williams was taken to the Humboldt County Jail and his bail was set at $100,000.

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Mr. Gallegos, you’re going to need more prosecutors for our fair city.

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Mystery and Mudslinging at Miranda’s Corral


A Finger Pointing Whodunnit


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The pen is mightier than the sword.  Or gun.

If you didn’t catch the recent exposé of the current controversy
surrounding Miranda’s Animal Rescue by Ryan Burns in the
Lost Coast Outpost, you really ought to. 

Mr. Burns, formerly of the North Coast Journal and perhaps the last, best investigative reporter left standing in Humboldt, writes a fine doozy of a gunslinging piece.

In “Behind a Smear Campaign: Miranda’s Rescue Founder Takes a Stand,” Burns unravels the complex knot of accusations regarding the current smear campaign against the animal rescue organization.

A somewhat lengthy read– spiced with some ‘aw-shucks’ heartwarming pictures– is one of the best local articles we’ve seen in a long, long, time.

Capturing all the smoking-gun twists and turns and accusations and innuendos and dead ends and fast straightaways of a local down-home fingerpointing whodunnit, the article is done in such a way that’s easy to understand.  That’s no simple feat considering it’s a rather complicated tale based initially on hearsay and dubious evidence.  Taking the time, effort, and research to arduously track it down once he got on the case, Burns slices and dices to the truth in short order bringing it to the light of day.  We’re still dizzy.

All the while, it remains a fair presentation where the reader can derive their own conclusions.

Burns writes:

…In 2007, Miranda’s Rescue was named “Best Sanctuary for Abused Animals” by the state Assembly. That same year, the Red Cross named Miranda himself one of “Humboldt County’s Heroes.”  Last year alone the organization reportedly rescued 866 animals and adopted out 577.

But the past year hasn’t been entirely the fantasy suggested by Miranda’s idyllic property.  As he and a couple colleagues gave a recent tour of the place, Miranda was keyed up and exasperated.  

“This has just been an absolute nightmare,” he said. 

For nearly a year, a Sacramento woman named Marianna Mullins has been waging a campaign against Miranda and his rescue, making accusations online, calling up Miranda’s business associates, and even hiring a local private investigator…

… In the month since our first conversation, the LoCO has spoken with Mullins’ private investigator, read six anonymous “witness statements” containing further accusations and interviewed a variety of people who have worked for or with Miranda over the years.

In the process we’ve heard no shortage of accusations from both sides — claims of mass animal graves, unwanted sexual advances, stolen files and an armed confrontation on private property.

And while some of the facts behind these charges remain obscured, we’ve gained some insight into the parties involved– who has credibility and who lacks it…


An excerpt, we suggest you take time to read the full article– and illuminative comments by readers– here.

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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave… when first we practice to deceive.”
~Walter Scott, Marmion

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Eureka Double Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody


EPD and Coroner’s Office Release Identities of Suspect, Victims


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On Wednesday, March 26 at 5:57 pm, Eureka Police officers came upon two murder victims while responding
to a call in a Eureka home.

They had initially responded to the residence located at 2109 Harris Street for a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house.

Officers entered the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with obvious trauma, namely what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  

Checking the rest of the house for other persons who may need help, they found a second person deceased as well.  He, too, suffered from a gunshot wound to the head, Eureka Police said.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, EPD investigators believe the crime was a double homicide. 

One person was detained at the scene and arrested as the lone suspect in the murders.

Investigators will continue to process the scene for the rest of today.  The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members are notified by the Coroner’s Office (see below).

The suspect taken into custody is Eureka resident Vincent “Vinnie” Earnest Sanchez, DOB: 04-30-1985.  

Sanchez was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of homicide.  Mr. Sanchez, to note, has had prior contacts and arrests by law enforcement.  It is unknown if Sanchez was on probation or being supervised previous to the murders occurring.

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The Coroner’s Office recently identified the first victim as Richard “Rick” Storre, 60, of Eureka.  The second victim is confirmed as Lance Delbert Henry, 25.  Mr. Henry is reportedly the half- brother of suspect Vincent Sanchez.

This is the third homicide to occur, rocking the small city of Eureka, population 27,000, in almost as many months.


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Willow Creek Crime Wave– As Sheriff Sleeps


Residents:  Sheriff Downey Unresponsive and Uncommunicative


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The following article by Krista Korns in the March 21 edition of the Two Rivers Tribune should be of interest to

Reprinted here, we hope– and trust– Sheriff Downey will get
on the case once the nap is over:

“Willow Creek residents at the Willow Creek Community Service District (WCCSD) meeting last month expressed their frustration with County law enforcement cutbacks.

Residents said the small Eastern Humboldt County town is in the midst of a crime wave, citing at least two armed home invasions, several armed robberies, and at least one major burglary.

Ray’s Food Place in Willow Creek was robbed twice at gunpoint.  The Patriot Gas Station was also robbed by an armed gunman. 

Burglars used a truck to rip the door off of the Tonkin Wildlife Museum, getting away with several exhibits.

The County is cutting back on law enforcement despite the increased levels of crime in the area. A single Sheriff’s Deputy will be on duty from 6 am to 6 pm.

Local fishing guide Ed Duggan, said, “We think it’s deplorable that if we have an incident after 6 pm, we’re going to have to wait for a Deputy to come out here from the Coast.”

WCCSD Vice Chairman Judy Gower said, “Once the Sheriff is off, there’s no one on duty until the next morning.  It’s not going to take them long to figure out that at about 10 o’clock it takes two hours for any response.”

Board Chairman Bruce Nelson said they emailed Sheriff Downey three times about the issue and requested that someone from his department attend the WCCSD meeting.

“We asked him to explain why coverage is being cut back with all of the recent armed robberies and home invasions,” Nelson said.

“I don’t understand why he didn’t at least email us back and attempt to communicate with us,” Nelson added.

Privately, several residents told the Two Rivers Tribune they were worried that the next robbery attempt might end in a gun battle downtown if people take matters into their own hands.

“I’m really worried about our local law enforcement having no backup,” Nelson said.

Nathan Falk said, “Two years ago Sheriff Downey stood in front of us and said we’d have Sheriff’s Deputies here and they wouldn’t leave until midnight.  He hasn’t kept his word.”

Nelson said, “If they were to look us in the eye and say ‘we’re doing our best,’ that would go over a lot better than just not contacting us.”


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Sheriff, please check your mail and kindly return calls within a month.  It’s the least you can do before the shooting starts.

That’s why we pay you the big money as an elected official.  Especially given your timely rejection of our $17.5 million SB 1022 grant—all because a simple financial spreadsheet failed to be included in the grant package.

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The Great Freshwater Pasta Gala Tonight


Friday, March 21 from 5 – 7 pm

–The Price is Right–


Kids and noodles are just plain fun.

Join us tonight, Friday March 21st from 5 – 7 pm, at the Freshwater Grange for a family pasta night out to help raise funds for Garfield School’s Upper Elementary class trip to Sacramento.

The pasta price is right:  $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and kids,
and those under the age of 5 eat for free.

But here’s the better family deal: $20.00 feeds your family of four.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

And it won’t be that overly-cooked squishy cafeteria noodle food that you fondly remember from your elementary school, either.  Oh, heavens no.  The real deal, this is more Pasta Gala than say, spaghetti feed.

Chef Ed Z., former owner and manager of the Samurai restaurant, and Chef Janet Arrington of Arrington Apples and Catering, are cooking up the special pasta and sauce.

If it’s like their past events together, this dynamic duo will be coming up with something especially good.  Last time if you remember, Mr. Ed brought in his experienced Samurai crew, and with Janet’s help, whipped up an exhilarating variety of all-you-can eat sushi rolls and other delicacies for one low pittance of a price during Japanese Dinner Night.  A popular hit, it sold out in record time.

This time, it’s a bit different– and even more brilliant. 

The Garfield school kids– of all ages and sizes– will be serving up the food and running the tables.  Parents, Principal Barbara McMahon, Loretta Eckenrode, Laura Arrington and the dedicated Garfield School staff and Booster Club will be nearby when the pasta gets rolling, the kids get flying, and hopefully before the pan hits the fan.

We expect a bit of fun and mayhem.  You never know.  It should all turn out just fine.  We think.  We hope.  And we’ll see. 

Come join in the community and see the controlled chaos for yourself– and remember to eat generously like Grandma always told you to.  The menu line-up should look something similar to this:

Mixed Green or Caesar Salad
French Bread

Pasta with Meat Sauce

Pasta with Marinara

We hope to see you at the Freshwater Grange, located at 39 Grange Road, just off of Freshwater Road. 

We’ll fill your plate with some good old-fashioned Freshwater family fun. 

Oh, and some real pasta, too.



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Wiyot World Renewal Ceremony


Milestone Moment Finally Comes



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


They were always here.

It was the discovery of gold in 1849 that brought white 
settlement to the Bay, ultimately resulting in the destruction
of the peaceful Wiyot tribe and culture.

The ensuing, “Indian troubles” culminated in a series of massacres against the Wiyot on February 26, 1860.  The most infamous of these was at Tuluwat village on Indian Island in Humboldt Bay.

The Wiyot people had gathered at this traditional site for the annual World Renewal Ceremony, which lasted seven to ten days.  Tuluwat was the center of the Wiyot world.

At night, the Wiyot men would replenish supplies, leaving the elders, women and children sleeping and resting.

Under cover of darkness, local men armed with hatchets and knives rowed to the Island from Eureka and brutally murdered nearly all the sleeping Wiyot.  Devastating the Wiyot people, a tribe surrounding the areas of Humboldt Bay since time immemorial, the event marked the darkest and most barbaric day in the history of Humboldt County and the city of Eureka. 

Estimates of the dead ranged from 80 to 250 in the night’s series of orchestrated massacres taking place that night.  Although the white men of the murderous mob were locally known, no charges were ever brought against them.  The remaining Wiyot temporarily took refuge at Fort Humboldt where nearly half died of exposure and starvation.  The survivors were forcibly relocated to reservations at Klamath and elsewhere.

The Wiyot people, however, did not disappear.  Attempting to return to their homeland, they found their homes had been destroyed and the lands taken over by others.

Until now.

Efforts to restore the Tuluwat site have been ongoing since 2000, after the tribe purchased 1.5 acres of the island.  The city of Eureka transferred over another 60 acres to the Wiyot later, and recently delivered a formal apology to the tribe for the horrific events of 1860.

Generations after the massacre on Indian Island, the Wiyot Tribe’s World Renewal Ceremony is returning in March, completing a cycle that’s been left unfinished for more than 150 years.

The ceremony will last three days beginning March 28, starting on Indian Island and ending at the Wiyot Reservation in Loleta.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to bring the World Renewal Ceremony back,” said former Wiyot Tribal Chairwoman Cheryl A. Seidner, the great granddaughter of Jerry James (pictured above at right), the lone surviving baby of the 1860 slaughter.

“It’s an exciting adventure,” Seidner said.  “It can be very emotional.”

“It’s not just desirable and beneficial for the Wiyot Tribe to do this,” said Gene Brundin, a participant in the Karuk Tribe’s World Renewal Ceremonies.  “It’s essential.”

“This ceremony returning is almost indescribable.  It’s something we have been looking forward to for several generations,” Brundin said.

Seidner said the ceremony is a time to come together and a time to be unified.

“Whether you’re a part of the Wiyot Tribe or an ancestor, it’s time for us to come together and heal the Earth, heal the world.  I am looking at it as an opportunity to look forward,” Seidner said.


We are pleased that this milestone moment has finally happened.  It’s been a long time in the making.  It’s good to come home after being away for so long.

While the Wiyot World Renewal ceremony is the most significant event to have happened in a long time, they are kindly asking the public to respect this moment so they can have their healing gathering with tribal members in private. 

Below is the Tribe’s open letter to the public:

He’ ba’ lo’,
Re: Attendance at the 2014 Wiyot World Renewal Ceremony

On March 28-30, 2014, the Wiyot Tribe will be holding its first World Renewal Ceremony since February 1860.

This sacred ceremony will take place over three consecutive days at Tuluwat on Indian Island, Pi’mad on the South Jetty, and at Rrawuraghu’muk at Table Bluff Reservation.

While it is customary not to turn away anyone who wishes to participate with an open heart, free of anger toward anyone, we ask that the community respect the sacredness of this ceremony.  

This is not a demonstration or spectator event.

The Wiyot Tribe will provide transportation by boat to and from Tuluwat for the dancers, their families and supporters, and Wiyot Tribal Citizens.

Parking along Highway 255 and Samoa Bridge is not permitted.  Furthermore, attempting to walk across the marsh or cross the channel from Woodley Island is extremely dangerous and not advisable, and there are not any public facilities at Tuluwat.

The Wiyot Tribe accepts no liability for anyone attempting to make their way to Tuluwat.  No video, photography, or recording is allowed and we ask that no one attempt to record the ceremony from a distance.

We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and all of those who worked to help bring this historic event to pass, so that the Wiyot Tribe can once again “set the world right” and promote ongoing healing for the entire community.

We ask that anyone who does wish to show their support by attending the ceremony refrain from coming until the final day, March 30, at Table Bluff Reservation (in Loleta).

For more information, please contact the Wiyot Tribal Office during regular business hours at 707-733-5055.

The Wiyot Tribe Council

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Downtown Downer


Local Residents Confront Developer of Blighted Property


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The defunct and deteriorating Downtowner Motel has been a continual source of blight for Eureka’s residents for
what’s been over a decade now.

An eyesore and magnet for transients, trash, and graffiti, it should have been cleaned up or sold by the developer, Kevin McKenny, long ago and given the proper attention that neighbors deserve.  It’s been long enough.  It’s gone absolutely nowhere but down the drain with delays and excuses galore handed out routinely from time to time.

Will Houston writes of the progress— or lack of it—that has occurred during a recent neighborhood meeting where residents confronted McKenny, also a sitting member on the Planning Commission, on his downtown downer property in The Beacon:


Neighbors of county Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny’s blighted Downtowner Motel in Eureka met with him last week to vent frustrations about the project’s delayed progress and draft some short-term solutions.

Sylvia Scott, who has lived a few blocks from the motel located on F and Eighth streets for the last 12 years, said she and other residents walked out of the March 6 meeting knowing progress had been made.

”I was very impressed with Mr. McKenny,” Scott said. “It took a lot of courage to face a lot of angry neighbors, and he was very gracious and understood our concerns. We were there to have solutions, not just complain about problems.”

The community meeting was organized by 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass, who received some backlash when she appointed McKenny to the county Planning Commission in February.

A former Eureka mayor and councilwoman, Bass said she plans to hold further meetings to ensure that “continuous progress” is made…

…The most pressing concern from the dozen residents who met with McKenny centered on the regular buildup of trash, graffiti and weeds around the motel with no promise of development in sight.

”We live in these beautiful homes that are really works of art,” Scott said. “But when you have a place like the Downtowner, it blights all the work we’ve done to maintain these pieces of art…”


An excerpt, you can read Will Houston’s full article in The Beacon .

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Talk is cheap and a developer’s money hedges and haws until it finally screams.  As we know from past experiences, the city of Eureka won’t clean it’s act up until residents at wit’s end demand it.

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Transcending Redwoods


Seeing the Forest for the Trees



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Redwoods never cease to amaze people.

They are impressive.  Humboldt’s majestic redwoods are the tallest and more massive species of trees on the planet.  Found nowhere else, they are engulfed by mountains, drowned in oceans and fog, and eaten up by lush rainforests.

Documenting a recent exploratory trip to the redwoods and various places on the coast by Ioda Media, this beautifully shot film highlights what a great job a group of filmmakers, designers and thinkers can do when they combine some fun and work and nature together.

It’s also an amazingly low key film.  All that sun, water and nature was just what we needed to remind us of the beauty of Humboldt and it’s special trees during our humdrum day of eking out a living on the North Coast.

About the video, the gang at Ioda simply said:

“We love what we do enough that it’s easy to get lost in our work.  The importance of creating things and telling stories that transcend our daily “to-do” lists.  

That is why trips like this are so important.

It’s our adventures and hobbies that drive our creativity.  We want to share that with our friends.”


Something we should all strive for in our own work and play. 
Camp on, and remember to see the forest for its trees.

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Among Giants In Humboldt


A Glimpse Into the ’Tree Hugging’ Tree Sits



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



It’s been a controversial issue, to say the least.

And when one hears the term “tree huggers,” a cliché hippie stereotype may come to mind.

You know, the free spirited, dreadlocked white dude who flashes peace signs while wearing a ragged tie-dyed shirt.

Well, Among Giants, a short and well done documentary from the team over at Rainhouse Cinema and filmed in Humboldt, does its very best to throw away these conventions.  For one, the film’s tree hugging protagonist, Farmer, is surprisingly reflective.

As he speaks, explaining his self-imposed tree sit struggle to save an ancient redwood grove in California, the expected platitudes of free love and
environmental rhetoric never come to the fore as one might guess.  

Instead, his conversation is personal, intimate, and understated.  His love of nature– his willingness to spend three years on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy– is simultaneously crazy and heroic and naively idealistic.

Shot in a particularly understated style in locations easily recognizable to us, Among Giants is as much a nature film as it is a socially conscious one of a contentious issue that has rankled Humboldt County over the past two decades.  

Apart from select sections, the movie exists almost entirely without a musical score, opting instead for the ambient sounds of the forest.  The result is serene and sublime.

 As the film closes, we’re treated to gorgeous aerial cinematography, contrasting the beauty of the existing forestland with the destruction of logged over areas.

While the film would never stoop so low as to say it outright, it’s clear that the message is for us all to embrace individualism, to retreat back into the transcendental glory that nature can offer. And so Farmer and his comrades do just that— they patiently wait amongst the treetops, sitting peacefully to stop what they see as inherent destruction.

Among Giants screened at numerous festivals to surprise success, having won numerous awards. 

Comprised of three extremely talented filmmakers—Sam Price-Waldman, Ben Mullinkosson, and Chris Cresci, the mission of Rainhouse Cinema is to make films that center around people and the environment.

Whatever your beliefs of environmentalism, activists, tree sits, logging, and clearcuts are, it is indeed a rare peek of what’s been going on– above the trees in Humboldt.

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Denied: Adult Criminal Justice Facility for Humboldt


State Says ‘No-Go’ to Grant Funding– for Now


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Local writer and columnist John Chiv had a good article today of why Humboldt County was denied grant funding
from the State for building a much needed criminal justice
and rehabilitation facility adjacent to the Courthouse.

In his post, Mr. Chiv reports:

Sheriff Mike Downey held a press conference in the Sheriff’s Correctional Facility briefing today at 10 a.m. to explain why Humboldt County was denied grant funding for SB 1022 money which would have been used to construct an Adult Local Criminal Justice Facilities Construction Program.

This proposed facility would have been built on the dirt parking lot right next to the Humboldt County jail.

This project would have created a two-story structure that would have housed Mental Health Services, the Probation Day Center (which is now on 5th Street and space is being rented) as well as Sheriff’s work programs. It would have integrated services and inmates released could go next door from the jail instead of walking to these other facilities.

Sheriff Downey also said that it would have addressed some concerns about nighttime and other releases that were brought up at the forum held recently at the Wharfinger…


The grant funding was denied after a last minute appeal, Chiv noted. 

Optimistic that another opportunity will present itself soon—possibly this summer—Sheriff Downey emphasized Humboldt County is still in a good position for future funding. 

Altogether though, it was a major setback. 

The Board of Supervisors already had set aside matching funds for construction in conjunction with the much hoped for SB 1022 grant funds. But the whole $17.5 million enchilada went down anyway for reasons that aren’t fully clear– other than issues
of the ‘funding criteria not being met’ by someone neglecting to include a simple spread-
sheet in the packet.

An excerpt, you can read more of the details in John Chiv’s Words Worth column here.

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Long Shaker Rattles Humboldt: A 6.9 Whopping Jolt


Many Small Aftershocks Following



From the USGS website moments ago:


A 6.9 magnitude earthquake rattled Humboldt at 10:18 pm on March 9, 2014. 

The quake originated 77 kilometers West/NorthWest of Ferndale.


12 minutes later, a second 3.4 earthquake struck 26 km
Southwest of Ferndale, @ 10:32 pm. 

A third quake– measured at 3.5– hit 77 km North/Northwest of Ferndale @ 10:41 pm; this was followed by
a fourth quake measuring @ 3.4 at 10:43 pm, centered 67 km West of Ferndale.

Eight more quakes in a cluster have followed.


As of 12:32 am March 10, there has been one large earthquake and 10 lesser aftershock quakes of varying degrees.

There have been no reports of major damage in the county, including road damage as reported by Caltrans.  The quake was felt as far away as Willits.  The USGS report a greater than 90% chance of a 5.0 aftershock or bigger in the next week.

Residents may want to stay atop of the news and the USGS website data



It was a whopper. 

Fortunately, it rattled nerves more than it did property.

A very strong offshore earthquake shook and rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region Sunday night.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage, local authorities said.

The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday amid heavy rainfall.  Centered about 50 miles west of Eureka and 4 miles beneath the Pacific seabed, the large quake was followed by a series of twenty aftershocks, including several between the magnitude of 3.5 – 4.6, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

There was no danger of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake, the National Tsunami Warning Center reported.

Widely felt across the region, Humboldt fire and sheriff’s authorities said there were no reports of any damage or injuries early this morning.

More than 3,000 people reported on the USGS website that they felt the quake.  Some reported a long, rolling shake waking children or knocking items off shelves.  Some of those reporting on the site said they live in Oregon across the border.

“We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet,” Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Knight told the Times-Standard news this morning.

“This lasted longer than any earthquake I’ve ever felt,” one resident, who lives about a mile from the coast in Ferndale near Eureka, told The LA Times.  

“It just kept going and going, very slowly and softly.  It was not violent.  It almost felt like you were in a boat that was rocking,” she said.  “The quake felt like it lasted about 20 or 30 seconds.”

“The animals, they felt it,” she said. “My two horses were running around out by the barn, and my dogs, six dogs, were ready to get out of the house.”

Others, however, reported the earthquake was more than a moderate trembler.  “I’m tired and terrified of this,” another resident said.  “I’ve had it.  This is too much.  I thought my house was going to fall down into a pile of sticks.  It went on for what seemed like forever.”

Earthquakes are not unusual in Eureka.  The area experienced a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 1992 that left 95 people injured and caused millions of dollars in damage.  That earthquake was felt as far south as San Francisco.

It was followed by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake about 12 hours later, and a magnitude 6.7 earthquake a few hours after that.  Both caused additional damage.

The area had a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in February, 2012 that did not cause serious damages or injuries.  An offshore magnitude 6.5 quake struck offshore in 2010, breaking glass in some buildings and causing bumps and cuts among residents.

Given than Humboldt County is prone to earthquakes and faces tsunami, flooding, power outages and windstorm threats from time to time, local residents should be prepared. 

It’s time to once again review your emergency plans and evacuation routes, restock batteries and emergency kits at home, have cell phones and emergency lights ready with alternative capabilities for recharging available, and know how to shut off power and gas lines to your residence.

The good news?  The drought plaguing the rest of California has bypassed Humboldt.

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Humboldt County Residents Challenge Huffman for Representative Seat


Deadline for Election Filing Ends

–And an Unrelated Homer Simpson VIDEO–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Two candidates, both based in Humboldt County, have emerged to challenge Rep. Jared Huffman for his 2nd District
congressional seat in the House of Representatives.

Two Garberville residents, Andy Caffrey, an environmental activist, and Dale Mensing, a supermarket cashier, have both filed to run in the June 3 primary election for the seat held by Huffman.

The filing period for the election ended Friday for most races.  For all races where an incumbent is not running, the filing period will be extended until Wednesday to ensure there are plenty of qualified candidates.  Friday was also the deadline for filing tax measures.

Caffrey, a Democrat, was among the dozen candidates who ran for the 2nd District seat two years ago, when Huffman, D-San Rafael, was first elected to Congress.

This is the first time that Mensing, a Republican, has run for office.

Mensing said he chose to run “because of the widespread attack on the Bill of Rights,” by progressives.

“Especially Obamacare is an attack on the Bill of Rights,” Mensing said.

Mensing said he attended a meeting of Marin County Republicans earlier this month and received a cordial reception.

“I have gotten statements from members of the Republican Party in Marin County that they would back me financially,” Mensing said.

David McCuan, a Sonoma State University associate professor of political science, said barring some unforeseen circumstance it appears
Huffman is a shoo-in for re-election.

McCuan said, “Caffrey becomes the guy on the far left, but he doesn’t have the following of a Norman Solomon.”

As for Mensing, McCuan said the question becomes: “Is he a sacrificial lamb or is he serious about party building?”

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Arcata Lights the Way Forward


Small City Big on Progressive Thinking



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


We’re inspired by the City of Arcata.

One of the most progressive and forward thinking communities in California, its civic leaders think outside the box, helping people and businesses alike to build prosperity and community.

Arcata just approved $600,000 in loans and technical assistance to build a new industrial park on the Happy Valley Industrial Park property for the ‘incubation’ of new business. 

Additionally, the small municipality also approved expanding and improving a condominium-style complex in the Aldergrove Industrial Park enabling private local companies to purchase and acquire their own property.

At the Arcata Courtyard Circle Apartments, the first solar-powered apartment complex of its kind in Humboldt County, Arcata team leader Sean Armstrong
is creating a ‘food forest’.  

Armstrong envisions building and strengthening the Arcata community “one fruit tree at a time.”  The food forest, co-funded by the city of Arcata, will be planted and maintained by like-minded volunteers.  It will include peaches, grapes, Chilean guavas, blueberries, tayberries, marionberries, kiwis, pears, cherries, oranges and native plants that will grow well in the local climate.

The city is also making major improvements to the Juniper Apartment low income housing project with capital repairs of new roofing, siding, stairs, landscaping and other repairs, keeping it maintained and looking good for residents and citizens. 

The city’s other development, Windsong, has prospered nicely under a similar plan, with those homes bought and owned by low-income residents who never dreamed of becoming proud homeowners themselves one day.

There are more examples:  the community farms, bird marsh and wildlife sanctuary, the recreation and community centers, the community forest and parks, and others. 

Arcata, through some smart urban planning, is a liveable, walkable, bicycle-able, and safe workable city.  It’s residents are,
for the most part, happy and satisfied.  Businesses locating there 
have been growing steadily.

Humboldt State University (HSU) in Arcata has also fostered its share of forward thinking through University improvements, increased enrollment and endowments, the construction of multiple new dorms and the science, kinesiology, and behavioral and social science buildings under the leadership of President Rollin Richmond.

HSU has expanded new research opportunities in Regenerative Medicine and the CSU Program in Biotechnology, the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology, and the Agricultural Research Initiative.

HSU’s Schatz Energy Lab pioneered the first developments of creating hydrogen energy from water, performing innovative energy research and in-
ternships for engineering and science students under
the direction of Dr. Peter Lehman.

These are only a few examples of the innovative planning and thinking Arcata and HSU have jointly advanced benefitting the people living here.  New ideas are constantly in the works.

This video that you see here by Shugo Tokumaru reminds us of this progressive legacy, and what Arcata, Sean Armstrong, HSU, Dr. Rollin Richmond, and others are doing.  Find the biggest screen you can, turn up the volume, and watch this video again to see what we mean.  You won’t regret it.

Why?  There are many similarities. 

The sheer amount of work and thinking involved.  The colossal amount of energy expended. The amazing attention to detail.  The bold beauty and foresight to bring forth something better and improved for everyone– collaboratively using skills, given talents, and our imagination on a wider scale. 

The woeful city of Eureka, with a staff and budget far larger than that of Arcata in comparison, could certainly gain from Arcata’s example, direction, and wisdom.

Arcata, our hat is off to you.  Cities just like you– and their timely planning and constructive hard work– built America. 

Leading the visionary way forward, you’re the bright light for the future of Humboldt.

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Mismanaging the Humboldt County Fair


Deficits and Expenses Balloon Following Titus’ Resignation


Bad to Worse: Reserve Drops 59%


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The following excerpt from the Ferndale Enterprise concerning
the Humboldt County Fair budget didn’t exactly surprise us:


Hold all tickets.

Newly-released budget numbers show the Humboldt County Fair lost more in 2013 than initially reported last month. The year will now go down in the books as one with the largest loss in fair history, due to unchecked spending, a disappointing horse racing meet and budget overruns.

The fair association, according to a newly-released operating budget, finished the year with a loss of $216,000…

The loss dropped the fair’s operating reserve — including the cash on hand it uses to pay the bills before the all-important revenue-generating month of August — 59 percent or from $494,108 in January of 2013 to $203,315 at the beginning of 2014.

The $216,000 loss of revenue compares to a profit of $98,000 at the end of 2012.

At an association Finance Committee meeting last week, fair directors blamed the loss mostly on others, and at a Monday night regular board meeting, when asked who was responsible for the loss and double-digit budget overruns, no answer was provided.

Former general manager of the fair, Stuart Titus, whose contract was not renewed at the start of last year and who left the fair with the largest reserve in history, said he was shocked and saddened by the numbers.

“It’s really too bad, because it took a lot of time and discipline to build the reserve to where it was, and we did it because we knew there were tough times coming,” said Titus, who managed the fair for 22 years and who voluntarily took a $10,000 pay cut in 2012 to help hold costs down and build the reserve.

“The directors are trying to write it all off to deferred maintenance and horse racing expenses, but that doesn’t hold water.  It’s pretty clear there was no chain of command and that they lost all control over expenses.  During my time and with former director Ken Christen as the chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee, we did almost $4 million worth of improvements on the grounds and kept perfect records on all of them.”

Titus said he is extremely concerned about the future of the fair and the $7 million economic impact the fair brings to the county.

“I knew they might run into trouble after I left and they hired someone with no fair management experience, but I had no idea it would be this bad,” he said…

An excerpt from “Humboldt County Fair Budget Goes from Bad to Worse; Reserve Drops 59 Percent in One Year” by Ferndale Enterprise Editor Caroline Titus, you can read the full article and details here.

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We had an inkling this would happen after Stuart Titus, the successful and stalwart County Fair manager for 22 years, was drummed out by the Fair Association Board cronies last year. 

Why?  Because his wife, Caroline, ran the local newspaper and reported the news fairly and accurately as she saw it.  They didn’t like that in a small town and so they leaned on him after she refused to be railroaded.

They replaced Mr. Titus with a new fair manager– and with no prior experience– gave him a 20% raise right off the bat.

The proof is in the numbers and if it wasn’t any clearer it would bite you.



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The Great Freshwater Pancake Sunday Breakfast


Hearty Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup For Your Sunday Morning:

March 2, 8-11 am



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

Wake up and smell the coffee– and the cakes. Eating them is even better!
The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Superbowl Sunday.
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh. We welcome, delight, and would love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.  Every time it happens more and more of you show up and our ‘pancake family’ grows bigger.  Thank you!
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and Wanda’s bottomless French Roast coffee.  Hungry? Come back for more.  It’s all included.
James cracks all the fresh eggs early in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing up the fresh batter to the right proportions for the griddle. Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham.  Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is hot and brewed fresh for your cup.  Tamara and Jen and Clay and Tissa will be there helping, too.
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like you remember at home during the holidays– is happening all morning. 
It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help.  Well, most of the time it does anyway.
What’s great is the rock bottom price:
$5 for adults, and  only $3 for the kids.
The price hasn’t been raised in eight years.  Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family.  Why not?
The money goes to the good cause of fun-raising:  fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange.  So far you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps. It needs our community help and care. And you help us put the word fun back into funky!
We hope to see you there– and fill your plate with some happy, happy, happy down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking just before the big 3:30 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
The Place: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road
…Just follow the smiley balloons and signs: up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past the Garfield Little Red Schoolhouse onto Grange Road.
You can’t miss it. If you do happen to miss it, just ask anyone standing nearby. They’re all friendly, they’re all on Aloha Time and they all have no worries.
You may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.

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Celebrate Eureka Theater’s 75th Jubilee This Weekend


35¢ Gets You in the Door All Day Saturday

…And Only One Thin Dime for the Kids!


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



March 4, 1939, was a milestone date for the city of Eureka.

The Eureka Theater, in all its Art Moderne glory, celebrated its 1939 grand opening — and it was a very big deal, indeed.

75 years later, the Eureka Theater will observe that special anniversary with a two-day celebration for kids and parents, movie lovers and all those who appreciate the history of Eureka and the iconic building that has meant so much to generations of people on the North Coast.

The Jubilee celebration has been months in the planning, said Michael Logan, chair of the organizing committee for the Eureka Theater Jubilee.  Saturday will be all about movies and will feature a full slate of 1939 movies shown on the big screen.  

The fun starts at noon with a showing of “The Wizard of Oz.”  Before the curtain rises, however, kids will be treated to personal appearances from Dorothy, Scarecrow, Glinda the Good Witch and several munchkins.

These Ozians will be in the front lobby of the theater at 11 a.m. Saturday to meet their young fans, to mix and mingle and, since their roots are in the Humboldt Light Opera Company, it is expected that more than a few songs will be sung.  JoAnn Bauer, children’s librarian for the Humboldt County Library and organizer of the children’s event that precedes the movie, suggests that parents bring
their cameras.

”Our visitors from Oz will pose for photos with children and really, how often does Dorothy come to town?” she said.  Bauer and other volunteers will also be on hand to provide face painting for young movie fans before the tornado makes landfall in Kansas.  For more information about the children’s activities, call Bauer at 269-1910.

Other movies scheduled for showing on Saturday after the Wizard of Oz are:

2 p.m. — “Stagecoach”

4 p.m. — “Ninotchka”

6:15 p.m. — “Another Thin Man”

8:45 p.m. — “Hound of the Baskervilles”

10:15 p.m. — “Son of Frankenstein”

And 1930s-era shorts and cartoons will be shown between movie showings.


More amazing is this: 

Bring the whole family because admission will be at 1939 prices all day: 35 cents, with kids under 12 admitted for a dime!

“It’s hard to overstate the significance of the Eureka Theater to Eurekans and others who grew up watching movies as children, teenagers, parents and grandparents,” said Melinda Ciarabellini, Eureka City Council member and member of the organizing committee for the Jubilee.

“This grand old movie palace is part of the fabric of life on the North Coast.  The celebration of its history, the ongoing work of the Eureka Concert and Film Center and its dedicated board of directors and volunteers to return it to the glory of its youth, it all speaks to the very best in us.”

On Sunday, the Eureka Theater will partner with the Humboldt County Film Commission to host an Oscar party that will welcome the public to a special live showing of the 2014 Academy Awards program on the big screen.

Cocktails from the 1939 era will be served from the no-host bar, and 1939 appetizers will be featured.

Historic film from Hollywood’s Golden Age will be shown during breaks in the Oscar program.

“We encourage our guests to dress for the red carpet,” said Humboldt County Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine, “and yes, there will be a red carpet.”

Sunday’s event begins at 5 p.m. with the live telecast of the Academy Awards scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce on Broadway, Annex 39 (next door to the theater at Sixth and F streets) and online at  For more information about this event, call 825-7600.



Via the Times-Standard and the Eureka Theater
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Save the Bees: Be a Beekeeper



HSU Class Starting February 25


Humboldt Beekeepers Meeting Thursday, February 6



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should; their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
~Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
~Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee


Save the Bees!

Honeybees pollinate the crops that we depend on for many of the foods we eat.  In recent decades, economic and environmental challenges have led to a major decline in the number of honeybees in North America.  We’re facing a serious challenge of losing our hives and bees unless we help.

In response, more people want to learn to keep bees in their own backyard.  You can learn how to do it and it doesn’t cost very much.

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a community of beekeepers, a resource for locals to ask questions of each other and share information through our Yahoo and FaceBook groups.

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m, in the auditorium at the Humboldt County Agriculture Department at 5630 South Broadway in Eureka.  To get to the Agriculture Department, take the Humboldt Hill Road exit from Hwy 101 and turn right on S. Broadway/Hill Road.  It’s right across from the KIEM-TV building.

Meetings take place in the auditorium which is on the south side of the Agriculture Department building.  New beekeepers are encouraged to come 30 minutes early to ask questions of more experienced beekeepers.  You can contact Jamie Bucklin (#845–3362) for more information.

The next meeting is this Thursday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Brad Woodward, who will talk about winter/spring feeding and what to look for.   Jamie Bucklin will give a presentation on monitoring hives with a hive scale and building a hive scale.  There will be refreshments and a drawing for door prizes and HCBA T-shirts will be on sale.

Beekeeping classes are offered annually.  Anyone interested in starting their own hives for the first time this year, as well as folks who are just want to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping, we have good news:  HSU Extended Education is once again offering Practical Beekeeping classes.

The new session starts at Humboldt State University on February 25 with beginner classes starting on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons taught by Garrett Brinton.

Topics include basic bee biology and natural history, life cycle and social organization, and basic colony management techniques.  The class covers both conventional and alternative methods for keeping bees healthy and coping with common bee diseases and parasites.

Students will also learn practical, hands-on skills while visiting local beeyards on several field trips and have the opportunity to purchase hive equipment and package bees at a substantial discount in order to start their own honeybee colonies.

Info about the class and registration is here at the HSU website.

Help save the bees.  Join us, bee there, and learn the basic techniques of beekeeping. 

Give bees a chance.  Bee all you can be.  Support your local beekeepers– and please remember to buy the local honey when you can.

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Above, 28-year-old Croatian Maksim Mrvica playing in concert Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” a short but very, very difficult piece to master for its tempo and rhythmic complexity, inspiring terror in most pianists. 

Honeybees, in comparison, are relatively easy and harmless.



~Via Humboldt Beekeepers, HSU Extended Education, and Maksim Mrvica/YouTube

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Superbowl Sunday Pre-Game Pancake Breakfast at Freshwater Grange


Hearty Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup For Your Sunday Morning:

February 2, 8-11 am



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

Wake up and smell the coffee– and the cakes.  Eating them is even better.
The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Superbowl Sunday.
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh.  We would welcome, delight, and love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.  Every time it happens more and more of you show up and our ‘pancake family’ grows bigger.  Thank you.
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and Wanda’s bottomless French Roast coffee.
Hungry?  Come back for more.  It’s all included.
James cracks all the fresh eggs early in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing the batter to the right proportions for the griddle. Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham.  Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is hot and brewed fresh for your cup.  Mark and Valerie and Sue and Tamara will be there helping, too.
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like you remember at home during the holidays– is happening all morning. 
Last month the surprise was fresh cherry compote;  this Sunday looks like maple butter or a ‘special recipe’ apple compote.  Or maybe both.  Don’t miss Laura’s fresh homemade salsa, too.  It’s been a hit.  We never know what may show up.  It all comes together like a magical surprise with everyone’s fine help.
Well, most of the time it does anyway.
What’s great is the rock bottom price: $5 for adults, and
only $3 for the kids.
Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family.  Why not? Mom, Dad, the kids, Nana and Grandpa, and all the neighbors and Aunties and Uncles you can squeeze into the family SUV.
You can’t do that at home and not everyone may can squeeze back into that SUV for the ride back home.  But, hey, at least Mom doesn’t have to wash all those maple syrupy dishes afterwards.  She has better things to do.  Keep her in a good mood or she’ll make brussel sprouts for dinner.
So come by and say hello, stay awhile, and relax.  Why not?  No mess, no fuss, no worries.  Mom deserves it and so do you.  You have enough to do on Superbowl Sunday so stumble on in and treat yourself to breakfast served.  And no one deserves brussel sprouts.
Afterwards, take a walk afterwards thru Freshwater.  It will be a warm (well, sort of) sunny day in downtown Freshwater and you and the family will be feeling fine and good and all smiley-smiles after a great breakfast, a cup of joe or two or maybe three, some fine conversation, and a pleasant sunny Sunday morning spent before the big game.
And the money goes to the good cause of fun-raising: fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange.  That’s why the volunteers are all there serving you up right.
So far you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps.  It needs our community help and care.  And you help us put the word fun back into funky!
We hope to see you there– and fill your plate with some happy, happy, happy down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking just before the big 3:30 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
The Place: Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Road
…Just follow the signs: up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past the Garfield Little Red Schoolhouse onto Grange Road.
You can’t miss it.  If you do happen to miss it, just ask anyone standing nearby.  They’re all friendly, they’re all on Aloha Time and they all have no worries. 
You may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.

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Native Americans Take Stand for Equal Education at Local Schools


Charges Underscore Dismal Humboldt County History


Emily Wilson

UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies



The principal and superintendent of Loleta Elementary School in California’s
Humboldt County grabbed a Native American student by the ear and asked,
“See how red it’s getting?”

The school secretary said students behaved like “wild Indians.” Native American students have been suspended for seemingly minor infractions– breaking crayons and kicking a ball on a roof.

Native American students are forced to finish their lunches, including having to drink spoiled milk while White students can throw out unfinished food.

These are some of the charges in a complaint filed with the Office for Civil Rights by the California Indian Legal Services, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Youth Law at the end of last year.

The latter two groups also filed a federal lawsuit against the Eureka City Schools district charging that school officials discriminate against African American and Native American students.

The schools are in Humboldt County, a predominantly rural area, with one of the highest populations of Native Americans in the state at around six percent.

At Loleta, about a third of the students are members of federally recognized tribes, and Delia Parr, an attorney with the California Indian Legal Services, says because of the way these students are treated many parents have transferred their children to neighboring schools, leaving the most vulnerable behind.

Parr says they filed this complaint because the school officials had ignored previous complaints, and this felt like the only way to effect change.

“Rather than recognizing that these children are members of this community, there’s continued disenfranchisement,” Parr said.  “The school is not following the education code. … This just perpetuates the cycle for a community that suffers from historical trauma.”

Humboldt, in the far north of the state, has a bad record of sending kids to college, but it’s particularly abysmal for Native Americans, with fewer than 10 students qualifying for either California State University or the University of California system.

Having only single digits of kids ready for higher education ties directly to their treatment in elementary school, says Mat Matson, a member of the tribal council of the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, who filed the complaint against Loleta officials, along with the Wiyot Tribe.  Tribal leaders are trying to do everything they can to provide educational support for the children, such as running a resource library and offering tutoring, he says– but they need the school to work with, not against them.

“The most egregious, disappointing, and shocking element of this is it appears to be a culture and a pattern that treats children differently,” Matson said.  “When they are disproportionately suspended or punished, that undermines everything we’re trying to do.”

Matson acknowledges that as a small school, Loleta’s administrators have multiple jobs to do and responsibilities to carry out with limited resources.

“They probably face some unfunded mandate, and it’s difficult to meet all their obligations, but it doesn’t seem like there’s an effort to try to access pots of money available,” Matson said.  “We’ve had many conversations with administrators, and it seems like there’s not an effort to get us to a solution.  We want results, and we want some sort of path.”

That would include training school staff on the culture and history of the Native American students, he says.

That needs to happen at Eureka High School as well where the suit charges that, in a “wildly inaccurate and extremely insulting” lesson, a history teachers had students make up tribes and have them fight one another, saying that was how Native Americans resolve conflict.   A teacher also asked a plaintiff in the suit, a Yurok girl, to explain a massacre of the Wiyot tribe, seemingly not understanding she was part of a different tribe.

“It’s easy when you have white Anglo teachers for them to teach what’s comfortable for them, which is their own history,” said Jim McQuillen, the director of educational services for the Yurok tribe.  “People get uncomfortable when you talk about local massacres– the Wiyots were massacred in 1860.  That’s not so very long ago when you think of history.”

More negative history is even closer, McQuillen says, such as coerced boarding schools.

“There was this idea of beating the Indian out of the kid,” he said.  “Our grandparents were forbidden to speak their native language and they got spanked or whipped for speaking it.”

McQuillen is very concerned about what he sees as Native American students being pushed out of regular schools to alternative schools that don’t prepare students
for college.

That’s simply unacceptable, says Abby Abinanti, a Chief Judge for the Yurok Tribal Court and a California Superior Court Commissioner.

“No country can go forward with its students not successfully educated,” she said.  “I want to see our kids get a fair shot.  I believe in public education.  I hope what will come out of this is everyone will recommit themselves to this system.”

Abinanti, like McQuillen, says the curriculum at the schools in Humboldt needs to change.

“If you go to school, and you walk away and go, ‘I don’t know anything about how to run a tribe, and I don’t know anything about me,’ that’s a problem,” she said.  “Anything you learn there is not about us.”

Abinanti says often in the past the Caucasians and the Native Americans in Humboldt have ignored each another.

“They were happy not to see us, and we were happy to stay under the radar,” she said.  “We have to say no more – it’s better for them and better for us.  We live right next to these people.”

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(Courtesy of Emily Wilson and UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies)

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Travels and Tails in Humboldt


Our Nomadic Gypsy Trip to Humboldt in Pictures


By Gypsy Tails


Humboldt is a beautiful, beautiful place. 

We packed up the dogs and cats and loaded up the caravan and hung out awhile.  The pictures here are only
a little bit of what we saw.  Just a little flavor of the people 
and places making it real. 

Everybody was laid back and happy to give.  Super friendly and invited us in and around, showed us things, and had a lot of warmth and welcome and things to say.   We heard about the fog but it wasn’t all that bad by afternoon. 

It was an experience different from the other places we had been to.

Sequoia Park, first day in Eureka


Humboldt Folklife Society Saturday night barn dance: Irish square dancing


Oh, hullo… you got a currot?




Sand dollars for miles




Logger town


Ohhhh, Humboldt


Fish tacos and game night with co-workers and Koa the vicious box-cat


Arcata Farmer’s Market


My favorite house in the new neighborhood.


Transient kid from Mendocino outside the co-op.
 I didn’t have cash but he gladly pocketed a handful of cashews and candied ginger.


Crab traps, and then some more crab traps!


Lazy Saturday morning with coffee, snuggles, sunshine, and squirrel-watching.
Contentment all around :)


We love you Humboldt.  Thanks for having us.  We enjoyed all you gave and offered.

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1964: The Year America Lost It


KEET-TV at 8 p.m Tonight:  How the 60′s Started



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Do you remember 1964? 

You ought to.  It was a defining year of change for America.

It was the year that “led to the letting loose of everything,” Rolling Stone Publisher Jann Wenner says in the PBS documentary American Experience: 1964, airing tonight on KEET-TV and other PBS stations nationwide at 8 p.m.

The year that began less than two months after the killing of the president saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act; the arrival of the Beatles on U.S. soil; the murders of three civil-rights workers in Mississippi; the birth of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley; the escalation of the Vietnam conflict; and Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater offering “a choice, not an echo” campaign as he was nominated for president.

Cassius Clay defied the 7-1 odds against him to defeat Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title, then became Muhammad Ali; Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello flirted, sang and danced in Bikini Beach; Ford introduced the Mustang; Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway; and a huge see-through globe called the Unisphere dominated the World’s Fair, constructed atop a former swamp and garbage dump in the New York borough of Queens.

The PBS documentary is an American Experience offering, and, given how eventful the 1960s were, it’s
logical to expect a 50th-anniversary.

If you’re older or younger than the baby-boom generation, you might be tempted to dismiss all of the attention paid to the 1960s as overblown, but 1964 is nonetheless authoritative and convincing.  It makes its case that the year saw big events and big change, but, by skillfully drawing the line between that year and the present, 1964 shows us that we are still feeling the effects of those events 50 years later.

Based in part on the Jon Margolis book The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, the PBS film was written and directed by Stephen Ives, and actually begins in 1963 in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. The nation was hopeful but wary as the new year began, and so was its new president.

Lyndon B. Johnson set out to earn legitimacy by pursuing an ambitious agenda that included passing the Civil Rights Act proposed by John F. Kennedy; declaring an “unconditional war on poverty” in his first State of the Union address; and, in May, vowing to build a Great Society by eliminating discrimination and fostering economic parity for all.

The civil rights bill was not only one of LBJ’s greatest accomplishments, but, as one observer says, “It created a new America.”

In the wake of the new law, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other groups established a program to send college kids to Mississippi to help get African Americans registered to vote.  It was planned as Freedom Summer, but it was forever marked with tragedy after the slaying of three civil rights workers.

The repercussions from Freedom Summer seeded the protest movement that rocked American college campuses for the rest of the decade.  The young men and women who went to Mississippi– many of them white suburban college kids– came back angry from the experience of seeing racially inspired brutality and prejudice firsthand.  When they left the South, they brought their anger with them, as well as impatience with the status quo.

The prevailing thought is that the 1960s were what they were in reaction to everything that the ’50s were not.  Historian Stephanie Coontz recalls her mother telling her she felt wrong because she wasn’t totally happy, despite fulfilling all the societal expectations for women in the ’50s.

It was, as Betty Friedan wrote in “The Feminine Mystique,” “the problem that has no name.”  Women were expected to find happiness by consuming, one observer notes.

In so many ways, the ’60s were all about challenging societal expectations for several segments of the population.

As “1964″ makes clear, this was a time of extraordinary prosperity, which is one of the reasons that suburban kids could afford to hitchhike around the country, wear their hair long, go off to college.  They, too, were saying no to expectations.

Suburban, mostly white, middle-class kids were finding that the world wasn’t quite as perfect as their parents had led them to believe.  They rebelled in their own ways.  Many became anti-establishment activists; others found means of expression in culture.

The ascendance of the Beatles in with the hit single “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” was followed by the group’s first U.S. appearance in 1963.  Young men began letting their hair grow.  It may seem quaint today, but American households were regularly disrupted by arguments between parents and sons about hair length.

The day after winning the heavyweight title, a more subdued, grounded Cassius Clay faced the press, who asked whether he was studying Islam.  When he became Muhammad Ali, he called his former name “a slave name.”

“I don’t have to be what you want me to be,” he said, and that statement could apply to African Americans all over the country, to white middle-class students with their floppy haircuts and to the demonstrators at UC Berkeley.

Come 1964, the counterculture and revolution in about race, politics, war, equality, clothing, music, drugs, formalities and schooling was underway.  Conservatives denounced the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and the decay of social order.

In many ways, the ’60s were all about challenging societal expectations for several segments of the population.  The driving declaration that echoed through the rest of the decade was first and most eloquently uttered in 1964. 


Catch it tonight:  1964: An “American Experience” documentary.  8 p.m. Tuesday on PBS—KEET TV



(Via PBS-org, Columbus Dispatch, and Dave Weigand/SFGate)

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Rev. Freed’s Slaying and the Deadly Probation Fail


One Small Detail Not Mentioned: 
Suspect Was on Probation and Shouldn’t Have Been Released From Jail 


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The crime stats for Eureka are indeed bad.  Very bad.  
The reasons are varied and many.

The Eureka Police Department has 100 sworn employees for less than a 15-mile square area.  To note, the top 10 EPD officers make upwards of $90,000+ a year.  The Chief of Police pulled in a total compensation of $156,000 in 2010.  Eureka also has the agreed upon assistance of the HCSO, CHP, Humboldt Bay Fire, the Probation and Parole Departments, and the FBI within the city limits.

That apparently isn’t enough to take a bite out of crime in Eureka.

An overcrowded jail that releases offenders early doesn’t help matters of crime, either.  But let’s take a closer look at one situation that happened recently.

After being brought to the jail on a new offense, Gary Lee Bullock, the alleged suspect in Rev. Freed’s slaying, was released on his OR (own recognizance) only a few hours before Freed’s murder.  Unbelievably, EPD was called back and contacted him again a second time due to his erratic behavior.  Bullock was merely referred to the Rescue Mission at that time.

One of the rarely mentioned points to consider is this: Mr. Bullock was placed on a three-year probation term
back in April for cocaine possession.  Along with that grant
of probation came a set of terms which Bullock agreed to for
obeying all laws of the community– or he’d be back in  jail.

When originally brought to the jail he should have been retained on a ‘Probation Hold’ until the Humboldt County Probation Department or District Attorney’s Office—who had the  jurisdiction in the matter– properly assessed his situation.  That didn’t occur.

That’s the whole idea behind the preventative  ’community safety’ thing.  There are pre- and post release procedures in place that should have been followed for individuals granted probation.  Were they?  A process exists providing for an appropriate level of scrutiny and investigation of probationers arrested for new offenses, duly superseding jail overcrowding and holding them before subsequent release into the community.

Once Bullock’s second law enforcement contact was made, he certainly should have been returned to the jail so his situation could be looked into further by his probation officer.  He was clearly– twice– in violation of the terms of his probation in a relatively short period of time.  And yet nothing happened.

Mr. Bullock, despite his felony probation status, surprisingly wasn’t held whatsoever for his case to be reviewed.  More unbelievably, he was released out of the jail– kicked out the door and onto the street to himself without assessment or any supervision whatsoever– at 12:43 in the morning on January 1, hours before the Catholic priest’s slaying in the Eureka rectory merely a few blocks away from the jail, EPD headquarters, and directly across the street from the Probation Department’s Adult Services Division.

Bullock’s probation status and lack of supervision hasn’t been brought up nor
is it widely known to the public.  It warrants investigation because other incidents, similar in nature, have been occurring routinely.  In fact, it is quietly happening all too often following our review of several hundred crime reports over the past two years. 

Think Jason Warren’s alleged brutal murder of Dorothy Ulrich and the subsequent hit and run of the Bayside joggers.  In that instance, Warren, already sentenced to State Prison, never should have been released from the jail to freely engage in his murderous rampage upon others.

We wonder if things would have turned out differently if the ‘probation hold’ process that was in place and should have occurred actually happened, and to what degree it did in both cases.  When the system fails, it fails for all of us.

Both situations should have turned out differently.  But Probation Officers and District Attorneys don’t like to work after 5 pm, on the weekends, or on the holidays.  And the jail and courts finds it far too easy to release those in custody early as long as nothing bad ever happens.

In these cases and others, however, something bad did happen.  With deadly and dire consequences.  Oops.

We hope the Grand Jury or Superior Court will look into whether the proper probation pre-and post release procedures were actually followed in both the Gary Lee Bullock and Jason Warren cases– and to the totality of circumstances as to why they happened in the first place.

Otherwise, these situations will happen again and again with random precision, a deadly and ongoing criminal problem falling through the cracks of a complacent bureaucracy– and swept under the rug as necessary.

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As the County pleads for more jail funding and the Eureka City Council and Police Department look to increase taxes by extending Measure O (which provided $8.7 million for public safety since it was enacted in 2010), citizens may want to ask the conductors of the ‘give-us-more-money’ gravy train if we’re actually getting the services we’re already paying for.

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Sunday’s Hot Pancake Breakfast: Freshwater Grange


Hearty Pancakes and Eggs and Maple Syrup For Your Sunday Morning:

January 5th, 8-11 am



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

The Freshwater Grange Friends and Volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast– with all the fixin’s– this Sunday.
There’s breakfast, conversation and all the fine local flavor served up fresh.  We welcome, delight, and would love to have you come enjoy it with us in the beautiful Freshwater Valley.
The menu features delicious buttermilk and whole grain pancakes, plus ham, sausages, scrambled eggs, orange juice, tea, and bottomless French Roast coffee. 
Hungry?  Come back for more.  It’s all included. 
James cracks all the eggs fresh in the morning and our pixie pancake makers– Sue and Shirley– are mixing the batter to the right proportions for the griddle.  Patrick and Laura, the dynamic duo, are stirring the eggs and fixing up the sausage and ham.  Wanda and Mary will be sure your coffee is brewed hot and fresh for your cup.
The aroma of fresh pancakes and sausage– just like you remember at home during the holidays– is happening all morning and it comes together like magic
with everyone’s help. 
Well, most of the time it does.
What’s best is the rock bottom price:  $5 for adults, and
only $3 for the kids. 
Heck, for that kind of convenient deal you can bring the whole family.  Why not?  Mom, Dad, the kids, Nana and Grandpa, and all the neighbors and Aunts and Uncles you can squeeze into the family SUV. 
You can’t do that at home and everyone may not be able to squeeze back into that SUV for the ride back home, but, hey, at least Mom doesn’t have to wash all those maple syrupy dishes afterwards.  She has better things to do.  Keep her in a good mood.  Otherwise she may make brussel sprouts for dinner.
So stay awhile.  Linger.  Relax.  Enjoy it.  Why not?  No mess, no fuss, no worries.  Mom deserves it and so do you.  And no one deserves brussel sprouts.
Afterwards, take a walk afterwards thru Freshwater and out to the County park if you like (admission is free if you walk in).  It will be a warm (well, sort of) sunny day in downtown Freshwater and you and the family will be feeling fine and good and all smiley-smiles after a healthy and filling breakfast, a cup of joe or two or maybe three, some fine conversation, and the enjoyment of a pleasant sunny Sunday in Humboldt.
And the money all goes to a good cause:  fixing up and restoring the old Freshwater Grange.  That’s why the volunteers are all there serving you up right, just like you deserve. 
So far, you’ve helped put on a new roof, repair the drainage and walkway, install a new heater, and otherwise help spiff up the historical place.  It is over a 100 years old after all, and every little bit helps.  It needs our community help and care.
We hope to see you there– and hope to fill your plate with some good down-home Wrangletown lumberjack cooking!
When: First Sunday of every month, 8-11 a.m.
Phone: 442-7107
Price: $5 adults; $3 kids
The PlaceFreshwater Grange,  49 Grange Road
…Just follow the signs:  up Freshwater Road, about 2.2 miles east of 3 Corners market and then turn right past the Garfield Little
Red Schoolhouse. 
You can’t miss it.  If you do miss it, just ask anyone happening to be standing nearby.  They’re all friendly, they’re all on Aloha Time, they have no worries, and you may be the highlight of their otherwise slow and bucolic day.

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Suspect of Slain Priest Taken Into Custody


Gary Lee Bullock Released From County Jail Just Hours Before Slaying



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Authorities have taken into custody a California man who they
believe killed a Roman Catholic priest in a Eureka church rectory,
the Chief of Police said. 

He was taken into custody in Southern Humboldt this afternoon.

Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills announced Thursday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Gary Lee Bullock, asking for the public’s help in tracking down him and a 2010 Nissan hybrid belonging to the slain priest.

The previous day, the Rev. Eric Freed was found dead in the rectory at St. Bernard Church in the coastal Northern California city.  While he hasn’t given a motive, Mills elaborated Thursday that Freed died after suffering “blunt force trauma” following a “violent struggle.”

His gruesome death — which the county coroner official ruled a homicide on Thursday — has shaken many in and around Eureka, both members of the parish he served, the nearby university where he taught and the community at large.

“Eric knew as well as anybody just how senseless violence could be,” said Wiliam Herbrechtsmeier, a professor at Humboldt State University where Freed had taught since 2007.  ”When a fine person like him is brought down– that’s just tragic.”

Bullock wasn’t unknown to local authorities;  in fact, he’d been in custody earlier on the same day that Freed was found dead.

Police explained that, on New Year’s Eve, Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a person “acting strangely” in Garberville.  They went to the scene and arrested Bullock for public intoxication, taking him to a jail where “he was rejected due to his erratic behavior,” Eureka police said in a press release.

Bullock — who last known address is in Redway, California — was then moved to a nearby hospital “where he became more agitated and had to be physically restrained by deputies,” police added.  He was eventually booked into a jail shortly after 4:30 p.m. that day, staying there for over 8 hours before his release at 12:43 a.m. on January 1.

Less than two hours later, police got a call about a suspicious person at St. Bernard Church.  Officers found Bullock but, as he wasn’t “intoxicated and did not qualify for an emergency psychological hold,” didn’t detain him but instead referred him to a shelter, Mills said.

At some point in the hours after that, a guard at Freed’s church found a person matching Bullock’s description on the premises and told him to leave, police said.

It was at 9 a.m. that authorities were called back to St. Bernard, this time after church staff came across Freed– who officers and a doctor, who happened to be a parishioner, both determined was already dead.  Mills said police later determined there were signs of “forced entry” and the aforementioned struggle.

Hours later, mourning parishioners and community leaders gathered outside the church-turned-crime scene to remember the late priest.

Mayor Frank Jager said Freed was a personal friend and
a “tremendous person in this community” since his arrival
three years ago.  

The 56-year-old’s loss was felt deeply elsewhere as well.

“He was a really, genuinely warm individual,” said professor Stephen Cunha, the chairman of Humboldt State University’s religious studies department where Freed taught. “… Kind is the word that comes to mind, sensitive.”

Just a few days ago, the priest sent a note to his parishioners, thanking them for their support and prayers and wishing them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“I cannot tell you how proud and honored I am to be your pastor,” Freed wrote in a letter posted on the parish website.  ”Our parish is alive, joyful and full of faith, hope and charity that define us as Catholic Christians.”

While he was relatively new to St. Bernard, Freed had already made an impact there and elsewhere around Eureka– including with the city’s Japanese-American community, as Freed lived in Japan for many years– Jager told reporters.

“This is an absolutely tremendous loss not only for the St. Bernard’s Parish, but for our community generally,” the mayor said.  ”For those of us who believe in prayer, this is the time for that.”

Freed’s ties to Humbodt State went back even longer.  A guest lecturer, he wrote a book about the first atomic bomb and also taught about the New
Testament, connecting with Christians and non-Christians alike.

“He was very well respected, very well liked and had a tremendous working knowledge as well as academic knowledge,” Cunha said.  ”… To think that he passed in this way: It’s just layers of grief and shock.”

Herbrechtsmeier said he got to know Freed well not just at Humboldt State but outside as well, often joining the enthusiastic pastor– a diehard University of Southern California Trojan fan– to watch sports and enjoy some laughs.

Noting that students at the state university loved Freed, who was also deeply involved in that school’s Catholic student group, the Newman Center, Cunha added:  This was not some stuffy clergyman. He was very much someone that you could sit down and speak with…

“He connected with everybody.”


(Via Yahoo and CNN News)

See also our other articles: 

One Slain Priest and the Lost City of Crime and Rev. Freed’s Slaying and the Deadly Probation Fail

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One Slain Priest and the Lost City of Crime


‘Eureka One of the Most Dangerous Cities in the US’


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The City of Eureka has a crime problem. 

A very significant one.

From the Times-Standard this morning:

The Eureka Police Department launched a murder investigation Wednesday after a popular St. Bernard Church priest was found dead after failing to show up to Mass.

Police Chief Andrew Mills declined to identify the victim in the case, but Mayor Frank Jager confirmed that Rev. Eric Freed was found deceased in the rectory building on the church property shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon, police were called to Sacred Heart Church on Myrtle Avenue, where a church employee reported an unlawful entry.  The employee opened the church door to find a man inside.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Morey said the unidentified man fled the scene as the employee called police.

Morey said it’s unclear if the incident was in any way related to Freed’s killing…


UPDATEEPD announced an arrest warrant for the murder of
Father Eric Freed.

The suspect is Gary Lee Bullock who was released from the Humboldt County jail at 12:34 am on  Jan. 1. and matches the description of a man seen around church that night.  Chief Mills said there were signs of a violent struggle at the rectory.

…You can read the full Times-Standard article here by Thadeus Greenson


We have problems.

From the Samoa Softball website, Richard Marks reports on Eureka being one of the most dangerous cities to live in the United States.

In fact, according to one study, 98% of al other cities are safer than here:


With the recent murder of Father Eric Freed of the St Bernard’s, maybe it is time to remind people in Humboldt County that Eureka is one of the most dangerous places to live in California for many years. According to Home Surfer nearly 95% of all other cities in California are safer!

Here are some references to check out:

According to Neighborhood Scout, 98% of the cities in the United States are safer than Eureka! 

Here is more information that will blow your mind from City Data. 156 sex offenders live in Eureka!

Check the crime index per year! According to  Eureka ranks  451 out of 464 cities in California in safety!

In 2006 we were above the US national average for every type crime identified! This problem has been around for quite a while. This according to Eureka Area Connect.

Just more and more statistics verifying crime in Eureka from Area Vibes. The chances of being a victim of a crime in Eureka is 1 in 16!

The crime rate City of Eureka is over 113% higher than the National average and has been consistently almost double the State and National average since 1999 according to City Ratings Crime Statistics!

And there is much more information available. What is the solution?  Hopefully the hiring of (Eureka Police Chief) Andy Mills will help some, but give him prayers for help.

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Why can’t the Eureka Police Department make a dent in our fair city’s significant crime rise?

The Eureka Chief of Police was paid roughly $133,000 in 2010– but his total wage compensation package bumped up to nearly $156,000, according to the California State Controller.

The EPD Chief’s wages were followed by:  his Captain annually topping out at $112,500;  two Lieutenants making approximately $107,000 each; and nine sergeants pulling in $71,831 to $103,462 each.

And don’t forget EPD’s 89 other employees– ranging from 37 police officers to dispatchers to records specialists to an animal control technician, at different salary levels.  In all, there are nearly 100 EPD personnel fighting crime in various capacities in the 15-square miles of Eureka, not to mention the agreed assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol, and the Parole and Probation departments.

We hope Eureka can save itself from the self-serving dysfunctional miasmus of muck and mire it has fallen into.  Good luck with the current status quo in charge changing anything, other than paying their own handsome salaries and consequently letting the roads and city fall into disrepair.

Our beautiful city by the bay should be a pearl, an oasis of Northern California living.  Instead, it has become a backwater cesspool of everything mismanaged, criminal, and gone wrong by all current accounts. 

It is unnacceptable.  The citizens of Eureka shouldn’t be left hanging with such a dire state of affairs.  They absolutely should demand better.  Until that happens, little to nothing will change– as we’ve seen over and over again.

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Free Hike and Paddle: Guided Tours of Humboldt Lagoons on January 1st


Start Your New Year Off to a Good Start


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Come along and have some Humboldt fun with us!

California Department of Parks and Recreation, Patrick’s
Point Sector will sponsor a free, guided hike or paddle in
Humboldt Lagoons State Park on New Year’s Day as part
of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50

Join California State Parks to celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2014.  Rejuvenate by taking a family friendly trek through a state park close to home!

Be ready to Launch or Hike at 11:00 a.m.


Meet at the Stone Lagoon Visitor Center at 115336 Highway 101, Trinidad with your kayak, stand-up-paddleboard or canoe and gear. 

You also have the option of renting a sit-on-top kayak from Kayak Zak’s at half price for this event!   Wetsuits and gear will be available at regular prices.

Please call in advance for rental reservations.  All participants must wear a properly fitted life jacket. 

This guided paddling trip will head to the sand spit and include a beach and wave safety discussion.  Upon leaving the beach we will head to Ryan’s Cove Campground to meet up with the hiking party for lunch and a tour of the campground’s flora and fauna.

This paddle is approximately 4 miles round-trip.  Wear clothing that can get wet.  All ages are encouraged.

Difficulty: Easy


Meet at the Dry Lagoon Parking Lot at 11:00 a.m. This guided interpretative walk will begin along the beach and then head inland following the trail around the back of Sharp Point to Stone Lagoon.

Hikers will meet up with the paddling party for lunch and a tour of the campground’s flora and fauna before heading back to Dry Lagoon.  This hike is approximately 5 miles round-trip and includes some gradient.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes.  The trail may be damp.

Difficulty: Moderate

Heavy Wind or Rain Will Cancel.  All participants should bring layered clothing, lunch and drinking water.

Bonus: All participants are eligible to win one of ten new life jackets in a free raffle drawing!


For more information:

Keven Harder (707) 845-6171

For Kayak or Gear Rentals:

(707) 498-1130










About the Lagoons:

Tucked away along the isolated coast of Del Norte County between the villages of Trinidad and Orick lies the largest lagoon system in the continental United States.

With Stone Lagoon to the north and Dry Lagoon to the south, it’s a segment of the California Coastal Trail and hosts a paddle-in campground, a number of vegetation communities, and the beaches have access to six miles of both bird and whale watching.

The lagoons are shallow, landlocked bodies of water along the coast which are separated from the sea by coastal spits of land.  Seawater only flows in and out of the lagoons when it breaks through the spits, generally during winter storm seasons.

In the early 1900′s, Dry Lagoon was drained by early farmers in an attempt to grow several types of crops, none of which proved economically viable.  Today, Dry Lagoon supports a wetland environment that attracts migratory birds.  Additionally, several dairy ranches were established along the shores of Stone Lagoon.

At Stone Lagoon the park’s visitor center on HWY 101 was formerly a local motel-restaurant called the “Little Red Hen.”  This business operated until 1979. Today the restaurant has been remodeled into a small museum/bookstore, the park office, and is home to Kayak Zak’s kayak rentals.  Picnic tables, restrooms, and boat launching are all available here, near the old red Stone Lagoon School.

The coastal beaches within Humboldt Lagoons support healthy coastal dune vegetation.

The edges of both Big and Stone lagoons contain brackish marshes; Dry Lagoon supports both freshwater and a brackish marsh. The landlocked Freshwater Lagoon is surrounded by a narrow strip of freshwater marshlands.

In the park’s forests are Coast Redwood, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Fir, Red Alder and large stands of willows.

Humboldt Lagoons is part of the Pacific Flyway, hosting more than 200 bird species which include: bald eagles, peregrine falcons and threatened Western snowy plovers.  Black bear, Roosevelt elk herds and bobcats can be seen throughout the park.  Offshore, whales, dolphins and sea lions can be encountered.

The lagoons are open for fishing and exploration by boat; primarily canoes, kayaks, paddle-boards, and even shallow keeled sailboats.  Kayak Zak’s, a local vendor who’s super helpful and friendly, provides kayak rentals, tours, and information.  Oh, they’re super pet friendly, too!

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Léon Berliner Passes


A Gentleman and Giant Among Men

Founder of Redwoods United and Berliner’s Cornucopia


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


One thing at least is certain — This Life flies;
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown forever dies.


Léon Berliner died on December 15, 2013.  His death was caused as a consequence of issues related to cancer of the lungs.

He was born on February 1, 1935, in Antwerp, Belgium.  He came to America in 1948 with his sister, Ellie Levin.  Their mother, Golda Chariton, was killed in Auschwitz’s gas chambers in 1944.

Ellie lives in Connecticut. Her two sons, Gary and Daniel, reside on the East Coast.  The limitations of language and Léon’s insufficient vocabulary failed to give him the words he needed to express his emotions in leaving his wonderful wife, Diana, whom he wedded in 1960.  

Their two children, Gwen and Larry, had the admirable good taste to take after their mother and thus became wonders as well.  They each chose their spouses well; Michael Williams by Gwen and Tania Fleischer by Larry.

Among Léon’s greatest regrets were leaving his four grand children without getting to know them as adults;  Adrian, Oliver, Cobi, and Isabel.  Watching them grow up was an indescribable pleasure and joy. Léon wrote a 128-page biographical essay that he titled “Some Pages about Grandpa Léon’s Life” for his descendants.

Léon loved classical music, books and he was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers.

In 1971, Léon brought his young family to Humboldt County to initiate a new service agency that would be called Redwoods United, Inc.  The community had raised $6,000.00 to open its doors in Manila.  

Prior to this employment, Léon had worked with mentally and physically challenged adults in vocational training facilities for twelve years and had been Executive Director of a facility in Fontana, California.

Grants and community support added to income derived from manufactured products.  This allowed the agency to prosper and grow to an annual budget of more than two million dollars in the late 70′s.  The agency continued to provide services for thirty years.

In 1985, after 25 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation, Léon ignored his various scholastic degrees (A.A.S., B.S., M.S. and many credits towards a Ph.D.), and opened a retail store.  He surrounded himself with products that he felt most passionate about:  books, music, and brain games. Léon named his store “Berliner’s Cornucopia.”

Léon spent almost three decades sharing his love and knowledge of classical music with any willing ears.  He taught classes in music appreciation and thus gathered a fan base that helped keep the store open.  He loved his little “nest” and the people who appreciated its ambiance and purpose.

For almost forty years, Léon looked forward to a gathering of friends on Thursdays for friendly games of poker.  These were a source of great pleasure.  He is certain that the games will continue in the same good spirit as in the past when we lost players. “I’m sorry guys, I can’t host next week! ‘

Léon wanted to express his gratitude to Dr. Kessler and his staff for their kindness and competence.  His family is greatly comforted by the support, assistance, and expressions of love from friends and neighbors.

We thank the Visiting Angels for their kind and compassionate assistance during Léon’s last days.

At his request there will be no funeral or memorial.  If someone has a need for “closure” Léon recommends a listen to Brahms’ German Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass (Diana’s Favorite) or any piece of music of your choice that communicates the beauty of life.

For most of his adult life Léon ascribed to Omar Khayyam’s beautiful phrase from his Rubaiyat:

“One thing is certain, and the rest is lies, The flower that once has blown forever dies.”



What a pleasant surprise it would be if this were to be contradicted!  

If readers of this obituary are inspired to donate in Léon’s memory, Food for People, Hospice, or any local charity of your choice would be appropriate.

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Locals To Protest Eureka Attorney


Angered by ADA Lawsuits, Citizens Plan Courthouse Protest Friday
December 20 from 10:30 – 2 pm


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



From the Times-Standard’s article today by Will Houston: 

Local business owners and advocates are planning to gather in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse Friday morning to protest Eureka attorney Jason Singleton, who they claim is unfairly targeting businesses for financial gain using Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits.

James Blount, a retired Arcata man, is organizing the protest, set to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

”I got tired of sitting back and watching it all happen,” Blount said.

A federal court records search shows that Singleton has filed 259 federal lawsuits relating to ADA violations since 2005, with 23 cases filed in 2013.  Many of these lawsuits have been directed at Humboldt County businesses, including Village Pantry, the Minor Theatre Corp., Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Cafe Waterfront, Barnes Arcata Family Drug, McKinleyville’s Central Station bar, Six Rivers Brewery and Arctic Circle.

Blount decided to arrange a protest after Porter Street Barbeque in Arcata closed its doors in November after settling a lawsuit with Singleton.

Scott Seelye, owner of Porter Street Barbeque in Eureka, was sued by a plaintiff represented by Singleton in September for multiple ADA violations at his Arcata restaurant.  After settling in mid-November to avoid further court costs, Feelye said that he could not afford to pay the money needed make the building compliant.  As a result, he shut down the location.

Seelye said that he only received a handwritten letter with no contact info before being handed a court summons shortly after.   

“There was no phone number on the letter, no way to contact them,” Seelye said.  “If someone has a specific problem, why would I not want to make it right?  Our first issue in mind is customer service.”

While Seelye does agree that buildings should be made compliant with the law, he also said that business owners should be able to address the violations — especially if they are minor — without having to go straight to the courtroom.

”I think this is not about ADA compliance,” Seelye said.  “I think this is about a specific lawyer taking advantage of local business people…”


(A partial excerpt, you can read the full Times-Standard piece by Will Houston here)

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The Big Fortuna Hash Explosion


Severe Burns for Two Adult Victims; 
Nearby Infant Uninjured



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



It was a big boom with wickedly turn-of-the-ugly burns
in the Friendly City of Fortuna last night.

From today’s Fortuna Police Department’s report:

On Monday November 11, 2013 at approximately 10 pm, the Fortuna Police Department Communications Center received numerous 911 calls from subjects reporting an explosion at an apartment complex located at 137 12th Street in Fortuna.

One caller reported that a “hash lab” had exploded.

A Sergeant with the Fortuna Police Department arrived on scene and located two male subjects who had sustained severe burns to their upper torsos, arms and heads.

Responders from the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and City Ambulance arrived within minutes and assisted the injured males.

The two injured subjects were identified as Kenneth Nevers of Fortuna and Joseph White of Oakland.

Both of Nevers and White were transported to Fortuna’s Redwood Memorial
Hospital. They were later airlifted out of the area for treatment of severe burns.

Officers were able to locate several subjects who claimed to be within the apartment at the time of the explosion.  One of the subjects was a three month old infant.  The additional subjects—and baby– were reportedly uninjured.

While officers were checking the apartment, they observed items consistent with a butane process hash extraction lab.  They also located the area of the explosion and fire in the bathroom.

This is an open investigation and further details of the bake and quake will be released as they become available.

The Redheaded Blackbelt’s Kym Kemp has unsparingly sharp comments by readers of the whole hash-making affair breaking bad in the Friendly City.

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People as slow and stupid as Darwin turtles never cease to amaze us.


Via Fortuna Police Department, the Redheaded Blackbelt and the Humboldt Sentinel

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Free Logging History Presentation in Freshwater Tonight at 7pm


Jerry Rhode Gives Historical Perspective of Humboldt’s Logging Days


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


There will be fun times in Wrangletown tonight.

Pierson’s Building Center in Eureka is funding a free series of historical lectures as part of their celebration of the business’s 50th anniversary.

Last year Pierson Building Center sponsored “Celebrating Life in Humboldt County,” a series of 10 PowerPoint presentations held at Grange halls, town halls and community centers throughout the county.

This year Pierson’s will offer a new free series, “High Seas, High Leads, and Highways: Three Humboldt County Adventures,” each a roughly 60-minute PowerPoint program put together and hosted by North Coast historian and author Jerry Rohde.

”High Lead,” covering early day logging in Humboldt County will be shown ”at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Freshwater Grange in Freshwater.

Images and stories of loggers, mills and railroads from a century and more ago are all featured, along with rare movie footage from the 1930s showing death-defying “high climbers,” airborne logs as big as trucks and sky scraping stacks of lumber by Mr. Rhode, a premier Humboldt County historian and author of several books.

If you know Jerry, it ought to be a great presentation in Wrangletown, a very friendly and beautiful community just outside of Eureka.

Admission is free.  For more information, contact Rohde at 445-3844 or .

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Oregon Passes ‘Monsanto Protection Act’


Law Passes Blocking Local Communities from Setting Food and Ag Policies


–Humboldt’s March Against Monsanto This Saturday–



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Despite Storyleak’s video seen above and released today,
the fight against Monsanto isn’t over and there is no victory. 

Far from it.  It’s simply moved from the national arena to the states.  Just ask Oregon.

This Saturday, October 12, there will be marches against Monsanto all over ther world. 

Locally, Tom Sebourn reports people will gather in Eureka at 11 am at 2nd and I streets and march to the Humboldt County Court House on Saturday where speakers will discuss what people can do about the hijacking of their local food production and other GMO big business activities.

For more information, go to March-against-Monsanto.comLocally, you can go to March against Monsanto Eureka

Below is what’s happening in Oregon, courtesy of Steve Holt and


State-Level ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Passes in Oregon

By Steve Holt

Oregon food activists at first rejoiced upon the demise of a bill that would have blocked localities from making their own policies about genetically engineered seeds and other agricultural policies this July.  

But the bill, with the backing of agri-business giants like Monsanto and Syngenta, has resurfaced.

The measure was passed Wednesday after being re-introduced as part of a bipartisan-backed package of bills, SB 863, which was intended to address state spending, taxes and education on its face.  But it would also give the state the sole authority to regulate seeds and was debated in a special session last week.

Critics say Democrats compromised on their principles by voting for the bill, using the measure as a bargaining chip to bring Republicans to the table on tax and public pension reform.

“It is incredibly disappointing that the Oregon Legislature has voted today to take away the rights of Oregonians to establish local food and agriculture ordinances intended to protect the viability of local farms, food and agriculture,” the group Friends of Family Farmers wrote in a statement Wednesday.

The group called the legislation a clear giveaway to Monsanto, Syngenta and others, because it does nothing to protect Oregon farmers from the increasing risks of cross-contamination with genetically engineered material.

Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, says he is assembling a task force to address genetically modified and non-genetically modified crops at the state level, and plans to introduce a bill in 2015 specifically addressing genetically modified crop issues.

That’s small consolation to Friends of Family Farmers, who say time will tell whether the Governor will be able to stand up to “the powerful interests responsible for inserting SB 863 in the so-called ‘grand bargain.”  The group expects agribusiness to obstruct, delay and oppose any changes that will keep their products away from farmers and consumers.

Residents of Jackson County, Ore., had been trying to force a vote on a bill designed to ban the planting of genetically engineered crops in the district—a law that could have served as a precedent for other counties throughout the state.  

“We believe this is an anti-democratic piece of legislation because it takes away the rights of people in Jackson County to vote on these issues, and takes away the rights of other local jurisdictions to make decisions about their own future as it relates to local agriculture and food,” Ivan Maluski, Policy Director for Friends of Family Farmers, said in April.

But while Wednesday’s ruling was a loss for those working to ban GMOs at the county level in Oregon, activists say they will work to regulate transgene crops at the state level.

“We’ll definitely be exploring statewide options,” Scott Bates of GMO-Free Oregon told Oregon Public Broadcasting this week.  “It’s a little harder because you have to get the whole state on board as opposed to dealing with matters of county concern, but we’ll be chasing that for sure.”

But considering lawmakers were apparently influenced heavily by the lobbyist group Oregonians for Food and Shelter– which has been called a front for the GMO, pesticide and aerial spray industries,” with board members from Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta– non-GMO activists may have an uphill battle in convincing them to regulate or ban GE crops.


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Via Takepart and Steve Holt 
Video by Gucciardi
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Smattering Signs of the Local Times


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“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”


General Plan (GPU) Review at Board of Supes Today

From SoHum Parlance II and Bob Froehlich on the GPU Guiding Principles Final Hearing: 

“The Supervisors will finish reviewing the Guiding Principles this coming Monday, Oct. 7, starting at 1:30 pm.

I believe the large number of people who showed up at the last session and stood up for the environment contributed greatly to some compromises that the Supes. made – leading to a better outcome than I originally predicted.

However, they only got through G.P. # 5, so there is some very important work left to be done.

If this time we get a good turnout of folks speaking out for environmental health and  protection, it can make it difficult for the Supes to backpedal and not continue to compromise.

No doubt the development crowd will be there to push for no, or very minimal, restrictions and environmental safeguards.

Please come if you are at all able to and speak briefly about the importance of environmental protection for us and our future generations.

The public input begins at 1:30 pm and there’s nothing wrong with saying your piece and leaving shortly afterward.”


Shark Attack at North Jetty

From the Times-Standard:

A man surfing near the North Jetty was bitten by a shark Sunday morning.

The surfer — whose name was not released Sunday — is expected to recover after getting bit on the thigh at Bunkers, a popular surf spot near Humboldt Bay…

Details are scantily clad at this time.  You can read the full article at the Times-Standard and more at the Lost Coast Outpost.



Orick Mill Site Sold to Save the Redwoods

Members of the Save the Redwoods League are hoping to restore the former Orick Mill site, which they recently purchased from Green Diamond Resource Co. for $2 million.

”That property has been on the league’s radar for quite some time now,” Save the Redwoods League Land Project Manager Christine Aralia said. “It’s in a very strategic location.  The area is like ground zero for some of the tallest trees in the world…”

You can read more in the full article by Catherine Wong at the Times-Standard:  “Orick Mill Site sold to Save the Redwoods:  Green Diamond sells 125 acres for $2M


Drought and Pot Wreck Havoc on Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Two Rivers Tribune’s Kristan Korns had a very insightful piece about the perfect storm that’s been brewing for awhile:  low water flows, drought, and the residual fallout of marijuana and agricultural cultivation are all coming to a head impacting and devastating the Klamath and Trinity river watersheds.

She writes:

Severe drought, desperate farmers, and migrating fish struggling to survive in the shallow, over-heated and fertilizer-laden waters of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers:  almost all of the pieces are in place for a repeat of the 2002 fish kill.

Regina Chichizola, communications coordinator for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, said, “If we don’t get Trinity water this year, there’s a chance we’ll have another fish kill.”

The fish kill left tens of thousands of dead and rotting fish lining the banks of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in September 2002, after political pressure forced the diversion of water to desperate farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin…

Krista has a lot more to say– and a surprising finish to her piece of “Drought and Expanding Marijuana Grows Paving Way for Repeat Fish Kill”


Trimmers and Their Toys

The Lost Coast Outpost has a spirited and lively article by Emily Hobelmann regarding some of the unusual ins and outs of the marijuana industry:  Choice of scissors, trim machines, and gender inequality in addition to some equally sprightly comments by readers make for a good voyeuristic read.

Emily starts her piece out by saying:

Last Monday I found myself on the KHUM airwaves with Mike Dronkers.  He put me on the spot, like he do, when he asked me what the most popular trimming scissors are these days.  He pressed me for information — scissors with a spring or no spring?

I didn’t know.  I didn’t have a nicely trimmed nugget of an answer to deliver on the airwaves.  Mike D. exposed me as the ignorant outsider that I am — he exposed my fraudulent association with the marihuana world.

After that radio appearance I felt compelled to right my ignorance, so I sought information about popular trim scene gadgetry from the pros at the most easy-to-find and accessible trim scene in Humboldt County — Trim Scene Solutions in Redway…

We enjoyed Emily’s insightful cannabis read and suspect you’ll like her inside peek-a-boo piece, too:  LoCO on the Pot: Trimmers and Their Toys

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“And the sign said, ‘Everybody welcome.  Come in, kneel down and pray’
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn’t have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign:
I said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me.  I’m alive and doin’ fine’

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”



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