Mike Dronkers

Mike Dronkers produces My Favorite Lecture, volunteers as a host of In The Trees, and is an avowed dog person. 

He is a recipient of the national Edward R. Murrow radio documentary award, two Radio Advertising Production awards, two North Coast Journal "Best DJ" awards and several Lotto scratchers.


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Acclaimed documentarian, director and producer Sara Dosa will host screenings of An Inconvenient Sequel and The Last Season in Arcata this weekend. 


What do the Eureka High Players do when renovations prevent them from building stage sets? They do an old-time radio drama, to be aired on KZZH-LP. "We decided it'd be fun to focus on storytelling rather than sets, costumes, and lights," director Nan Voss tells Wendy Butler. Voss used this as an opportunity "to get the atmosphere of a story across without all of the usual stuff we have to tell a story." 


[KHSU is updating this post as the situation evolves.]

As of Wednesday, at least 22 fires are burning across northern California counties with little to no containment.

11:18 Weds: Air quality statement: "Smoke from fires to the south (Mendocino Lake Complex and from the Santa Rosa area fires) may continue to affect southern Humboldt County depending on proximity. The weather forecast is for winds to continue to push this smoke to the south over the weekend. Air quality in southern Humboldt is forecast to be “Good” to “Moderate” with the possibility for “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in the late evening. "

Del Norte and Trinity Counties should see “Good” to “Moderate” air quality.        

The advocacy group Humboldt Alliance for Arts Education is relaunching Friday, as a response to ongoing factors on the statewide political horizon that affect arts education in schools. 

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On the Spot, Arcata's best/only improvisational comedy troupe readies itself for another season at the Arcata Theater Lounge. 

Through a series of games, On The Spot creates fresh, small-batch jokes live on stage based on audience cues.

The first show of On The Spot's season 2 is Friday, September 29th at the Arcata Theater Lounge (tickets).

The shows are kid-friendly in terms of both content and bedtimes: doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00.

Update on smokey conditions and resources from KymKemp.com.


The heat wave has broken records across the region, but lower temperatures will provide some relief for north coast residents today and smoky conditions continue. 


Temperatures around the Humboldt Bay area will remain in the high 80s through mid 90s Sunday, with triple digit heat inland.

Update on the Helena fire via the Record Searchlight.


An earthquake struck about 50 miles west of Ferndale. Early estimates rate the temblor at a 5.1 magnitude, subject to further revision. 

The US Tsunami Warning System is saying that no No Tsunami Warning, Advisory, Watch, or Threat is currently in place. 

Humboldt State's Shaky Ground guide has more tips on safety, survival, and preparedness for north coast residents. 

PRI's The World is hitting the road. As the team travels to all 50 states, they'll ask what's going on locally in an ever-globalizing world. 

For objective context, they compare our local incomes, growth, and industrial data against California's and the nation's.

[The default county is Humboldt, but you can change it to any US county.]

The Del Norte Triplicate reports shots fired and that suspects are in custody.

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Jun 10, 2017

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Family and friends of Josiah Lawson announced a reward for information leading to Lawson's killer at a press conference today. 

Charmaine Lawson, Josiah's mother, said "There is a reward of $10,000. If anyone knows anything that would lead to an arrest ... and conviction for my son's murder, I am pleading that you come forward."


Overpopulation. Epidemics. Economic recession. Deforestation. Anger toward elites. 

Though the causes of Maya warfare may look straightfoward, piecing together its weaponry, tactics and broader effects is anything but.

Wendy Kornberg

According to CalTrans, Highway 101 is closed again. Click through to watch witness Wendy Kornberg's video of the slide to her Facebok page. 

Via Caltrans:


You may have heard Melody Walker and Front Country featured on All Things Considered last week. The former Arcatan arrived in Humboldt to study political science but was quickly swept into music. "I just got drawn into that scene because it was just so very vibrant." 

Now based in Nashville, she talks to KHSU about her political views, what local musicians should know, and what's on her vestigial Myspace page

Front  Country performs at Humbrews tonight and just released a new LP, Other Love Songs.

Join the studio audience for a recording of My Favorite Lecture April 13th at Plaza Grill in Arcata.  

Marisol Cortes-Rincon will cover the current problems with the archaeology of warfare; the continuity of conflict in Mesoamerica from the Late Preclassic through the Terminal Classic period; the influence of Teotihuacan during the Early Classic period throughout Mesoamerica; and more.

Not too long ago, Melody Walker could be seen on almost every Arcata stage, performing everything from twangy folk to calypso.

  NPR's Weekend Edition wants to hear from listeners living in rural America on "The Call-In" segment.  What issues are you facing? What resources do you need and what do you love about living in town? Call NPR at 202-216-9217, and leave a voice-mail with your full name, where you're calling from, and your question could be on Weekend Edition this Sunday starting at 7:00am on KHSU 90.5.