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The North Coast Journal's Kim Wear talks with KHSU about this upcoming local election cycle and how it could impact cities like Eureka and Arcata, as well as smaller regions. Eureka's true ward system has changed the boundaries of many local candidates and voters. Voters can check out which ward they're in at the City of Eureka's website. Additionally, Arcata also has four local candidates running for seats this year as well as incumbents. 

McKinley Removal Moves to November Ballot

Jul 11, 2018
Natalya Estrada

 

The Arcata City Council, minus Mayor Sofia Pereira, voted 4-0 to put the issue of the Mckinley statue on this year's November ballot. Their vote reverses an earlier decision to remove the statue, which was made in February this year.

The statue stands in the center of town and has divided many community members--some who see McKinley as a symbol for racist imperialism and others who see him as an American hero. Those mostly in favor of keeping the statue, led efforts to gather enough signatures to put the decision up to a citizen vote in the upcoming election.

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More than a year after the murder of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson, a man--Kyle Zoellner--accused but ultimately not charged with the crime, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Arcata. Zoellner alleges that police and city officials violated his civil rights. 

Undocumented Arcata Mother Comes Home

Jun 19, 2018
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Arcata mother of four, Claudia Portillo was granted release on a $12,000 bond after spending seven months in an immigration detention in the Bay Area. According to True North Organizing Network, communities in both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties advocated for Portillo's release and are arranging to pay the bond. 

The City of Arcata hosted a dialogue on race at the D Street Community Center Thursday evening as the city continues to discuss racial issues a year after the stabbing death of HSU student David Josiah Lawson. 

A panel was asked to answer ten questions compiled by Lawson's mother, Charmaine Lawson.  The questions were also included in the session's handout for residents attending the event. 

The Eureka chapter of the NAACP issued a press release this afternoon that calls on Humboldt State University to stop recruiting in minority-majority neighborhoods until HSU can assure recruited students that "support is in place so that students of color thrive in this community."

The press release:

Godwit Days Festival is this weekend!

Apr 19, 2018
Courtesy of Godwit Days

Godwit Days is an annual festival celebrating spring bird migration in and around Humboldt Bay, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for thousands of shorebirds, waterfowl, hawks, owls, songbirds. My guest is Godwit Days Media Liaison, Sue Leskiw.


Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher wrote to the Arcata City Council and City Manager Karen Diemer on Wednesday, expressing concern over recent media reports about the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation.  A copy of the letter was released by HSU this afternoon.

April 18, 2018

Dear Arcata City Council and City Manager:

On behalf of Humboldt State University, I wish to express concern regarding the investigation into the murder of student David Josiah Lawson.

March for Our Lives Movement Hits Humboldt

Mar 24, 2018
Katie Whiteside

Carrying umbrellas, microphones and voices, close to 1000 people marched from the Arcata Playhouse to the Arcata Plaza in solidarity with the national #MarchForOurLives movement.

For speakers like Arcata High School student Mira Obar, the students at Majory Stoneman-Douglas High School, which is approximately 2,681 miles away from Humboldt County, are eloquent, strong and courageous to speak out against the most recent tragedy in Florida. 

This week’s Artwaves is an interview with new California Arts Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford. She discusses her commitment to arts in education, which includes her longtime tenure as Director of the Arcata Arts Institute and Innovation Design Institute as well as founder of the Create CA Leadership Council. 


Arcata City Council Votes to Remove McKinley Statue

Feb 22, 2018
Natalya Estrada/KHSU

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people surrounded the bronze statue of former U.S. president William McKinley.

Justiceforjosiahlawson.com

There is an update from the City of Arcata on the case of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State University student killed at a party in April 2017. 

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UPDATE: HSU Mourns the Loss of Erin Henry

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Twenty-two year old Erin Henry, a Humboldt State University student and resident of Arcata, has been missing for nearly 10 days. Her roommate reported her disappearance to the Arcata Police Department. Officials say Henry is without her phone, wallet and car which were all found at her residence.

Arcata's McKinley Statue Faces More Removal Efforts

Nov 9, 2017
Natalya Estrada/KHSU

The question of whether or not the statue of former U.S. President William McKinley in the center of the Arcata plaza has divided a community. 

Designing the Plaza for People?

Oct 26, 2017
City of Arcata

What would the plaza look like if we designed it for pedestrians and not cars? EPIC's Tom Wheeler talks with Ryan Campbell and Colin Fiske of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities about how redesigning Arcata's Plaza to increase its use and decrease crime.

Thursday Night Talk: Redwood Pride

Sep 13, 2017
Redwood Pride/Caelum Zwiker

Eric Kirk talks with Kate Trower and others about Redwood Pride and the upcoming parade/march in Arcata on September 24th. 


Natalya Estrada

The Arcata City Council was met with a full house this Wednesday as Humboldt State Students, Arcata residents and Charmaine Lawson, mother of David Josiah Lawson who was killed at a party in April, filled the council chambers asking for more answers to a case that has lasted close to five months.  Charmaine Lawson was accompanied by friends and family as she presented a petition with a thousand signatures from students and community members from Humboldt County and Lawson’s hometown in Southern California’s Inland Empire.

Natalya Estrada/KHSU

For nearly four years Zev Smith-Danford and Alex Nordquist staged music, art, culture, and creativity in the living rooms, garages and free space granted to them by generous friends.

Natalya Estrada

It’s been nearly four months and very few  details have been released about the case of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State University student of color who was murdered in April.

Janaee Sykes, who attends HSU said this year is difficult for her and other students of color who just wish their community would support them.  

Lorna Bryant / KHSU

Arcata Branch Library’s Susan Parsons, has introduced some innovative programs to encourage reading for the whole family during the summer months and beyond - what she calls, "multigenerational programming." 

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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."

"I  think what we've established here tonight is that we have vast hiking riches," says Kevin Hoover. 

On this week’s Thursday Night Talk, it’s all about trails and the people who create, maintain, and document them.

  With HSU graduation coming up next week, preparations for the annual HSU Donation Dash are underway to collect and recycle would-be trash as hundreds of students moving out of campus residence halls donate tons of household items, and office and school supplies to local nonprofits.

Honoring Mother Earth the Humboldt Way

Apr 9, 2017
humboldtgreenweek.com

Founder and executive director of Humboldt Green Week, Stephen Gieder stopped by the studio to visit KHSU Magazine host Brian Curtis. From what started out as a community gathering, has grown into a long week of exciting events in honor of the cannabis holiday 4/20 and Earth Day. 

This year marks the 11th year of Humboldt Green Week kicking off with their first event on April 14th, 2017 and their last event on April 23rd, 2017. Humboldt Green Week showcases local businesses, supports non profits, and celebrates the passion for gardening, the arts, and live music.  For more information, you can log onto humboldtgreenweek.com or cannifest.com


VIDEO: Psychedelic Folk Night at the Sanctuary

Apr 4, 2017

Psychedelic folk revival singer and songwriter Joanne Rand and Rob Diggins stopped by the studio to visit KHSU Magazine host Claire Reynolds.

Joanne explains the creation process of her 16th album, and talks about the upcoming CD release concert of, Roses in The Snow in Drought. The concert is happening this Saturday, April 8th at the Sanctuary in Arcata. 

The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County, KEET-TV, and KHSU present a live call in-forum with candidates running for the Arcata City Council.

With relatively little news coverage of the Arcata City Council race, this is an opportunity to get to know the candidates.

Call in your questions to 445-0811 beginning at 6:45 p.m or e-mail your questions to sgreene@keet-tv.org by 4:00 p.m today.

Arcata's uber-festive Fourth of July Jubilee will take place on Monday from 10am-4pm on the Arcata Plaza.

Joellen, McKenzie, Shea and Alec join KHSU's Homepage host Lorna Bryant for a lively discussion about the jubilee.

More info: http://arcatachamber.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/573357509492305


  Humboldt's own Midnight Band Practice specializes in music from the 30s and 40s. They performed live on Ethnic Excursions this week.

Singer Katie Belknap was raised by artists and musicians in Austin, Texas. She moved here in 2001 for school and stayed for the people, beauty in nature and mild climate.

Guitarist Daniel Nickerson is a musician, writer, and artist who traveled through Arcata and the Sanctuary three times in early 2015, and the fourth time came back to stay. 
Hear their full set here:

HSU Graduation: A Student's Perspective

May 13, 2016

KHSU Intern Catherine Virgen talks about her experience at HSU and having her family in town.