HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Lisa Feldkamp / The Nature Conservancy

This week's Looking Back shares some little known local history of turkey herding. Tom Cairns provides another snapshot of our northcoast past.


Measure K Advocates Dispute 'Sanctuary Law' Costs

Sep 26, 2018
Natalya Estrada

 

On Wednesday afternoon, a faithful coalition stood near the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse to support, defend and define what it means to be part of a Sanctuary Initiative for all immigrants. The group of congregation leaders was then joined by Centro del Pueblo and other advocates for Measure K--the official Humboldt County Sanctuary Initiative.

Union Members Picket St. Joseph After Staff Firings

Sep 25, 2018
Natalya Estrada

More than a hundred people attended a picket rally at the front of the main entrance to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. Previously, the same members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers and the California Nurses Association staged a protest on what they call a "staffing crisis" happening at both Providence hospitals in Humboldt County. Several days after the initial protest this month, 35 staff members were laid off.

EPA Considers Mine in Hoopa for Superfund Cleanup

Sep 13, 2018
Natalya Estrada

Yellow tinted water flows out of a mine shaft located below a small stretch of Highway 96. It’s part of the discharge from the now defunct Copper Bluff Mine, which is on tribal land. Ken Norton, Hoopa Valley Tribal member and director for the Tribal Environmental Protection Agency, says that although the mine was shut down in 1964, chemicals are still flowing directly into the Trinity River.

“The discharge that comes out of the mine entrance has been evaluated for concentrations of selenium, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and high levels of acidity," Norton says. 

Natalya Estrada

Close to 100 people stood at the edge of Harrison Avenue, near St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka on Monday, to protest what’s considered a staffing crisis by the National Union of Healthcare Workers and the California Nurses Association.

Centro del Pueblo Facebook

Measure K, also known as the Humboldt County Sanctuary Initiative, made its way to this year's November ballot. The measure is built upon a collection of 2,000 signatures, local support from grassroots organizations and a group of people determined to see this proposal become law.

North Coast Journal

This week on the KHSU Magazine, KHSU's Natalya Estrada talks with the North Coast Journal's Jennifer Fumiko Cahill about the extensive and surprising results of the Best of Humboldt competition published in this week's issue. 

Wikimedia-Mary Cousins Mmelugin

 

 

Humboldt County officials warn of blue-green algae in the North Coast. They explain that these blooms may coincide with low river flows and sustained high temperatures in more inland areas.

Pets, children and livestock should be kept away from the blooms and can be especially vulnerable to accidentally drinking or inhaling the water and may be poisoned. 

More information is in the press release below: 

North Coast Journal

KHSU's Natalya Estrada talks with the North Coast Journal's Thadeous Greenson about how two black rodeo performers broke the color barrier in Humboldt County, nearly 30 years prior to Jackie Robinson in baseball. The story is written by two historians-Alexandra Service and Susan O’Hara-who describe what these two men endured in the 1920's Fortuna Rodeo. The article reflects the somewhat progressive past in the county but also detail how the region was and still is conflicted with racial bias and discrimination. 


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.

Point of Focus: Families Belong Together Rally

Jun 29, 2018
Natalya Estrada

Sarah Torres is an organizer with this Saturday's Families Belong Together Rally in Humboldt County. She says that the rally is to let immigrants know that they are supported within the community. Torres explains that people who argue that others are "illegal" and don't belong in the United States could benefit from having more empathy. 

UPDATED: Humboldt County Preliminary Election Results

Jun 5, 2018

Update: the second round of election results has been released by the Humboldt County Elections Office. Results that are updated will be shown in italics. 

Preliminary election results for California’s Primary election and Humboldt County’s local elections have been released. This information will be updated and revised throughout the election cycle when all ballots are counted. KHSU will update this report with more information as it is released. 

As of 8:23 p.m. voting records indicate that approximately 12.96 percent of voter ballots have been counted. 

With extensive vineyards and wineries in Mendocino and Southern Oregon, what is the potential for more grape growing on the north coast?

On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Yana Valchovic's guests were Andrew Morris from the Briceland Vineyards and farm advisor Glenn McGourty from Mendocino County. 


Saying a "heroin scourge" is "afflicting the region," The New York Times has just published a feature piece on Humboldt County that notes:

"A sharp rise in heroin use has created intense fear among community members and public health officials in Humboldt County, even while California as a whole has one of the lowest overall opioid-related death rates in the country. In Humboldt County, opioid-related overdose rates are five times higher than in the rest of the state."

Heidi Messner Announces Candidacy for Eureka Mayor

May 2, 2018
City of Eureka

This week, Eureka City Councilwomen Heidi Messner publicly announced her bid for Eureka City Mayor. Messner was in Old Town on Tuesday to make the announcement. She emphasized the importance of working together to make Eureka one of the  Premiere cities on the west coast. 

"We know that Eureka has issues, but together we have the intelligence, the creativity, the compassion, the motivation and the resources to address Eureka's problems--problems which I prefer to call challenges," she said. 

IMMIGRANT VOICES: Brenda

Apr 3, 2018
James Floss

In this installment, Brenda from Centro del Pueblo Humboldt makes a passionate and poetic case for Humboldt County to become a place of sanctuary and requests your assistance. You can volunteer here.


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. 

John Abela, Flickr CC.

Titlow Hill has been the location of illegal and unpermitted activities for decades. From building roads to sub-dividing and selling parcels, the development in this area poses major risks to its environment, wildlife, and people. The site is about twelve miles west of Willow Creek and bounded by Highway 299, Titlow Hill Road/US Route 1, and upper Redwood Creek.


On this latest installment of Food For Thought, Jennifer Bell talks with Ann Anderson from Locally Delicious. The second edition of  The Local Food Guide, covering Humboldt and Del Norte counties, is coming to a newstand near you.


On this episode of Charlando, Brenda welcomes her phone guests for discussion on soccer, immigration and a sanctuary law for Humboldt County.

Soccer and Coming to the U.S.:

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Food For Thought

Jennifer Bell and Daniel Draskinis continue their  discussion about the culinary - and health - potential of ghee.


Food For Thought

On the latest episode of Food For Thought, Jennifer Bell talks about incorporating ghee into one's diet with Daniel Draskinis from Gold Nugget Ghee.


KQED's John Sepulvado joined Lorna Bryant for a discussion about recent reporting from the streets of Humboldt County.

KQED's California Report spent time in KHSU's studios and reported on the North Coast scene. Were we offended? Who gets to air 'our' dirty laundry?

Here are clips of the KQED stories:


Find Erin Henry Facebook Page

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. 

Humboldt County Local Election: Unofficial Results

Nov 9, 2017

The most recent unofficial results were released this week by the Humboldt County Elections Office. The final results which are released afterwards may reflect slightly different numbers. 

Bonnie Deister of Ferndale led the race for the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees Area 1 with 56.67 percent of the vote. Opponent and incumbent, also from Ferndale, Tracy Coppini, had 42.85 percent as of Monday night. 

Ecological Impacts of Commercial Cannabis

Nov 2, 2017
Friends of the Eel River

Friends of the Eel River board member Craig Tucker hosts a discussion about cannabis cultivation impacts and proposed local regulations with FOER  Conservation Director Scott Greacen.

Learn more about Friends of the Eel River's views on effective cannabis regulation on their website. 

Click here to read Friends of the Eel River's comments on Humboldt County's commercial cannabis EIR.


EPIC

For four decades the Environmental Protection Information Center, or EPIC, based in Humboldt County, has served the North Coast on a variety of issues pertaining to wildlife, sustainability and environmental lawsuits.

Tom Wheeler of EPIC said it’s important for Humboldt County to have local representation and groups within the region which is a key factor in the non-profits’ success throughout its 40 year history.

Natalya Estrada

It started with burning of sage and several supporters gathering around the small Security National building on Eureka's fifth street. The building is owned by Rob Arkley, a local real estate tycoon who wanted to purchase a property known as Indian Island from Eureka instead of the city transferring it to the Wiyot Tribe. Within a few hours the crowd multiplied with nearly 100 protesters lining both sides of the street near the E Street intersection. 

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.

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