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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Two Parties on the Fourth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:52 AM

The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July.

A large crowd of all ages enjoyed the warm afternoon sunshine and the family fun at the Fourth of July Festival in Eureka along five city blocks in Old Town. Informational and food booths lined Second Street, along with classic cars and electric vehicles. A children's petting zoo, face painting and a bevy of rides offered fun for children, along with the carnival at the foot of D Street. Live music from two sound stages played all day and a fireworks show sparked over Humboldt Bay after sunset.

Meanwhile in Arcata, "Bubbles Promenade" led off the festivities, as children and adults circled the plaza two times blowing soapy spheres. The parade started — where else? — in front of Bubbles, which donated bubble-making supplies to the first 100 families. Vendors and info booths lined the streets and live music, aerial dancers and other performances entertained the large crowd.

Check out the slideshow below for sun-filled highlights from both parties.

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Fourth of July 2016
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Fourth of July 2016


By Mark Larson

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Party for the Parks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park.

The former log deck of the California Redwood Company located just north of Orick, once covered with stacks of huge old-growth redwood logs, was filled on Sunday with the vehicles of visitors arriving for the 2016 National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods.

Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items.

Activities included horseback riding, hiking to the nearby Centennial Tree, storytelling, eating the submissions in the redwood forest cake contest, enjoying live music, participating in Junior Ranger activities and exploring a wide mix of exhibits and food vendors.

Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service  Centennial as a "grand event." - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service Centennial as a "grand event."

John Muir’s great-grandson Michael Muir, of Napa, spoke at the Centennial event along with Sam Hodder of Save the Redwoods League and Congressman Jared Huffman. The Save the Redwoods League recently announced a plan to build a new visitor center on the former site of California Redwood Company.

One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana.

The 100th birthday of the N.P.S. was celebrated even though Yellowstone National Park and others were created decades earlier. Stephen Prokop, superintendent of Redwood National Park, attributed the vision of national park system to Stephen Mather and the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir.

A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet.

Redwood National Park was formed in 1968 and expanded in 1978. Prokop described the cooperative management of the Redwood National and State Parks with local Native American tribes, including the Yurok, Tolowa-Dee-Ni, and Elk Valley Rancheria.

Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978.

Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Last Legs

Posted By and on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky.

In the end, Team Tempus Fugitorium crossed the Ferndale finish line first for a thrilling third consecutive win. Time flies and so do they. We tip our oversize steampunk hats to all who made it through the sand, sea, rough road and hellish hills. Today the sore and the sunburned rest — their battered contraptions stowed away until the wheels and axles can be cannibalized into new human-powered amphibious machines next year. Relive Sunday and Monday's adventures on water and land in Mark McKenna's photos of the action below. And may it inspire your greed for glory.
 
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016 Days 2 and 3
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016 Days 2 and 3

By Mark McKenna

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Day 1

Posted By and on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.
  • Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.

The great rolling circus that is the Kinetic Grand Championship took off from the Arcata Plaza today for the first leg of a three-day marathon of creativity, humor, stamina and daredevilry on wheels. Now in its 47th year, the Hobartian hullabaloo shows no signs of slowing down (maybe we need another brake check) or running out of wild ideas. Photographer Mark McKenna caught the action on the plaza and the infamous Dead Man's Drop in Manila. Check out this slideshow below and bask in the glory.
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016


By Mark McKenna

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Her Rutabaga Highness

Posted By and on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 12:36 PM

PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica.
On Saturday, May 21, the Kinetic cognoscenti gathered for the annual Rutabaga Ball at the Arcata Community Center. There, royal hopefuls competed in lavish costumes, singing, dancing, skating and bribing judges for a chance to join the ranks of the Rutabaga Queens and preside over the impending Kinetic Grand Championship this weekend. The queens — fulfilling their lifetime appointments, because this isn't the easy retirement papacy, people — sat in judgement, swimming in swag, finally bestowing the crown upon Princess PoiSin Candie, she of the roller skates and pink hair. Kneel before your new queen, Humboldt, and tremble at her glory. 
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Rutabaga Ball 2016
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Rutabaga Ball 2016

By Mark McKenna

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fresh Air in Freshwater

Posted By and on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Visitors enjoyed the trail through pasture and marshland,  music, art and food at the grand opening of the Freshwater Farms Reserve nature trail on Sunday, May 1. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Visitors enjoyed the trail through pasture and marshland, music, art and food at the grand opening of the Freshwater Farms Reserve nature trail on Sunday, May 1.

Missing the sun already? On Sunday, the grand opening of the Freshwater Farms Reserve nature trail, hosted by the Northcoast Regional Land Trust, drew crowds looking to bask in the sunshine along the newly minted paths. Along the 3/4-mile jaunt, with its interpretive signs and kayak and canoe launch, local artists posted up for plein air painting, capturing the landscape in view of passers by. Check out photographer Mark Larson's photos of the local color and colorists below. You'll forget all about the gray outside.

 
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Freshwater Farms Reserve Trail
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By Mark Larson

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Swing, Baby

Posted By and on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Davina Sowers, frontwoman for Davina in the Vagabonds, plays the keyboards during the dance party at the municipal auditorium on Saturday night. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Davina Sowers, frontwoman for Davina in the Vagabonds, plays the keyboards during the dance party at the municipal auditorium on Saturday night.
By now the musicians who played the Redwood Coast Music Festival this past weekend have packed up their instruments and are back on the road, and the dancers who spent the weekend swinging and spinning have soaked their feet and swapped their festival finery for their regular duds. Seems like a good time to peruse a few shots from the weekend by photographer Mark McKenna.
 
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Redwood Coast Music Festival 2016
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By Mark McKenna

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tight Club

Posted By and on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Brett Walters (aka Rocket Boy Brett) paused during his tag-team match to soak in support from his fellow HSU students and friends and The Marching Lumberjacks band. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Brett Walters (aka Rocket Boy Brett) paused during his tag-team match to soak in support from his fellow HSU students and friends and The Marching Lumberjacks band.
Brett Walters is a wrestler, not a fighter. Watching the bespectacled 6-foot-3-inch, 169.5-pound Humboldt State University student and professed pacifist carefully peel a tangerine with his long fingers, it's a stretch to imagine him calling himself Rocket Boy Brett and launching himself at some snarling tough guy in in the ring.

"I get that a lot," he says. "And I try to make that an advantage." On Saturday night, Walters pulled on a pair of sparkly white and gold tights adorned with an alien, a peace sign and a Bigfoot, climbed over the ropes at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds and threw down as the only Humboldt County local against touring IHWE wrestlers. (See the slideshow at bottom for Mark Larson's blow-by-blow footage of the event.)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Humboldt Style: Gala Glam

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater.

While Leonardo DiCaprio was selling his soul to that goat from The Witch for his Oscar, the Eureka Theater was flush with its own parade of gowns and tuxes at the Red Carpet Gala co-hosted by the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission and the theater, celebrating 100 years of filming on the North Coast. The 88th Academy Awards and clips from movies with familiar locales played on the big screen, local awards were bestowed and a lobby full of locals in their finest clinked glasses and chased after the woman carrying the plate of bacon-wrapped shrimp. And they looked good, too. The people. (And the shrimp, actually.) True to Humboldt's nature, there was a lot of vintage, especially in the way of tuxedos, hats and fur stoles, both real and faux. Plenty of women took a shine to sequins, and it appears trains are back, so watch your step. Check out the slideshow for some style highlights just off the red carpet. 
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Red Carpet Gala 2016
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Red Carpet Gala 2016

By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Humboldt Style: Boots and Brands

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up.

Next year, when you're standing in front of your open closet wondering what to wear to the Humboldt Del Norte Cattlemen's Association's annual spring dinner and dance, you'll want to scroll through this slideshow. The guys and gals who kicked up their heels in the Humboldt County Fairgrounds' Belotti Hall came correct. (Incidentally, turquoise is having a serious moment.) While volunteers dished out barbecued tri-tip, attendees cruised the auction items — everything from a Guy Fieri-themed basket to a log cabin dollhouse to a throne of horseshoes and antlers — and brought the ranch-style swag. 
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Cattlemen's Dinner and Dance 2016
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Cattlemen's Dinner and Dance 2016

By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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