Monday, November 26, 2007

Morning Papers

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Two Peoples, One Place, the new Humboldt County history by Ray Raphael and Freeman House,  gets a great review in the San Francisco Chronicle. (The NCJ had the honor of launching the book last month.)

Balloon Track East? Local kazillionaire Rob Arkley's company, Security National, is developing a 130-acre industrial park in Plympton, Mass., according to the Boston Globe. The project contrasts with Arkley's Home Depot-anchored Marina Center project in several interesting ways. First: It's much huger. Second: Though the project includes a restaurant, a hotel and a good deal of "general business" space -- retail? -- it's mostly all about industry. Third: In stark contrast to the way things have gone down in Eureka, the townfolk of Plympton have been actively involved in designs for the site.

The Wall Street Journal reports on an anti-tithing movement that's taking root amongst the nation's faithful. Reporter Suzanne Sataline talks with Fortuna resident Kirk Cesaretti, who, as we reported in June, has been protesting pressure to tithe from the Hydesville Community Church.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Added To Pipe

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Humboldt Blogs blogfeed users, please extend a big blogthing welcome to:

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Lame Excuses

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Many apologies for the sporadic posts. Truth is, we're all working on some massively awesome things that we're gonna unleash on your head next week and all throughout the month of December. Trust me -- cool stuff coming up in the paper. Take that to the bank, sucka.

Meanwhile, we just put our annual Gift Guide issue to bed. It's a classy advertising thing that the ad people and the production people put together, not uncontroversially. You'd think that would mean that we editorial folk would have plenty of time to post cool blogthings in the meanwhile, but that's not the case; because of the holidays, we had to work on next week's paper last week.

Everyone at the Journal dreads holidays, because it means you have to do the same amount of work in only four days. Or three days, in this case. And this year is like the perfect storm -- Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Tuesday, our usual deadline day. We're not even sure what the ramifications are. Do we have to get things done two days in advance? Three?

Still plenty of cool stuff in the Journal that'll hit the streets tomorrow, one day early, even if you're not a Gift Guide fan. Ferndale scandals. Ponderings on a hoary journalistic tradition and the Humboldt County economy. Calumny. The inimitable Joseph Byrd, our snobby cranky food guy. The inimitable Bill Kowinski, our cranky but not really snobby theater guy. Angry letters, including one from Dr. Ken Miller, a blog favorite.

We'll try to get back to you before Thanksgiving. No promises. If we don't see you before then, best to you and your family.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

VUB to close at the end of the month

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 4:44 PM

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Veteran's day was Novemeber 11. Nonetheless, I didn't hear anything on the The California Report about Humboldt State University's Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program which lost its funding this past August . Humboldt's VUB was the only program of its kind on the West Coast -- you'd think that warrants some coverage.

The VUB has since been able to remain open -- using left-over money from their last funding cylce -- but they will be closing their doors for good at the end of this month.

According to VUB Director Cai Williams (pictured above), prospective students keeping calling her office, but she has to turn them away for lack of a program.

Williams had hoped that Congressman Mike Thompson would be able to wrastle up funds for VUB, but despite his good intentions, he came up empty handed.

"These guys deserve something," Williams said about the veterans who are returning home to the West Coast from Iraq and Afghanistan only to find that there is no program to help ease their transition into college.

"I’d like to see the state pick this up – the state wasn’t to blame for this, it was the feds – but they need to be putting money into this," Williams said. "Because when these guys [veterans] come out they need help getting into college."

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Pelican Bay Rodeo?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 3:39 PM

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A state penitentiary hosting a rodeo with convicts riding bucking broncs?!

Sounded like bull to me, but it's true.

Five times a year the warden of America's largest high-security prison in Angola, Louisiana puts on a rodeo and an arts-and-craft fair -- "where convicts who've earned the right get to buck broncs and straddle bulls, as well as mingle with sell-out crowds of happy visitors, including kids," according to a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor .

Should Pelican Bay and the Fortuna Rodeo team up ? Before they make any rash decisions, it'd be best to check out the CSM piece -- One Warden's Way of Instilling Hope Behind Bars -- as well as the Journal 's recent take on the local rodeo scene -- Last Cowboy Standing .

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Monday, November 12, 2007

This is Current TV on weed...

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 5:20 PM

With Bob Doran's cover story about weed, Gold From Green in a Gray Area, still circulating the streets, here are three videos from Current, an independent cable and satellite TV network based in SF, that address the medical marijuana issue, each in their own way.

Drew Carey, Arnie and presidential hopefuls' take on weed

Medical marijuana through the eyes of dispensary owners

How easy is it to get a 215 card?

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Estelle Fennell Announces

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2007 at 6:08 PM

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The worst-kept secret in Humboldt County is officially out of the bag.

In a decidedly Colbertian move, former KMUD Newsgoddess Estelle Fennell announced this afternoon that she will soon be announcing her candidacy for the Second District Board of Supervisors' seat.

Where: Redway Fire Department Building, 155 Empire Ave. Redway
When: Monday November 12 th
Time: 11:00 AM

 


Already confirmed for next summer's Second Supes party -- incumbent Roger Rodoni and Fortuna apple man Clif Clendenen .

Press release (.doc)

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Cut those -- achoo! -- redwoods down!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2007 at 8:16 PM

Now, all you have to do, Charles, is walk on in there -- yep, right into those big boys -- and sneeze.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Post-Election Interviews

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2007 at 1:43 PM

This morning our Japhet Weeks conducted brief telephone interviews with each of the candidates in yesterday's Bay District* elections. Here they are:

Pat Higgins:

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Charles Ollivier:

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Roy Curless:

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Carlos Quilez:

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Steven Morris:

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*Note: This time around, we made the conscious decision to switch to the more accurate and descriptive "Bay District" when referring, in shorthand, to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. But old habits die hard, and last night I unconsciously switched back to "Harbor District." Rest assured, they are one and the same.

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RIP Hobart (details on memorial "Celebration of Life")

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM

Hobart Brown, Glorious Founder of the Kinetic Sculpture race , died of pneumonia last night at Redwood Memorial Hospital. He was 73.

UPDATE: Here's a beautifully written, three-page press release from Kinetic Universe , the organization that put on the race last year.



Hobart Brown was born in Hess, Oklahoma to a fifteen-year-old mother who migrated across country to California on the back of her husband's motorcycle. Hobart described it as his classic Okie experience, mirroring the great migration so poignantly captured in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," and other stories of the Dust Bowl years.



Press Release (.doc)

Update #2: details on Hobart Brown's Eclectic "Celebration of Life"

this from the folks at Kinetic Universe:

The eclectic "Celebration of Life" for local artist and Glorious Founder of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Hobart Brown, is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the Ferndale Pavilion starting at 5:17pm. The opening ceremony will be overseen by Hobart's longtime friend, Nancy Courtemanche, and will allow attendees to share their most memorable stories about their experiences with him. In accordance with Hobart's wishes that his death not be mourned, this ceremony will be a celebration of his life and spirit, a very colorful affair not for the faint of heart.

The public sharing session will end at 7:17 p.m. when all attendees are asked to participate in a silent candlelit procession down Main Street to Hobart Galleries. There, where a short ceremony will take place, all can leave a memento, keepsake, poem, picture or piece of art dedicated to Hobart at the shrine that has begun in front of the Gallery at 393 Main Street. If a memento is left, please be sure to mark it with your contact information, especially any photographs, poems, or artwork so proper credit can be given if used for publication. Once the ceremony is over and the candles have been extinguished, a New Orleans Mardi Gras style parade will lead all back to the Ferndale Pavilion to continue the festive celebration of his life.

"We would like people to know that in the beginning of our time together, we will truly be paying respect to Hobart and his family. As the evening progresses, the flavor of the event will become more lively in keeping with the tradition of the Kinetic Sculpture Race and Hobart's fun-loving nature," said Nancy Courtemanche, the person who will be presiding over the celebration.

All attendees are asked to dress in costume or full Kinetic regalia to honor the fun-loving nature of the race and its Glorious Founder. For the silent candlelit procession, participants are required to bring their own candles and are optionally urged to don black capes and top hats to pay homage to Hobart's trademark style. After the somber procession and ceremony ends, the parade portion of the march begins with the capes coming off and the costumes come out! The Royal Kinetic Madness band will be there to provide the marching music to dance back up the hall to continue the party on into the evening.

Any flowers purchased for the celebration are best obtained from Village Florist located next door to the gallery and in true kinetic fashion, will be delivered there using human-power. Contributions of large portions of Hobart's favorite dishes: Beef Stew, Scalloped Potatoes, and Banana Cream Pudding with Vanilla Wafers to share with all are greatly appreciated. Artwork in his honor is also welcomed to decorate the hall for the celebration but must only be posted on the walls using plastic headed push-pins. Please come early at 4 p.m. if you would like to help decorate and even more volunteers are needed for clean up and break down afterwards.

Contributions to the Hobart Brown Memorial Fund can be made in his honor to: North Valley Bank, 394 Main Street, Ferndale, CA 95536.

Any other branch of North Valley Bank can also accept funds for this cause as long as it is designated to the "Hobart Brown Memorial Fund." Proceeds from this fund will assist his family in their time of need.

If you would like to contribute further to the celebration, please contact Shaye Harty at 707-499-0643 or rutabagaqueen@gmail.com to see the many ways that you can help make this event very special to Hobart and his surviving family. Please note that this event is strictly a B.Y.O.A.B.C., as in Bring-your-own-appetizers (to share with others), beverages (to drink if you so chose), and candles (to hold for the procession). The Ferndale Pavilion is also locally known as Fireman's Hall and is located at 100 S. Berding St. in Ferndale, CA, 95536. For Hobart and For the Glory!

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Kinetic Universe, Inc. was founded 2007 to administer the Kinetic Grand Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race from Arcata to Ferndale, California. Websites: http://KineticUniverse.com
http://www.KineticGrandChampionship.com
http://KineticKingdom.com

Biographical Information on Hobart:

at WikiPedia

Associated Press obit

Photo at top by Ellin Beltz - more photos by Ellin

Photo below by Bob Doran

Hobart and friends

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