Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Here Comes Your Stimulus Bonus

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Nevada.Here Comes Your Stimulus Bonus: Do you make less that $95,000 a year? Can you be claimed by a dependent on someone else's tax return? Are you eligible for Social Security? If you answered "yes," "no," and "no," then get ready for some O-funds in your wallet as early as tomorrow! CNNMoney.com reports that the Making Work Pay payroll credit will take effect on April 1 (no foolin'!). Just don't go buying yourself a new boat or anything: "As a rough guide, singles eligible for the credit might get between $10 to $15 per paycheck if paid weekly; for those married filing jointly, they're likely to see an extra $15 to $20." Hey, everything helps,
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Gottschalks: Liquidation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Gottschalks: Liquidation: Another Bayshore Mall department store bites the dust. "Going-out-of business sales at the chain are expected to begin on or around April 3," says
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Obama Signs Wilderness Bill

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 10:08 AM

desperation.Obama Signs Wilderness Bill: The Huffungton Post reports that, with one swoop of the presidential pen yesterday, Obama set aside almost as much wilderness as W. managed in two full terms. "The law -- a collection of nearly 170 separate measures -- represents one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a quarter-century." Among the protected lands, our beloved Sierra
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Monday, March 30, 2009

Anonymous Anti-Palin Blogger 'Outed' by Lawmaker

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 4:01 PM

waters?Anonymous Anti-Palin Blogger 'Outed' by Lawmaker: Dawn Teo of the Huffington Post discusses the outing of Alaska Muckraker, aka AKM. In the process Teo makes some interesting points about anonymous blogging, which has been a hot topic
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Fortuna hip hop goes national

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

If you were paying close attention a couple of years ago, you might have heard a little bit about a hip hop documentary under production focusing in part on Fortuna-based rapper Franco Casasanta from The Dirty Rats. Director Sabrina Lee once lived here, but has since relocated to Montana. Her crew shot scenes locally including a Dirty Rats show at what was once Club West (now transformed into Aunty Mo's). Another portion of the doc was shot in Montana where a couple of other rural rappers were profiled.

The end product is now complete. Lee's 70-minute documentary, Where You From, debuted over the weekend at the Florida Film Festival. Check out the trailer at whereyoufromthefilm.com. Here's the word on the premiere:

Filmmaker Premieres Documentary About Rural Hip-hop in her Home State

Bozeman, MT.  March 2, 2009  - It may be slightly ironic that Sabrina Lee grew up in Central Florida, moved to the West to find her passion, and now will see that "passion" premiering at the Florida Film Festival this spring.  "Where You From," a documentary film, tells the story of three aspiring hip-hop musicians who live in rural America-- unlikely spawning grounds for hip-hop music.  Yet for Lee, whose family spent years in Ocala raising horses and dogs, the rural countryside is a place where unlikely dreams are born.

The Florida Film Festival, which draws more than 25,000 people and will be held in Orlando, March 27 to April 5, is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is widely recognized as identifying emerging filmmaking talent.  First-time producer and director, Lee, is proud to be showcasing "Where You From" at the FFF."When I began this journey, I was not sure where we would arrive but wanted to tell the story regardless," Lee said.  "Now, I am so excited to be sharing it with a large audience at such a well-respected festival,"says Lee.  "Where You From" was also accepted into the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival.  This year's documentary competition line-up in Atlanta includes a number of award-winning films from prestigious festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.

The movie was inspired back in 2005, when Lee saw a hand-painted sign that said "Hip-Hop Show" in a cow pasture in rural Humboldt County, Calif.  Lee attended the show held in a local breakfast café, and was overwhelmed by the talent as well as the engaged audience.   Three years in the making, the feature-length documentary follows a beat far from the urban streets. With dense redwood forests, Rocky Mountain vistas, and the dramatic rhythms of hip-hop as a backdrop, the movie tells the stories of young men confronting small-town life, broken families, and drug addiction-- ultimately seeking triumph in their music.

Lee believes a common misperception is that hip-hop is purely a reflection of commercial rap culture, but the artists in Humboldt defied that logic.  Lee says, "For the individuals portrayed in the film, hip-hop is not at all about the image, but rather the poetry," Lee said.  "They are telling honest stories about their lives and their experiences, and at the same time making intense music."

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Invasion Of The Humboldt Squids!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Invasion Of The Humboldt Squids!: A reader sent this link to a CBS News vid about some scary sea creatures -- as a warning to surfers. The jumbo squids were once only found way south of here, so they're not named for Humboldt County (Alexander has his name on many things) but it seems their range is moving northward. Anyone know if they've become a problem in local coastal
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

more Reggae news

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:40 PM

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Despite anything you may have heard, there was never a doubt that Reggae Rising will take place on the Dimmick Ranch on the first weekend in August 2009 (that's July 31-Aug. 2).

So, what's the deal? First, ticket prices are down. "Early bird" price is $99 for the weekend with a $7.50 service charge -- $1 from that goes to the County Line Foundation, a nonprofit set up by the Dimmick Ranch that will fund various yet unnamed community organizations. Once again, VIP upgrades are available as are an array of camping deals.

The line-up? Confirmed performers include German reggae star Gentleman with the Far East Band, The Original Wailers with Al Anderson and Junior Marvin, Marcia Griffiths from the I-Threes, British reggae faves Aswad, Prezident Brown and The Solid Foundation Band w/ some unnamed special guest, former Solid Foundation drummer Andrew Diamond with his own band, Jamaican expat singer/Nyabinghi drummer Ras Michael, and Bobby T and the Magic Voyagers, a blues/reggae band from Washington D.C.

If you've been keeping an eye on things, you know (via last week's press release from the Ranch) that Carol Bruno is not producing the show this time around. Rumors were flying about who is doing the booking. None that I heard or read was true. The booker is none other than Junior Murvin, guitarist for The Original Wailers. An educated guess says SoHum dancehall singer Luna Angel may end up on the show since Junior is her uncle.

Update: Word comes from the Ranch that Junior is not alone in booking the show, rather he's part of "an international team," whose other members remain unnamed. Also, ticket sales will go live as soon as they figure out the new-fangled shopping cart on the revamped website.

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Loggers Going Green - NYTimes.com

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Loggers Going Green - NYTimes.com: This story in yesterday's NYT imagines the two opposing forces that have shaped our local community -- namely loggers and environmentalists -- coming together for a cause: their mutual love of Coca-Cola. Wait, make that saving the planet AND jobs at the same time. "Some people who have long fought to clear-cut the region’s verdant slopes are trying to reposition themselves for a more environmentally friendly economy, motivated by changing political interests, the federal stimulus package and sheer
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

So Long, Skid

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM

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For nearly four years now, just about every day of the workweek, I've walked once or twice or more past the little white house that is Skidmore's Barber Shop on south G Street. If it was in the afternoons, Mr. Skidmore himself usually would be in there trimming up some gentleman's often already tight mane, getting that annoying tickle off the top of the ears, and they'd be laughing and talking. Sometimes he'd look up and see me walk by, and we'd do the simul-wave and smile.

Now, I'm sure there are Arcatans who've been walking past Skid's shop for decades, and who actually knew him. And I know there is family that cherished him. I didn't know Skid -- but I sure liked him. And his signs, handwritten in tall black-felt letters on a white board he'd prop in the window: Closed For A Few Days, Out Sick. Gone On Wife's Vacation. Gone Fishing, Back In Ten Days. I don't remember them all, or even their exact wording, but they always made me smile, or sigh and worry, and -- either way -- look forward to when that rectangle of glass was free again and tall, good-cheer Skid was again standing at the barber's chair snipping at some gent's head.

But when he placed the Closed For A Long While sign in the window many months ago, and signed it, it felt like a bad sign. Like he wasn't certain he'd be back. And he won't be: The Times-Standard reports that Mr. Glen Ira Skidmore has just plain Gone Away.  Heavy, heavy sigh.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Details emerge on Willits Woodstock - Ukiah Daily Journal

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM

today.Details emerge on Willits Woodstock - Ukiah Daily Journal: The promoter working on doing a Woodstock 40th anniversary event this summer has been having trouble getting it together in New York and is exploring the idea of doing it somewhere near Willits, apparently because of the Wavy Gravy Hog Farm
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