From the Paradise Post -- over yonder by Chico -- we learn that the woman who is "the poet of the Hupa Tribe" is also now the poet laureate for all of the California Native American tribes.
She's 85-year-old Arline Beryl Lawrence, and the Post says she was honored at the recent Ishi Celebration in Oroville. Lawrence lives in Magalia, in the same region, and according to the Post has written three books of poetry and a CD of poetry called Gently Touching on the Life of Yahi-Ishi.
A search of the 'net scuffs up evidence that Lawrence also has been Bigfoot's muse, having published a collection of poems and short stories in 1987 called Big Foot Country: Big Foot in Poems and Prose.
But, drat, no Ishi or Bigfoot poems could be found. She does, however, belong to the California Writers Club's Berkeley Branch, which has an address for her where you can order her CD.
And here's a link to a couple of poems from another section of the Post. Below is a snippet from one of them, Poppy Seeds, which whether she intended it or not makes one want to know more about Lawrence's own bird-flown past:
Variant golds, blown by fickle winds,
carried by birds,
spill in unlikely places.
Wave of the future: The pun is so obvious as to be painful, but give them a break -- they're just investors. This "premier financial website for actionable stock market opinion and analysis" tells you, yes YOU, how to make money from wave energy...specifically via Finavera Renewables, the Canadian company building a wave farm right here in the H.C.
UPDATE: My astute colleague Heidi Walters' spidey sense tingled when she read this, and rightly so: This project has long been abandoned, as Walters herself noted back in April. I'd give Seeking Alpha crap for not fact-checking, but clearly I'm no better. Sorry, green investors.
With the Eureka Skate Park scheduled to be skatable by the end of the summer , let the Humboldt skate-scene P.R. campaign begin. Clearly not all of this video was shot behind the Redwood Curtain (the Golden Gate timelapse, por ejemplo ), but much of it clearly was. (Feel free to play "identify that clip" below.) It's a well-edited video, apparently produced by the folks at Arcata's AMPT skateshop, and set to a tune by O.G. skate pioneer Nina Simone. Represent!
Betty Chinn, winner of a Minerva Award, with First Lady Maria Shriver at the 2008 Women's Conference. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America)
Another story -- this time in the Sac Bee -- details the giving, tireless force of nature that is Humboldt's Betty Chinn .
Go here to study previous coverage .
And then go forth and become more like Betty yourselves.
The streets of Old Town were alive with the sound of music Saturday evening -- the monthly Arts Alive! was on in full force with musical contributions from SambaAmore:
The sweet ringing tones of Pan Dulce steel orchestra rang from the Gazebo zone:
and Rick Fugate played his accordion on the corner:
A federal judge will hear oral arguments a week from today
June 9 on the Eureka and Arcata Youth Protection Acts -- the DOJ-challenged measures heartily approved by voters last November to ban military recruiters from hitting up minors to join the military.
Here's the news release from Dave Meserve, who notes:
Whatever the outcome of Tuesday's hearing, the people of Arcata and Eureka continue to demand that the United States of America "Stop Recruiting Kids!" in their communities.
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