Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Humboldt County DA to be sued by homeless camp participants : Indybay

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 4:36 PM

things.Humboldt County DA to be sued by homeless camp participants : Indybay: People Project folks busted at the homeless encampment protest in Arcata in 2007 are suing Gallegos and company because they participated in the raid, and "continue to perpetuate the criminalizing of poor people, including those who live without
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Northcoast Prep: #30 in America

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Northcoast Prep: #30 in America: Wow! Newsweek ranks Arcata's Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy as the third-best public high school in California and 30th-best in the nation! Congrats, Northcoast Prep!

Congrats, also, to Arcata High, which comes in at #1,154 and is thus in the top six percent of high schools in the country, according to the magazine's formula for figuring such
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Native Poet Laureate

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 5:31 PM

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.

 

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Wave of the future

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 3:04 PM

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.

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Feelin' AMPT

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:41 PM

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!

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Angel Betty in the Bee

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 12:35 PM

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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.

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Alive!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

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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:

among others.

The sweet ringing tones of Pan Dulce steel orchestra rang from the Gazebo zone:

 

 

 

and Rick Fugate played his accordion on the corner:

 

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone ... - NYTimes.com

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 9:29 AM

When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone ... - NYTimes.com: subhead: "Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest." Fred used to police the local blogosphere sending out notes to bloggers who'd fallen behind in their blogging duties. Now he doesn't bother - too many abandoned blogs to keep track of I
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Youth Protection Acts In Court

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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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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Monday, June 1, 2009

Awesomest Municipal Politics Story of the Year

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 8:57 PM

reports.Awesomest Municipal Politics Story of the Year: Neither the city clerk nor the reporter nor the local Deep Throat understand the concept of rational numbers. "Idiocracy, here we come!" as one Redditor commented.

"Brazil said she used the calculation of .66 multiplied by 206 to obtain the number. But using .6666 — a more accurate version of two-thirds — the affirmative vote needed to be 137 instead of 136, according to an anonymous caller to town hall and to the
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