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Re: “When the Shark Bites

I had something similar happen to me with Hitchcock Winery. The Ode to Picasso label.

Posted by Joy Dellas on 03/28/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Homeless State University

Wow things certainly have changed. As a student in the late 70s, early 80s the dorms were full, but landlords in town didn't require credit checks, proof of income,or cosigners. All you did was sign the lease, pay the security deposit and you were in. Off campus housing wasn't difficult to find. Anway, top-notch reporting. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Lois O'Rourke on 03/24/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Culture Change

A culture wherein people self-medicate their cares away and, in their altered reality, perform poorly in the schools, create hazards on the roadway while they are drive, attract a criminal element, and shatter standards of character / health / and respect for others needs to change alright....but not in the direction the marijuana industry wants it to.

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Posted by Phil Braun on 03/18/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Culture Change

Mr. Rowley seems out of touch and disillusioned. Having lived and worked in Willow Creek for 20 years. I see things with a slightly more open minded mentality. Weed growing has been a part of the community for a very long time. Most cultivation taken place on national forest lands out any close to town mountain road. In clandestine plots. Post 1996 locals and pilgrims began to grow in their yards under the guise of prop 215. Our community became more open and accepting of cultivation after two local garden supply stores opened in town. Since then we have seen in increase in arrival of new settlers. You know the ones with flat bill hats with the logo of their team captain Ted Simpkins. These are the group of folks in town with the least ties to the community. With little or no support to the benefit of town.

I too have seen the decline of test scores in the local county school. I have also witnessed the fledgling charter school provide an alternative education for those seeking a better education. I saw the community come together locals and pilgrims to make candy stick park a gem once again. Which would warm ol' Flowers heart! Things actually appear to me to be on an upswing from 20 years ago. We now have more local businesses to support. Without hauling all our purchases from the coast. The parks and water system Mr. Rowley speaks of being in disrepair. Is partially his own fault as a previous memeber of the community services district. Rather then placing blame on the growers try taking responsibility. You and Mr. Holmes are more to blame. Being surrounded by forest service land greatly reduces our property tax base here in Willow creek in turn reducing what comes back into the community for capital improvements.

If Mr. Rowley doesn't like the trimmigrants hanging out on the street in the fall, it is his responsibility as an ambassador to willow creek and business owner to offer some of his 18 rental units to these savvy international travelers. Rather then complaining look for simple solutions to the things you see as problems.

I personally feel Calistoga may be a better option for a sleepy little hamlet for Mr.Rowley and his aging mother and grandchild. There he will be surrounded by wine grapes and drunks. Not marihuana plants and stoners. There is a place for everyone he justs needs to find it. I feel Mr. Rowley is a minority in his opinion and feelings regarding our thriving successful mountain community. I also sense a little jealousy of the growing community in Mr. Rowley statements. His " successful " businesses if measured by money made wouldn't actually be that successful in comparison to what's actually going on around here.

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Posted by Pedro Orejas on 03/16/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Culture Change

This is a most interesting and sad story. Everyone who has an interest in their community anywhere should read it. I wish legal marijuana was just as simple as keeping a couple plants in your yard or kitchen without sales and taxes and use of precious land.

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Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 03/16/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Culture Change

I've known Mark for 40 of those 62 years and he was once known as the Mayor of Willow Creek. He and his family and others like his have poured there blood, sweat and tears into creating a village from a once ramshackle stop-over to a town of vision. What the article fails to mention is that Willow Creek built their community with little or no outside interference from the County. Not because it wasnt needed but because it was never offered. Now with cannabis in the picture, all land use decisions are with the County and this poor little gem of a town has little or no influence on outside decisions regarding their town. Sad. I would probably consider moving as well.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 03/16/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Shipping Jobs to China?

Political Correctness and Extreme Environmentalism IS and WILL BE the DownFall of this once Great Nation!

Posted by David Weaver on 03/15/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Bike Lock

bill burton is a greedy, snaky bastard! arcata had to shut down the bike library just to get rid of him. he took the $25k and bought land near burnt ranch for himself to grow weed on.. not to open another bike library there like he claimed to be doing. him and his crew would strip anything nice (shimano components etc) off of the donated bikes to keep for themselves. i know all of this for a fact because i was friends with one of his crew. thanks bill burton for ruining the bike library you greedy fucker!

Posted by bumblebee on 03/14/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Hello and Goodbye

Dr. Eagles has provided strong leadership in regards to helping our K-12 system understand the importance of supporting early childhood and promoting family resilience. I look forward to continuing that work with Dr. Hartley.

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Posted by Meg Walkley on 03/11/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Passive Resistance

I saw that the Resolution passed, but my comment below (which wouldn't publish earlier) is still relevant.

The rules for passing an ordinance should not be the same for a resolution. The Resolution should pass without the dishonest and right wing Jager and Brady having to sign on. But, if it is going the way of an ordinance, Jager should explain himself (if he knows how) and then be booted out of the mayor's position.

I appreciate this article and the quotes from the council members. It was especially important that the writer here shows that Brady (a Donald Duckkk supporter) made a diversionary statement about clitorectomies (although I would hope Brady IS opposed to genital mutilation) with the intention of misleading people and misrepresenting the Resolution. Brady and Jager are blatant enemies of human rights.

It would be good if girls and women and trans girls and women could be specifically named in the Resolution given... well, you know, thousands of years of disrespect and horrors against us.

I appreciate what Bergel said (worth repeating): "I think we would be remiss not to consider the people that are potentially being deported ...the homeless that are being discriminated against all the time...People are a priority." And her referring to the Resolution "as an 'intention,' a statement of how the city will treat people who may feel discriminated against or fearful in the face of an administration that has tried to use an executive order to restrict the entry of Muslim people into the United States, is preparing to build a wall along the country's southern border to prevent the entry of migrants [and made horrible, false, dangerous characterizations] ... and which includes a vice president who has blamed gay marriage for "societal collapse."" I'm glad Kim Bergel is not afraid to speak in defense of people and speak words unpopular with the right wingers. The rest of the council is frighteningly silent on issues of human rights.

Too bad Eureka gave 3/4 of a million dollars of tax/public money to Lost Coast Brewery instead of using it for housing and other essentials for many of us poor tax-paying residents. The only things that Brady (and her ilk) "move forward" are the gestapo state and the local, greedy 1% pocketbooks. All of this while the City of Eureka is a major violator of human rights and the majority of Eureka residents are poor.

Disappointingly, the last paragraph of this article falsely summed up the political and social reality here. Definitely, there ARE hate crimes occurring in Eureka (including hate crimes perpetuated by the Eureka police) that are racist, anti-homeless, anti-disabled, and anti-LGBTQIA. Do not tell me that immigration raids (locally and elsewhere) are due to crime; I know that to be NOT true. ICE (and plain old Humboldt-grown racists) continue to terrorize people locally. I stand in solidarity with the people being threatened by ICE, the racist system, and bigoted jerks.

This Human Rights Resolution 'debate' shows us who the neo-fascists on the council are- Brady and Jager don't even pretend that they are for human rights. We need the rest of the council to show more courage and principle in action. Hopefully, with or without a resolution, Eureka will work for and protect basic human rights including: shelter, potable water, available bathrooms, and protection from race, class, gender, age, identity, and status-based discrimination, harassment, and violence. We need to create that protection, and it comes into direct conflict with the violent police state and with both neo-fascists and neo-liberals. Eureka really needs some humanity.


Posted by Verbena on 03/10/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Hello and Goodbye

Some interesting perspectives from two admirable people, but also kind of a puff piece. I wish NCJ had the resources to staff an education beat. A reporter who followed education regularly could do a lot of good. As things stand now, schools
only get covered with periodic feel-good pieces and the occasional outrage story (all media, not just the Journal).

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Posted by Jim Hight on 03/09/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “A Well Driller's Life

I didn't realize how popular and busy well drillers were. I think having a well would be so cool! Especially now because I think being self reliant is a trend that a lot of people are getting into.

Posted by plassila on 03/07/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Last Night at Roy's

Excellent story. End of an era.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 02/27/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Last Night at Roy's

This is such a great story. I was born and raised in Eureka. I'm very familiar with old town. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, my family didn't visit 1st or 2nd st often. We did shop at Daly's on 5th street though. And woolsworths was fun. What about bonanza 88. The old Eureka Theatre was great. Loved the drive inn on 101 when opened. We had really great days in the past. I would love to have been raised during the happening times at Roys. I remember going to Roys in 1991 on a prom date. It was a place reserved for special occasions. Always great food. I appreciate the history shared here. The negative commenter above should remove his comment since not appropriate and out of line. In the future should you have an issue, please fill out a comment card and not blast it on the owner's farewell. Please go back to your rock and troll somewhere else. Best of wishes to the families!!!

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Posted by Humboldt Native on 02/24/2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Fair Fight

Yea most entities do not reveal there fleecing of tax dollars. They especially dont want to let the tax payers of this county knowing anything about accountability. It gets real interesting when you see a city or county cry that there is no funding for roads. the county owes millions on cal pers retirement system with making minimal payments each month. Anymore they would rather watch the road deteriorate until a good storm comes along and declare emergency funding disaster rather than maintain the roads.. When the whole chicken pen is full of foxes there is no honor among thieves. Government gets more expensive to run every year while getting better benefits and there output is less, like right down to cal trans level ( shovel in hand bs' n all day). Its easy for them to pencilwhip the financial reports to match what looks good to them. The auditing is just as bogus , and now with browns shred document law which his family has trademark patent rights in (just kidding) . Sometimes it's best not to know and or get involved and tell your elected leaders we demand accountability!

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Posted by Roger Bar on 02/24/2017 at 4:57 AM

Re: “Last Night at Roy's

How dare you write such a disparaging review if a restaurant opened in 1919 by the Fanucchis, who have served up fine Italian cuisine since that time. Over 3 generations of my family have enjoyed dining at Roy's Club, and i remember how exciting it was when my Grandparents took us there the first time. Service was always wonderful, along with a number of excellent chefs manning the kitchen.

I don't know where you are from, but we were born and raised here in Eureka. We always enjoyed the different courses that arrived before dinner, and the entrees that followed, the great service and hospitality, the ambiance ... and left full, happy, looking forward to the next time we'd return

Hopefully Roy's Club will be designated as a Historical Landmark, maintained s such, and reopened soon.

So very sorry this restaurant is closing for now. Many thanks to Evo & Catherine for keeping it open for so long. Congratulations on a happy retirement !!!

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Posted by Roy's Fan on 02/24/2017 at 2:04 AM

Re: “Last Night at Roy's

How dare you insult a fine restaurant established in 1919 by the Fanucchis and where at least 3 generations of my family have enjoyed dining all our lives. My Grandparents took us there for special occasions and we always looked forward to the delicious food that arrived steaming hot from the kitchen, and where a number of fine chefs cooked an array of wonderful Italian dishes.

The restaurant itself should be designated as a historical building, kept up to that standard, and hopefully re-opened soon.

Perhaps you are not from this area; however, my family was born and raised here in Eureka. Every time we went to Roys was a special occasion! We left full, happy, and could hardly wait until the next time we'd return. So sorry Evo & Catherine, you're closing. Congratulations on a very happy retirement!!!

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Posted by Roy's Fan on 02/24/2017 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Last Night at Roy's

For as long as I've live in Humboldt County the food served at this establishment has been unrecognizable to an Italian palate. Poorly cooked seafood risotto covered in cheep domestic Parmesan cheese and over cooked pasta, my point to those journalists covering the local food scene it that they do an establishment no favors when they cover for mediocre food.

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Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 02/23/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Passive Resistance

This is the first time I have ever seen anyone, let alone a public representative, call a Human Rights Resolution "negative and mean".

Shame on Brady, and the Mayor.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 02/21/2017 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Passive Resistance

im with brady in this one. indefinite amounts of time and money are wasted on politically correct feel goods that have nothing whatsoever to with the increasingly critical concerns of everybody, bigot or not.

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Posted by playground politics in action. on 02/19/2017 at 10:55 AM

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