A Midsummer Checklist

A Midsummer Checklist

What to do in the Garden in July and August

(July 21, 2016) If you're anything like me, this is the time of year you live for. The garden is popping, flowers are blooming, and there's more zucchini than you know what to...

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Camels and Blowholes

Paddling out on the North Coast

(July 21, 2016) The surf scene up here is unique. There is so much more that goes into a session in Humboldt County than in a daily check of different beaches along the...

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Non-random Random Primes

(July 14, 2016) This is the story of how a curious coin-tossing paradox led a pair of Stanford University mathematicians to find an unexpected property of prime numbers, a quirk in full...

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Sunk Cost Fallacy

(June 30, 2016) "Every garage sale is a funeral for someone's sunk costs." — David McRaney How do I deceive me? Let me count the ways ... number one would be my belief...

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Just Holler, 'Pull!'

An afternoon at the trap and skeet range

(June 23, 2016) The sun is shining as I tuck my Subaru into the row of jumbo pick-up trucks inhabiting the parking lot of the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Range. A distant...

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Eaten Alive

By insects and plants

(June 23, 2016) Scary Scenarios If you like the Alien movies, you'll love the solitary wasp. Take one of my favorites, Eumenes, the potter wasp. She flies up and down tiny branches,...

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Lassic Peaks, Lassik Band

(June 16, 2016) Straddling Humboldt's eastern border with Trinity County, the three peaks known collectively as the Lassics on the edge of the Mount Lassic Wilderness make for some fine nearby hiking. First,...

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Homegrown Gazpacho

(June 16, 2016) I spent almost a year living in Granada, Spain. The whole city is filled with gardens. Figs and pomegranates grow as weeds; Mediterranean climate at its very best. And...

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E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

(June 2, 2016) In the time it takes to read this sentence, seven seconds after inhaling either a regular or an electronic cigarette, molecules of nicotine link up with receptor molecules in the...

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Gardening Grab Bag

What's new and cool in the gardening world

(June 2, 2016) Every spring, the gardening world explodes with an almost overwhelming array of new plants, books, tools and techniques. While most of it isn't cool enough to bother with (do we...

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The Good Old Days?

(May 19, 2016) Writing about 700 BC, the Greek poet Hesiod waxed nostalgic for "the good old days" as he imagined them: "They lived as if they were gods, their hearts free...

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in our blogs...

In Celebration of National Moth Week

(July 24, 2016) In observance of National Moth Week, I thought I'd mention a few of our unusual local mothy residents. Together with butterflies, moths comprise the order “Lepidoptera,” roughly translating to scale...

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UPDATE: Klamath Boating Accident Victim Identified

(July 21, 2016) At 10:30 a.m. today, a Yurok Tribal Police Department officer assisted a sheriff's deputy to recover the body of James Dennis Cook, also known as Major. Cook's body was tangled...

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Folklife Does 'Send me Back Home' for Merle

(July 19, 2016) A full house experienced a magical “Sing Me Back Home” tribute to Merle Haggard at Saturday’s closing performance of the Humboldt Folklife Festival in the Dell’Arte Amphitheatre in Blue...

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