Plant a Living Playhouse

Plant a Living Playhouse

(May 21, 2015) It's the middle of May and time to plant sunflowers! There are many beautiful varieties to choose from, and they are easy to grow — just work up a spot...

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The Great Bike Helmet Debate

(May 14, 2015) Hey Barry, where's your helmet?" called out the city council member as I cycled past her on Seventh Street this morning. She's certainly in tune with conventional wisdom, which holds...

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Throw Like the Irish

Road bowling for beginners

(May 14, 2015) When I think about Ireland, step dancing, Liam Neeson and Guinness beer come to mind. Just recently I've become aware of another Irish export: road bowling. As I researched Irish...

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Can't Get No Love

Underutilized plants you should try today

(May 7, 2015) In the big-money world of plant breeding, where prima donna perennials are primped and photographed for their PR launch, a number of truly stellar plants are flying under the radar....

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Dodgy Diets

(April 30, 2015) Not getting enough advice about how to eat healthily? Got a weight problem and can't find any books to tell you how to fix it? Nothing online about diets? I...

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Impostors and Bloodsuckers

(April 23, 2015) A Bee or Not a Bee? Recently out in the yard, a glimpse of the insect world's most popular warning colors of black and yellow hinted that the buzzing around...

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When sex is a pain

(April 23, 2015) What does it mean when sex hurts? I'm not talking about consensual power-exchange here — that's a topic for another day. I'm talking about pain that happens when it shouldn't,...

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Elevator to Space

(April 16, 2015) When a passenger jet takes off, about one-third of its weight is the fuel it will burn flying from point A to point B. Rocket designers would swoon for such...

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Food Not Lawns

Bringing the farm to your front yard

(April 16, 2015) Growing food at home is hardly a new idea. But in this culture, where more people know how to take the perfect selfie than how to grow a potato, urban...

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Word Oddballs

(April 2, 2015) 1. What word rhymes with "orange"? 2. What's a common 11-letter word starting and ending with "und"? 3. And a common word containing "uu"? 4. How about words containing the...

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Zombies and Natural Born Killers

(March 26, 2015) Zombie Dung Flies While working in my front yard, I noticed insects flying around at ankle height. Soon enough one landed. I identified it as the familiar 'golden dung fly'...

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in our blogs...

Arcata's Medical Marijuana Innovation Area Gets a Go-ahead

(May 21, 2015) The Arcata City Council played to a packed house last night as the public weighed in on a proposal for a Medical Marijuana Innovation Area. The council ultimately voted unanimously...

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Arcata Moves Forward on Marijuana Zone

(May 20, 2015) The Arcata City Council voted unanimously tonight in favor of a proposed “Medical Marijuana Innovation Area” to be zoned on West End Road at the site of the former Humboldt...

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Who Bombed Judi Bari? 25 Years Later, We May Find an Answer

(May 19, 2015) Twenty-five years after a bomb exploded on an Oakland freeway, shocking the environmental community, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is mulling launching a criminal investigation. Capt. Gregory Van Patten said...

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