Merv's World

Merv's World

He makes regalia, bangs rock 'n' roll drums, races boats and, now, leads the Six Rivers National Forest

(September 11, 2014) Here's a funny story, Merv George Jr. says, leaning slightly forward in his chair and smiling. It's mid-August, George is just a couple weeks into his new role as the...

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Homeless Museum

(September 11, 2014) Long-overdue repairs on the Carson Block — that massive edifice at the intersection of Third and F streets in Eureka that was once the largest office building north of San...

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Richmond Reflects

HSU's retiring president looks back, and forward, in his own words

(September 4, 2014) Thirteen years ago, Rollin Richmond came to Arcata as Humboldt State University's new president and surveyed a campus in crisis. There were the frayed relations with the city of Arcata...

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The Importance of Why

North Coast schools brace for a new era of education

(August 28, 2014) Raise your hand if you think you can solve an eighth grade math problem. If you came up during the learn-and-burn era of teaching in the 1990s and 2000s in...

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Let it Flow

The Trinity River gets more water

(August 28, 2014) Tribal leaders praised the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's decision, announced Aug. 22, to let more water out of Trinity River reservoir to improve conditions for the fall run of Chinook...

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Campus Couture

On the first day of school at HSU

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Ground Breaking

Lisa Rossbacher takes over as Humboldt State's new president

(August 21, 2014) Lisa Rossbacher hiked all around campus on her first day on the job, July 14, as Humboldt State University's new president, meeting the people who keep the place humming —...

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The Politics of Water

Chesbro's 'no' vote underscores changes coming in January

(August 21, 2014) It was one of those few feel-good moments of unity in Sacramento. After months of wrangling, and with a deadline looming, the Legislature had just combined to vote 114-2 in...

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Why local governments are broke and coming after your money

(August 14, 2014) Fortuna Mayor Doug Strehl hates taxes. So does Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Chair Rex Bohn. Strehl's worked on Fortuna's Main Street since he was 15 years old and has...

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Will Not Comply

The sheriff and the grand jury disagree on jail releases

(August 14, 2014) Sheriff Mike Downey says the jail will continue to release inmates during late night and early morning hours, despite a recent recommendation from the Humboldt County grand jury to halt...

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Fire in the Hills

Images from CalFire's battle to contain the Lodge Complex Fire

(August 14, 2014) Usually a popular locale for summer revelers soaking up the music festival scene, Black Oak Ranch north of Laytonville more closely resembles a wartime outpost these days. That's because the...

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Un-entered Forest

Accord nears among tree-sitters, timber company and environmentalists on the Mattole

(August 7, 2014) Last week, forest activists partially peeled back a barricade, which has been blocking Humboldt Redwood Co.'s main road into its 8,000-acre Mattole watershed timber holdings since early July, to let...

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Houses of Cards

The Magic scene gets crowded in Myrtletown

(August 7, 2014) The fantasy worlds of modern fiction are cruel places, made up of vying factions, of loyalties forged, bent and destroyed, of cutthroat competition and nailbiting peril. The voyeurs that would...

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Rio Dry

A fight over an old pipeline and water woes grip Rio Dell as a rebranding effort takes hold

(July 31, 2014) Josh and Jaime Gay have begun keeping buckets in their shower. The initial runoff as the water heats up is collected and then lugged next door so their neighbor can...

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Rio Dell Rising

(July 31, 2014) We're all just poor folks and we just want low-income people here." Adam Dias is wearing a battered camo hat, Carhartt pants and a hoodie. He rubs his goatee and...

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A Well Driller's Life

(July 31, 2014) Talk to a well driller long enough, and his devotion to making water gush up for yet another happy homeowner (or farmer or dope grower) becomes infectious. Makes you want...

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Merv's World

    • Mr. George sounds like a great man with great values and determination. As a former…

    • on September 12, 2014
  • Re: Merv's World

    • Good article about a great young man!

    • on September 12, 2014
  • Re: The Importance of Why

    • Really nice job, Grant. It's great to see the Common Core explained, and to get…

    • on September 5, 2014
  • Re: Richmond Reflects

    • "So, there's this issue of what's going to happen to our democracy and I think…

    • on September 4, 2014
  • Re: The Light on the Bluff

    • As the truth surfaces from over 37 years,it is clear,all those that want to refuse…

    • on September 2, 2014
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