Paul Sever's Wilderness

Paul Sever's Wilderness

The Lost Coast Trail and the man who keeps it wild

(April 16, 2015) The thick fog north of Black Sands Beach quickly masks the hikers I had met the day before as they pass by, heading south. Like myself, they had started the...

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Haulin' Trash

Where your garbage goes

(April 16, 2015) Getting a picture of Humboldt County's waste situation is a little like snapping a picture of Bigfoot: Even if you get something, it's going to be blurry and inconclusive. That's...

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El grupo minoritario más grande del condado de Humboldt se organiza para apoyar su comunidad

(April 9, 2015) La organizadora Renee Saucedo es pequeña de estatura pero se siente su presencia con su pelo grueso y rizado y sus cejas marcadas y expresivas. Frecuentemente se levanta en puntillas...

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Humboldt County's largest minority group organizes for change

(April 9, 2015) The Organizer Renee Saucedo is small in stature but commanding in presence, with thick, curly hair and bold, expressive eyebrows. She often raises on to her tiptoes to survey the...

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Civic Duty

Passing judgement in the case of Darin Vitolo

(April 2, 2015) I blame Serial. Or the holidays. Or 2014's spotlight on our flawed justice system. Whatever the reasons, I was inspired to report for jury duty. I'd never shown up before...

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HSU Fails in Tenure and Salary Trends

(April 2, 2015) A new report released from the California Faculty Association indicates Humboldt State is among the worst schools in the California State University system when it comes to a growing salary...

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Wing and a Prayer

Can Humboldt afford to fly?

(March 26, 2015) On an early February afternoon, 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass found herself in a huge Denver convention hall filled with more than 100 tables. Sitting at each: potential matches. It...

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Violence Foreshadowed

A Fortuna shooting brings a national epidemic into local focus

(March 26, 2015) It's January 2013, and local healthcare worker Russell Kellim is writing a sworn statement to a Humboldt County Superior Court judge who's considering issuing a domestic violence restraining order against...

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Camera Questions

Two of Humboldt's smallest police agencies push forward with officer body cameras. What's keeping the big boys from following suit?

(March 19, 2015) It can now be argued that the most cutting edge and progressive cops in Humboldt County now patrol the streets of Rio Dell and Ferndale. Just four months after the...

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Crisis Averted?

Mental health gets a $3.5 million, 11th hour reprieve

(March 19, 2015) Faced with a growing mental health service crisis, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors quickly and concisely agreed to a year-long, $3.5 million contract to staff the county's mental hospital...

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From the Deep

The lives of elephant seals

(March 12, 2015) Back in the mid-1990s, on a late February drive on U.S. Highway 1 near Big Sur, I saw a strange sight ahead of me. A very large adult elephant seal...

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Mall Cops

(April 17, 2015) For the last month, the Eureka Police Department has been under contract to provide daily foot patrols at the Bayshore Mall. The written agreement between the city and the mall...

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Scenes from a Sweep: Images from behind the Bayshore Mall and a look at what's next

(April 16, 2015) The Eureka Police Department led a multi-agency effort Wednesday to remove what Chief Andrew Mills called a “criminal element that has infiltrated” the network of homeless camps near the...

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ACRC v HWMA: Settled

(April 15, 2015) A four-year battle over Arcata’s recycling is over. In 2011, the Arcata Community Recycling Center, a scrappy, built-from-scratch icon of the city’s ‘70s progressivism, closed its doors, not long after...

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