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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cruising Down Memory Lane

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Josua DeGraw's 1966 Class 2B blue Mustang glistens in the sun on Main Street on July 28 at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. - PHOTO BY MEGAN BENDER
  • Photo by Megan Bender
  • Josua DeGraw's 1966 Class 2B blue Mustang glistens in the sun on Main Street on July 28 at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo.

For three days at to the end of the July, car enthusiasts load up and cruise down to Fortuna, driving classics rich with heritage. Driver’s come from as close as Blue Lake and as far as Santa Rosa, Oregon and beyond to show off their wheels at the 29th Annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. Check out the slide show below for a few beauties.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Grainy Photos from the Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters.

The 23rd annual Sand Sculpture Festival sponsored by Friends of the Dunes took place on Saturday under cool overcast skies at a new location on the beach at the Samoa Drag Strip (easy access and lots of parking). Fifteen artist teams and a few other freelancers showed up to have fun creating amazing sand sculptures in a very temporary medium — think high tide. They could use only sand, water and items found on the beach. Check out photos of the entries in the slideshow below.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Photos from Northern Nights

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening. - PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Photo by Alexander Woodard
  • Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening.

With temps in the 90s and stage lights ablaze, the Northern Nights Music Festival was a hot ticket this past weekend. If you couldn't make it up to Cooks Valley Campground — or if you crashed out hard on the Grove Stage beds — here's Alexander Woodard's slideshow of some of the DJ and live band shows, dancing, river frolicking, trippy black-light art, outdoor yoga and impromptu didgeridoo you might have missed Friday and Saturday.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Folksy Affair (Slideshow)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass.
More than 200 performers participated during eight days of music in the 40th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival across a variety of venues. A week of live music ending in a barn dance on Friday was followed by an all-Saturday free festival in Blue Lake that featured live music on two stages and Folk School workshops, ranging from playing ukulele and other string instrument to singing harmony.

Check out the slideshow below for photographs from Wednesday and Saturday.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Independence Day, Plaza Style

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 4:38 PM

This Bubbles Parade watcher wore event-themed apparel of all types. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • This Bubbles Parade watcher wore event-themed apparel of all types.
As is the annual tradition, scores of revelers descended on the Arcata Plaza yesterday to celebrate the July Fourth holiday. True to Arcata form, there were aerial dancers, wax hands, face painting and even a bubble parade.

If you missed the fun  — or enjoyed every last bubble and want to reminisce — local photographer Mark Larson has you covered. He spent the day having fun in the sun with his camera and shares the following slideshow.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hollywood Star for Mayor of Flavortown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Does this make Guy Fieri look like he has a halo? Yes, it does.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced its "Class of 2019" inductees and among the stars of film, TV, stage and music to receive a star on the Walk of Fame is — holy moly, stromboli — one Guy Fieri of Ferndale.

No dedication ceremony dates have been announced yet but expect the host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (it filmed in Humboldt once, you might have heard about it), Guy's Grocery Games and Rachel vs. Guy: Kids' Cook-off  (shama-lama ding-dong, when does he sleep?) to unveil his polished pink star sometime next year. Righteous.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mexican Rodeo at the Fair was Wild, Folks (Photos)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 4:07 PM

A bull rider fights to hold on at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A bull rider fights to hold on at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds.

The Brahma bulls at the Mexican Rodeo offered a new kind of thrill ride at the Redwood Acres Best of Humboldt Fair on Sunday — but only young cowboys from the rodeo company were allowed to ride the bulls.

A good-sized crowd including a lot of families got a close-up view of the action from bleachers and reserved tables surrounding the temporary corral and loading chute on the raceway midfield.  Others watched the bull riding from the raceway stands and listened to the live music offered before, during and after the rodeo.

This song lyric ran through my head after watching the bull-riding action: "Mamá, no dejes que tus bebés crezcan como vaqueros" (“Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys”).

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Humboldt's Dancing CCC Supervisor's Binge-worthy Show

Posted By on Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM

John Griffith grooms a female baboon in an episode of Wild Jobs. - VIA ANIMALPLANET.COM
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  • John Griffith grooms a female baboon in an episode of Wild Jobs.

If you're looking for something to binge watch that might restore your faith in humankind (no small thing these days), you may want to hit up Wild Jobs, an online series from Animal Planet that's streaming now. Recognize host John Griffith? Yup, Humboldt's own dancing California Conservation Corps guy took his moves on the road to meet what he describes as "hardworking people who've dedicated their lives to helping animals" and pitch in. That means rolling up his flannel sleeves at animal rescue centers, beehives and rescue and wildlife hospitals. It also means clipping porcupine claws and grooming baboons. Episode titles like "Scary Squirrel Showdown," "Ape Karaoke Gone Wild" and "Sea Lion in Distress" should give you an idea of the vibe.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fish Fest Faves

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 9:32 PM

Staffing the barbecue racks filled with coho salmon kept Bruce Wayne (left) and Tim Needham busy. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Staffing the barbecue racks filled with coho salmon kept Bruce Wayne (left) and Tim Needham busy.

The city of Trinidad turned into a giant parking lot on a beautiful calm Sunday morning to handle the large crowd of attendees at the 61st annual Trinidad Fish Festival. Street corners and lawns were filled with yard sales, while the main attraction was the coho salmon from Alaska being barbecued for lunch next to the school.

Trinity Street was filled with live music and the usual booths of arts and crafts vendors and a number of community organizations. The walk up Trinidad head to tour the old light house attracted a lot of hikers, as did the open house at the Humboldt State University Marine Lab. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photos from the Oyster Festivities

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:16 PM

McKinley's festival look. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • McKinley's festival look.

Thousands of attendees consumed tens of thousands of oysters at the 28th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on Saturday. The traditional event featured the usual long lines at the favorite award-winning oyster vendors and added a number of new entertainment features, including the Mermaid Lounge and silent disco, to the usual line up of oyster calling, live music and art. Check out the slideshow below for highlights.


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