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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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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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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kinetic Finish Line Photos

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 7:14 PM

Team CRABBA and others celebrated a glorious crossing of the Ferndale finish line. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Team CRABBA and others celebrated a glorious crossing of the Ferndale finish line.

All over Humboldt County, Kinetic Grand Championship racers are likely still icing their quads from the 50th annual three-day human-powered sculpture race over land and water that ended on Ferndale's Main Street on Monday. In the end, the Grand Championship trophy went to Team Trilo Bike and its diner on wheels. But ACE awards (for carrying everyone and everything you need along the journey with you the whole time, among other strict rules) and just plain dragging your team over the finish line in the Memorial Day sunshine are worthy of celebration. Enjoy Mark McKenna's photos of the glory-fest in the slideshow below. Then get back in the garage and start building your rig for next year.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Splashdown! Photos from Kinetic Day 2

Posted By on Mon, May 28, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Yabba-Doo-Ya hit the water hard. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Yabba-Doo-Ya hit the water hard.
Hang onto your paddles, the Kinetic Grand Championship's 50th annual Humboldt Bay crossing made a splash with the amphibious leg of the race yesterday. Photographer Mark McKenna was there to catch the flipping, floating and fun. Enjoy the highlights in the slideshow below — from outside the splash zone.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Rolling Through: Photos and Video from Kinetic Day One

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2018 at 7:32 PM

Mary Jane the Hippypotamus rounds the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Mary Jane the Hippypotamus rounds the Arcata Plaza.
On Saturday, May 26, crowds gathered on the Arcata Plaza to see the blend of art, engineering and madness that is the parade of Kinetic Grand Championship teams and their wild rides. Around midday, after a kind of show and shine with spectators checking out the amphibious marvels and their brave crews, participants looped the plaza in the annual brake test and headed onto the course.

2018 Kinetic Sculpture Race from North Coast Journal on Vimeo.

Enjoy the slideshow below and marvel at Mark McKenna's photos of the rolling sculptures (still shiny and new) on the plaza and Sam Armanino's shots from the infamous Dead Man's Drop in the dunes.


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Kinetic Party People

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Kinetic Encounters of the Fiftieth Kind making the magic happen at the Kinetic Thrills Pageantry Party. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Kinetic Encounters of the Fiftieth Kind making the magic happen at the Kinetic Thrills Pageantry Party.

If you're going to come up with a wacky theme and wild costumes for your Kinetic Grand Championship team, you want to make the most of them. This year, on Friday, May 25, the eve of the human-powered sculpture race, the bold and bewigged donned their gear and put on a show for the Kinetic Thrills Pageantry Party at the Arcata Community Center. Teams performed skits and song-and-dance numbers for reigning Rutabaga Queens, offered bribes and gave a preview of the on-the-road insanity to come. Check out highlights of the goofiness in photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow of the night below. And check out coverage and photos of the race all Memorial Day weekend long.
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Don't Start Your Engines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Doing laps at Redwood Acres Raceway. - FILE
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  • Doing laps at Redwood Acres Raceway.

If you're revving your engines for the start of racing at Redwood Acres Racetrack, you'll have to wait. The predicted heavy rains are delaying tomorrow's kick-off but not for long. April 28 ticket holders can use them on Saturday, May 5, when the track will be roaring with roadrunners, legends, bombers, mini stocks and bandoleros — "small cars driven by youngsters," according to the Redwood Acres Racing press release. If my kids are reading this, that's a hard "no." And if you live by the track, enjoy the blissful silence this weekend.

Read about local speed demons and life on the track in "Race Day" by John Bennett.
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Monday, February 12, 2018

All the Marbles

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 5:49 PM

Artist Geoffrey Beetem's marbles were among the scores of glass creations on display at the Humboldt Marble Weekend. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Artist Geoffrey Beetem's marbles were among the scores of glass creations on display at the Humboldt Marble Weekend.

The Humboldt Marble Weekend attracted a large crowd of marble fans of all ages to Redwood Acres in Eureka over the weekend to watch 46 glass artists display their creative work (not just marbles) and also conduct glass-making demonstrations. See the photo slideshow below for highlights.

"We started the fun Thursday night, raising $1,540 for the Humboldt County Search and Rescue Posse at the Marble Makers Ball fundraiser," said event organizer Topher Reynolds, of Copius Glass in Eureka. "A donation at the ball got you a free drink and a handmade 'hider marble' to to place somewhere for Sunday's Massive Marble Hunt."

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