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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
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • 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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Saturday, October 14, 2017

All Aboard: Vintage Train Video

Posted By on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 2:48 PM

A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse. - TIMBER HERITAGE ASSOCIATION VIDEO
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  • A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse.

Everybody loves trains. OK, maybe not packed commuter trains. But if you aren't charmed by the cow catchers on black locomotives or Orient Express-style dining cars from the turn of the century, we can't hang out. The volunteers of the Timber Heritage Association are out at the Roundhouse in Samoa most weekends restoring regal and rusty beauties for posterity. And occasionally, like this weekend, the overalled rail enthusiasts offer rides on the bright orange and yellow speeder cars that once moved loggers in and out of the woods.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

HumBug: Ancient Fliers

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 4:44 PM

A scene from the past today, a Common White Tail on a Scouring Rush Horsetail. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A scene from the past today, a Common White Tail on a Scouring Rush Horsetail.
Three hundred million years ago, when the world was a hot swamp and the air carried twice as much oxygen as it does today, it is very likely a Griffinfly landed on a horsetail (the plant that was around back then, not the equine anatomy which was not). At the time they were the dominant aerial predators. Some Meganeurids, the largest flying insects of all time, had wingspans up to 28 inches.

These extinct giants weren't truly the dragonflies of today, but are considered to be either ancestors or relatives of them.

A Pacific Clubtail. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A Pacific Clubtail.
The other day a common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) with a wingspan of about 4 inches, landed on a Scouring Rush (Equisetum) in front of me, recreating in a small way that scene from the Permian era, a time before bats, birds or even pterodactyls were around to contend with them for supremacy.

A Red Veined Meadowhawk. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A Red Veined Meadowhawk.
Venturing a bit farther up the Van Duzen River than usual, a small red dragonfly flew up and perched on a stick close to me. At first glance, it looked like a cross between a Cardinal Meadowhawk and a Variegated Meadowhawk, two species that are very common hereabouts. It was a cooperative subject so I took several photos. When I downloaded them and looked it up, I found it was a Red Veined Meadowhawk (Sympetrum madidum), a species new to me. An online friend verified my identification, and I made a little mark in my book adding another species to my "life list."

A Red Veined Meadowhawk. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A Red Veined Meadowhawk.
Finally, a Pacific Clubtail (Gomphus kurilis) perched on a rock and allowed me to get a couple of shots. I guess they had sticks and stones back in the Permian Era too.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Splashdown: Kinetic Day 2

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Tempus Fugitorium in the splash zone. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Tempus Fugitorium in the splash zone.
They survived the sand and dared Deadman's Drop. On Sunday, Kinetic Grand Championship competitors got amphibious, using foam, floats, kayaks and paddles to navigate the waters of Humboldt Bay. Making waves (and making it back to shore) is no joke — listing craft, log jams and busted cabooses were just a few of the challenges. A slightly damp Mark McKenna returned from the second leg of the sculpture race with the slideshow below. Enjoy it from the dry comfort of your home.

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