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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Photos: Witch-raft on the Bay

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2022 at 1:36 PM

Despite a windy, rainy forecast again for this year's third annual Witches Paddle on Humboldt Bay, an energetic coven of witches showed up with stand-up boards and paddles in hand to enjoy what turned out to be a breezy, sunny day. In addition, a quartet of witches showed up at the put-in boat ramp to provide a Witches Dance sendoff for participants.

A cheerful witch with a butterfly pin in her hat waved to friends along the Eureka Boardwalk along Humboldt Bay. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A cheerful witch with a butterfly pin in her hat waved to friends along the Eureka Boardwalk along Humboldt Bay.
Earlier in the week, organizer Jody Himango, an avid weather watcher, had put out warnings on the event's Facebook page about possible cancelation due to high winds but the collective witches' spells came through with good weather. See the slideshow below for highlights.

Just after 2 p.m., the witches paddled out from the Eureka Public Marina along West Waterfront Drive against an outgoing tide, but with the wind at their backs. They headed east past the Adorni Center, where the Party in Pink Zumbathon was raising money for the Breast and GYN Health Project in Arcata, and the Woodley Island Marina.

After circling around offshore from Halvorsen Park, the witches headed back west to the take-out, assisted by the outgoing tide. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Photos: A Brimming Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 4:32 PM

The wild array of inventive and beautiful hats came in useful on a warm, sunny day at the 10th annual Ladies Hat Day  at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Saturday. The organizers offered free admission to the fair and an array of attractive prizes to lure the hat wearers to the horserace grandstands. (See the slideshow below for highlights.)
The Ladies Hat Day contenders catch themselves on the screen at the racetrack. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Ladies Hat Day contenders catch themselves on the screen at the racetrack.
The "Hatagories" for those persons seeking the prizes included: Best Couple or Group; Best Racing Theme; Most Glamorous; Best Youth (12 & under); and, Funniest or Most Outrageous. This year's Grand Prize winner was Carolyn Polasek, of Ferndale, for her inventive, handmade, massive display of fair food items on her broad-brimmed hat. Other prize recipients included Joanna Nagan for Grand Prize Runner Up; Amber Reiners for Most Glamorous; Willow Seely for Funniest or Most Outrageous; Karen Aldrich for Best Racing Theme; Fun girls with Fungi for Best Couple or Group; Best Youth – Margot and Teddy Nims for Best Youth; and Betty Mack, Juliann Stell, Ceva McWhorter Memorial and Heather Ulrey with Honorable Mentions.

After more than 70 women registered at the entrance, they wandered the grandstand area and posed for free photos at the Forget Me Not Photo Booth. Next the contest participants lined up on the dirt racetrack for the Parade of Hats after the fifth race for review by the judges and horse-race attendees. Then the winners were announced after the sixth race and invited into the winner's circle for photos prior to the last race of the day.
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Photos: Rising Up at the Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 at 3:26 PM

The 58th annual Klamath Salmon Festival got underway on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, after a two-year pandemic break. The usual Fogust low clouds soon cleared and, thankfully, the only smoke in the air was coming from the salmon barbecue pit — no wildfire smoke blew in from the nearby inland fires.

The Yurok Tribe’s theme for this year was "Rising Up," in recognition of the recent reintroduction of the Prey-go-neesh, or California condor, in Yurok Country and the pending removal of the Klamath River dams. It was magical to see a large California condor replica perched on the parade entry vehicle of the Klamath Boys and Girls Club. I hope someday to see a real condor soaring over Klamath at this event, given the recent release of four of the endangered birds and more releases planned in the future. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.
Children playing the stick game at the Salmon Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Children playing the stick game at the Salmon Festival.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Photos: Witches on the Water

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 1:46 PM

Participants in the second annual Witches Paddle on Saturday afternoon were invited by organizer Jody Himango to "wear your best witchy water outfit to artistically express the power of women while celebrating Halloween."  But those who showed up in the blustery weather under cloudy skies faced the power of Mother Nature and possible cancelation of the event.
The witches pause on the water at the foot of F Street before turning back to their put-in. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The witches pause on the water at the foot of F Street before turning back to their put-in.
"This year, the weather made the planning a bit more challenging," said Himango.  "I'm a very dedicated weather watcher so that is part of the fun for me. The timing of the rain finally stopping gave us the perfect break in the weather to go ahead with the event." See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Hold onto Your Hats, Rodeo's Back!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2021 at 1:00 AM

CAROL NILES PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Carol Niles Photography
Nothing says summer like the return of the Fortuna Rodeo, happening July 11-18. All your favorite events are back including rodeo and junior rodeo action, carnival fun for the kids, Bullfighters Only and Quadiator thrills, and Fortuna’s famous rodeo barbecue. Satisfy your need for steed at the Bulls, Broncs, Bands & Brews, lace up for the Fortuna Rodeo Run, chow down at the Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast and load up on more chili than you can shake a stick of Tums at during the 2021 Chili Cook-Off Restaurant Edition. Check out the official Fortuna Rodeo program in this week’s Journal for the full schedule of rodeo events or head over to fortunarodeo.com.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Crab Grass Band Returns to the Park Tonight, Crabs Host Mudcats July 2-4

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 1:18 PM

PHOTO BY THOMAS LAL
  • Photo by Thomas Lal
Humboldt Crabs Baseball is back in full swing with the ballpark now open to full capacity and the Crab Grass Band returning to the stands tonight. (Get recaps of home games all summer at www.northcoastjournal.com.) For the holiday weekend, the Crabbies host the Solano Mudcats July 2-4 with the Crab Grass Band tootin’ on the home team Friday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 7 p.m. Sunday’s game starts at 12:30 p.m. Special theme days at the park include Military & Vets Appreciation Night on July 2, Camo Night on July 3 and Wear Red, White & Blue Day on July 4. Can’t make it to the ballpark? Catch the game live streaming on the Crabs Facebook page or YouTube channel. Get the Crabs' full 2021 schedule at humboldtcrabs.com
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Crabs Tickets on Sale Now, Stock Car Races at Redwood Acres

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 11:02 AM

PHOTO BY KALI COZYRIS
  • Photo by Kali Cozyris
Take us out to the ballgame. Please! Our Humboldt Crabs return to host the Lincoln Potters for a three-game series that kicks off Friday, June 4 at Arcata Ball Park. While Friday's game is totally sold out and bleacher seats are sold out for the remaining two games, there are still (pod) spots on the grass for the June 5 and June 6 games at this time. Tickets for this series and for games through June 13 are available online only at https://humboldtcrabs.com. Get them while you can.

If taking laps around an oval rather than a diamond is your thing, truck over to the Redwood Acres Racetrack for Redwood Acres Stock Car Races on Saturday, June 5 at 5 p.m. ($12). Expect to see late models, legends, mini stocks, bombers, roadrunners and modifieds. Grandstand opens at 4 p.m.
REDWOOD ACRES RACEWAY COURTESY OF SHERIE BIALOUS
  • Redwood Acres Raceway courtesy of Sherie Bialous
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Another Kinetic Cancelation

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 3:41 PM

In an open letter, the folks behind the annual Kinetic Grand Championship, the three-day wild and wooly wheeled adventure across the land and sea of our county, have announced the canceling of this year's in-person Memorial Day weekend event. "The threat of harm from COVID-19 is all too clear," the statement reads, and organizers are heeding the advice of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services' warning that not enough of the community will have been vaccinated by then.
Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019. - FILE
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  • Pilot Peter Wagner Bouncing for Glory in 2019.

But before you put your wrenches and costumes away, the organizers are looking at going for virtual Glory again, as they did last year with online events and solo journeys.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Witches Float: Photos from the Witches Paddle

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 1:39 PM

A coven of witches gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Eureka Boat Basin public boat launch for the inaugural Witches Paddle in kayaks and canoes, and on stand-up paddle boards on Humboldt Bay. The local version of a nationwide event on the last weekend before Halloween headed east on the incoming tide to the the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park before returning to the put-in location. (See the slideshow below.)
These well-dressed witches on stand-up paddle boards headed back to the put-in location after turning around at the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • These well-dressed witches on stand-up paddle boards headed back to the put-in location after turning around at the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park.

"I was motivated to start this local version of the Witches Paddle on the day Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died," said event organizer Jody Himango, who lives on the Samoa Peninsula. "Next year I'd like to do it as a fundraiser." The event poster invited participants to "Take to the streets and the water. Let's demonstrate our strength and solidarity in a fun, beautiful way."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kinetic Grand Championship Goes the Social Distance

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Hang your heads, for the Kinetic Grand Championship Race as we know it will not take place this year with an Arcata Plaza kickoff and all its attending fanfare. Instead, as Queen Professor President Kati Texas stated in a press release, a three-day Kinetic Sculpture in Place event will take place online, with teams completing challenges on video with their human-powered art mobiles from May 23-25.
"Artists, engineers, athletes, and Glory hogs of all ages will compete in the traditional categories of Art, Speed, Engineering, and Pageantry plus some online exclusive awards just for this year (we all hope.)," the release reads. Whether shelter-in-place orders would mean teams would have to be restricted to household members is yet to be seen. The Memorial Day weekend will also include a Kinetic Kids Challenge, a Remote-abaga Ball Live and viewing documentary and other footage from the Kinetic Museum Eureka. Enjoy Mark McKenna's slideshow of kinetic madness from last year and let it buoy you like a giant floating dragon/horse/crab thing full of exhausted, sunburned people pedaling and paddling as fast as they can.

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