Thursday, October 15, 2009

That Wild Drummer

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 1:48 PM

This week's Hum starts out with a bit about the improv trio Holshouser, Bennink and Moore , (aka Third Man Trio) coming to town next Tuesday, Oct. 20 , for a Redwood Jazz Alliance show in HSU's Fulkerson Recital Hall. The interview with the band's reeds player, Michael Moore , ( a Humboldt native ) mentions Dutch jazz icon Han Bennink , the wildest drummer I've ever heard.

Michael Eldridge of the RJA sent a link to today's edition of A Blog Supreme , the National Public Radio jazz blog , which includes the above vid showing Bennink demonstrating his mad skills on a Dutch late night show. Check Blog Supreme for three more Bennink vids showing him playing a drum kit made of cheese .

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Homeland Security Strikes Again

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 7:35 PM

This just in from the folks at the Mateel re: the concert by Chirgilchin, The Master Throat Singers Of Tuva :

The Mateel Community Center’s Membership Appreciation Night which was originally scheduled for this Friday, October 16th has been cancelled.  Unfortunately the visas for the Tuvan throat singers were denied and their tour has subsequently been cancelled.  Plans are currently in the works to reschedule (hopefully in November sometime), but the date is not confirmed yet.  We will make an announcement as soon as we know the make up date.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  People with questions should call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to

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Iced Tea Party

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The Arctic's vicious maneater The Humboldt Tea Party Patriots, perhaps inspired by the wide-ranging scope of ideas recently exhibited by member/Fortuna Councilman Dean Glaser [audio clip below], are expanding their horizons: taking on the nefarious myth of global warming.

This Sunday evening at the Veterans Hall in Fortuna, the HTPP will screen Not Evil Just Wrong , a documentary by Irish filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. According to an HTPP press release , the film "proves [!] that the only threats to America and the rest of the world are the flawed science and sky-is-falling rhetoric of Al Gore and his allies in environmental extremism."

A few of the breathtaking revelations contained in the press release alone:

If Al Gore had his way, "we would be unable to powers [sic] the hospital [sic], schools, factories and cities that maintain our way of life."

The deceptions being "force-fed" to the public by "experts, politicians, educators and the media" are jeopardizing Americans' "jobs, modest lifestyles and dreams for their children."

And perhaps most shocking of all:

"The only polar bears that are dying are the ones who try to eat men."

Amazing stuff. One can only speculate what truths will be revealed in the film itself. Or, better yet, go see the movie. And while you're at it, take some HTPP advice and educate yourself .

Glaser on KSLG:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Housing Prices Continue to Tumble

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM

In August, homes in Arcata reached their highest affordability level in more than five years while countywide affordability reached its second-highest mark since May of 2004, according to data released today by the Humboldt Association of Realtors.

The median price of homes sold in Humboldt County during August fell to $259,000, down $16,000 from the previous month's level. This translates to an affordability index rating of 23 percent, meaning a family earning the median income makes 23 percent of what's necessary to qualify for a conventional loan on the median priced home. (Confusing, I know. Here's a more detailed explanation.)

Since May of 2004, countywide affordability has been higher just once (in June, when it blipped up to 25 percent).

Affordability has yet to reach pre-housing-bubble levels, which hovered between 40 and 50 percent in Humboldt County.

The fastest freefall is taking place in Arcata, where the median price of homes sold during August was $306,000, down from $330,000 in July, $395,000 in June and $447,250 in May. (This during harvest season!)

These data run counter to recent speculation in the Times-Standard of a housing rebound , posited by real estate broker and former president of the Humboldt Association of Realtors Marc Matteoli. While Matteoli is correct that the local market didn't inflate quite as much as others during the bubble (a word he puts in quotes), one might quibble with his assertion that, "Somehow, we have dodged the major downward shift in residential real estate values."

August's median sold price in Humboldt County was down 26 percent from the peak of $349,500, reached in March of 2006. And housing authorities are saying we have yet to hit bottom. Yesterday, David H. Stevens, head of the Federal Housing Administration, told a group of mortgage bankers in San Diego that all signs point to a further 10 percent drop in home values nationwide by the first quarter of next year. (Get the full story here .)

To his credit, Matteoli didn't hide all the bad news. For example, he noted that the total number of homes sold this year is projected to be roughly half the number reached in 2006 2004. (Actually, he said the peak sales numbers were reached in 2006; then in the following paragraph said it was 2004. We'll assume here that the latter date is correct.) However, his subsequent assertion (namely, that " our average price is actually higher than the year of peak sales" ) is misleading since prices didn't top out until two years later.

Anyway, here are a few more August stats: Eureka's median sold price also fell for the third straight month, settling at $234,000. McKinleyville held more or less steady with a median sold price of $268,000. Fortuna, meanwhile, bucked the trend by increasing $12,000 over the previous month to a median sold price of $272,000.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Pedaling for the Climate

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 4:27 PM

carbon emissions Got any plans for the Saturday before Halloween? If not, walk, cycle or Segway (?) over to the Arcata Plaza and you, yes you , can become a human pixel in a giant formation of the number 350. Said photo, along with snapshots of many other human 350s taken around the world, will be displayed on the big screens in Times Square and projected at the United Nations headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark -- the cumulative effect of which will (if all goes according to plan) convince world leaders that now, yes now , is the time for serious action on climate change. (The significance of the number 350 can be found here .)

Local sustainability consultants GreenWay Partners , in conjunction with the North Coast Growers Asssociation Farmers Market, are sponsoring the local event in an effort "to raise awareness ... and to identify local impacts we expect to see from a changing climate," according to a press release. The group is also hosting 15 cyclists who will be pedaling their bikes from Arcata next Monday and arriving in San Francisco the following Saturday, which, BTW, is The International Day of Climate Action.

Local cyclists can show their support by accompanying the cyclists on the first 10 miles or so, departing the GreenWay offices (on the corner of 8th and N) at 7:30 a.m. Monday moring, proceeding along Highway 101 and culminating at the gazebo in Old Town, where unspecified "leaders" will welcome the amateur peloton . reasons (reasonably) that focusing on a clear and specific goal (namely, reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to less than 350 parts per million) will "help move negotiations in the direction science and justice demand."

For more info on the local activities, call GreenWay Partners at 822-0597.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yet Another Pot Home Invasion

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM

That's what it looks like so far, according to the news release from Humboldt County Sheriff's Lieutenant George Cavinta.

This time in Garberville. A man, Chris Collins, 56, bloodied by blunt-force trauma to the head, likely by a couple of louts driving a green Chevy truck who barged into his trailer home, likely going after his medicine.

Here's the news release:



SUBJECT: Victim hospitalized after Home Invasion FROM: Lt. George Cavinta

DATE/TIME RECEIVED: 10-6-09 4:00 p.m. CASE # 200906691

On 10-6-09 at about 4:00 p.m. a Sheriff's Deputy working the Garberville area was dispatched to the Garberville Motel to handle a reported man walking with a shotgun. The male was described as wearing a white t-shirt and camouflage pants.

The Deputy arrived in the area and located the possible suspect in the 900 block of Knights Lane. The subject, later identified Christopher Dalzin (21). Dalzin was carrying a shotgun and a rifle at the time he was contacted by the Deputy. Both weapons were loaded with live ammunition.

While the Deputy was detaining Dalzin, a female witness in the trailer park informed the Deputy that she had discovered a possible assault victim in a neighboring trailer house. She described the male victim as being covered with blood and speaking incoherently. The Deputy checked the victim's condition and immediately requested an ambulance. The victim was later identified as Chris Collins (56). Collins was transported to Gerald Phelps Hospital for treatment of his head injury. At that time, emergency responders were unable to determine if the victim had been shot or sustained a blunt force trauma about the head. Due to his serious condition, Collins was transported to St, Joseph's Hospital in Eureka where further medical evaluations determined that the victim sustained blunt force trauma to the head.

Sheriff Investigators responded to the area and processed the scene with the assistance of two Eureka Police Investigators.

Sheriff Investigators learned that a vehicle was seen speeding from the scene during the time of the incident. The vehicle was described as a dark green Chevrolet extra cab truck in good condition with tinted windows. Two males possibly associated with the vehicle are described as vehicle occupant #1, white male adult 18-21 years of age wearing a black shirt, vehicle occupant #2, male passenger known as "CJ" or "Joe", white male adult, 18-21 years old, 5"7", 150 lbs, light hair color wearing a camouflage hat.

Once Investigators were able to interview the victim, they learned the following: Collins reported that he was seated in his trailer house when the two described males entered his trailer without permission. Collins was immediately struck with an unknown object about the head. The victim lost conciseness and later awoke in a local hospital. Collins told investigators that subjects were most likely after his medical marijuana.

Sheriff Investigators were unable to determine the amount, if any, of the victim's marijuana had been taken by the suspects.

After further interviews, it was determined that Dalzin had only armed himself after discovering that his friend, Collins had been assaulted. Dalzin later claimed that he was attempting to locate the involved suspects.

Dalzin was later released from custody without any pending criminal charges.

The victim has since been released from hospital.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating the listed green, Chevrolet truck and the two male suspects. Anyone with information is requested to call Detective Sergeant Wayne Hanson at 268-3639.




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WaPo on Humboldt Weed

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 8:17 AM

WaPo on Humboldt Weed: The Washington Post credits mom 'n' pop Humboldt County with achieving something the federal government cannot -- taking a bite out of the Mexican drug cartels! The article features a brief interview with a Mexican man who claims to have recently grown and harvested 800 Humboldt County plants for some sort of shady bosses.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Buju Banton show cancelled (update)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 8:10 AM

The following was sent to Queer Humboldt on Monday by Carol Bruno, confirming the cancellation:


This email is to confirm that after lengthy consideration, Gil and myself decided that we will cancel the upcoming Buju Banton concert at the Nocturnum Nightclub scheduled for the October 11th, 2009. We have been diligently speaking with the management and various activists over the past two weeks in an effort to help establish a dialogue for discussions.  We care about our local gay community. Buju did issue a statement today that we have forwarded to you today, but it doesn't change our decision. We will continue towards positive, constructive solutions.

We regret any inconveniences this has caused to our community.


Carol Bruno/ People Productions

Gil Miracle/ Nocturnum

From Gil Miracle:

An open letter to the LGBT community, other Allies, and Humboldt County at large,

The past week has been very difficult for me, both personally and professionally. I have endured hateful attacks on my character and my family and friends have been drawn into the war of words. I would like to state unequivocally that I always have been and always will be an ally to the LGBT community and it hurts me to think that, due to this proposed event, public perception might be otherwise.

 Carol Bruno, of People Productions, and I assumed that the controversy that has surrounded this performer in the past was just that – in the past. Unfortunately we found that these tensions have not been eased and the pain is still all too visceral. For this reason, we have jointly decided to cancel the scheduled performance and we encourage the community to continue the dialogue that has begun. As a new business in a struggling economy it is worth noting that this decision does not come without a painful financial cost.

 I want to thank the concerned citizens who sent me thoughtful, intelligent and eloquent messages illustrating their point of view. In a fractured world it is encouraging to see our community, gay, straight, or otherwise, coalesce around themes of unity, love and equality. I am proud to be a member of this community and I am thankful for the response my business has received in the six short months we have been operating.

Please feel free to send any further correspondence to the email address below. I hope to see all of you at future events at Nocturnum.


Gil Miracle
High Art Productions



Buju's management sent out this press release last night:

Buju Banton's Rasta Got Soul US Tour A Success

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Gargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to report that over 15,000 fans have already witnessed the magic of Jamaican music icon, Buju Banton's Rasta Got Soul US Tour...

This week, the [tour] rolls into Colorado for two shows and then dips over to California, where the four-time Grammy-nominated artist, along with opening acts Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Nikki Burt and Angel Shalome, will play seven dates, before moving on... Despite the ongoing smear campaign against Banton, promoters are already calling it the biggest selling Reggae tour of the year. Buju would like to thank the promoters, venues and especially the fans for their amazing show of support at this time. To the detractors, he offers the following statement:

"Throughout my travels as an artist, I have witnessed first hand the senseless atrocities being suffered by innocent people around the world and my heart goes out to them. I do not condone violence against anyone, including gays, and I have spent my career rallying against violence and injustice through music. At this point, I can only hope that my body of work speaks for itself and that anyone still offended by the lyrics of my youth will take the time to explore my catalog or come to one of my shows before reducing my character and entire musical repertoire to a single song."

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Note From Our Sponsors

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Guest post from AJ , friend o' the Blogthing :

I saw this display at the Humboldt Sponsors rummage sale at Redwood Acres today. My daughter asked me, "Papa, why do those panties have a hole in them?"

The only thing worse than being asked that question is having women watch you take pictures of a panty display with your cell phone.


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Poem Store at Pastels

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 4:25 PM

I first met Jacqueline Suskin this summer at the Farmers' Market in Portland where she was selling custom poems near rhe entrance. She's since relocated to Arcata and was set up on Saturday during the combined Pastels on the Plaza and Arcata Farmers' Market.

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