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Monday, August 14, 2017

Booklegger Recalls Eclipse Glasses

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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Booklegger is asking customers who purchased solar eclipse glasses from the Old Town Eureka bookstore to return them for a full refund after finding out the glasses may not be from a certified manufacturer.

In a recall notice sent out today, the store’s owners say they were notified of the possibility by Amazon on Aug. 12, even though the glasses had been advertised as ISO Certified.

“Amazon has urged people to not use these glasses to view the eclipse,” the notice reads. “Booklegger immediately pulled all eclipse glasses from their shelf.”

The news comes as the nation gears up for the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21 — with Humboldt County situated to receive 87 percent coverage at the height of the celestial event.

NASA’s website has safety tips for proper watching and the American Astronomical Society has a list of verified manufacturers of eclipse glasses and viewers that can be found here.

Read the Journal’s Aug. 9 blog post on the eclipse here to find out more about what you can expect on the North Coast when morning briefly turns to twilight later this month.

Recall notice from Booklegger:
On August 12th, Amazon notified Booklegger, a bookstore in Old Town Eureka, that a particular lot of glasses purchased by them should not be used for viewing the eclipse. The lot is described as: Solar Eclipse Glasses - Eclipse Viewing Glasses 2017 CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing. Although the glasses were advertised as being ISO Certified, and this certification was printed on the glasses, Amazon stated that it has been unable to confirm from its supplier that the glasses were purchased from a recommended manufacturer. Amazon has urged people to not use these glasses to view the eclipse. Booklegger immediately pulled all eclipse glasses from their shelf.
Eleven sets of eclipse glasses were sold at Booklegger between July 31 and August 11. Booklegger requests that anyone who purchased eclipse glasses from them to please return them for a full refund. Booklegger deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers.
Booklegger is located at 402 Second Street, corner of E Street in Old Town. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm Mon-Sat, and 11am-4pm Sunday. Phone 707-445-1344.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Standing with Charlottesville

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Renate Pyhel, who was visiting friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, held rainbow and smiley face flags during the vigil and decided to attend after hearing about it on the radio. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Renate Pyhel, who was visiting friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, held rainbow and smiley face flags during the vigil and decided to attend after hearing about it on the radio.

About five dozen people showed up at the Arcata Plaza this afternoon for a hastily planned vigil honoring the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

The vigil, which saw those in attendance form a circle on the plaza’s Southeast corner and a number of people speak, was organized by Jill Larrabee, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery, and came a day after images of white supremacists marching on Charlottesville dominated the Internet. The Charlottesville protests, which were planned in advance of a “Unite the Right” rally scheduled for Saturday night, turned violent when counterdemonstrators showed up to denounce the public display for racism, and small scuffles broke out between the groups, leading to numerous arrests and a few hospitalizations.

Then, in what appears a premeditated act of violence, a car, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old from Ohio, plowed through counterdemonstrators as they marched on the street, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen 48, and Berke Bates, 40, were also killed Saturday when the helicopter they’d been using to monitor the protests crash landed nearby.

Both the governor of Virginia and the mayor of Charlottsville have declared a state of emergency, urging protesters to go home.

On the plaza Sunday, all was peaceful, with 60 or so people standing in solidarity, urging love and unity in the face of hate.

Vigil organizers Jill Larrabee, right, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery opened up the mic to the crowd after speaking. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Vigil organizers Jill Larrabee, right, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery opened up the mic to the crowd after speaking.
Rev. Bryan D. Jessup, of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, spoke to the crowd, mentioning that his sermon this morning was titled “Raise Peace from the Ashes of War.” - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Rev. Bryan D. Jessup, of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, spoke to the crowd, mentioning that his sermon this morning was titled “Raise Peace from the Ashes of War.”
Around 60 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza's Southeast corner on Sunday for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, following a deadly car attack on protesters Saturday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Around 60 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza's Southeast corner on Sunday for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, following a deadly car attack on protesters Saturday.
Joanne McGarry, left, and Virginia Chatfield, right, held McGarry's "Peace Love Dove" flag during the vigil. Chatfield said she attended because she wanted to support the people in Charlottesville, saying, “It's heartbreaking to see that happening in our country and hard to know what to do about it.” - McGarry said she has been standing for peace on Fridays with the Veterans for Peace, stating that she would be standing at the McKinley statue all week at 6 p.m. - “We need to be visible in our community as people of peace. Young and old, rich and poor, we all need to be visible,” said McGarry. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Joanne McGarry, left, and Virginia Chatfield, right, held McGarry's "Peace Love Dove" flag during the vigil. Chatfield said she attended because she wanted to support the people in Charlottesville, saying, “It's heartbreaking to see that happening in our country and hard to know what to do about it.” McGarry said she has been standing for peace on Fridays with the Veterans for Peace, stating that she would be standing at the McKinley statue all week at 6 p.m.“We need to be visible in our community as people of peace. Young and old, rich and poor, we all need to be visible,” said McGarry.
The crowd circles up on the Southeast corner. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The crowd circles up on the Southeast corner.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Mary Beth Wolford, former Eureka councilwoman, dies at 85

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 12:36 PM

Mary Beth Wolford
  • Mary Beth Wolford
Mary Beth Wolford, a longtime educator and former Eureka city councilmember who “retired” to Humboldt County in the late 1990s only to immerse herself in a number of civic endeavors, has died. She was 85.

According to her obituary on the Lost Coast Outpost, Wolford died July 29 in Fairfield, where she moved in 2013 to be closer to family.

“I’ll really miss her,” said 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass, who served with Wolford on the council. “She was a real gem. She gave a lot to every community she lived in.”


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Paint the Utility Box You Want to See in the World

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:18 PM


One of San Luis Obispo's gussied up utility boxes. - SLOCITY.ORG
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  • One of San Luis Obispo's gussied up utility boxes.
Before you tag that utility box for free, consider getting paid $500 by the city of Eureka to do a mini-mural. A new program called Eureka Box Art! (somebody loves those exclamation points) will pay individual artists or groups to paint boxes of varying sizes around town to both beautify the mundane blocks of metal and deter graffiti. In the press release, Economic Development Project Manager Alanna Powell states that the public art is meant to "give a sense of place and delightful surprise to citizens and visitors alike." So this might not be the time for your Boschian depiction of the ravages of our times. On second thought, give it a shot. Nobody gets riled up over murals, right?

San Luis Obispo has a similar program that's left the city a little more colorful. "They have been really great partners for us," says Powell, whose team has gotten quite a bit of advice on making the process run smoothly. For a look at how the boxes turned out in SLO, check out this video from the city's website.


Don't just start painting — that's still illegal until your application (with your proposed design and samples of previous work) is approved by an arts and culture commission. Even those with a sponsor — say, a business willing to shell out the $500 — will need design approval for a permit to paint. You've got until Aug. 18 to apply. Inquiries are already flowing in and staff members are reaching out to some local artists as well. Peruse the specs below and email mandersen@ci.eureka.ca.gov or call 441-4160 to learn more.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scenes from the Folklife Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Jenny Scheinman's performance was a highlight of the 39th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Jenny Scheinman's performance was a highlight of the 39th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival.
The week-long Humboldt Folklife Festival in its 39th year drew large crowds to its events this year, according to Patrick Cleary, one of the many Humboldt Folklife Society members who organized the event. Cleary said this year's festival was dedicated to the memory of Susan Anderson, one of the original members of the Humboldt Folklife Society back in 1978 who died this past year.

Personal highlights for me included Thurday's Bluegrass and Beyond show that included Clean Livin', Jenny Scheinman and The Compost Mountain Boys at the Dell'Arte Amphitheatre. Scheinman's virtuoso skills on the fiddle and singing of her creative and sometimes very personal lyrics were outstanding.

Scheinman first played solo on tunes from her latest release Here On Earth (a tribute to fiddle tunes). John Wood then accompanied her on his keyboard for songs that she has written that were very personal, funny, sad and a few based on her memories of growing up in Petrolia behind the "redwood curtain."

The Folklife Festival came to a close on Saturday in Blue Lake with its All Day Free Fest of workshops and18 bands performing on two stages. Check out the full slideshow below.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Clarke Museum May Make Room for Welcome Center

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 2:20 PM

A digital rendition of the Clarke Museum's possible future. - HUMBOLDT MADE
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  • A digital rendition of the Clarke Museum's possible future.
UPDATE: The Eureka City Council approved the proposal.

Previously:

The Eureka City Council is set to vote tomorrow night on whether to authorize City Manager Greg Sparks to negotiate with local nonprofit Humboldt Made to operate a visitor center that will take up the main room of the Clarke Museum, at Third and E streets.

Humboldt Made's proposal — which staff is recommending above several other contenders, including the Ink People Center for the Arts and Humboldt Bay Provisions (formerly the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center) — would see the Clarke's large main room turned into a gift shop, lounge and tasting room. The area where the museum's apothecary exhibit currently is would become a bar, and a historic boat may be suspended from the ceiling of the room, which formerly housed the Bank of Eureka. The building dates back to 1911 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Squireses Take G Street Neighbors Back to Court

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 9:53 AM

The now red-tagged home at 1635 G St. - PHOTO BY THADEUS GREENSON
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  • The now red-tagged home at 1635 G St.
A few weeks after residents along a stretch of G Street in Eureka received letters in June announcing they had won their small claims case against the city’s most notorious landlords, another arrived in the mail.

The case was going back to court.

The landlords, Floyd and Betty Squires, had appealed Judge Timothy Cissna’s ruling that found the couple failed to properly manage two buildings on the street and awarded neighbors varying amounts in damages.

In his decision, Cissna said there was “substantial, credible evidence” to show the residences at 1625 and 1635 G St. qualified as “nuisances.”

But, under the small claims appeal process, all the Squireses needed to do was pay a fee and fill out a form to be granted what is called a "trial de novo" before a different judge in a bid to throw out the thousands of dollars in damages Cissna had distributed among the 20 neighbors.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rodeo Bucks Along

Posted By on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Danny Fales, of Eureka. - THOMAS HARDY
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Danny Fales, of Eureka.
The Fortuna Rodeo is hitting full stride, with busy days planned today and tomorrow, when the adults will take center stage. But Thursday was all about the juniors, and local photographer Thomas Hardy was there to catch the little ones in action.

For a full schedule or rodeo festivities, including the famous rodeo BBQ hitting plates tomorrow, click here.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

UPDATED: Chief Mills' Last Day Set for July 21

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Mills in cooler days. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Mills in cooler days.
UPDATE: The Eureka City Council is not currently slated to discuss the process for replacing police Chief Andrew Mills at the July 18 meeting, which comes just three days before his last day on the job.

City Clerk Pam Powell said more information on the process may be announced next week and the appointment of an interim chief is likely to come before the council at the beginning of August.

PREVIOUSLY: It’s now official: Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills’ last day with the city is set for July 21.

After nearly four years on the job, Mills is heading south to Santa Cruz, where he’ll take on the same position 10 days later in a city that's double Eureka’s size but faces many of the same issues, including a sizable homeless population.

Mills announced he accepted the position back in early June but the offer was contingent on his passing an extensive background check, which was recently completed.

“It’s bittersweet,” Mills says, adding praise for the men and women of his department. “We truly love the people of Humboldt and we’ve found many like-minded friends and people with similar interests, like grandchildren, and many salt-of-the-earth people who are just fantastic.”

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Fourth Flashback

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Dressed up as Uncle Sam, Josephine and John Silva, of Eureka, took a late afternoon stroll through Old Town. They had spent their afternoon visiting patients in the hospital, a volunteer activity they replicate each holiday while dressed in the appropriately themed costume for each holiday.  Married for 62 years, they have been volunteering for the past 13 years since they moved to Eureka. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dressed up as Uncle Sam, Josephine and John Silva, of Eureka, took a late afternoon stroll through Old Town. They had spent their afternoon visiting patients in the hospital, a volunteer activity they replicate each holiday while dressed in the appropriately themed costume for each holiday. Married for 62 years, they have been volunteering for the past 13 years since they moved to Eureka.

Eureka's Fourth of July Festival brought a huge crowd to Old Town, drawn by live music, lots of clothing and food vendor booths, classic and electric cars, a motorcycle show, Madaket cruises in the bay and rides on a speeder car or horse-drawn carriage.

The performance of the belly dancing company Sassafras also brought in a large crowd under bright sun after lunchtime, as did the piercing sound of bagpipes played by the Humboldt Highlands Pipe Band. People were still up and dancing as The Undercovers played in the late afternoon under foggy skies.

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