Thursday, February 25, 2010

A-town Anti-Prom

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Fun flash! (Emphasis ours):

The Arcata Costume Prom is a high school age dance put on by local Arcata teenagers who found the proms instituted by their schools to be lacking in style and not serving the whole student population.

The Costume Prom was created to fulfill many dance styles and musical taste from Jazz & Swing to Punk Rock and Electronica, provide quality good tasting party food (omnivore, vegan and vegetarian), showcase live entertainment and create a lively party through re-designed prom activities. Costumes are encouraged but not required. In short, it's reinstating the high-class prom described by their parents and grandparents. 

All high school students – public, private, charter, homeschooled – welcome.

Who would've thunk a high school dance could sound so fun? Go, local Arcata teenagers!

Being teenagers, they are on a miniscule budget. Café Nooner has advanced them the money for the venue and they have received donations for food from several local businesses, for which they are thankful, but are relying on ticket sales to cover the actual cash expenses.

(In other words, buy tickets – now!)

Tickets are $15 presale at The Works (both locations), AMPT skateshop in Arcata, and Café Nooner in Eureka. Price is somewhat negotiable.

The event takes place Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Creamery in Arcata, 1251 Ninth Street, in the Redwood Raks World Dance Studio. This is an alcohol/drug free event – but will have a $1 photo booth!

For more information, see the Costume Prom page on Facebook, e-mail them directly at, or call 707-442-9386 for the parent advisor, Dimitra Chase.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NCJ Hack Jumps to Silly Conclusion

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM

HSU Lumberjack [Some Arizona paper] wins dubious honor: Hundreds of years of print journalism have generated countless millions of headlines. (At least I've never counted 'em.) So it's no small feat that HSU's student newspaper [some Arizona paper] made the cut for The Huffington Post's "Funniest Headline Fails of All Time." Bask in the afterglow, Jacks.

UPDATE: OK, so it wasn't the Lumberjack. Thanks for the attention to detail, Rob, and apologies to any current or former Jack personnel. Still, it says, "Lady Jacks Off." Funny!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Advice For Drug Dealers

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Busted Update Here's a tip for you drugmongers out there: Let's say you and your man-friend, who happens to be a convicted felon (sexy!), are hotboxing it in a casino parking lot, enjoying some well-earned r & r after a grueling day of meth-peddling. We've all been there. And we all know that, on days like this, it's just a pain in the ass (especially in Willits) to find a safe, out-of-the-way spot to stash your 30-odd grams of meth, your loaded weapons and that beautiful, hard-earned wad of cash money, which -- who knows? -- may have a hot date with the blackjack table inside.

"Hell," you say to yourself. "I'm a friggin criminal. This is the lifestyle I've chosen. Blowing this ganja smoke out my cracked car window is reckless -- you bet your ass it is. But it's also a statement. It says, 'Hey, Sally Housemaker, while you're at home baking snickerdoodles for the rugrats and watching Olympic ice dancing on NBC, I'm out here livin' on the edge.'"

Right on, sister. But let's say mean old Lieutenant Rusty of the Mendocino County Sheriff's office comes snooping around and catches a lungful of your societal rebellion. What to tell him? I know what you're thinking. Time to whip out that time-honored, foolproof escape mechanism passed down by generations of fruitful American drug dealers: Give him fake names.

Fine. But tread carefully, folks. Which brings us to today's tip, brought to you by the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat , with a hat-tip to Brenda Wright, 25, of McKinleyville, and Jeremy Cringle, 32, of Arcata: When you find yourself in this pickle, try to avoid impersonating people from your own social circle. Because, sadly, there's a pretty good chance they too are wanted by Lt. Rusty.

(An aside to the P-D 's Randi Rossman: Arcata and McKinleyville are not in Mendocino County, thankyouverymuch.)

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Icky-sounding Murder Investigation

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend, and judging by a Sheriff's Office press release, the body must have been in a bad way. Without the question even being posed the release states, "The condition of the remains is being withheld at this time." It goes on to explain that forensic testing will be necessary to identify whatever it was they found. Blech.

The victim's identity has not yet been released. One of the two men arrested was reportedly the victim's roommate. The other was also booked for dealing weed and gun posession in the commission of a felony. Full release below.

Humboldt County Sheriff's Detectives booked two men for murder over the weekend in connection with a case that was originally reported as a missing person. On February 15, 2009 a woman called the Sheriff's Office to report her adult brother missing. She said she had not heard from him for about two weeks and it was very unusual for him to be out of contact with his family. The woman, who was calling from New York, was unsure of her brother's exact address but believed he lived in a cabin on Three Creeks Road, off of State Route 299. Throughout the week, Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives interviewed the man's roommates and acquaintances. Investigators began to believe the missing man was the victim of a homicide.

The investigation continued and Saturday a search warrant was served at the Three Creeks Road property. Sheriff's Office personnel, together with a Deputy Corner, discovered human remains at the location. That same day, Sheriff's Detectives booked two men for the murder of [the] missing man: his roommate, Eddie David Lee, 21, and Limmie Greg Curry III, 19, of Arcata. Curry was also booked for being armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of marijuana for sales.

The condition of the remains is being withheld at this time. Further forensic testing will be required to confirm the identification of the remains that were found, however, all evidence indicates they are those of the missing man. The Humboldt County Coroner's Office will provide the identification of the victim when it is appropriate.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Posted By on Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM


Interesting thread on the website, a collection of forums on topics including General Marijuana Growing, Seed and Strain Reviews and Cooking With Cannabis.

Someone calling himself "KongoBam" posts in a forum called "Toke N Talk," although it would seem another forum, "The Black Briefcase" (business discussion, stock advice, financial management) might have been more appropriate.

Subject line: "Humboldt?"

KongoBam asks,

Does anyone in this forum live in Humboldt County? Specifically Eureka?

I need an investor slash partner...

Contact me, i own two houses...

He goes on to note:

I probably should have mentioned, that its LEGAL!! I have a card thru the Federal Government. I have a Medical center here locally were i can sell to with no problems. It's just like running and starting any other business. I need capitol or equipment....

Others on the forum are by turn incredulous:

d.s.m. says,

A Federal Government card, really?

Eat a dick, weirdo.

And protective:

WOW! calm down dood. look man this is not the place to be lookin fer a "partner" u should post an add on craigslist or sumthin but NO, unless u want to do sum reading about the topic and learn how to grow urself, i would reccomend just exiting. im not 100% positive, but THIS doesnt seem like it would be cool with the MODs. am i right or wrong on that tho?? - says FuZZyBUDz

KongoBam's responds:

There are some paranoid people in this forum.. I guess i will just delete the post.

But d.s.m. is not letting go:

Before you do, I'd really like to hear more about your Federal Government pot card. Pretty please?

So KongoBam lays out the plan:

Sure... first you have to make business legal one name it whatever you want.

Im using a corp i made it's called Sequoia Investors Inc. We will get back to this part later.

You need to get a hold of the state you live in and ask them to give you a list of FEDERALLY funded marijuana centers in your state. Federally funded centers are the ones that hospitals use for prescription as well as private practices.

Next step is to contact the federal governemtn and ask them to send you the paperwork needed to become a provider for a faderally owned marijuana center in your state. It's going to to cost you about 1,500 for the lisence every year.

They will send you a packet with tons of questions. They do background checks ect... you need to be completely clean. You need to have a small businesss or corporation that you are using to produce the medicine. ( THEY DO THIS SO THEY CAN TAX YOU) . In general your self employed and have to go thru the same hoops you would as if you were starting a commercial lettuce farm or what not.

Once all the paperwork is done and your business is legal in your state and federally, you then can start growing. There is a 500 plant limit if your business is in a residential property and there is no limit on commercial. They send you packages that are federally marked and they expect them to be full and present at the center when they are designated to arrive at. There is a loop hole though, you can say you need 10 packages and that you are going to have them delivered on so and so date. How they regulate how much you grow is if your residential or commercial. I would be residential so mi can up to 500 plants. I can say i only got 5lbs from 500 plants and really i got 10 so you can see the loop hole.

They pay you anywhere from 2500 to 4,000 a lb. then you are taxed on what they give you. So you lose half. but between the clones and the hidden lbs you make out good and are completely legal.

if you want i can get the info were i got the info. I live in Ca maybe its different in other states but here thats how it works. Its a 6 month process to get everything done. Also equipment is expensive as you allready know. I spent 4k on forming a corp and lisencing fees.


So what is it? Pure fantasy or a rock solid business plan from an enterprising entrepreneur?

KongoBam of Sequoia Investors Inc., if you're out there and for real, give us a ring.


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Friday, February 19, 2010

John Ross: Loose in Obamalandia

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 10:02 AM

John Ross: Loose in Obamalandia: Our favorite former poet-in-residence John Ross spins tales of his latest book tour -- "First stop was the near north woods, Humboldt County
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Candidate Joins Assessor Race

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM


Professional real estate appraiser Jon Brooks will formally announce his candidacy for Humboldt County Assessor next Monday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Arcata, according to a release sent to the Journal . In vying for the surprisingly competitive position, Brooks will be challenging Assistant Assessor Mari Wilson and former Second District County Supervisor Johanna Rodoni, both of whom have already announced their candidacy.

Click "more" to read the release.

Brooks has over twenty years experience in the property valuation industry and has been a resident of Humboldt County for over 30 years.

"I am running for the office of County Assessor because business as usual is no longer an option. We are facing unprecedented economic challenges. Public officials must do more with less. This requires capable leaders with solid training, experience, vision to solve the tough issues, and an unwavering commitment to fairly serve all of the people of Humboldt County. I believe my education and experience uniquely qualify me to successfully meet the challenges confronting the office of County Assessor."

Brooks holds a BA in Economics from Sacramento State University and an MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is licensed as a Certified General Appraiser by the State of California to perform residential, commercial, ranch, timberland and all real property appraisals. He also holds the distinction of being the only Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) on the North Coast. Appraisal Institute professional membership designations are conferred on individuals who have met the highest appraisal education requirements and have demonstrated the highest quality appraisal experience and ethics.

Brooks currently serves on the County Williamson Act Committee, is on the Board of Directors of the Me'dil Institute, a nonprofit organization supporting Indigenous nature-based cultural practices, and is a Rangemaster at the Long Prairie Gun and Archery Club. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Humboldt Bay Housing Development Corporation. His work experience includes over a decade of service with the City of Eureka as Property Manager and with the Eureka Redevelopment Agency as Housing Programs Coordinator, where he secured and managed over a million dollars in housing funds for the City.

"County government is challenging in the best of times, but more so now," said former County Administrator John Murray. "Until an outsider with new ideas breaks the forty year ‘promote and elect from within the department' business-as-usual tradition, the important office of assessor will not improve from its current state. Jon Brooks is best suited for this challenging position."

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Hooker Booker on JPR

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 2:45 PM


Journal Table Talk columnist Jada Brotman discusses one of her former jobs on today's edition of The Story, a syndicated radio show broadcast on local JPR affiliate KZPN today at 3 p.m.

Jada's segment is a little more than half way through the program following a piece on Olympic athlete Katie Uhlaender. Jada talks with host Dick Gordon about her short career as a receptionist for a New York City escort service, or as The Story puts it, "hooker booker."

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Durant to Leave T-S, Launch New Mag

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Chris Durant Chris Durant, longtime Times-Standard reporter/onetime " Fat Guy "/all-time eathquake juker , has informed the Journal (in a World Exlusive!) that he will soon leave the trusty daily to create a "scene zine with a tongue-in-cheek view on local issues."

(Disclosure: I used to work with him at the T-S.)

Savage Henry -- named after a briefly mentioned character in Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -- will be published monthly, with regular updates on its Web site , Durant said. The focus of the publication, which will be run by Durant, his wife Monica, and former T-S entertainment freelancers Sarah Godlin and Josh Duke, will be on music and other forms of entertainment -- sorta like Northern Lights (the T-S's erstwhile entertainment section, which Durant used to edit), only warranting a "parental advisory," Durant said.

"Our first cover story is [on] the opening of the Eureka Skate Park," he announced. The format of the magazine will be 8 1/2 by 11, with glossy covers and newsprint inside, and it will likely be distributed at skate shops, head shops and bars, he added. The first issue, he said, should hit the streets no later than early March.

Durant admitted that starting a print publication nowadays might be considered "one of the dumbest sounding business decisions ever," but he said that the positive response he's received from advertisers and the community at large convinced him to jump the T-S ship and pursue the magazine full-time.

Oh, and here's a heads-up to Heraldo and the Mirror : Durant plans to put a bounty on the identities of anonymous bloggers. The Savage Henry Web site will allow people to donate money and submit information on blogger identities. The person who successfylly and accurately outs an anon-o-blogger (the veracity of the info will be subject to as-yet-undetermined criteria) wins the reward.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Kush Life

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM



This image was sent anonymously to the Journal with the message,

these stickers are being stuck all over the county by a "grass" roots movement of concerned growers.

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