Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Transitions: Journal Announces (Another) New Editor

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM

From Publisher Judy Hodgson:

Today Carrie Peyton Dahlberg takes over as editor of the North Coast Journal. I'll tell you a little more about Carrie below. But first I'd like to acknowledge and thank the entire Journal team for weathering the past several months of transition.

In particular, I'd like to single out acting editor Ryan Burns and staff writer Heidi Walters. The two have been functioning more or less as co-editors, all the while keeping up on their staff writer duties and blogging. Ryan has been chief traffic cop in the editorial department, coordinating story assignments for staff, freelancers and interns, in addition to responding to the public. (Ryan declined, by the way, to apply for the permanent position of editor, preferring to return to full-time reporting.) Heidi has been handling the letters to the editor, editing copy and acting as liaison to the production department. The third and fourth legs of the stool that kept the editorial department functioning smoothly, of course, are Bob Doran, the Journal's veteran arts and culture editor, and Andrew Goff, calendar editor, cartoonist, writer and more.

And now, about the Journal's new editor:

Carrie Peyton Dahlberg is a journalist and educator whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites including Inside Science News Service, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Yoga Journal. She worked for 23 years at the Sacramento Bee newspaper, where she won national and regional environmental and medical reporting awards and also was an assistant city editor and copy desk chief. Before joining the Bee, Peyton Dahlberg was a reporter or editor on newspapers in California, New York state and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as a researcher for a magazine in Germany. She has a master's degree in science journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Peyton Dahlberg has taught reporting and editing courses at California State University, Sacramento, and served as a writing coach at Columbia University. She is relocating to the Eureka area with her husband, their two cats, and as she said, "far too many books." See her Linkedin profile here.

-- Judy Hodgson

A note from the editor:

You're probably looking at this Web page because you expect to find something worthwhile here. Maybe it's calendar listings or columns. Maybe it's arts coverage or a deeper look at the news, explored in ways that give you something to think about. I'm not going to mess with that.

As the new editor of the North Coast Journal, I'm going to try to build on what already works, and bring another pair of hands, ears and eyes to writing about what matters here.

Because I'm new to Humboldt County, I can pretty much guarantee that I'll blunder now and then, misunderstanding the place or getting something screamingly wrong. Tell me. Let me know when the Journal delights you, when it infuriates you, and when it disappoints you. We won't always agree, but I will listen. Let me know if you've wondered about writing for the Journal. Arts and entertainment editor Bob Doran would like to hear from writers interested in the arts, and I'm looking for someone who wants to write about the outdoors. You can reach me at carriepeytondahlberg@northcoastjournal.com, or 442-1400, extension 321. Because I'm new here, you won't see my byline much at first. I need to learn a little more before I can write anything intelligent.

I've been visiting the North Coast a couple of times a year for the past decade. My husband and I have long planned to move here. We've stayed in Trinidad and McKinleyville, Eureka and Arcata. So while there's plenty I don't know yet, there are a few things I do know about Humboldt's coast. I know that the Arcata Bottoms, on a day when sun breaks through clouds, can take my breath away. I know that I can watch of flock of wheeling dunlins as if I were watching a ballet, transfixed by the patterns of light and dark. I know I love Loleta Cheese Factory's roasted garlic cheddar, Ramone's scones, Japhy's soups and just about everybody's microbrews. And that's a start.

 

  -- Carrie Peyton Dahlberg

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

PLF v. Coastal Commission

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

This just in from Harold Johnson, attorney and communications director, Pacific Legal Foundation, presented without comment (feel free to provide your own). 

MEDIA ADVISORY:

THIS THURSDAY  (June 9): Appellate Court hears PLF suit vs. Cal. Coastal Commission for blocking cleanup of contaminated Balloon Track property in Eureka

PLF attorneys represent organization of Eureka citizens promoting environmental cleanup and protection

WHAT: Oral Argument, at California 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, in PLF's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for blocking plans to clean up the Balloon Track property along Humboldt Bay near downtown Eureka, a former railroad facility that is contaminated from years of industrial use. The lawsuit contends that the Coastal Commission has no legal authority to interfere in the matter, because the Eureka City Council has declared the site a public nuisance and ordered a nuisance abatement. Under the California Coastal Act, such a declaration exempts a cleanup project from Coastal Commission review.  PLF attorneys represent Citizens for a Better Eureka, an organization of a cross-section of Eureka residents, formed to promote environmental protection.  The case is Citizens for a Better Eureka v. California Coastal Commission.

WHO : PLF senior staff attorney Damien Schiff, lead attorney in PLF's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, will argue on behalf of Citizens for a Better Eureka (the organization represented by PLF attorneys).

WHERE : California 1st District Court of Appeal, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California, 94102

WHEN:  T hurdsay, June 9, 2011 9 a.m. docket

About Pacific Legal Foundation: Donor-supported PLF (http://www.pacificlegal.org/) is the leading watchdog organization that litigates, without charge, for limited government, property rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide. PLF has litigated successfully against abuses of power by the Coastal Commission at all levels of the judiciary, including the landmark U.S. Supreme Court property rights victory, Nollan v. California Coastal Commission (1987).

 

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Goat Fight! (Updated with pic)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM

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(UPDATE: Above, a photo by NCJ's Bb Doran from the protest today -- more an info-swap sesh.)

Neighbors of Cypress Grove Chevre, on 1330 Q Street in Arcata, say they'll be descending upon the world-famous goat-cheese operation this afternoon at 3, pitchforks loaded. OK, they didn't say anything about pitchforks. But they're mad. Or confused. Concerned, shall we say, in only the way righteous Arcatans can be.

Word of the protest went up yesterday on a Facebook site created by Lee Sobo called "Stop the Industrial Dairy in Arcata." A paid advertisement announced the site on Facebook. The site alleges that Cypress Grove is buying land nearby and "that there will be 1200-1400 goats, a concrete-floored barn and processing facility, and manure will be liquified and sprayed on fields around us."

Subsequent posts lay out more concerns: What about goat flu? Traffic from feed trucks? The smell? The noise? Escrow on the land, they'd heard, was supposed to close June 8 -- when were they planning to let the neighbors know? We want an EIR!

One lone voice, that of Sara Mosser, urges everyone to slow down and get the facts "before getting overly emotional."

But it seems folks out there believe the inevitable is coming to pass: Homegrown little Cypress Grove Chevre, founded in 1983 by Mary Keehn and sold last August to Swiss milk processing giant Emmi Holding (USA) Inc., is becoming a corporate monster.

But that is not the case, says Bob McCall, Cypress Grove sales and marketing manager, who answered the phone when we called him earlier today.

Yes, they are looking at buying 23 acres across the street from the current Cypress Grover operation, and yes, it is in escrow -- but it is not a done deal and definitely not happening by this Wednesday. McCall said some of the stuff folks were saying about Cypress Grove's plans weren't accurate. It will not, for instance, be an industrial feedlot, he said. It will be a goat dairy. Yes, they would build a big barn and put 1,200 to 1,400 goats in it -- the equivalent of 150 cows, he noted; about three acres total would have buildings. Yes, they would feed the goats the solid types of food goats prefer, but the goats would be free to roam, to come and go from barn to pasture where there'd be grass and bushes to nibble. And the manure?

"We won't liquify goat poop and spray it on the fields," McCall said. "We will have large bins to compost manure in."

The big barn and the manure composting process -- layering fresh hay every day onto the manure the goats sleep and walk on, periodically shoveling that mixture into covered, leak-proof bins to compost some more -- will be modeled after goat farms that Keehn saw in Holland. "This will be the most sanitary goat dairy probably in the United States, because we'll be able to control all of the elements," he said. "They'll be fed very well -- solid food, grains, alfalfa and woody things. We'll mechanically milk them, like every other dairy in Humboldt County does [including some they buy milk from now]."

He said there would be some additional traffic at Q and 17th streets. And it will be smelly, but only about three to five times a year when the barn's cleaned out; otherwise, he didn't anticipate it would smell.

He also said that the company has all along been planning to share its plans with the neighborhood -- once it has its ducks in a row. But, he added, the company is not required to get any land-use permits under the right-to-farm act.

Cypress Grove Chevre currently gets goat milk from about seven local families, said McCall. "We buy every drop of commercially available goat milk in the county." He said that's often not nearly enough milk to meet their demand, so they also buy goat milk from outside sources. He declined to specify how much or where from, however. "That's something our competitors would love to know!"

The company will continue to buy all the local goat milk it can; the new goat farm won't replace those sources. It will be an expansion to meet the ever-increasing demand for CG's cheese.

"We are starved for milk," he said. "It's been double-digit growth -- steady, for years. The popularity of small-batch, hand-crafted, artisan cheese has exploded in the United States, and we're lucky to be at the forefront of that. The [purchase by Emmi] did not affect that popularity. But it did allow us the money to consider having our own goats. Mary had her own goats at the beginning, and we want to go back to that."

McCall said a key protest leader, Karen Davidson, actually visited with him and Keehn this morning.

"We had a very nice conversation," he said. "We talked about all of the misconceptions, and then she said she wished the protest wouldn't happen and she wouldn't be leading it. She left, but then she came back and said it had a life of its own now and would likely still be happening."

Davidson, reached by phone, said it was indeed a pleasant conversation. Keehn showed her a film, even, of a similar but much larger dairy operation in Holland.

"It did not make me feel better," said Davidson, who moved to Arcata from Wisconsin in 2009 and lives on Q Street with her son and his family. "All of our house looks out on the field we're talking about. And I learned it's going to spoil more of our view than I thought: They're building five buildings instead of just one. Who wouldn't be worried about a building the size of the [Arcata] Plaza going up in the field they look out on? And they say it wouldn't smell most of the time, which is difficult for me to imagine. My main concern is, I don't think it should be this close to homes and schools."

Davidson said she asked Cypress Grove folks if they'd consider looking for another site within five to 10 miles, and they said they would be open to that.

McCall, in a later conversation, seemed only slightly surprised by the uproar. "We half expected it," he said. He hoped folks would come to trust the style of Cypress Grove's proposed new goat farm, as well as its intention.

"It's like foreign oil," he said. "It'll lower our dependence on outside milk."

 

 

 

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Zen and the Art of Summer Crabbing

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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Got crabs? Journal interns and Venatore Media upstarts Travis Turner and Preston Drake do. They attended the Humboldt Crabs season opener on Saturday, snapped some photos, mined the depths of their souls and filed the following report:

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"Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game."

- Jim Jarmusch

 

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The Arcata Ballpark was filled with over 1,000 people cheering, booing and sloshing beer on each other as the Humboldt Crabs won their opener against the Fairfield Indians 10-2, then went on to sweep the three-game series. What is this phenom in Arcata?  What is the draw of Crabs baseball? Why should you attend?

Opinions vary.

For some it is the logic of the game.  The right angles of the diamond carved into the freshly mowed grass attract your sensible types. The baselines that reach out across the outfield toward the foul poles give those right-brained baseball connoisseurs structure and definition. The thousands of little statistics of the game are like sugar to ants to baseball fans. Throw in the rows of lights hanging above the field in tight little clusters and the bleachers in neat rows and any person with a case of OCD can comfortably admire the games nuances.

Too uptight?

For some it is a very Zen experience. You can see that eastern philosophy in the way a batter struggles to stay in the moment, his eyes attuned to every movement of his opponent. He drowns out the crowd and moves into a place where time and distractions do not exist.

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Sound too mystical and romantic for you?

Some think that watching a ball game is like watching moving art. A pitchers windup is graceful and controlled. The batter stands, bat held high, arms and elbows akimbo like a samurai. His shadow tracing behind him. The first baseman turns toward the batter and shoves his glove forward while bending his knees. Outfielders roll onto the balls of their feet and rock back and forth.  The shortstop and second baseman get ready to field or cover the base, depending on which way the ball moves. The swing of the bat is a combination of grace and form. The resounding crack of leather ball meeting wooden bat can be uplifting or devastating, depending on where you're standing in relation to home base.

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Too artsy-fartsy?

What about the simple satisfaction of watching a community sponsored event? At a Major League Baseball game you have long lines, parking nightmares, $10 beers, a sea of anonymous faces and ticket prices that can leave you wishing you'd stayed home.

At the Arcata Ballpark ticket prices are under $10, you can park almost anywhere and walk, beer lines are short, the hamburgers are tasty and the ketchup never seems to run out. The toilets are clean too.

All of these things and more can attract a spectator to a local ball game. The people sitting next to you are your neighbors. They pack your groceries, tend cattle and teach journalism at HSU (the sometimes snarky Media Maven was spotted and is known to be a big fan). You can scream at the umps, yell at the away team's coach along the first-base line and watch as grown men slobber and spill beer while screaming, "DIRT BALL!"

It's pure unadulterated fun, any way a spectator wants to slice it. Plus, you can see a few people you know and drink ice-cold beverages that will enhance your commentating skills.  What more can you ask for?

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Department of Catburglary Studies

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

HSU's news department is reporting that one student has been nabbed and another is being sought in connection with multiple burglaries of the university's housing offices in April and May. According to the news release:

The burglaries involved five early-morning entries into secure Housing offices where the suspects allegedly breached interior spaces, intruded into work stations, hacked into key-card computer devices, and stole small items. The suspects left little trace of their entries, and the burglaries were initially undetected until a review of security camera recordings on May 13 revealed images of the two suspects committing the crimes.

University Police officers arrested suspect Justin Marshall Prina, a 19-year-old HSU freshman, last Friday night, June 3, and booked him into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on alleged burglary, conspiracy, and other charges, says the release. In addition, officials are notifying by letter 772 students whose records were in the offices that their personal identity information might have been compromised, although there is no evidence yet that that has occurred:

The letter advises students to take precautionary steps against identity theft, urging them to request a fresh credit report for evidence of unusual activity. 

And how did they detect these nefarious shenanigans?

Working with experts from Housing Information Technology, HSU Information Security, and the District Attorney's Office, Hansen and UPD investigators reviewed hours of security camera images and gathered other incriminating evidence before presenting the case before a judge and obtaining the arrest warrants on Friday. "The case was airtight", said University Police Chief Tom Dewey.

Here's the whole news release:

For NEWS, click on http://now.humboldt.edu

HSU Police Net Student Suspects in Campus Thefts, Hacking

A 19-year-old HSU freshman is in custody and a second student suspect is being sought for multiple counts of burglarizing Humboldt State University's Housing offices over a four-week period in April and May.

Armed with an arrest warrant, University Police officers took Justin Marshall Prina into custody near his on-campus residence hall on Friday, June 3, at about 10 p.m.  The arrest was made without incident, and Prina was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on alleged burglary, conspiracy, and other charges.

University Police Acting Sergeant Melissa Hansen, heading the investigation, has obtained an arrest warrant for a second suspect, also an HSU student, who is believed to be out of the area for the summer. He is expected to turn himself in, or to be arrested on the warrant, in the near future.

The locked Housing offices contained stored student records containing personal identity information, and University officials have issued an advisory letter to 772 students whose records could potentially have been compromised by the suspects. The letter advises students to take precautionary steps against identity theft, urging them to request a fresh credit report for evidence of unusual activity.

To date, no evidence has been found that the student records were compromised. However, HSU officials recommend maximum caution because they contained personal data.

The burglaries involved five early-morning entries into secure Housing offices where the suspects allegedly breached interior spaces, intruded into work stations, hacked into key-card computer devices, and stole small items. The suspects left little trace of their entries, and the burglaries were initially undetected until a review of security camera recordings on May 13 revealed images of the two suspects committing the crimes.

Working with experts from Housing Information Technology, HSU Information Security, and the District Attorney's Office, Hansen and UPD investigators reviewed hours of security camera images and gathered other incriminating evidence before presenting the case before a judge and obtaining the arrest warrants on Friday. "The case was airtight", said University Police Chief Tom Dewey.

In addition to the advisory letter, Mark Hendricks of HSU's Information Security Office said, "We want to assure all students that we are taking additional steps to decrease the likelihood of this specific type of incident from occurring again."

All U.S. residents are entitled to a free credit report annually and requests can be submitted at www.annualcreditreport.com. Periodic reports are considered an effective measure against identity theft.

In addition, the California Department of Consumers Affairs' Office of Privacy Protection Web site at http://www.privacy.ca.gov posts helpful information, explaining how to pinpoint and deal with suspicious activity.

Details about Humboldt State's Information Security Program are posted at http://www.humboldt.edu/security. The phone number is 707/826-3815.

Attention editors/news directors: the text of the advisory letter to students is below.

Paul Mann, News & Information, 707/826-5105

Important notice about your personal information

HSU's Information Security Office was recently informed that a locked campus office was burglarized. This office contained cardboard boxes in which documents containing your name, driver's license number, birth date and social security number were temporarily stored.  One individual is in custody and a second student suspect is being sought for multiple counts of burglarizing Humboldt State University's Housing offices.  While we believe it unlikely that your files were accessed, the possibility of identity theft calls for an abundance of caution. We urge you to take steps, described below, to help protect yourself from identity theft.

We regret that this incident has happened and have instigated appropriate legal actions against the perpetrators..  Humboldt State University takes information security seriously and has implemented numerous procedures, standards and controls to protect the University's information resources.

We recommend you request a credit report to look for unusual activity.  California residents are entitled to a free credit report annually.  You can request a report or fraud alert from one or more of the credit agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com.  Monitoring and periodically reviewing your credit report is an effective tool in fighting identity theft.  Additional information can be obtained from:

·         Equifax        (800) 525-6285      www.equifax.com

·         Experian      (888) 397-3742      www.experian.com                                   

·         TransUnion  (800) 680-7289      www.transunion.com


The California Department of Consumers Affairs' Office of Privacy Protection website at http://www.privacy.ca.gov also provides helpful information for the protection of your privacy.  You should consult it for information on how to identify and respond to suspicious activity.

Additional information about HSU's Information Security Program is available on our web site at: http://www.humboldt.edu/security.  If you do not have access to the Internet you can contact us at (707) 826-3815.  If you contact us, please provide your name and email address or phone number, but NOT personal information such as social security number.  Please note that the university will only contact you regarding this matter if you contact us first, asking us for information by email or telephone.  We will not ask for your social security number, credit card or bank information.

 

CAUTION:  In similar cases at other institutions, people have been contacted by individuals claiming to represent the university and asking for personal information.  We recommend that you do not release personal information in response to any contact of this nature that you have not initiated.

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Kinetic Transfer of Power

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

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In a sort of epilogue to last week's 2011 Kinetic Grand Championship, the Kinetic Universe announced late last night via their Facebook page that President Monica Topping is stepping down after five races and handing the job over to fellow Rutabaga Queen Kati Texas.

While she'll no longer be the point person for future races, Monica assured the Journal via email that she will continue to be a part of the race, now holding the glorious title of "Retired Queen President III."

"Once a Rutabaga Queen, always a Rutabaga Queen," she reminded us while also sending along a tattoo pic that should squelch any question about her kommitment to Kinetics.

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While some may wonder whether the transfer may have been related to any of the kontroversies -- trademarks, age restrictions -- surrounding this year's race, Topping assured the Journal that the transition was scheded well in advance, claiming that "when the board of Kinetic Universe met for its annual retreat in January, I officially announced my intention to serve on the board and as Queen President through the 2011 race."

Speaking about whether or not age restrictions -- the source of this year's glorious beef between race organizers and a few racers, notably the Tiger & Amazon team -- would or could be amended for future races, Monica stated the following:

"I'm not going to say that its impossible that the board would change them at all, but any decisions made in regards to racer/volunteer/spectator/innocent passers-by's safety and board liability are made with utmost care and appropriate time expenditure. I'd like to also point out that if the rules were to be adjusted at all, it would not be in response to any machines [that] did not follow the rules this year, but purely in the interest of making the Kinetic Grand Championship ever-better."

In related news, the Kinetic Universe also welcomed new board member "Hippie," for what it's worth.

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New Kinetic President Kati Texas' alter-ego "Queen Redonkulous."

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

His Beak Can Hold More Than Your Kayak Can

Posted By on Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 9:59 PM

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Barry Evans, our master of Field Notes, sent us this note-and-photos e-mail package today. Speaks -- er, beaks for itself:

When our kayak group was paddling during the low tide in Trinidad Bay this morning (Sunday), we were graced by this brown pelican, which perched on Mark Sommer's boat for about 15 minutes, showing no fear whatever.

Hm. So, the pelican comported itself comfortably, then. And Mr. Sommer?

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Letter from Robert Parker

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

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Yesterday evening, a memorial was held for Sophia Parker Pedreros, the 2-year-old girl who died in the Trinity River. A story on the memorial by Journal intern Travis Turner is below the break.

Today, Sofia's dad, Robert Parker, sent the following letter:

Yesterday I attended a memorial service that I had never imagined I would need to attend, a memorial that no parent could imagine attending. The passing of my daughter Sophia touched and affected so many people -- from law enforcement and search-and-rescue personnel working for multiple agencies who searched so diligently for her two weeks ago, pilots and outdoorsmen who volunteered their time and resources to assist in the search, persons who found discarded items along the road having no idea what those things were involved with, Sophia's day care providers, pediatric nurses, parents of her friends, my own academic mentors and colleagues, close friends made over many years, to people who had only known Sophia from what they had read in the newspapers -- all of them brought together and connected to her through the tragedy of her death or the joy of her life.

I am so thankful that many of us were able to come together yesterday to remember my beautiful daughter. Many of these people, especially the many search-and-rescue personnel, I will never have the opportunity to know and thank. Nor will I ever be able to know and thank the innumerable persons who could not attend but lit candles and continue to keep Sophia in their thoughts and prayers.

Yet yesterday all of us who so chose had the opportunity to come together to share in our grief and love for a little girl that many had never had the opportunity to know in life. Without the incredible support that has been shown to my family by our community over the past weeks it is doubtful that I could have even reached a point in where I am able to write this, let alone get through life on a day-to-day basis. To all of those persons I give my heartfelt thanks.

I especially want to thank the staff and administration of Humboldt State University and the HSU Children's Center for so graciously providing the space for all of us to come together. Over the past years both Sophia and myself spent much of our time at the university, Sophia loving her school as much as I loved mine. We could not have thought of a more appropriate place for this gathering.

We also would like to thank Sun Valley Floral farms for their wonderful donations. Sophia's room is filled with flowers, cards, and photos today. That room shines bright with the love that will always be expressed for her and provides us with a lasting acknowledgement of how old and new friends, and strangers, can come together in support. To Naomi Steinberg, for her spiritual guidance, and Joanne Rand for the beautiful music we are deeply grateful. To all of these people I also give thanks.

As we await the arrival of Sophia's relatives from Chile, now working to obtain visas, we begin to plan for a more private ceremony, possibly one where Sophia's ashes will be spread with the winds both here and far away in her mother's home country.

Still, we realize that there are countless families who are out there somewhere experiencing tragedies of their own. We stand together with them and share in their grief. I would hope that their communities are as strong as ours and can extend the same gestures of kindness and compassion that my family has experienced over the past weeks.

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Report from yesterday's memorial service:

"Our hearts are torn asunder by this tragedy," said Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, officiator of the memorial service for Sophia Parker-Pedreros, the 2-year-old girl who'd died in the cold waters of the Trinity River less than two weeks earlier. More than 50 people gathered at Humboldt State's multi-purpose field in the cool afternoon air to hear the service Thursday evening. 

The sadness of the event was like a heavy blanket, muffling quiet cries and whispered voices. Robert Parker, Sofia's dad, sat with his own father as two members of the audience shared memories of his daughter.

Grace Goodson, a worker at the HSU Children's Center, said, "She loved to dress up, put her glasses on and say, 'Look at me.'" Goodson went on to say that Sophia was a beautiful girl who loved singing and her books. "She would always ask to bring out the bubbles." Goodson said she loved the bubbles, always wanting to know where they went when they popped.

Parker sat and told stories of Sophia. "She loved fairies. She wanted to be a fairy quite badly," he said. He told a story about bringing home a Tinkerbell costume. Sophia's frank response was that she didn't know how to fly.

Sophia loved the zoo, Parker said. She could name every animal there and had her favorites.

Parker did turn serious at one point to speak of his wife, Claudia Pedreros, currently being held without bail in Trinity County on murder charges. Claudia allegedly admitted to drowning Sophia and letting her body float down the Trinity River.

"A lot of women all around the world suffer deeply, alone and in isolation," Parker said. "They don't ask for help because they are afraid. Sometimes they don't know where to go, or who to go to for help. ... The prevalence of women suffering alone in our society is mind-blowing."

Parker said he hopes everyone will learn about post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis, implying that he believes Claudia suffered from these conditions. 

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