Monday, November 14, 2011

Guest Post: The Trey McIntyre Project

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Stephanie Silva, who writes about dance for the Journal, was able to watch the Trey McIntyre Project dancers rehearsing and performing on Wednesday, Nov. 9. She writes:

For decades, contemporary dance has favored a high-tech, high-gloss style, with astonishingly athletic dancers performing lightning quick choreography, filled with Olympian jumps and daring lifts. The Trey McIntyre Project is fully capable of that. But refreshingly, technique is not the end but the means for this contemporary ballet company from Boise, Idaho.

Last week at the Van Duzer Theater, the group performed In Dreams, a series of dances set to a handful of Roy Orbison songs, sandwiched between two other works, Oh! Invented World and The Sweeter End.

In Dreams was especially satisfying. We know the distinctive voice and the dark ballads; we sense the era. The dancers didn’t reflect the music, they inhabited the world of Orbison’s music. McIntyre effectively used solos interrupted by group sections, then returned to the solos. Among the articulate dancers, Laura Edson stood out, captivating as the outsider.


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Occupy Eureka Wiped Out (PHOTOS)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 8:18 AM

... at least for now.

The most elaborate encampment constructed on the Humboldt County Courthouse lawn by Occupy Eureka to date -- a society that lasted from Friday afternoon until early Monday morning -- has been removed by the Eureka Police Department.

Monday morning, the police taped-off area was heavily protected by EPD officers. New fencing was scheduled to arrive later in the day.

EPD Interim Police Chief Murl Harpham estimated 25 arrests were made -- Update: 33 -- in a raid of the camp that commenced at around 4 a.m. today. Harpham restated his stance that protesting was allowed.

"If they want to protest, they can protest on the sidewalk," Harpham said.

Protester James Decker said that last night's raid saw occupiers "Mark" and "Andrew" tackled by officers.

To compare and contrast, here's the setup Occupy Eureka maintained from Friday through Sunday:


... and here's what it looked like Monday morning:


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Mushroom Protest! Updated

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

UPDATE: Orleanser Rhonda Olson (aka Grandma Rhonda) emailed us to say the new mushroom picking permit policy is "insane at best," and she suggests it might even backfire:

"It encourages people to have to pick more mushrooms than they need for a meal just to pay for the permit."

And if you don't want to spring for the seasonal permit, she says, it's hard to know what five-day stretch you should get the shorter-term permit for -- that is, those mushrooms can come up whenever and wherever they want. Defiantly she notes:

"I hope that the Forest Service is building some place to put all of us locals who will not accept our tickets like good little sheep."



Lewis Olson, left, and Benjamin Franklin Woodman. Photo by Ken Malcomson

About 30 or so people gathered outside of the Six Rivers National Forest Service's ranger district office in Orleans yesterday to protest the new fees imposed this year on recreational matsutake collecting.

Unlike commercial permits for matsutake collecting, recreational permits used to be free -- and there were no age restrictions. Now, a recreational mushroom gatherer must pay the same as a commercial gatherer: $35 for a minimum five-consecutive-day permit, and $7 per day for each day thereafter. A 30-consecutive-day permit is $100 and a full-season permit is $200. (The matsutake season opened on Oct. 10 and closes Dec. 31.)

Mind, that's all just for one person -- if the whole family wants to go a-mushroomin' and have every pair of hands in the game, each person has to get a permit. And kids under the age of 18 are not allowed to collect under a fee-permit. 

Mad mushroomers announced their protest ahead of time:


According to onlookers, it was a peacable affair. The protesters invited Six Rivers' Orleans District Ranger Nolan Colegrove to the party, and he and public affairs officer Julie Ranieri, who drove up from Eureka, and SRNF botanist Lisa Hoover talked with them awhile, answered questions and took note of their complaints.

Later, Ranieri said SRNF Supervisor Tyrone Kelley is concerned about the effect of the fees on families:

"That's actually one of the issues raised that really got Tyrone's attention -- the fact it's changed the way families and kids can go out and harvest mushrooms," she said.

But why the fees? Ranieri said it has in part to do with a new forest botanical products law that requires charging fees for botanical product collection to "account for increased demand, which threatens the sustainability of botanical products," according to the law.

The permit fees go back into the Forest they're collected from, Ranieri said, and are used to finance its botanical products program. But while the law mentions "sustainability," Ranieri said the matsutakes on the Six Rivers "are not in danger" from overharvesting.

"It's not a question of trying to limit the number of people going out," she said. "It's just that things have changed and we're trying to manage the special forest products program to be consistent with Forest direction and policy."

Ranieri said she and Colegrove told the protesters that Supervisor Kelley would consider their comments when he's setting future management policy for matsutake collecting. But she didn't know if or when the program would be changed.

Meanwhile, Ranieri said, Six Rivers staff will bring the issue up at a regional Forest Service meeting next week.

(To catch up, we wrote a bit about the controversy last month.)


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

NCJ Blogwatch!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Tracking a few dozen blogs that write about Humboldt County. Click HERE.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Who Pooped And Peed on the Bank? (Ode to Betsy Lambert)"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Seven-O-Heaven's "Will" was inspired by recent events at the Occupy Eureka encampment and sent us this ode to Betsy Lambert. It's kinda childish, but "Will" usually is.


Listen here!

Ode to Betsy Lambert by Andrew Goff


UPDATE!!!: Will just sent along the lyrics and chords so that you can all play and sing along (as if you'd want to).

         G                  Em                  C           G
Come gather 'round Humboldt, I'll tell you a tale               
             G         Em                  C                D
'bout an Occupy camp near the pink county jail               
                   G             Em                       C            G
And how the local news station, they done lifted the veil           
    G               Am              D
by seeking the truth we all crave                       
            D                Am             C               D
Channel 3 asked the question on everyone's mind               
 G                       Em              D    G
"Who pooped and peed on the bank?"                       

The other news media were all out to lunch
But our own Betsy Lambert acted on a hunch
That the poop in the doorway had been left by the bunch
Of the Occupy camp as a prank
So she shook up their tents and she rattled their camp asking
"Who pooped and peed on the bank?"

The protesters resisted, not sure what to think
But Betsy, determined to find the source of the stink,
Was sure the occupiers would be the first to blink
Somebody had to be blamed!
Since, after all, these were essentially kids, she cried
"Who pooped and peed on the bank?"

The poop's been bagged up, the pee, it has dried
But the perp's still at large, we should all run and hide
They might poop on us next, but at least Betsy tried
We all owe her great big ol' "Thanks."
But the question's unanswered, we're still wonderin'
"Hey, who pooped and peed on the bank?"

Just for context, the video that started it all:

In the Spirit of the Northcoast.

UPDATE: KIEM has claimed copyright on "poop and pee." So here's another one:

UPDATE: Oops, lost the pesky thing again. Here's a fresh one:

UPDATE: Another day, another scrub. Here's more poop and pee:

And finally, a transcript:

Red Shirt Guy: "… peeing on us everyday."
Punk Mullet Dude: "No one pooped on the bank."
Red Shirt Guy: "So, why…"
Betsy Lambert: "Why was…
Punk Mullet Dude: "There was pee. (giggle)"
Betsy Lambert: "There was pee on it?"
Red Shirt Guy: "How 'bout…"
Betsy Lambert: "How do you know there was pee on it?"
Red Shirt Guy: "How 'bout as a journalist..." 
Betsy Lambert: "How do you know there was pee on it?"
Red Shirt Guy: "How 'bout as a neutral journalist…" 
Betsy Lambert: "Well you just said, you just said, you know there was pee on it. How do you know there was pee on it?"
Punk Mullet Dude: "I didn't say that. You said 'how did I know?'"
Betsy Lambert: "You said "nobody pooped." How do you know there was pee on it?"
Punk Mullet Dude: "Maybe I lied."
Red Shirt Guy: "I'd like to point out to anybody watching this is really bunk journalism."
Punk Mullet Dude: "Yeah, it is."
Red Shirt Guy: "You come up to…"
Betsy Lambert: "I… um…"
Upturned Bill: "I didn't even hear about this 'til now."
Red Shirt Guy: "You want to ask us a question? Come up and soundbite us."
Betsy Lambert: "We're asking… I'm asking…"
Red Shirt Guy: "Yeah, so I'm giving you an answer. The banks…"
Betsy Lambert: "Who pooped on the bank?"
Red Shirt Guy: "I'm telling you the banks poo and pee on us everyday of the year."
Kelly May: "I saw them pick it up."
Punk Mullet Dude: "Really? I'm sure you did."
Betsy Lambert: "So, did you go and do that to them then?"
Red Shirt Guy: "I have no idea. I have no knowledge of what you're talking about. All I'm taking to you about…"
Betsy Lambert: "But I'm… So, answer my question."
Red Shirt Guy: "To me, the bigger question is: Who is really oppressing who?
Betsy Lambert: "Answer my question."
Red Shirt Guy: "And who is really pooping on who here?"
Betsy Lambert: "Answer my question."
Red Shirt Guy: "Yeah, I'll…"
Betsy Lambert: "Did someone from this camp spread feces and pee on US Bank."
Red Shirt Guy: "I have absolutely no knowledge of that happening."
Betsy Lambert: "Do you know of that?"
Clean Beanie Man: "That's the first I'm hearing of it."
Red Shirt Guy: "What I do know is that the banks are pooping on us everyday."
Betsy Lambert: "Ok, you're not answering my question."
Punk Mullet Dude: "The banks shit on people."
Betsy Lambert: Do you know of someone pooping and peeing on the bank?"
Brown Shirt: "I have no idea."
Betsy Lambert: "Oh, get this."
(background chant): "The banks poop on us. The banks poop on us. The banks poop on us."
Kelly May: "So are you saying…"
Betsy Lambert: "So are you saying that since they pooped on you, you are pooping on the bank?"
Red Shirt Guy: "No, no. I didn't say that."
Betsy Lambert: "Then why are you saying that?"
Red Shirt Guy: "No, I said the banks poop on us."
Betsy Lambert: "Then why are you saying that."
Red Shirt Guy: "Because I have no way… I don't know… I have no idea what you're talking about. You're coming here talking about poop and pee on the banks. I'm saying, hey, if anything the banks are the ones pooping on us everyday."
Betsy Lambert: "The police have pictures."
Red Shirt Guy: "Great."
Betsy Lambert: "They have this on surveillance, so who did it?"
Red Shirt Guy: "I have no knowledge of any of it. I have no knowledge about any of it."
Betsy Lambert: "Ok, ok. Let's go see some."
(background voice): "… in the Sentinel?"
(background voice): "The Sentinel?"
(background voice): "That was not in the Sentinel."
Red Shirt Guy: "This is bunk journalism."
Betsy Lambert: "See, this is…
Kelly May: "Go tell them that."
Betsy Lambert: "Who pooped and peed on the bank? Did you poop and pee on the bank?"
Tent Sleeper: "?"
Betsy Lambert: "Did you? Do you know anyone that did it that?"
Tent Sleeper: "Why would I poop and pee on the bank?"
Betsy Lambert: "Just wondering if anyone knows."
Betsy Lambert: "Do you know if someone pooped and peed on the bank?"
Jumbo Nolan: "No comment."
Betsy Lambert: "No comment?"
Jumbo Nolan: "Now get that fucking camera outta…"
Betsy Lambert: "Hey!
Kelly May: "Hey!"
Betsy Lambert: "Hey! That is assault! Hold on! I am arresting… I am… Excuse me!"
Jumbo Nolan: " You get that camera out of my face!"
Betsy Lambert: Excuse me!
Red Shirt Guy: "He's asking… You were assaulting him too…"
Betsy Lambert: "No! He just grabbed the camera!"
Red Shirt Guy: "Just give each other space. Give each other space."
Betsy Lambert: "Are you recording?"
Kelly May: "Yes."
Betsy Lambert: "You're recording. Nope, you just grabbed the camera. That went too far. That went too far. You need to know that went too far. Too far! We are asking questions. You went too far."
Red Shirt Guy: "I didn't do anything."
Betsy Lambert: "You went too far."
Red Shirt Guy: "I came over and tried to chill him out."
Betsy Lambert: "You went too far."
Red Shirt Guy: "You guys came here to stir up trouble."
Kelly May: "No we didn't."
Red Shirt Guy: You didn't come up here and say, hey, guys, I'd like to talk to you. This is a question we have. The reality is the banks are pooping on us everyday. That is the message that's important here. Not corporate media coming in here harassing people until they get upset."
Betsy Lambert: "You guys want us to do news on you. We're doing news, k?"
Red Shirt Guy: "This is not news. I'm sorry, this is not news. This is you coming and trying to harass people in their tents and putting cameras in their face!"
Betsy Lambert: "We're walking through your camp."
Red Shirt Guy: "Nobody knows about the poop and the pee!"
Kelly May: "The police did."
Red Shirt Guy: "Yeah, we don't. We don't."
Betsy Lambert: (on the phone) "I'm not kidding you we just got grabbed. We got it on camera. We're at the, um, courthouse. Right in front of the courthouse. We were asking them if they pooped and peed and the guy grabbed us. Grabbed the camera."
Kelly May: "He said, "Get that f'ing camera out of here."
Betsy Lambert: "Thank you. Bye bye."
Red Shirt Guy: "They can film, whatever. If they're like shoving cameras in people's faces."
Punk Mullet Dude: "They can, but we told her we didn't appreciate it."
Betsy Lambert: "It doesn't matter. This is public property."
Red Shirt Guy: "I agree."
Betsy Lambert: "That fact that, listen…"
Kelly May: "Just wait 'til the police get here."
Betsy Lambert: "Let me make this point: The fact that you guys feel like you have the right to be here? We have the right to be here to."
Calm Black Shirt: "I'm not saying you don't."
Betsy Lambert: "So you don't need to grab our camera."
Black Shirt Guy: "Ok, there was one person."
Betsy Lambert: "I don't care! That just happened here!"
Black Shirt Guy: "I agree. I agree and I'm going to…"
Kelly May: "The police are still coming."
Betsy Lambert: "No, let's just walk over here."
Black Shirt Guy: "That's fine. I'm sorry that happened."

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About Those Elections (RESULTS)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 8:54 AM


In case you were curious...

LISA HOOVEN - 181 - 33.64%
MANDI LEWIS - 125 - 23.23%
LEX ROHN - 132 - 24.54%
LANA MANZANITA - 97 - 18.03%

JUDY ANDERSON - 2,169 - 42.05%
SUSAN L. JOHNSON - 2,966 - 57.50%


EMIL FEIERABEND - 416 - 39.66%
REY URBACH - 163 - 15.54%


RICHARD GRISSOM - 131 - 43.52%
LINDA F. BROADMAN - 73 - 24.25%
JEREMY SARGENT - 96 - 31.89%


CHARLES GIANNINI - 1,583 - 33.13%
- 1,723 - 36.06%
KENNETH A. STEELE - 1,432 - 29.97%

SARA RYNEARSON-ALTO - 1,029 - 36.63%
MARY C. MCCARTHY - 826 - 29.41%
BRIAN MITCHELL - 943 - 33.57%

FRANK SCOLARI - 1,484 - 27.05%
- 1,498 - 27.30%
- 1,474 - 26.86%
GEORGE DAVIS - 1,000 - 18.22%

SUSAN OPALACH - 38 - 13.92%
GERONIMO GARCIA - 12 - 4.40%
JAN BRAMLETT - 56 - 20.51%
MIKE SEEBER - 50 - 18.32%
ROBERT ROSE - 34 - 12.45%
JOY DELLAS - 63 - 23.08%

JOHN W. CORBETT - 1,296 - 42.91%
DAVID ELSEBUSCH - 450 - 14.90%
HELEN EDWARDS - 1,253 - 41.49%


SUSAN L. FOX - 97 - 18.91%
NANETTE CORLEY - 97 - 18.91%
DENNIS D HARPER - 78 - 15.20%
ROGER BOEDECKER - 114 - 22.22%
CHET EDELINE - 61 - 11.89%
MARK MITCHELL - 63 - 12.28%

JOE O'HARA - 101 - 13.25%
TOM O'GORMAN - 161 - 21.13%
- 162 - 21.26%
- 189 - 24.80%
MARC J. ROWLEY - 128 - 16.80%

MEASURE U, Vote For 1
Reorganization YES - 1,158 - 52.33%
Reorganization NO - 1,055 - 47.67%

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

State Absconds With $15M in Local Transportation Funds

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

At last week's meeting of the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG), Caltrans Project Manager Kim Floyd shocked some big-time local decision-makers. She told the assembled League of Extraordinary Officials that, back in June, the state repossessed roughly $15 million in transportation funds that had been slated for safety and maintenance work along the Hwy. 101 corridor between Eureka and Arcata.

County Supervisor Mark Lovelace (who attended the meeting but is not an HCAOG board member) said this was the first he'd heard about the missing money. Humboldt County Director of Public Works Tom Mattson said he, too, was taken by surprise.

In a phone conversation yesterday, Floyd explained that the $15 million had been set aside back around 2000 through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). It was supposed to finance safety improvements between Eureka and Arcata, including repaving, bridge replacements, tide-gate replacements, new lighting and more. Eleven years later, that work hadn't started, and with so many other transportation projects shovel-ready around the state, officials at Caltrans headquarters in Sacramento took the money back. And there's no guarantee that we'll ever see it again.

Why was the project delayed so long? In part because it was hitched to another project along the same stretch of road: the Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement project. You've probably heard about that one. It aims to install a traffic signal at Jacobs Ave. and an overpass at the Indianola cutoff, among other modifications to the six highway intersections between the two cities.

Rather than perform separate environmental impact studies, Caltrans and HCAOG opted to combine the two projects in hopes of streamlining the permitting process. Now, that plan seems to have backfired. And the County Board of Supervisors is thinking twice about whether local governments should authorize the funds for the surviving half of those conjoined projects (close to $24 million).

Those funds come from a separate pot of state money called the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). STIP money gets allocated to local districts every other year. Humboldt County's allowance is about $12 million per cycle, so the 101 corridor project, with its $24 million price tag, would use two full years cycles (four years) of STIP funding. Lovelace, for one, isn't sure that's a good idea. He and his fellow supervisors are looking for some community input.

The board has called for a special meeting next Monday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the pros and cons of spending so much scarce money on the project. The ultimate authorization is up to HCAOG, so the board is seeking input on how to direct its representative on the association's board, Second District Supervisor Clif Clendenen.

Here are the confusing details: STIP funds come in two-year cycles, but they're programmed in five-year increments. So the next increment will cover the five fiscal years of 2012-13 through 2016-17. The $24 million at stake here -- the money HCAOG is considering spending -- are tied to fiscal years 2015-16 through 2018-19.

Lovelace said that money could be used for a variety of other much-needed projects across the county: a roundabout at Murray Rd. and Central Ave. in McKinleyville; another roundabout at the "three corners" intersection of Old Arcata Rd. and Freshwater Rd.; new traffic signals in Eureka; and pedestrian improvements in southern Humboldt, among other projects.

"This is a huge issue," Lovelace said. He suggested that if a decision of this magnitude had been presented to the board with such little notice in the general plan update process, "people would scream, and someone would be fired."

The board of HCAOG is also taking its time with the decision. It elected to continue the decision on the project to its Dec. 1 meeting. If you have an opinion about how our county's limited transportation dollars should be spent, show up to one or both of these meetings and make your voice heard.

As for the lost $15 million in state funds, Floyd said that once the environmental clearances come through -- a step that will require sign-off from the California Coastal Commission -- we can ask for it back. But she acknowledged that state transportation funds are "very financially constrained."

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Where Will Arcata's Recyclables Go Next?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

With the Arcata Community Recycling Center planning to close its doors in January, it's unclear who will get Arcata's coveted recyclables. At its next meeting, the Arcata City Council will discuss the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, and in particular the joint powers agreement that created the authority more than a decade ago.

"I would like to see what we could do better," said councilmember Alex Stillman. She said that the HWMA's current recycling contract with Mendocino-based Solid Waste of Willits doesn't fit with Arcata's goal of zero waste -- and trucking tons of glass 140 miles down the road to Willits isn't exactly green.

The HWMA, a government agency representing Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, and Rio Dell, contracted with the Willits operation in July because it offered to pay for the county's recyclables, while ACRC could do no better than to take the recycling for free.

But not all the member cities participated in that contract. Arcata decided against sending its recyclables to Willits, as did Blue Lake and some unincorporated areas. Arcata stuck with the ACRC, which is weighed down with debt from its $8.1 million sorting facility in Samoa.

Now, for the second time, Arcata must decide what to do with its recycling. If the city does end up ditching the HWMA, one option is to take it down to Fortuna, where Eel River Disposal will be opening a new sorting facility later this month.

Councilmember Michael Winkler said that, while he thinks that it's good that Arcata is part of the HWMA, he doesn't support the Willits contract. "I think the people of Arcata very much want recycling to be processed locally," he said.

When the ACRC opened the Samoa facility in 2007 it planned on processing the county's recyclables for decades to come. Now, just four years later, the nonprofit plans to shut down.

It's frustrating, Stillman said. "It's like we're going backwards."

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Occupy Eureka Raided [Updated]

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 8:21 AM


Update: Eureka attorney Laura Cutler arrived at the county courthouse this morning to find the scene pictured above -- the lawn scattered with debris and cordoned off with police tape. The protesters, she said, were given only 10 or 15 minutes to vacate the encampment in the dark, early-morning hours under threat of tear gas. Those who weren't arrested have been seeking permission to cross the tape and clean up the cardboard signs and other detritus.

Two calls this morning to the Eureka Police Department's public information officer, Sgt. Steve Watson, went unanswered.

Cutler said she's serving as a mediator between protesters and local government officials, including Eureka City Manager David Tyson, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey and Humboldt County Chief Administrative Officer Phlilip Smith-Hanes. The two key questions at this point, according to Cutler, are a) what are the charges against the dozen or so protesters who were arrested this morning and b) whose jurisdiction does the courthouse lawn fall under? It's county property in the middle of Eureka.

The Occupy Eureka protesters are planning a "general assembly" today at noon on the corner of Fifth and I streets (in front of the courthouse). "There needs to be a public meeting with all the parties," Cutler said. "The community needs to speak up about whether they want to support this and how they want to see it."

According to Cutler, the protesters up the road at Occupy Arcata are planning to march in solidarity this afternoon, departing from the Arcata Plaza at 4 p.m., proceding south on Hwy. 101 to the Eureka courthouse. Both Occupy groups are hoping to rally supporters via Facebook and Twitter for a demonstration outside the courthouse this evening.

Original post: Police action at the Occupy Eureka protest at the Humboldt County Courthouse at 3:40 a.m. resulted in multiple arrests. 


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Guest Post: Storming StrangeBrew

Posted By on Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Gwen Neu, a teacher who lives in Eureka, attended StrangeBrew in quest of the gender she found sadly under-represented in the Journal's recent beer judging.

Anyone reading the North Coast Journal a few weeks ago might think beer is a manly sort of beverage. Not so fast. Plenty of women were sampling, savoring and sometimes even (shhh) clandestinely dumping the wild experiments at Eureka's Fourth Annual StrangeBrew Beer Fest Saturday night.

Sparkling within the eclectic crowd, Brittany Klein recovered from a Six Rivers Brewery Sour Grapes pucker face to exclaim, "It's crazy! It tastes like sour grapes but with alcohol."

As a chef, Klein enjoys pairing beer with food as much as combining wine with meals; the choice of beverage depends on the mood she wants to set. Another beer aficionado, Kaori Maciel, matches her beer with the occasion. Maciel, who happens to be the beer drinker in her marriage, drinks light beer when she's in for the long haul and a good IPA when she wants to get drunk fast.

Not only are women beer consumers, they own and make decisions at just about half of the local microbreweries. The Journal did mention that. But, well, it bears repeating.

As for the strange brews, men and women alike sampled plenty of unusual blends offered by more than a half-dozen participating breweries.

According to a trio of tasters, Redwood Curtain's martini beer tasted like a salt lick. It was good for a bunny or a horse, they sloshed. The tangerine beer produced by Six Rivers Brewery tasted like a good, old saltine cracker. The descriptions made me head for the water fountain.

Rachel Damme blended herself the "perfect Bloody Mary" from two of Mad River Brewery's weird concoctions: a bacon-flavored potion with a name as bad as that sounds, plus "Return of the Mothership," a spicy fruit cocktail blend. For her, the combination supplied a moment of ecstasy in the loud, crowded fundraiser for the Eureka Theater.

As Maciel declared, "beers are for everybody -- except kids, of course."

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