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Friday, September 21, 2018

North Coast Night LIghts: Fernbridge Beneath the Milky Way

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Historic Fernbridge sits out in the cosmos beneath a layer of sweeping clouds and the majestic Milky Way. Mars is bright at center. The lights from passing cars illuminated the shore and provided the reflections. Sept. 11, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Historic Fernbridge sits out in the cosmos beneath a layer of sweeping clouds and the majestic Milky Way. Mars is bright at center. The lights from passing cars illuminated the shore and provided the reflections. Sept. 11, 2018.
A photograph is not merely an impression of light, it is a combination of light and time. We don’t usually think about that as we snap our shutters in fractions of a second. Not much that we can notice changes in a fraction of a second. But when that element of time is extended a lot of things can happen, and nothing will look as it would in a daytime image, nor will the final image look as it did to our eyes at the time. Playing with that element of time is one of the most exciting aspects of night photography.

Fernbridge beneath the Milky Way is an image I have long desired. A beautiful span crossing the Eel River between the community of Fernbridge and town of Ferndale, it is probably Humboldt County’s most historic bridge, and has been in operation since 1911. For over a year I’ve ached to photograph it beneath a dramatic starry night sky and the Milky Way. But things sometimes stand in the way. Much of the year there is no Milky Way over it, and that time is now fast approaching. The moon is in the sky about half the time, too, drowning out the stars. I think it must be overcast at night there more than half the time and the rest of the time it’s hard to find someone to go with me. Then, too, beneath that bridge is not a place where I want to be by myself late at night. This time I reached out to the Photoshop class that I teach in the Digital Media department at College of the Redwoods (I highly recommend the program) for anyone interested in learning something outside of class and two students who wanted to learn my technique came out with me to find out how I approach my night photography.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dozens Gather to Remember Josiah Lawson at Beach Vigil

Posted By on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Vigil attendees joined hands in a circle to remember David Josiah Lawson. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Vigil attendees joined hands in a circle to remember David Josiah Lawson.
Approximately 30 people gathered in Manila yesterday to celebrate the life of David Josiah Lawson, the Humboldt State University sophomore fatally stabbed at an off-campus party April 15, 2017.

Seventeen months later Lawson's killing remains unsolved.

Saturday's vigil was led by Lawson's mother, Charmaine Lawson, and was held at his favorite local beach, near the Manila Community Center. Attendees joined hands and shared memories before tossing roses into the surf.

For the most recent update on Lawson's still unsolved homicide, read past coverage here. And check out photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow below with images of the vigil.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Students Rally, Plan Vigil for #JusticeforJosiah

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Meg Stofsky holds handbills for a Justice for Josiah vigil happening this weekend at the Manila Community Center. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Meg Stofsky holds handbills for a Justice for Josiah vigil happening this weekend at the Manila Community Center.
A few dozen people gathered on the Humboldt State University quad yesterday as a part of a rally to bring attention to diversity and inclusion issues, standing in solidarity with the mother of slain HSU sophomore David Josiah Lawson as she addressed the California State University Board of Trustees in Southern California.

The HSU rally, dubbed Diversity is not Inclusion, saw a string of speakers address the crowd on issues of race and equity, with many calling attention back to Lawson's still unsolved homicide.

Lawson was fatally stabbed at an off-campus party April 15, 2017, and the unsolved case has become a rallying point for students of color who say they don't feel safe in the local community. About a month ago, on Aug. 16, Interim Arcata Police Chief Richard Ehle said he hoped to conclude the investigation into Lawson's death and forward a case onto the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office in six to eight weeks.

Before the CSU Board of Trustees, Charmaine Lawson called for the resignation of HSU President Lisa Rossbacher, saying she "needs to step it up or she needs to go," according to a report in the Times-Standard. HSU professor Renee Byrd also addressed the board, according to the report, and called on Rossbacher to take a more active role in protecting students of color at the university.

Meanwhile, a local vigil is scheduled for Saturday to commemorate the 17-month anniversary of Lawson's death. The vigil will be held at the Manila Community Center at 3 p.m. to celebrate Lawson's life at "his favorite beach spot," according to a Facebook post, which also states Charmaine Lawson is expected to attend. The vigil is "family and pet friendly," according to the post, and will include a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs. There will also be ride-sharing opportunities provided. For more information, see the Facebook page here.

Check out local photographer Mark McKenna's slideshow from yesterday's rally below.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Amid Controversy Over New Policy, KHSU Volunteer Tried to Thwart Studio Move

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM

View inside the DJ booth. - ALEXANDER WOODARD.
  • Alexander Woodard.
  • View inside the DJ booth.
Humboldt State University is on alert after a KHSU volunteer apparently tried unsuccessfully to convince the station’s engineer to sabotage its looming move to a new studio location on campus in order to “stick it to” the station’s general manager and a university vice president.

In an email sent shortly after 9 p.m. on Sept. 6, volunteer Matt Knight urged the engineer to “throw out an anchor — discover problems that might take weeks — and weeks — and weeks to rectify,” in an effort to delay or otherwise hinder the station’s move from HSU’s theater arts building, which is undergoing seismic retrofitting, to Feuerwerker House. The move is expected to be completed next week.

KHSU General Manager Peter Fretwell. - COURTESY OF HSU.
  • Courtesy of HSU.
  • KHSU General Manager Peter Fretwell.
While it’s unclear exactly what Knight hoped to accomplish by stalling the move, the email makes clear he viewed it as an act of insurgency against KHSU general manager Peter Fretwell, who he refers to as a “psycho … bent on pile-driving KHSU into the ground as part of his sick revenge fantasy,” and HSU Vice President for Advancement Craig Wruck, who oversees the station.

Both Fretwell and Wruck have been on the receiving end of widespread public criticism since the abrupt firing of popular and longtime KHSU program director Katie Whiteside in May, which has prompted a public outcry (see "Static at KHSU," Aug. 30). Knight’s email comes amid what Wruck himself has described as a “caustic work environment” at the station, with recent weeks having seen the station’s Community Advisory Board advance a no-confidence vote in Fretwell, a station employee accuse Wruck of shouting her down during a staff meeting (accusations that ultimately prompted the university vice president to enlist a law firm to threaten legal action against the employee, as well as news outlets that reported her allegations) and general accusations on all sides of ulterior motives, bullying and retaliation.

The Journal received Knight’s email anonymously but has independently verified its authenticity. Reached today, Knight declined to comment for this story but did provide the Journal with a follow-up email he sent the engineer Monday morning apologizing for his “stupid email.”

“I had absolutely no right to make that sort of request of you,” the short follow-up states.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UPDATED: Divided Arcata City Council Stalls Student Housing Project

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
  • City of Arcata
  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
The Arcata City Council, meeting this morning with Councilmember Michael Winkler absent, having recused himself from the issue, deadlocked on The Village, a controversial off-campus student housing project, leaving the development’s future uncertain.

The council voted 2-2, with Councilmember Paul Pitino and Mayor Sofia Pereira dissenting, on a motion from Councilmember Susan Ornelas that would have approved the project in principle while requiring Humboldt State University and the developer to modify their proposal to include family housing in the project, which as proposed would house 600 students. Earlier in the meeting, an HSU administrator told the council that including family housing in the development isn’t viable due to liability concerns and a lack of demand.

After Ornelas’ motion failed for lack of a third vote, Pitino moved to approve the project as proposed. But Ornelas abstained from the vote in “protest” of what she deemed a lack of willingness from the developer and HSU to think creatively and to compromise. Councilmember Brett Watson also abstained without explanation, halting the motion.

With the council having failed to come to a consensus, the project appears stalled and it’s unclear under what circumstances it could be brought back for further consideration.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Arcata City Council to Consider 'The Village' Project at Morning Meeting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood. - CITY OF ARCATA
  • City of Arcata
  • Conceptual photo illustration of how The Village project would look from the perspective of the Westwood neighborhood.
A special 9 a.m. meeting is scheduled Wednesday for the Arcata City Council to consider the approval of a controversial off-campus student housing project known as The Village.

The proposed 600-bed facility is supported by Humboldt State University but has drawn opposition from local residents who have voiced concerns about noise, traffic and other impacts from placing so many students in a development on a 10-acre parcel just over the bridge from LK Wood Boulevard.

The now downsized proposal includes two three-story buildings and three two-story buildings with a total of 152 units.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

'Realistic' HSU Emergency Drill Could Get Loud Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 1:46 PM

A realistic emergency drill at HSU Wednesday will include smoke coming from buildings and actors crying for help. - FILE
  • File
  • A realistic emergency drill at HSU Wednesday will include smoke coming from buildings and actors crying for help.
Humboldt State University is warning that things could get loud this evening when Housing and Residential Life conducts an emergency response drill on campus.

The simulation scheduled for 6 p.m. will include participation from the University Police Department, the Arcata Fire Department, Arcata Mad River Ambulance and the Campus Emergency Operations Center.

“Passersby may see smoke coming out of buildings and actors crying for help,” a release on the drill states. “First responders will be using emergency radios, and traffic flow may be affected on campus.”

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

HSU Reaccredited, Urged to do More to Support Diverse Student Body

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 2:26 PM

FILE
  • FILE
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has reaffirmed Humboldt State University’s accreditation for another eight years, praising the university’s efforts to diversify its student body, while also recommending it do more to support students of color once they arrive on campus.

In a three-page letter notifying HSU of its re-accreditation, the association’s Senior Commission for Universities and Colleges offers HSU five commendations and six recommendations.

The association says HSU’s recruitment efforts, particularly in the Los Angeles area, are “an appropriate response to the increasing diversity in California” and praises the school’s work to make sure educational objectives are “widely recognized throughout the institution and consistent with stated priorities. Additionally, the letter praises HSU for having programs that give students hands-on learning experiences and foster close connections between students and faculty. The letter also touts HSU’s co-curricular programs, like the Klamath Connection, and its movement toward becoming a data-driven institution that makes evidence-based decisions

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Jacks Football Over After 2018 Season

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 1:32 PM

The 2018 season marks the end of Jacks football. - FILE
  • File
  • The 2018 season marks the end of Jacks football.
Just seven months after what seemed like a miracle save of the Humboldt State University football program, President Lisa Rossbacher announced today that 2018 will be the last season after all.

In the announcement, Rossbacher describes the reversal of fortune for the Jacks team as an “unfortunate, but necessary, step in addressing the university’s structural deficit and protecting HSU’s core academic mission.”

She also says a private fundraising effort to save the program fell short of its $500,000 target — raising $329,000 — despite an extended time line. Read more about the community effort in the Journal’s Dec. 7, 2017, story “Boosters Connect on Hail Mary, Save HSU Football.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Get out and see the redwoods. - FILE
  • FILE
  • Get out and see the redwoods.
Editor’s note: With a weekend forecast of a balmy 70 degrees along the coast while hitting close to 100 inland, now seems like a good time to dust off our look at perfect summer trips from the spring 2014 Insider magazine.

Weather aside: The National Weather Service Office in Eureka reports there is a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon — 20 percent — throughout the greater Humboldt County region.

Meanwhile, if you are starting to form some plans for the next couple of days, check out the suggestions below. Happy summer.


So, did you pack your hiking boots or a sketchpad? Are you scoping out galleries or restaurants (or both)? Are you looking for a little history, or just hoping to wear out the kids? Whether you're searching for trailheads or artisanal breads, we've got you covered with customized itineraries so you can coast through your trip to the North Coast.


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