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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

North Coast Night Lights: Eel River Delta From Table Bluff

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 11:07 AM

A bench looks south from Table Bluff across the Eel River delta, where lines converge beneath the Milky Way at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The sun had set at 6:30 p.m. and this photograph was taken at 7:58 p.m., just catching the tail end of a colorful sunset along the horizon on Oct. 17, 2017. - DAVID WILSON
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  • A bench looks south from Table Bluff across the Eel River delta, where lines converge beneath the Milky Way at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The sun had set at 6:30 p.m. and this photograph was taken at 7:58 p.m., just catching the tail end of a colorful sunset along the horizon on Oct. 17, 2017.
If you have ever driven to the South Jetty of Humboldt Bay, then along the bluffs just before the road descends to the ocean level, you will have passed by Table Bluff County Park. The park is graced with trails, a broad field, trees, benches and, of course, great views over the Pacific Ocean and out across the Eel River delta. Information signs provide historical and ecological context. And at night you can see the Milky Way.

The clearest skies for stargazing usually aren’t along the coast, but coastal folks aren’t left entirely in the dark. I have found many a night sky crowded with stars along the Pacific, and when the Milky Way is out it is plainly visible, once one’s eye has become accustomed to the night.

On the evening that I took this photograph it was my pleasure to accompany Erica Botkin’s Digital Photography class from College of the Redwoods on a field trip to share my nighttime photography expertise as a guest photographer. We chose Table Bluff for its proximity, with the hope of catching a view from the bluffs of the stars over the Pacific.
Google Earth view looking south from Table Bluff County Park, in the foreground, with the Eel River delta in the distance. Google Earth screen shot fall 2017. - GOOGLE EARTH
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  • Google Earth view looking south from Table Bluff County Park, in the foreground, with the Eel River delta in the distance. Google Earth screen shot fall 2017.
Much about night photography is different from shooting in the daytime, and there is a good deal of seat-of-the-pants estimation during shooting. I won’t attempt to teach the whole of it in these few words but I’ll mention some of the things that came up for us.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Charmaine Lawson: DNA Evidence Identifies Son's Killer

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Charmaine Lawson places roses in two hearts drawn in the sand at a recent vigil held for her son. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Charmaine Lawson places roses in two hearts drawn in the sand at a recent vigil held for her son.
The mother of slain Humboldt State University sophomore David Josiah Lawson took to Facebook this morning to express frustration that the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office still hasn't made a charging decision in her son's case two months after the Arcata Police Department handed over its investigation.

"The Department of justice [has] identified my son's DNA on the knife that was used to stab him to death," Charmaine Lawson posted on the Justice for David Josiah Lawson Facebook page. "They have also identified my [son's] murderer on the knife, yet the case is still being reviewed. Where's the justice?"

District Attorney Maggie Fleming, meanwhile, indicated her office is still doing due diligence in determining the strength of the case in order to determine how to proceed.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Hostage For 5 Years, Former HSU Professor Alann Steen Dies

Posted By on Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Alann Steen (left) in 1992 at HSU as a Hadley Lecture speaker, following his release from captivity, with Mark Larson (center) and Howard Seemann of the journalism department. - COURTESY OF MICHAEL HARMON
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  • Alann Steen (left) in 1992 at HSU as a Hadley Lecture speaker, following his release from captivity, with Mark Larson (center) and Howard Seemann of the journalism department.
Alann Steen, a former Humboldt State University journalism professor who was catapulted into the international spotlight when he was held hostage in Beirut for nearly five years, has died. He was 79.

Steen, who also earned double master’s degrees at HSU after a six-year stint in the U.S. Marines Corps, which included being briefly deployed outside of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was living in Washington state at the time of his death.

According to an obituary by his family, Steen was surrounded by “his girls” who “loved him more than words can express” when he succumbed to cancer after a “short but heroic battle” on Dec. 13.

Steen departed HSU to teach at Chico State University before leaving to become a journalism professor at Beirut University College in 1983. He was kidnapped from the campus Jan. 24, 1987, with three of his colleagues before being released Dec. 3, 1991.

The father of three and grandfather of four was the “eighth longest-held Western hostage freed” in Lebanon at the time of his release, which was the result of “complex negotiations” done by United Nations that also included exchanges of prisoners held by Israel for Israeli servicemen missing in Lebanon, according to a New York Times article.

In a December 1991 interview with the Journal, Steen said he never gave up hope during his captivity.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Morning Lockdown at Arcata High Lifted

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Arcata High School - FILE PHOTO
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Arcata High School was put on precautionary lockdown this morning following an incident on nearby Heather Avenue near Foster Avenue that began around 8:10 a.m.

One person received a gunshot wound to the leg, according to an initial report on the scanner. The suspect who was in a red Chevy pickup with two others was detained.

According to Arcata Police Lt. Bart Silvers, Arcata High school has “been notified to lift the lockdown.” He said the incident occurred several blocks from the school.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gun Prompts Lockdowns at Hoopa Schools

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 2:38 PM

This morning, Hoopa Elementary, Hoopa High and Captain John schools in the Hoopa Valley were put on lockdown after a firearm was found on campus at Hoopa Elementary. An investigation followed.

“At the conclusion of the investigation, we determined that students and staff were not in harm’s way,” reads a letter posted on the Hoopa Elementary Facebook page. “A student was placed into custody. The firearm was not loaded nor was there an intent to load or acquire ammunition.

See the full letter below:
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Editor's note: This report first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fans Say Goodbye to HSU Football (With Video)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 11:21 AM

HSU football game - SA from Sam Armanino on Vimeo.

For the past three seasons of Humboldt State University football, Bennie Marzett and his family have made the nine hour drive from Bakersfield to Arcata to watch his son play. With the exception of one absence by his mother, Deborah Marzett, defensive back Patrick Marzett’s parents haven’t missed a Lumberjacks home football game. On Nov. 3, they remained dedicated and watched their son and the entire Jacks program play their final football game at the Redwood Bowl.

“We’ve got to support our athletes. Our son, plus the team,” Bennie Marzett said. “We support the whole organization.”

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Sixth Grader Shares her Experiences with Racism in Arcata

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Sadie Shelmire prepares for her presentation at Humboldt State University's Campus and Community Dialogue on Race. - HECTOR ALEJANDRO ARZATE
  • Hector Alejandro Arzate
  • Sadie Shelmire prepares for her presentation at Humboldt State University's Campus and Community Dialogue on Race.

Editor's note: This story contains offensive language. It is the Journal's policy not to alter direct quotations or to censor language, no matter how offensive, as it runs the risk of sanitizing that which should not be sanitized.

Sadie Shelmire stood behind the podium and read through her notes before looking up at her mother, who watched as the room filled with people. Although Sadie seemed nervous, her head was adorned with a crown of black and gold box-braids that almost radiated joy and confidence.

“Well, I'm actually feeling pretty good that I’m brave enough to talk about this in front of a lot of people,” said the Sunny Brae Middle School sixth-grader. “I'm really excited to tell them my life stories and what I had to go through and what can change.”


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

HSU Student Swept Away Described as 'Sweetest Person Ever'

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 6:34 PM

KeyMaan Stringer - FACEBOOK
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When professor Rae Robison first met KeyMaan Stringer during the orientation for incoming students in Humboldt State’s Department of Theatre, Film and Dance in August, the 19-year-old freshman immediately stood out.

“He came over and said, ‘I just want to thank you. I’m so excited,’ and he hugged me and I’m not a hugger,” Robison recalled today. “Then, every single time I saw him on campus, he would yell, ‘Rae,’ and he would give me a hug.”

He was just “the sweetest person ever,” she said of Stringer, who arrived in Humboldt County from Los Angeles to begin classes just two months ago.

The U.S. Coast Guard scoured 160 square-nautical miles for 16 hours before suspending the search for Stringer, who was swept off the North Jetty while fishing with fellow students Monday afternoon.

Humboldt State University is proving counseling for members of the campus community who need assistance. Find more information here. Read an expanded story about Key’Maan Stringer and the lives he touched in his short life here.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Community Icon Muriel Dinsmore Dies at 89

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Muriel Dinsmore - EUREKA HERITAGE SOCIETY'S FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • Muriel Dinsmore
Muriel Dinsmore, a tireless supporter of myriad community causes — from the arts to historic preservation  to education — died this week. She was 89.

Born in Eureka just before the stock market crash of 1929, Dinsmore grew up in Rio Dell and was well-known for the decade she spent as editor of the Times-Standard’s Accent on People section, interviewing everyone from First Lady Nancy Reagan to hitchhikers passing through the region.

Dinsmore was a founding member of the Humboldt Arts Council, which runs the Morris Graves Museum of Art, and the Eureka Heritage Society, along with supporting a wealth of other organizations, including the League of Women Voters and the College of the Redwoods Foundation League.

She also served as College of the Redwoods director of public relations for 15 years.

As news of Dinsmore’s death spread on social media, dozens expressed sadness at her passing, remembering the mother of four as a “classy lady” with “boundless energy” and a “beautiful smile” who gave passionately to the community she loved.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Rossbacher to Step Down at HSU

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Rossbacher - FILE
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Humboldt State University announced today that President Lisa Rossbacher will retired at the end of this academic year, bringing an end to a short but controversial tenure.

According to the release, Rossbacher will spend the remainder of her time at the campus focusing on the goals she outlined in her fall welcome address, including “the ongoing initiatives related to student success, strengthening a welcoming and supportive community for HSU’s growing diversity, achieving a balanced budget and addressing the recommendations from the recent review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.”

A geologist by training, Rossbacher became HSU’s first woman president in July of 2014 and — with just about five years at the helm when she leaves — she will also have had one of the briefest terms.

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