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Monday, June 19, 2017

TL;DR: So Unpopular!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 2:17 PM

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Busy week? We get it. So in the event that you haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and sludge through the 2,000 words of unpopular opinions that was last week’s cover story, we’ve got you covered with a brief synopsis. We’re also taking this opportunity to — perhaps unpopularly — announce that we’ve added a few more missives to the online version of the story. Without further adieu, eight unpopular offerings from this week’s cover:

1) Humboldt County’s beloved mustard dill sauce is, in fact, a crime against salmon.

2) I don’t like Eureka.

3) Attachment parenting is a half-baked farce that will leave you exhausted with self-neglect.

4) Despite what you think, you’re probably not a Warriors fan.

5) The widespread San Francisco Giants fandom in Humboldt reflects the region’s self-loathing tendencies.

6) Being from here does not make you a better person.

7) The Sequoia Park Zoo’s memorial exhibit for Bill the Chimp has run its course and it’s time to level the thing and move on.

8) This whole unpopular opinions thing is, in fact, a terrible idea.

Read the full feature here.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Contest Countdown!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Hey, Shutterbugs, time is running out!

The deadline to enter the Journal’s 2017 reader photo contest is fast approaching. So, between now and midnight on June 19, grab your camera and document your community, whatever that means to you — your people, your neighborhood, your city, your ecosystem, your culture — and send us your photos. (Read more about it in the original post here).

The winning photo will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Journal, with the winning photographer getting dinner out on us, a bottle of wine and a little something for dessert. Photos should be taken during the contest period — between May 10 and June 19 — and submitted without Photoshop or filters; we need the real deal. Entries can be emailed to photocontest@northcoastjournal.com, and we encourage folks to enter as many times as they’d like.

For a look at last year’s contest — “Winter in Humboldt” — click here.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Photo Contest!

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 3:54 PM

The winning photo from our "winter in Humboldt" photo contest last year. - PHOTO BY SEAN JANSEN
  • Photo by Sean Jansen
  • The winning photo from our "winter in Humboldt" photo contest last year.

I don’t think we’re alone in saying 2017 has been a slog so far. We were all so happy to put 2016 behind us but every day it seems like some new craziness — both from within our county and beyond — has descended to test us.

But all that has spurred us to spend some time contemplating the ties that bind us together, and we keep coming back to the word community. What does it mean to you? What’s your community look like, both physically and philosophically? Show us.

As we do every year, we’re calling on all Humboldt shutterbugs to grab your cameras — or phones — to take part in our annual photo contest, this year under the theme of community. Using your camera, show your community, whatever that means to you — it can be your people, your neighborhood, your city, your surroundings, your culture. It can be pictures of birthday parties, potlucks, volunteer days and farmers markets, but it can also be the slice-of-life stuff — your work, the dilapidated house on your block, next week's planning commission meeting, the bus stop you wait at every morning and the people who wait there with you. Basically, just think about what binds you to this time and space and take a pictures that tells us about it.

Get us your best photos by midnight on June 19 to be entered in the contest, which will see the top photo nab a prize (dinner out on us, plus a bottle of vino and a little something for dessert) and get published in an upcoming issue. Photos should be taken during the contest period — between May 10 and June 19 — no flashbacks to those Redwood Summer days. No Photoshop and no filters; they need to be the real deal. Entries can be emailed to photocontest@northcoastjournal.com, and we encourage folks to enter as many photos as they’d like.

Now get to shootin’. And, if you need a little inspiration, check out this slideshow from last year’s contest, which came with the theme “winter in Humboldt,” and scroll through these.

Good luck, and hit us up with any questions.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Five Owlets Have Landed in Ferndale

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Mother owl "Truman" shows her brood. - SCREEN SHOT
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  • Mother owl "Truman" shows her brood.
Things are getting crowded in the barn owl nest in The Ferndale Music Company and the Old Steeple building.

The mother owl “Truman” appears to have now hatched five of her six eggs — with the f
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  • Mother owl "Truman" sits on the nest.
irst two debuting last week in the bell tower of the turn-of the-century former Ferndale church.

The Ferndale Music Company guitar salesman Anthony Taibi said his boss Paul Beatie — who set up the owl cam that gives an up-close view of Truman and her brood — believes the fifth owlet hatched Tuesday. “You can hear them making noise up there,” Taibi said.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Ready for Primetime

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM

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Amid all the wagging cuteness and elegance on display at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last week, a local pup turned some heads.

More Than Ready, an Irish setter owned by Fortuna’s Tom and Anita Gage that came into the competition ranked 18th in the nation for owner handler dogs, took home a prestigious Award of Merit in the Irish setter best of breed competition. The award is a big win for the Gages and caught the notice of The New Yorker reporter Jia Tolentino. Anyone who took a class from Tom Gage, a retired Humboldt State Univeristy English professor, should recognize him in Tolentino’s depiction:
"Applause rang out; a breed competition had just concluded. A woman in a pink suit ran to greet her husband with brimming, joyful eyes. Her name was Anita Gage, and her Irish setter, Ready—official name: More Than Ready—had just won an Award of Merit. She and her husband, Tom, had travelled for fifteen hours to get to New York from California. Tom, an English professor, told me later, “The beauty of the Irish setter has caught the eye of painters for centuries.” Somehow, we got on the subject of Turkish politics, and for the rest of the dog show, as handlers napped in camping chairs and the animals lined up, Noah’s Ark style, to exit through the loading dock, the two of us talked about Fethullah Gülen."

Check out Tolentino’s full article here, and watch Anita Gage and Ready in action below. (Anita is the handler in pink wearing the No. 10 arm band.)


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Monday, October 3, 2016

Flash Fiction: No, The Title Doesn't Count

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 9:37 AM

The Tooth Ferret. - JOEL MIELKE
  • Joel Mielke
  • The Tooth Ferret.
Dust off those plot twists … the North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest is back! Send your original story of 99 words or fewer to our judges for a chance at publication and a prize.

Email your entries to fiction@northcoastjournal.com between now and 9 a.m. on Oct. 24. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number on your entry (contact info won’t be printed). Send all the stories you want, but save the poems for another competition, please.

Size up past winners here. And if you’re wondering just how long 99 words is, it’s exactly this long.

For inspirational purposes, find a few past winners copied below:

The 2015 overall winner:

Birding
By Lauri Rose, Bridgeville
A marsh is a hideaway kind of place, the kind of place you might take someone else's girlfriend for a secret kiss. Samuel didn't come for that. Samuel came to add another bird to his life list. But, sometimes a morning on the marsh can shift like mud beneath your feet and a man with binoculars might see more than he wants to see. A marsh is a hideaway kind of place, the kind of place you can toss a gun away and it will never be found.
Our fondness for the marsh aside, this one was up to something from the first sentence, then, like that shifting mud, things took a turn. Instead of a trick ending we're left with a little danger. All that with 11 words to spare. This was one of JoAnn Bauer's picks, too. She remarked, "This seemed to me like the beginning paragraph of a great detective story and I would definitely want to read it. It really stimulated my curiosity and imagination about what would happen next."


The 2014 overall winner:

Noses
By Peter Mehren, Toronto, Canada
"Let's get one thing straight," she said, as we sat chatting over coffees. "If we ever kiss, which I doubt will happen, but if we ever do, noses to the right."
I looked from her eyes to her nose and back again. "Meaning?"
"Meaning I don't want clumsy, amateurish bumping of noses and foreheads and chins. We're not beginners. If I ever decide you can kiss me, which — "
"I know: you doubt."
"Yes. It won't be a sneak attack, so don't think about doing that. No, just like deciding on which side of the road to drive: noses right."

Another 2014 favorite:

The Tooth Ferret
By Steve Brackenbury, Fortuna
They told him if he put his tooth under the pillow he would find money waiting for him in the morning.
"Dumb ferret," he muttered as he got under the covers; for you see, he had heard it all wrong. "Ferrets ain't got no pockets to keep things in and they're mean and dirty. I hate ferrets."
Midnight came. His eyes were shut but he was wide-awake. The bedroom door slowly opened. He tightened his grip on the handle of the sharp knife he had taken from the kitchen drawer. He was ready for that stupid old ferret.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday Scenes in Sunny Blue Lake

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Allen Mann, of Fieldbrook (second from left), entered his 1960 Chevrolet Impala in the 12th annual Bill Nessler Car Show that followed the Annie & Mary Day parade in Blue Lake on Sunday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Allen Mann, of Fieldbrook (second from left), entered his 1960 Chevrolet Impala in the 12th annual Bill Nessler Car Show that followed the Annie & Mary Day parade in Blue Lake on Sunday.

Hot rides, tunes and even a wookiee: Blue Lake had it all Sunday. Between the Annie & Mary Day Parade, the 12th annual Bill Nessler Car Show and the Folk Life Festival, there were plenty of sites. Luckily, local photographer Mark Larson was there to capture some of the fun. Check out his slideshow below.


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Want to Win a Night at the Benbow Inn (Plus Wine and Chocolate)?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 2:53 PM

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  • You could be here.
Did you blow Valentine’s Day? Are you sitting in your cubicle right now wondering why that chocolate rose and repurposed post card didn’t do the trick? Or maybe you’re at your desk, contemplating a lifetime of loneliness because you showed your partner the door after he/she showed up with a heart shaped pizza, a bottle of André and a VHS copy of Point Break? No matter the depths of your despair, we’re here to help you turn those wrongs into a right.

Remember the photo contest we announced last week, the quest for the perfect shot to capture winter in Humboldt County? Well, we’re announcing today that the winner of said contest — whoever shoots the majestic photo ultimately selected by Journal staff as the best of the bunch — will receive a night’s stay at the historic Benbow Inn, a bottle of vino and some Dick Taylor chocolate on us. That ought to be enough to get you back on some solid footing with your partner or to get you on the good foot with someone new. Or, at the very least, it seems like a pretty damn classy way to be miserable.

If you need to brush up on the entry guidelines, check out our original post here. Good luck.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Photo Contest!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:02 PM

GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth

It’s been a wet winter, and I don’t think we’re alone in saying we’d kind of forgotten what that felt like. But now that back-to-back months of double digit rainfall totals have jolted us back into winter life in Humboldt, we’d like to preserve what that looks like. You know, in case it doesn’t come back for a while. That’s where you come in. We’d like to see your best photos from this winter, which started Dec. 21.

They can be drippy, flooded landscapes or snow-kissed nature shots. But what we’d really like to see is the slice of life stuff, both the fun and the mundane. That means the puddle splashing, snow sledding and fire warming, right along with the flooded cars, sock-drenching walks and line of umbrellas at the school bus stop. Get us your best photos by midnight on Feb. 21 to be entered in the contest, which will see the top photo (as selected by Journal staff) nab a prize and get published in an upcoming issue. Photos should be taken during this winter — no flashbacks to that day it snowed in Fortuna in 2013. No Photoshop and no filters; they need to be the real deal. Entries can be emailed to photocontest@northcoastjournal.com.

Now get to shootin’. And if you need rain for a little inspiration, fret not, there’s some in the forecast for Friday. 
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Let's Parklet!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Jessica Cenotti sips on a coffee in the parklet outside Ramone's on a rare sunny February afternoon. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
  • Jessica Cenotti sips on a coffee in the parklet outside Ramone's on a rare sunny February afternoon.
Old Town Eureka's first parklet is prime for the sitting — well, uh, after this afternoon's rains stop. After a slower-than-expected permitting process and rain-delayed construction, the one-parking-spot space in front of Ramone's  is ready for beverage sipping and general relaxation. Enjoy accordingly. 

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