Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Eureka Makes Its Mark on Sunset Magazine List

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 1:40 PM

The Madaket on the bay. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • The Madaket on the bay.
Here’s some good news for Eureka: While not No. 1, the city has taken the second slot on Sunset Magazine’s list of “20 Game Changing Places to Live” that is coming out in the February edition.

The vignette accompanying the entry goes as follows: “This small seaport spent a decade restoring its waterfront with a newly completed 6-mile pedestrian trail. Adding to the charm are grand 19th-century homes, proximity to redwoods, and more artists per capita than anywhere else in the state.”

Congratulations on the accolades, Eureka.

For the record, Sacramento took top honors while Truckee, Fresno, Carlsbad, Carson City, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Salida, Colorado and Missoula, Montana, rounded off the Top 10.

Read the full list here.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fast Food Giant Launches 'Munchie Meals' Targeting Recreational Stoner Cash

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 3:22 PM

  • Photo illustration by Jonathan Webster
Not to be left off the multi-billion-dollar cannabis bandwagon, fast food giant Jack in the Box announced earlier this week that it’s launching a line of stoner-targeted snacks.

“Jack’s Munchie Meals” will come with two tacos, five mini churros, three crispy chicken strips, a small drink and a serving of half curly fries and half regular fries, so, you know, all cravings are covered. Oh, and the new snack pack will be on sale for $4.20, you know, just so everybody gets their giggles. The idea is apparently the product of a partnership between the fast food chain and Merry Jane, a cannabis-focused digital media company started by rap legend Snoop Dogg, who once passed a weed collection bucket through the crowd at a concert in Eureka.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run in Photos

Posted By on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 8:41 AM

Clearly winning Christmas. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Clearly winning Christmas.
The third Friday of December is now officially National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – a clothing statement even non-Christians can wear. Our local second annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run was held Dec. 17 on the Arcata Plaza as a fundraiser for Humboldt Educare and organized by Arcata Main Street.

Given Humboldt Educate was the fundraising recipient, it was no surprise that a large number of youngsters, along with adults of all ages, participated in the 1-mile and 5-kilometer runs. Their ugly sweaters reflected a wide range of cute, naughty or nice and funny home-made creativity as well as selections purchased on the Internet.

Prizes were given out in a mix of categories for the "ugly" apparel. In the 1-mile run, Braden Dyar, 18, was the first male to cross the finish line (8:41) and Ruth Godline-Sullivan was the first female (8:42). Krystal Mendez was the first female to cross the finish line in the 5k (20:14) and Jasper Severn was the first male (18:11).

Whether you need a bit of motivation to lace up your shoes and go work off some of that holiday bounty or are just hungry for a bit of Christmas nostalgia as you pack up the decorations, take a look back at this slideshow from Mark Larson.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

TL;DR: How Andrew Mills Barely Escaped Humboldt

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:31 AM


In case you missed it, Humboldt County bid former Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills adieu last week. We offered a handful of stories looking at his tenure in town and what’s next for EPD. We encourage you to take a few minutes to look at the coverage and weigh in. But there are also a few things we weren’t able to squeeze into last week’s edition, like the five times Humboldt County almost killed Andrew Mills. Here's the rundown:

When he got lost in community forest: “One of the things I’ve learned: Chiefs of police can get lost in the woods, too, and your little iPhone compass doesn’t work when you can’t get cell reception,” Mills told a Times-Standard reporter, less than a week into his new job in 2013, confessing that a job in Arcata’s Community Forest turned a bit tense before he found his way out.

When he got swept off the jetty: On Nov. 5, 2016, Mills decided to walk out onto the jetty to take pictures of large waves sweeping in. The National Weather Advisory had warned of 19- to 22-foot waves over the weekend and asked people to “stay safe … by staying farther back from the surf and off the rocks and jetties.” It’s a frequent warning on the North Coast, and one that Mills apparently missed. In the blink of an eye, a wave smashed him and left him holding onto the jetty rocks for dear life. Luckily, after being pummeled by a few waves, Mills was able to get back to his feet and back to his car, having lost only some skin off his knees, his cell phone and a bit of confidence. “The real thing is, compared to the power of nature, we are insignificant,” he told the Journal a few days later.

When he jumped into a sewage pit at the PalCo Marsh: While talking with some homeless men camping in the PalCo Marsh, Mills jumped off a concrete slab onto what he thought was solid ground only to find it was, in fact, a deep pit of stagnant water and human waste. The horrified men rushed to help the chief, who was “up to his armpits” in sewage, out of the pit. Mills described himself as mad but he somehow managed to avoid death by E Coli infection.

When he unwittingly waded into a Second Amendment gauntlet: Frustrated by the high rates at which firearms were being stolen in Eureka — and the higher rates at which his officers were finding them in the hands of felons and criminals — the police chief proposed a local gun control ordinance. Tepid by lefty standards, the ordinance would have only required gun owners to make sure their firearms were secured and locked up when left unattended in their homes or businesses. But within moments of its announcement, Mills was dogpiled by a virtual mountain of Second Amendment enthusiasts, like Robert Wenzel, who posted the following on the Journal’s website: “Maybe Mills should move to San Franfreakshow. This is just another waste of taxpayer dollars that accomplishes nothing except add further restrictions to personal liberty. Good to know that Mills is another Kalifornia libtard politician.” Frustrated and battered, Mills withdrew the proposal less than a week after its announcement, saying his department would focus instead on “education.”

When officers unloaded 43 shots downtown: We may be projecting a bit here, but we imagine Mills had a minor heart attack upon hearing that his officers had unloaded 43 bullets onto the streets of downtown Eureka shortly before 5 p.m. on a Tuesday. Again, possibly projecting, but we imagine that feeling only intensified when he learned that the suspect — Clayton Lee Lasinski — didn’t fire a shot at the officers and was only hit once in the barrage. At a press conference the day after the chaotic shooting, Mills said he understands “each officer is personally accountable for every round that they discharge and where that round ends up.”

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scenes from the Folklife Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Jenny Scheinman's performance was a highlight of the 39th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Jenny Scheinman's performance was a highlight of the 39th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival.
The week-long Humboldt Folklife Festival in its 39th year drew large crowds to its events this year, according to Patrick Cleary, one of the many Humboldt Folklife Society members who organized the event. Cleary said this year's festival was dedicated to the memory of Susan Anderson, one of the original members of the Humboldt Folklife Society back in 1978 who died this past year.

Personal highlights for me included Thurday's Bluegrass and Beyond show that included Clean Livin', Jenny Scheinman and The Compost Mountain Boys at the Dell'Arte Amphitheatre. Scheinman's virtuoso skills on the fiddle and singing of her creative and sometimes very personal lyrics were outstanding.

Scheinman first played solo on tunes from her latest release Here On Earth (a tribute to fiddle tunes). John Wood then accompanied her on his keyboard for songs that she has written that were very personal, funny, sad and a few based on her memories of growing up in Petrolia behind the "redwood curtain."

The Folklife Festival came to a close on Saturday in Blue Lake with its All Day Free Fest of workshops and18 bands performing on two stages. Check out the full slideshow below.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rodeo Bucks Along

Posted By on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Danny Fales, of Eureka. - THOMAS HARDY
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Danny Fales, of Eureka.
The Fortuna Rodeo is hitting full stride, with busy days planned today and tomorrow, when the adults will take center stage. But Thursday was all about the juniors, and local photographer Thomas Hardy was there to catch the little ones in action.

For a full schedule or rodeo festivities, including the famous rodeo BBQ hitting plates tomorrow, click here.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fourth Flashback

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Dressed up as Uncle Sam, Josephine and John Silva, of Eureka, took a late afternoon stroll through Old Town. They had spent their afternoon visiting patients in the hospital, a volunteer activity they replicate each holiday while dressed in the appropriately themed costume for each holiday.  Married for 62 years, they have been volunteering for the past 13 years since they moved to Eureka. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dressed up as Uncle Sam, Josephine and John Silva, of Eureka, took a late afternoon stroll through Old Town. They had spent their afternoon visiting patients in the hospital, a volunteer activity they replicate each holiday while dressed in the appropriately themed costume for each holiday. Married for 62 years, they have been volunteering for the past 13 years since they moved to Eureka.

Eureka's Fourth of July Festival brought a huge crowd to Old Town, drawn by live music, lots of clothing and food vendor booths, classic and electric cars, a motorcycle show, Madaket cruises in the bay and rides on a speeder car or horse-drawn carriage.

The performance of the belly dancing company Sassafras also brought in a large crowd under bright sun after lunchtime, as did the piercing sound of bagpipes played by the Humboldt Highlands Pipe Band. People were still up and dancing as The Undercovers played in the late afternoon under foggy skies.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Silly Bear Locked in Car Freed by Deputies

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 3:50 PM

The bear can be seen just to the right of the car. To watch the video, scroll down. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FACEBOOK PAGE
  • Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Facebook page
  • The bear can be seen just to the right of the car. To watch the video, scroll down.
A wayward — and apparently grumpy — bear that found itself locked inside a Kneeland neighborhood car was freed unharmed today after responding deputies were able to open the door from a safe distance by tying a rope around the handle.

In a video of the rescue posted to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a voice can be heard urging, “come on bear,” before the animal jumps out of the four-door sedan and makes a run for it into an adjacent wooded area without a backward glance.

Still unknown is how the “gray faced adult black bear” got into the car in the first place.

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 07-10-17 Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Greenwood Heights for a call of a bear locked in a vehicle. Once on scene Corporal Borges, Deputy Crotty and Lieutenant Fridley found a gray faced adult black bear locked in a vehicle. The bear was very aggressive and snapped at the window anytime someone would get close to the vehicle. With the help of vehicle owner the vehicle was unlocked. Deputies tied a length of rope to the door handle, wrapped it around a tree and fed it back to a patrol vehicle. From a safe distance the rope was pulled which opened the door and allowed the bear to exit the vehicle. It is unknown how the bear was able to get into the vehicle. The bear was unharmed and last seen running into the brush.

To view a video of the bear rescue go to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office face book page located at .
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Monday, June 19, 2017

TL;DR: So Unpopular!

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


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, 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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