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Friday, December 7, 2018

Zooey Deschanel Really Likes Eureka

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 4:25 PM

The landmark Carson Mansion. - FILE
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  • The landmark Carson Mansion.
When actor Zooey Deschanel — star of New Girl and the perennial Christmas classic Elf — was asked about a must-go travel hot spot in California during a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, her answer was short and local: Eureka.

Deschanel, according to the online piece, is teaming up with Capital One on The Purpose Project to promote meaningful travel, which falls in line with her other efforts to make the world a better place, including support for The Farm Project and The Innocence Project.

During the interview — which includes a segment on navigating the perfect road trip through the Golden State — the writer notes that Eureka “probably isn’t on too many people’s radars,” to which Deschanel quickly replied it should be.

“Oh you have to go. It’s so beautiful,” she said. “Its amazing forests and hiking and it’s absolutely magical.”

Read the full Travel + Leisure story here.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Expert: Humboldt Has More Uncounted Ballots Than Any County in U.S.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Bundles of provisional ballots wait to be vetted and counted in the Humboldt County Elections Office. - PHOTO BY THADEUS GREENSON
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  • Bundles of provisional ballots wait to be vetted and counted in the Humboldt County Elections Office.
Does Humboldt County have the most ballots remaining uncounted of any county in the nation? One national elections expert thinks so.

David Wasserman, the house editor for The Cook Political Report and a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight, tweeted last night: “I think it was @DKElections that used to describe slow-vote counting election offices as “taking a ganja break.” As fate would have it the country’s biggest stash of remaining uncounted ballots (at least by my estimate) is in Humboldt County, CA.”
For those among us who aren’t elections nerds, Wasserman is kind of a big deal. His work forecasting U.S. House races is frequently cited in the nation’s top publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist and others, and he drew widespread praise for writing a prescient piece months before the 2016 election pointing out there was a likelihood President Trump could win the election while losing the popular vote. In short, the guy is widely regarded as knowing his stuff.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Beyond Geek TV Show Goes Kinetic

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Mad Plants - Beyond ThunderClones opens the mouth of its Venus Fly Trap. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Mad Plants - Beyond ThunderClones opens the mouth of its Venus Fly Trap.
Beyond Geek, a public television show about “a fascinating world you didn’t know existed, full of people who take geek to a whole new level,” has just released a new video about this year’s Kinetic Grand Championship.

Described as “part update, part behind the scenes” of the show’s kinetic episodes, filmed during the three-day Memorial Day weekend race that traverses land, sand and water in a quest for the glory.

So take a view down memory lane with the video below and you might just recognized a few of the featured folks:

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

New Yorker Looks at Yurok Tribe's Carbon-Offset Project

Posted By on Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 2:43 PM

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A story on the New Yorker website this week takes a look at the Yurok Tribe’s carbon-offset forest project, which was the first developed under California protocols for the state’s cap-and-trade system back in 2014.

According to the story, the project is now the “tribe’s main source of discretionary income,” which has facilitated the purchase of near 60,000 acres of forest lands. But the move also came with its share of controversy, as some tribal members see the sale of carbon credits as a license for polluters to pollute.

Read the New Yorker story here and previous coverage in the Journal here.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

CNN Names Betty Chinn 'Hero'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 2:50 PM


Eureka philanthropist Betty Chinn has been named “this week’s CNN hero.”

The network’s Heroes series is designed to “celebrate everyday people changing the world” and showcase “how one person can truly make a difference.” The network accepts nominations annually and showcases one hero weekly, one of whom will be named the network’s hero of the year in December.

Chinn, who spent years of her childhood homeless in China, has largely dedicated more than three decades of her life to serving and caring for Eureka’s homeless population. In collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul, she opened Eureka’s first public shower facility in 2009, and has since opened a day center aimed at caring for homeless youth and providing vocational counseling services for adults, a transitional housing project for 40 adults and a family shelter that also houses homeless people recently discharged from the hospital.

The CNN video highlighting Chinn’s work also features a quote from Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Director Connie Beck intoning that Chinn does more to provide services to a portion of Humboldt’s homeless than the entirety of county government.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

HumLook: Cows, Elk and a War Moth

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

A cow takes a moment from grazing to take in the sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean on Wildcat Road overlooking Capetown Ranch, about midway between Ferndale and Petrolia. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • A cow takes a moment from grazing to take in the sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean on Wildcat Road overlooking Capetown Ranch, about midway between Ferndale and Petrolia.
Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of a team of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumLook. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumLook.com.

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HumSport: Your Week in Sports Photos

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 9:46 AM

Fortuna High School Husky Levi Nyberg carries the ball for big - yardage in front of a homecoming crowd against the previously unbeaten Del Norte Warriors. Fortuna won the Friday night game, 62-32. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • Fortuna High School Husky Levi Nyberg carries the ball for big yardage in front of a homecoming crowd against the previously unbeaten Del Norte Warriors. Fortuna won the Friday night game, 62-32.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumSport. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumSport.com.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Let's Hear it for the Redwoods

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Get out and see the redwoods. - FILE
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  • Get out and see the redwoods.
Humboldt County’s natural beauty is once again garnering attention with the travel guide Frommer’s giving the region’s tall trees a shout-out in a slideshow and National Geographic featuring the short film Redwood about — as you might guess — Redwood National and State Parks on its website.

National Geographic’s team, which is curating cinematic fare for its Short Film Showcase, plucked the work by brothers and filmmakers Will and Jim Pattiz as one of the featured pieces.

“We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world,” the magazine’s website states.

Redwood is part of the Pattiz brothers’ "More Than Just Parks" film project, which they say on their website was “born out of their love for the national parks and enthusiasm for engaging multimedia.”

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

NCJ Seeks Staff Writer

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 10:44 AM

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The North Coast Journal is looking for a talented staff writer to add to our award-winning editorial team.

The ideal candidate is a naturally curious critical thinker who can write clearly and compellingly, digest large volumes of information and explain complex concepts and systems. She or he is someone who is able to juggle multiple tasks and duties in a dynamic environment, while paying tremendous attention to detail. She or he is comfortable talking to people from all backgrounds and demographics, and able to treat all sides of an issue with fairness and empathy. Most of all, she or he is someone with a deep passion for telling the stories of the North Coast and helping Journal readers better understand and engage the world around them. Photography, videography, audio, proof reading and social media skills are a huge plus. Journalism experience preferred.

If this sounds like you, please send a resume and several samples of your work to Journal news editor Thadeus Greenson at thad@northcoastjournal.com. This is a full-time position and compensation will depend on experience.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NYT Story Examines Heroin's Impact on Local Tribes and its Link to an Ailing River

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 4:26 PM

The Klamath River near Ishi Pishi Falls. - FILE
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  • The Klamath River near Ishi Pishi Falls.
The New York Times this week explores the devastating impacts of the nation's opioid crisis on Kaurk, Hoopa and Yurok tribal communities, placed in the context of their connection to the struggling health of the Klamath River — an integral link between the tribes as well as their past, present and future in the region.

It’s no secret that Humboldt County as a whole has been hit hard by the scourge of addiction with more opioid prescriptions than residents and an overdose death rate that is three times the state average and almost twice that of the nation — most involving methamphetamine or opiate intoxication.

But the tribal communities of Humboldt’s remote corners form an epicenter of that addiction epicenter, leaving few — if any — families untouched, a statistic that plays out across the nation.

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