Saturday, May 21, 2022

NCJ Preview: Upcoming Elections, Arcata's Mayoral Morass and More

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2022 at 8:00 AM

This week the Journal is breaking down county supervisor races in the 4th and 5th districts, as well as for the clerk-recorder-registrar of voters. We've got an online update on the harassment allegations against Arcata Mayor and Councilmember Brett Watson that were upheld in an investigation report. Despite community members and fellow members of the council calling on him to resign, Watson isn't budging. We'll talk about the city's options going forward. Now that spring has sprung, we're listening for migratory birdsong with tips from Sarah Hobart. Finally, we're using satire to cope with threats to our reproductive freedoms. Or trying, anyway. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around Humboldt County.
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Saturday, May 14, 2022

NCJ Preview: Summer Camps, Brett Watson and Genius Rice

Posted By on Sat, May 14, 2022 at 7:00 AM

The Journal's annual Summer of Fun issue is here with a rundown of classes, camps and workshops to entertain the kids when school is out. Everything from surfing to stage fighting to science camps are in there and we're going over the highlights. We'll also look at what we know about the sexual harassment allegations against Arcata Councilmember Brett Watson based on an outside firm's investigation and some 400 pages of text messages between him and a subordinate employee. And finally, we're happy to share a Chinese recipe for rice that may become your new favorite main dish. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around Humboldt County.
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Saturday, May 7, 2022

NCJ Preview: The Search for Emmi and the Relief of Rage Runs

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2022 at 10:50 AM

May 5 was a day of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirit People. For contributor Cutcha Risling Baldy, it's personal, as her cousin Emmilee Risling is among the missing. This week we have Risling Baldy's personal account and how a nonprofit brought resources for a massive search that isn't over yet. We're also talking about running to deal with pandemic-level stress. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around Humboldt.
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Saturday, April 30, 2022

NCJ Preview: A Native Curriculum and New Restaurants in Old Spaces

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 5:20 PM

A pair of local high school students are trying to bring Native perspectives and knowledge into the curriculum. We'll talk about what that would look like and how it would impact Native and other students, as well as what they're doing to make it happen. We've also got the latest on how chefs are transforming empty restaurant spaces in Eureka, including the former homes of Angelo's, Manzanilla and Gonsea. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around Humboldt County.
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

NCJ Preview: Redacted Reports and Piping Hot Pupusas

Posted By on Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM

The Journal finally got the requested report on the investigation into deeply misogynistic, violent and dehumanizing messages sent between Eureka Police Department officers centering on Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez and Mark Meftah. But its heavily redacted text reveals more about obstacles to transparency than it does about the texting scandal. We'll talk about what all those blank spaces tell us. On a more palatable note, we're also marveling at Pupuseria San Miguel opening in Arcata and the Salvadoran woman who's finally turning the cooking she did to make ends meet into her own business with the help of her son. Hit subscribe for updates on stories from around Humboldt County.
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

NCJ Preview: The Green Issue

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2022 at 9:31 PM

The annual Green Issue is back and we're looking at stories that touch on the environment and the climate crisis this week. We'll talk about building up vs. building out around the county, and the impacts and controversies related to creating needed housing in Eureka and Arcata. We've got updates on the proposed offshore wind project and the related study the coastal commission has just approved. And this week is a great time yanking invasive plants from your garden and replacing them with native plants. We'll talk about the pluses and more pluses of switching out for native plants. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around Humboldt County.
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Saturday, April 9, 2022

NCJ Preview: CalFresh Benefit Cliff and Hassle-free WIC Shopping

Posted By on Sat, Apr 9, 2022 at 5:56 PM

This week we're looking at how the CalFresh supplemental nutrition program has been a lifeline for many — particularly during the pandemic — and what it means now that the end of expanded benefits nears. At the same time, an all-WIC shop has opened in the Bayshore Mall. We'll talk about how its owner started the business as a way to help other families avoid some of the difficulties and stress of using WIC benefits. Hit subscribe for updates on Humboldt County stories every week. 
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Saturday, April 2, 2022

NCJ Preview: Reinstating a Fired Sheriff's Officer, Joan Schirle and Mocking Shakespeare

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2022 at 8:17 AM

This week we're digging into records the Journal went to court for to find out what went on in the arbitration proceedings following the firing of Sgt. Jason Daniels of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department. Daniels has been reinstated despite accusations of sexual assault and violations of sexual harassment and conduct rules, including text messages containing racist and sexist slurs. We'll talk about the process, its conclusions and what it means for disciplining officers in the future. We've also got a pair of local theater stories: one on the life and impact of Dell'Arte doyenne Joan Schirle; the other reviewing the Shakespeare send-up Something Rotten! at Cal Poly Humboldt. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around the county. 
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Saturday, March 26, 2022

NCJ Preview: Why We Love Transparency and Bacon

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2022 at 8:05 AM

A belated happy Sunshine Week to all! We've got the Foilies on the cover this week, the Electronic Freedom Foundation and Muckrock's national hall of shame for government transparency fails. And it looks like Humboldt made the list this year for its response to a California Public Records Act request from the Journal. We'll talk about that and the power and limitations of public records requests. We've also got a recipe for lap yuk, the cured Chinese pork belly you can make in your yard — as long as you hang it out of reach of hungry pets. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on stories from around Humboldt County. 
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Saturday, March 19, 2022

NCJ Preview: Cannabis Issue Rundown, Redwood Curtain's Next Act

Posted By on Sat, Mar 19, 2022 at 8:46 AM

Our annual Cannabis Issue runs the gamut from local government to CBD mocktails. We'll break down this week's stories, including Michelle Bushnell's recusal from voting on a cannabis tax measure and what makes a conflict of interest. We've also got recipes for cannabis-infused drinks, spiked with THC, CBD and terpenes as an alternative or enhancement to boozy beverages. And after co-founder Clint Rebik's death, Redwood Curtain Theatre was at a crossroads. We've got the story on where it's headed now. Hit subscribe for weekly updates on Humboldt County stories. 
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