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Re: “KHSU Gutted, Leaving Station's Future Uncertain

The HSU journalism department apparently was not consulted in this decision. The students pursuing the broadcast track have now lost the opportunity to work at an NPR affiliate. I wonder how many students have lost class credit because of this?

Posted by Meg Godlewski on 04/24/2019 at 1:35 AM

Re: “KHSU Gutted, Leaving Station's Future Uncertain

"We are striving to preserve a public radio service for the North Coast," the email response states. "The resignation of two employees with no notice has complicated matters considerably and we are working through options."

Orwellian to the extreme!

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Posted by Neil McLaughlin on 04/19/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “KHSU Gutted, Leaving Station's Future Uncertain

Rossbacher, Wruck, and Fretwell came to HSU to line their pockets and top off their retirement. Like tRump, his administration, and Republicans in general, they chose to destroy that which they were charged with managing just to fatten their bank accounts. They should be sued for what they have done to HSU (killing the football program, children's center, the art galley, and now KHSU). Talk about mismanagement. They are incompetent beyond belief. (How TF did they get these jobs in the first place????) This is just disgusting, as I have to assume Rossbacher, Wruck, and Fretwell are.

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Posted by humboldtrick on 04/18/2019 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Service Call

Thank goodness she was ousted by the public vote. Now the improved City Council can move forward instead of backward.

Posted by Humboldtrish on 04/14/2019 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Lao New Year

I love this article, it is so in depth and brings me right into the room, Thanks

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Posted by Jessie Wheeler on 04/12/2019 at 8:09 PM

Re: “The Not-So-Peaceful Atom

Anbex iosat will help with this

Posted by New Phone on 04/11/2019 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Artists without Galleries

I TRULY appreciate this article, as it both validates my observations, and helps artists start planning for what's ahead I appreciate you Gabrielle for putting such effort into this article, and the artists for giving their valued insights to this. I feel I'm on the right path to compensate, but I'll need some media-editing modernization, as its been near 18 years since I'd last spliced and edited videos.

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Posted by Emily Reinhart on 04/11/2019 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Artists without Galleries

To piggy back on the choices Hsu made, the southwest Adobe style of the new buildings reflect the mentality of the planners. Where are the river rocks and redwood building materials that are our county's treasures? Instead, we are greeted by bland and inappropriate structures. Wrong!

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Posted by Siena Klein on 04/11/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Artists without Galleries

Thank you for documenting another inch down America's dystopian path.

HSU placed its financial bet to increase enrollment during the 1980's and 90's lobbying and winning hundreds of millions of public dollars for remodeled sports, leisure and entertainment activities, venues, sprawling bureaucracies and costly maintenance serving the sensibilities of both highly paid campus executives and privileged-class students by providing celebrity entertainers, ski trips to Bend, locked-gate housing and library lattes.

Unfortunately, ongoing fallout from our community's other greedheads, (participating in the 2008 housing fraud and collapse), has left HSU with mostly working class students forced to subsidize the fully-funded HSU resort while facing unprecedented academic divestments, crowded classrooms, early-retired professors, decades of oppressive student debt and homelessness.

The fact that students are not outraged can be attributed to an effective public education system cleansed of class-consciousness, indoctrinated in the pseudo-virtues of conformity, positive thinking and obedience, fully prepared to acquiesce to the larger gas, oil, finance and military junta ruling America to ensure that a "Green Economy" never sees the light of day.

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Posted by Anon. on 04/11/2019 at 1:44 PM

Re: “'Overwhelmingly White'

I am here a very recent 45 yr old transplant from Texas, original black African male, Red Raider, come introduce yourself already.
Let diversity reign.

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Posted by Rubicon50000 on 04/08/2019 at 2:21 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

I don't doubt that the North Coast Journal accurately quoted Arcata's interim police chief. Given that, it would appear that what a police chief described as "unequivocal physical evidence" "linking" "a suspect" to the killing of Josiah Lawson was insufficient to get 12 of 19 criminal jury members to find probable cause that Kyle Zoellner committed a crime.

As someone who's been observing this but has no inside information, I can think of various ways in which something like this could happen. First, Zoellner's DNA and/or fingerprints may have been present on the weapon that killed Lawson, but since Zoellner was bloodied at the scene, the presence of his blood may not have been deemed enough to provide probable cause to 12 jury members. Even a fingerprint might mean only that he touched the knife at some point in a struggle or before, not that he was the person who stabbed Lawson.

Or, certainly not for the first time, a police officer's view of what a piece of evidence proved might not have aligned with the views of the majority of community members on a jury. Or, it's conceivable -- though I don't think it's likely -- that the district attorney somehow failed to make a case despite having good evidence.

There's no question that this is a difficult situation for all involved. Personally, although I believe there is substantial racism in this community (especially among those who don't think there is) I don't believe racism alone would be enough to explain the failure to indict.

One of the protections Americans, especially white middle-class Americans, take for granted is that we can't just be charged with a crime by public acclamation. I'm sure many persons of color have been charged with crimes based on very shaky evidence, and there has been an increasing amount of proof that many people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. The just solution to that is to provide better protections for all, not to try to do an end-run around those protections.

No matter how many rallies take place, if 12 of 19 citizens on a grand jury don't find probable cause to indict a person, I'm satisfied that there is insufficient evidence to charge that person with a crime. If there are people who believe it is impossible to get a Humboldt County grand jury to indict despite sufficient valid evidence, they should take their case to the state. To try to sway the district attorney to indict after that result is, in my opinion, dangerous. We don't need to make it easier to indict people, and I'd hate to live in a place where the police version of events was deemed sufficient to indict.

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Posted by Mitchell Trachtenberg on 04/04/2019 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Digital Nomad: A Bipolar Man's Slow Slide into Homelessness in Humboldt

Comparing inaccurate statistics to other inaccurate statistics to overstate a problem by hundreds of percentage points is a disservice to our community.

PIT searches miss many of the chronic homeless and most of the temporary ones. Recent academic research on college students reveal homelessness rates of 40% because it includes temporary homelessness experienced in one year. A PIT search would be far less.

It would be absurd to count the number of serious illnesses found on one day in one region and compare it to other regions and claim it's in any way meaningful.

AT LEAST provide a disclaimer that state and national homeless advocate organization's estimates disagree and show national homelessness to be several million not 550,000!

Overstating the problem makes it appear insurmountable when, in reality, demanding that Humboldt County address its 1% homeless population, (similar to everywhere else), would generate far more community support and county commitment.

Posted by Anon. on 04/02/2019 at 3:12 PM

Re: “#WeWillNotBeErased

I have so much admiration for these 3 wonderful people, first for being brave and strong enough to do all they had to do to fully become who they knew they were and then to stand up and speak their hearts. Bravo, and may you each have the life you want and so deserve.

Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 04/01/2019 at 2:43 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

...the importance being, reporting such as yours is what "divides the community" over these kinds of issues, not the actual facts of the specific matter.

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Posted by Mckinley Viller on 03/31/2019 at 7:13 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

Thadeus, regarding your response to "Reading NCJ". Could you be mistaken? You quote "unequivocal physical evidence" yet leave "linking a specific person to Lawson's death" unquoted, now twice. Do you recall Ehle's actual quote? Given the weight of Ehle's statement in which he insists he was misquoted, are you insisting he's lying? While you rightfully (bravo!) helped make public the dash cam footage of a juvenile being abused by an officer, you didn't grant those officers' statements such "weight" as you do in this case.

Also, who said Kyle Zoellner was the target for the federal grand jury hearing? You took the liberty of suggesting Zoellner was the sole suspect. Also, who said a federal grand jury can indict a sandwich? You took the liberty of suggesting Zoellner should have been arrested as easily as imaginable. You, personally, took the liberty of creating a news headline that says Kyle Zoellner should be in very serious trouble for killing somebody.

Medical professionals are obliged by the Hippocratic oath to help those in need without prejudice. You editorialize your news reporting and it shows. Maybe it's time you meditate on that.

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Posted by Mckinley Viller on 03/31/2019 at 7:04 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

Reading NCJ-
I remember my conversation with Mr. Ehle very well. I remember him saying investigators had found "unequivocal physical evidence" linking a specific suspect to Mr. Lawson's death and I remember reading the quote back to him to ensure I'd understood what he said correctly. Since the district attorney's press release Friday, I have looked over my notes from the interview with Mr. Ehle and found them as I'd remembered.
I would also point out that, four months later, Mr. Ehle has not contacted me to claim he was misquoted or to seek a correction. I stand by my reporting and the quote attributed to Mr. Ehle.
Best,
Thadeus Greenson

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Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 03/31/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “The Foilies 2019: Recognizing the Year's Worst in Government Transparency

While this is an excellent report and the ONLY local media to report it....

What about local systemic censorship???

Humboldt County, Eureka and HSU have all ceased publishing complete departmental staff directories.

Are they all on the Witness Protection Program???

Who are they?
What's their titles?
Who's being promoted?
What are they supposed to be doing?
How many are friends and family of top executives?

Posted by Anon. on 03/31/2019 at 1:04 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

As I wrote below on March 28, 2019 citing Mr. Greenson's lazy work ethic and reliance on innuendo:
"Interim Arcata Police Chief Ehle's assertions are given completely unfounded weight (e.g., "...the strength of Ehle's public statements..."). The making of a statement by a person employed in the law enforcement industry has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not the statement has any legitimate basis in fact."

From the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office press release of March 29, 2018:
"...recent media reports have heavily relied on a statement by former Arcata Police Department (APD) Interim Chief Rick Ehle that APD had delivered 'unequivocal physical evidence' in the case. When asked about that statement by the District Attorneys Office, Mr. Ehle claimed to have been misquoted."

Now then, the issuance of an apology by Mr. Greenson for his careless and irresponsible actions in distributing misinformation to the public is entirely appropriate. Mr. Greenson?

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Posted by Reading NCJ on 03/29/2019 at 6:28 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

Da is covering her ass seriously if it was the other way around a African American kid kills a white teen their wouldn't have been this much back n forth

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Posted by Big brother on 03/29/2019 at 11:58 AM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

Thanks for the look into this unusual move by the DA. Definitely covering her butt.

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Posted by Allison Edrington on 03/29/2019 at 11:27 AM

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