Forewarned

Forewarned

(October 17, 2019) Ignorance is no longer an excuse, if it ever was. In the wake of the PG&E blackout that darkened Humboldt County for some 28 hours last week, two things should...

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In Praise of Sunshine

(September 26, 2019) They say sunshine is the best disinfectant and North Coast readers need only look at Senate Bill 1421 for evidence. The landmark police transparency law, which the California Legislature passed...

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We've Come to Prefer They/Them Pronouns

(September 12, 2019) Now and then, the Associated Press, which dictates the grammar and style for most American newspapers, sends us updates on its rules and guidelines. Mostly we follow them. AP Style...

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31 Points About Mass Shootings

(August 8, 2019) We were at a loss for words. Two shootings — in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — in less than 24 hours. Thirty-one dead. Fifty-one injured. As information...

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Dog Whistles and Racists Among Us

(July 18, 2019) Over the past week, we've heard two dog whistles blown loudly, one via the bulletin board at a local coffee shop and the other through the Twitter account of...

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Wagging the Dog

(June 13, 2019) There are currently six people whom Eureka voters have entrusted to make city decisions on their behalf. Five councilmembers and a mayor. That's it. But these six people —...

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'Incredibly Disappointing'

(May 16, 2019) Two days and 600 miles apart, a pair of governing bodies held very different conversations about the need for local input into development decisions that will impact Humboldt County for...

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Journal Snags a Dozen Awards

(May 9, 2019) We at the Journal find ourselves with some thanks to pass around. We're gratified on a weekly basis when you pick up our new edition, finding that it adds some...

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Good Night and Good Luck

(April 18, 2019) It's no secret that KHSU had been in some state of turmoil since the seemingly abrupt firing of longtime operations and program director Katie Whiteside last May, and more...

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Sad Days in the First District

(April 11, 2019) It's been a rough couple of weeks for voters in Humboldt County's First District. First, they watched as challenger Allen McCloskey's campaign to unseat two-term incumbent Rex Bohn in next...

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My Conversation with Richard Ehle

(April 4, 2019) As a reporter, there are moments you remember with incredible clarity. Sometimes it's because the moments are monumental, like when a source called in 2007 to tell me a criminal...

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Triggers and Lifelines

Checking in with each other about trauma in the headlines

(March 28, 2019) The news is depressing. Not all of it but enough. Scrolling through Twitter, Facebook and news websites can be overwhelming, one awful headline after another. Hell, our staff can...

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Cannabis Collaboration Can Set Us Apart

(March 21, 2019) It's no longer a secret that Humboldt County's economy is contracting. Countywide, sales tax receipts in the 2017-2018 fiscal year plunged 15 percent from the year before and it's obvious,...

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Pay it Forward

(March 6, 2019) Like most of Humboldt County and much of the nation, we witnessed with a growing sense of dread last weekend as the story of two young sisters missing from Benbow...

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Facing the Cost of California's Mental Health Crisis

Screaming at demons

(February 21, 2019) Working in Old Town Eureka, we see California's mental health crisis play out daily: the unshaven man draped in a wet blanket, standing on a street corner talking to...

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Atonement

(February 7, 2019) While the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal has been widely known and reported on the North Coast going back 25 years, the Santa Rosa Diocese's recent release of a...

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