The Grifter in Chief

(December 27, 2018) History will remember 2018 as the year it became increasingly clear that a grifter — and likely a felonious one — is living in the White House. No matter what...

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Better Together

(December 13, 2018) On this week's cover, you'll find an expansive story that spills more than 4,500 words trying to explain Humboldt County's housing shortage and what it means. It's the product of...

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Fight for Trans Rights

(November 8, 2018) Trans rights are human rights, civil rights. It's that simple. Consequently, the Trump administration's recent move to narrowly define gender as an "immutable" condition determined by genitalia at birth...

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New Fairgrounds Lease Leaves the Public in the Dark

(October 25, 2018) In case you missed it, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided Oct. 16 that you don't get to have input into how the county fairgrounds are operated or...

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We All Need a Hero

(October 11, 2018) When my 6-year-old daughter was afraid to put her head and face under water during swim class recently, I explained what it means to be brave. I said bravery isn't...

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Localize Your Impact

(September 6, 2018) Forty years ago, a young couple lobbed a rock of altruism and hope into the middle of the pond that is Humboldt County. Decades later, the ripples from Joe Abbott...

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County of Humboldt, Please End the Madness in Ferndale

(August 1, 2018) In a few weeks, the fairgrounds in Ferndale will be awash with the smell of fry oil and children's gleeful screams as the 122nd annual Humboldt County Fair gets underway....

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Know Your Enemies

(July 5, 2018) In some ways, there's little different about last week's mass shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, that left five people dead and three injured. After all, it was the 154th such...

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A Word from the Lying Media

(June 7, 2018) We live in a media landscape that's far more complicated than any in human history. Here in Humboldt County — in addition to the litany of national and local...

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News from Home

(April 19, 2018) As we gape and cringe at cable news chyrons, push notifications and presidential tweets — sweet mother of Murrow, the tweets — it's easy to think of national stories as...

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We Are Humboldt — All of Us

(April 12, 2018) We see it overtly in online comments sections, the sentiment that "if they don't like it here, they should leave." And we see it subtly in things like the recently...

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Redemption Stories

(April 5, 2018) As our country and our communities become increasingly polarized, it seems the recognition of humanity is often the first victim. Locally, many among us have become so frustrated with property...

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Little Sunshine in Congress, State Legislature


(March 29, 2018) "The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right...

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Walking Out and Speaking Up

(March 22, 2018) It happened again. While working on this issue focused on student responses to school shootings, there was another one. This time in Maryland, leaving the shooter dead and two others...

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Too Many Questions

(March 8, 2018) This is the worst kind of settlement. Don't get us wrong, we understand the motivations behind it — the need for a city to reduce its liability exposure and protect...

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