Hold My Oreo, There's Weed to Smoke

Hold My Oreo, There's Weed to Smoke

(May 24, 2018) With little fanfare, the state of California released its revised cannabis industry regulations last week. The updated regs are largely seen as a baby step between the initial rules released...

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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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The Week in Weed

North Coast Left Out of Governor's Pitch to Crack Down on Illegal Cannabis

(May 17, 2018) It's no secret Humboldt County has many, many of cannabis farms. It's also no secret that the vast majority of them — between 80 and 90 percent by most estimates...

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My Hometown Has Changed. Or Maybe I have.

(May 10, 2018) Maybe it's because I had just finished re-reading a news story about a family member's murder. Maybe it's because I had just written up a press release about a homicide...

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Tourism Bureau Takes 'Separate but Equal' Approach to Cannabis Businesses

(May 3, 2018) As they sat huddled around banquet tables arranged in a U shape, tensely nibbling the remnants of a catered lunch in the conference room of Eureka's Red Lion Hotel, the...

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Realistic Sex Robots to Save Us All

A word from your friends at HotBotix Engineering

(May 17, 2018) The Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized "incels," involuntarily celibate men who share and promote a virulently misogynist and violent ideology, as a male supremacist hate group. Self-proclaimed members of...

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Breakup Letter from President McKinley's Statue

(April 12, 2018) Dear Arcata, I didn't want to do this by letter but I know if I try to get this all out in person, I'll freeze up. We've had a good...

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Good Guy with a Howitzer

A proposal for private tank ownership

(March 22, 2018) Dear President Trump: I have been retired for more than 15 years and I need a hobby. I thought about trout fishing or bird watching, but they are too benign....

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A Real Answer to the Single-Payer Debate

(May 24, 2018) We pay taxes and local fees for water, sewage, garbage and protection, for essential services and infrastructure — an expected, rational cost for the common good. But there is one...

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The County Needs You

(May 10, 2018) This is the time of year when everyone tells us how important it is to vote. Politicians and journalists remind us of the many historically narrow election results of the...

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Kill the Ivy. Kill it All.

(April 19, 2018) World got you down? Feel helpless, like you don't know how to make a difference? Do I have a mission for you. You can save the world from ivy, starting...

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Vote Madrone!

(May 24, 2018) Editor: How my dad got the name Stephen SunGnome Madrone is a favorite family story. His last name had already been changed when his mother was remarried, so my parents...

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About Those Endorsements

(May 24, 2018) Editor: I like to look at who is endorsing candidates to help me decide who to vote for, but in my district's board of supervisors race, three major Native American...

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'Crocodile Tears'

(May 24, 2018) Editor: There are many ways unscrupulous politicians will misguide their constituents. One nefarious way is through appointments. Many local officials have the authority to appoint members to powerful committees, such...

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