Creatures of the Shallows

Creatures of the Shallows

The bright, dreamy sea life in Humboldt's coastal waters

(August 16, 2018) The good news is that you don't have to go scuba diving on a tropical reef to see beautiful and charismatic sea creatures. We have our share of them...

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Countdown to November

Candidates lining up for a run to the dais

(August 16, 2018) The races for 21 city council and mayoral seats up for election this November in Humboldt County are coming into view this week as Eureka ushers in a new true...

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'Fair and Impartial'

Defense argues potential Humboldt County jurors may be biased against Marci Kitchen

(August 9, 2018) The last time a criminal trial was moved out of Humboldt County, George W. Bush was president, Barack Obama was just a junior senator and Donald Trump was still six...

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The Flower Dancers

Reviving Hupa coming-of-age ceremonies

(August 2, 2018) The Hupa women’s coming-of-age ceremony (Ch’iwa:l) lasts for three, five, or 10 days and is held after a girl starts menstruating. The ceremony is a public celebration that includes...

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Eureka Weighs the Future of its Nonprofit Needle Exchange Program

(August 2, 2018) It was the most pointed question in a meeting full of them. Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel looked at Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction Programs Coordinator Jessica Smith...

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Taken Away: How an Arcata mom is working to rebuild what was lost during an immigration detention

(July 26, 2018) Claudia Portillo is back in her Arcata home but it doesn't feel like the same one she left behind. And what seems like it should be a happy ending...

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In the Wake of Helsinki, NorCal Lawmakers Introduce Vetting Bills

(July 26, 2018) The days following President Donald Trump's widely criticized July 16 joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin saw a flurry of sternly worded statements and blustery interviews, but little...

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Champions of the Rodeo

While segregation was still the law of the land, two black men helped break rodeo's color barrier in Fortuna

(July 19, 2018) On March 27, 1912, the Fortuna Advance newspaper ran an article headlined, "Black Man Rides White Man Thrown." The Advance reported that a "bronco busting exhibition given by Jeff...

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'A Deluge of Expletives'

Local public officials complain of increased harassment

(July 19, 2018) In the July edition of the Eureka City Newsletter, City Manager Greg Sparks discussed the outcome of the city's annual strategic planning session. Among the positive accomplishments documented in the...

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A 'Masterpiece' Still in Progress

His case resolved, a Eureka artist looks to continue a dialogue on community policing

(July 19, 2018) It took more than 14 months and at least 18 court appearances but Christopher "Blaze" Boyle's criminal case is behind him. Now, he realizes, comes the hard part. It's easy...

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'Long Overdue'

Eureka pays $165K to cut ties with its city attorney, ending a costly and controversial tenure

(July 12, 2018) In late 2013, Eureka City Councilmember Lance Madsen was dying, in the last stages of his battle with lung disease. But the former police detective was also pressing to...

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The Jury is In

The 2017/18 Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury tackled dogs, jail and noncompliance

(July 12, 2018) The Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury released 11 reports in the last two weeks that delved into subjects as diverse as jail safety, animal control, water quality and the...

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'Just Across the Bridge'

A public infrastructure project stymies tourism and pushes Rio Dell's overdue economic resurgence into the distance

(July 5, 2018) Rio Dell's comeback story has been long in the making. The small city (population 3,400) on the banks of the Eel River was once the seamy playground for the company-town...

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Marchers Say 'Enough is Enough' at Families Belong Together Rally

Protest in Eureka one of hundreds held across the country

(July 5, 2018) A diverse crowd of protesters stretching three city blocks made their way through the streets of Old Town Eureka on Saturday, peacefully decrying the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy at...

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Crimes Against Nature: Poaching Takes its Toll on the North Coast

(June 28, 2018) They come at night, under the cover of darkness, traversing the back roads of Redwood National and State Parks, home to much of what remains of the world's last...

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A City Attorney's Controversial Tenure Comes to an Abrupt End

After seven tumultuous years, Eureka tand Day-Wilson agree to a 'mutual parting'

(June 28, 2018) The Eureka City Council "received and accepted" the resignation of City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson on Tuesday after a hastily called closed session meeting to discuss the potential firing or discipline...

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