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Humboldt County is home to the eclectic, the creative, the bold and the daring. Within its borders thrive peace-seekers, adventurers, makers and innovators whose endeavors are inspired by the natural landscape and fostered by the community. The region boasts more artists per-capita than any other county in California and promotes the arts through festivals, on-going art walks and street fairs. Following the lead of the Back-to-the-Landers who sought refuge in Humboldt in the 1960s, the area is also a haven for sustainable business and for the environmentally conscious. Its no surprise that the county's pristine beauty attracts visitors but the colorful local culture has become a destination, in and of itself.

 

Rafting
the Trinity

A river with personality

(July 30, 2019) Recreational whitewater rafting likely began in the 1940s on Wyoming's Snake River, when some intrepid argonauts saw a wooden boat, a gnarled mash of rocks and roiling, swift water,...

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A Charmed Life
in Rio Dell

Mayor Debra Garnes and
the beauty of the small town

(July 30, 2019) Standing on the river bar, Debra Garnes squints in the sun, a pair of triangle abalone earrings glint at her neck. She waves her left arm to indicate the...

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Stargazing on
the North Coast

Under the Milky Way

(April 18, 2019) Without the glare of city lights, starlight casts its soft glow on the landscape. In rural Humboldt County, the dark skies are filled with an unfathomable number of stars...

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The Foggy Bottoms Boys

Keeping sustainable traditions in Ferndale

(April 18, 2019) Down a winding unpaved road on the outskirts of the Victorian Village of Ferndale, you'll find a farm nestled among many others in a verdant, fertile valley. This farm...

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Blue Lake Casino Bets
on Sustainable Fun

Eco-friendly jackpot

(April 18, 2019) A man pulls down hard on a lever and watches as each reel on his slot machine spins and stops: one, two, three. He misses a jackpot by just...

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A Room with a View

Wave watching from Shelter Cove’s
Inn of the Lost Coast

(January 16, 2019) More than 70 percent of the planet is covered in oceanwater, minimally organized by celestial forces that rhythmically deliver waves, ranging from romantic to cataclysmic. Across the world, roughly...

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Bout That Time

Get ready to rumble with Humboldt Roller Derby

(January 16, 2019) The lights dim and the crowd cheers. A line of skaters roll out as a voice ricochets through the arena, announcing their names. Wheels screech and we take our...

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Curating Self, Refashioning Tradition

The art and outlook of Brittany Britton

(January 16, 2019) The video "Dragging/Undragging" unfolds on a split screen. On the left, a person turns from the camera. The T-shirt comes off and a breast-flattening compression shirt goes on; next...

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