The (Single-Payer) Elephant in the Room

The (Single-Payer) Elephant in the Room

(December 5, 2019) There's the ancient Buddhist story about blind men describing an elephant. One grasps the tail: "An elephant is like a rope." One has an ear: "An elephant is flat...

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The End of the Intertribal Gathering is the End of an Era

(November 28, 2019) Many people were recently left without what has become their fall tradition. For 38 years the Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) has put on the Intertribal Gathering and...

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Energy Literacy

(October 24, 2019) Perhaps the biggest breakdown in the recent power shutoff was communication. As I write this, the California Public Utilities Commission has convened an emergency meeting with Pacific Gas & Electric...

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Biomass: A Local and Renewable Source of Irony

(October 24, 2019) Despite its official pledge to supply Humboldt county with 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2025, Redwood Coast Energy Authority has doubled down on biomass energy. Nearly a quarter...

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The Unraveling of the Times-Standard

(October 3, 2019) It's difficult to watch what's been happening at the Times-Standard over the last several months, even from my seat on the sidelines. If you're unaware, the region's only daily...

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Cannabis Raids and Our Economy

(September 19, 2019) Speakers at the Sept. 10 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting expressed concerns about recent sheriff's office cannabis raids and the extreme costs and long timelines needed to get grows...

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'Some Urgency'

Supes tap citizens group to join Climate Action Plan process

(September 19, 2019) At the Aug. 27 meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, First District Supervisor Rex Bohn introduced a measure calling for the creation of a citizen advisory council on...

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Come See for Yourself

(August 1, 2019) Safety of employees, contractors and trespassing individuals is Humboldt Redwood Co.'s first priority. We are aware of trespassers on our property ("Straight from the PALCO Playbook," July 18). We have...

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'A Humanitarian Disaster'

(August 1, 2019) A beautiful 2-year-old Honduran girl flashed a huge, radiant smile when we walked up to her July 27. Her name is Natalia and she just wanted to play. We were...

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Straight from the PALCO Playbook

(July 18, 2019) An ember of the old Timber Wars is still smoldering in the woods near Rainbow Ridge in the Mattole. There, a stand-off between forest defenders and Humboldt Redwood Co. is...

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'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Why I oppose Terra-Gen's wind project

(July 4, 2019) How dispiriting to read that officials at Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) have fallen hook, line and turbine for a deeply flawed energy proposal. Like many outside colonizers since 1850,...

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Why I Support Terra-Gen's Wind Project

(June 27, 2019) I want to highlight why I support the Terra-Gen wind project and how the project fits into Redwood Coast Energy Authority's (RECEA's) larger, long-term goals for using local, renewable energy...

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How We Let This Happen

(June 27, 2019) There are children in concentration camps in the United States right now. On the news they call them "migrant children" (not children fleeing for their lives or seeking asylum...

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More on Galleries, Art and Money

(April 25, 2019) Yes, local art sales have slumped and local galleries are closing. From the perspective of a working artist though, I have been amazed that this area has hung on so...

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Changing of the Seasons

One native's perspective

(April 18, 2019) It has been a cold winter with what used to be normal amounts of rain. Floods have taken lives locally and we even had snow down to the sand...

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Genocide and Fugly Chairs

What Antiques Roadshow left out of Seth Kinman's legacy

(April 11, 2019) Recently, Antiques Roadshow did an appraisal of a Colt Model 1851 pistol that apparently belonged to early Humboldt County settler Seth Kinman. Spoiler alert: It's supposedly worth $50,000. During...

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