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BobFest coming to SPACE

Ever since he was a teenager, Bob Markel has been fascinated by the music of Bob Dylan.

"Music lyrics are not poetry," he declared; "with the exception of Bob Dylan's."

Markel, who will produce BobFest at SPACE on Dec. 12, is a scholar of poetry, particularly that of the lyricist. "Like all good art," he asserts, Dylan's "pre-supposes that you know something.

27 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Sarah Reith For the Ukiah Daily Journal

A snapshot of the typical Mendocino County vineyard

The typical vineyard in Mendocino County is only about 14 acres, according to a census recently released by the Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc.

Out of 2.4 million acres available in the county, less than one percent is planted with wine grapes, according to the census, and the vineyards in the county are "mostly small, family-owned" with typically only one varietal.

27 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Cal Fire: Burning OK, but prepare for next year's fire season

Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires, allowing Cal Fire's Mendocino Unit to transition to the winter burning season, which was made effective Monday morning throughout Mendocino County.

Cal Fire itself estimates it will not require burning permits until May 1, 2016.

27 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Thanksgiving traffic crashes expected to be deadly nationally

The National Safety Council estimates 433 people will be killed, and another 52,000 will be seriously injured in car crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend that spans over a four-day period, in what has already been a deadly year for crashes nationally.

The NSC defines the four-day Thanksgiving holiday as beginning at 6 p.

27 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Adam Randall @theadamrandall on Twitter

Mendocino County board and commission openings

The Mendocino County Executive Office is accepting applications for anticipated vacancies on the following boards or commissions:

Mendocino County Business Improvement District: In need of two inland area representatives, and one coastal region representative

Mendocino County Planning Commission: 3rd District representative

Mental Health Board: 1st District representative in public interest, 1st District consumer representative-family, 4th District public interest and 5th district consumer-fami...

27 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Ukiah police and fire log: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department. To anonymously report crime information, call 463-6205.

DUI ARREST: Caller at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center reported at 1:13 a.m. Monday that a vehicle pulling out of the parking lot was possibly being driven by a drunken driver.

27 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

Stolen truck used to break gate of Ukiah business

A stolen pick-up truck was used to break open the gate of a Ukiah business Sunday and two away two utility vehicles on a trailer, the Ukiah Police Department reported.

According to the UPD, officers responded to Garton Tractor on Talmage Road around 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22 when it was reported that someone had stolen a white, 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up truck and a 1981 car hauler trailer, and loaded two new Kubota UTVs onto the trailer before driving the pick-up truck through the business's locked ...

25 Nov 2015 at 5:11pm
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

In Hopland, coyotes vs. sheep
Kim Rodrigues is "not Pollyanna optimistic. I'm really optimistic," she declared. Rodrigues was the interim director of the Hopland Research and Extension Center for six months before she took the position on a long-term basis in January of this year. Her background is in forestry, but she is currently optimistic about the non-lethal predator management strategies at HREC.
25 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Sarah Reith For The Ukiah Daily Journal

Ukiah police and fire log: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department. To anonymously report crime information, call 463-6205.

DUI ARREST: An officer stopped a vehicle in the 200 block of West Perkins Street at 12:40 a.m. Saturday and arrested Salvador O. Gomez, 21, of Covelo, on suspicion of driving under the influence and violating his probation.

25 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by By Ukiah Daily Journal staff

City conditionally agrees to mediation about Palace Hotel

Mediation as an alternative to receivership is a possibility for the Palace Hotel as long as certain things are agreed to by both sides, City Attorney David Rapport said Tuesday.

Rapport said the attorneys representing the City of Ukiah, which includes him and Scott Huber, spoke with attorneys representing the owner of the Palace Hotel last week and both sides at least verbally agreed to a course of action that includes mediation, "as long as they agree to our stipulation," Rapport said.

25 Nov 2015 at 12:00am
by Justine Frederiksen

Eureka Times-Standard

Protecting the fishermen: 20th annual Blessing of the Fleet

To mark the 20th annual Blessing of the Fleet in Trinidad, U.S. Coast Guard Humboldt Bay Sector Commander Capt. Art Snyder dazzled the large crowd gathered for the ritual with two low flybys in a Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

Assembled at the Memorial Lighthouse above the ancestral Tsurai Village on a brisk Thanksgiving morning, the sea was calm and there was not a cloud in the sky as the smell of sage wafted through the air and people of all ages danced to tunes played by the Redwood Ramblers.

26 Nov 2015 at 3:40pm
by By Hunter Cresswell

Small Business Saturday focuses on keeping it local

With the holiday season officially beginning, businesses owners across Humboldt County are hoping residents will shop local -- and not just on Small Business Saturday.

For Eureka Main Street Executive Director Charlotte McDonald, the reason is simple.

"I love the fact that everybody in the community benefits from small businesses," she said.

26 Nov 2015 at 3:20pm
by By Hunter Cresswell

Safety tips for winter storms

While the actual start of winter is still weeks away, the end of fall is looking quite similar to the next season in line. In other words, cold.

With that coolness comes the reality of seasonal storms that churn the ocean, require a bigger log on the fire and may take out the power. While the announcement of "The power's out" is not a always the case, most everyone on the North Coast has experienced storm-prompted outages.

26 Nov 2015 at 3:17pm
by By Jessie Faulkner

Humboldt Made event offers holiday shopping

The Humboldt Made organization is teaming up with Redwood Acres to host the first Humboldt Made Small Business Saturday event at the fairgrounds this weekend.

Humboldt Made Executive Director Alanna Powell said this event gives the community an opportunity to buy from most of their local vendors in one place while also giving the owners, some of whom don't have a brick and mortar store, opportunities to sell more goods and market their businesses.

26 Nov 2015 at 3:11pm
by By Hunter Cresswell

Volunteers needed for the regional Extreme Weather Shelter

With cold and wet weather arriving, the Arcata House Partnership is looking for volunteers to help with the Regional Extreme Weather Shelter.

The shelter is opened on nights when it is unusually cold or wet, providing a space for homeless individuals to safely sleep. Two volunteers training sessions will be held in December for those who want to help supervise at the shelter.

26 Nov 2015 at 3:09pm
by By Tabitha Soden

At a glance: A look at holiday outdoor options

If you are looking for an alternative to shopping or just an opportunity to be outside, local parks and nature reserves are inviting people to take a hike.

Arcata Marsh

Post-holiday activities begin a day early in Arcata with a Thanksgiving morning walk around the marsh.

The walk is an annual tradition and will be lead by longtime with Friends of the Arcata Marsh docent Jenny Hanson.

25 Nov 2015 at 8:29pm
by By Tabitha Soden

Governor appoints local man to North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a McKinleyville man to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday, according to a press release from his office.

John Corbett was reappointed to his position on the board, which he has held since 2002.

From 2003 to 2015 Corbett was the senior legal counsel to the Yurok Tribe, before that he spent almost 20 years as a general manager of the North Coast Cooperative.

25 Nov 2015 at 8:34pm
by The Times-Standard

Coroner IDs pedestrian killed Sunday

The Humboldt County Coroner's office identified the pedestrian killed Sunday night on U.S. Highway 101 north of Guintoli Lane.

Cassandra L. Rogers, 43, of McKinleyville died of blunt force trauma after being hit by a car just before 9 p.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, there was a heavy fog and Rogers, dressed in dark clothing, was standing in the roadway when she was struck.

25 Nov 2015 at 8:33pm
by The Times-Standard

Community Profile: EPD's MIST officer is determined to make a difference

The Eureka Police Department's first full-time Mobile Intervention and Services Team officer Wayne Rabang may understand better than most some of the trials faced by people living on the streets.

A traffic accident four years ago that took place while he was a patrol officer pursuing a suspect left him with a traumatic brain injury.

25 Nov 2015 at 8:32pm
by By Jessie Faulkner

Freezing temps trigger emergency shelter

The extreme weather shelter alert was triggered for the first time this season due to predicted below-freezing temperatures Wednesday night, but only the Fortuna emergency shelter was able to open.

The first alert from the Eureka National Weather Service issued around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday announced that minimum temperatures Wednesday night and Thursday morning could reach as low as 30 degrees.

25 Nov 2015 at 8:28pm
by By Tabitha Soden

North Coast Journal

Brand Watch: The Myth of the Sleazy Car Salesman

The unshaven man leers from behind the high lapels of his trenchcoat, his fingers tented as though to shield a cigarette from the wind. Beside him the neon winks, letters in a loopy vintage font: Bob?s Fine Cars.?
26 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
by Linda Stansberry

Milling Around

Thanksgiving weekend is the start of holiday season traditions.?

26 Nov 2015 at 4:00am

A little panda's big adventure tugs a community's heartstrings About the time Loretta Hancock was heading out to grab something to eat on Nov. 21, a feeling of deep dread was settling firmly into the pit of Sequoia Park Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler's stomach. It was about 9:30 p.m., roughly 70 hours since Masala ? the zoo's 16-month-old red panda ? escaped her enclosure and disappeared, setting off a panda hunt that made international news.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Thadeus Greenson

'One Big Headache'
Eureka City Schools takes divergent paths on proposed lease-leaseback projects Eureka City Schools is backing away from at least one of its controversial no-bid construction contracts. Back in September, the district decided to forgo the no-bid construction contract it had promised DCI Builders to renovate the Alice Birney Elementary School site, opting to put the process out to bid instead.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Thadeus Greenson

Flash Fiction 2015
Fun-sized fiction Really, in the age of 140-character tweets and 30-second elevator pitches, 99 words are plenty. (Nice try with those 100-word entries, by the way ? oh, we see you.)?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by North Coast Journal Readers

Time to Give Thanks
The idea of being grateful for all that we have daily is a nice one. Perhaps a naive one as well.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Andy Powell

Hum Plate Roundup
Grateful platefuls There will be a moment somewhere in this long holiday weekend, when, amid the sound of stacking dishes and the hum of a televised football game, you trace a trembling hand over your distended belly, unable to imagine wanting food ever again. It's temporary.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

The Mizzou Myth
When you can take your selfie stick and zip videos of your protest to Instagram, who needs news photographers? In a world of self-publication, we don't need press anymore.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Marcy Burstiner

What Is Wrong With Our Community?
The events leading up to becoming homeless are always traumatic and often related to violence in one's childhood. About 90 percent of homeless women and about 50 percent of homeless men have been rape or incest victims, often as children, and often repeatedly.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Fhyre Phoenix

Humboldt's Specialty
Outdoor cultivation ordinance barrels along Humboldt County's outdoor medical marijuana land use ordinance looks like it will meet its early December deadlines, though much remains to be done before it could hit the county books by the looming state-imposed deadline. The Humboldt County Planning Commission finalized its directions to county staff on Nov. 20, following dozens of hours of public comment and discussion over several weeks of meetings.?
26 Nov 2015 at 1:00am
by Grant Scott-Goforth