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Parking Lots Stay Off-limits Overnight for Homeless Community College Students

The demise of a high-profile proposal to let homeless students sleep overnight in community college parking lots illustrates just how much California has struggled to solve the student housing crisis. When Assemblyman Marc Berman introduced the bill in the Legislature earlier this year, it was met with equal parts applause and ridicule. Homeless students said they desperately needed safe places to park the cars that double as their bedrooms. Community colleges worried about security. And everyday Californians wondered, “How did things get this bad?” Now Berman, a Democrat from Palo Alto, has decided not to move the bill forward after the Senate Appropriations Committee added amendments that delayed it until 2021, made it easier for colleges to opt out, and exempted colleges within 250 feet of an elementary school. That last caveat would only serve to stigmatize students, Berman said in a statement in response to the amendments, which were made without public debate. “Homeless students are not pedophiles that need to be kept away from children,” he said. “They are men and women —many of them barely adults themselves —who are trying to improve…

‘Responsible Resilience’ on Display at Cooperation Humboldt’s Edible Garden Tour

As you walk into Karen Shepherd and Bradley Thompson’s backyard in Arcata, you are met with a beautifully diverse food forest with an array of vegetables, flowers and fruits, from asparagus and pears to onions and cabbage. Shepherd and Thompson began working on their food forest after they moved into their house 19 years ago. Like most homeowners, their backyard was just a lawn but, with much determination and hard work, they transformed it into a sustainable, food-producing garden and, in some ways, an ecosystem. “When we first moved in here, we had a lawn but we wanted to be experimental. The grass kind of gave us a fresh start, a blank late to begin our garden,” Shepherd said. “It’s become less of a garden and more of a habitat, with all the animals, bugs and even the weeds that grow.” Shepherd and Thompson’s yard was one of eight edible gardens within Eureka and Arcata that participated in Cooperation Humboldt’s first Edible Garden Tour, which the group hopes will become an annual event. Cooperation Humboldt (CH) is Humboldt County nonprofit that looks to create a…

Eureka Man, Cattle Killed in Crash

A 75-year-old Eureka man and a load of 20 cattle were killed Sunday when he lost control of his truck for unknown reasons while traveling northbound on Alderpoint Road, broke through a railing on the bridge over Burr Creek and went over the side. The man, whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene, as did all of the animals he was hauling. According to CHP, alcohol or drug use is not believed to be a factor in the 11 a.m. crash. The incident remains under investigation. Read the full California Highway Patrol release below: On 9/8/2019, at approximately 1100 hours, a 75 year old male from Eureka, was driving his 1990 International truck northbound on Alderpoint Road, just south of Sturm Road. For reasons still under investigation, the man lost control of the truck and it broke through the bridge railing of the bridge over Burr Creek. After colliding with the bridge, the truck left the bridge and came to rest on its side on the river bank below. The driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver’s identification…

HumBug: Caddisflies and Fishing Flies

When I was a boy, my dad introduced me to the joys and frustrations of trout fishing. In his opinion the best bait were what he called “periwinkles,” little bugs that cover themselves with twigs or stones and crawl around in creeks. Skip forward to 1981 and Gary LaFontaine, a noted writer, published a book that was a revelation in the world of fly fishermen. It was named simply Caddisflies. It extolled the virtues of the insect order trichoptera (meaning “hairy wing”) and its hitherto underappreciated role in the lives of our freshwater fish. Until his groundbreaking work, the main group of insects imitated by fly tyers was the Mayflies (ephemeroptera) known for their brief lives and showy “hatches” when the air can be filled with millions of them. Caddisflies, it seemed, were the answer to those perfect fishing days when the trout should have been jumping at the chance to impale themselves on the fisherman’s carefully tied concoctions of hook, feathers and hairs, but weren’t. Like most predators, trout are economists at heart. If there is a concentrated food source available, they will choose…

Coasties Rescue Two Injured Firefighters from the Fireline

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay rescued two seriously injured firefighters from a ridge in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area early Friday morning, plucking them from a spot just yards away from the fire line and pulling them to safety. At about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, the U.S Forest Service asked for the Coast Guard’s help rescuing the two firefighters who had been hit by falling rocks, leaving them with head, back and leg injuries near the Canyon Creek area of the Middle Fire. The Coast Guard launched its MH-65D Dolphin helicopter crew, who flew to the area and located the injured firefighters about 10 yards away from the fire line in a clearing the firefighters’ crew had cut to make way for the rescue. The helicopter crew was ultimately able to hoist the firefighters to safety from 240 feet above, its maximum range. Both injured firefighters were flown to the Weaverville airport, where they were transferred to medical personnel. “This rescue was extremely challenging due to the proximity to an active fire, the high elevation and the rugged terrain,” said Lt. Com. Derek Schramel, the…

Pedestrian Walking on SR 96 Killed in Hoopa

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a juvenile pedestrian who was struck while walking in the roadway of State Route 96 at Mill Road in Hoopa early this morning. According to a release, a driver called law enforcement to say she had struck a person just before 12:30 a.m. Emergency personnel responded but the unidentified pedestrian, whose age was also not released, died at the scene. Alcohol was determined not to be a factor in the incident. “It is unknown why the pedestrian was walking in the roadway,” the release states. Read the CHP release below: On 09-07-2019, at approximately 12:27 AM, the Humboldt Area CHP Dispatch Center received a call from the driver of a vehicle stating she struck a pedestrian that was walking in the roadway on Northbound SR-96 at Mill Road in Hoopa. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and rendered medical aid to a juvenile pedestrian suffering from injuries consistent with having been struck by a vehicle. Unfortunately, the pedestrian succumbed to their injuries at the scene and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was contacted to respond. The driver…

Song Village 8/18/2019

On a socked-in foggy day A group of singers gathered Choosing songs, one by one Voices blending, layered. Celtic, pop, traditional Melodic pleas for peace The fourteenth century’s John Ball Chanted for equality. A masterful guitarist An A cappella song or two Lifting our hearts and spirits As circles are wont to do.…

‘A Family to Be With’

The foster care system battles geography amid increasing demand Tiffany Strango’s philosophy is to love all children who enter her home as if they are her own. In her Eureka house, children are not pieces of paper and beds are not numbers. They are people and sanctuaries, respectively. Tiffany Strango never had the overwhelming urge to birth children but she and her husband George have been mother and father to more than two dozen foster children over the last four years, including two they adopted. In the couple’s living room hang 26 framed photos — one of each of the kids — which she says will hang forever. Their house is full of energy. At any given time, the sounds of laughter and the pitter-patter of running feet fill the air. The living room is filled with toys, stuffed animals and, of course, picture frames. The couple tries to give each child equal attention and George flies the little ones around as if they were airplanes. Giggling ensues. It’s a warm and comforting space for those placed in Humboldt County’s foster care system. Last year,…

Spicy Chicken Sandwich Envy

Where to get the hot stuff in Humboldt At Popeyes drive-throughs and glass doors across the country this week, steering wheels were slapped and shoulders sagged as patrons read signs posted by beleaguered employees informing them the Spicy Chicken Sandwich was sold out. For those gentle souls sheltered from the fracas, after the chain introduced its new sandwich — a fried chicken breast atop sliced pickles and spicy mayonnaise on a brioche bun — it got a marketing boost only beef can provide. That is, Twitter shade from competitor Chick-fil-A, which set off a social media dunk fest (hats off to Black Twitter in particular there) and subsequent mass rush to try the sandwich everyone was talking about. (See what you’re missing on Twitter besides presidential proclamations and my wicked gif game?) It also set off a wave of fast food FOMO in Humboldt County, where nary a Popeyes can be found. Even if you braved wildfire driving to Redding, supplies didn’t last. It’s satisfying to see anti-marriage equality donor Chick-fil-A take a whooping and people from every walk of life swept up in excitement…

Listen Up

The Book of Sirach, one of the Books of Wisdom from the Tanakh, tells me that if I conduct my affairs with humility, I will be loved more than a giver of gifts and that I should avoid seeking the things too sublime for me or beyond my strength. For, I am told, “The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.” I believe that this is likely all true, however inscrutable it might be in practice for a tin-eared jackass like myself. So I have decided to spend this week listening. To what, you might ask? Well, whatever. You, reader, if you care to drop a line, the wind, the animals, the ocean. Snippets of conversation and calamity out in public. Whatever drifts by. I’ll be an opportunistic feeder, like a fat catfish sitting in a deep hole under a grain loader for the barges. I’ll be the sentient smartphone hearing everything nearby and regurgitating obnoxious suggestions from the poor proxy of meaning I glean out of my spying. I will even try to read some…

Radioactive

PG&E is storing six casks of nuclear waste near Humboldt Bay, raising concerns Need something to add to your worry list? Something in addition to global warming, sea level rise, wildfires, war, social injustice, the next tsunami and that long-expected mega-earthquake? How about the six casks of nuclear waste stored at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant? Staff members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — at least those well-spoken gentlemen who hosted a public meeting on Aug. 26 at the Wharfinger Building — would assure you that the nuclear waste should be very far down on that worry list. But some members of the public would tell you otherwise. That clash of viewpoints made for a very interesting two hours. The original purpose of the meeting was to satisfy some pro forma requirement for public interaction, a necessary task to check a box on a bureaucratic to-do list. However, not a half hour in, some very concerned folks had seized control of the agenda and were letting the NRC and the PG&E public relations officer know exactly what they thought — and feared — about the…

The Heartland Laid Bare

Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross at College of the Redwoods Art Gallery We cut from mariachi dancers to the softball diamond. Flat limitless fields, nondescript buildings, canals and barges flicker past. A hopper belches out a river of golden corn. High above the threshing blades, sealed inside an air-conditioned cab, a farmer pilots a mammoth harvesting machine across fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. These are scenes from documentary videos made by Chicago-based artists Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross that are currently on view at College of the Redwoods Art Gallery. The exhibition, titled “Between the Bottomlands and the World,” consists of three videos made for the nonprofit Regional Relationships, wall-mounted text and documentary photographs. The videos alternate personal reportage with reenacted conversations based on material from interviews conducted by activist and urban planner Faranak Miraftab. These artworks depict facets of a place most Americans have never heard of: Beardstown, an Illinois River hamlet with a population of 6,000 that, the filmmakers make clear, is also “a place of global exchange and international mobility.” The first video “Submerging Land” focuses on…

Trinidad Art Night

Friday, Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m. FORBES AND ASSOCIATES 343 Main St. “Splintered Sunlight,” Michael Gottsegen, photography/digital imagery. HEADIES PIZZA AND POUR 359 Main St. Rick Tolley, landscape art. MOONSTONE CROSSING 529 Trinity St. Rick Tolley, oil paintings. NED SIMMONS GALLERY 380 Janis Court (Trinidad Coastal Land Trust). Plein Air show including work from artists Paul Rickard, Antoinette Magyar, John Crater, Rick Tolley, Connie Butler, Andrew Daniels, Stock Schlueter, Dolores Terry, John Jameton, Jody Bryan, Richard Stockwell, Steve Porter and Bjorn Lundeen. REDWOOD COAST VACATION RENTALS 361 Main St. “Acrylic Paint Pours,” Cory Calantropio, acrylic on canvas. SAUNDERS PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive). Fire Dancing by Circus of the Elements. Show starts at 8:45 p.m. SAUNDERS PLAZA (parking lot area near Murphy’s Market). Music by Blue Rhythm Revue; Face painting by ‘G’s Face Painting; Game of Corn Hole. SEASCAPE RESTAURANT AND PIER 1 Bay St. “See the Sea From Heart and Soul,” Jeff Stanley, acrylic paintings. THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St. Antoinette “Toni” Magyar, acrylic on canvas. TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St. Themed to honor the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, featuring Maureen McGarry,…

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