Petey Brucker: 1952-2024

Peter (Petey) Daniel Brucker passed away peacefully, in the arms of his loved ones. After a decline from the disabling neurological disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, Petey took his last breath as the sun rose on Earth Day, April 22. Born in Nyack, New York, on Oct. 15,1952, the son of Mildred and Daniel Brucker, Petey was known as a loving and wily child who favored his sense of connection to the earth over being in school. In the spring of 1975, Petey followed his older brother Phil to the Salmon River, where he met Geba Greenberg in 1977 and spent the rest of his life with her. Petey’s sister Donna soon joined them. Petey dedicated his life to protecting the extraordinary Salmon River watershed. He helped found local organizations including “Salmon River Concerned Citizens” to eliminate the aerial spray of herbicides; “Salmon River Mining Council,” Salmon River Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Klamath Forest Alliance and in 1992 co-founded the Salmon River Restoration Council (SRRC) with Jim Villeponteaux. …

Sandra Fredrickson: 1939-2024

Sandra Fredrickson was born in 1939 in Duluth, Minnesota, to John and Ruth Fredrickson, and was the middle child of three, between Paul and younger sister, Tracey. Sandra was an active nurse for 40 years, the last 20 spent as a nurse educator in San Francisco. She began her retirement in Humboldt County in 1999, finding peace in the remote area of Westhaven. Sandra enjoyed volunteer work, especially at the Humboldt County Animal Control Shelter where she helped socialize kittens and cats. She was a pie maker for the Westhaven Blackberry Festival, made home deliveries for Food for People, helped Barbara Snell and Lena Macy with blood drives in Trinidad, and was an ombudsman for the Mad River Adult Day Care. A faithful member of Trinidad Women in Black, Sandra stood for peace every Friday for more than eight years. Sandra claimed her greatest adventure in life was taking a year off from nursing to sail the South Pacific (with her life partner, John) in a 32-foot sailing vessel. She is survived by her partner, John Hepplewhite; sister, Tracey Mueller; nieces and nephews, Jan, Krisa

Music Tonight: Friday, July 12

Fans of unusually structured pop with glowing variances of sonic fidelity, thematic purity and earnestness — another way of saying “DIY,” “indie” or “lo-fi,” along with many other genre descriptions that get tossed around a lot — should check out the Miniplex tonight at 8:30 p.m. because there is a stacked lineup. Samples, bedroom compositions, and revisitations of previous feelings rewired through several generations of electric soundware and scrolled into mutant player piano recitals of storytime are all possible tonight. Local acts Chini Coolers and Manic Moth provide a solid porchlight to coax out the fluttering tunes of touring pals Nesey Gallons & Carousel Museum, and Pure Mothman & Fly, Tanager! who are perhaps a little more folk punk than not, but it’s tough to tell from online content only. The $10 cover is not much to find out for yourself.

Jackson Stepping Down at Cal Poly Humboldt

After five years on the job, Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson Jr. announced today that he will be stepping away from his current post and retreating to a faculty position next month. The announcement comes after a tumultuous end to the 2023-2024 school year saw Jackson face calls for his resignation and a no-confidence vote from faculty stemming from his handling of a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators who occupied Siemens Hall for about a week in late April. Jackson drew public criticism from students, faculty, staff, community members and civil rights groups for his decision to close campus and then send hundreds of officers to arrest protesters. The president then did not attend the last University Senate meeting of the year, reportedly due to concerns for his personal safety. But Jackson’s tenure has also seen a huge influx of state resources to the campus, as it transitions into California’s third polytechnic university. While the transition has yet to result in a significant increase in enrollment, it’s projected to double the school’s student in the coming years at a time when enrollments are declining in

Rise and Fall of the “Sunshine Vitamin,” Part Two

Last week, I outlined the importance of vitamin D for healthy bodies and how recommendations for adequacy published in 2011 were, in retrospect, far too extreme. To understand why vitamin D assumed such a huge role in the health of the nation — vitamin D tests are still the fifth-most-common Medicare-funded lab tests — it’s worthwhile to compare “observational studies” with “randomized trials.” Observational studies simply note a correlation. Say you notice that people with lighters in their pockets are more prone to get lung cancer than those without lighters. It doesn’t say that lighters cause lung cancer, it simply notes the correlation without citing the probable connection, i.e. smoking. (This example is from Christopher Labos delightfully skeptical book, Does Coffee Cause Cancer? which takes on the vitamin D controversy, among others.) About a decade ago, a slew of observational studies found that low vitamin D levels were associated with increased risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and falls. However, when researchers followed through with randomized trials that involved tens of thousands of participants (the gold standard for medicine), there was no correlation: Those taking

Dear Mr. Biden,

Remember there are lush, green redwood ravines, groves set aside for citizens’ respite and renewal, so ancient that current problems seem a wisp of spider’s web. A league of people preserved this sliver of coastline, wrested woods from those wanting only profits. Because of their persistence, I walk the Hope Trail as the morning fog starts to lift. They, too, must have noticed the candy-kiss seedpods of trillium, summer’s string of hanging, orange lily-lanterns, and the variegated, maroon inflorescence of tiny orchids. They would have listened for the varied thrush’s melancholy whistle, delighted in the Pacific wren’s waterfall of notes and the trickle of the creek camouflaged by spreading thimbleberries and mock azaleas. Hope Creek’s watershed is worth their struggle. An onshore breeze gently stirs the treetops high above, ruffles a steep hillside’s carpet of sword and lady ferns, lifts five-finger ferns in subtle waves. A crater made by a fallen giant where now its contorted root ball rests, out of deep crannies grow a cascade of deer ferns. Atop a fallen log’s tablecloth of worn-looking silk-moss a spring-green tree begins. The trail is littered


Editor: It’s important to consider a candidate’s qualifications before you vote, so here is a list of qualifications for one presidential candidate. He possesses a broad business background. He’s had six hotel/casino businesses file for bankruptcy and has sold shoes, Bibles and personal trading cards, as well as begged for donations, all on the internet. He likes to make bold claims. He bragged that he could get Mexico to pay for a border wall, which didn’t happen. He also has stated repeatedly that he won the 2020 election and that the Capitol insurrectionists are really patriots. He’s been a TV star. He hosted a business reality show but was forced to leave for making derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, accusing many of being criminals or rapists. He has an unparalleled moral code. He bragged that when you’re a star, you can just grope women. He’s also a convicted felon for falsifying business records. He takes care of his friends. He had tax laws passed that overwhelmingly benefited rich individuals and large corporations. He loosened business regulations as well, recently meeting with corporate CEOs promising more

Re: Lincoln and Juneteenth

Editor: According to Kelby Mcintosh’s Juneteenth origin story (“My Juneteenth Revelation of Embracing Culture in Humboldt,” June 27), “a white man signed a piece of paper saying black folks are free.” Would that be Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest men this country has ever produced? I can see where Kelby is coming from. After all, it was an anonymous black man that gave the iconic “I have a dream” speech back in the day. Wait a minute, was that Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest men this country has ever produced? I’m not afraid to show some respect and say their names. John Dillon, Eureka…

California Approves New Blueprint for Offshore Wind. The Massive Projects Will Cost Billions

The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved a sweeping plan to develop a massive floating offshore wind industry in ocean waters — a first-of-its-kind undertaking that will require billions in public and private investments and could transform parts of the coast. The new state plan sets the path for harnessing wind power from hundreds of giant turbines, each as tall as a 70-story building, floating in the ocean about 20 miles off Humboldt Bay and Morro Bay. The untapped energy is expected to become a major power source as California electrifies vehicles and switches to clean energy. California’s wind farms represent a giant experiment: No other place in the world has floating wind operations in such deep waters — more than a half-mile deep — so far from shore. The commission’s vote today came after representatives of various industries, environmentalists, community leaders and others mostly expressed support for offshore wind, although some voiced concerns. State and federal officials use the word “urgency” to describe the frenetic pace needed to lay the groundwork for development of five areas that the federal government has leased to offshore

Crabs Rally to Win Third Series in a Row

After an exciting week that featured three walk-off wins and their first conference series victory, the Humboldt Crabs had seemingly turned things around after opening conference play 0-7. They’d get one day to enjoy it before embarking on a new week of challenges that included six games in six days. Momentum can be fickle, especially in baseball. Tuesday night, they welcomed the Solano Mudcats to town for a three-game set, but the magic they had experienced the past week wasn’t there and, after losing the opener 10-0, the Crabs and their faithful might have thought, “It was fun while it lasted.” But this team and this community are built different. Baseball players need to have a short memory to be able to turn the page, and Wednesday night the Crabs would storm back and do just that. Billy Ham and Troy Harding would set the pace for the Crabbies offensively with two RBIs each. The real story would be the Crabs bullpen, which has been a strength all summer. University of California Davis product Max Hippenstell, fresh off a great performance in Sunday’s extra-inning win

Alton “Whit” Lewis: 1937-2024

Alton “Whit” Lewis, age 87, peacefully passed away on June 17, at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California. He was born on April 28, 1937, in Merced, California, the son of Arthur Wright Lewis and Alice Sarah Savage. They lived in Fish Camp, Mariposa County, near Yosemite, with his sister Lyla and brother Dennis. He began working in the woods at a very early age with his Dad and Grandpa, then held a number of positions in the logging industry. He was also a heavy equipment operator and a distance truck driver. He could fix anything. He was a good cook, with baked ham and the hobo breakfast two of his specialties. He loved old time country music and knew the words to many songs. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1958 aboard the USS Ajax. He had a wealth of knowledge about historical events and everyday life. His memory of family history and the birth dates of everyone he ever knew was amazing. In 2006, he married his childhood sweetheart, Beverly Taplin, and they moved to Chelsea, Vermont, where Beverly had been

Don Nielsen

Donald Alan Nielsen, 84, the grandson of Swedish and Danish immigrants who settled on the Arcata Bottom in the early 1900s, passed away the first week of April, following complications from a fall. From an early age, Don worked on the farmers’ and ranchers’ fields on the Bottom weeding, mowing and baling hay, and later worked as a night watchman at the Simpson Mill to support his family and to earn his college expenses. Don attended the College Elementary School and Arcata High school, where he was active in debate, a delegate to Boys State and graduated with honors in 1957. As a promising undergraduate at Humboldt State College, Don taught mathematics at College of the Redwoods and worked part-time as a sports writer on The Humboldt Standard newspaper in Eureka. At HSU, he was a staff writer on the Lumberjack and the Sempervirens annual. After completing his bachelor of science in math at HSU, he was awarded a graduate fellowship at Washington State University at Pullman. Midway through his fellowship, during a Christmas trip to Arcata, Don and his wife Jeanette and young son

Music Tonight: Wednesday, July 10

Humbrews hosts the next-generation of a beloved talent — and his late, famous, jam band King of Hearts friend and cohort — at 8 p.m. tonight for $25, a sum I guarantee many of you in the jam world will be seriously considering after reading below. The Sam Grisman Project is helmed by the son of David Grisman, pioneering mandolinist who was often the partner of Jerry Garcia when the latter felt like breaking out the acoustics, chucking the amps and digging out old songbooks and new to babble some folk, bluegrass, jazz and beyond. This fusion was dubbed by the duo “dawg music,” with an emphasis on bringing new life into old forms and sharing the often excellent results with all people everywhere. The younger Grisman has dedicated his considerable abilities and those of his players to preserving and expanding on this theme. The new crop of dawgs. And why not? Seems a more noble use of his skills than what a lot of legacy kids get up to. Check it out.

Fourth Fun in Old Town

Under unusually warm sunshine, Eureka Main Street’s Fourth of July Festival in historic Old Town attracted its usual large crowd of attendees enjoying a wide variety of foods, crafts, commercial items and fine art, while community groups tabled to get word out about their organizations. Two stages featured performances by North Coast Dance and live music by Bandoloko, Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band, the SoHum Girls Band, Roland Rock, the Claire Bent Jazz Quintet, Good Time Charlies, Frogbite and Buddy Reed. In what looked like it could become a July Fourth tradition, Rooftop Sushi in Eureka, owned by Joe and Lily Tan, offered great views of the vendors and crowd in Old Town as it hosted two events, starting with a Japanese BBQ luncheon with special guest chef Alexander of Kogiri and live music by the Young & Lovely jazz group, featuring vocals by sisters Brianna and Elle Penner. In the evening, the rooftop venue offered a sushi buffet dinner, sake wine and beer, and great views of the fireworks over Humboldt Bay that started at 10 p.m. — with no coastal fog to spoil the

Mike Knight: 1951-2024

Sadly, a kind and good husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and neighbor, Mike Knight, died of pancreatic cancer at home Jan. 12, at age 72. Wishing he could still be with us, we are left with a new way of living with him through our memories. Mike was born on Feb. 3, 1951, in Yokohama, Japan to his British-American mother, Peggy Knight and his father, Philip Knight, also known as “the Colonel” or “Stormy,” and his sisters, Judy and Chris. As a boy, Mike lived with his family in several locations, where they developed a family of friends, leading to his dad’s itinerary-driven cross-country summer vacation trips to visit them. Mike often spoke of these trips, his reverence for D.C., the beautiful South, the architecture on the East Coast and the joy of being with friends and family. While in sixth grade, Mike’s family moved to what his dad called “Sunny California” in Eureka where he dropped off Mike and friends at the Samoa Dunes while only wearing swim trunks with a towel in hand during a normal summer of teeth-chattering, mile-thick Humboldt fog

Martin Michael Campusano: 1960-2024

Martin Michael Campusano passed away at his home on March 29, following a lengthy battle with cancer. As was very typical of Martin’s personality, he was courageous and pragmatic during his illness. Even during the most difficult times, Martin maintained his sense of humor and his propensity for telling corny jokes — he’d rather see people happy and laughing. Martin was born in San Francisco, California, where he lived with his mother, father and three older sisters, Deborah Romano (Rod), Linda Castro and Cindy Sweeney. They also lived in Hayward and Fremont, California. As a young man, Martin’s journey in life led him to a number of places such as, Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Crescent City. He eventually joined his mother’s move to McKinleyville, California, and spent a good part of his life in and around Eureka, California, where he seemed to have found home. Martin enjoyed the outdoors and ultimately found landscape work to be a vocation that fit his personality. He and his step father, Kent, started a landscape maintenance business, Mow and More, in McKinleyville.  He had a number of hobbies

Donna Goddard: 1934-2024

Donna Goddard passed away Sunday June 30, at the age of 89. Born Nov.  5, 1934, in Sanger, California, to Granville and Alice Alcorn. In 1952 the family moved to Westhaven, where Donna graduated from Arcata High School. Donna met and married her lifelong love, Don, and together they had four children. Donna loved her family and was a good mom, auntie, grandmother and great grandmother. Donna was never afraid of a hard day’s work and had some very interesting jobs; she worked as a switchboard operator at the local phone company, tallied lumber for Arcata Redwood, ran North Bay Firewood with her son, Gary, and even operated the chop saw at Simpson Timber Co. In her time off she enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their place in Redwood Creek, fishing on the Klamath, and bowling; in fact, she was an expert (competitive) bowler, with many trophies to prove it. Donna is survived by her children, Renee, David, Gary and Susan; grandchildren, Jennifer, Bobbi, Josh, Cody and Tucker; and great grandchildren, Layla, Cameron, Kaileigh, Camerin, Tyler, Invy and Abby. Donna was preceded

Music Tonight: Tuesday, July 9

I was just this weekend chatting with one of my Texas brothers in arms from my musical touring days and we agreed that no place creates brilliant counterculture artists quite like the Lone Star State. From the Butthole Surfers to Townes Van Zandt to The Flatlanders, it’s a special place, love it or hoof it. The latter group is a fantastic country-ish trio featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Those unfamiliar with the man’s music will probably recognize him as Smokey, the diminutive bowler who Walter threatens with a gun for a supposed infraction in the Coen Brothers classic The Big Lebowski. Tonight at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, you will find him playing in The Guilty Ones, a band he fronts with Dave Alvin, another classic oddball roots rock and roll weirdo, albeit one from our state. These fellas are solid legends and I am certainly not alone in that opinion. The $50 ($45 in advance) ticket might seem a little high, but considering you get Badger State bard Paul Cebar on the bill as well, I think it’s well-worth it if you are a fan of

Eureka Woman Arrested for Manslaughter, DUI for I Street Crash

A 30-year-old Eureka woman reported has admitted to using nitrous oxide just prior to causing a fatal multi-car collision on I Street in May that left a pedestrian dead, according to Eureka police. The Eureka Police Department issued a press release this afternoon announcing it had secured a Ramey warrant for the arrest of Maria Cuevas for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit and run causing death or injury and that Cuevas is in custody, held on $65,000 bail. According to jail records, Cuevas was booked into the jail July 2. “Additional charges of felony DUI causing bodily injury were submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review, as Cuevas admitted to using [nitrous] oxide just prior to the collision,” the press release states, adding that the investigation is ongoing. According to EPD, officers responded to a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision in the 900 block of I Street around 1:45 p.m. on May 22, which was followed moments later by multiple reports of multiple collisions on I Street near Seventh Street. A 66-year-old pedestrian, later identified as David Sprague, was pronounced dead at

Il Forno in Fortuna

The people of Fortuna have evidently mastered manifestation, perhaps connecting with their namesake goddess. One can only assume this from the imminent opening of a larger branch of the Asia’s Best market there and a second location for the Garberville-based Il Forno Bakery (1006 Main St., Fortuna). What candles are you lighting, Fortunans? The chai doughnut is rumored to be a stellar spoke in the rotation but stopping in on a day when the lemon and poppyseed was on the counter felt like luck ($2.50). The tangy white icing is thick over the raised yeast doughnut, which is fluffy and moist, with a light stretch when you pull it apart. Lemon is an overlooked flavor for doughnuts and the frosting on this one is downright juicy. The fox-brown, laminated croissants are a draw, particularly the weighty almond variety ($6.95). Slivers, rather than slices, crunch on top, ground almond filling inside, and powdered sugar and crumbs everywhere. Wear the flakes with pride. Those of us who know the moist, nearly custardy richness sandwiched in these somewhat smashed looking relics of French excess will recognize the spray