Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, June 17 @ 1:33 p.m. / Education
Like so many high school graduates, Jordan Thayer is eager to get the hell out of the town he grew up in. In his zesty Salutatorian speech, he likens the high school experience to a drive along Eureka's 101 corridor. And while the picture he paints is not pretty, he packs a lot of laugh lines into his speech.
5. "It is truly an honor for you to be here today, to watch me graduate."
4. "I was told this speech should be about three minutes long, but if Eureka High taught me anything, it's to always exceed everyone's expectations."
3. "Humboldt's original In'n'Out - no, not the burger shop, the county jail."
2. "Like the pajama-bottom shoppers at Wal-Mart, we have stopped caring what others think."
1. "That concludes the first tenth of my speech. We will begin again after a quick intermission, when I'll read excerpts from "50 Shades Of Grey."
In an effort to remain positive, we've decided to not include Jordan's Arcata diss in this list ... but listen for it at the end of his speech, all the same! Go grads!
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, June 17 @ 9:39 a.m. / Event
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:45 a.m. / Event
On Wednesday and Thursday Dr. Kaitlin Ryan will be in Eureka as part of the Family Acceptance Project. Her work, for years, has been helping parents be supportive of their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender children. Wednesday she will be having an event for parents and families at the Eureka High School auditorium from 6 -8pm. Then on Thursday, all day at the Wharfinger building for health care providers of all kinds. Continuing education credits are available.
Larry Trask / Tuesday, June 9 @ 1:19 p.m. / In Studio
Singer/songwriter and lyrical genius James McMutry stopped by the KHUM studios to talk frankly about the economics of the 'music should be free' era, his guitar of choice, and the missing verse from Choctaw Bingo.
Listen to the James McMurtry interview below, or download it from the Live At KHUM podcast at iTunes.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, June 9 @ 9:09 a.m. / Trails
Emily and I discussed the Hit & Run truck vs pedestrian accident that was posted in the Lost Coast Outpost this morning. Our thoughts go out to the 23 year old man who was flown out of the area in critical condition. We also discussed current trails projects and alternate funding sources that California is using for such projects.
The legendary Lost Coast Trail is about to get slightly longer at its southern trailhead, according to Save The Redwoods League. With funding from the Coastal Conservancy, the league says they've acquired a nearly 1,000-acre parcel known as Shady Dell near Usal Creek. They say this will add a 2.3 mile segment to the southern section of the trail. [The popular northern section ends at Shelter Cove.]
Most of the Shady Dell parcel has already been logged, but lumberjacks left some freaks behind: candelabra trees, wolf trees, topped trees, and other trees that wouldn't easily fit into a mill.
Shady Dell also shelters a redwood grove that will take your breath away: on a steep hillside stand scores of old-growth redwoods shaped into “candelabras” by salty air and strong coastal winds.
The gnarly limbs of this ancient “Enchanted Forest,” as it’s known by locals, also provide important habitat for wildlife and interesting insight on how climate can (literally) shape forests.
Though currently closed to the public, Mendocino Land Trust's Louisa Morris told Lost Coast Outpost her organization is assisting with the groundwork and hopes to have the trail open by early 2016.
We assisted with planning and permitting for the trail. Starting on June 13th, the AmeriCorps crew trail gets here and we'll start building the trail. The CCC crew starts on June 24th.
The southern section of the Lost Coast Trail traverses the western edge of the Sinkyone Wilderness, from near Shelter Cove to Usal Campground, for now. Most hikers travel north to south.
Mendocino Land Trust will put up signage indicating the new trail, but between printing maps and updating online literature, getting the word out will surely take time. Since the trail includes two wilderness areas, public roads, and different properties, Morris said she wasn't clear on how other agencies would adopt the new distance, but "California Parks is fired up and it's all part of the California Coastal Trail."
The trail will feature about 50 feet of boardwalk, 231 steps, 30 feet of bridge, five interpretive signs, benches and a parking area. Construction is tentatively scheduled for completion in early 2016.
For more coverage, check out SFGate's coverage and photo spread here.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, June 3 @ 12:30 p.m. / Coastal Currents
We'll get the rest of the Coastal Currents stuff posted ASAP.