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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Hey HumCo, You're Looking Pretty Great In This Mountain Bike Video

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Oct. 15 @ 8:58 a.m. / Nature , Sports , Trails

Humboldt stars in a short new video about mountain biking. From Paradise Royal in the King range to the Arcata Ridge trail above Sunnybrae, Humboldt is "A Mountain Biker's Dream." 

"We hit the road with Humbolt (sic) local Tsering Alleyne and Kyle Warner to explore the Northern Coast of California surrounding Arcata. What we found were an abundance of amazing trails with little to nobody riding them... a mountain bikers dream. Read the full article in Freehub Magazine issue 5.2, and watch the amazing journey here."

This comes on the heels of yesterday's news that an international mountain bike race will make its American debut in, of all places, Weaverville in 2015. 

Below: stills from Searching For Bigfoot

 



Local-ish Mountain Biker Does Damn Good On Hellish World Championship Mountain Bike Race

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Oct. 14 @ 4:31 p.m. / Good News

Congrats to Trinity County's Michael Novak, who can apparently ride his bike all day. Literally.

According to a press release, this doctor/non-pro from Weaverville wound up placing 4th place in an international 24-hour endurance race in Scotland.

 

Next year, this grueling race makes its American debut in, of all places, Weaverville.  (See video below for more on that.)

Via the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce:

Northern California Mountain Biker Places 4th in World Championships

The longest mountain bike race that Weaverville’s Michael Novak had ever completed was the 8 Hours this August in a race in Northern California’s coastal town of Arcata.  After the last few days he can multiply that by 3. 

On Saturday and Sunday of this last weekend, Novak not only raced in the 2014 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships in Fort William, Scotland but placed 4th in the 35 – 39 age group. 

Taking place on the world renowned Witch’s Trail and World Championships courses in the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Leanachan Forest, the 2014 Championships included internationally known names such as 5-time WEMBO Champion Jason English and US Pro  Kelly Magelky, 2014 Women’s Champion from Kim Hurst from New Zealand and characters like Australia’s single speed hero Brett Bellchambers and emerging US rider Danielle Musto.  

Novak’s 4th place (39th overall out of 150+ riders, including the elite pros) finish is a significant personal achievement.  When asked what surprised him most about his experience he answered, “The speed of the elite riders. You think that you’re going fast and then one of the front-runners come by going so much quicker and smoother. Phenomenal!”

Proudly wearing the Weaverville 24 Jersey, promoting the location of next year’s World Championships, Novak was accompanied on the trip by Vic Armijo, Alex Cousins and Tony Lewis as a support team and to assist in promoting next year’s event.  

The 2015 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships will take place on the well hewn trails of the Weaver Basin Trail System that hug the hillsides above the historic gold mining town of Weaverville, California.  

“We opened registration a few weeks ago and the majority of our registrants are international,” said Cousins, “this is going to be huge and we’re looking forward to getting back to work on next year’s race when we get stateside.” 


For more information on this last weekend’s race and the upcoming World Championships in Weaverville in October of 2015 visit www.weaverville24.us.

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Humboldt Harvest Glass Gathering This Friday

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Oct. 14 @ 11:46 a.m. /

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One mean steam locomotive @hopsglass @hitmanglassdougie

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Today, we spoke with Bluegrass Man, aka Ari, a local glass artist. Here's what we learned:

 

  • There's a 'scientific glass' scene on the east coast
  • Someone bought a glass pipe for $100,000
  • The west coast is the best coast, at least inasmuch as glass art goes

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From their Facebook page:

"We are pleased to announce the 1st Annual HUMBOLDT HARVEST GLASS GATHERING on October 17-19, 2014. This event is located at the Lost Coast Gallery in Trinidad, California. Our intention is to honor and feature our local artists: Banjo, BlueGrass Man, Chunk, Jared DeLong, Mr. Gray, Jack & Emily Hanshaw, Hermit, Tristan Hodges, Little B, Piper Dan, WC Stearns, Talon, Vela G, Mike Warren and more.
On Friday evening we will be hosting an exclusive catered dinner with the artists and a VIP gallery opening. Door open at 5:00 pm. There will be live music and poi entertainment. VIP/Dinner tickets are available for $150 and are limited! For tickets please go to www.lostcoastgllery.bigcartel.com OR email at humboldtharvestglass@gmail.com OR call 707-677-5027
~ On Saturday, October 18th the event will be open from 10:00 - 6:00 and consist of a gallery opening to the public, glass demos, charity raffle, booths, food, drinks, and music from the No Good Redwood Ramblers.
*All entrance and raffle monies will be donated to our local charities - Food for People and Breast & GYN Health Project."


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"Ghetto blaster" 2012 collaboration with longtime friend and contemporary @justanotherglassblower and faithful assistant @peltzerglass Modeled after the exact boombox we lusted after in the 80's but couldn't afford. the tape deck ejects to accept an iPhone - and the speakers actually bump. There are three functional and removable pipes tucked into the back of the device. Dimensions are "almost too big to carry on one's shoulder" Piece now resides with @gratefuljs

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Rails With Trails

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Oct. 14 @ 11:25 a.m. / Trails

Emily and I talk with Barry Bergman of the Rails To Trails Conservancy about successful Rail With Trail projects around the country especially here in California. Astoria Oregon Trail shown.

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In Studio: Krista Detor

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Oct. 9 @ 6:56 p.m. / In Studio

 

The former HSU student found her way to NPR fame (and KHUM semi-fame) through critically-acclaimed songwriting and all-out hilarious mid-song banter. 

 

Here, Detor opens up about which band member is her favorite, how to write a decent song, and why the Secret Service stormed her childhood home. 

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Everybody Sings The Beach Boys!

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Oct. 9 @ 7:45 a.m. / Music

I want to thank long distance listener Sam Coody from Weatherford Texas for turning me onto this very cool video.



KHUM Listeners Debate Where The Best Trick-or-Treating Is

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 4:41 p.m. / Community

Some say Eureka's Lundbar Hills has the best quantity, but it's a zoo.

Others say that Freshwater is the most charming. One listener swears the growers have left Sunnybrae and it's totally fine again.

Also, McKinleyville keeps coming up as the unsung sweet spot for candy collecting. Listener Heather of Heartwood counted over 100 visitors to her door last year. But that is NOTHING compared to what Julie reports out in Lundbar hills.

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Where do YOU think the best trick-or-treating is, and why?

Things to consider:

  • Candy quantity
  • Neighborhood participation
  • Neighborhood decoration
  • Odds of accidentally finding a grow house
  • Walkability: hills? flat? 
  • Safety: good sidewalks? slow cars?
  • Also, candy quantity