Larry Trask / Tuesday, Nov. 26 @ 5:12 p.m. / Cocktail
Tonight for The Cocktail Hour (6pm), and just in time for the fall holiday, we'll be enjoying the Apple Winter Toddy. This delicious drink features Caorunn gin, a small batch gin made in Scotland. Because this gin is made in part from the Coul Blush apple, it lends itself especially well to this cocktail.
1 ½ oz. Caorunn Gin
4 oz. Pressed apple juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
¾ oz. Lemon juice
2 teaspoons Caster sugar
Garnish: Clove studded orange and apple, grated nutmeg
Method: Heat all ingredients in a pan until warm or steam with a coffee steamer.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Nov. 21 @ 2:25 p.m. / In Studio
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Nov. 21 @ 12:10 p.m. / In Studio
NoHum's Kingfoot made their KHUM debut this morning. The fellas discussed their association with Bigfoot, the local craft fair circuit, and how not to surf a tsunami.
- Joe King, Rhythm Guitar: HSU's main locksmith can not only pick locks and crack safes, but he can pick a pool table.
- Kevin Johnson, Bass: eschews the proper pronunciation of "Yoko Ono"
- Jimmy Foot, Lead Guitar: Lost money recording one of Humboldt's most legendary albums
Kingfoot in the studio. https://t.co/Fs3dC1bDb4— KHUM (@KHUMradio) November 21, 2013
Arcatans are estimated to use about four million single-use plastic bags annually. After last night, that number should drop dramatically.
In a 5-0 decision, the city council decided to adopt a bag ordinance that prohibits those plastic carryout bags found at grocery stores and restaurants.
"We're really happy that Humboldt Waste Management did our EIR (enviromental impact report) and made it available for everyone in the county to use," said Alex Stillman, Arcata City Councilmember. "And we're looking forward to adopting it, and also the county considering adopting it so that we can, as a coastal city and coastal county, eliminate plastic bags from our environment."
Arcata's bag ban goes into effect in February 2014, Stillman said. Starting in August, the city will mandate a ten-cent charge on paper bags.
Plastic bags don't biodegrade. Instead, they get shredded into smaller and smaller pieces until they work their way into the food chain. "There are places in the ocean where you find more particles of plastic than plankton," said Humboldt Baykeeper's Jessica Hall. "This is the single most popular issue when we post this on our Facebook page," she said. "This is the thing people have really, really responded too."
Though Stillman said she'd been eyeing a bag ordinance for Arcata since her reelection in 2006, Hall notes that this is the first plastic bag ban in Humboldt county. In addition to the city staff, Hall added that "Humboldt Waste Management Authority also gets a big high five for putting this on the table in the first place and I'd also like to thank our partners in the environmental community and the community members themselves."
Now's as good a time as ever to enjoy Australian comedian Tim Minchin's epic anthem.
If the Coast Guard had a 'Top Gun' academy, today's guest would be Maverick.
Victoria Taylor has always wanted to be a 'Surfman,' an elite certification earned driving rescue boats through heavy breaking waves.
After seven years of training, she is the only Surfman at the Humboldt Bay Station.
So when you watch the Coasties driving those boats through waves that would give even the shrewdest surfer pause, it could be Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoria Taylor at the wheel.
- The crew is strapped to the boat
- The rescue boats can capsize, and take up to 12 seconds to self-right
- Taking a wave wrong can cost you your teeth
- She didn't move bricks along the pool bottom for Coast Gaurd Boot Camp
- Taylor self identifies as a 'bad surfer' and rarely swims
- Those boats don't have hatches to batten down, so adjust your slang accordingly
USCG Sector Humboldt Bay press release:
Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoria Taylor, a boatswains mate from Station Humboldt Bay, was designated a Coast Guard Surfman today – the highest qualification a coxswain can achieve in the Coast Guard. This makes her the Coast Guard’s 484th Surfman. She is only the sixth female Surfman in Coast Guard history to receive the designation and the very first from Station Humboldt Bay. Additionally, she is currently the only watch-standing active duty female Surfman in the Coast Guard.
Being designated a Surfman puts one in a very elite group – only 5% of Coast Guard coxswains, or small-boat drivers, receive the qualification, which typically takes years to earn. It took BM2 Taylor seven years to earn this prestigious qualification.
There are 20 designated “surf” stations in the Coast Guard, located in areas that regularly experience significant surf conditions (waves that pass over shallow areas and break). Station Humboldt Bay, located on the south end of Samoa, is one of them. While regular lifeboat coxswains are qualified to navigate their vessels into heavy seas, only Surfmen are allowed to navigate into breaking waves.
Above: A Station Humboldt Bay 47’ Motor Lifeboat driving through breaking surf.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Nov. 19 @ 3:42 p.m. / In Studio
Hear Andrew Bird talk about building a barn, being a perfectionist, and the most beautiful thing he's ever seen. Video to be uploaded soon. [Photo: Chuck Johnson.]
1. Three White Horses (00:34)
2. Pulaski At Night (11:31)
3. Plasticities (22:15)
[The audio is a bit fussy at times, we apologize.]
Larry Trask / Tuesday, Nov. 19 @ 1:40 p.m. / Cocktail
Tonight for The Cocktail Hour we'll be featuring a cocktail that I like to think I invented, but that is so similar to an existing drink that I open myself up to lawsuits if I actually claim to have invented it.
So here's the drink I invented. I call it "The Disgraceful Press," because it's similar to a ginger press and it was invented at Disgraceland. The main thing you may not have is the ginger juice, but it's essential. I used this from The Ginger People. It needs to be strong.
1.5 oz rye whisky
Fizzy ginger drink (ginger ale will do, but I like the Fizzy Izzy ginger drink)
1/2 tsp Ginger Juice
Stir the rye, Ginger Juice and a couple of healthy squeezes of lime in a rocks glass with rocks. Top with the fizzy ginger drink. Garnish with lime wedge.
Two words: Yum.