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Saturday, November 22, 2014
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

All About That Bass - Great Star Wars Parody

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 7:55 a.m. / Humor

Well you know it would be done sooner or later...

 



[PHOTO] Transient Tenants Let Weeds Overrun NoHum Nest

Mike Dronkers / Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 11:02 a.m. / Environment , Nature , Non-Crime , Non-Emergencies , Science , wildlife

They've really let the place go. This screenshot indicates that the once-bustling Humboldt Bay Eagles nest is now a planterbox. Worse still, frogs, squirrels and chickadees have also been squatting while the eagles are out of town. Typical.

So where are the eagles, anyway? According to biologist Sandra Hunt-von Arb: 

"They're off wherever they go during the off-season, although they come by to check their territory periodically (although not always where we see them on the cam)."

And what's in that raised bed? Whatever sprouted in the mix of twigs, feathers, fish bones, moss, and raptordoo remains a mystery. KHUM's unofficial botany correspondent Jen Kalt tells us that it's "hard to see them well... but the non-grassy one looks like possibly wild radish." 

Hang out with Humboldt Bay Eagle fans over on this Facebook group. Until next time, enjoy this family portrait from busier times atop Humboldt's most famous nest. 

 



(PHOTOS/VIDEO) 'Sharkmarine' Spotted in Ocean Near Trinidad

Mike Dronkers / Friday, Nov. 7 @ 11:57 a.m. / Ocean , Oddities

UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: The beast has now been spotted in Eureka.

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Jason Self

Is this submarine? A boat? Whatever it is, a small crowd has gathered on the pier in Trinidad to watch some pretty unusual watercraft in action (example video below). 

KHUM spoke with Joe Natale of Seabreacher. He says these stunt boats are made in Redding and that they're out here to shoot video today. 

"It's a semi-submersible craft. We can submerge it about five feet at about 20-25 miles an hour, and then porpoise the whole craft out of the water. We can also barrel roll, and it'll travel at about 55 miles per hour on top of the water."

(AUDIO) KHUM Sharkmarine interview

Big thanks to KHUM compatriot Jason Self for the tip and the photos. 



Local Doc's Kickstarter Is Off To A Strong Start

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Nov. 6 @ 12:29 p.m. / Health , Health Care

Few people enjoy talking about the inevitable endgame. Led by Dr. Michael Fratkin, a team of healthcare professionals are in the midst of a fundraising campaign to provide more options patients going through end-of-life-care.

Dubbed Resolution Care, they seek to use telemedicine to empower patients worldwide with the options they might not otherwise be presented with. He spoke with KHUM earlier today.

Fratkin on if death is the 'ultimate drag':

IsDeathADrag

When discussing end-life-music, Fratkin throws a challenge down: What's on your funeral's playlist?

Funeral Challenge

  • Lost Coast Outpost's Andrew Goff: "U2"
  • KHUM's Larry Trask: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", the Clash
  • Dr. Fratkin: "It's The End Of The World (and I Feel Fine), REM
  • Leave your own answer in the comments. 

According to Dr. Fratkin in a video about Resolution Care:

"Resolution care is a social enterprise. It's a combination of a nonprofit and a professional corporation that share the same mission to ensure that soulful and capable care are available to everyone everywhere as life approaches completion."

Hear Fratkin's complete KHUM interview below. 

FratkinAudio

More coverage:

Lost Coast Outpost: Local Doctor Launches Project To Change The Way We Approach Death

North Coast Journal: Sewing A Shroud

 





Stop the Violence Looks At Latino Culture

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Nov. 6 @ 8:13 a.m. / Stop the Violence

This morning I spoke with Jean LaPietra and Haydee Hopkins of Promotores as we continue the topic of the week, "The Culture of Aggression." Just before our on-air discussion, I received a request for the song Luka, by Suzanne Vega, but in spanish. Considering the subject matter of the song, I looked hard for it and found a great performance of the song in spanish. I share it with you now.... If you missed this morning interview, you will find it archive on the Stop the Violence web page. Just click on the Stop the Violence logo in the upper right corner of the KHUM web page.



Arroyo Cruising to Easy Victory; Bergel Tightens Gap; GMO Ban Winning; Fair Wage Tanks (RESULTS/PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 4 @ 10:12 p.m. / Elections

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES22,73361.18%
NO14,42638.82%
MEASURE Z
YES20,67355.95%
NO16,27944.05%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO2,46567.65%
RYAN KAPLAN1,10530.32%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
SOFIA PEREIRA2,59938.82%
MARK E. WHEETLEY2,54438.00%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ90313.49%
JASON CARR2994.47%
PATRICK HYLAND2553.81%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO4,25162.94%
CHET ALBIN2,46436.48%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 9:44 a.m.: New elections result posted

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 11:57 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES17,02959.43%
NO11,62440.57%
MEASURE Z
YES15,82355.41%
NO12,73244.59%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO1,90467.49%
RYAN KAPLAN86030.49%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
SOFIA PEREIRA2,03039.04%
MARK E. WHEETLEY2,00038.46%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ66912.87%
JASON CARR2204.23%
PATRICK HYLAND2003.85%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3
MIKE L. NEWMAN2,69550.76%
KIM BERGEL2,59148.80%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO3,28861.60%
CHET ALBIN2,02137.86%
MEASURE Q
YES3,67565.79%
NO1,91134.21%
MEASURE R
NO3,49162.01%
YES2,13937.99%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 11:48 p.m.: Downticket (as of the Third Report)

MEASURE U -- Rio Dell Sales Tax
YES 300 53.19%
NO 264 46.81%
MEASURE V -- Fortuna Sales Tax
YES 909 36.51%
NO 1,581 63.49%
MEASURE W -- Fortuna Elementary School Bonds
YES 1,223 43.6%
NO 1,580 56.37%
MEASURE X - SoHum School Bonds
YES 605
59.4%
NO 412
40.51%
MEASURE Y -- Jacoby Creek School Bonds
YES  204 48.92%
NO  213 51.08%

-- Hank Sims

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UPDATE, 11:48 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES15,13757.91%
NO11,00342.09%
MEASURE Z
YES14,38955.10%
NO11,72644.90%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO1,34667.37%
RYAN KAPLAN60730.38%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
SOFIA PEREIRA1,43739.07%
MARK E. WHEETLEY1,43539.02%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ44412.07%
JASON CARR1584.30%
PATRICK HYLAND1433.89%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3
MIKE L. NEWMAN2,69550.76%
KIM BERGEL2,59148.80%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO3,28861.60%
CHET ALBIN2,02137.86%
MEASURE Q
YES3,67565.79%
NO1,91134.21%
MEASURE R
NO3,49162.01%
YES2,13937.99%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: Wiyot Tribe Losing in Statewide Initiative; Governor's Water Storage Bonds Passing

Update from the Secretary of State's Office as of right now. The statewide propositions on the ballot should particularly upset Humboldt County residents for a couple of reasons: Proposition 48, which would have cut the Wiyot Tribe in on a big casino elsewhere on the state is losing, and the governor's water bond -- Prop. 1 -- is winning, which could spell bad news for the Trinity River.

 

-- Hank Sims

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UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES 12,167 56.11%
NO 9,517 43.89%
MEASURE Z
YES 11,888 54.70%
NO 9,844 45.30%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO 747 69.10%
RYAN KAPLAN 316 29.23%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
MARK E. WHEETLEY 819 40.91%
SOFIA PEREIRA 756 37.76%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ 222 11.09%
PATRICK HYLAND 91 4.55%
JASON CARR 80 4.00%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3
MIKE L. NEWMAN 2,695 50.76%
KIM BERGEL 2,591 48.80%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO 3,288 61.60%
CHET ALBIN 2,021 37.86%
MEASURE Q
YES 3,675 65.79%
NO 1,911 34.21%
MEASURE R
NO 3,491 62.01%
YES 2,139 37.99%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.:

 

 

-- Hank Sims

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UPDATE, 10 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES 9,859 55.87%
NO 7,787 44.13%
MEASURE Z
YES 9,846 55.62%
NO 7,855 44.38%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO 747 69.10%
RYAN KAPLAN 316 29.23%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
MARK E. WHEETLEY 819 40.91%
SOFIA PEREIRA 756 37.76%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ 222 11.09%
PATRICK HYLAND 91 4.55%
JASON CARR 80 4.00%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3
MIKE L. NEWMAN 2,486 52.19%
KIM BERGEL 2,255 47.34%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO 2,849 59.55%
CHET ALBIN 1,909 39.90%
MEASURE Q
YES 3,292 65.88%
NO 1,705 34.12%
MEASURE R
NO 3,183 63.24%
YES 1,850 36.76%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Resignation for Albin, 'Guarded Optimism" for Newman

 

The party was pretty hopping at the Sea Grill about 20 minutes ago, despite the mixed results for revelers there. Mike Newman, with a strong lead in the absentee returns, told the Outpost that he was "guardedly optimistic." Chet Albin seemed less sure, and rushed to praise his opponent, Natalie Arroyo -- a "nice young gal" who ran a "clean campaign."

Albin said that he'd been out doorwalking up until the bitter end of the election season, so perhaps GOTV could swing this thing around for him. "We'll see what happens," he said.

Among the roughly 35 people in attendance: Supervisor Virginia Bass, LoCO columnist Matt Owen, blogger John Chiv, Councilmember Marian Brady and former DA candidate Elan Firpo.

 

 

-- Hank Sims

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UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Bergel Thanks Supporters

While still waiting for the second report from the Elections Office, Bergel gathered the key members of her campaign team, including Ciarabellini, Atkins and former Eureka City Councilmember Jeff Leonard. Standing in front of a roaring stove she thanked them one by one. Atkins, she said, "started this whole thing" while Leonard "inspired me."

"No matter what happens," she said, "we worked really hard. ... And I feel really supported.

-- Ryan Burns

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UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES 7,677 54.80%
NO 6,331 45.20%
MEASURE Z
YES 7,758 55.08%
NO 6,326 44.92%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO 747 69.10%
RYAN KAPLAN 316 29.23%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
MARK E. WHEETLEY 819 40.91%
SOFIA PEREIRA 756 37.76%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ 222 11.09%
PATRICK HYLAND 91 4.55%
JASON CARR 80 4.00%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO 1,404 55.96%
CHET ALBIN 1,090 43.44%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Arroyo feeling “Splendiferous” after first results

First results are in! Candidate Natalie Arroyo approached this LoCO correspondent’s laptop hoping for an update and was pleased to discover she led opponent Chet Albin by a 55%/43% margin.

“I feel great,” Arroyo noted when asked for a reaction to the positive numbers, but quickly reconsidered her overuse of that word. “I’ve gotta quit saying that. I need a new word.”

She thought a moment: “I feel … ’splendiferous’.”

“You’re done,” harbor commissioner and party attendee Mike Wilson declared. “You’ve been elected.”

Time for drinks.

 

 

-- Andrew Goff

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UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Bergel Still Optimistic After First Results

Per the first report, Bergel is down with 42.87 percent to Newman's 56.61 with just over 2,500 votes counted.

"I think they're just the absentee ballots," Bergel said.

"So you're not worried?" this reporter asked.

"No," she said. Then, after a pause, "Should I be?"

Meanwhile, conversations around the food table range from the apparent Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate majority and -- we kid you not -- a supernova, upon which a rocket scientist and HSU professor is holding forth.

As Bergel munches on what appears to be a jalapeño popper she tells a concerned supporter, "You know what? I worked as hard as I could."

-- Ryan Burns

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UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Drinks! Eats!

LoCO has landed at its first Election Night party, namely Natalie Arroyo’s soiree at The Palm Lounge. Much like Chris Kerrigan’s June campaign shindig, the bartenders here have cooked up a special drink menu for the evening. Cocktails include: 

  • The 5th Ward: Vodka, raspberries, lemon juice and Triple Sec ($8).
  • The Arroyo: Tequila, cointreau, jalapeño simple syrup, chipotle rum ($10).
  • Worker’s Dew: Tullamore Dew, ginger liquer, ginger beer and a splash of fresh sour.

Eureka Inn appetizers also available! And since we know y’all are dying to know what’s being served at the other parties, LoCO correspondents at the joint Mike Newman/Chet Albin Sea Grill affair note the presence of seafood dip, pita chips, meat balls and prosciutto kabobs. Across town at Kim Bergel’s gathering they’re serving spinach cheese puff pastries, corn chips and (wait for it)… sushi! 

-- Andrew Goff

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UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Bergel Gathers With Supporters and Snacks

 

Bergel poses with her son Asher and the campaign sign he made.

 

Kim Bergel, who's challenging incumbent Mike Newman for Eureka's Third Ward seat, is mingling at a low-key gathering at her campaign managers' house in Eureka. Current council members Linda Atkins and Melinda Ciarabellini are among the minglers eying the flatscreen and munching hors d'oeuvres, including sushi rolls, corn chips and little spinach-cheese puff pastry rolls.

"How you feelin'?" Ciarabellini asked Bergel a few minutes ago.

"I'm feelin' good!" she enthused.

Bergel told the Outpost that she's worked really hard, knocking on roughly 5,000 doors in the city since July. 

"It's been a great experience," she said. "I've loved meeting people, and I've even been able to help a few."

As for her prospects, Bergel said she's staying away from predictions.

-- Ryan Burns

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UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: New elections result posted

MEASURE P
YES 7,677 54.80%
NO 6,331 45.20%
MEASURE Z
YES 7,758 55.08%
NO 6,326 44.92%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 2 YEAR TERM
PAUL PITINO 747 69.10%
RYAN KAPLAN 316 29.23%
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL 4 YEAR TERM
MARK E. WHEETLEY 819 40.91%
SOFIA PEREIRA 756 37.76%
JUAN DANIEL FERNANDEZ 222 11.09%
PATRICK HYLAND 91 4.55%
JASON CARR 80 4.00%
CITY OF EUREKA COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
NATALIE ARROYO 1,404 55.96%
CHET ALBIN 1,090 43.44%

-- LoCO Staff

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UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: What We'll Be Looking For Tonight

It's about 20 minutes until the polls close, maybe half an hour until the first election report is published. Here are the things that we'll be looking for tonight.

EUREKA CITY COUNCIL: There is a strong premonition out there that the left will take at least one seat from the conservative faction that has controlled the Eureka City Council for quite a few years, now. See, for example, Richard Marks' predictions -- he picks challenger Natalie Arroyo to knock off appointed incumbent Chet Albin, and that does seem the most likely scenario to us, if the left does pick up a seat. However, there's an outside chance that Kim Bergel could surprise incumbent Mike Newman also, or instead. Any left-of-center victory would be enormously heartening to Eureka liberals, who have become grimly accustomed to defeat.

If the first results -- those generally cast by right-of-center absentee voters -- show Arroyo and/or Bergel ahead, things are not looking good at all for their respective opponents. One would be tempted to call the race over. The Outpost will be making the rounds of Eureka election parties, and we'll be reporting live.

MEASURE P: Anything less than a decisive victory for the GMO ban would be a shocker.

MEASURE R: Wild card! Hand it to Verbena and James Decker -- they've run a pretty great campaign in favor of the Eureka $12/hour minimum wage, all things considered. A lot of money has poured into this late from the other side, though, and the generally conservative Eureka electorate may have been mobilized. If R wins, Verbena is this Humboldt County election cycle's MVP, horrifying as that may seem.

ARCATA CITY COUNCIL: Estabilshment candidates Mark Wheetley and Sofia Pereira are the strong odds-on favorites for the four-year seat ... but has Juan Fernandez rallied the not-inconsiderable Freak Power vote enough to topple one of them? Unlikely, but let's see. Paul Pitino should win the two-year seat walking away.

MEASURE Q, MEASURE Z, VARIOUS OTHER MUNICIPAL SALES TAX MEASURES and MEASURE S, MEASURE X, AND VARIOUS OTHER SCHOOL BOND MEASURES: My sense is that the general public is in no mood to be taxed any further, nor to take out further bonds, but Measure Q -- Eureka's half-cent sales tax continuation -- has run pretty hard. My sense is that most or all of these fail. Remember: The school bond measures need 55 percent to pass.

OK, see you in a few! The Lost Coast Outpost staff and its various robotic helpers will be updating this post continuously all night. You will get it here first.

-- Hank Sims

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The brightly colored yard signs, earnest radio ads and door knob hanger thingies foretold of this day. Finally, it has come to pass: ’Tis Election Day, Humboldt. 

As always, your Lost Coast Outpost will be the first and easiest place to find local election results as they roll in tonight after the polls close at 8 p.m. LoCO correspondents will be out on the town hitting up election parties, gabbing it up with politicos, snapping blurry, lowlight photos and resisting vegetable trays. 

Of course, today is that last chance to rally the populace. Early this morning, we spotted Eureka City Council candidate Natalie Arroyo rocking a sign in front of the courthouse in close proximity to megaphone-equipped Measure R advocate James Decker (pictured above). Also, watch the pair of videos below to see how candidates Kim Bergel, Mike Newman and Chet Albin attempted to raise last-minute excitement for their campaigns. 

Check back throughout the day for more election day updates. We’re going to assume that since you’re a LoCO reader, you’re plugged into your community and that you’ve already voted, but if you’ve failed to do so and need help knowing if you’re registered or finding your polling place, click here.