Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 10:33 a.m. / In Studio
KHUM cautiously welcomed Dry Branch Fire Squad into its studio. For far too long, DBFS has been allowed to inflict its music at audiences the world over, which they insisted on doing [again] here, alongside talk of thought-repellent hats and hypothetical bomb-defusing bluegrass musicians. Full audio soon. href="http://arcataplayhouse.org/">Arcata Playhouse.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 10:31 a.m. /
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 8:56 a.m. / Community Services
Gabriel Parkinson talked with me this morning about the new 211 number here in Humboldt County. 211 is a clearing house of nonemergency information such as where to find after school programs for your kids, where to get flu shots, finding support for those with disabilities and coordinating services during times of natural disaster.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 11 @ 10:15 a.m. / Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Don Tuttle, retired from County Public works about Trails and Transportation history here in Humboldt County going back to before the arrival of Native American tribes. We also look forward to the plan of a regional trail system connecting all communities in the county.
Mike Dronkers / Monday, Feb. 10 @ 4:16 p.m. /
We're deeply saddened and stunned to learn that Blushin' Roulettes drummer Jubal Stedman has passed away.
According to bandmate Angela Heimann:
"We are so sad to say that our dear friend Jubal died last night in a car accident. We don't know much more than that and how much everybody that loved him is hurting."
Beyond being an exceptional musician, he was a true stand-up guy and longtime friend of KHUM. He was known for his good spirit and solid tempo, backing up bands like the Blushin' Roulettes and Kerosene Kondors.
You'll be sorely missed, Jubal.
Mike Dronkers / Monday, Feb. 10 @ 12:32 p.m. /
This 22-minute film was discovered during a remodel of the Fortuna Theater in Fortuna, California. It was commissioned by the merchants of Fortuna and filmed by the The Alexander Film Company, one of the biggest film advertising businesses at the time, and produced by the Blache' Screen Service in San Francisco as part of their "Buy at Home" series which promoted local small town commerce.
The film shows everyday life in 1937 downtown Fortuna. Well, sort of, about as normal as life can be when a movie company is set up in front of you and is pointing its camera at you. Life was different then, telephone numbers were only four digits long, gasoline service station attendants wore spiffy bow ties and caps while pumping your gas and checking your oil, and high school girls wore uniforms.
00:45 Look for the big salmon hanging above a downtown intersection!
01:10 Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department drill
03:22 American Legion Hall
05:05 Hughes Chevrolet
07:05 Guy Brown Service Station
07:39 Humboldt Milling Company, originally the Springville Mill when Fortuna was first settled
08:14 Goble's Service Station and Groceries at the entrance to Rohner Park
08:31 Morgan's Haberdashery
09:30 Fortuna High School Marching Band. This was the year that the band played at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.
10:26 Newell's Candy Shoppe
10:45 Smith's Smoke Shoppe
12:04 Fortuna Meat Market
13:27 Hansen-Hunter Furniture Company, later Lows Furniture in 1953
15:30 Fortuna Bakery
16:35 Bowmans Drug Store
16:52 Shell Service Station and Motel at 8th and Main Streets
17:06 Members of the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department
17:25 White's Grocery, 12th and Main
17:40 Frasers Department Store
18:17 Friedenbach Brothers Grocery Store, later Daly's, now C. Crane Co.
18:55 Monday Club
19:23 Firemans Pavilion and Fireplace in Rohner Park
After the end of the Fortuna scenes are clips of the Scotia and Robinson Ferry Bridge dedication and also several scenes from a rodeo (called the Horsemen's Fiesta) taking place at Redwood Acres in Eureka.
More about the history of Fortuna is available at sunnyfortuna.com/history/
Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, Feb. 10 @ 8:23 a.m. / Weather
This morning I talked with Matthew over at the National Weather Service over on Woodley Island about this past weekend's rain.
When I spoke with the office on Friday, they said we were 18 inches below normal. It rained a lot this weekend. I can tell you anecdotally that rain filled up a wheelbarrow I had out in my back yard to the top. So I was a bit surprised to learn that they recorded just under 2 inches. Normal rainfall for this time of year is about 25 inches; we are at 8.18, according to their data. However, by midweek another wet storm is coming.