Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, May 14 @ 9:13 a.m. / Theater
This morning I spoke with Iris Gonzalez, LZ Alexander, and Bahni Turpin of Cornerstone Theater Company. They are touring the state bringing this adaptation of the Shakespeare classic to 10 different communities. Next week, May 21 - 23, Thursday through Saturday they will be performing this at Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka. The play will have members of the theater company along with local members of our community. Two months ago they came on the air with me recruiting local talent. The play changes a bit in each community in which they perform You can reserve seats by calling 1-800-578-1335. Tickets are whatever you can afford. Playgoers are asked to arrive early and bring a nonperishable food item for Food For People. The play begins at 7pm each night.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, May 13 @ 3:58 p.m. /
Video wiz Jason Self sent along this video from Sunday's 'Trinidad To Little River Dash" standup paddleboard race.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, May 12 @ 9:50 a.m. / Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Mark Mueller and Melanie Williams of the Bike Month Humboldt Coalition. We spoke of the many successful events that have happened thus far and all the events still to come.
Mike Dronkers / Monday, May 11 @ 1:16 p.m. / Animals
UPDATE: 5/13/15 10:10 AM: Carson the Falcon is back home and eating chicken. Witness the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center's celebratory Facebook post below.
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Carson, an 11 year-old peregrine falcon, somehow escaped during an educational presentation in Manila. "He was seen off and on all day, but he wouldn't come to us because he probably wasn't hungry enough,"Humboldt Wildlife Care Center's Linda Parkinson told KHUM today. Hear the four-minute interview below.
Apparently, by hopping on and off his perch, the knot securing him came undone. He then headed for a nearby tree and wouldn't come down to his handlers. At this hour, Parkinson is at the Arcata Marsh, where there were two sightings of a falcon with leather footwear.
"He has anklets around each leg, and then there's a strap that comes down, the jesses, then they're put together at a swivel base," said Parkinson.
Parkinson said Carson came under HWCC's care with as a juvenile suffering from a broken femur. Though he recovered, he didn't get the requisite hunting practice. In other words, he's a terrible hunter. His wildness is somewhat intact, though. "He won't come home. We have to find him."
Should you see Carson, please call Linda Parkinson (362-7484) and follow the bird if it's safe to do so.
The peregrine falcon is the fastest living thing on the planet, period. "Clocked at 280 miles an hour in a stoop, diving on prey," said Parkinson.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, May 7 @ 12:55 p.m. /
Since you love music and clearly know about the internet, you're familiar with lyric videos. Some kid rips a song, loads it into Windows Moviemaker, and uses corny royalty-free graphics and Microsoft titles to complete the lyric set.
Well, this is perfect. And you don't need to be a Lenny fan to enjoy it. Might actually be better if you aren't a fan.
Andrew Goff / Thursday, May 7 @ 10:24 a.m. / RANKED
Round three. Your Lost Coast Outpost and KHUM are again teaming up for arbitrary and capricious listing of local topics. This is still Humboldt Ranked.
Here’s how this works: Starting at 11 a.m., we’ll open up the phones on KHUM (786-5486). At that point you can call in and pitch a nominee as well as where you think it should go on the list. Sell it, folks. Over the course of the next hour, live on the radio, a definitive ranking will be discussed, debated and ultimately etched in e-stone for all eternity.
Tune in to KHUM 104.3/104.7 (or online here) to experience the drama live and follow along with the results below. Later we’ll upload the audio for posterity. Do you love this? Yay! Let’s rank Humboldt now.
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: You know how when you venture out beyond the safety of the Redwood Curtain and people ask you where you're from and you say "Humboldt" and they're like, "__________"? Fill in that blank. What do outsiders say to you when you tell them you're from Humboldt? Go.
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1. "Where?" (complete blankness and versions of that) (nominated by listener Vanessa)
2. "How much weed are you carrying right now?" (and similar marijuana-related queries) (nominated by listener Bryan)
3. "Oh! Redwood trees!" (and other acknowledgements of our natural beauty) (nominated by Natalie in Freshwater)
4. "Have you seen/are you Bigfoot?" (nominated by commenter Zeke)
5. "You got hippies/armpit hair/different hygiene standards!" (nominated by commenter Klamathman)
6. "You guys have crappy weather." (Or other comments about our unique climate) (nominated by Scott in Ferndale; Editorial Note: One human's crap is another human's crème brûlée, Scott!)
7. "Here's one i get all the time: "Where are you from originally?" lol like there's never been a black person born in Humboldt County lol. (nominated by African-American commenter Michelle Crockett)
8. "I went there once." (nominated by listener Yvonne)
9. "You guys got so much water!" (nominated by caller Shawn and commenter Ford Prefect)
10. "You ever been to a Crabs game?" (nominated by New Christy Minstrel Lowell Daniels III)
"That's by San Francisco, ya?" (and similar; different than the geographic listing above which encompasses complete unawareness of Humboldt) (nominated by multiple LoCO commenters) (We decided to lump this in with the other geography listing).
"You live in Arcadia?" (nominated by commenter)
"'You’re a bunch of piss-heads." That’s what I got in New Zealand wearing a Humboldt Brew Co. sweatshirt. Piss meaning beer. And it was all in good humor. (Trevor in Eureka).
"Marching Lumberjacks!" (nominated by caller)
"Cheeeeeese!" (nominated by Casey in Indianola)
"Don't y'all speak Elvish?" (nominated by listener Judith)
"What's your rent?" (nominated by caller)
So many weed things. We're gonna lump 'em all in the thing on the list, mmmK?
"Isn't that in the Emerald Triangle?" (Is that necessarily weed too? Maybe.)
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Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, May 6 @ 5:29 p.m. / Health
Kellie Jack suffers from mental illness, and she has a goal.
"I want to stomp out stigma," she said.
The formerly homeless woman recalls that even as a little kid, something wasn't right. She says she was ostracized. "It was more than just the imaginary friend. There were just things I couldn't explain to people."
Now a peer coach with the county's Department of Health and Human Services, Jack was on KHUM on Monday talking about May's designation as Mental Health Month. Hear the full interview below.
For Mental Health month, the county has planned a series of events highlighting this complicated topic.
On Tuesday, May 19, there will be a mental health walk starting at the Hope Center, 2933 H St. in Eureka at noon and ending at the county courthouse. They'll be staging a Zumba party on the Arcata Plaza on Wednesday, May 27th at 11:30.
One in every four Americans experiences some form of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. So while we know you're not the type to mock a sick person, you know it still happens.
1. Mental illness is treated differently: "We talk about diabetes. We talk about cancer. They're hard subjects, but we talk about them. So I want to begin talking about mental illness like any other subject we talk about... ."
2. Exercise can ease mental illness: "Excercise, or Zumba in our case, is a wellness tool. It's a way that you can feel better about yourself."
3. Being open about your illness can kill a conversation: "Sometimes they welcome it. Sometimes the conversation gets very quiet... . It varies with different crowds."
4. Being a functional member of society is relative: "It depends what your idea of functional is... . If homelessness is being functional, if not paying your bills is functional, then no. In my world, that was functional to me."
5. Refusing assistance can be part of the illness: "I had family and other people, county workers wanting to help me, but I wasn't ready to accept that help. [Health workers'] engagement with me, even when I pushed away, was huge."
6. On mocking ill people: "Sometimes when you've seen people over and over again who are in the midst of their struggles, it's hard to change your mind... . But then if you go to some of these [Mental Health Month] events, and you see people who have come through some struggles, your mind changes a little bit."
7. How likely is recovery? "Seventy to 90 percent, with treatment and support, show reduced symptoms. So there's hope for the one in four."
8. News media won't tell you the recovery stories: "What I'd really like to see is, every time there's a bad media [story] about mental illness, that were four [success stories] about mental illness... . [A]ll we're stuck with is the bad media coverage of mental illness."
9. How can you help when someone with mental illness refuses? "Just keep helping. What I do today is just keep the kindness, and keep reaching out my hand."