Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INNOVATE! Business Challenge Winners

Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, May 27 @ 9:01 a.m. / Education

This morning I spoke with Connor Callison of Eureka High who took first place and Genevieve Regli who took 2nd place in the INNOVATE! Business Challenge. They competed with about 150 other students from area high schools. Both winners get a cash prize to help start their businesses and more money to help promote it.


Orick Finally Gets Wired Broadband

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, May 26 @ 3:44 p.m. / Internet

Photo: Google Street View

According to a press release from Access Humboldt, the squelchy sound of a dial-up modem will continue its death march into the Library of Extinct Sounds. 

Via Access Humboldt: 

According to their Community Services District website (, "Orick is located in Humboldt County, CA approximately 45 miles north of Eureka. Orick is a rural town whose population of 352 is surrounded by Redwood National and State Parks and private forests. Redwood Creek meanders through town and the agricultural lands, flowing into the Pacific Ocean."

Orick has ocean, mountains and spectacular Redwood forests with amazing natural beauty in every direction, but what Orick didn't have until today is internet access faster than dial-up.

Today (May 14, 2015) Eureka based wireless internet service provider Tsunami Wireless ( launched a new service that is now available for businesses and residents throughout the town.

Ron Barlow, Chairman of the Orick Community Services District said, "we're really happy to have a new service that makes fast internet available to our community." Last night the District Board heard an update on the pending sale of the landline telephone system in Orick. Verizon currently owns the local exchange phone system and is seeking California Public Utilities Commission approval to sell their wireline systems statewide to Frontier Communications.

Access Humboldt's executive director Sean McLaughlin said, "we advocate for universal access to open internet and prefer to have local ownership of local infrastructure - so this new development by a local wireless internet service provider Tsunami Wireless is great news!"

Todd Williams, owner/operator of Tsunami Wireless said, "we are pleased to make service available to the community - thanks to our partner 101 Netlink and especially Green Diamond Resource Company for their support to make it possible." 

Potential subscribers to the service can find more information online at the company's website: or by calling their service at: 530-324-2322


In other Orick news, this exists.

Kinetic 2015 Final Results

Amy Berkowitz / Tuesday, May 26 @ 12:13 p.m. / Event

Well, here we all are, and we have survived another glorious World Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race. This year’s Kinetic Grand Championship was truly a world-class course with the new day 3 claiming many a machine and dashing ACE hopes for several teams on the rocks. To their credit, many teams crossed the finish line in a style that would have certainly delighted our Glorious Founder, Hobart Brown. To give proper glory:

Extra honor to the indomitable June Moxon & her Flying Pink Elephant who in June’s 35th year crossed the finish line long after it closed before going to the banquet so as to actually finish the race.

Glory to Funguy for carrying his art across the finish line after his wheel was ripped from his machine, thus completing the race in style.

And additional glory goes to the CCC and their Corpie Cruiser who crossed the finish line rolling their remaining wheel (which they then gave to KHUM reporter Callista).

To be honest, every team that was able to cross the finish line (in any fashion) deserves a great deal of credit; this is a very difficult race. Kudos also to anyone who even started this daunting event. Having said that, here is a recap of the awards.

Also in a Kinetic First, while there have been several weddings during the race, we celebrated our first at the finish line with Whale of a Wedding. We wish Kate and Elliot every happiness!

(Please note that the judges re-tabulated the art awards, they are not as announced at the banquet. All those involved have been notified).


ACE Teams (they did the whole course from start to finish with no illegal pushes, pulls or other assistance with all pilots remaining for the duration in original seats). When you see these folks, stand up and salute them with the traditional honorific of “Professor!”

104  Tempus Fugatives: Drilling for Glory

144  Packrat

102  Flaming Farmer

111  Spud Bug

112 Tri-Lo-Bike

133  Buggy for Glory

106  Melvin (Mighty Melvin)

144  Flying Spaghetti Monster


The Highway 1 Bicycleers award: 133 Buggy for Glory


Kinetic Paranormal Society Most Supernatural Awards

3rd  112 Tri-Lo-Bike “Most Resurrected”

2nd  131 A Stitch In Time “Most Future Potential”

3rd  144 Biking Fools Snail Trail “Most Mythological”


You Klever Rascal (Best Engineering for non-ACE machine) 108 Horseless Carriage


They Came From Out of Town 118 No Guts, Know Glory (Butte College)


Teddy Bear Awards

2nd 101 Team Goddess Busy Bee

1st 124 Meri, the Monarch


Spirit of the Glorious Founder Judi Kofford (the Teddy Bear Lady)


Spectators’ Favorite 130 Hot Roddenberrys


Second to Last 138 Team Hoosier Daddy Mariners


Racers’ Choice 117 Whale of a Wedding


Volunteer (voted by racers) Alice Pitt (Goddess Jen-0 stand in) Timer


Volunteer (voted by volunteers) Libby Monstar, Volunteer Coordinator


Port Townsend Committee Choice 119 Mite Make It


One for the Little Guy 142 Moonshine Banditos


Never Give Up (Poor Pitiful Me) 105 Lotechnotech


Most Improved 112 Tri-Lo-Bike


Golden Flipper (sand) 130 Hot Roddenberrys


Golden Flipper (water) 120 CCC Corpie Cruiser


Golden Dinosaur (1st to break down after leaving the Plaza) 109 Screwball


Goddess Jen-0 Award 103 Running Road Runner Down


Corvallis da Vinci Days Committee Choice 107 Pineapple Express


Biggest Splash 132 Heads Up


Best Pit Crew 137 Funguys Too 2.0


Best Junior 121 We Are Colfax


Best Campsite:

6th place: 126 NSA (Not Seriously ACE’ing)

5th place: 123 Top of the Mountain TO YOU

4th place: 122 June’s Flying Pink Elephant

3rd place: KHUM

2nd place: 116 Shell’s Angels

1st place: Kinetic Paranormal Society’s Sgt. Button’s Lonely Hearts Strings Band


Best Bribe 130 Hot Roddenberrys


6:32 Award (First ACE to miss closure day 1 & lose ACE) 129 Pear Chopper


Lifetime Achievement Award Rob “Rob Dog”Corpstein


Mediocre Award (finish dead middle) 123 Top of the Mountain TO YOU



3rd: 101 Team Goddess Busy Bee

2nd: 114 Team Hoosier Daddy Sirens

1st: 130 Hot Roddenberrys


Time (must be ACE machine)

3rd: 133 Buggy for Glory (13 hours, 15 minutes)

2nd: 106 Melvin (11 hours, 26 minutes)

1st: 141 Flying Spaghetti Monster (10 hours, 35 minutes)



3rd: 130 Hot Roddenberrys

2nd: 116 Shells Angels

1st: Team 420 Bite Me……PUNK


Engineering (must be ACE machine)

3rd: 102 Flaming Farmer

2nd: 106 Melvin

1st: 112 Tri-Lo-Bike


GRAND CHAMPION (best of art, speed, & engineering)

104 Tempus Fugitives Drilling for Glory         

(They are repeat Grand Champions, back-to-back)


Congratulations to all the winners and participants. Thanks to everyone who assisted in any way. You can help support the race by donating to Kinetic Universe at fundmehumboldt


Kinetic Sculpture Results!

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, May 26 @ 9:58 a.m. / Kinetic

Special thanks to Eli Rohl for sending us his notes from the awards ceremony, which read as follows:

Most Supernatural: 
Stitch in Time
Snail Trail
You Klever Rascal - non-ACE engineering
Horseless Carriage
They Came from Out of Town
No Guts Know Glory

Teddy Bear Award: 
Team Goddess
Meri the Monarch
The Spirit of the Glorious Founder
Judi the Teddy Bear Lady
Spectators' Favorite
Hot Roddenberrys
Second to Last
Hoosier Daddy: Mariners
Racers' Favorite
Whale of a Wedding
Mite Make It
One for the Little Guy
Moonshine Banditos
Poor Pitiful Me
Lotec Notec
Most Improved
Golden Flipper
Sand - Hot Roddenberrys
Water - Corpie Cruiser
Golden Dinosaur
Goddess Jen-O Award
Running Over Road Runner
Lifetime Achievement Award
Rob Dog
Favorite Volunteer
Libby Monstarr
Biggest Splash 
Heads Up
Best pit crew
Best Jr Award
We Are Colfax
Best Campsite
Sgt. Button
Best Bribe
Hot Roddenberrys
6:32 Award
Pear County Chopper
3 Team Goddess
2 Sirens
1 Hot Roddenberrys
3 Buggy for Glory
2 Melvin
1 Flying Spaghetti Monster
3 Shell's Angels
2 Bite Me, Punk
1 Funguuuuuuy
3 flaming farmer
2 Melvin
1 Tri-Lo-Bike
Grand Champion
Tempus Fugitives: Drilling for Glory
Mediocre Award
Top of the Mountain To Ya


KHUM's Kinetic Sculpture Race Coverage

KHUM, Radio Without the Rules / Friday, May 22 @ 10:30 a.m. / Kinetic

All Kinetic Weekend, keep listening to KHUM for live reports from all over the racecourse all 3 days. You can also watch a live video stream here at

Our reporters will also be uploading pictures from the course all weekend long so keep checking in for fresh photos. If you have a great kinetic picture you would like to share with the world, simply upload it to Instagram with the hashtag of #khumkinetic. KHUM's live coverage on KHUM 104.7fm and 104.3fm and at is sponsored by Schmidbauer Building Supply and Planet Chai.

Feeling nostalgic? Breezily cruise through 30 years of Duane Flatmo's photos. 



In Studio: Danceable Rock, Jazz, and Funk From The Hip Joint

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, May 21 @ 4:16 p.m. / In Studio



The Hip Joint play original tunes that they described as "jazz-rock funk-bob" or something like that. Is it accurate? Pretty much. Singer Mia Cassasanta jumped around the room for a good part of the set, which bands should do more often. Listen below:


The Hip Joint play with Royal Jelly Jive at the Jambalaya this Saturday night. 


  • Mia Casasanta, Most high vocalist and conga whisperer
  • Cory Goldman, String Tickler to the Gods
  • Mike Tofu Schwartz, Beats 'n Boom
  • Chuck Johnson, Curly haired thump pumper
  • Justin Schwartzman, The Reed-Nastier Key-Master

Humboldt Ranked: List Things Humboldt Needs Less Of/More Of

Andrew Goff / Thursday, May 21 @ 10:39 a.m. / RANKED

For an unprecedented fourth time in five weeks, your Lost Coast Outpost and KHUM are again teaming up for arbitrary and capricious listing of local topics. It's a little gimmick we call 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, Humboldters. Over the course of the next couple hours, 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? Why not!

Let’s rank Humboldt now.

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Life is best when balanced. You need to know when to tweak. So if Humboldt had a recipe what would you add a pinch more of? Also, what is overpowering the rest of this meal? 

Specifically, what does Humboldt need more of and/or what does it need less of?

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1. Diversity (nominated by caller John M.)

2. Affordable housing (nominated by caller Sean from Riverlife)

3. Roundabouts (nominated by commenter Too High to Drive) 

4. Fish (nominated by commenter Mr. Bear.)

5. Water (nominated by caller Wanderer Doug)

6. Point breaks (nominated by g-chatter Old Shake)

7. Glory (nominated by Kinetic Kook Carl)



1. Meth (nominated by g-chatter Old Shake)

2. Homelessness (nominated by caller Sean from Riverlife) 

3. Deforestation (nominated by caller John M.)

4. Water consumption (nominated by caller Wanderer Doug)

5. Exhaust pipes (nominated by Lucy and Rob, kinda)

6. Flat billed caps (nominated by commenter Mr. Bear)

7. Razooly (nominated by Kinetic Kook Carl)


Bubbling Under (More Of):

Trader Joe's (nominated by commenter Meh)

A pluses (nominated by caller Billy Gold)

Attitude (nominated by caller Mike in Arcata)

Bubbling Under (Less Of):

D minuses (nominated by caller Billy Gold)

Gratitude (nominated by caller Mike in Arcata)

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