Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:45 a.m. / Event
On Wednesday and Thursday Dr. Kaitlin Ryan will be in Eureka as part of the Family Acceptance Project. Her work, for years, has been helping parents be supportive of their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender children. Wednesday she will be having an event for parents and families at the Eureka High School auditorium from 6 -8pm. Then on Thursday, all day at the Wharfinger building for health care providers of all kinds. Continuing education credits are available.
Larry Trask / Tuesday, June 9 @ 1:19 p.m. / In Studio
Singer/songwriter and lyrical genius James McMutry stopped by the KHUM studios to talk frankly about the economics of the 'music should be free' era, his guitar of choice, and the missing verse from Choctaw Bingo.
Listen to the James McMurtry interview below, or download it from the Live At KHUM podcast at iTunes.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, June 9 @ 9:09 a.m. / Trails
Emily and I discussed the Hit & Run truck vs pedestrian accident that was posted in the Lost Coast Outpost this morning. Our thoughts go out to the 23 year old man who was flown out of the area in critical condition. We also discussed current trails projects and alternate funding sources that California is using for such projects.
The legendary Lost Coast Trail is about to get slightly longer at its southern trailhead, according to Save The Redwoods League. With funding from the Coastal Conservancy, the league says they've acquired a nearly 1,000-acre parcel known as Shady Dell near Usal Creek. They say this will add a 2.3 mile segment to the southern section of the trail. [The popular northern section ends at Shelter Cove.]
Most of the Shady Dell parcel has already been logged, but lumberjacks left some freaks behind: candelabra trees, wolf trees, topped trees, and other trees that wouldn't easily fit into a mill.
Shady Dell also shelters a redwood grove that will take your breath away: on a steep hillside stand scores of old-growth redwoods shaped into “candelabras” by salty air and strong coastal winds.
The gnarly limbs of this ancient “Enchanted Forest,” as it’s known by locals, also provide important habitat for wildlife and interesting insight on how climate can (literally) shape forests.
Though currently closed to the public, Mendocino Land Trust's Louisa Morris told Lost Coast Outpost her organization is assisting with the groundwork and hopes to have the trail open by early 2016.
We assisted with planning and permitting for the trail. Starting on June 13th, the AmeriCorps crew trail gets here and we'll start building the trail. The CCC crew starts on June 24th.
The southern section of the Lost Coast Trail traverses the western edge of the Sinkyone Wilderness, from near Shelter Cove to Usal Campground, for now. Most hikers travel north to south.
Mendocino Land Trust will put up signage indicating the new trail, but between printing maps and updating online literature, getting the word out will surely take time. Since the trail includes two wilderness areas, public roads, and different properties, Morris said she wasn't clear on how other agencies would adopt the new distance, but "California Parks is fired up and it's all part of the California Coastal Trail."
The trail will feature about 50 feet of boardwalk, 231 steps, 30 feet of bridge, five interpretive signs, benches and a parking area. Construction is tentatively scheduled for completion in early 2016.
For more coverage, check out SFGate's coverage and photo spread here.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, June 3 @ 12:30 p.m. / Coastal Currents
We'll get the rest of the Coastal Currents stuff posted ASAP.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, June 3 @ 9:02 a.m. / Art
This morning I spoke with Monica Topping who's heading up this year's program along with 3 artists, Teresa Saluzzo; Dana Ballard; and Adam Dias. This will be the 17th Open Studios event, taking place all up and down the county from Rio Dell to Trinidad. The event goes from 11am till 5pm both Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7 and June 13-14. You can find full color guidebooks all over the county or online at 2015 northcost openstudios.com
Veterans from Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties are bound for Washington, D.C. on Thursday to reflect upon their service in World War II and Korea. North Coast Honor Flight raised funds locally to ensure that their trip is free.
Honor Flight organizer and Vietnam veteran Steve Justus spoke with KHUM today about this years' honor flight.
They don't talk much about explosive details. They talk about what the can opener was like, and who was where, and what this ship looked like... Mostly they just ease back into that time in their life when, as those young boys, they actually saved a nation.
Justus said that Honor Flight also helps bring closure to many of these soldiers' experience. "One of the more common themes that I hear from them was, 'I finally got my parade.'"
Justus spoke of a tank soldier who fought in Okinawa who spent his later years working at a gas station in Rio Dell. "These people are around us and they've been around us all our lives, and we haven't known it."
Keeping the trip free for veterans was easy, said Justus.
"We just put a call out to Humboldt county and said 'folks, this is what we'd like to do and if you'd like to support us, please send us money.' And the money just started rolling in."
He later reiterated his gratitude for "Humboldt county, the most generous place in the world."
Listen to his KHUM interview below.