Friday, May 22, 2015

Women's Clubs 125th Anniversary Celebration

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, April 16 @ 8:59 a.m. / Event

This morning I spoke with Donna Haddock and Susan Willan of the Trinidad and Eureka Women's Clubs about the 125th anniversary celebration of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The event is free and open to the public at the Eureka Woman's Club on J Street in Eureka this Saturday.


VIDEO: Humboldt Hoop Star Goes National

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, April 15 @ 1:06 p.m. / LoCO Sports!

Photo via Marley Jade's Facebook Page

Every year, holds a competition called Hoop Idol, where athletes dazzle audiences with... hula hooping. (You know, for kids.) That's a real thing. Take all the time you need to process. 

Got it? OK. 

Obviously, a cosmic Humboldter deserves to win season five of Hoop Idol. And the judges say that Humboldt's own Marley Jade is a contender due to her sweet "knee breaks", "hoop stance", and "epicness." You hear that, other competitors? Epicness!

Contestants will recieve the absolute best coaching available. According to organizers:

This season our contestants will also be receiving mentoring advice publicly and behind the scenes from Hooping Idol’s host Philo Hagen, Managing Editor of and a two-time Hoopie Award winner as well for Video of the Year and Male Hooper of the Year. 

If you're the type to let arbitrary competitive chauvinism control your clicks, you can help seat Jade on the hoop throne.

Via Marley Jade's Facebook page:

The judges' scores only account for 40% of my final score. Your vote makes up for the remaining 60%. It would mean the absolute world to me to have your support! Just click on the link below, watch my video if you feel so inclined (my video is the second to last), and click my name on the poll at the very bottom of the page. Easy peasy! 

Good luck, Marley Jade! Check out her HI5 submission below. Watch out for her epicness.



UPDATE: Voting closed at 2pm today.




Crossing Guards & Eureka Draft Bicycle Ordinance

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, April 14 @ 9:23 a.m. / Trails

Emily and I speak with Matt Harvey of the CHP and Joan Levy of the Department of Health and Human Services about the Redwood Crossing Guard Program and the Launch of this pilot program at Lafayette Elementary in Myrtletown.  We also talked about the next iteration of the Draft Bicycle Ordinance in Eureka. When this was first proposed it met with a great deal of controversy. Other agencies have since weighed in on it. The city council will be discussing it today.


How Many of Humboldt's Ex-Venues Can You Name?

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, April 9 @ 1:36 p.m. / History


Hefe's. Nocturnum. The Vista. Humboldt's graveyard of dead venues is large, it turns out. 

For today's Throwback Thursday, let's make a comprehensive list of nightclubs, venues, and other places that hosted live music that are no longer in business. 

KHUM listeners have already cited at least 30 venues from Garberville to to Arcata that brought the joy of live music to fans and financial stress to owners. Nightclubbin' is a rough business.

Here's how to jog everyone's memory: leave a former venue's name in the comments. If you can, name its location and the best show you ever saw there. 

So let your hazy memories flow. Let's do this!

Photo: Carlos Valdez, Humboldt County Punk Scene 1970s-Present FB Group

Humboldt Trivia Challenge This Sunday

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, April 9 @ 8:48 a.m. / Event

As Humboldt Literacy Project celebrates it's 30 year, their main fundraiser of the year is just about here. This Sunday evening at Cher-Ae Heights Casino in Trinidad, it's the Humboldt Trivia Challenge. This morning Emma Breacain, Executive Director of Humboldt Literacy Project was my guest. We discussed that there is still time for teams to register at the last minute. And of course if you have coming to watch, you can just get your tickets at the door. This year, Andrew Goff of the Lost Coast Outpost (pictured here at last year's event) will once again MC. More info at



EPIC Convinces Feds that Spotted Owl May Be Endangered

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, April 8 @ 4:58 p.m. / Animals , Environment , wildlife

Timber war veterans from the '90s will remember the northern spotted owl as the tree-hugger's beloved mascot. The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) says that things have actually worsened for the rare bird since then, leading the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to issue a "positive initial 90-day finding on an EPIC petition to reclassify the iconic northern spotted owl from a 'threatened' to an 'endangered' species."

In other words, EPIC provided enough evidence for the feds to basically say that they (EPIC) are on to something, and the owl's numbers aren't good. 

"They're a keystone species, so when they're in decline you want to pay attention," said Thomas Wheeler, program and legal coordinator for EPIC. "The 90-day finding is the most preliminary finding, so this is kind of a low hurdle," he added.

[Don't let the name fool you: The "90-day finding" is supposed to be a three-month process, but the petition for the owl's reclassification was submitted almost three years ago. Bureaucracy is slow. For example, the "12-month finding" is due in September of 2017.] 

"Uplisting will have meaningful impact for spotted owls," Wheeler said. "This is the first step to ensuring that we'll have spotted owls in California for our grandchildren." 

According to Capital Press:

"Spotted owl numbers have continued to decline, and the species is estimated to number less than 4,000. The bird’s status was last reviewed in 2011, when Fish and Wildlife felt it still warranted protection as a threatened species."

So why is this still a thing? Weren't spotted owls given protection during the timber wars?

Wheeler said that while habitat protections were put in place, forest fires, commercial parcel mismanagement, barred owl predation and increased rodenticde use kicked the spotted owl while it was down. "Without those existing protections, the spotted owl would've been sunk a long time ago." 


Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Northern Spotted Owl May Be Endangered

Today, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service issued a positive initial 90-day finding on an EPIC petition to reclassify the iconic northern spotted owl from a “threatened” to an “endangered” species under the Endangered Species Act. The positive 90-day finding on EPIC’s petition to reclassify the northern spotted owl demonstrates that sufficient evidence exists that existing conservation measures have not been enough to protect and recover the owl, and that additional, more stringent and immediate measures are necessary to achieve this goal.

EPIC submitted a reclassification petition for the northern spotted owl to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on August 15, 2012. Today’s decision clearly demonstrates that the owl is in trouble across the species’ range, and that more stringent protections and conservation measures are necessary.

The northern spotted owl is an iconic keystone species which is dependent on large blocks of intact old-growth forests to provide for habitat. The owl was a focal point of the timber wars of the 1980s and early 1990s and was listed as a “threatened” species under the ESA in 1990. The listing of the northern spotted owl under the ESA lead to sweeping changes in land management practices on public lands with the advent of the Northwest Forest Plan during the Clinton era. The Northwest Forest Plan created a large system of reserves for the northern spotted owl and other old-growth associated species known as “Late Successional Reserves.” Although logging of suitable spotted owl habitat has been substantially curtailed on public lands, it has not been completely eliminated. What’s more, conservation of the northern spotted owl on private lands has largely been left up to voluntary measures, such as Habitat Conservation Plans and Safe-Harbor Agreements. Logging of suitable owl habitat continues at a frightening rate on private lands in California and across the species’ range, and even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service itself has decried the inadequacy of private lands regulatory mechanisms in California to protect and conserve the species.

The northern spotted owl is also faced with several new threats that were not contemplated or foreseeable at the time of the original listing. In particular, the severe threat now being posed by the invasive barred owl (Strix varina) has complicated and confounded northern spotted owl conservation and recovery efforts. While the true impacts of barred owls on northern spotted owls is still being studied and is not fully-understood, it has become clear that aggressive measures may be necessary to curtail the negative effects of barred owls on spotted owl populations.

Indeed, the latest study on northern spotted owl populations shows significant declines in several northern spotted owl vital statistics across most demographic areas studied, including the Green Diamond study area here in Humboldt County. Another population study, due out in June, is predicted to have even more dire results, showing alarming declines across the population.

 “The positive initial 90-day finding on our petition to reclassify the northern spotted owl from a threatened to an endangered species demonstrates that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can no longer deny the extreme threats now facing the species,” said Rob DiPerna, California Forest and Wildlife Advocate at EPIC. “It is now clear that more stringent, more aggressive, and more immediate actions are necessary to ensure that the northern spotted owl survives, recovers, and thrives in the wild.”

 Other conservation groups have supported EPIC’s efforts to see the spotted owl listed as endangered, including Conservation Congress. “While it is important the Fish and Wildlife Service is acknowledging the dire population declines in northern spotted owls warrants a review for endangered status, it remains incomprehensible that the agency continues to sign off on logging of owl habitat under the unscientific ruse of saving habitat from fire while also authorizing ‘take’ of reproductively successful pairs,” said Denise Boggs, Executive Director of Conservation Congress. “The Service must insist on protecting all remaining suitable owl habitat and no ‘take’ should be authorized for a species with declining populations throughout its range," she said. 

 The positive initial 90-day finding by the Service will now set into motion a 12-month period in which it will conduct a full status review for the spotted owl in order to determine if reclassification is warranted. The Service expects to complete this 12-month review in 2017. EPIC will continue to engage at each stage of the listing process and will continue to advocate for the reclassification of the northern spotted owl, and for implementation of more stringent, more aggressive, and more immediate actions in order to save this iconic and imperiled species from extinction.

DRONKERS' DEEP WEB: Plaza Fights, Opium, Bashful Proclivities

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, April 7 @ 3:38 p.m. / Deep Web , History

Fighting in Arcata. Assault with a deadly weapon. Vagrancy. Criminal 'frequent fliers.'

Welcome to Humboldt county, circa 1876. 

Reddit user Snowhorse420, who has been featured in Deep Web before, is a serious bigfoot enthusiast. So serious, in fact, that he's been thumbing through old newspapers in hopes of finding historical 'squatch sightings. So far, no luck.

However, his fruitless tenacity leads you to a glimpse of Humboldt 140 years past from the old Humboldt Standard.

While these crimes may be similar to what we see in headlines today, the coverage of said wrongdoing steals the show.

But as you relish this long-dead reporter's flowery prose, bear in mind how much sheer labor it took to print this ornate coverage. Local letter-presswoman Lynn Jones told KHUM today that each paragraph could take 15 minutes to arrange by hand. Letter by letter, y'all.

Since Thomas Edison wouldn't patent his carbon filament light bulb until three years later, picture a gaslit, redwood-framed room in Eureka full of typsetters cursing the writer's lack of brevity. [Whereas I just read the articles aloud to my phone, which then transcribed it and emailed the text to me for copy/pasting. So lazy.]


Michael Doherty, the man who was convicted last week by Police Judge Howard and sent to jail for 25 days for obtaining money under false pretenses, is in trouble again. It now comes to mind that he is accused of forging John Green's name to a note of $100 and getting money on it.

For this little transaction he will doubtless spend some further time in jail. It is also ascertained that once Fitzpatrick's name has been forged to a note for a similar amount and as Michael seems to have a weakness for this nefarious way of procuring coin, he runs a fair chance of being held responsible for the last act.

A second offense of this character, we are told, entitles the victim to a free ticket to San Quentin, so the chances are Doherty stands a good show of having an opportunity of inspecting the walls of state prison, or going to Folsom and learning the stone-cutters trade without charge.


We hear that the youth who is expelled from school the other day will be arraigned for attempting to use a deadly weapon. There is also a case of forgery, we believe, and one or two cases of vagrancy.

One of these is most deplorable, as the subjects have become objects of charity through a use of opium and other intoxicants, and the prospects are that they will have to be at the county's expense.


 Two men who have been at swords points here for sometime, met in a store the other day. Unpleasant words ensued, which were followed by blows. In the struggle one seized the other by the throat and threw him to the floor, but greatly to the disappointment of the lookers on, and your correspondent in particular, neither of the pugilists drew blood.

I would have had no personal feeling to gratify in chronicling the death of either, but when a reporter of a paper hears of a fight he heralds the news with a sort of fiendish delight, so you know how sorry I feel for not being able to give you a better item on this subject.


Bucksport may have the laziest man in Humboldt County, but Trinidad has the bashfulest.

Upon returning from the social at Little River a few days ago one young man who had played the wallflower most of the evening, could not submit to the sullies of his fair companions and left the party riding some distance ahead of one of these young ladies, being aware of his bashful proclivities, and possessed of a desire to have a little fun, gave her horse full reign and was soon at the youth's side, and in the pleasantest of humor began to relate the incidents and enjoyments of the party, occasionally throwing out hints as to the fact of her being marriageable.

Now if there is anything in the world he would rather not face it is a vivacious and winsome young lady, so he spoke not a word, looked straight ahead, blushed profusely, and where ever he could, passed over the ground in a hurry.

He remembered reading in the STANDARD about a man being talked to death, and such a fate seemed to be staring him in the face.