Here Is A Partial List of Things That Don't Belong In Liscom Slough That One Mild-Mannered Guy Removed
Today on KHUM's Coastal Currents, Jessica Hall of Humboldt Baykeeper introduces you to a regular guy whose moral compass points to Arcata's lowlands.
It also led him to smash up three abandoned cars with a sledgehammer. "But that's nothing compared to player pianos and walk-in safes and the other stuff," he told KHUM today.
Of that list above, Fish and Game (now Fish and Wildlife) made only one arrest, said Halstead. (He explains at 8:19 below.)
Hear today's Coastal Currents:
For almost two decades, Ted Halstead has been removing garbage from the slough on the north side of Arcata bay. A lot of garbage. And with today's King Tide (read: extra high tide, see photo below), a lot of that would've been swept out into the bay.
Halstead's impact extends well beyond general decency. "I don't think people realize how incredibly abundant these sloughs really are, and how critical they are to the fisheries industry here," said Hall.
"If you're a fan of salmon, halibut, the herring, the sardines, the baitfish, [a clean slough] is critical to being able to have those things," added Halstead.
He noted that at the peak of juvenile dungeness crab season, he observed about 1,500 crabs per hour making their way out to the bay.
Andrew Goff / Wednesday, June 12 @ 5:26 p.m. / Good News
What do you do when your curly haired DJ is recovering from super scary heart surgery and can't come down to the station to spread rhythm and mirth? You take the station to her! What a feel good kinda story!
So! Tune in to Global Grooves on KHUM tonight from 6-8 p.m. featuring the triumphant return of Jess McGuinty to the airwaves! Tonight's show comes to you live from "Arcata's Sweetheart"'s kitchen table. She won't be taking calls tonight (you boys aren't gettin' her cell number. She's healing for crissakes) but you can email your requests and "glad you didn't die!" wishes to email@example.com.
Expect her to be scolding Nikki "the encroaching lick machine" live on air! Yay! Healing! Good news!
Andrew Goff / Thursday, June 6 @ 12:43 p.m. / Good News
In recent weeks Arcata's Eye Street has been bad news central. So when your Lost Coast Outpost saw a post pop up on Facebook from Absynth Quintet drummer/Eye Street correspondent/all around good dude Mike Tofu Schwartz, due to the unfortunate location of his domicile, we knew that something catastrophic had to be up.
Let your eyes quickly scan the following:
Super bummer, right?
Now, it's bagel day down at Lost Coast Communications, so maybe we were a bit distracted but all we, the almost mainstream media, saw was "Eye Street," "left my guitar on the sidewalk all night" and "ALL bad." The narrative is clear: that guitar has gotta be goneski.
We sprung into action. This is one of those occasions when it's good to have the power of the airwaves on your side. KHUM DJ Mike Dronkers was graciously willing to interrupt his tribute to Jackyl set so that we could get Tofu Mike on the phone in the hopes that further description of the instrument and the incident may assist in a joyous, albeit unlikely, reunion.
The following KHUM audio features a cold call to a clearly delirious Tofu Mike who seems to be in denial about the events of the previous evening:
Hmm. After relistening to that, I guess its possible that we might have some actual good news on our hands here! So to recap: 1) Do not be on the lookout for Tofu Mike's guitar. 2) Well, actually that might cover it!
Have a better day, HumCo.
UPDATE: Oh no! The guitar is on Craigslist right here!
(Above: Safe and sound soundmaker.)
Posted in the window of Arcata's Jogg'n Shoppe.
Also 'right on'-worthy:
This morning Terri Vroman-Little, one of three runners involved in last year's hit-and-run on Old Arcata Road, put on her Boston hat, laced up and went for her first run in seven months.
[Photo via Six Rivers Running Club's Facebook page.]