Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Dec. 3 @ 10:39 a.m. / Humboldt
What KHUM is doing: live-cataloging Humboldt's smells, from best to worst.
What KHUM is looking for: Your suggestion for best/worst smells in Humboldt county. Specifically, current smells that are unique to our fair county. [I.e. Waffle cones smell great. But Arcata Scoop's cones have a sublime palette of odoriferous emanations that only a local could discern.]
Methodology: Most of these have been crowdsourced by KHUM listeners, with spectral ranking loosely moderated by frequency of suggestion. We'll adjust the list below periodically throughout the day.
Leave your best/worst smell in the comments. Extra credit for crisp descriptions.
- First rain of the season in the redwoods (LoCO Commenter's Choice award)
- Old growth forest ("burnt blackberries, with a note of forest litter" - KHUM Listener 'Macho Dan')
- Lost Coast cedar trees near Petrolia
- Woodsmoke trapped under a fog layer
- Mad River Brewery: ("hops, barley, malt all stewing in the Blue Lake sun")
- Porter Street BBQ
- Eureka Books: that rich, antiquarian musk
- Waffle cones at Arcata Scoop (also nominated: Redwood Yogurt & Living The Dream)
- Botchie's Crab Stand in Field's Landing
- Pierson's Garden shop at Christmas time
- Blue Ox ("smells like the ghost of redwoods", says Viviana)
- Larrupin's BBQ Brisket
- Old Town during coffee roasting
Freshly washed-up eel grass
- Humboldt Bay during crab season
- Arcata Marsh at low tide.
- Your neighborhood grow house(s)
- Dairy air of Ferndale
- Samoa Drag Strip on race day
- Oysterfest Portolet (because alcohol & oysters)
- Reggae on the River Portolet (because heat)
- Hammond Trail, north of Mad River footbridge, where excrement-enhanced water is sprayed o'er the pasture
- Patchouli mixed with non-deodorized body odor smell on an HSU student
- Fortuna's wastewater treatment plant. (s/0 to Puff n' Tuff)
- Retail rabbit urine from the rabbiteer who sells rabbit-fur stuff at the Arcata Plaza Farmer's Market
- That fish guttery on the waterfront in Old Town (LoCO Commenter's Choice award)
- Solids-settling tank at Arcata Marsh on a hot day
- Pulp mill (extinct, honorable mention)
- Eureka Tallow Company, once located by the mouth of the Elk River (extinct, honorable mention)
Friends of the Dunes' Suzie Fortner, mud advocate and tour guide, told KHUM exactly why. It'll all make sense in under two minutes.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Oct. 29 @ 12:42 p.m. / Humboldt
UPDATE, 1:48pm. It looked like this. Thanks to Addie for the picture.
UPDATE, 1:18 pm: Zombino preview.
UPDATE, 12:56 pm: KHUM Listener Lance reports that the Arcata Plaza dancing prophecy is coming to pass.
UPDATE, 12:49 pm: Zombies are boarding the bus in an orderly fashion.
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12:42 pm: As was foretold on today's Lowdown, zombie sightings are coming to us from Arcata. First report: Zombies got off school buses at Murphy's in Sunny Brae (see below).
[PS - What is the scientific term for juvenile zombies?]
Thanks to KHUM listener "Macho Dan" in Arcata for the photo.
Thanks to KHUM listener Holly for the photo
Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, Sept. 6 @ 10:37 a.m. / Humboldt
Cliff talks with Angie Schwab about the Humboldt Made Film premiere coming up Saturday evening at the Eureka Theater starting at 6pm. Filmgoers will walk the red carpet and be treated to a whole variety of locally maid foods, beer and wine. Then at 7pm the films begin. It will be a series of short films about local Humboldt County businesses and people. Tickets are $5 in advance or 10 at the door. More info at humboldtmade.com
Mike Dronkers / Saturday, June 1 @ 9:42 p.m. / Humboldt
Several large tree limbs fell near the main stage at Benbow State Recreation area during the Mateel Summer Arts and Music Festival at about 2:30pm today. Witnesses said one man was seriously injured. Confirmed details are few at this hour.
The limbs were said to have landed on or near the prime entryway to the festival, on the west side (stage left) of the Trees Stage.
People were relaxing directly beneath the branches as they began to give way.
KHUM DJ Larry Trask was broadcasting just feet away from the scene. "I heard some weird noses, like a "pop, pop, pop," he said. "A bunch of people started screaming, pointing, and running. Then the branches came down."
Briceland Volunteer Fire Department took action, clearing branches and checking for injuries.
According to Trask, "probably about 10 or 15 branches fell, covering an area maybe 15 or 20 feet long and 5 feet wide. "It took maybe six or eight guys to remove one of the bigger branches," said Trask. "Luckily nobody was beneath it."
Trask said the festival's medical tent took a direct hit, severely damaging the canopy and apparently severely injuring one man inside. While the extent of his injuries are unknown, Trask said that he'd heard the injuries were not life-threatening.
KHUM's canopy was also destroyed and the station will not broadcast as scheduled from the event tomorrow.
The afternoon weather was breezy but not unusually so. The strongest gust in the area during the last 24 hours was clocked at 31mph.
By 3:30pm, things were back to normal. The area where the branches fell was cleared and other areas were closed off.
[Pictured: Trees Stage, after cleanup. Limbs fell near the shady right side of the photo]
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Feb. 13 @ 9:26 a.m. / Humboldt
Cliff talks with Cassandra Hesseltine, Humboldt County Film Commissioner and Stacey Margettes Farrell, a reality TV producer. They are looking for a unique and unusual stories, people, families, organizations, etc that would make for a good reality TV show based right here in Humboldt County. If you think you fit the profile, or you know some folks who do, contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a casting call.