Saturday, September 30, 2017

[Audio] NFL-bound HSU student talks teamwork, kneeling, concussions, program; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / Tom Rush in Ferndale Oct. 4

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (12:33): Humboldt State University student Alex Cappa is very likely going to be the first HSU football player drafted into the NFL since 1991, and he certainly didn’t shy away from any hot topics surrounding his sport in a recent interview.

“Right now I’m focused on the team goals,” Cappa said. “Everyone wants to focus on the personal goals but those things come along when you have success as a team.”

In the podcast Cappa discusses teamwork, NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality, concussion research related to NFL players, why he’s not playing for a larger school, and his love for the HSU football program as there’s talk of ending it.

The interview begins at 12:33.

Also covered

Wild weed robberies, a Humboldt toddler is in critical condition after being rescued from a lake, Humboldt Pride, reactions on fundraising to save HSU sports, strong reactions after an HSU student convicted of child porn charges will be allowed all over campus, a former Eurekan scored an upcoming Stephen King adaptation, helping at-risk youth, too many STDs, you can win a pair of tickets to the hard cider festival in Fortuna October 6, crime updates, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.

Images courtesy of HSU Athletics

Saturday, September 23, 2017

[Audio] APD seeing if arsonist meant to target sleeping man, church, or both; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / Tom Rush in Ferndale Oct. 4

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (9:13): After a man was allegedly lit on fire while sleeping on the steps of a church across from Wells Fargo in Arcata, the Arcata Police Department (APD) is working to zero in on what exactly the suspect’s motives were.

“...There could be a lot of different motivations for someone doing this and it is important for us to be able to identify: Was this directed at the individual or is it more directed at the church,” APD Detective Sergeant Todd Dokweiler told KIEM reporter Braly Whisler. “That’s determined from talking to witnesses. Hopefully we can get a little more information from the victim in this case as well once he’s able.”

“...Right now the (APD) is focusing on reviewing the evidence collected from the scene and retrieving surveillance from the surrounding businesses,” said KIEM anchor Monica Petruzzelli. “They’re also in the process of gathering statements from all the witnesses who were at the scene…”

In the podcast further details are provided about the suspect, the victim, the church, potential leads, an investigation if a possible similar incident happened five days later in Eureka, and the community’s response.

APD said witnesses described the suspect as possibly hispanic with short brown hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt. Anyone with information about an arson incident is encouraged to contact law enforcement.

The story begins at 9:13.

Also covered

Humboldt gets another Mexican restaurant, Kirsten blunts, you can win tickets to see funny performers at The Minor, the latest on the murder of David Josiah Lawson, a former jail employee arrested for child molestation, concerns in the Public Defender’s office, additional crime updates, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Stephen King's ‘1922’ adaptation for Netflix scored by former Eurekan

“IT” may be the “it thing” when talking about Stephen King right now, but that could all change next month with the help of a Eureka-raised musician. Mike Patton has scored the forthcoming adaptation of “1922” which will be released via Netflix.

“The musician is a true original and any fans of his work will be able to recognize his style almost instantly, which is no small feat considering that Patton has recorded and produced just about every genre of music that there is,” Movie Web wrote of the score created by the frontman of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More.

The Eureka High grad and former HSU student apparently used the words “haunting and Hitchcock-y” when describing the score.

In the embedded video an example Patton’s original music can be heard at 1:30.

“1922” will be released October 20.



And just in case you haven’t listened to the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week:



"1922" screenshot courtesy of Netflix

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[UPDATE] [Audio] ‘Violence imposed on volunteers’ halts community cleanups; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / John Hammond in Ferndale Sept. 21

Update: “In an effort to continue (cleanups) without putting more volunteers in harm’s way, HACHR Board Members have volunteered to dedicate every Sunday to clean up our community,” according to a social media post.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (11:31): A Eureka-based nonprofit says they’re axing their regular community cleanups after violence was imposed on their volunteers. The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (or HACHR) has been cleaning up local streets since 2015 in addition to other efforts such as reducing homelessness and overdoses. They believe the violence stems from misinformation about their organization.

“I hear that syringe exchange is… enabling and coddling, (when) in fact that is the opposite of all evidence and scientific research of the forty years of (it),” said Brandie Wilson, HACHR’s Executive Director. “Another (thing I hear) is that harm reduction enables people who use substances… It does enable people. It enables people to finally take action and pay attention to their own health… It gives people a connection to a meaningful type of work that then begins to fill them with purpose, and through that purpose people begin to reduce their drug use, enter into treatment, and enter into many different types of support that they may need.”

In the podcast Wilson discusses the violent incidents, the criticism HACHR has endured as one of four places in Humboldt that does CDC-approved syringe exchanges, why she believes the fight should continue for the Senator-McGuire-backed safe injection sites that recently failed in the state senate, what it would take for HACHR to resume community cleanups, and much more.

The interview begins at 11:31.

Also covered

The first person shot and killed by Arcata police in 37 years, a murderer tries to be a smartass at the courthouse, an Occupy Eureka protester gets a settlement, an alleged Winco purse-snatcher potentially with the bonehead move of the week, more from Kirsten Dunst and the “Woodshock” crew, waving good-pie, that Scientology bunker near Petrolia, additional crime updates, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

[Audio] ‘Violence imposed on volunteers’ halts community cleanups; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / John Hammond in Ferndale Sept. 21

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (11:31): A Eureka-based nonprofit says they’re axing their regular community cleanups after violence was imposed on their volunteers. The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (or HACHR) has been cleaning up local streets since 2015 in addition to other efforts such as reducing homelessness and overdoses. They believe the violence stems from misinformation about their organization.

“I hear that syringe exchange is… enabling and coddling, (when) in fact that is the opposite of all evidence and scientific research of the forty years of (it),” said Brandie Wilson, HACHR’s Executive Director. “Another (thing I hear) is that harm reduction enables people who use substances… It does enable people. It enables people to finally take action and pay attention to their own health… It gives people a connection to a meaningful type of work that then begins to fill them with purpose, and through that purpose people begin to reduce their drug use, enter into treatment, and enter into many different types of support that they may need.”

In the podcast Wilson discusses the violent incidents, the criticism HACHR has endured as one of four places in Humboldt that does CDC-approved syringe exchanges, why she believes the fight should continue for the Senator-McGuire-backed safe injection sites that recently failed in the state senate, what it would take for HACHR to resume community cleanups, and much more.

The interview begins at 11:31.

Also covered

The first person shot and killed by Arcata police in 37 years, a murderer tries to be a smartass at the courthouse, an Occupy Eureka protester gets a settlement, an alleged Winco purse-snatcher potentially with the bonehead move of the week, more from Kirsten Dunst and the “Woodshock” crew, waving good-pie, that Scientology bunker near Petrolia, additional crime updates, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

[Audio] Floyd Squires denies salacious accusations related to arson fire; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / John Hammond in Ferndale Sept. 21
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (8:54): After Eureka put out a press release including a salacious and so-far-unproven accusation regarding notorious landlord Floyd Squires, the property owner did respond to at least one reporter’s request for comment.

“(He) said the accusations were unfounded and that he did not know the suspect,” said North Coast Journal Assistant Editor Kimberly Wear.

Two suspects may end up facing charges related to an alleged arson fire that brought down one wing of the Blue Heron Motel along Broadway in Eureka. Kattie Yocum, who is headed to trial, and Desirae Henley, who according to a police report made the unproven accusation that Yocum ignited Squires’ property after Yocum failed to receive an apartment in exchange for a salacious act.

In the podcast Wear discusses her interactions with Squires and his lawyer, Floyd and Betty Squires’ local history as property owners, how a defamation expert witness said Eureka’s press release may have some red flags, and much more.

The interview begins at 8:54.

Also covered

An officer-involved shooting in Arcata leaves a suspect dead and an officer wounded, a Ferndale mom accused of trying to murder her daughter is using a temporary insanity defense, top local officials support dreamers, a large publication says we have the best climate in the state, a Humboldt-raised musician makes the third round of “American Idol” auditions, Lumberjack football might be axed, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

[Audio] Humboldt-shot Kirsten Dunst thriller ‘Woodshock’ screens earlier here; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partner: Bongo Boy Studio
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (10:18): A new and unique Humboldt-shot thriller starring Kirsten Dunst called “Woodshock” will debut locally with two screenings at the Minor Theater in Arcata on September 9, a little less than two weeks before its official release date on September 22.

“We’re always thrilled when a production comes up here because it brings in a lot of money to our economy -- they spent about $800,000 (directly) during that timeframe that they were here,” said Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine. “So when you add in all the multipliers it’s almost $2.4 million by the time the money leaves the economy.”

In the podcast Hesseltine talks about the film, filming locations, how locals interacted with the cast and crew, the process of crew knocking on doors asking to rent local homes for shooting, and much more.

The interview begins at 10:18.

Also covered

More on Rob Arkley’s desire to buy Indian Island, a new armored vehicle for the Sheriff’s Office thanks to Trump, too many kids in foster care, the Mateel is in debt over poor Reggae attendance, another fast food fail, a Humboldt magazine makes it into a new Netflix series, allegations of a sex-for-apartment transaction going up in flames, a fast food fail, a musician helping lawyers challenge Eureka’s panhandling ordinance, crime updates, and much more.

Woodshock, courtesy of A24 Films